2020-2021 Academic Catalog

Political Science (POS)

POS 100  American National Government  (3 Credits)  

Coordinated study of the development of the American government including the historical development of the United States and the organization and functions of government.

POS 180  Introduction to Political Science  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the basic concepts and fundamental substantive divisions of the field of political science.

POS 230  American Public Policy  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the basic theories and concepts of policy analysis, with particular emphasis on the policy- making process at the federal level; examines such selected policy issues as welfare, health insurance, and housing. The course also seeks to assess the impact of policy decisions on various groups in American society.

POS 231  American State and Local Government  (3 Credits)  

Intensive study of the legal and political processes of the sub- systems of state and local government. There is a detailed emphasis on federal state, interstate, and state local relations.

POS 250  Introduction to Public Administration  (3 Credits)  

Focus on the organization, responsibility, personnel management, fiscal processes, functions and problems of public administration.

POS 250H  Honors Introd to Public Administration  (3 Credits)  

Focus on the organization, responsibility, personnel management, fiscal processes, functions and problems of public administration.

POS 315  African American Politics  (3 Credits)  

Systematic examination of the African-American in the American political system, covering various periods of the African-American political experience.

POS 315H  Honors African American Politics  (3 Credits)  

Designed for honor's classes. Systematic examination of the African-American in the American political system, covering various periods of the African-American political experience.

POS 320  The American Party System  (3 Credits)  

Study of the nature, function, evolution, and organization of political parties in the United States, with particular emphasis on the relationship of special interest groups with the party system.

POS 323  Compartative Government  (3 Credits)  

Study of the organization, structure, and politics of the major European governments, with special emphasis on the political systems of Great Britain, France, West Germany, and the Former Soviet Union.

POS 325  American Foreign Policy  (3 Credits)  

Study of the background, responsibilities, and consequences of United States foreign policy from World War I through the Cold War years to the present. Special emphasis is based on the diplomatic origins of the major wars, the peacemaking efforts, and assessment of American foreign policy toward major regions of the world and international organizations.

POS 332  Introduction to Jurisprudence  (3 Credits)  

Intensive examination of the schools and theories of jurisprudence, historical development of legal systems, legal reasoning, and juristic processes

POS 333  Research Methods  (3 Credits)  

Focus on the problems of methodology in empirical research, emphasizing hypothesis testing and the quantification of data. This course provides experience in the use of public documents, aggregate data, and survey data in research designs and policy evaluation.

POS 333H  Honors Methods of Research  (3 Credits)  

Designed for honor's classes. Focus on the problems of methodology in empirical research, emphasizing hypothesis testing and the quantification of data. This course provides experience in the use of public documents, aggregate data, and survey data in research designs and policy evaluation.

POS 337  American Constitutional Development  (3 Credits)  

Study of the basic principles of the American constitutional system. Emphasis is placed on the judicial interpretation and application of these principles in construing the powers of the government and the rights of individuals.

POS 337H  Honors American Constitutional Law I  (3 Credits)  

Study of the basic principles of the American constitutional system. Emphasis is placed on the judicial interpretation and application of these principles in construing the powers of the government and the rights of individuals . These courses examine the historical background of major federal court decisions.

POS 338  American Constitutional Law  (3 Credits)  

Study of the basic principles of the American constitutional system with emphasis on the historical background of major federal court decisions.

POS 338H  Honors American Constitutional Law II  (3 Credits)  

Study of the basic principles of the American constitutional system. Emphasis is placed on the judicial interpretation and application of these principles in construing the powers of the government and the rights of individuals . These courses examine the historical background of major federal court decisions.

POS 345  Statistics and Data Processing  (3 Credits)  

Examination of the systemic exploration and analysis of data, developing competencies in interpreting and creating statistical analyses including but not limited to summary statistics, cross-tabulations, regressions, and predictive analyses; develop an understanding of open-source tools for reading and managing data.

POS 350  Organization Theory and Behavior  (3 Credits)  

Examination of the structure and function of public organizations, with emphasis on theories of administrative hierarchies and evaluation of bureaucracies

POS 360  International Politics  (3 Credits)  

This course examines relationships among nations relative to conflicts, alliances, political economy, etc. It also deals with the ever evolving nature of the global system particularly the impact of high-speed information on globalization.

POS 360H  Honors International Relations  (3 Credits)  

Focus on humans as a part of nature, acting in their political environment over time. This course examines relationships among nations relative to conflicts, treaties, economic integration, etc.

POS 430  Political Theory  (3 Credits)  

Study of the political theories of Plato, Aristotle, selected Greek, Roman and medieval writers, to Machiavelli. Critical analyses of enduring political problems.

POS 431  Modern Theory  (3 Credits)  

Critical analyses of enduring political problems in the writings of European theorists from Machiavelli to the present.

POS 431H  Honors Modern Theory  (3 Credits)  

Critical analyses of enduring political problems in the writings of European theorists from Machiavelli to the present.

POS 442  International Law  (3 Credits)  

Intensive study of the substantive content of the law of international relations. Special emphasis is placed on problems of enforcement of laws, etc.

POS 443  Administrative Law  (3 Credits)  

Introduction to the American legal system using a case study approach.

POS 451  Public Personnel Administration  (3 Credits)  

Focus is placed on the recruitment, examination, placement, remuneration, morale, retirement, training, and other related issues which impact public service.

POS 463  Politics of African Nations  (3 Credits)  

Examination of the political evolution of African nations south of the Sahara through comparison of political ideologies and case studies of selected individual nations. This also includes an analysis the various colonial systems as well as African struggle for independence.

POS 464  African Crises  (3 Credits)  

Study of conflicts in Africa and their causes and attempts at resolution with emphasis on the role of peace-keeping efforts of the African Union, international organizations and foreign powers.

POS 466  Readings in Government A& Problems in Government  (3 Credits)  

Independent reading and analytical reporting on works outside the immediate scope of formal courses. Special emphasis is placed on the depth of various perspectives.

POS 468  A Survey of Contemporary Governments of Asia  (3 Credits)  

Survey of the governments and the politics of the countries of Asia; with attention to geographic, economic, and cultural conditions, out of which present governments evolve.

POS 493  Internship  (9 Credits)  

Internship in a private or governmental agency. See faculty Public Administration Internship Coordinator for specific requirements.

POS 493A  Public Administration Internship  (3 Credits)  

Internship in a private or governmental agency. See faculty Public Administration Internship Coordinator for specific requirements.

POS 494  Pre-Law Internship  (6 Credits)  

Internship offers an invaluable opportunity to gain knowledge, skills and exposure to the private and/or public legal profession. See faculty Pre-law Internship Coordinator for specific requirements.

POS 499  Sr Project  (4 Credits)  

Selected research topic includes collection, analysis, and presentation of an organized research effort. The research topic chosen must be approved by instructor.