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Political Science Course Descriptions

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PSCI 111 Introduction to American Government4 Credit Hours – 4 Contact Hours
Offered Fall, Winter and Summer

A study of the structure and function of U.S. national state, and local government emphasizing the basic rights and responsibilities of citizenship, as well as an introduction to basic forms and philosophies of government.

PSCI 112A Contemporary Issues in U.S. Public Administration 4 Credit Hours – 4 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: PSCI 111 or instructor permission
Offered on-demand

A study of the administration of American government and the problems currently confronting it. Emphasis will be placed upon current and controversial problems of administration. An attempt will be made to include those areas meeting needs and interests of students.

PSCI 202 International Relations*3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Offered Fall and Winter

This course examines political relationships worldwide. It will include the analysis of conflicts in the world, and how nations search for peace through the United Nations. Additional areas to be examined are international law, the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, currency exchange rates, the integration of trade blocs like the European Union, environmental political and economic development.

PSCI 203 Readings In the History of Western Political Thought3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact hours
Prerequisite: PSCI 111 or instructor permission
Offered on-demand

An introduction to the history of Western Political Thought from Plato to Nietzsche. The course will concentrate on the original texts which will be subjected to critical analysis. Major themes will be identified and examined in the light of the American democratic experience.

PSCI 205 Contemporary Political Issues in United States Government3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Recommended: PSCI 111
Offered Fall and Winter

An intensive study and critical analysis of contemporary political issues in U.S. Government involving issues that deal with some or all of the following: basic concepts of U.S. democracy, state-federal relationships, government finance, political interest groups, legislative powers, executive powers, judicial powers, civil rights, civil liberties, and international relations.

PSCI 210 International Organizations 1 Credit Hour – 1 Contact Hour
Offered Fall and Winter

This course concentrates on the objectives, functions and structure of selected international organizations. Potential organizations include but are not limited to: United Nations, Arab League, North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Organization of African Unity. International Organizations study will prepare and provide students an opportunity to participate in an off campus conference featuring simulations of a selected organization.

PSCI 211 Comparative Government*3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Offered Fall and Winter

This course will compare governments in various European, American, Asian, and African states. Students will examine political, cultural, economic, and historical reasons for similarities and differences between nations. The United States will be used as a model for comparison.

PSCI 220 Labor Studies3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: PSCI 111 or instructor permission
Offered Fall semester

A survey course studying and critically analyzing the historical, political, and legal frameworks of the labor movement, major labor laws, causes and purposes of the labor movement, union structure and behavior, and labor-management approaches to solving employment disputes in the U.S. and internationally.

PSCI 290CI Campaign Cooperative Internship – 3 Credit Hours – 3 Contact Hours
Prerequisite: None
The Cooperative Internship Program is a paid or non-paid field work experience in electoral politics within the student’s major area of study. Variable credit may be earned dependent upon the number of work hours available from the sponsoring organization. A student may sign up for no more than two (2) internships as desired; however, the number of credit hours which can be applied toward a degree depends upon the student’s course of study and departmental resources. The maximum number of hours of cooperative internship is 6 credit hours depending upon the program. This course is offered on a pass/no pass basis.

*Denotes course that contains an International Component.