Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Political Science Major

App View

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Students must complete 22 credits of core courses and 21 credits from one of the three tracks(standard, public policy or pre-law). A student who successfully completes the Standard Track or the Pre-Law Track will receive a bachelor of arts degree. A student who successfully completes the Public Policy Track will receive a bachelor of science degree. Consists of 43 credit hours distributed as follows:

Core Courses

(22 Credits)

PSCI-210 Politics & Government in the United States

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Introduction to American politics, covering the development of American democracy, relations between the states and the federal government, elections, the role of the media, the three branches of national government, and current public policy. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: social sciences

PSCI-220E Introduction to Political Philosophy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Changing conceptions of freedom and virtue in ancient Greece to contemporary political philosophy. Students analyze popular films to illustrate and critique philosophical theories. Prerequisites: FILA 150 or FILA 350, and ENG-110 General Education: philosophy or religion and ethical reasoning

PSCI-230 Introduction to Global Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Introduces students to the world as a site of political activity. Examines institutions and processes on a global scale. Topics include sovereignty, power, globalization, war, multilateral institutions, the environment, trade, development, poverty and a variety of current events. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics

PSCI-240 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Introduces the diversity of political structures, processes, cultures, ideologies and change (revolution, democratization, etc.), as manifested in multiple national political systems in the global community. Introduces the application of social science methods to political phenomena. Considers the outcomes of political systems for human well-being. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics

PSCI-250 Methods of Research and Data Analysis

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

An introduction to the production of knowledge about political phenomena. Topics include the relationship between theory and research, formulation of research questions and research design, and quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will understand and evaluate scholarly research in the field and conduct their own research projects.

PSCI-400 Professional Development

Credits: 1 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course is designed to prepare the political science student for entry into the job market, or further study at the graduate level. This class meets once a week and addresses issues of relevance to the political science professional. Topics of relevance to postgraduates, including graduate exams, graduate applications and resume and interview preparation will be discussed. Students will prepare a career portfolio, individually designed to meet their specific needs, in which professional and graduate school application materials will be collected. The portfolio will be fully assessed at the end of the semester. Prerequisite: Junior standing

PSCI-401E Contemporary Political Thought

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of the origins and development of contemporary notions of freedom, democracy and equality from Nietzsche to contemporary political philosophy. Topics include liberalism, libertarianism and post-modern political thought. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: philosophy or religion and ethical reasoning Offered alternate years

PSCI-470 Seminar in Global Studies & Political Science

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examination of significant professional literature in political science and international studies through preparation and presentation of a major research paper.

Track 1—Standard

Receives the bachelor of arts degree and consists of 21 credit hours distributed as follows:

United States Politics

(9 Credits)

PSCI-320 State and Local Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

This course is an introduction to State and Local Government, and Virginia Government in particular. The course will help students better understand how structures of local and state governments are established and redefined by the people. Topics will include federalism and the institutions of state government, state and local policies and financing, Virginia state government, state involvement in American politics, the structure of state institutions and how states differ.

PSCI-332 Women & Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Explores the role of women in American and global politics in order to understand the role of identity, institutions and social movements in democracy. Topics include women's influence on the development of the modern American welfare state, feminism, public policy issues of special importance to women, and social movement strategies. Offered alternate years

PSCI-340 Media & Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Examination of the role of mass media in American politics. Topics include the effect of journalistic norms on political news, the impact of new media technologies from newspapers to the Internet, media objectivity, and the effect of media on political reasoning and behavior.

PSCI-345 Political Psychology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

This course is an in-depth analysis to the topic of Political Psychology. The course will combine knowledge from Political Science and Psychology and help students to broaden their political and psychological knowledge. Topics will include the purpose of political psychology, individuals, identity, groups, nations, and the interactions between each of these. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, and ENG-110

PSCI-350 Constitutional Law of Federalism & Institutional Powers

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examination of the development of US Supreme court decisions in the areas of federalism and the powers of the three branches of the federal government. Topics include judicial review, the war powers of the President, substantive due process, government takings, and the commerce clause. Offered alternate years

PSCI-355 Constitutional Law of Civil Rights and Liberties

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of the development of US Supreme Court decisions in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties. Topics include first amendment rights to freedom of speech, press, and assembly, due process rights, and rights to equal protection. This course also considers the First Amendment as a site for interfaith dialogue. Alternate years: offered 2016-2017

