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.

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.

565 American Foreign Policy 3 hrs.

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

568 National Security Policy 3 hrs.

Examination of the evolution of U.S. security policy in the post-1945 era, with a special focus upon the theory and practice of deterrence; and the problems associated with disarmament and arms control. Prerequisite: Undergraduate course in international relations recommended.

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.

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.

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