Learning Objectives
The Department of Political Science seeks to instill in its
graduates a variety of skills and levels of knowledge that will
serve them regardless of the profession they ultimately
choose. Among these objectives are: To enhance their abilities to communicate in both
written and oral form; To enhance their ability to think through and compare
competing theories and information utilizing logical and
analytical means; To be knowledgeable in the six subfields of the discipline
including major trends, debates, theories, and methods; and To be prepared for graduate study in political science or
a related discipline such as law.

Degree Worksheets (Majors & Minors)

4 Year Study Plans

Accreditation
Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities

Undergraduate Major
Political Science

Minor
Political Science (28 credits)
PSC 101, 200, 211, 231, 302 are required courses. In addition
students must take any four upper-division (300-400 level) PSC
courses (12 credits) from among the six areas.

Admission to the Major
GPA: 2.50

Department Policies
Special Areas of Interest:

  • American Politics
  • Public Policy
  • Public Law
  • International Relations/Foreign Policy
  • Comparative Politics
  • Political Theory

Course Distribution: Students must take 30 political science
credits at the 300- 400 level. Courses must be selected from all
six areas and be distributed as follows:
  1. two courses in three areas
  2. one course in a fourth, fifth and sixth area
  3. one elective

Internships: Internships may be taken as general electives.

PSC 405O (MODEL U.N.) may not be used as the only course in
the International Relations/Foreign Policy area.

Advisement

For academic advising, students should contact the College of
Liberal Arts Wilson Advising Center. Majors and minors should see
a faculty advisor for career advising and for more specialized
academic advising.

Degree Requirements
Political Science
1) First-Year Seminar ................................................. 3 credits
2) English Composition .............................................. 6 credits
ENG 101 and 102
3) Second-Year Seminar ............................................. 3 credits
4) Mathematics .......................................................... 3 credits
5) Constitutions ...................................................... 4-6 credits
6) Distribution Requirement (Social Science)
Humanities and Fine Arts .......................................... 9 credits
Life & Physical Sciences & Analytical Thinking ...... 9-10 credits
PHI 102, and two courses from life & physical
sciences category; at least one must be a lab.
7) Multicultural ....................................................... (see note)
International .......................................................... (see note)
8) Degree Requirements:
Social Science ........................................................... 9 credits
Fine Arts ................................................................... 3 credits
Foreign Languages or Foreign Culture ..................... 6 credits
Political Science Major Requirements ...................... 16 credits
PSC 101, 200, 211, 231, and 302

Special Area of Interest ......................................... 27 credits
Students select two courses from three of the following
areas and one course from the remaining three areas;

American Politics: PSC 304, 305, 312, 314, 316, 401A,
401B, 401C, 401D, 401F, 401G, 401I, 401J, 401K, 401O, and 401Z
Public Policy: PSC 320, 321, 403A, 403B, 403C, 403F, 403I,
403J, 403L, and 403Z
Public Law: PSC 330, 332, 411A, 411B, 411C, 411D, 411E,
411F, 411H, 411I, and 411Z
International Relations & Foreign Policy: PSC 405B, 405C,
405DR, 405E, 405J, 405K, 405L, 405M, 405N, 405O, 405P,
405Q, 405R, 405S, 405T, 405U, 405V, 405Y and 405Z
Comparative Politics: PSC 407A, 407B, 407C, 407D,
407E, 407G, 407I, 407K, 407M, 407N, 407O, 407Q, 407T,
407U 407W and 407Z
Political Theory: PSC 371, 373, 374, 375, 409C, 409E,
409H, 409I, 409J, 409L, and 409Z

Political Science Electives .................................. 3 credits
Upper-division electives selected from the above groups according
to department policy, or from the following courses:
PSC 400A- Elements of Survey Research
PSC 400E-Politics in Literature
PSC 400F-Politics in Film

(Note: Students are not allowed to use PSC 100, 480A, and 490A
through 490E to satisfy the PSC electives requirement).

Electives ............................................................ 18-20 credits
(At least 12 of which must be in upper-division courses.)
Total: ...................................................................... 120 credits

Note:

  1. All political science courses must be completed with a grade of C-
    or higher to be counted towards the degree program in Political Science.
  2. Every student must complete a three-credit multicultural course and a
    three-credit international course. Courses satisfying other requirements may simultaneously satisfy the multicultural and international requirements
    except one course cannot satisfy both the multicultural and the international requirements.