PSCI-380 Public Administration

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of the most pressing domestic issues confronting American society in the 21st century and the institutions and legal regimes developed to administer public policy. Topics include health care, education, criminal justice, social welfare policies, immigration, environmental issues, organizational theory, bureaucratic management and budgeting. Emphasizes active learning with simulations, debates, and engagement with public policy and public administration professionals. Offered alternate years

PSCI-390 Public Policy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examination of the development and implementation of public policy with an emphasis on understanding change in policy regimes over time and the variety of regulatory mechanisms. Students research public policy on a topic of their choosing such as agriculture, social welfare, health care or environment. Offered alternate years

PSCI-415 Policymaking, Interest Groups & Congress

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of how Congress, the Presidency, and interest groups work together to make federal public policy. Topics include the legislative process, interest group activities, and the role of the presidency in the development of the federal administrative state. Students research policy-making on a topic of their choosing. Offered alternate years

Global Politics

(12 credits, 3 credits may be in HIST courses)

PSCI-310 Latin American Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Comparative analysis of contemporary Latin American politics and governments. Considers political and economic themes, noting especially the challenges of democracy, development and inequality. Examines the region's relationship with the rest of the world, including the United States. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures

PSCI-335W Peace, War and World Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines human understanding of the institution of warfare and alternative means of managing large-scale conflict. Also studies the concept of peace, including the personal and policy implications of the various definitions of the term. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: global dynamics and writing intensive Offered alternate years

PSCI-336 United Nations

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

History, structures, issues and politics of the United Nations, and a consideration of the organization's role in world politics. This course may include travel to New York City or Washington DC. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics Offered alternate years

PSCI-356 United States Foreign Policy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines the continuity and changes in the contexts, structures, processes, actors and issues of U.S. foreign policy in the 20th and 21st centuries. Offered alternate years

PSCI-360 Population, Immigration, and Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course takes a surveying view of the political, social and economic consequences of population movement phenomena focusing on two central elements: Migration and Identity Politics. In an effort to accommodate the broad theme, the course will view population movement phenomena from the perspectives of immigrants, host and origin nations, as well as global state and non-state actors. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110; PSCI-240 is recommended FILA general education: global dynamics

PSCI-365E Politics of Human Rights

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

An examination of conceptions of human rights, the global discourse around human rights, and efforts to protect those rights. Topics include why governments violate the rights of their citizens, the role of human rights activism in shaping global public discourse and affecting the practices of governments, international human rights law, and the human rights dimensions of foreign policy. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general Education: global dynamics and ethical reasoning

PSCI-370 Issues in Global Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Major themes, questions, problems and events in global politics as chosen by the instructor. Students will engage in written and public discourse concerning topics that are global in scope and important to understanding politics in the twenty-first century. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics

PSCI-375 United States and the World

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Examination of major foreign policy issues facing the United States and consideration of policy options available. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Explores the nature of international law and its similarities and differences with domestic law. Examines the institutions, rules, and organizations that provide the context for global interactions in an increasingly globalizing world. Case studies include issues such as human rights, the International Criminal Court, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive Offered alternate years

PSCI-430 The International Arms Trade

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

The international arms trade is a long-time instrument of foreign policy. States have used conventional arms to influence the policies of other governments, sway the course of foreign wars, and boost their own military and economic security. Access to weapons, however, also contributes to repression, human rights violations, the onset of armed conflict and regional instability, and depresses economic development. The course will examine these complexities and trace normative instruments that have been created to control the arms trade. Students will grapple with the interplay of norms, institutions, and state interest. In addition, the course will emphasize qualitative social science research skills, and will be geared toward helping students find research questions, design research, and locate and evaluate evidence. Prerequisite: PSCI-230 Alternate years; offered 2018-2019

PSCI-440W Global Political Economy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Political implications of global economic relations, including such topics as the politics of trade, monetary relations, financial crises, development, global systems of production and consumption and multinational corporations. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: global dynamics and writing intensive Offered alternate years

