Political Science (PSC)
PSC 101 INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
3, 3/0; SS14
The nature and scope of political science; ideological foundations of politics; comparative study of the governments of constitutional and developing systems; the development and adaptation of democracy; the dynamics of politics and functions of political institutions. Offered every semester and summer.
PSC 102 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
3, 3/0; AH14
Historical development of American government and politics. Conceptual studies of the key transformative phases of institutions (U.S. Constitution, federalism, Congress, the courts, the presidency), politics (political parties, interest groups, media, social movements), political economy (regulation, federal bureaucracy) and political culture (citizenship and identity, public opinion, political behavior). Offered Every Semester.
PSC 103 GREAT POLITICAL ISSUES
3, 3/0; SS14
Examines great political issues such as civic engagement, civil disobedience, democracy, freedom, equality, ideology, identity, law, morality, and political obligation and discusses them in light of their various historical contexts and political implications. Offered every semester and summer.
PSC 189 TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
In-depth examination of rapidly changing disciplinary issues, topics, or practices in government and politics; offered occasionally.
PSC 203 POLITICAL ANALYSIS
Prerequisite: PSC 102 or PSC 101. Design, execution, and interpretation of research in the field of political science including quantitative and qualitative research methods, theory building, and constructing and testing hypotheses; data collection techniques including survey research methods. Offered every semester and summer.
PSC 204 POLITICAL STATISTICS
Prerequisite: PSC 101 or PSC 102 and PSC 203. Introduction to quantitative political science research methods, univariate, bivariate and multivariate analysis, statistical inference, sampling, hypothesis testing, measures of association, tests of statistical significance and model assumptions. Offered every semester and summer.
PSC 210 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY
The contemporary presidency, constitutional roles, political powers and the factor of personality, the executive and other political and social institutions, problems and prospects for the presidency. Offered fall and summer only.
Equivalent Course: PSC 210W
PSC 215 URBAN GOVERNMENT
Introduction to the political economy of urban areas in the United States; focus on explanation of current urban public policies; public vs. private political power, bureaucracy, citizen organization. Offered fall only.
Equivalent Course: PSC 215W
PSC 218 AFRICAN AMERICAN POLITICAL CULTURE
Political beliefs, attitudes, and practices that pertain to African American politics in a cultural context; causality and linkage inherent in the reciprocal relationship between African Americans and the American political system. Offered fall only.
Equivalent Courses: AAS 218, PSC 218W
PSC 225 WOMEN IN AMERICAN POLITICS
3, 3/0; DI14
Influences of female participation in the American political system; the political behavior of American women; the implications of these influences and behaviors. Offered occasionally.
PSC 230 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
3, 3/0; SS14
Elements of national power, religion, global balance of power and collective security systems; instruments of international politics: diplomacy, propaganda, and war; forces of nationalism. Offered every semester.
PSC 240 EUROPEAN POLITICAL SYSTEMS
The structure and dynamics of politics in major European countries with emphasis on political behavior and political processes; issues of economic and political integration. Offered occasionally.
PSC 250 INTRODUCTION TO LAW
Basics of law, the judicial system, courtroom procedures, distinctions between different kinds of law, and the importance of these distinctions. Constitution and rights defined in the Constitution. Responsibilities of attorneys in the judicial system and to their clients. Skills involved in learning and practicing law; writing legal briefs; oral presentation of legal arguments. Offered every semester and summer.
PSC 302 INTERNATIONAL CONFLICT AND PEACEFUL RESOLUTION
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing. Key theoretical traditions and research in international and intrastate conflict and conflict resolution through in-depth empirical analysis. Offered fall only.
PSC 305 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
Prerequisite: PSC 102 or PSC 230. International public-policy responses to environmental challenges; viewpoints on ecological limits, regulatory responses, and the role of business. Population growth, international climate change, sustainable development, cap-and-trade approaches to pollution reduction, and the correlation between violent conflict and environmental stress. Offered spring only.
PSC 306 POLITICS OF ENERGY
The energy situation in both the United States and the international community from political viewpoints; U.S. energy policy, process, and strategies within their economic, physical, and political settings; conflict and cooperation among nations over the rational use of energy resources. Offered occasionally.
PSC 308 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
3, 3/0; WIIF
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or instructor permission. Political and legal viewpoints of international organizations; political and administrative concepts and theories concerning international organizations and law such as roles and effects of international organizations and law in foreign policy making, international cooperation, and competition. Offered spring only.