Political Science

PSC 100
Nevada Constitution

(Satisfies Nevada Constitution requirement.) For students who
have met the U.S. Constitution requirement with a course that
includes no information about Nevada. Includes a brief history
of Nevada prior to statehood, commentary on the Nevada
Constitution, and analysis of the political, economic, and social
characteristics of the state today. 1 credit.

PSC 101
Introduction to American Politics

(Satisfies the United States and Nevada Constitutions
requirement.) 
A survey of American national, state and
local governments; includes review of Nevada's constitution,
government and contemporary issues. 4 credits.

PSC 200
Survey of Political Theory

Survey of political theory from Plato to contemporary times. 3
credits.

PSC 211
Introduction to Comparative Politics

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.) Major
conceptual, methodological, and theoretical tools in comparative
politics. Distinguishes between developed and developing
systems, and examines contemporary issues of the developed systems
and problems of underdevelopment. 3 credits.

PSC 231
Introduction to International Relations

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.)
General introductory course to the field of foreign policy and
international politics. Mainly theoretical in nature but such
concepts as revolution, economic and political development, and
nationalism also considered. 3 credits.

PSC 302
Research Methods in Political Science

Focuses on research design and collection and analysis of
empirical data; utilization of library and electronic media.
Includes methodological debates within the social sciences;
covers questions of measurement, sampling, and data analysis.
Equips students to conduct research and to evaluate research
critically. Prerequisite: PSC 101, 200, 211, 231 and sophomore
or junior standing only. 3 credits.

PSC 304
The Legislative Process

(Satisfies the United States Constitution requirement.) Study
of the legislative process, with special emphasis on the U.S.
Congress. Topics covered include internal distribution of power
(parties and committees), external influences (the electorate,
the executive, interest groups), and current problems (ethics,
accountability, and campaign financing). Prerequisite: PSC 101.
3 credits.

PSC 305
The American Presidency

Study of the American presidency from 1787 to the present.
Analysis of the powers of the President and the relationship of
the office to the American political system. Prerequisite: PSC
101. 3 credits.

PSC 312
Political Parties and Interest Groups

Study of major political parties from a historical perspective, with
focus on their differing platforms, memberships, and strategies.
Types of interest groups and their impact on the policy-making
process also analyzed. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 314
Religion and the Political Process

Examination of the role of religion in American politics. Topics
will include constitutional issues of church-state relations, the
effect of religious beliefs and memberships on political behavior,
and normative issues concerning the compatibility of the
obligations of democratic citizenship and religious discipleship.
Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 316
Politics of Abortion

An examination of the issue of abortion in American politics.
Topics covered will include normative issues regarding the
rights of the fetus, constitutional issues relating to reproductive
freedom, role of religion in abortion politics, and the political
behavior of pro-life and pro-choice activists, and the behavior and
attitudes of the masspublic. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 320
Policy Analysis

Analysis of the political and economic values and processes
involved in the making of public policy in the United States today.
Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 321
Analyzing Policy Issues

Contemporary public policy issues, such as environmental
protection, abortion, welfare, legalization of drugs, health care,
gun control, taxes, etc. Background of policy issues and skills in
analyzing and evaluating arguments on different sides of each
issue. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 330
Constitutional Law: Governmental Powers

(Satisfies the United States Constitution requirement.) Case
approach to the interpretation of the United States Constitution,
with emphasis upon the powers of the Judiciary, Congress, and
the Presidency. Attention also devoted to the Commerce Clause
and federal-state relations. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 332
Judicial Process

Analysis of the political context of the judicial process. Topics
covered include the structure and function of American court
systems, court staffing, judiciary, roles of lawyers and other
actors in the American legal system. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3
credits.

PSC 371
Ancient Political Theory

Critical study of the major political thinkers before the Christian
era. Readings may include Thucydides, Plato, Xenophon, Aristotle,
and Cicero. Prerequisite: PSC 200. 3 credits.

PSC 373
Early Modern Political Theory

Critical study of the major thinkers from the Renaissance until
Rousseau. Readings may include Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin,
Hooker, Bacon, Grotius, Hobbes, Descartes, Milton, Spinoza,
Locke, Montesquieu, and Hume. Prerequisite: PSC 200. 3
credits.