HIST-325 Modern Britain Since 1688

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines political, economic, and culture trends in British history from the ?Glorious Revolution? of 1688 to the present day. Modern Britain stands as one of the cornerstones of the contemporary world, and its politics and culture influenced global society in countless way, ranging from soccer to modern environmentalism to constitutional law. The course focuses on several major themes, including the role of religion, finance, and industry, the royal family, sport, and, most important of all, "social class," in building British society. Students will acquire a basic understanding of the major driving forces of modern British history and the ways that they compare and interrelate with Europe, the United State, and the world. Prerequisites: FILA 150 or FILA 350 FILA general education: world cultures Offered alternate years

HIST-345 Crusades and Terrorism

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Analyzes the connection between the medieval crusading movement and modern Middle Eastern terrorism by analyzing the historical context for claims used to justify violent Islamic extremism. Students work to build a balanced historical perspective and engage their social responsibility to present reasoned opinions in the public discourse over modern terrorism. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics Offered alternate years

HIST-350 Afghanistan, Central Asia, and the Great Powers

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examines the history of western intervention, imperialism, and "nation building" in Central Asia and Afghanistan from the initial periods of Russian and British expansion into the region in the early eighteenth century to the American and NATO intervention in Afghanistan in the twenty-first century. Major themes include cultural and political interaction between local societies and the British, Russians, Soviets and Americans. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures Offered alternate years

HIST-356 East Asia

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Survey of East Asia (China and Japan) from 1800 to the present. Emphasis is upon the different paths towards modernity taken by each society, the conflicts involved in the attainment of modernity, and the impact of the West during the period. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures Offered alternate years

HIST-360 Modern Africa

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Surveys the history of Modern Africa from the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade to the present and places special emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. It approaches the history of the continent through consideration of the nature and impact of European intrusion into African societies and African responses to European imperialism. Moreover, the course examines how independent African nations have addressed the legacies of their history and the challenges independence has posed for African nations. Special topics include Apartheid, the struggle against segregation, African women, feminism, development, and the difficulty in creating viable democracies and stable economies in the late twentieth-century. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures

HIST-385 Topics in French History

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Covers key topics in the modern history of France since 1871. Survey of the modern period of French history through the lens of a special topic. Topics may include France at war in the 20th century, French intellectuals and the world, multicultural France, or social transformation in modern France. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures

HIST-390 War and Peace Across the Pacific

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines key events in the relations among Japan, China, and the United States since the mid-19th century, exploring not only diplomatic and political but also cultural relations among the three societies. Topics include migration, WWI, internationalism of the 1920s, WWII, Chinese Civil War, and Cold War. By exploring Asian and American experiences of these key events from international and transnational perspectives, nationalistic narratives that are prevalent in all societies will be challenged. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures

HIST-410 Modern India & Pakistan Since 1700

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines the history of India and Pakistan from the beginning of British rule in the early 1700s to the present. A region of the world that is by the day becoming more important to the Unites States and the West, this class explores the major issues of modern South Asian history, including the rise of British dominion, the Indian revolt of 1857-58, the escalation of religious communalism, growth of nationalism, India's partition and independence, and the current nuclear standoff between India and Pakistan by focusing on the complex interplay between nationalism, imperialism, and the three major religions of the region - Hinduism, Islam, and Sikhism - over the last 300 years. Offered alternate years

HIST-415 History of China Since 1600

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

A survey of the history of China since around 1600. While chronologically surveying political, economic, social, and cultural changes that took place in Ming and Qing China, Republic of China, and the People's Republic of China, the course explores key themes including revolutions, projects of building a modern nation-state, wars, gender, and family. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 Alternate years: offered 2019-2020

HIST-425 History of Japan Since 1600

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines the history of Japan in the early modern and modern times. While chronologically surveying political, economic, social, and cultural changes, the course explores key themes including projects of building a modern nation-state and empire and of rebuilding the society after World War II, and the roles played by gender, family, and nationalism in those projects. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350

HIST-430 European Imperialism

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Europeans' relationship with the rest of the world from the origins of modern European empires in the 19th-century, to the process of decolonization in the 20th-century, to current debates about neo-imperialism and neo-colonialism. Examines the effects of empire on both the colonizers and the colonized. Offered alternate years

Track 2—Public Policy

Receives the bachelor of science degree and consists of 21 credit hours distributed as follows:

PSCI-215 Introduction to Public Policy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

