POLITICAL SCIENCE DEPARTMENT HANDBOOK FOR STUDENTS

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TABLE OF CONTENTS,Undergraduate Academic Program 1. Requirements for the Major 2,Subfield Specialization Requirements 3. General Requirements 3,General Courses 5,Subfield Specialization Options. I American Politics Public Policy 5,II Comparative Politics 7. III International Relations 9,Grading for the Major 11.
Steps for Declaring the Major 12, Doing an Interdisciplinary Concentration Along with the Major 12. Internships Semester in Washington and Study Abroad 13. Honors in Political Science 14,Other Honors Awards and Prizes 16. Political Science Graduate School Advice 18,Department Faculty 19. Major Worksheet 26, University Requirements for Graduation Checklist 28. Requirements for the Minor 28,Minor Worksheet 28,Space for Notes 30.
UNDERGRADUATE ACADEMIC PROGRAM,Why Choose Political Science as a Major. More than 75 years ago Dr Harold Lasswell a prominent Political. Science professor wrote a fascinating book entitled Politics Who Gets. What When How His book inspired other political scientists to ask. another profoundly important question namely Why Over the years. these questions have remained critically important If you re interested. in exploring them in depth then Political Science is the major for you. Studying politics involves examining the making of both conflict and. consensus learning what the stakes are explaining why some groups. gain access to the debate while others are left out and how society as. a whole is affected by political actions and inactions Studying politics. enables you to understand how consensus is reached on difficult. questions what can upset that consensus and how new public debates. get generated Investigating politics involves addressing vexing. questions that confront people in countries all over the world these. days For example,Why are some governments stable and others. How do formal government institutions and informal. political resources affect the ability of leaders to. govern effectively, What factors cause wars or contribute to a peaceful. resolution of conflicts, How do public policies affect citizens lives and how. can citizens affect those policies,In what ways do differences in the socio economic.
characteristics of people such as their race religion. gender ethnic background income or education level. affect their political attitudes and behavior,What political factors facilitate or impede the. realization of social justice and equality,And most important who gets to decide who will. decide these and other matters when conflicts over. them arise, The goal of the Political Science major is to equip you with analytical. concepts theories relevant information and tools for investigation that. will enable you to develop your own answers to these questions and to. other important questions that are likely to arise in the future. REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR, Also see the worksheet at the end of this Handbook. The requirements for the major are designed to give you a broad. introduction to the study of politics as well as the opportunity to gain. depth in a subfield of particular interest to you You get to choose one. of three subfields as your specialization within the Political Science. American Politics and Public Policy,Comparative Politics.
International Relations, Students must take a minimum of thirteen 13 courses for the major. Although the number of required courses is fixed there is considerable. leeway to choose the specific courses you take Eleven 11 of the. courses are in the Political Science Department two 2 courses are. from other disciplines The non Political Science courses are intended. to complement the study of politics with other perspectives and to. acquaint you with significant relationships that exist between politics. and other societal sectors such as the economy, The thirteen courses required for the Political Science major are. divided into two categories,1 Subfield Specialization Requirements. 2 General Requirements,SUBFIELD SPECIALIZATION REQUIREMENTS. You will take five courses in your chosen subfield and one History. course related to it, 1 The subfield introductory course PSCI 050 Intro to American.
Government PSCI 070 Intro to Comparative Politics or PSCI 069. Intro to International Relations, Students are strongly encouraged to take this course in their first or. second year, 2 3 4 Three additional Political Science courses in your chosen. subfield One of these must be at the 200 level, 5 One junior senior Capstone Seminar in your chosen subfield. Note The Subfield Introductory Course or Permission of Instructor. is a prerequisite for the subfield Capstone Seminar. 6 One History course that is related to your subfield. Note You should select the related History course to take in. consultation with your Political Science faculty advisor. GENERAL REQUIREMENTS, You will take seven courses to fulfill the general requirements for. 7 One introductory course outside the subfield you choose for your. specialization PSCI 050 Intro to American Government PSCI 070. Intro to Comparative Politics or PSCI 069 Intro to International. Relations Students are strongly encouraged to take this course in. their first or second year, 8 One course on political science research methods and skills PSCI.
107 Research Methods in Politics PSCI 107 also fulfills the. University s FA requirement, Students are strongly encouraged to take this course in their second. year It will help you acquire research skills you can use in your. other Political Science courses, 9 One course in normative political theory e g PSCI 155 PSCI 203. PSCI 206 PSCI 207 PSCI 260 or PSCI 265,10 Economics 010 Economics and the World Economy. Students are strongly encouraged to take this course in their first or. second year, 11 12 13 Three Political Science courses outside your subfield. specialization One of these three must be a 200 level course One. must be in the 3rd subfield either the Introduction to that subfield or. any other course in it For example if your subfield specialization is. International Relations and you ve also taken the Introduction to. Comparative Politics course you will need to take either the. Introduction to American Government course or some other course in. the American Politics and Public Policy subfield One of these three. courses may be an additional normative political theory course beyond. the one that is required for all Political Science majors. In summary a total of thirteen courses must be taken to fulfill the. requirements for the Political Science major,eleven in Political Science.
one in Economics,one in History, A minimum of three of the Political Science courses you take. including the Capstone Seminar must be at the 200 level. Note It may be possible to fulfill a requirement for your Political. Science major with a for credit internship an independent reading or. research project supervised by a faculty member or a course or. courses you take as part of a study abroad program If you plan to do. an internship or participate in a Study Abroad program you should. make sure to discuss your plans with your Political Science faculty. advisor before you apply in order to find out which if any. requirement s it may fulfill for your major,GENERAL COURSES. 107 Research Methods,155 Roots of Political Thought. 203 Political Theorists and Their Theories,206 Recent Political Theory. 207 International Relations Theory,260 Democratic Theory.