PSC 374
Late Modern Political Theory

Critical study of the major political thinkers from Rousseau until
the twentieth century. Readings may include Rousseau, Kant,
Blackstone, Smith, Paine, Burke, Bentham, Hegel, J.S. Mill, Marx,
and Nietzsche. Prerequisite: PSC 200. 3 credits.

PSC 375
Recent Political Theory

Critical study of the major political thinkers and main currents
in political thought in the twentieth century. Readings may
include Dewey, Husserl, Heidegger, communists, and fascists.
Prerequisite: PSC 200 . 3 credits.

PSC 400A
Elements of Survey Research

Overview of survey methodology in general. All aspects from
questionnaire design to implementation to analysis using SPSS
covered. Focuses on designing academic survey projects and
using survey methodology for graduate research projects.
Students work on individual research design adapted from the
class. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 400E (formerly PSC 409F)
Politics and Literature

Examination of political theories expressed through literary
genres other than the philosophical treatise and political essay
(e.g. poetry, drama, and the novel) and the relationship of
such works to social and political life. Prerequisite: PSC 101.
3 credits.

PSC 400F
Politics in Film

(Same as FIS 409.) Analysis of the political film. Themes treated
include political power, corruption, war, revolution, propaganda,
political socialization, and participation. Prerequisite: PSC 101.
3 credits.

PSC 401A
Urban Politics

The study of the formal and informal structures and workings of
local, urban, and metropolitan society and politics. A variety of issues
that are a consequence of the local and regional political process are
examined , including governing capacity, local democracy and
representation, and economic and racial inequality. Prerequisite:
PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 401B
Mass Media and American Politics

Overview of theoretical and applied literature on mass political
communication with attention to historical evolution and legal
underpinnings of mass media roles in democratic governance.
Focus on types of and interactions between mass media and
political actors as well as media effects on public opinion.
Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 401C
Money in U.S. Politics

Survey of theoretical and applied debates over campaign
financing and reform with attention to historical development,
legal underpinnings, and principle participants in American
national and state systems of campaign finance. Develops
students' capacities to analyze and interpret patterns and effects
of campaign finance along with implications for democratic
government. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 401D
State Politics

(Satisfies the Nevada Constitution requirement.) Political,
constitutional, fiscal, and regulatory aspects of state and local
government in the American system, with particular emphasis
with selected readings and discussions on campaigns and
elections. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 401F
Public Opinion and Political Behavior
Study of factors which shape basic political attitudes and
circumstances which result in different kinds of political behavior.
Political socialization process, both its agents and its
consequences, also explored. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 401G
Political Campaigns and Elections

Participating in and analyzing an election campaign of choice,
students have an opportunity to integrate practical experience
with selected readings and discussions on campaigns and
elections. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 401I
Ethnic and Minority Politics

(Satisfies Multicultural requirement.) Examines the role of
subcultures in the American political process. Groups studied
include traditionally recognized minorities (women, Blacks,
Native Americans) as well as white ethnics, Asians, and various
Latin-based groups. Focuses on mobilization efforts, policy
concerns and obstacles and accomplishments. Prerequisite:
PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 401J
Women in Politics

(Same as HIST 453 & WMST 401J.) History of women in U.S.
politics beginning with the suffrage movement and concluding with
the most recent election. Topics include women as candidates, in
office, as administrators, as lobbyists and as political activists.
Concludes with a section on so-called “Women's Issues,” choice,
domestic violence, child support, day care, women's health and
current issues. 3 credits. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 401K
American Political Movements

(Satisfies Multicultural requirement.) Overview of the theoretical
and applied literature on mass-based political movements applied
to the civil rights, students, women's, peace, and environmental
movements. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 401O
U.S. Elections and Governance

This course, part of the Brookings Public Policy minor, investigates
the causes and consequences of the growing chasm between
contemporary electoral politics and the capacity for governance in
the United States and evaluates potential reforms to each of those
processes. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 401Z
Special Topics in American Politics

May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: PSC
101. 3 credits

PSC 403A
Natural Resource Policy

Course examines environmental policy primarily as it relates to
America's 700 million acres of public land–nearly one-third of
the entire country. In so doing it focuses on the tensions between
extractive uses such as mining and timbering on the one hand
and conservation goals on the other. Substantial attention is also
paid to the subject of water: the law and politics of who gets it
and who does not. Prerequisite: PSC 101 or NRES 411. 3 credits.