A comprehensive introduction to the process of developing, implementing and evaluating public policy. Covers the policy process in both theoretical and practical terms including the structure of institutions, decisions made throughout the process, and consequences of decision-making or non-decision-making. Areas of public policy addressed include criminal justice policy, regulatory policy, and healthcare advocacy and policy. Corequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: social sciences

Public Policy

(15 credits, 9 credits must be in PSCI courses)

PSCI-332 Women & Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Explores the role of women in American and global politics in order to understand the role of identity, institutions and social movements in democracy. Topics include women's influence on the development of the modern American welfare state, feminism, public policy issues of special importance to women, and social movement strategies. Offered alternate years

PSCI-340 Media & Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Examination of the role of mass media in American politics. Topics include the effect of journalistic norms on political news, the impact of new media technologies from newspapers to the Internet, media objectivity, and the effect of media on political reasoning and behavior.

PSCI-380 Public Administration

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of the most pressing domestic issues confronting American society in the 21st century and the institutions and legal regimes developed to administer public policy. Topics include health care, education, criminal justice, social welfare policies, immigration, environmental issues, organizational theory, bureaucratic management and budgeting. Emphasizes active learning with simulations, debates, and engagement with public policy and public administration professionals. Offered alternate years

PSCI-390 Public Policy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examination of the development and implementation of public policy with an emphasis on understanding change in policy regimes over time and the variety of regulatory mechanisms. Students research public policy on a topic of their choosing such as agriculture, social welfare, health care or environment. Offered alternate years

PSCI-415 Policymaking, Interest Groups & Congress

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of how Congress, the Presidency, and interest groups work together to make federal public policy. Topics include the legislative process, interest group activities, and the role of the presidency in the development of the federal administrative state. Students research policy-making on a topic of their choosing. Offered alternate years

PSCI-480 Internship

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

Provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the student's concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship, signed by the student and the faculty sponsor, must be filed with the director of internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the director of internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship, a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for 3 credits per semester, and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of 9 credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

COMM-347 Strategic Public Relations

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course will cover strategic planning and specialized public relations issues. Issues include risks, crisis management, social marketing campaigns, and corporate and non-profit communication. Students will learn and apply advanced public relations theories and skills to case studies and real-life situations. Prerequisites: COMM/PWR-255W and one of the following courses ART-322, ART-323, ART-344, ART-347

COMM-349X Nonprofit Communication

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Introduces students to the burgeoning nonprofit sector of American society. Students learn what makes an organization a nonprofit, explore the purposes of a nonprofit sector in society, consider the often overlooked field of nonprofit media, and explore the challenges and opportunities of working in, with, and for nonprofit organizations. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and COMM-100 FILA general education: experiential learning

COMM-420 Political Campaigning in Virtual Environments

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Introduces the range of communication practices that characterize contemporary political campaigns. Students will process existing understandings of political communication theory in order to design and implement a semester-long campaign project.

COMM-447 Science, Environment, and Health Communication

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Examines the role of news, advocacy, scientific analysis, decision and policy making, risk perception, and other factors in the communication of issues related to science, environment, and health. Provides students with rich theoretical background, critical understanding, and practical skills to produce, investigate and critique communication processes related to the topics. Students in this course are required to conduct field work and original research, write and publish news, and analytical articles.

ENVR-305 Natural Resource & Environmental Law

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course will provide an overview of federal and state laws that are aimed at the conservation of natural resources and/or protection of environmental quality. Major laws that will be covered include the National Environmental Protection Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and others. Speakers from natural resource/environmental agencies such as the Va. Department of Environmental Quality, Va. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and U.S. Forest Service will provide practical insights into the application and implementation of environmental policy. Alternate years: offered 2018-2019 Prerequisites: BIOL-100, 101 or 110

SOC-255EX Introduction to Social Welfare Systems

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Traces the origins and development of current social welfare institutions and illuminates the philosophical and ethical considerations undergirding social policy while considering the merits and deficits of current social services. While a primary focus is on the political, economic, and social context of the American welfare system, cross-cultural comparisons will be considered. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350, ENG-110 and SOC-101 FILA general education: ethical reasoning and experiential learning

SOC-412 Adjudication and Corrections: Existing And Alternate Strategies

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Critical evaluation of structures of adjudication, sentencing and corrections in the United States. Includes an examination of alternative approaches to justice and reconciliation, such as community-based rehabilitation, victim/offender conflict mediation, et. Various strategies for community reintegration are also explored. Prerequisite: SOC-101 Offered alternate years

