Political Science Program Requirements & Courses
Required Courses (3 Credits Each):
POL 101 - American National Government
POL 102 - Introduction to Political Science
POL 202 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 204 - Introduction to International Relations
POL 205 – African American Politics
POL 300 - Political Theory I
POL 301 - Political Theory II
POL 303 – Comparative Politics
POL 304 - Comparative African Politics
POL 401 - The Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
POL 480 - Intro to Research Methods in Political Science
POL 482 - Senior Seminar
Select One (3 Credits Each):
POL 490 - Internship in Political Science
POL 313 - Introduction to Public Policy
Political Science Elective
Total 42 credits
Pre-Law Certificate Program
PHL 217 - Critical Reasoning
POL 310 - Race and American Law
ENG 314 - Legal Analysis and Writing
Select one of the following:
POL 400 - Legal Problem Solving and Skills Development
POL 204 – Legal Systems
SOC 101 – Law and Society
POL 401 – Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
PHL 303 – Legal Philosophy
ECO 334 – Business Law
COM 404 – Media Law and Ethics
Total 12 credits
Other Program Requirements: All pre-Law students are required to join and demonstrate active participation in the University’s Thurgood Marshall Society.
POLITICAL SCIENCE MINOR - 3 Credits Each
POL 101 – American National Government
POL 102 – Introduction to Political Science
POL 202 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 204 – Introduction to International Relations
POL 300 or 301 – Political Theory I and II
POL 401- the Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
Total 18 credits
INTERNATIONAL MINOR - 3 Credits Each
POL 204 – Introduction to International Relations
POL 202 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
POL 303 - Comparative Politics II
POL 304 – Comparative African Politics
POL 360 – International Political Economy
POL 460 – Workshops in International Affairs
HIS 313 - U.S. Diplomatic History I
HIS 314 – U.S. Diplomatic History II
Total 21 credits
POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSES (3 Credits Each):
101. American National Government
This course studies the organization and operation of the national government from the standpoint of constitutional principles, structures and functions, programs and policies. Prerequisites: English 100, Education 100 and 101.
102. Introduction to Political Science
This course is an introduction to the basic elements and principles of democratic and non-democratic governments of the world. Selected political ideologies are examined and compared. Prerequisites: English 100, Education 100, 101.
200. Politics in the World System
The course traces the history of the evolution of the world system, its basic properties and characteristics, and the dynamics of the relationships between the advanced industrialized countries and the countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. The non-western perspective is explored, and emphasis is placed on geography and current international issues.
201. State and Local Government
This course studies the organization, powers, functions and methods of formal government at the state and local levels.
202. Introduction to Comparative Politics I
This course examines the nature of the various institutions, structure, processes, and issue areas involved in the politics and society of developed countries and regions such as Japan, South Korea, Canada, the United States and Western Europe. Prerequisites: Political Science 101, 201, or permission of the instructor.
204. Introduction to International Relations
This course studies the relationships among nation-states, the operation of international organizations, international law, and transnational forces. Prerequisite: Political Science 101, 201, or permission of the instructor.
205. African-American Politics
This course studies the political history of African-Americans. Techniques of political mobilization and organization are analyzed through the study of mass movements, political parties, and established interest groups.
206. The Legal System
This course introduces the student to the American legal system and process. Criminal, civil, and juvenile systems will be studied and compared.
300. Political Theory I
The purpose of this course is: to familiarize the student with the seminal
literature and concepts of western political philosophy;1. To understand the continuity and innovation which characterize the Western tradition as well as its relevance to contemporary political problems;
2. To raise the consciousness of the student regarding the complexity of political realities and political thinking; and
3. To help the student to think more critically about his or her personal identity within politics. The course is organized around the study of classical political philosophy and covers the works of political thinkers from Plato to Machiavelli. Prerequisites: Political Science 101 and three additional courses after 101 or permission of the instructor. Required of all majors (offered every other fall semester).
301. Political Theory II
Whereas the first part of Political Theory was devoted to the study of classical political philosophy, the second part will focus explicitly on the nature and evolution of modern political theory. Political philosophers and theorists discussed in this course include, among others, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Hegel, and Marx. The following themes will provide the analytical foundation of the course: political obligation, freedom, liberty, equality, alienation, democracy, socialism, and the relationship between society and the individual.
302. Political Power and Social Change
This course examines and analyzes the interrelationships among the many aspects of social reality (political, economic, sociological and cultural) and the dynamics of social change. Organized within the framework of -an interdisciplinary contextualization of the social sciences, the course exposes students to the elements of social scientific thinking and studies in detail such topics as political ideology, political economy, power structures, social classes, and political participation. The American system serves as the central focus of empirical investigation.
303. Comparative Politics
This course will expose the students to an analysis of, and political change and development in developing regions such as Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and Eastern Europe.
304. Comparative African Politics
This course covers the comparative politics of selected states in East, West, and Southern Africa. Institutions and political processes are analyzed with attention to emerging relations among African states, the political economies of different African countries and their integration into the world system.
305. African Political Economy
This course will engage in a critical evaluation of various paradigms, which seek to explain the African condition in the new global economy. Students will participate in rigorous discussion and debate of the complex and often controversial concepts and issues.
306. Latin American and Caribbean Politics
This course studies the political evolution of Latin America and the Caribbean factors conditioning governmental organizations and policies and case studies of selected states.
307. American Foreign Policy
This course studies the dynamics of American foreign policy since 1945 and coverage of that policy in key geographic areas around the world. The Course also examines the goals, challenges, and problems facing American foreign policy in the post-Cold War era.
