Preview of Courses

The following are courses that have been offered or are usually offered by the Department of Political Science. For a comprehensive list of courses, please refer to the current Schedule of Classes or Course Catalog.

JanTerm Courses 

PLSC 253. Politics of Diversity in Latin America: Race, Religion and Gender
Using film, explores the origins, organization and political implications of ethnic, religious
and gender diversity in Latin America, from colonialism through the present.

PLSC 365. Warfare: In Pursuit of Military Security
Examines war as a human activity, raising issues of civil-military relations, organizing for war, notions of a military-industrial complex, and philosophical, psychological and political aspects of war. Includes guest speakers, films, and field trips. Designed to capture the reality of combat and its costs; to familiarize students with key political, philosophical, and psychological issues of war and peace. Helps students to understand combat.

Paired Courses

PLSC. 358 African Political Systems/FREN. 177. Franco-African American Cinema
Comparative study of political change in Africa south of the Sahara; traditional political systems, colonialism, nationalism, and problems of nation-building and development.

Required Courses

PLSC 110. American Government and Politics
A historical and institutional examination of the founding debate. US political branches,
political behavior, and the policy process in the United States, focusing on the definition
and realization of democracy, as well as civil liberties and civil rights. Satisfies the state
teaching credential requirement in American Constitution.

PLSC 380. Normative Political Theory
Western political philosophy from Plato to Marx: the development of normative theory and its relevance to modern political analysis and contemporary politics; emphasis on Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Marx.