Global Politics

(3 Credits)

PSCI-310 Latin American Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Comparative analysis of contemporary Latin American politics and governments. Considers political and economic themes, noting especially the challenges of democracy, development and inequality. Examines the region's relationship with the rest of the world, including the United States. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures

PSCI-335W Peace, War and World Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines human understanding of the institution of warfare and alternative means of managing large-scale conflict. Also studies the concept of peace, including the personal and policy implications of the various definitions of the term. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: global dynamics and writing intensive Offered alternate years

PSCI-336 United Nations

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

History, structures, issues and politics of the United Nations, and a consideration of the organization's role in world politics. This course may include travel to New York City or Washington DC. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics Offered alternate years

PSCI-356 United States Foreign Policy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines the continuity and changes in the contexts, structures, processes, actors and issues of U.S. foreign policy in the 20th and 21st centuries. Offered alternate years

PSCI-360 Population, Immigration, and Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course takes a surveying view of the political, social and economic consequences of population movement phenomena focusing on two central elements: Migration and Identity Politics. In an effort to accommodate the broad theme, the course will view population movement phenomena from the perspectives of immigrants, host and origin nations, as well as global state and non-state actors. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110; PSCI-240 is recommended FILA general education: global dynamics

PSCI-365E Politics of Human Rights

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

An examination of conceptions of human rights, the global discourse around human rights, and efforts to protect those rights. Topics include why governments violate the rights of their citizens, the role of human rights activism in shaping global public discourse and affecting the practices of governments, international human rights law, and the human rights dimensions of foreign policy. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general Education: global dynamics and ethical reasoning

PSCI-370 Issues in Global Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Major themes, questions, problems and events in global politics as chosen by the instructor. Students will engage in written and public discourse concerning topics that are global in scope and important to understanding politics in the twenty-first century. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics

PSCI-375 United States and the World

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Examination of major foreign policy issues facing the United States and consideration of policy options available. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Explores the nature of international law and its similarities and differences with domestic law. Examines the institutions, rules, and organizations that provide the context for global interactions in an increasingly globalizing world. Case studies include issues such as human rights, the International Criminal Court, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive Offered alternate years

PSCI-440W Global Political Economy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Political implications of global economic relations, including such topics as the politics of trade, monetary relations, financial crises, development, global systems of production and consumption and multinational corporations. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: global dynamics and writing intensive Offered alternate years

Track 3—Pre-Law

Receives the bachelor of arts degree and consists of 21 credit hours distributed as follows:

Pre-Law

(18 credits, 9 credits must be in PSCI courses)

PSCI-332 Women & Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Explores the role of women in American and global politics in order to understand the role of identity, institutions and social movements in democracy. Topics include women's influence on the development of the modern American welfare state, feminism, public policy issues of special importance to women, and social movement strategies. Offered alternate years

PSCI-350 Constitutional Law of Federalism & Institutional Powers

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examination of the development of US Supreme court decisions in the areas of federalism and the powers of the three branches of the federal government. Topics include judicial review, the war powers of the President, substantive due process, government takings, and the commerce clause. Offered alternate years

PSCI-355 Constitutional Law of Civil Rights and Liberties

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of the development of US Supreme Court decisions in the areas of civil rights and civil liberties. Topics include first amendment rights to freedom of speech, press, and assembly, due process rights, and rights to equal protection. This course also considers the First Amendment as a site for interfaith dialogue. Alternate years: offered 2016-2017

PSCI-415 Policymaking, Interest Groups & Congress

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Examination of how Congress, the Presidency, and interest groups work together to make federal public policy. Topics include the legislative process, interest group activities, and the role of the presidency in the development of the federal administrative state. Students research policy-making on a topic of their choosing. Offered alternate years

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Explores the nature of international law and its similarities and differences with domestic law. Examines the institutions, rules, and organizations that provide the context for global interactions in an increasingly globalizing world. Case studies include issues such as human rights, the International Criminal Court, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive Offered alternate years