309 Asian Politics
This course covers the comparative politics and political institutions of selected Asian states.
310. Race and American Law
This course will peel back the symbolic veneer of a blind goddess dispensing justice under the immutable principles. Race will be the independent variable providing the lens through which we will view America’s legal institutions and the practices compelled by these institutions.
311. Public Administration
Public Administration is the study of the formulation and implementation of public policy. It includes the principles and practice of administration in government and public service organizations. Modern theories of public administration and public policy are applied to the study of bureaucracies, public budgeting, and management.
313. Introduction to Public Policy
The course introduces the student to the field of Public Policy. It begins with the analysis of the politics of public policy. Such an analysis examines the actors, institutions, processes, values and policy programs of government and politics.
314. Urban Politics
Urban Politics is the study of political behavior in the urban environment. The political cultures and political structures of various cities are analyzed with a view to determining how decisions and actions are made to deal with urban crises, and with the routing problem of delivering essential services. The impact of social and economic forces on the delivery of essential services is assessed.
316. Foreign Policy Making
This course will describe, analyze, and evaluate the procedures for making foreign policy. Students will study how foreign policy making differs from domestic policy making and how the two are intertwined and interrelated. Focus will be directed to the dilemmas the United States faces as a democracy conducting foreign policy.
320. Campaigns and Elections
This course focuses on the issues that are involved in electoral process in the United States. It specifically examines the procedures and the mechanics involved in conducting an election as well as the theories and practices of campaigning. Finally, some attention will be given to the impact that this process has on voters and their involvement in the electoral process.
360. International Political Economy
This course will provide students with a theoretical and empirical understanding of the general dynamics and the institutional features of the global political economy. Critical issues, such as the relative decline of the U.S., the role of Japan and China in the world economy, European economic integration, international capital flows, economic development in developing regions, trade, trans-national corporations, international debt, and restructuring will be discussed in depth.
400. Legal Problem Solving and Skills Development
This course consists of lectures, classroom student exercises, and regular tests in areas related to the American legal system. Concepts such as stare decisis and judicial review, as well as the role of precedent and the principle of judicial abstention will be reviewed and evaluated. Each class will begin with a quiz using an LSAT-type question, which will be discussed by the class before the end of the hour.
401. Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
This course reviews the role of the Supreme Court in the American political system through analysis of leading cases. Special emphasis is placed on First Amendment freedoms, Due Process of Law, and Civil Rights.
405. Independent Study (3 credits)
The student must receive permission from the chairperson to undertake independent study. The program will be worked out with and supervised by one of the members of the department. 405. Selected Topics (3 credits) A seminar course that will explore selected topics in contemporary politics in depth, it may be taken more than once for credit. Topic is announced in advance. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
430. International Conflict, Cooperation, and Strategy
This course is designed to draw student attention to the many existing conflicts and problems that exist in the contemporary global system and to discuss the "costs" created by such conflicts between groups and nations which can be reduced or even eliminated by peaceful resolutions.
434. The United Nations and Global Security
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive account of the United Nation’s activities and responsibilities in the general area of global security. The readings and class discussions will expose students to the historical and contemporary global security activities of the United Nations, and, therefore, to the different meanings of global security.
439. The Modern World System
This course aims to provide a comprehensive overview and treatment of the origins and the evolution of the modern world-system. The course is concerned with examining and analyzing the structure, the mechanisms, and the dynamics of the formation and the expansion of the world capitalist economy, as well as with the actual standardization of time and space within the capitalist economy and the processes of social change.
445. The Political Economy of Development
This course explores theories and strategies of development for the Third World in a comparative international relations context. Students in the course are exposed to the major theoretical perspectives in development, including modernization, Marxism, dependency, and world-systems, and will have the opportunity to examine the political economy, development strategies and policies, in selected areas Southeast/East Asia region, Latin American and the Caribbean, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.
454. North-South Relations
This course examines in depth, both from a theoretical and empirical perspective, the political economy of the North-South interaction from the time of colonialism to the present. Topics include the dynamics of imperialism, dependency, and underdevelopment, and the economic and political mechanisms that serve to perpetuate the ordinate/subordinate relationship between advanced industrialized and peripheral countries.
460. Workshops in International Affairs
This course enhances the knowledge of foreign policy analysis, international negotiations and decision-making through analysis of selected case studies covering different areas of the world and different aspects of international affairs and the use of simulation games.
461. Seminar on American Political Institutions
This course provides for advanced analysis of the major political institutions of the United States. Specifically, the course will focus on the interactions between the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the government.
463. Political Economy and the Changing Global Order
This course will examine and analyze the global transformations that have taken place in the late Twentieth Century from the perspective of critical political economy. The course will take a close look on regional variation (Africa, Latin American, South Asia, China, Russia, Europe and the United States), and will explain the globalization of production and finance.
480. Introduction to Research Methods in Political Science
This course provides an overview of the basic research methods used in political science. Various approaches to research design, data analysis, and hypothesis testing will be covered during the course.
481. Introductory Statistics for Political Scientists
This course emphasizes the application and analysis of research data. Students will be exposed to various statistical methods ranging from analysis of variance to basic regression.
482. Senior Seminar
All majors in the department are required to write a senior research paper under the direction of a faculty member. Topics must be related to one or more of the different areas in the field of political science.
490. Internships in Political Science
Students spend one semester exploring the daily operation of a governmental or political entity. This will include participation in a local, state, federal, or international agency. In addition, students may receive credit for this course through participation in an approved academic research program.