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The Faculty

Chair:  David R. Jones 

 Professors:

Associate Professors:

Assistant Professors:

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Field Description

Our lives, our communities, and our world are to a considerable degree shaped by political events. Political science provides students with an understanding of the multifaceted ideas, structures, and processes of politics in the United States and abroad. Courses are designed to accomplish three principal objectives: to help the student acquire and establish habits of critical and creative thinking about public issues; to enlarge and broaden the students understanding of significant data, major ideas, and activities regarding politics; and to prepare students for careers in law, government, journalism, and education.

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The Major

All courses in the lists below are 3 credits.

Base Course
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POL 1101

American Government: Practices and Values
Required Course
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Political Science Capstone Seminar
Electives                                             21 credits

Students are to select 21 credits from among all the courses offered by the department, with at least one course from four of the six areas listed below.

American Government and Political Institutions

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POL 2001

The United States in an Age of Globalization
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POL 3008

Religion and Politics in the United States (
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)
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POL 3101

Political Psychology (
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POL 3102

American Conservatism: Origins, Development, and Contemporary Controversies (
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)
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POL 3310

Public Opinion
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POL 3311

Political Parties and Elections
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POL 3312

Congress and the Legislative Process
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POL 3313

Constitutional Law
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POL 3314

Civil Liberties
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POL 3316

The Presidency
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POL 3318

Immigration and Integration in the United States
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POL 3340

Political Socialization
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POL 3417

Case Studies in American Government
Comparative Politics
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POL 2260

Introduction to Comparative Government
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POL 3086

Modern Middle East and North Africa (
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)
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POL 3104

Politics of the Third World
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POL 3361

Comparative Politics in Selected Areas of the World
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POL 3362

Western European Political Systems
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POL 3364

Latin American and Caribbean Political Systems
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POL 3365

Asian Political Systems
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POL 3366

African Political Systems
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POL 3367

Comparative Revolutions
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POL 3368

Communist Political Systems
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POL 3842

Making of Modern India (
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International Politics
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POL 2240

Introduction to International Relations
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POL 3341

International Relations in the Middle East
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POL 3342

American Foreign Policy
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POL 3343

International Relations in Selected Areas of the World
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POL 3344

The United Nations in World Politics
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POL 3345

Contemporary International Conflict
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POL 3346

The Rise of Asia in World Affairs (
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Political Theory and Methodology
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POL 2332

American Political Thought
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POL 3062

Political Sociology (

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)

 

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POL 3201

Topics in Politics and Literature (
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)
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POL 3233

Political and Administrative Research
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POL 3333

Political Behavior
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POL 3334

American Radicalism
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POL 3335

Early Political Theory
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POL 3336

Modern Political Theory
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POL 3337

Contemporary Political Ideologies
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POL 3500

Political Analysis
Public Policy
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POL 2353

Public Policy
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POL 3001

Women: Politics and Policy
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POL 3005

Social Welfare Policy (
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)
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POL 3103

Political Economy
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POL 3315

Government and the American Economy
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POL 3317

The Politics of Energy and the Environment
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POL 5452

Field Work in Government and Politics
Urban Politics
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POL 2220

State and Local Government
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POL 2321

Urban Government
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POL 3323

Politics and Government of New York City
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POL 3422

Urban Public Policy

 

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Honors Program in Political Science

The honors program in political science is designed for the outstanding student. Each student conducts research in an area specific to his or her interest and works closely with a faculty advisor. Registration requires permission from the department. Six credits are necessary for graduation with honors in political science. 

To be eligible for honors work in political science, students shall have

  1. completed 90 credits,
  2. completed 15 credits in political science, including 
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  3. compiled at least a 3.2 grade point average in their total academic work and a 3.4 average within political science, and
  4. an honors advisor assigned in advance.

The students thesis will be evaluated and graded by two faculty members in addition to the advisor, one from political science and one from another appropriate department. This committee of three will have the authority to recommend that the student be graduated with honors.

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The Minor

A minor in political science will help students to flourish in the political environment in which their future economic and 

Selection of a minor must be made with the consultation and approval of the department. To suit the special educational needs and objectives of individual students, appropriate substitution of designated courses may be made after consultation with the departmental advisor. Students may minor by taking two 3000-level courses plus 

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 Political Science Capstone Seminar.

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Courses in Political Science

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POL 1101

American Government: Practices and Values

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2001

The United States in an Age of Globalization

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2220

State and Local Government

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2240

Introduction to International Relations

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2260

Introduction to Comparative Government

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2280

The Great Political Debates: The Individual and Society

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2321

Urban Government

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2332

American Political Thought

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 2353

Public Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3001

Women: Politics and Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3005

Social Welfare Policy (

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)

 

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3008

Religion And Politics In The United States (

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),
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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3062

Political Sociology (

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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3086

The Modern Middle East and North Africa (

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)

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3101

Political Psychology (

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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3102

American Conservatism: Origins, Development, And Contemporary Controversies (

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DisciplineHIS
)

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3103

Political Economy

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3104

The Politics of the Third World

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3201

Topics in Politics and Literature (

Showcourse v
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DisciplineENG
)

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3233

Political and Administrative Research

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3310

Political Opinion

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3311

Political Parties and Elections

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3312

Congress and the Legislative Process

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3313

Constitutional Law

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3314

Civil Liberties

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3315

Government and the American Economy

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3316

The Presidency

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3317

The Politics of Energy and the Environment

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3318

Immigration and Integration in the United States

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3323

Politics and Government of New York City

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3333

Political Behavior

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3334

American Radicalism

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3335

Early Political Theory

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3336

Modern Political Theory

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3337

Contemporary Political Ideologies

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3340

Political Socialization

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3341

International Relations in the Middle East

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3342

American Foreign Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3343

International Relations in Selected Areas of the World

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3344

The United Nations in World Politics

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3345

Contemporary International Conflict

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3346

The Rise of Asia in World Affairs (

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),
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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3347

Seminar on Political Globalization

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3361

Comparative Politics in Selected Areas of the World

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3362

Western European Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3364

Latin American and Caribbean Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3365

Asian Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3366

African Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3367

Comparative Revolutions

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3368

Communist Political Systems

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3417

Case Studies in American Government

3 hours; 3 credits

showcourse

POL 3422

Urban Public Policy

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3456

American Intellectual History

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3500

Political Analysis

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3842

The Making of Modern India (

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),
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)

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 3999

Special Topics in Political Science

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 4900

Political Science Capstone Seminar

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 5000

Independent Study in Political Science I

Hours and credits to be arranged

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POL 5001

Independent Study in Political Science II

Hours and credits to be arranged

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POL 5002

Independent Study in Political Science III

Hours and credits to be arranged

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POL 5452

Field Work in Government and Politics

3 hours; 3 credits

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POL 6001H

Political Science Honors I

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

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POL 6002H

Political Science Honors II

3 hours; 3 credits per semester

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