PSC 309 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
Prerequisite: PSC 101 or PSC 102. A political analysis of the global economy. Emphasis on learning and using different theories of international political economy to explore contemporary global economic issues such as trade, trade agreements, monetary policies, and the impact of international finance organizations. Offered fall only.
Equivalent Course: PSC 309W
PSC 310 AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES
The American party systems: two-party competition and third party challenges; suffrage rules and electoral processes; changing patterns of party organization, nomination, campaigning, and finance; party identification and voter behavior; the role of parties in governing; parties and the future of American politics. Offered spring only.
PSC 311 INTEREST GROUPS
Introduction to the democratic political process, methods and operations of various interest groups; roles of citizens groups. Offered occasionally.
PSC 312 LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
State and national legislatures with emphasis on the determinants of legislative decision making, the committee system, and the policy outputs of the legislative branch. Offered spring and summer only.
Equivalent Course: PSC 312W
PSC 313 CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
Prerequisites: PSC 101 or PSC 102. Development of an understanding and appreciation of modern, intellectual civic engagement. Overview of the democratic traditions and Constitutional framework that encourages American civic participation. Analysis of past and current citizen campaigns. Evaluation of leadership, external resources, economic conditions, media impact and alternative strategies. Development and presentation of advocacy letters, petitions, position papers and campaign strategies.
PSC 315 STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Functions of state and local governments, parties, interest groups, and elections; constitutional and governmental structures; intergovernmental relations; decision making, effects of metropolitanization; contemporary issues and problems; future trends and prospects.
PSC 316 URBAN ETHNIC POLITICS
The development of ethnic politics in urban areas of the United States. Political development and conflict among major ethnic, racial, and religious groups, including African Americans, Irish, Italian, Jews, Latinos, Native Americans, and Polish. Contemporary patterns of organization, leadership, strategy, political mobilization; key issues examined, such as affirmative action, school desegregation, and welfare reform. Offered occasionally.
PSC 317 U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
Prerequisite: Junior or senior standing or instructor permission. Foundations of American Constitutionalism; judicial review and its use throughout history; the Supreme Court's interaction with Congress, the president, and the states; evolving concepts of federalism; development of governmental regulation of private property and contracts; the evolution of the principles of constitutional due process and equal protection. Offered fall only.
Equivalent Course: PSC 317W
PSC 318 DEMOCRACY AND PEACE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN THE URBAN EXPERIENCE
Prerequisite: PSC 101 or PSC 102 or PSC 103. Development of politics, democracy, and justice from the experience of urban communities, particularly in light of economics, peace, and race issues. Offered occasionally.
PSC 319 GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUESTIONING POLITICS
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. This course provides a cross-cultural, longitudinal perspective of U.S. GLBTQ movements and interest-based organizations. It examines queer legal theory, human rights, and constitutional issues surrounding GLBTQ rights. The course considers GLBTQ politics in the context of federalism, with examination of federal legislation such as the Defense of Marriage Act and individual state laws with respect to GLBTQ rights. Offered fall only.
PSC 320 U.S. CIVIL LIBERTIES
Legal principles influencing the origin and development of our criminal laws and the way these principles have evolved by court interpretation to accommodate social change and attitudes; the Bill of Rights and due process clause of the United States Constitution. Offered spring only.
Equivalent Course: PSC 320W
PSC 321 CIVIL PROCEDURE
Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing. Imparts knowledge of, interest in and an appreciation for the civil litigation process in the federal and state court systems of the United States and provides students with a guided tour of the litigation process including but not limited to: pre-complaint actions, subject and personal jurisdiction, complaints and answers, pre-trial motions, discovery, dispositive motions, trial preparation and organization, jury selection and appeal decisions. Offered occasionally.
PSC 325 POLITICS OF WELFARE
America's social insurance and support systems. Major welfare programs including social security, veterans' benefits, tax expenditures, food stamps, subsidized education, and military retirement; the costs and benefits of America's welfare system. Offered occasionally.
PSC 326 POLITICS AND MEDIA
The relationship between the mass media and contemporary American politics, its impact on voting behavior, and the role of the media in the presidential and congressional elections. Offered ocassionally.
PSC 327 PRACTICAL POLITICS
Classroom and extra-classroom experience and interaction with political practitioners; participation in quasi-political organizing, campaigns and elections, and day-to-day operations of government and politics. Offered occasionally.
PSC 330 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY
3, 3/0; WIIF
Prerequisite: PSC102. Basic ideas that shape American foreign policy; isolationism, domestic and international pressures, cold war, peaceful coexistence and détente, major problems. Offered spring only.