265 Black Political Thought,SUBFIELD SPECIALIZATIONS. I AMERICAN POLITICS AND PUBLIC POLICY, The American Politics and Public Policy subfield is wide ranging It. includes the study of basic political and governmental institutions such. as the presidency and political parties major political processes such. as the legislative process and decision making by the courts and. important patterns of political behavior such as citizen participation. interest group lobbying campaigning and voting, If you choose American Politics and Public Policy as your subfield. you will become familiar with each of these broad areas You will also. learn about the inter relationships among them in order to understand. not just how the American political system operates but why it. emphasizes particular values and allocates certain resources to. different groups and individuals The central questions you will address. as you explore the various facets of American politics are Who benefits. and who is disadvantaged, The federal structure of American government and the diversity of the. population also make it essential for you to recognize significant. variations in government institutions political processes and political. behavior within the United States Such variations are considered in. courses on for example urban and suburban politics lawyers judges. and politics African American politics and women and politics. The policies that result from or are stymied by the complex interplay. of forces in the American political system are also of increasing. concern to many students of American politics as well as to many. members of the American public Hence courses that focus on specific. policy areas such as the environment and the economy are also. exciting areas to explore in the American Politics subfield. The Political Science Department offers the following courses in. American Politics and Public Policy see the Clark Catalogue for full. descriptions,050 Introduction to American Government.
091 First year Seminar Politics of Food, 099 First year Seminar Public Opinion and American Democracy. 105 Race and Ethnic Politics in the U S,108 American Political Development. 121 State Government and Politics, 154 Introduction to Public Policy in the United States. 157 The Politics of U S Environmental Issues,158 African American Politics. 159 Political Participation in the U S,161 Women Politics and Public Policy.
170 American Political Thought and Behavior, 171 Urban Politics People Power and Conflict in U S Cities. 172 Suburbia People and Politics,175 Women and U S Politics. 204 The American Presidency,205 U S Campaigns Elections. 209 Minority Political Behavior,213 Policy Analysis. 217 Latino Politics in the U S,218 Punishment and Crime.
220 Legislative Redistricting The Geography of Politics. 223 Urban and Suburban Housing Policies,235 Money and U S Politics. 251 U S Social Movements and Interest Groups,252 U S Political Parties and Interest Groups. 253 U S Judicial Politics,255 The Politics of U S Congress. 258 U S Social Policy,264 Race and Representation,271 American Jury System. 272 U S Constitutional Law Civil Liberties and Rights. 273 U S Constitutional Law Governmental Powers,274 The Supreme Court in American Society.
280 Capstone Seminar The Politics of Food and Drink. 282 Capstone Seminar U S Housing Policies and Politics. 291 Capstone Seminar Lawyers and U S Politics, 292 Capstone Seminar and Internship Urban Policy in the United. 294 Capstone Seminar American Constitutional Development. 296 Advanced Topics in American Politics,297 Senior Honors Thesis. 298 Internship, 299 Independent Study Directed Readings or Research. II COMPARATIVE POLITICS, Comparative Politics has two intertwined meanings at Clark 1 in. depth study of politics in two or more countries outside the United. States for example Canada Mexico the former Soviet Union. Vietnam Great Britain France Jordan Israel Brazil or South Africa. and 2 systematic comparisons of important aspects of politics such as. social movements or policy making processes in two or more. countries Comparative Politics subfield specialists are given the. opportunity to delve into politics as experienced by elites and by. ordinary people in other countries The Political Science Department. offers two kinds of Comparative Politics courses 1 courses that focus. on the politics of particular countries or groups of countries for. example Asian Politics Chinese Politics Middle East Politics. Russian Politics Latin American Politics Politics of Western Europe. and 2 courses that focus on particular puzzles which are best explored. on a trans national basis for example Revolution and Political. Violence Mass Murder and Genocide under Communism Women and. Militarization Comparative Gender Politics Transitions to. Democracy Comparative Environmental Politics and Globalization. and Democracy, Both of these types of courses are Comparative Politics courses While.
the U S is deliberately kept off center stage in these courses most of. them raise specific questions about American politics its policies. experiences assumptions as they are seen from the vantage point of. people in other countries, We see Comparative Politics as an approach that opens up new. questions and suggests fresh answers to old questions It alerts us to the. varieties and also the often surprising similarities in how public. power is gained justified and wielded in different countries. Puzzles you may find yourself tackling as a Comparative Politics. specialist include Why and how do revolutions happen How can a. dictatorship become a democracy and vice versa Why are some. countries more successful than others in developing and implementing. effective environmental policy How do societal understandings of. 158 African American Politics 159 Political Participation in the U S 161 Women Politics and Public Policy 170 American Political Thought and Behavior 171 Urban Politics People Power and Conflict in U S Cities 172 Suburbia People and Politics 175 Women and U S Politics 204 The American Presidency 205 U S Campaigns amp Elections

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