PSCI-480 Internship

Credits: 3 Term Offered: All Terms

Provides an opportunity for a student to gain field experience in an area related to the student's concentration or career goals. Supervision of an intern is provided by an appropriate faculty member and by a staff member of the agency or business in which the student is an intern. A student who wishes to engage in an internship must consult with the appropriate faculty member at least eight weeks in advance of the start of the term in which the internship is to be completed. A description of the internship, signed by the student and the faculty sponsor, must be filed with the director of internships by the first day of the semester prior to the start of the internship. Approval of each application for an internship is made by the director of internships based upon policies and guidelines as approved by the Council on Education and the faculty. To be considered for an internship, a student must have junior or senior status and at least a 2.00 grade point average. Internships are graded on an S or U basis. A student may enroll in an internship program for 3 credits per semester, and internship credit may be earned in subsequent semesters subject to the limitations that no more than two internships may be pursued in any one agency or business and a maximum of 9 credits in internships may be applied toward graduation.

SOC-211 Criminology

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examination of theories pertaining to the causes of crime and treatment of offenders. Theories of violent and property crimes (including "white-collar" crimes) are explored. Critical analysis of the social, political and cultural context of the justice system in the United States of America, with a special emphasis on questions of justice, fairness and equality are also undertaken. Prerequisite: SOC-101

SOC-312 Juvenile Justice and Delinquency

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Analysis of juvenile crime and its connections to family structures, peer groups and the educational system, as well as gender, race and class. Trends in juvenile corrections are examined along with current debates on reform. Special topics include gangs, juvenile detention, probation, child advocates, waiver to adult courts and hospitalization. Prerequisite: SOC-101 Offered alternate years

SOC-313 Gender, Crime and Justice

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Investigation of the interaction between gender and social control in the United States and cross-culturally. The gendered nature of criminal activity is examined empirically and theoretically. The justice system, including the correctional treatment of women, is examined for its relationship to historical shifts in the status and treatment of women. Prerequisite: SOC-101 Offered alternate years

SOC-314 World Just Systems

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Comparative study of justice systems derived from major legal traditions. The development and application of these systems is examined, with an emphasis on historical trends and social forces that shape them. Comparative themes include the role of political power, public perceptions, systems of morality, constructions of guilt, and corrections philosophies. Prerequisite: SOC-101 Offered alternate years

COMM-410E Communication Law and Ethics in a Digital Age

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Analytical survey of ethical and legal issues pertaining to communication professionals, focusing on the new digital media landscape. Issues explored include First Amendments rights, public affairs journalism, copyright, defamation, obscenity, censorship, licensing, corporate and governmental communications, and the Digital Millennium Act. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: ethical reasoning

BUS-350 Business Law

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

The U.S. legal and regulatory environment, including the sources of law; the resolution of disputes; the Uniform Commercial Code; the laws of torts, contracts, agency, partnerships, corporations, employment, and equal opportunity; and laws regulating competition. Prerequisite: BUS-120, ENG-110, and junior or senior standing

PHIL-310 Logic

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Skills of reasoning for solving problems found in ordinary language, deductive and inductive formats, and in common fallacies. A brief introduction to symbolic logic, scientific method, and probability. Prerequisite: ENG-110 FILA general education: philosophy or religion

PHIL-320E Professional Ethics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall and Spring

Pressing issues confronting professionals in a technological era. Utilizing the insights of philosophical and religious ethics, the course examines the responsibilities of the professional person in business, medicine, law education, the ministry, and other fields. Problems considered include confidentiality, accountability, whistleblowing, governmental regulation, and ethical codes. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG 110 and junior or senior standing FILA general education: philosophy or religion and ethical reasoning

ENVR-305 Natural Resource & Environmental Law

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course will provide an overview of federal and state laws that are aimed at the conservation of natural resources and/or protection of environmental quality. Major laws that will be covered include the National Environmental Protection Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, the Endangered Species Act and others. Speakers from natural resource/environmental agencies such as the Va. Department of Environmental Quality, Va. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and U.S. Forest Service will provide practical insights into the application and implementation of environmental policy. Alternate years: offered 2018-2019 Prerequisites: BIOL-100, 101 or 110

Global Politics

(3 credits)

PSCI-310 Latin American Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Comparative analysis of contemporary Latin American politics and governments. Considers political and economic themes, noting especially the challenges of democracy, development and inequality. Examines the region's relationship with the rest of the world, including the United States. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: world cultures

