Political Science Courses

American Government - National


Federal government, its power, and organization. Functions of legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Examines the historical development of our federal system and analyze the relationships between social forces, government, and political action. (Formerly PSC231) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) As needed.

State and Local Government


State and local government institutions, their functions and responsibilities; intergovernmental relations. (Formerly PSC241) 3 Credits (3 Lecture) As needed.

Principles of Public Administration


Introduction to management principles and practices of government, with a focus on public agency administration. Course work provides the foundation necessary to understand the breadth and complexity of public administration. Topics include the role of bureaucracy in the political process, theories of public organizations, bureaucratic discretion and accountability, policy implementation, and the changing nature of public engagement. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

International Relations


Examination of the economic, social, cultural, and political relations among nation-states from the 18th century to the present. Topics include the historical components and complexity of international relations for in-depth analysis of contemporary international relations. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) (Cultural Diversity) As needed.

Global Terrorism and Emergency Management


Investigation of the role of government agencies and emergency responders during the threat of domestic and international terrorism. Explores the definition of terrorism and the political context in which it exists. Reviews the development of 20th century and contemporary terrorist movements and groups and their historical antecedents. Focuses on the effects of terrorist attacks and their differences from natural and non-terrorist human-caused disasters. Threat assessment, analysis, and planning promotes the inclusion of this element of emergency management in preparation, incident management, and response/recovery. 3 Credits (3 Lecture)

Terrorism, Civil War and Genocide


Study and analysis of terrorism, civil war and genocide. Course includes case studies of specific examples of each phenomenon and an examination of the causes and consequences of these types of conflict. Course includes sensitive andexplicitly violent material and substantive writing assignments over the course of the semester. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Prerequisite(s): ENL111 and PSC131 or ENL111 and PSC261 or ENL111 and HIS126 or ENL111 and HIS146 or ENL111 and SOC111 or ANT113 and ENL111 or BEM210 and ENL111. (Writing Enriched) As needed.


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