Buffalo State

Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017

Political Science (B.A.)

BA-NS PSC

Political Science Department

Bachelor of Arts (HEGIS 2207)

Classroom Building B218 (716) 878-6116

Political science is the study of government and politics. The major is divided into four areas: American politics, international politics, comparative politics, and political theory. A variety of courses is offered in each of these areas. Minors are offered in public administration, political science, legal studies and international relations.

Students gain an understanding of government and politics through a combination of theoretical analysis and practical experience; interning in national, state, or local government; or participating in the Washington Program. Students are prepared for an array of career options in the public and private sectors. The department offers special advisement for graduate study, pre-law, and public administration.

The Bachelor of Arts program enables students to concentrate in international relations or public administration and policy, or to develop a more individualized program under the general political science concentration.

Intellectual Foundations Requirements

33-39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Political Science

37 cr

Students will choose one of the following concentrations:

GENERAL POLITICAL SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

A. Required Courses (16 cr)

PSC 101

Introduction to Government and Politics

PSC 102

Introduction to American Government and Politics

PSC 203

Political Analysis

PSC 204

Political Statistics

PSC 399

Research Skills

PSC 470

OR

PSC 488

Senior Seminar

 

Internship

B. Political Science Distribution Requirements (12 cr)

1. American Government and Politics (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 210

The American Presidency

PSC 215

Urban Government

PSC 218

African American Political Culture

PSC 225

Women in American Politics

PSC 310

American Political Parties

PSC 311

Interest Groups

PSC 312

Legislative Process

PSC 313

Civic Engagement

PSC 315

State and Local Government and Politics

PSC 316

Urban Ethnic Politics

PSC 317

U.S. Constitutional Law

PSC 320

U.S. Civil Liberties

PSC 321

Civil Procedure

PSC 326

Politics and Media

PSC 327

Practical Politics

PSC 360

Public Administration

PSC 364

American Public Policy

PSC 410

Political Behavior and Public Opinion

PSC 415

Urban Public Policy

PSC 420

Contemporary Constitutional Issues

PSC 421

Discrimination and the Constitution

PSC 485/ CRJ 485/ SOC 485

Moot Court

2. International Relations (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 230

International Relations

PSC 302

International Conflict and Peaceful Resolution

PSC 305

Environmental Policy

PSC 308

International Organizations and International Law

PSC 309

International Political Economy

PSC 330

American Foreign Policy

PSC 333

African International Relations

PSC 335

International Relations of the Middle East

PSC 336

Latin America in World Politics

PSC 337

The Politics of Globalization

3. Comparative Government (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 240

European Political Systems

PSC 340

Politics of Developing Countries

PSC 341

Government, Politics, and Policies of the European Union

PSC 342

Russian Politics

PSC 345/ HIS 313

Politics and History of the Middle East

4. Political Theory and Philosophy (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 250

Introduction to Law

PSC 318

Democracy and Peace: Principles and Practices in the Urban Experience

PSC 351

History of Political Thought I

PSC 352

History of Political Thought II

PSC 355

American Political Thought

PSC 375

Race/Sex/Politics of Myth and Story

PSC 450

Contemporary Political Thought

C. General Electives in Political Science (9 cr)

NOTE: Courses NOT used to fulfill Section B may also be used as Political Science electives.

PSC 103

Great Political Issues

PSC 306

Politics of Energy

PSC 319

GLBTQ Politics

PSC 389

Topics in Political Science

PSC 495

Special Project

PSC 497

Washington Semester

PSC 499

Independent Study

URBAN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CONCENTRATION

A. Required Courses (22 cr)

PSC 101

Introduction to Government and Politics

PSC 102

Introduction to American Government and Politics

PSC 203

Political Analysis

PSC 204

Political Statistics

PSC 215

Urban Politics

PSC 313

Civic Engagement

PSC 399

Research Skills (1 cr)

PSC 470

OR

PSC 488

Senior Seminar related to Civic Engagement

Internship related to Civic Engagement

B. Political Science Distribution Requirements (9 cr)

1. American Government and Politics (3 cr)

PSC 364

American Public Policy

PSC 410

Political Behavior and Public Opinion

PSC 415

Urban Public Policy

2. International Relations/Comparative Government (3 cr)

PSC 309

International Political Economy

PSC 337

Politics of Globalization

PSC 340

Politics of the Developing World

3. Political Theory and Philosophy (3 cr)

PSC 318

Democracy and Peace: Principles and Practices in the Urban Experience

PSC 355

American Political Thought

PSC 375

Race, Sex and Politics of Myth and Story

C. Electives: Urban Civic Engagement Concentration (6 cr)

Choose two (2) courses of the following courses:

PSC 305

Environmental Policy

PSC 306

Politics of Energy

PSC 311

Interest Groups

PSC 317

U.S. Constitutional Law

PSC 319

GLBTQ Politics

PSC 320

U.S. Civil Liberties

PSC 325

Politics of Welfare

PSC 326

Politics and Media

PSC 327

Practical Politics

PSC 360

American Public Administration

PSC 420

Contemporary Constitutional Issues

PSC 421

Discrimination and the Constitution

SPF/SOC 366

Cultural Proficiency and Public Achievement

SWK 301

Poverty and Public Policy

PUBLIC LEGAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION

A. Required Courses (16 cr)

PSC 101

Introduction to Government and Politics

PSC 102

Introduction to American Government and Politics

PSC 203

Political Analysis

PSC 204

Political Statistics

PSC 250

Introduction to Law

PSC 317

U.S. Constitutional Law

PSC 320

U.S. Civil Liberties

PSC 399

Research Skills

PSC 470

OR

PSC 488

Senior Seminar related to Public Legal Studies

Internship related to Legal Studies

B. Political Science Distribution Requirements (12 cr)

1. American Government and Politics (6 cr)

Must take two of the following courses:

PSC 312

Legislative Process

PSC 321

Civil Procedure

PSC 420

Contemporary Constitutional Issues

PSC 421

Discrimination and the Constitution

PSC 485

Moot Court

2. International Relations/Comparative Government (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 308

International Organizations and International Law

PSC 309

International Political Economy

3. Political Theory and Philosophy (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 351

History of Political Thought I

PSC 355

American Political Thought

PSC 450

Contemporary Political Thought

All College Electives

44-50 cr

Total Required Credit Hours

120 cr

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Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.F.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Business Administration (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (B.S.)