PSC 403B
Energy Politics and Policy

Study of the impact of energy and its exploitation in political,
economic, social, and ecological areas. Primary attention directed
at coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear power. In addition, such
exotic energy sources as thermal, wind, fusion, and synthetic
fuels considered. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 403C
Environmental Policy

An overview of key elements of U.S. environmental policy. 
Includes an assessment of domestic environmental problems
and related environmental legislation.  Also focuses on issues of
global sustainability and value questions that guide environmental
policy-making. Prerequisite: PSC 231. 3 credits.

PSC 403F
U.S. Nuclear Policy: Weapons and Waste

Examines the history and political consequences of the U.S.
development of the atomic bomb. Traces events from 1939 to
present, and addresses current problems of atomic litigation,
nuclear waste disposal, and nuclear disarmament. Analyzes life
in the shadow of the mushroom cloud. Prerequisite: PSC 101.
3 credits.

PSC 403I
National Security Policy

Primarily focuses upon national defense. Covers such topics
as the defense establishment, intelligence, strategic theory
concepts, strategic weapons systems, war, and war prevention.
Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 403J
Political Ethics and Political Corruption

Study of political ethics and corruption in the U.S. Attention
given to the concepts themselves and to how they have evolved
over time. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 403L
Morality Policy

Critical analyses of legal, institutional, and behavioral questions
involved in public issues of personal or social morality. The politics
of church-state relations, abortion, capital punishment, gun control,
obscenity, pornography, and gay rights will be considered. Prerequisite:
PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 403Z
Special Topics in Public Policy 

May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: PSC
101. 3 credits.

PSC 405B (formerly PSC 405D)
International Law and Organizations

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.)
International legal system, the United Nations, and other
international organizations such as E.C.O.S.O.C. and W.H.O.
Prerequisite: PSC 231. 3 credits.

PSC 405C
Inter-American Relations

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.)
Considers changing relationships among states in the Americas.
Covers early interventionism by the U.S., the Cold War period,
and the post-Cold War era. Topics include economic development
programs, counterinsurgency assistance, immigration policy,
the drug “war,” the environment, and trade. Prerequisite: PSC
231. 3 credits.

PSC 405DR (formerly PSC 342)
U.S. Foreign Policy

Theoretical and historical analysis of the formulation and
implementation of American foreign policy. Topics covered include
the institutionalization of the cold war, American adaptation to
the post-cold war world, and current foreign policy issues facing
the United States. Prerequisite: PSC 231. 3 credits.

PSC 405E
Foreign Policy of the Major Powers

Systematic and comparative study of the foreign policies of the
major powers in light of the general world situation and the
internal forces and problems of each country. Prerequisite: PSC
231. 3 credits.

PSC 405J
The European Union

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.)
Examines the evolution of economic and political integration and
the potential future steps toward ever closer union. Institutions,
actors, and policies of the European Union analyzed with an
emphasis on democracy and tensions between domestic and
European interests. Prerequisite: PSC 231. 3 credits.

PSC 405K
International Relations of the Middle East and North Africa

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.)
Develops a framework for the study of international relations
of the Middle East and North Africa. Examines domestic,
regional, and global determinants of external politics in this
region; analyzes great powers' interests and policies; and studies
intraregional problems. Prerequisite: PSC 231. 3 credits.

PSC 405L
East Asia in World Politics

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.)
Examines the complicated forces at work in international
relations of East Asia. Analyzes foreign policies of the major
world powers towards East Asia in the postwar era. Emphasis on
the important bilateral relationships in the region. Prerequisite:
PSC 231. 3 credits.

PSC 405M
The Pacific Rim and World Politics

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.)
Examines the Pacific Rim and analyzes the cultural, economic,
political, and social issues in the region. Special emphasis on how
cultural, ethnic, and religious diversities affect independence
and interdependence of the region. Prerequisite: PSC 231. 3
credits.

PSC 405N
Regional and International Relations of Latin America and
the Caribbean

An examination of the regional and international relations of
Latin America and the Caribbean. The course covers recent
theories of IR, regional economic integration, human rights and
democratization, and security issues. Prerequisite: PSC 231. 3
credits.

