Political Science

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BUTERBAUGH, KEVIN, Professor and Chairperson
MARCHANT-SHAPIRO, THERESA, Associate Professor and Graduate Coordinator
COSTEL, CALIN, Assistant Professor
HOPPER, JENNIFER, Assistant Professor
O'HARA, JONATHAN, Associate Professor
OLNEY, PATRICIA, Professor
WHARTON, JONATHAN, Assistant Professor

PSC 500 - Government and Politics

Analysis of classical and current issues and research questions across the subfields in political science. (Formally PSC 594).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2014

PSC 501 - Research Methods in Political Science

Analysis of research methods currently used for the study of politics. Traditional, behavioral, and post-behavioral methods are discussed. Training in the writing of graduate-level theses is also provided.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 502 - Seminar in American Politics

Analysis of American politics at the national level; duties and powers of the three branches of branches, citizen rights, federal-state relations, government programs & enforcement. (Formally PSC 510).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSC 504 - Japan and the Western Pacific Rimlands

Analysis of the government and politics of Japan (the Great Dragon), the four little Dragons of East Asia (Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore) and the other industrializing states of the Western Pacific Rimlands.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSC 507 - Presidents, Bureaucracy, and Policy

An analysis of the relationships among the presidency, Congress, and the bureaucracy in making national public policies.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

PSC 508 - Seminar in Comparative Politics

Analysis of one country or world region focusing on political, economic, and social change. Theories and case studies (Formally PSC 549).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 509 - International Relations and Diplomacy

The contemporary international political system and the factors which influence the power and behavior of the world’s principal political units. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2015

PSC 511 - State and Local Government

The development, structure, functions, and politics of American government at the state and local levels. Constitutional problems; state and local government; organizational; judicial, and financial problems; interrelationships, and positions within the federal system. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 512 - Public Organizations and Management

The rise, significance, and role of public organizations in the United States. The public management function. Problems of executive leadership, administrative organization, personnel and finance management, and administrative legislation and adjudication.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2014

PSC 513 - Political Parties

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Summer 2016

PSC 514 - U. S. Public Policy

Contemporary approaches to the study of policy formulation in the United States. Case studies of governmental decision-making, exercise of political power and influence, and pressure politics — and their implications for democracy.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2013

PSC 520 - Nationalism and International Security

An analysis of the significance of nationalism, the nation-state, and anti-nationalistic movements for contemporary international security. Case studies are drawn from the regions of the world.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2012

PSC 525 - The Federal Bureaucracy

The structure of bureaucratic agencies, political aspects of bureaucratic power, federalism and intergovernmental relations, ethical issues, and bureaucratic reform are explored.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2012

PSC 527 - Seminar in Public Policy

Examination of the public policy-making process to include policy theories, models, analytical approaches, evaluation methods, and case studies.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSC 541 - Marxist Political Thought

The political content of the works of Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and their successors and its application in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 545 - Russia and the Post-Soviet Space

Communist and post-communist governments in the former Soviet Union and East Central Europe.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 552 - Urban Politics

The structure of government in urban areas and the nature of political power as it deals with the key problems of education, employment, housing, race and federal and state government.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 553 - Law and Public Administration

The legal and administrative components of the local legal system within a broad national context with special emphasis on its problems and the traditional and alternative solutions for these problems.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2016

PSC 556 - Urban Policy Analysis

An examination of the basic urban policy-making process. Political, financial and structural issues are presented.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2016

PSC 557 - Seminar in Urban Affairs

Analysis of urban and regional issues and the implications to today’s society. The relationship of the central city to the suburbs and the region, growth issues, and the conflicting forces will be examined. Involvement in current urban affairs.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

PSC 559 - Urban Policy Evaluation

Examination of various policy evaluation methods and research in urban affairs.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: not yet offered

PSC 570 - Problems in Contemporary International Relations

World politics since World War II through the study of major international developments and problems of our times. The power struggle and ideological conflict of this period, with particular focus on specific issues and areas that contribute to tension or stability. Scheduled irregularly. (Formerly PSC 590).

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2013

PSC 580 - Global Politics and Policy

Examination of the emergence of globalization and its impact on political institutions and public policy-making within and among nations with an emphasis on global cooperation and transnational policy issues. Scheduled irregularly.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

PSC 585 - Thesis Proposal in Political Science

For thesis students only. Development of thesis proposal, including: introduction, literature review, statement of the problem, hypothesis, and research design.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSC 589 - Metropolitan Government

Examination of the interconnections between urban and suburban America in terms of governance, policy decision-making, housing, crime, and sprawl.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Fall 2015

PSC 591 - Thesis Research in Political Science

Implementation of research design from approved thesis proposal and written presentation of findings, including analysis of data, results, discussions, summary, conclusions, and recommendations for future study.

Prerequisite(s): PSC 585

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSC 597 - Political Science Internship

A supervised public service internship at the state, local, national or international level providing practical training. Elaboration of applicable theories of public organizations. Always offered.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 or 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSC 599 - Special Topics

Selected problems and issues in the field of Political Science.

1 to 6 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017

PSC 600 - Independent Study

Prerequisite: departmental permission. Always offered.

Prerequisite(s): departmental permission.

3 credit(s).

Last Term Offered: Spring 2017