College Catalog

Course Descriptions

American Government-National

PSC231

Federal government, its power, and organization. Functions of legislative, executive, and judicial branches. Students examine the historical development of our federal system and analyze the relationships between social forces, government, and political action. 3 Credits (3 Lecture) Fall Only.

State and Local Government

PSC241

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

Principles of Public Administration

PSC251

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)

Global Terrorism and Emergency Management

PSC401

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)

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