Equivalent Course: PSC 330W
PSC 333 AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
African international politics vis-à-vis international relations theory, models, and concepts; power; multipolarity; bipolarity; pan-Africanism; North-South debate; approaches to international politics; and state and international organizations as international actors.
Equivalent Course: AAS 333
PSC 335 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Patterns of interaction within the Middle East and with other states; problems of security and peace in the region; ideology, nationalism, and economic interests as factors influencing the behavior of the states. Offered occasionally.
Equivalent Course: PSC 335W
PSC 336 LATIN AMERICA IN WORLD POLITICS
Prerequisite: Upper Division status. Politics in the region of Latin America within the context of international relations theory. Development of the Latin American subsystem; major actors and movements within the region, including human rights and democratization; globalization and free trade; the influence of the United States; and the legacy of colonialism and the Cold War. Offered occasionally.
PSC 337 POLITICS OF GLOBALIZATION
3, 3/0; NW14
Prerequisites: Upper-division status; PSC 101 or PSC 102. Interdependent global political economy; complex process by which governments, corporations, individuals, and information technology are integrated and interconnected on a global scale; costs vs. benefits of globalization. Offered fall only.
PSC 338 POLITICS AND HISTORY OF MODERN TERRORISM I
Prerequisites: Upper-division status or permission of instructor. Politics and history of terrorism from the French Revolution until the end of the Cold War. The first of a two-part course sequence. Broad definitions of terrorism including tyrannicide, state terror, and counterinsurgency. Narrow definitions do not include state actors. Questions of geopolitical, socioeconomic and cultural causation. Current methodology and empirical research of terrorism. Typology of terrorism including historical analysis of racist, nationalist, anarchist and socialist organizations. Focus on controversies about state response regarding legal rights, proceedings, and immigration. Addressing political, social and cultural issues. Offered annually each fall semester. Offered fall semester.
Equivalent Course: HIS 347
PSC 340 POLITICS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES
3, 3/0; NW14
Prerequisite: PSC 101 or PSC 230. Problems of developing countries, political process, and its relation to societal transformation; the role of the army and bureaucracy in political development; problems of nation-building and democracy in developing countries; and globalization. Offered spring only.
PSC 341 GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, AND POLICIES OF THE EUROPEAN UNION
Prerequisites: Upper-division status; PSC 101 or PSC 102 or PSC 240. Government, politics, and policies of the European Union. Origins and development of European integration, European identity, theories of economic and political integration, treaties and law-making, institutions and decision-making, internal and external policies and policy-making. Offered occasionally.
Equivalent Course: PSC 341W
PSC 342 RUSSIAN POLITICS
Prerequisite: PSC 101 or instructor permission. Theory and practice of Russian political institutions and processes in light of Russian history; Soviet efforts to redirect that history; current political, social, and economic changes in Russia today. Offered fall only.
PSC 344 COMPARATIVE DEMOCRACY
Prerequisites: PSC101 or PSC 230 or by Instructor Permission. Examines the history and development of democracy with strong emphasis on comparing and analyzing various forms of democracy found throughout the Western and Non-Western world in the late 20th and early 21st centuries. Offered occasionally.
PSC 345 POLITICS AND HISTORY OF THE MIDDLE EAST
Geographic, cultural, and political settings; historical development since the nineteenth century; the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire and Western colonialism; nationalism, independence, and turmoil; Arab-Israeli question; oil and its impact and problems; great power and inter-area politics. Offered fall only.
Equivalent Courses: HIS 313, PSC 345W
PSC 351 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT I
3, 3/0; WC14, WIIF
Equivalent Course: PSC 351W
PSC 352 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT II
3, 3/0; WC14, WIIF
Equivalent Course: PSC 352W
PSC 355 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
American political thought from colonial to contemporary time; the development of persistent political values and beliefs, how interpretations and applications of these values and beliefs have changed through different periods; the roots of contemporary American political culture and ideology.
PSC 360 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Introduction to public administration: analysis of government administration in its social, economic, and political settings; the role of public administration in formulating public policy; organization and management in public services; personnel and financial management. Offered fall only.
Equivalent Course: PAD 360
PSC 364 AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY
Governmental policy with emphasis on the sources of policy, the policy-making process in national political institutions, and the social impact of policy choices. Offered fall only.
PSC 368 COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Introduction to cross-cultural, cross-national, or cross-institutional study of public administration institutions and practices; the administrative systems of European countries and the processes of administrative change in developing countries; the evolution of bureaucracy. Offered spring only.
