Political Science (PS)

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PS 520 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT3 Credits

The main lines of American political thought and ideology will be examined. The Founding era, especially the debates between the Federalists and the Antifederalists, will be emphasized, as will developments in the post-WWII era.

Dual-listed: PS 420

PS 521 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES3 Credits

The most important contemporary political ideologies will be examined, with an emphasis upon those most prevalent in the United States. Some of the central ideologies discussed will include social conservatism, libertarianism, and populism.

PS 524 GLOBAL POLITICS AND RELIGION3 Credits

The influence of religion on politics and of politics on religion will be explored. This course will take a comparative approach to understanding how political actors employ religious ideas, practices, and symbols for political purposes, and how the political use of religion shapes religious institutions and beliefs.

PS 525 POWER, PROSPERITY, AND POVERTY3 Credits

The role that political power plays in shaping material well-being will be examined in this course. Students will analyze the role of domestic and international governing institutions, and their actors, in fostering prosperity and poverty. The relative influence of politics on economic well-being will be weighed against other explanations of poverty and prosperity, especially historical determinism, dependency theory, geographical determinism, and cultural theories

PS 530 TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE1-3 Credits

Special topics in Political Science. May be repeated with a change of emphasis.

PS 531 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT3 Credits

Various themes in political philosophy will be covered, such as political obligation, rights, freedom and justice. Major philosophers covered will include Plato, Locke and Rousseau.

Dual-listed: PS 431

PS 532 THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS3 Credits

The analysis of the legislative process in Congress and American state legislatures. Emphasis on statute-law making, oversight of the executive and representative function of the legislature, concurrent with an examination of decision-making and legislative norms and roles.

PS 534 CONGRESS AND THE PRESIDENCY3 Credits

Examines the structures and processes of Congress and the Presidency, and how the two institutions interact with one another. Topics will include constituency and partisan influences, organizational structures, and decision-making processes in both branches of government. The course will highlight the interdependent and dynamic nature of inter-branch relations, with an emphasis on the evolving constitutional system of the United States.

Dual-listed: PS 434

PS 535 THE PRESIDENCY3 Credits

Examines the institutional development of the presidency. Emphasis is placed on presidential decision making, presidential leadership and the growth of executive power.

PS 655 SCHOLARLY PROJECT1-3 Credits

For students selecting Plan II, as listed under Program Requirements. Project pertaining to a field of specialization. Designed in consultation with the student's graduate committee. Includes paper summarizing the project. Must complete three (3) credit hours.