Political Science (PSC)

PSC 101  American National Government     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer.

Course Description: The American constitutional system, including Congress, the presidency, and the courts; and public issues.

PSC 110  American State and Local Government     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Colonial and revolutionary origins of state government; state constitutions; referendum, initiative, and recall procedures; state legislatures; governors; state courts; county and municipal governments. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 111  Understanding the Missouri Constitution     Credits: 1

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: This course provides students with an overview of the Missouri Constitution. Includes a discussion of federalism, the historical development, key constitutional structures and the Missouri Bill of Rights. The course is open to transfer students needing to complete the state mandated graduation requirement for knowledge of the Missouri Constitution.

PSC 200  International Politics     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: The nature of politics at the international level; the national state system and state capabilities; foreign policy objectives, formulation, and execution; international organizations and alignments; contemporary world tensions. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 210  Comparative Political Systems     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Structural-functional analysis of major European political systems; comparison and contrast among such systems and with others of contemporary significance. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 280  Scope and Methods     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: The way political scientists work; the scientific basis for the discipline of Government; the history, approaches, and major sub-fields of Government the quantitative and qualitative research methods used to analyze politics.

PSC 283  Introduction to Research Methods in Government     Credits: 1-2

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Introduction to basic research methods in political science. Individual and team projects involving methods for solving government-related research problems. Prerequisite(s): Departmental approval.

PSC 300  Political Parties, Elections, and Voting Behavior     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Evolution of the American two-party system; place of the interest group in decision making through interaction with executive and legislative branches. LAS Computer Literacy. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101 and PSC 110.

PSC 310  Political Theory     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall.

Course Description: Political theories of classical thinkers, Plato and Aristotle; of church fathers, Augustine and Aquinas; and of modern theorists, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Mill; Marxism and Fascism. Same as PHL 310. LAS Ethics; LAS Writing. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101 or any previous course in philosophy or humanities.

PSC 312  Contemporary Political Philosophy     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: Political theories since the mid-twentieth century to the present including movements such as libertarianism, neo-conservatism, neo-liberalism, communitarianism, feminism, and environmentalism. Same as PHL 312. LAS Ethics. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101 or any previous course in philosophy or humanities.

PSC 314  Technology and Society     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Participatory course emphasizing a particular problem and/or issue related to technology and society. Class participants will investigate the semester's theme using currently available technologies. Same as BIO 314, ENG 314, HUM 314, PSY 314. Prerequisite(s): Completion of Category One -- Basic Skills General Studies courses.

PSC 317  Gender and Politics     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring.

Course Description: This course offers an introduction to feminist analysis and to the consideration of the gender system in a political context and from a political perspective. It invites participants to both read and carry out empirical research and consider the insights and contributions of various paradigms, especially intersectionality.

PSC 320  Public Administration     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Organization theory; bureaucracy; public personnel and policy; issues in American public administration. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 330  Urban Politics     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: The growth of cities and metropolitan areas; the legal status of local governmental entities; politics and elections and the role of interest groups in governing the metropolis; and the functions and services of urban governments. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 340  Latin American Political Systems     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Comparative approach to Latin American political institutions; investigates causes for political instability, revolution, the new military, socialism vs. communism, and economic development and U.S. policy. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101 and either PSC 200 or PSC 210.

PSC 350  Judicial Process     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: An exploration of the judicial process in the United States, including the institutions and considerations that affect the administration of justice under law in the American political system. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101 and PSC 110.

PSC 355  Interest Group Politics     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: An examination of interest groups and the interest group process in the U.S., both in national and state arenas. Attention is given to the role and function of interest groups in society, the interest group process itself, problems, and the use of case studies to illustrate the process in action. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 360  The American Presidency     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: The place of the president in decision making in the American federal system, his constitutional roles, the legal and extra-legal checks on presidential power. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 365  Selected Topics in Peace & Conflict Studies     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Specialized course work in interpersonal and/or international conflict studies. May be repeated as content varies for a maximum of 9 credits.

PSC 370  American Public Policy     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: A survey of the policy process and specific policies or issues in government selected from a variety of areas, such as crime and punishment, health and welfare, bioethical, education, energy, environment, spending, taxation, civil liberties, immigration, and homeland security. LAS Ethics; LAS Writing. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 374  Exploring War and Peace in the Modern World     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: This class provides an interdisciplinary survey of the root causes of conflicts and methods by which societies can build peace. There is a specific emphasis on the multiple meanings of peace in society and the challenges embedded in contemporary, applied peace-making.

PSC 375  Seminar on Terrorism and Homeland Security     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: This class is a survey of domestic and international terrorism focusing on major terrorist groups and their actions throughout the world. Root causes of terrorism will be examined and domestic and international reactions to terrorism will be explained and evaluated. There is a special emphasis in this class on the U.S. Homeland Security response to terrorism. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 380  Asian Politics     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Departmental Discretion.

Course Description: Comparative approach to Asian politics and culture. This course pays special attention to Japanese governance, culture and leadership as well as emerging governments and economies in Southeast Asia. Relations with the United States are also examined. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 390  International Organizations     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: An examination of the role of international organizations in constituting and reconstituting world order with a focus on providing governance under conditions or anarchy. Covers a range of organizations with special attention given tot he role of the United Nations in maintaining international peace and stability. LAS Writing. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 400  American Foreign Policy     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: Policy making, the role of the public in decisions, formulation and implementation of national policy, U.S. policy goals in various areas of the world, decision making in crisis situations. LAS International/Intercultural. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101 and PSC 200.

PSC 410  The Legislative Process     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (even-numbered years).

Course Description: The American Congress, its organization, rules, role in law making; the role of interest groups, congressional investigations, and the modern presidency in the legislative process. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 420  Constitutional Law     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Fall (odd-numbered years).

Course Description: The role of the Supreme Court in the American system; judicial review and its significance under Marshall, Fuller, Taft, Hughes, and Warren; majority and minority opinions; the process of decision making. LAS Writing. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101.

PSC 426  Peace and Justice in Post-Conflict Societies     Credits: 3

Typically Offered: Spring (even-numbered years).

Course Description: This course addresses issues of building peace in war-torn societies by focusing on a range of political, military, economic, and social challenges and how they intersect with institutions of the state. Emphasis on four separate sectors around which institutionalizing peace are organized: security, justice and reconciliation, governance and participation, and social and economic issues. Special attention is given to connecting the theoretical literature on conflict transition to the applied challenges of post-war societies. Prerequisite(s): PSC 101 and PSC 200.

PSC 450  Independent Research/Project     Credits: 1-5

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: Investigation of a research problem, project, or topic or an individual conference basis. Prerequisite(s): Declared political science major, a minimum of 2.5 GPA, and departmental approval.

PSC 490  Capstone Practicum in Political Science     Credits: 3-12

Typically Offered: Fall, Spring.

Course Description: An integrative, research based capstone experience for senior political science majors. Students arrange an internship with a public agency, governmental organization, or private group or agency that interacts with government subject to the approval of the Department of Economics, Political Science, & Sociology via its political science faculty. The field work will provide first-hand experience with the operations, institutions, and policy concerns of cooperating agencies, organizations, and groups in addition to providing data necessary to complete the original research component of the practicum. Student internship positions in a state or local government setting require PSC 110. Internships must be arranged and approved by the department in the semester preceding the internship. Supervised internships are not offered during summer session. For more details contact the Coordinator of the Internship Practicum in the EPSS department. Prerequisite(s): Senior standing and PSC 280.