Graduate Courses in Political Science (PSC)

520 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations 3 hrs.

Examination of the theory and practice of American federalism with emphasis on the constitutional framework, intergovernmental relations and the changing roles of state and local governments.

540 Regional Studies 3 hrs.

A graduate-level examination of the history, culture, political structures and ongoing challenges facing different regions in the world. The course will shift its regional focus (Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, Africa, etc.) during different terms, and students may take the course multiple times so long as the course content differs. In addition to laying the historical and cultural foundations of a region, the course will often focus on select countries within that region as well as broader concepts such as the role of democracy in development, political institutionalization, and the roles of religion and ethnicity in society. Cross listed with PSC 440 *Restriction: Graduate standing or admitted into the PSC/PA JUMP program.

551 Public Policy and the Law 3 hrs.

Judicial influences on the development and application of public policy in the United States. Role of the judiciary as a political actor.

562 Decision-Making in Foreign and Security Policy 3 hrs.

A graduate-level examination of the history, culture, and structures shaping the development of U.S. foreign and national security policies. The course will discuss the constitutional roles given to Executive branch and to Congress in the development and management of foreign and national security policies, examine the process and content of making foreign and national security policies through U.S. history, then examine the current structures and actors involved in the development of foreign and national security policies. Cross listed with PSC 462 *Restriction: Graduate standing or admitted into the PSC/PA JUMP program.

564 American Foreign Policy 3 hrs.

Analysis of major theories explaining foreign policy and various controversies surrounding policy processes and issues.

566 National Security Strategy and Policy 3 hrs.

A graduate-level examination of U.S. national security strategy and policy. The course will review current overarching strategy and policy documents, examine specific responses to the variety of threats facing the United States and then evaluate whether those policies are achieving their goals. Cross listed with PSC 466 *Restriction: Graduate standing or admitted into the PSC/PA JUMP program.

570 Issues in Security Policy 3 hrs.

A graduate-level examination of selected security-related policy issues. The content of this course will vary during different terms, and students may take the course multiple times so long as the content differs. Cross listed with PSC 470 *Restriction: Graduate standing or admitted into the PSC/PA JUMP program.

580 Special Topics in Political Science 3 hrs.

Selected topics in local, state, national and world politics.

600 The American Polity 3 hrs.*

Comprehensive and intensive review of the foundations, institutions, and dynamics of the American polity and the relationship of these forces to the making of public policy.

601 The Public Policy Process 3 hrs.*

Provides an analytical framework for critical thinking about public policy processes in American governments. Examines policymaking processes. Discusses political, economic, social and institutional factors that influence policymaking processes and the impacts of policy decisions by national, state, and local levels of governments.

605 Public Policy Seminar 3 hrs.

Focuses on specific policy areas of the national government such as foreign policy, science policy, or national security policy.

610 Public Management Professions 3 hrs.*

Introduction to public management as a field of study and practice. Review of basic literature. Emphasis on ethics in public service.

611 Public Personnel Administration 3 hrs.

Purposes, functions, and processes of personnel management at the national, state, and local levels.

612 Budgetary Process 3 hrs.

Governmental revenue and expenditure policies. Budget as a method of administrative and fiscal control.

615 Special Topics in Public Administration 3 hrs.

Selected current issues in public administration.

630 Public Values and Public Policy 3 hrs.

Critical examination of the normative aspect of public policy-making. Focuses on the value assumptions of social theoretical paradigms that influence the design of public policy and on the ethical and moral implications of those designs. Major themes include ideological biases of empirical analyses and evaluations in the policy sciences, ethics of social policy formation, and moral problems of economic distribution, and redistribution.

635 Methodological Issues and Public Policy 3 hrs.*

Designed to provide students the tools needed to become knowledgeable, informed users and consumers of social science research. The course surveys major issues relevant to the application of quantitative data to problems of public policy and administration. Issues include research design, measurement and operationalization, sampling, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and evaluation. Prerequisites: SOC 333 or PY 300 or permission of chair.

690 Capstone 3 hrs.

The Capstone course is designed to provide an analytical framework for critical thinking about public policy processes in American government. More specifically, the course requires students to deliver a project of on-the-job learning by synthesizing academic content and skills that they have garnered from their coursework in the Public Affairs graduate program. The projects offer students an opportunity to integrate classroom learning with relevant problem solving that could just as well be in a professional work situation. Students are expected to conduct their research, discuss the different stages of their research throughout the semester with professors and class colleagues, and present their final projects to a panel of department faculty members. This course should be taken at the end of the program.

695 Internship in Government 1-6 hrs.

Graduate students may receive from one to six hours of academic credit for an internship with local, state, or federal governmental agencies. Students must attend internship seminars, keep a log of activities, and submit a report on their internship.

698 Directed Readings and Research 3 hrs.

Supervised in-depth readings and/or individual research in an area of specialized interest to both student and instructor. Open to students who have completed at least 12 semester hours in the Public Affairs Program and have permission of the instructor. Prerequisites: 12 hours in the Public Affairs Program. *Restriction: Permission of the instructor.

699 Master's Thesis 3-6 hrs.

Required every semester a student writing and receiving direction on a master's thesis. A minimum of two terms and six thesis hours is required for the thesis option. No more than six hours credit may be applied toward the degree.

*Degree Requirement