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)
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)