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DEPARTMENT OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (PSC)

220 Brewer Hall

Department Head: Lori Owens

Professors: Veasey

Associate Professors: Barnett, Krejci, Lester, Owens, Saeki

Assistant Professors: Dial, Hathaway

The Department of Political Science and Public Administration offers a variety of
courses for students in the liberal arts, pre-law, and professional education curricula. A
wide range of courses is available for those preparing for careers in law, government,
politics, international affairs, business, communications, and many other fields.
The Political Science major requires 36 hours of political science, including Political
Science 100, 102, and at least 6 hours from each of the 3 fields (Theory and
Methodology, American Government, and Global Studies) listed below, plus 6 hours
of political science electives. In addition to the 30 hours of political science, Criminal
Justice 101 is required. The Political Science minor requires 21 semester hours,
including Political Science 100, 102, and at least 3 hours from each of the 3 fields
listed below, plus 6 hours of political science electives.
Fields of Political Science.

Theory and Methodology: PSC 301, 451, 452, and 454, 455. (It is strongly recommended
that majors considering graduate study take PSC 301.)

American Government
: PSC 100, 101, 102, 203, 342, 352, 402, 412, 443, 444, 445, 447,

450, 481, 493, 498, and 499.

Global Studies
: PSC 305, 375, 376, 377, 421, 423, 432, 433, and 435.


Pre-Law:
There is no specific major in pre-law; however, a large percentage of students planning
to attend law school select Political Science as a major. Beyond the requirements
of the major, it is recommended that pre-law students take courses in logic, economics,
accounting, real estate, and advanced composition. Students should meet with Dr. Owens
regarding advisement for pre-law. Regardless of major, pre-law students must take
PSC 203 Introduction to Law, during the freshman or sophomore year. All upper division
pre-law students must take PSC 443 Constitutional Law I or PSC 444 Constitutional
Law II. PSC 493 The Judicial Process is a suggested elective.

The Political Science Department sponsors the Pre-Law Society, maintains relations

with regional law schools, and provides application and informational materials for the
Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

Minor in International Studies

Students whose interest and/or career plans have an international orientation may
wish to pursue a minor in International Studies. While the International Studies minor
is administered by the Political Science Department, any major offered by the University
(including Political Science) is acceptable. Twenty-four semester hours, distributed
as follows, are required for the International Studies minor.

Political Science: (12 hours*)

PSC 100* (Political Science majors must take an additional course from the Global
Studies field.)
PSC 421 or 423 PSC 432
Three hours selected from PSC 305, 375, 376, 377, 421, 433, and 435.
Geography: (six hours*)
GY 320
Three hours selected from GY 351, AN 345, and 347**
Electives: (six hours*)
Two courses selected from any of the following:
Foreign Languages-by advisement**
History-HY 302, 331, 332, 333, 404, 409, 410, 411, 465, 470, 471, 473, 480, and
481** Sociology-SY 366
College of Commerce and Business Administration-EC 305, 450; FIN 434; MGT 496
In addition to the above, students minoring in International Studies must take History
101 and 102, and Geography 120 and 220. The history courses and geography
courses may also count toward the general studies curriculum history and social/
behavioral science requirements.

** Courses counted toward the major may not also be counted toward the International Studies minor.

** Where possible, all area specific courses should focus on the same area: Western Europe, the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, Far East, Latin America, the Middle East, and so on.

DESCRIPTION OF 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 in the 20th century. 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 multinational
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, and the impact of Southern politics upon national
affairs.

447. Politics and Public Opinion
(3). Forces affecting politics, public opinion, and

elections in the United States. 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 on 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.

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: Fifteen 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)

PLAN OF STUDY

BACHELOR OF ARTS

MAJOR: POLITICAL SCIENCE

FRESHMAN YEAR

Fall Spring

EH 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 EH 102. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

HY 101 or 201. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 EH 141. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

PSC 100 . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 HY 102 or 202 (to complete seq). . . . . . . . . . . 3

Fine Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . .  3 PSC 102 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

MS 110 or higher. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 MS higher than 110 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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15 15

SOPHOMORE YEAR

Fall Spring

Literature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Literature. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Natural Science sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Natural Science sequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

Social/Behavioral Science. . . . . . . . . . . . .  3 Social/Behavioral Science. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

CS 201. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Wellness. . . . . .  . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

CJ 101. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Minor/general electives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

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16 18

JUNIOR YEAR

Fall Spring

PSC Amer. Govt. elec.. . . . . . . . .  . . . . . . . 3 PSC Amer. Govt. elec.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

PSC Global Studies elec.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 PSC Global Studies elec. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Minor/general elec.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Minor/general elec. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

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18 16

SENIOR YEAR

Fall Spring

PSC Theory & Method. elective. . . . . . . . . . 3 PSC Theory & Method. elective. . . . . . . . . . . . 3

PSC 300+. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 PSC 300+. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

Minor/electives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Minor/general electives. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

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15 15

TOTAL HOURS: 128

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