The following courses are offered by our department. Courses are added when scheduling provides availability. All courses listed have the PSC prefix.
Political Science Courses
100. Introduction to American Government (3). No prerequisite. Structure and organization of the American national government. Evolution of the United States Constitution and the federal system, civil rights, voting and elections, Congress, the President, and the federal courts.
101. Introduction to Political Science (3). No prerequisite. Nature and scope of political science, basic concepts and terminology, nature of the state and government, types of political systems, comparative political institutions.
102. Introduction to State and Local Government (3). A study of the organization, functions, and powers of state, county, and municipal governments in the United States.
203. Introduction to the Law (3). An examination of the American legal system, court procedures, appeals procedures, and the use of legal reference materials with selected cases.
301. Political Science Methods (3). The scope and approaches to political science with considerable attention to research methods, techniques, and current research problems.
305. Comparative and International Politics (3). An introduction to the government and politics of a variety of different national states as well as the conduct of international relations. Covers western and non-western, developed and less-developed nations.
342. Political Parties (3). Composition, organization, and function of American political parties on the national, state, and local levels.
352. The Legislative Process (3). American legislative bodies with emphasis upon recruitment, composition, structure, procedures, functions, role of parties and pressure groups, and problems of legislative reform.
375. Governments of Latin America (3). Political organization and structure of the principal Latin American countries, with emphasis on constitutional development and present day issues.
376. Governments of Asia (3). Examines the political systems and political cultures of Asian countries from Afghanistan to Southeast Asia, with major emphasis on India, China, and Japan.
377. Governments of the Middle East (3). The government and politics of the Middle East with attention to present developments and the role of these countries in world affairs.
402. Introduction to Public Policy (3). Prerequisite: PSC 100. A survey of the functions and major programs of the United States federal government including federal taxes and spending, the regulation of business, national labor policy, public health and welfare programs, conservation and the environment, and national defense and foreign policy.
412. Inter-governmental Relations (3). Prerequisite: PSC 100. Examines the development, institutions, processes, and problems of state and local government in the United States, and their interaction with each other and with the federal government.
421. American Diplomacy to 1900 (3). Chronological development of American foreign policy from the early period to 1900.
423. American Foreign Policy (3). Traces mainstreams of American foreign policy. Major American foreign policy decisions are used in the analytical development of American foreign policy processes. The various influences upon foreign policy decision making are identified and evaluated.
432. International Relations (3). Background and basic principles of international politics with emphasis on the modern state system, nationalism, changes in international politics from World War II to the present, and domestic influences on foreign policy.
433. Governments of Europe (3). Prerequisite: PSC 100. Examines the political systems and political cultures of Europe with major emphasis on Great Britain, France, Germany, and Russia.
435. International Organizations (3). Prerequisite: PSC 432. Examines regional and world intergovernmental organizations (IGO) with emphasis on the United Nations and including NATO, OAS, European Union and others. Included will be some coverage of non-governmental organizations (NGO) such as multi-national corporations.
443. Constitutional Law I (3). Fundamental principles of the United States Constitution and its development. Topics include powers of President and Congress, federalism, interstate commerce, and others. Textbook and case methods.
444. Constitutional Law II (3). Relationship between the individual and government as revealed through constitutional law cases. Major emphasis will be on civil liberties based on the interpretation of the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. Textbook and case method.
445. Southern Politics (3). The politics of 11 southern states with regard to voting, elections, the origin and decline of the one-party system in the South; the role of the Republican party and minor parties; the impact of Southern politics upon national affairs.
447. Politics and Public Opinion (3). Forces affecting politics, public opinion, and elections in the U.S. Examines the election structure, as well as individual and group political participation.
450. The American Executive (3). The role and behavior of the American executive at the national, state, and local levels in the U.S. political system with emphasis upon the American Presidency.
451. Political Theory From the Ancients to 1700 (3). Examines political thought from ancient Greece to Europe's Early Modern Era. An emphasis is placed on the historical-cultural context in which these theories developed, their influence on modern concepts, and the recurring patterns affecting the rise and fall of human societies and how they relate to the present.
452. Modern Political Theory (3). Examines the major trends in political thought from the Early Modern Era of the 1600s to the present with emphasis upon the development of classical (conservative) liberalism, progressive or new liberalism, socialism, Marxist communism, fascism, and national socialism.
454. American Political Thought (3). Principal ideas of leading political thinkers in America from the colonial period to the present.
481. Public Administration (3). Principles of public administration, with emphasis on public finance, personnel management, and administrative law.
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484, 485. Individual Study (3) (3). Prerequisites: Must be major or minor with advanced standing and have consent of instructor. Involves extensive study/research upon specific topics under close supervision by instructor.
493. The Judicial Process (3). Prerequisite: PSC 100. A study of the judicial process through actual attendance at court trials. Meetings and discussions are held with judges, lawyers, prosecutors, and others.
498, 499. Internship (3) (3). Prerequisite: 15 hours of Political Science. Involves supervised assignment of student either to the U.S. Congress or Alabama State Legislature, or to an area public agency such as the East Alabama Regional Planning Commission, City of Anniston, Calhoun County District Attorney's Office, Alabama Seventh Judicial Circuit offices, or a lawyer's office. (Pass/Fail only)
Public Administration Courses
500 Public Administration (3). Foundations of Public Administration (3). Explores the evolutionary process of American public administration with the intent of focusing on theoretical and applied contexts of contemporary public administration. Special attention is placed upon the role of administration as it applies to the legislative-executive relations (including accountability, transparency, and responsibility in democratic administration); the role of administration in the policy-making process; the legal basis for public administration, and financial and personnel responsibilities of administrators in the public sector.
501. The Analysis of Policy (3). An in-depth investigation of inter-governmental functions and major programs on the federal, state, and local levels of government, including modes of analysis, models of decision making, evaluation methods, and styles of executive leadership by employing examples of past and current policies.
502. Research Methods in Public Administration (3). Social research methods and their application to public administration; examination of the role of social research in the analysis, interpretation and clarification of problems in public administration. (PSC 502 is cross listed with CJ 502 and only one course may be counted for credit.)
504. Administrative Leadership and Ethics (3) The effective application of major theoretical frameworks to diagnose organizations' ethical cultures, and exercising the various principles of leadership when resolving ethical issues in order to institute organizational change.
512. Inter-governmental Relations (3). Examines the development, institutions, processes, and problems of state and local government in the United States, and their interaction with each other and with the federal government.
521. Administrative Law (3). Legal principles and procedures involved in administration of government agencies.
531. Public Personnel Administration (3). Functions, procedures, and problems of personnel management at all levels of government.
532. Public Finance Administration (3). Collection, custody, and expenditure of public revenue, public borrowing and debt management, preparation and execution of the budget, and financial accountability for public spending.
540. Organizational Theory and Bureaucratic Structures (3). Designed to enhance the study of complex organizational structures and the behavior of individuals working within those organizations. Emphasis is placed on public institutions and the effect different organizational structures and behaviors have on public policy.
545. Seminar in Public Administration (3). Theories, or models, of administrative organization and behavior and examination of relationship between public administration and political process.
555. Seminar in Comparative Public Administration (3). Comparison of approaches to and problems associated with public administration in different nation types: western/non-western, developed/underdeveloped, large/small, and open/closed.
585, 586. Directed Studies in Public Administration (3) (3). Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the department head. An in-depth study of selected topics.
597, 598. Public Affairs Internship (3) (3). (Grade of Pass or Fail only) Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and approval of the department head. Supervised assignment in office of an area public agency for a minimum of eight hours per week.