Political Science (PS)

PS 188 Special Studies: Political Science (1-4 Credits)

Explores topics of current interest in the discipline.

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PS 199 Selected Topics: Political Science (1-4 Credits)

This course is in development.

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PS 201 Introduction to US Government and Politics (4 Credits)

Recommended preparation: WR 121.

Examines the American political system with its separation of powers, limited authority and guarantee of individual liberty. Includes a study of political ideology, parties, voting, media, and interest groups. Special emphasis will be placed on a detailed study of the Constitution and its application in today's America.

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PS 203 State/Local Government (3 Credits)

Recommended preparation: or to be taken with WR 121.

Examines the thousands of governments located at the state and local levels. Explores separation of powers between governors, legislatures and state court systems. Opportunity for individual involvement in the administration, innovation and promotion of democracy is investigated.

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PS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4 Credits)

Recommended preparation: WR 121.

Surveys the field of comparative politics through in-depth analyses of countries in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, and the Americas. Comparative structures of these governments will be explored and analyzed in light of separation of powers, limited authority, and individual rights.

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PS 205 Introduction to International Relations (4 Credits)

Recommended preparation: WR 121.

Introduces complex relations among the nations of a rapidly changing world. Focuses on the nature of the international system and factors affecting conflict and cooperation within the system.

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PS 206 Introduction to Political Thought (4 Credits)

Recommended preparation: WR 121.

Introduces the broad range of issues and approaches in political theory. Examines the diversity of the field, as it includes both classic and historical texts as well as contemporary thought. From Plato to Machiavelli, and from Locke to Nietzsche, this course examines the major political themes of justice, equality, democracy, power, and liberty.

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PS 207 Politics of the Middle East (4 Credits)

This course is intended as an introduction to politics in the Middle East and therefore provides a general overview of some of the chief issues of contemporary Middle Eastern politics. These include the impact of colonialism, nationalism and nation-state formation, regional crisis, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the politics of oil, Islamism, democratization, political economy, globalization, and human rights.

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PS 250 Terrorism and the American Public (4 Credits)

Recommended preparation: WR121.

The course defines terrorism, considers the motivations of terrorists, considers policy proposals that might be taken to reduce the likelihood of terrorism, and investigates the tensions inherent in democracies between civil liberties and national security.

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PS 280 Co-op Work Experience Political Science (1-4 Credits)

Prerequisites: instructor approval.

Provides experience in which students apply previous classroom learning in an occupational setting. Credits depend on the number of hours worked. P/NP grading.

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PS 298 Independent Study: Political Science (1-4 Credits)

Prerequisites: instructor approval.

Recommended preparation: prior coursework in the discipline.

Individualized, advanced study to focus on outcomes not addressed in existing courses or of special interest to a student. P/NP grading.

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PS 299 Selected Topics: Political Science (1-4 Credits)

This course is in development.

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