Equivalent Course: PAD 368
PSC 370 CANADIAN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
Canadian public administration institutions and processes and the development of public policy; the federal level; secondary attention to provincial and local administration and policy; similarities and differences with other administrative systems, especially the United States. Offered occasionally.
Equivalent Course: PAD 370
PSC 375 RACE, SEX, AND POLITICS OF MYTH AND STORY
Prerequisites: Upper-division status and successful completion of English basic skills competency requirement; PSC 101 or PSC 103. The institutional and human force of story in race/sex/politics; legitimizing myths of the U.S. political system; limits to the achievement of consensus in group values and politics; standpoints of race/sex/political privilege and disadvantage; difficulties posed to the regime by the refusal of consent; and the transformation and assumption by citizens of self-government. Offered spring only.
Equivalent Course: PSC 375W
PSC 389 TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
In-depth study of current issues of substantial political significance, such as: public personnel administration, defense policy, computers and political science, environmental policy, political communication, health policy, and human rights. Offered every semester.
PSC 390 THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN EXPERIENCE: POLITICS, SOCIETY, & IDENTITY
Examination of the experience of Italians in the United States from an interdisciplinary perspective beginning with the peak years of emigration (1870-1920) including the culture, society, economy, and government of Italy (push factors) and the promise of America (pull factors). Identity, citizenship, worldview, family structure, expressive culture, politics, economics, crime, and social relations in the Italian-American community.
Equivalent Course: PSC 390W
PSC 398 LEGAL RESEARCH AND WRITING
Prerequisites: CWP 102; PSC 250, or Instructor Permission. An introduction to the rules and techniques of legal research and writing. Discovering through electronic and bound legal sources law and applying it to specific legal situations. Students will then communicate their results through generally accepted legal techniques: oral presentation, the legal memo, the legal brief.
PSC 399 RESEARCH SKILLS
3, 3/0; CT14, IM14, WIIF
Prerequisites: PSC 204 and junior or senior standing; or instructor permission. Preparation to study selected topics in political science through in-depth research and for written and oral presentation of research findings. This course is offered every semester.
PSC 410 POLITICAL BEHAVIOR AND PUBLIC OPINION
Conditions of democratic political behavior, opinion formulation in democratic systems, voting behavior and party affiliation in the United States, mass political behavior and governmental institutions, mass political behavior in selected western European societies. Offered occasionally.
PSC 415 URBAN PUBLIC POLICY
Prerequisite: Upper-division status. Urban problems and government policy responses to them; economic development, poverty, and crime; roles of all levels of government; policy analysis. Offered occasionally.
PSC 420 CONTEMPORARY CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES
Recent developments in American constitutional law; comparison of the Warren, Burger, Rehnquist, and Roberts courts; First Amendment liberties and rights; the rights of the accused and criminal due process; equal protection and African Americans; reapportionment and representation; the president and national security. Offered occasionally.
Equivalent Course: PSC 420W
PSC 421 DISCRIMINATION AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing. The role the equal protection clause plays in prohibiting and allowing discrimination in the United States. The development of equal protection jurisprudence throughout the past century and a half. The reach and potentialities of equal protection analysis: fundamental rights, suspect classes, expansion and retrenchment. Offered occasionally.
PSC 450 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT
3, 3/0; WIIF
Central problems of political philosophy (such as equality, freedom, justice, and political obligation) as discussed by contemporary philosophers. Offered occasionally.
Equivalent Course: PSC 450W
PSC 460 PUBLIC POLICY AND HIV-AIDS
PSC 470 SENIOR SEMINAR
3, 3/0; WIIF
Equivalent Course: PSC 470W
PSC 485 MOCK TRIAL
Prerequisite: Upper-division status or permission of instructor. Simulation of a trial court or appellate court proceeding involving teams of students acting as prosecutors'/plaintiffs' attorneys, defense attorneys, and witnesses. Students develop case strategy, analyze evidence, integrate legal precedent, prepare a written brief, question witnesses, and present oral arguments to the court in opening and closing statements. Final project is a mock trial presentation held in a formal courtroom setting. Offered every semester.
PSC 488 INTERNSHIP
1-15, 0/0; WIIF
Prerequisites: PSC 203, 204, and 399. Field experiences that supplement departmental academic offerings; geared to students' interests. Faculty intern supervisor and department chair permission necessary. Offered every semester and summer.
PSC 495 SPECIAL PROJECT
PSC 497 WASHINGTON SEMESTER
State University of New York's Washington semester program. Class work, seminars, and internship work; selection based on college-wide competition; contact Political Science Department chair for information and application forms. Offered every semester and summer.
PSC 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY