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Political Science
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Major / Minor Information

Courses

Charles Prysby, Professor and Head of Department

Professors Clotfelter, Olson, Prysby; Associate Professors Bernick, Buck, Crowther, DeHoog, Meyers; Assistant Professors Farok, Griffiths, McAvoy, Tulloss; Lecturer Harbour

Political science is the study of the government, politics and policies of the United States and other nations; of levels of government, such as city and state, within those nations; and of relationships among nations. It studies the political behavior, attitudes, and ideas of groups and individuals.

All 100- and 200-level courses are introductions to the study of political science. Beginning students are urged to take any 100- or 200-level course in which they may be interested.

Students seeking electives in political science may select from almost the entire range of offerings. Non-majors are urged to select their electives widely to satisfy individual intellectual interests and are not restricted to 100- and 200-level courses.

Internships and field experience are available to both majors and non-majors in national government, public administration, and electoral politics.

Political Science Major (Bachelor of Arts)

Required: 122 semester hours

The Political Science Major is suitable for students with career interests in law, politics, or governmental service (at local, state, or federal levels), as well as for students who have more general intellectual interests in government, politics, and international relations as part of their effort to obtain a liberal education or to prepare for careers in business.

Students should take a broad variety of courses in the major to become familiar with the diversity of topics and methods used by contemporary political scientists throughout the world. Majors should consult early with their faculty advisors to plan programs most suitable to their individual interests and needs.

College of Arts and Sciences Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) (54-55 hours)

All students must meet the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). The College of Arts and Sciences, however, has established liberal education requirements for its programs which, while including those of AULER, contain additional requirements in several categories. Therefore, students following this program should adhere to the College requirements. Please note that students who satisfy the College Liberal Education Requirements (CLER) will also satisfy the All-University Liberal Education Requirements (AULER). See pp. 70-73 for a complete description of the College requirements and pp. 65-66 and 71-72 for a listing of courses meeting AULER/CLER requirements.

Major Requirements

Minimum 30 semester hours in political science above the 100-level including PSC 200, 210, 240,260, and 301. At least 15 semester hours must be at 300 level or higher.

Related Area Requirements

No specific courses required.

Electives

Courses in other social sciences and in history are recommended. Electives sufficient to complete the 122 semester hours required for degree.

Political Science as a Second Major

A student may double major by combining political science with another major. The student must complete all of the required courses for political science (PSC 200, 210, 240, 260, and 301) and take 9 additional hours of political science at the 300 level or higher. The student must also take at least 24 hours in the second major and meet the appropriate requirements of that department for the double major. Students considering this option are advised to consult extensively with their advisors.

Political Science Minor

A student may minor in political science by taking at least 15 hours of course work above the 100 level. The student should select courses to best suit intellectual and career interests, and in consultation with a member of the Political Science faculty.

Teacher Licensure in Social Studies

Students seeking teacher licensure should see "Teacher Education", Chapter 7. Licensure in social studies is available for political science majors - see p. 407.

Accelerated Masters Program for Undergraduates-
BA in Political Science and MPA in Public Affairs

The accelerated program in Political Science/Public Affairs provides the opportunity for a student to complete a BA in Political Science (122 hours) within a four-year period and to shorten the time required to finish the Master of Public Affairs degree.

Interested students should:

  • have some Advanced Placement credit upon admission to UNCG in order to reduce the number of required undergraduate hours. See courses on pp. 20-21 for which AP credit is available.
  • identify themselves as potential accelerated candidates early in their academic careers in order to receive appropriate advising. Although formal admission to an accelerated program usually occurs in the junior year, careful selection of undergraduate courses beginning in the freshman year is essential. Interested students should talk with an advisor in the department of Political Science as early as possible.
  • plan to take the GRE in the spring of the junior year.
  • seek admission to the Graduate School in the fall of the senior year; students will not be allowed to enroll for spring MPA courses (see E below) unless admitted to the MPA program.

Requirements for Combined Accelerated BA in Political Science/MPA in Public Affairs


A.
College Liberal Arts Component (61 hours max)
Hours
Hours reduced by courses meeting more than one requirement
See other CLER area requirements and available
33-46
AP credit on p. 71
Special CLER area requirement for this program:
Reasoning and Discourse (RD)-
6
-3
required: ENG 101, FMS 103 or RCO 101, and
COM 341 (see C below)
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)-
9
-9
required: PSC 200, ECO 201, and SOC 211
(see B & C below)
Maximum hours
48-61
Total Hours (reduced)
49
(-12)
B.
Political Science Major Requirements (30 hours)
1.
American Politics & Policy: PSC 200 (also meets part
6
of CLER SB requirement), 210
2.
International & Comparative: PSC 260, 290
6
3.
Research Methods: PSC 301
3
4.
Electives: 300 level and above
15
Total hours
30
C.
Recommended Electives (15 hours)
1.
COM 341 (also meets part of CLER RD requirement),
3
2.
ECO 201 (also meets part of CLER SB requirement),
9
202, 260
3.
SOC 211 (also meets part of CLER SB requirement)
3
Total hours
15
Total Undergraduate Requirements
94
D.
Other Undergraduate Electives
28
Total Undergraduate Semester Hours
122
E.
Related Requirements for MPA (42 hours)
Senior Year (14 hours)
PSC 600, 602, 511C (Fall)
7
PSC 601, 603, 511B (Spring)
7
Summer following Senior Year (6 hours)
PSC 695, 696 Internship
6
Graduate or 5th Year (19 hours)
PSC 511J, 604, two electives, Comps I (Fall)
10
PSC 612, two electives, Comps II (Spring)
9
Summer (3 hours)
One PSC elective
3
Total MPA Semester Hours
42

Accelerated Masters Program for Undergraduates-
BA in Political Science and MA in Economics

The accelerated program in Political Science/Economics provides the opportunity for a student to complete a BA in Political Science (122 hours) within a four-year period and to shorten the time required to finish the Master of Arts degree in Economics.

Interested students should:

  • have some Advanced Placement credit upon admission to UNCG in order to reduce the number of required undergraduate hours. See courses on pp. 20-21 for which AP credit is available.
  • identify themselves as potential accelerated candidates early in their academic careers in order to receive appropriate advising. Although formal admission to an accelerated program usually occurs in the junior year, careful selection of undergraduate courses beginning in the freshman year is essential. Interested students should talk with an advisor in the department of Political Science as early as possible.
  • plan to take the GRE in the spring of the junior year.
  • seek admission to the Graduate School in the fall of the senior year.

Requirements for Combined Accelerated BA in Political Science/MA in Economics


A. College Liberal Arts Component (61 hours max) Hours Hours reduced by courses meeting more than one requirement
See additional CLER area requirements and available 39-52
AP credit on p. 71.
Special CLER area requirement for this program:
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)ó 9 -6
required: PSC 200, ECO 201 (see B & C below), and one other
Maximum hours 48-61
Total Hours (reduced) 42-55 (-6)
B. Political Science Major Requirements (30 hours)
1. American Politics & Policy: PSC 200 (also meets part 6
of CLER SB requirement), 210
2. International & Comparative: PSC 260, 290 6
3. Research Methods: PSC 301 3
4. Electives: 300 level and above 15
Total hours 30
C. Economics Prerequisites (30 hours)
1. ECO 201 (also meets part of CLER SB requirement), 9
202, ISM 110 (by end of 4th semester)
2. ECO 250, 301, 351 (by end of 6th semester) 9
3. Senior Year: ECO 327, 554 (Fall), ECO 319, 346 (Spring) 12
Total hours 30
Total Undergraduate Requirements 115
D. Other Undergraduate Electives 7
Total Undergraduate Semester Hours 122
E. Requirements for MA in Economics (30-33 hours)
Fall of Senior Year (minimum 6 hours)
ECO 619 (graduate credit) 3
ECO 554 (undergraduate or graduate credit) 3
ECO 654 (graduate credit) 3
Spring of Senior year and/or 5th Year (24-27 hours)
ECO 645A (Fall) 3
ECO 645B (Spring) 2
ECO 646 (Fall) 2
Either ECO 647 (Spring) 4
Or ECO 648 (Spring) 4
Both ECO 694 and 695 or 694 and 696 6
Sufficient Electives 7-13
Total Semester Hours for MA in Economics 30
(requires 694 and 695)
OR
Total Semester Hours for MA in Applied Economics 33
(requires 694 and 696)

Accelerated Masters Program for Undergraduates-
BA in Political Science and MBA in Business Administration

The accelerated program in Political Science/Business Administration provides the opportunity for a student to complete a BA in Political Science (122 hours) within a four-year period and to shorten the time required to finish the MBA.

Interested students should:

  • have some Advanced Placement credit upon admission to UNCG in order to reduce the number of required undergraduate hours. See courses on pp. 20-21 for which AP credit is available.
  • identify themselves as potential accelerated candidates early in their academic careers in order to receive appropriate advising. Although formal admission to an accelerated program usually occurs in the junior year, careful selection of undergraduate courses beginning in the freshman year is essential. Interested students should talk with an advisor in the department of Political Science as early as possible.

In the spring of the junior year, students should

  • take the GMAT
  • apply for admission to the Graduate School and the MBA program

Requirements for Combined Accelerated BA in Political Science/MBA in Business
Administration