PSC 405O
Model United Nations

Examines and practices how the United Nations, the world's
largest international organization, works. Studies the mandates
and functions of various UN committees and special agencies.
Equips students with the unique expertise to represent a country
and adopt resolutions to solve global issues through the actual
participation in Model UN conferences. Prerequisite: PSC 231.
3 credits.

PSC 405P (formerly PSC 407S)
Global Political Economy

An examination of the politics of international economic relations.
Major theories of international political economy are examined
and applied to the study of colonialism, dependency, international
trade, official development assistance, foreign direct investment,
globalization, regional integration, labor, and the environment.
Prerequisite: PSC 231. 3 credits.

PSC 405Q
Global Ecopolitics
Analysis of demographic, ecological, economic and technological
security challenges emerging in an era of deepening globalization,
including the challenges of population growth and graying,
adequacy of world fuel reserves, challenges of global warming,
and issues associated with the worldwide diffusion of new
technologies. Prerequisite: PSC 231. 3 credits

PSC 405R
Africa in World Politics
(Same as AAS 405R.) (Satisfies International and Foreign Culture
requirement.)
Examines Africa's place in world politics. We look
at the relationships between African countries and international
organizations and countries of other world regions as well as
the relationships among African countries. We also explore the
changing nature of Africa's state system and the challenges
confronting this system. Prerequisite: PSC 231. 3 credits.

PSC 405S
U.S. Strategic Intelligence

Overview of U.S. strategic intelligence, with emphasis on U.S.
intelligence community and use of intelligence by policy- and
decision-makers. Covers various types of intelligence, covert
action, counterintelligence, congressional and judicial oversight,
and issues related to intelligence and civil liberties. Prerequisite:
PSC 231. 3 credits.

PSC 405T (formerly PSC 403D)
International Environmental Politics

Theories of international politics applied to global and regional
environmental problems. Addresses the politics of how
environmental problems are defined and identified by scientists
and activists and the various political solutions proposed.
Substantive topics include biodiversity, climate change, trade
and the environment, sustainable development, environmental
refuges, biosafety, and energy. Prerequisite: PSC 231 or ENV
205. 3 credits.

PSC 405U
International Security
This course will examine economic, political, and social causes and
conditions of conflict within and between states across the globe. 
It will also examine threats to international security in order to explore
the methods of preventing, managing, and settling issues of terrorism,
conflict, and other actions that prevent global peace. Prerequisite:
PSC 231. 3 credits.

PSC 405V
International & U.S. Immigration Policy

Examination of political and policy implications of international migration,
focusing on the debates surrounding immigration to the U.S. and the
international refugee crisis. Topics include political responses to immigration
policy making, foreign policy/transnational initiatives, post- 9/11 national
security policy making, bilingual education policies, affirmative action, and
anti-poverty policy. Prerequisite: PSC 231. 3 credits.

PSC 405Y
Global Economic Governance

Examines the politics of governance in the global economy focusing
on major actors, ideas, and social forces. Topics include theories of
cooperation, governance of global institutions, and contemporary
debates about reforming global institutions. Prerequisite: PSC 231.
3 credits.

PSC 405Z
Special Topics in International Relations and Foreign
Policy

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture Requirement.) May
be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: PSC 231.
3 credits.

PSC 407A
Political Systems of West Europe

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture Requirement.) Study
of comparative politics by focusing on the histories, cultures,
and political systems of Western Europe. Theory, foundations,
institutional framework, and political and economic development
of the European Community. Processes of building a European
Union. Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407B
Political Systems of East Asia

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture Requirement.)
Examines the political development and governmental
institutions of East Asia. Analyzes how the contemporary political
systems in the region have evolved and how they work. Special
emphasis on political culture and policy making. Prerequisite:
PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407C
Political Systems of Russia and East-Central Europe

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture Requirement.)
Examines the histories, cultures and functioning of political
systems after the fall of communist regimes. Impact of the re-
emergence of old values and attitudes. Processes of reintegration
of the countries of the region into the European and world
systems and structures. Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407D
Political Systems of the Middle East and North Africa

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture Requirement.)
Methodological and theoretical tools for the study of developing
political systems. Provides students with an in-depth analysis
of the political institutions, processes, and policies in the
Muslim Middle East and North Africa. Prerequisite: PSC 211.
3 credits.

