Academic Catalog

2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Political Science Minor

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Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of 21 credit hours distributed as follows:

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

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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

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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

And 15 additional credits from PSCI courses numbered 300 or above.

Students may take one Internship (PSCI-480) toward these additional credits.

This minor may not be taken in conjunction with either a major in history and political science or a major in global studies.