2022-2023 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, questions and wider study of Political Science - conflict and cooperation, interests and power, systems and change and substantive divisions and subfields Political Science. It takes a comparative approach and presuppos

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 asses

POS 231  American State and Local Government  (3 Credits)  

A study of the politics, institutions, policies, problems, structure, and major functions and the outcomes of sub-systems of state and local governments. It covers local political, legislative, judicial and other non-traditional, emergent issues in these

POS 250  Introduction to Public Administration  (3 Credits)  

This course introduces students to Public Administration, help them understand its fundamentals, especially the development and implementation of public policy. The discussion includes the conceptual and practical understanding of the subject matter focus

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

This course introduces the fundamentals of Public, Administration. In order to learn and properly, understand public administration, it is important, to examine the development and implementation of, public policy. The discussion includes the, conceptual and practical understanding of public, administration by introducing fundamental topics, such as planning, budgeting, ethics, the policy, process, as well as intergovernmental relations., Additional assignments will be given at the, instructor's discretion.

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)  

The course is designed to help students acquire a sound conceptual and practical understanding of the foreign policy challenges of the United States. It describes the role that domestic politics and institutions (both formal and informal) play in shaping

POS 332  Introduction to Jurisprudence  (3 Credits)  

This course provides an opportunity to develop an understanding of the fundamentals of law and the American legal system. Designed to give attention to both the development of legal reasoning and the judicial process, the course will provide an introducti

POS 333  Research Methods  (3 Credits)  

Focus on problems of methodology in empirical research, emphasizing measurement, testing theory, and applying social scientific research methods. This course provides experience in reading peer-reviewed literature, developing social scientific theories, a

POS 333H  Honors Methods of Research  (3 Credits)  

Designed as an honors section, this course focuses on empirical research methodology, emphasizing measurement, testing theory, and applying social scientific research methods to prepare students for graduate-level study. This course provides experience in

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. This course examines the h

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)  

Continuing an analysis of the social, cultural, economic and political climates having an impact and effect on contemporary political issues; the course will be the foundation for understanding America in the 21st Century.  Beginning the analytical progre

POS 345  Statistics and Data Processing  (3 Credits)  

Examination of inferential and descriptive statistics in terms of obtaining, calculating, and interpreting statistical results applied to political questions and policy analysis, including the capabilities of the computer in analytics as applied to resear

POS 350  Organization Theory and Behavior  (3 Credits)  

This course examines the structure and function of public organizations, with emphasis on theories of administrative hierarchies and evaluation of bureaucracies. It deals with organizational structures, functions, behavior, and performance. It includes th

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)  

Examines relationships among nations relative to conflict and security, alliances, institutions, international organizations, global political economy, and emerging transnational issues such as terrorism and climate change. It considers traditional and no

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 Political Theory  (3 Credits)  

Study of major European political ideas, problems, philosophies and philosophers that have influenced and shaped the development of western society from Machiavelli to the present. Topics include forming and ruling states, freedom, liberty, equality, indi

POS 442  International Law  (3 Credits)  

The course is designed to provide a foundational understanding of the concepts, issues, and governmental structures of international law. It also focuses on the organizational structure for assessing the laws, their sources and methods as well as an under

POS 443  Administrative Law  (3 Credits)  

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

POS 451  Public Personnel Administration  (3 Credits)  

Public Personnel Administration, is an introduction to public personnel management. The course focuses on the recruitment, examination, placement, remuneration, morale, retirement, training, and issues that impact public service. It also examines the cont

POS 463  Politics of African Nations  (3 Credits)  

The course provides students with an overview of African politics within a historical context and examines contemporary issues in a broader international framework with particular emphasis on the role of colonialism, the Cold War and post-colonial relatio

POS 464  African Crisis: Causes and Effects  (3 Credits)  

This course is designed to neutralize in as much, as possible media bias on Africa. While these, miseries are very characteristic of African, politics, they did not occur in isolation. To, mitigate media bias, students will be introduced, to the most chronic crises in Africa, but against, the backdrop of historical events such as, colonialism and the Cold War.

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 contemporary politics and, governments of countries on the Asian continent., Attention is paid to the historical, geographic,, economic, political, religious and cultural, conditions and issues that have shaped them and, rom which present governments evolved.

POS 493  Political Science Internship  (3 Credits)  

Internship in a public agency or nonprofit organization, providing students the opportunity to integrate and extend classroom learning with practice. The course provides an opportunity to apply political science, public administration, or public policy th

POS 493A  Public Administration Internship  (3 Credits)  

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

POS 499  Sr Seminar  (3 Credits)  

Senior Seminar is a culminating experience that, provides feedback about student mastery of, learning outcomes at the program level. The, primary focus of the course is an in-depth, understanding of American politics, processes, and, institutions as well