PSC 407E
Politics in Latin America

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture Requirement.) In-
depth study of political concepts and events in Latin America.
Examines how politicians have used populism, corporatism,
authoritarianism, and democracy to channel and repress
political participation. Evaluates competing explanations of rise
of military regimes. Considers challenges of democratization,
such as building political institutions, political parties, and civic
society. Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407G
Communist Political Systems

Ideology of Marxism-Leninism in different historical, cultural,
and geographic settings. Compares and contrasts the setting, rise
to power, consolidation, and functioning of former and present
communist political systems. Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407I
Politics and Problems in Developing Areas

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.)
Explores how developing areas, or Third World, constitute
a major portion of the world's population while sharing in a
much smaller fraction of its wealth and productivity. Role of
the political process in the attempt of a formerly traditional
society to come to terms with modernity and better the lot of
its citizens. Relationship between politics and the economic and
social dimensions of the development considered. Prerequisite:
PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407K
Comparative Religion and Politics

An examination of the various roles played by religious leaders
and believers in a variety of national and international systems.
Attention will be paid to the importance of religious markets in
particular settings, the role of religion as a source of regime
legitimacy or opposition, and the importance of religious
doctrine. Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407M
The Mexican Revolution

(Same as HIST 476.) Study of the origins, major events and
personalities, and aftermath of the Mexican Revolution of
1910, tracing Mexico's political development to modern times.
Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407N
Revolution and Reaction in Contemporary Latin America

(Same as HIST 471.) Study of major political movements, leaders,
and trends in Latin America from the Cuban Revolution to the
present. Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407O
Islamic Politics

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.)
Examines classical and contemporary Islamic political thought
and the impacts of Islam on present institutions and practices
in Muslim societies. Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407Q
Political Violence and Terrorism

Origins, development, and consequences of political violence on
both the domestic and international level. Problems of revolution,
war, and terrorism as the means used for the achievement of
political goals examined. Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407T
The Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa
(Same as AAS 407T.) (Satisfies International and Foreign Culture
requirement.)
Explore the nature of political development in the
states of sub-Saharan Africa. We examine the historical, economic
and social forces that have shaped political change and conflict
in Africa. We will give special attention to the democratization
process in Africa. Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407U
Democratization
(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.)
Focuses on democratization. We will explore how countries
transition to democracy. We will then look at the process by
which democracy becomes consolidated. Finally, we will assess
the state of and prospects for the consolidation of democracy in
the world today. Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407W
Politics Of Catholicism

Provides an understanding of the political role played by the Catholic
Church in a variety of national, regional, and international settings.
A major theme of the course will be the interaction of “objective”
moral truth (as defined by the Holy See) and the politics of diverse
local and national contexts. Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 407Z
Special Topics in Comparative Politics

(Satisfies International and Foreign Culture requirement.) May
be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: PSC 211.
3 credits.

PSC 409C
American Political Thought

(Satisfies the United States Constitution requirement.) Critical
study of the major thinkers and writings from the colonial period
to the present, such as The Federalist Papers and Tocqueville, that
contribute to an understanding of American political principles.
Prerequisite: PSC 200. 3 credits.

PSC 409E
Political Theory and Political Education

Theoretical analysis of education as a problem and function
of political life. Particular attention paid to the relationships
between education, the liberal arts, citizenship, and civic virtue.
Prerequisite: PSC 200. 3 credits.


PSC 409H
The Problem of Socrates

Plato's Socrates, the various dimensions of his way of life. Also
ancient and modern critiques of Socrates from Aristophanes'
Clouds to Socrates' place in the philosophies of Hegel,
Kierkegaard, and Nietzsche. Conclude with Kierkegaard's
contrast between Socrates and Christ, and with Nietzsche's
contrast between Socrates and Dionysus. Prerequisite: PSC
200. 3 credits.

PSC 409I
Marx and Marxism

Critical study of the political theories of Karl Marx, Friedrich
Engels, and selected theorists in the Marxist tradition.
Prerequisite: PSC 200. 3 credits.

PSC 409J
Feminist Political Theory

The important schools of feminist thought studied are liberal
feminism, Marxist feminism, radical feminism, ecofeminism,
psychoanalytic feminism, gender feminism, existentialist
feminism, postmodern feminism, and multicultural and
global feminism. The thinkers who provide feminism with its
philosophical foundations also studied. Prerequisites: PSC
200. 3 credits

PSC 409L
Medieval Political Theory

Critical study of the major political thinkers and main currents in
political thought from the rise of Christianity to the Renaissance.
Prerequisite: PSC 200. 3 credits.

