Department of Political Science (PSC)

The department offers programs leading to the master of arts (MA), master of public administration (MPA), and doctor of philosophy (PhD) degrees. Much more detailed information relating to the degrees offered by the Department of Political Science is contained in the Graduate Handbook at the web site of the Political Science Department. Students and prospective students should consult as well as this catalog.

Faculty

Chair
  • Smith, Joseph
Associate professors
  • Patton, Dana
  • Smith, Joseph
  • Miller, Ted
  • Royed, Terry
Professors
  • Baldwin, Norman
  • Cassel, Carol
  • DeRouen, Karl
  • Fording, Richard
  • Borrelli, Stephen
  • Katsinas, Steven
  • McKnight, Utz
Assistant professors
  • Bishara, Dina
  • Caillier, James
  • Hale, Chris
  • Hawley, George
  • Ji, Hyunjung
  • Kerr, Nicholas
  • Levine, Daniel
  • Linken, Allen

Courses

Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

PSC
500
Hours
0.5
Departmental Seminar I

Once-monthly information sessions required of new political science graduate students.

PSC
501
Hours
0.5
Departmental Seminar II

A continuation of PSC 500.

PSC
511
Hours
3
Public Opinion

The formation, distribution, structure, properties, and techniques of measuring public opinions in the United States.

PSC
521
Hours
3
Research Design

Includes but is not limited to the role of theory, development of hypotheses, modes of observation and analysis, and testing of hypotheses.

PSC
522
Hours
3
Quant Methods PSC I

Introduction to statistical techniques, including univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics and their application within the field of political science.

PSC
542
Hours
3
Internatl Conflict

An examination of the various kinds of violent conflict in which nation-states become involved.

PSC
543
Hours
3
Comparative Pub Pol

An examination of the actors and processes involved in making public policy, with an emphasis on the question of what kinds of governments are responsive to popular demands.

PSC
552
Hours
3
American Political Thought

Investigates the origin and direction of the U.S. political ideology, including liberalism, civic republicanism, and debates condemning American exceptionalism.

PSC
561
Hours
3
Administrative Regultn

The impact of legal powers and procedures of administrative agencies on public policy. Analysis of regulatory powers in American governments.

PSC
562
Hours
3
Public Personnel Admin

A study of the American public personnel system, with an emphasis on the political setting of government employment, equal opportunity and affirmative action, and collective bargaining.

PSC
565
Hours
3
Foundations of Public Administration

Introduction to the scope, theory, and substantive issues of public administration.

PSC
595
Hours
1-6
Dir Reading & Research

No description available.

PSC
598
Hours
1-6
Dir Reading & Research

No description available.

PSC
599
Hours
1-6
Thesis Research

No description available.

PSC
610
Hours
3
Core Seminar in American Politics

This is a survey of classic or foundational research in most areas of American Politics, incorporating studies of the mass public, elites, and national-level institutions. The objectives are to help prepare students for their Comprehensive Exams in American Politics, and to provide introductions to various approaches and subject areas within American Politics that can be explored further in more advanced, focused graduate seminars. This course is required for all students taking American Politics as a graduate field.

PSC
611
Hours
3
Amer Polit Behavior

Research and methodology in the areas of social and psychological factors related to voting, party preference, and ideology.

PSC
612
Hours
3
Judicial Politics

Examines the role of the courts in political systems with primary emphasis on the United States Supreme Court.

PSC
616
Hours
3
Topics In American Politics

An examination of selected problems in American politics. Content varies.

PSC
621
Hours
3
Quant Meth In Psc II

Data analysis and statistical applications in political research, including data processing, inferential statistics, correlation and regression, multivariate analysis, and other multidimensional techniques.

PSC
631
Hours
3
Sem Comparatve Politic

A survey of the theoretical literature in the field of comparative politics.

PSC
632
Hours
3
Spec Topics Comparative Pol

An examination of selected problems in comparative politics.

PSC
635
Hours
3
Politics Of European Union

A survey of the literature on European integration. Theories of integration, including neofunctionalism and intergovernmentalism, will be examined. Topics will include EU institutions, political parties and the EU, democracy within the EU, and EU policies.

PSC
637
Hours
3
Post Communism

Examination of the processes of transition from communist political systems in comparative perspective. Attention to democratization and the revival of authoritarianism in East Central Europe and Eurasia.

PSC
641
Hours
3
Issues Internatl Rel

An examination of major problem areas in the international system and their effects. Content varies.

PSC
642
Hours
3
Concept Internatl Rel

A survey of contemporary theoretical approaches to the study of international relations, providing an overview of traditional and behavioral orientations.

PSC
651
Hours
3
Political Theory Sem

An examination of key political theorists from the 16th to the 19th centuries. Assigned works may vary but typically include those by Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J. S. Mill, Marx, and Nietzsche.

PSC
653
Hours
3
Special Topics

An examination of selected political theorists. Content varies.

PSC
662
Hours
3
Organization Theory

An analysis of the theories of organization and management that examines models, reviews current administrative philosophy, and presents contemporary trends in organization and management.

PSC
663
Hours
3
Sel Prob Public Admin

May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours of credit. In-depth analysis of a policy issue or administrative problem. Specific topics vary.

PSC
664
Hours
3
Public Policy Analysis

Focuses on the analysis of public policy through techniques based on economics, systems theory, and political reasoning. Explores the role of policy analysis in democratic society and addresses applications of public policy analysis to contemporary policy issues.

PSC
665
Hours
3
Local Government Administration

This course examines major local government issues and the administrative approaches to solving these problems. The focus will be on government managers and public-sector employees in localities. Topics will include the difficulties of providing human services through street level bureaucracies, local government policymaking, and how to achieve innovation. These topics will be examined in both an historical and contemporary context, with special emphasis on the impact of the political climate on the management of local government agencies. Using a case-study approach, students will learn what public managers actually do and will evaluate the effectiveness of their leadership and management strategies.

PSC
666
Hours
3
Polit Econ & Pub Pol

An examination of the political economy approach to the study of public policy.

PSC
667
Hours
3
Public Budgeting

Problems of financial management in governmental units: revenue sources, budgeting, financial management, and control.

PSC
668
Hours
3
Program Evaluation

In-depth analysis of a policy issue or administrative problem. Specific topics vary. May be repeated up to a maximum of 6 hours of credit.

PSC
679
Hours
3-6
Internship & Research

Field work and research opportunities to be supervised by departmental faculty.

PSC
699
Hours
1-12
Dissertation Research

No description available.