PSCI-335W Peace, War and World Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines human understanding of the institution of warfare and alternative means of managing large-scale conflict. Also studies the concept of peace, including the personal and policy implications of the various definitions of the term. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: global dynamics and writing intensive Offered alternate years

PSCI-336 United Nations

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

History, structures, issues and politics of the United Nations, and a consideration of the organization's role in world politics. This course may include travel to New York City or Washington DC. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics Offered alternate years

PSCI-356 United States Foreign Policy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Examines the continuity and changes in the contexts, structures, processes, actors and issues of U.S. foreign policy in the 20th and 21st centuries. Offered alternate years

PSCI-360 Population, Immigration, and Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

This course takes a surveying view of the political, social and economic consequences of population movement phenomena focusing on two central elements: Migration and Identity Politics. In an effort to accommodate the broad theme, the course will view population movement phenomena from the perspectives of immigrants, host and origin nations, as well as global state and non-state actors. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110; PSCI-240 is recommended FILA general education: global dynamics

PSCI-365E Politics of Human Rights

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

An examination of conceptions of human rights, the global discourse around human rights, and efforts to protect those rights. Topics include why governments violate the rights of their citizens, the role of human rights activism in shaping global public discourse and affecting the practices of governments, international human rights law, and the human rights dimensions of foreign policy. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general Education: global dynamics and ethical reasoning

PSCI-370 Issues in Global Politics

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Major themes, questions, problems and events in global politics as chosen by the instructor. Students will engage in written and public discourse concerning topics that are global in scope and important to understanding politics in the twenty-first century. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics

PSCI-375 United States and the World

Credits: 3 Term Offered: May Term

Examination of major foreign policy issues facing the United States and consideration of policy options available. Prerequisite: FILA-150 or FILA-350 FILA general education: global dynamics

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

Explores the nature of international law and its similarities and differences with domestic law. Examines the institutions, rules, and organizations that provide the context for global interactions in an increasingly globalizing world. Case studies include issues such as human rights, the International Criminal Court, the World Trade Organization and the World Bank, and International Monetary Fund. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: writing intensive Offered alternate years

PSCI-430 The International Arms Trade

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Fall Only

The international arms trade is a long-time instrument of foreign policy. States have used conventional arms to influence the policies of other governments, sway the course of foreign wars, and boost their own military and economic security. Access to weapons, however, also contributes to repression, human rights violations, the onset of armed conflict and regional instability, and depresses economic development. The course will examine these complexities and trace normative instruments that have been created to control the arms trade. Students will grapple with the interplay of norms, institutions, and state interest. In addition, the course will emphasize qualitative social science research skills, and will be geared toward helping students find research questions, design research, and locate and evaluate evidence. Prerequisite: PSCI-230 Alternate years; offered 2018-2019

PSCI-440W Global Political Economy

Credits: 3 Term Offered: Spring Only

Political implications of global economic relations, including such topics as the politics of trade, monetary relations, financial crises, development, global systems of production and consumption and multinational corporations. Prerequisites: FILA-150 or FILA-350 and ENG-110 FILA general education: global dynamics and writing intensive Offered alternate years

Honors Project (PSCI-499) may count as an elective. Students may substitute SOC-322 for PSCI-250. Students may not double major in political science and global studies. Political science majors may minor in global studies, but 15 credits from non-core areas must be taken in disciplines other than political science.

Students interested in law school should consider pursuing the pre-law track or pre-law concentration. Majors who pursue the pre-law track may not add a pre-law concentration, but majors who complete the major using the standard or public policy track may. Up to two courses from the pre-law list may be used for both the political science major and the concentration.

Students interested in careers in public sector bureaucracies or graduate study in programs such as a master’s in public policy or master’s in public administration should consider completing the public policy track or the politics and public policy concentration. Majors who pursue the public policy track may not add a politics and public policy concentration, but majors who complete the major using the standard or pre-law track may add a politics and public policy concentration. Up to two courses from the public policy list may be used for both the political science major and the concentration.

Political science majors interested in careers or graduate study in international relations or security studies should consider adding the global studies minor and either a world languages and cultures major or minor.

Students interested in pursuing graduate study or careers in environmental policy should consider the public policy track with either a major in biolog y or environmental science or a minor in environmental science.

Students interested in graduate study or careers in criminal justice or public safety should consider adding a crime and justice minor in the sociolog y department.