PSC 409Z
Special Topics in Political Theory

May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite:
PSC 200. 3 credits.

PSC 411A
Constitutional Law: The First Amendment

Case approach to constitutional problems in the First
Amendment. Topics covered include speech, press, association,
and free exercise and establishment of religion. Prerequisite:
PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 411B
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights

Case approach to civil rights issues including discrimination
based on race, sex, sexual orientation, and other factors;
affirmative action; and issues of voting and representation rights.
Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 411C
Legal Theory

Analysis of the concept of law, with special emphasis upon the
nature of law, sovereignty, legal validity, the relations between
law, politics, morality, and economics. Prerequisite: PSC 101.
3 credits.

PSC 411D
Constitutional Rights of Women

(Same as WMST 411D. Satisfies Multicultural requirement.) Case
approach to legal issues concerning abortion, contraception,
sterilization, penalties of pregnancy, voting, access to professions,
equal pay, and various forms of political, economic, and social
discrimination. Key constitutional provisions considered include
judicial review, due process, equal protection, privileges and
immunities, and the right to privacy. Prerequisite: PSC 101.
3 credits.

PSC 411E
Constitutional Rights of the Accused

Analysis of the legal rights of the accused in the context of
the American legal system and political process. Emphasizes
constitutional issues involved as well as special problems posed
by political conflicts. Prerequisite: PSC 101. 3 credits.

PSC 411F
Constitutional Theory

Examines the different approaches to the interpretation of the
U.S. Constitution including interpretivism, non-interpretivism,
intentionalism, originalism, plain words, strict, and broad
construction. Prerequisite: PSC 330 or PSC 411A or PSC 411C or
PSC 411D. 3 credits.

PSC 411H
Comparative Law

Introduces students to the concepts, methods, and contemporary
issues in Comparative Law. Comparatively analyzes the origins,
process structure, and codes in the British, French, German,
American, Judaic, and Islamic legal systems and traditions.
Prerequisite: PSC 211. 3 credits.

PSC 411I
Supreme Court and Capitalism
Examines the role of the United States Supreme Court in cases
dealing with capitalistic economy. Cases arising mainly out of the
Commerce, General Welfare, Taxing and Spending, Contracts, Due
Process and Takings clauses will be covered. Prerequisite: PSC 101.
3 credits.

PSC 411Z
Special Topics in Public Law

May be repeated to a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: PSC
101. 3 credits.

PSC 480A
Independent Study and Research in Political Science

Program of independent reading and research in political
science, to be selected in consultation with an instructor before
registration. May be repeated to a maxiumum of six credits.
Prerequisite: PSC 101 and PSC 200 or PSC 211 or PSC 231
and junior or senior standing. 1-3 credits each.

PSC 490A
Internship: Administrative

Students serve for a semester in a public agency and make
regular reports on work activities and assigned readings.
Students earn credit for service learning under the supervision
of agency personnel and university faculty. May be repeated for
a maximum of six credits. Prerequisites: PSC 101 and junior or
senior standing. 1-6 credits.

PSC 490B
Internship: Legislative

Students serve for a semester in a legislature and make regular
reports on work activities and assigned readings. Students earn
credit for service learning under the supervision of agency
personnel and university faculty. May be repeated for a maximum
of six credits. Prerequisite: PSC 101 and junior or senior standing.
1-6 credits.

PSC 490C
Internship: Campaign

Students serve for a semester on a campaign and make regular
reports on work activities and assigned readings. Students earn
credit for service learning under the supervision of agency
personnel and university faculty. May be repeated for a maximum
of six credits. Prerequisite: PSC 101 and junior or senior standing.
1- 6 credits.

PSC 490D
Internship: Legal

Students serve for a semester in a law office and make regular
reports on work activities and assigned readings. Students earn
credit for service learning under the supervision of agency
personnel and university faculty. May be repeated for a maximum
of six credits. Prerequisites: PSC 101 and junior or senior standing.
1-6 credits.

PSC 490E
Internship: Political News Broadcast
Students serve for a semester with a television or radio station and
make regular reports on work activities and assigned
readings. Students earn credit for service learning under the
supervision of agency personnel and university faculty. May be
repeated for a maximum of six credits. Prerequisite: PSC 101
and junior or senior standing. 1-6 credits.