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Undergraduate Catalog 2011-2012

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

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

Students will choose one of the following concentrations:

GENERAL POLITICAL SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

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 315

State and Local Government and Politics

PSC 316

Urban Ethnic Politics

PSC 317

U.S. Constitutional Law

PSC 319

Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning Politics

PSC 320

U.S. Civil Liberties

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 485/ CRJ 485/ SOC 485

Moot Court

2. International Relations (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 230

International Relations

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

PSC 368

Comparative Public Administration

PSC 370

Canadian Public Administration

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 389

Topics in Political Science

PSC 390

Italian American Experience

PSC 495

Special Project

PSC 497

Washington Semester

PSC 499

Independent Study

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CONCENTRATION

B. Political Science Distribution Requirements (9 cr)

1. American Government and Politics (3 cr)

PSC 210

The American Presidency

2. International Relations (3 cr)

PSC 230

International Relations

3. Political Theory and Philosophy (3 cr)

PSC 352

History of Political Thought II

C. Electives - International Relations (12 cr)

Choose two (2) courses from International Relations and two (2) from Comparative Government:

International Relations (6 cr)

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

Comparative Government (6 cr)

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

PSC 368

Comparative Public Administration

PSC 370

Canadian Public Administration

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY CONCENTRATION

B. Political Science Distribution Requirements (12 cr)

1. American Government and Politics (3 cr)

PSC 360

Public Administration

2. International Relations (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 305

Environmental Policy

PSC 308

International Organizations and International Law

PSC 330

American Foreign Policy

3. Comparative Government (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 368

Comparative Public Administration 

PSC 370

Canadian Public Administration

4. Political Theory and Philosophy (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 250

Introduction to Law

PSC 318

Democracy & Peace: Principles and Practices in the Urban Experience

C. Electives - Public Administration and Policy (9 cr)

PSC 215

Urban Government

PSC 315

State & Local Government and Politics

PSC 364

American Public Policy

PSC 415

Urban Public Policy

NOTE: IR/Comp/Theory courses NOT used to fulfill Section B may also be used as electives.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT:

Out of 37 political science credits, 19 credits must be in the upper division.

All College Electives

44-50 cr

Total Required Credit Hours

120 cr

Academic Road Map for Political Science, B.A.

Student Learning Outcomes for Political Science, B.A.

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Undergraduate Major Programs at a Glance

Undergraduate Minor Programs at a Glance

Anthropology (B.A.)

Art (B.A.)

Art Education (PK–12, B.S.)

Art Education (PK–12, PTCP)

Art History (B.A.)

Arts and Letters (B.A.)

Biology (B.A.)

Biology Education (7–12, B.S.)

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

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.)

Chemistry Education (7–12, B.S.)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Communication Programs

Communication Design (B.F.A.)

Communication Studies (B.A.)

Computer Information Systems (B.S.)*

Criminal Justice (B.S.)

Design

Dietetics- Coordinated Program (B.S.)

Dietetics- Didactic Program (B.S.)

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

Earth Science Education (7–12, B.S.)

Earth Science Education (7–12, 5–6 Extension, 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 (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, 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.)

Political Science (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, B.S.)

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 Analysis and 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

ATS - Art Therapy Studies

BIO - Biology

BME - Business and Marketing Education

BSC - University College

BUS - Business

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

ENG - English

ENS - Environmental Science

ENT - Engineering Technology

ESL - English Second Language

EWS - Education Workshops

EXE - Exceptional Education

FAR - Fine Arts

AAS - African and African American Studies

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

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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