Business and Marketing Education (PTCP)

Career and Technical Education (B.S.)*

Career and Technical Education (PTCP)*

Ceramics (B.F.A.)

Ceramics (B.S.)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Childhood Education (Grades 1–6, B.S.)

Childhood Education and English Extension (Grades 1–6 and English 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and French Extension (Grades 1–6 and French 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Italian Extension (Grades 1–6 and Italian 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Mathematics Extension (Grades 1–6 and Mathematics 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Social Studies Extension (Grades 1–6 Social Studies and 7-9, B.S.)

Childhood Education and Spanish Extension (Grades 1–6 and Spanish 7-9, B.S.)

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)

Design

Dietitian Education Program (B.S.)

Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics (B.S.)

Early Childhood and Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 6, Combined Program)

Early Childhood Education (Birth - Grade 2, B.S.)

Earth Sciences (B.S.)

Economics (B.A.)

Economics (B.S.)

Electrical Engineering Technology (Electronics) (B.S.)*

Electrical Engineering Technology (Smart Grid) (B.S.)*

English Programs

English (B.A.)

English Education (7–12, B.S.)

English Education (7–12, PTCP)

Exceptional Education and Childhood Education (B.S.Ed.)

Family and Consumer Sciences Education (B.S.)

Fashion and Textile Technology (B.S.)

Fibers (B.F.A.)

Fibers (B.S.)

Fine Arts

Forensic Chemistry (B.S.)

French Education (7–12, PTCP)

French (B.A.)

Geography (B.A.)

Geology (B.A.)

Health and Wellness (B.S.)

History (B.A.)

Hospitality Administration (B.S.)

Individualized Studies (B.S.)*

Industrial Technology (B.S.)*

Interior Design (B.F.A.)

International Relations (B.A.)

Journalism (B.A.)

Mathematics (B.A.)

Mathematics—Applied (B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Mathematics Education (7–12, PTCP)

Mathematics Education (7–12, 5 – 6 Extension; PTCP)

Mechanical Engineering Technology (B.S.)*

Media Production (B.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.F.A.)

Metals/Jewelry (B.S.)

Music (B.A.)

Music Education (Pre-K–12, B.Mus.)

Painting (B.F.A.)

Philosophy (B.A.)

Photography (B.F.A.)

Physics (B.A.)

Physics (B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, B.S.)

Physics Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Political Science (B.A.)

Printmaking (B.F.A.)

Psychology (B.A.)

Psychology (B.S.)

Public Communication (B.A.)

Sculpture (B.F.A.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, B.S.)

Social Studies Education (7–12, PTCP)

Social Studies Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, PTCP)

Social Work (B.S.)*

Sociology (B.A.)

Spanish Education (7–12, PTCP)

Spanish (B.A.)

Speech-Language Pathology (B.S.)

Technology Education (B.S.)

Technology Education (PTCP)

Television and Film Arts (B.A.)

Theater (B.A.)

Urban and Regional Planning (B.S.)*

Wood/Furniture (B.F.A.)

Wood/Furniture (B.S.)

Writing (B.A.)

Undergraduate Major and Minor Programs

Course Listings

AAS - African and African American Studies

AED - Art Education

ALT - Arts and Letters

AMT - Applied Mathematics

ANT - Anthropology

ARA - Arabic

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

CEL - Community Engaged Learning

CHE - Chemistry

CHI - Chinese

CIS - Computer Information System

COM - Communication

CRJ - Criminal Justice

CRS - International Center for Studies in Creativity

CTE - Career and Technical Education

CWP - College Writing Program

DAN - Dance

DES - Design

DMP - Digital Music Production

ECO - Economics

EDU - Education

ELS - English Language Secondary

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

FCS - Family and Consumer Sciences Education

FIN - Finance

FLE - Foreign Language Education

FOR - Forensic Science

FRE - French

FTT - Fashion and Textile Technology

GEG - Geography

GER - German

GES - Geosciences

GRK - Greek

GST - Global Studies

HEW - Health and Wellness

HIS - History

HON - All College Honors Program

HPR - Coaching and Physical Education

HTR - Hospitality and Tourism

HUM - Humanities

IDE - Interior Design

INS - Individualized Studies

ITA - Italian

LAT - Latin

LIB - Library

MAT - Mathematics

MCL - Modern and Classical Languages

MED - Mathematics Education

MST - Museum Studies

MUS - Music

NFS - Dietetics and Nutrition

PAD - Public Administration

PHI - Philosophy

PHY - Physics

PLN - Planning

PSC - Political Science

PSY - Psychology

REL - Religious Studies

SAF - Safety Studies

SCI - Science

SED - Science Education

SLP - Speech Language Pathology

SOC - Sociology

SPA - Spanish

SPC - Speech Communication

SPF - Social Psychological Foundations

SSE - Social Studies Education

SWK - Social Work

TEC - Technology

TED - Technology Education

TFA - Television and Film Arts

THA - Theater Arts

UNC - University College

WGS - Women and Gender Studies

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