A.
College Liberal Arts Component (61 hours max)
Hours
Hours reduced by courses meeting more than one requirement
See additional CLER area requirements and available
39-52
AP credit on p. 71.
Special CLER area requirement for this program:
Social and Behavioral Sciences (SB)ó
9
-6
required: PSC 200, ECO 201 (see B & C below), and one other
Maximum hours
48-61
Total Hours (reduced)
55
(-6)
B.
Political Science Major Requirements (30 hours)
1.
American Politics & Policy: PSC 200 (also meets part
6
of CLER SB requirement), 210
2.
International & Comparative: PSC 260, 290
6
3.
Research Methods: PSC 301
3
4.
Electives: 300 level and above
15
Total hours
30
C.
Prerequisites for the MBA (18 hours)
1.
ISM 110 (prerequisite for ECO 250)
3
2.
ECO 201 (also meets part of CLER SB requirement),
9
202, 250
3.
ACC 201, 202
6
Total hours
18
Total Undergraduate Requirements
103
D.
Other Undergraduate Electives
19
Total Undergraduate Semester Hours
122
E.
Related Requirements for the MBA (43.5 hours)
Senior Year (7.5 hours)
MBA 601, 604 (Fall)
3.0
MBA 605, 606, 607 (Spring)
4.5
Summer Following Senior Year (4.5 hours)
Internship and 4.5 credits
4.5
Graduate or 5th Year (24 hours)
Required foundation and strategic management
24.0
level requirements; electives
Summer (3 hours)
Remaining required and elective courses
7.5
Total MBA Semester Hours
43.5

POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSES (PSC)

For Undergraduates

105 Political Issues (3:3).

Introduction to the main intellectual traditions of political science. Discusses basic problems, political ideologies, and competing theories of political behavior. [AE, CAE].

200 American Politics (3:3).

Organization and behavior of the institutions, groups, and persons in American national government and politics. Introductory level course. [SB, CSB].

210 Introduction to Public Policy (3:3).

Problems of public policy and administration with emphasis on analysis of decision-making in governmental organizations. [SB, CSB].

240 The International System (3:3).

Introduction to international politics focusing upon major changes in the international system since 1945. Introductory level course. [SB, CSB].

260 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3:3).

Basic concepts and methods of comparative political analysis. Introduction to political institutions, processes, and problems of democratic, non-democratic and transitional political systems. [SB, CSB].

270 Introduction to Political Theory (3:3).

Examines the tradition of Western political thought beginning with Plato and ending with Nietzsche. Topics include the nature and meaning of liberty, justice, and equality and the purpose of politics.

290 The Politics of Development (3:3).

Introduces students to problems of political development. Surveys the theoretical literature concerning the development process and explores critical problems facing developing countries and strategies employed to overcome them. [NW, CNW].

300 Special Topics (3:3). - May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Study of an issue in political science.

301 Research Methods in Political Science (3:3). Pr. consent of instructor for non-majors.

Basic principles of research in political science. Focus on testing of empirical propositions, with particular emphasis on survey research methods and on data analysis and interpretation. No statistical knowledge required.

305 Individual in Politics (3:3).

Introduction to development of individual political attitudes and their relationship to political behavior. Topics include the psychology of political leaders, the belief systems of mass publics, and the development of distinct political cultures. Emphasis on the range of political participation, from voting behavior to extremism and violence.

310 Public Administration (3:3).

Major concepts in administration of public bureaucracies, including comparative administration, organization theory, budgeting, public personnel, and decision-making.

312 Environmental Policy (3:3).

The study of the formation and implementation of federal and state environmental policy. Topics include air and water pollution, hazardous waste, resource conservation, wildlife management as well as related issues. Buck.

313 Environmental Law (3:3).

Development and implementation of legal framework to regulate and to protect the environment. Emphasis on recent statutes and administrative/judicial interpretation. Focus on federal and international law. Buck.

316 Introduction to Law (3:3). Pr. junior standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of common law, civil and criminal court procedures, legal reasoning, and judicial behavior. Emphasis on policy-making role of courts.

318 Constitutional Law (3:3). Pr. junior standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of Supreme Court decisions on federalism and the powers of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of the federal government.

320 Civil Liberties (3:3). Pr. junior standing or prior consent of the instructor.

Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil rights and liberties. Specific topics include First Amendment , criminal due process, privacy rights, and equal protection of the law for minorities and women.

322 American State Politics (3:3).

Comparison of political behavior and institutions among the 50 American states. Bernick.

323 Urban Politics (3:3).

Examination of political behavior, processes, and institutions in city as a special focus for study of politics and government in United States. Discussion and readings directed to current development in American cities. Tulloss.

324 Urban Administration (3:3).

Special characteristics and problems of implementing urban policies and managing municipalities and other local governments and non-profit service agencies. Role of the city manager and other professional administrators.

327 American Political Parties (3:3).

Analysis of the role of political parties in the American political process, with emphasis on recent elections and campaigns. Prysby.

328 North Carolina and Southern Politics (3:3).

Examination of contemporary political and governmental developments in the American South. Particular attention to North Carolina politics and government.

329 American Political Movements (3:3).

Examination of recent American political movements. Emphasis on their ideologies, their tactics, and their effect on public policy.

330, 331 Workshop in Practical Politics (3:2:6), (3:2:6). Pr. consent of instructor; 200, 327 or 328 recommended.

Analysis of electoral campaign strategies by party and candidate through actual participation in campaigns and by writing of case studies based on student campaign participation. Spring semester in even numbered years covers primary elections; fall semester concentrates on general elections. Either semester may be taken independently.

332 Elections and Voting (3:3).

Analysis of influences on voting behavior and of the relationship among voting behavior, elections, and the political process as a whole, with emphasis on contemporary U.S. presidential elections. Prysby.

333 Congress and Legislatures (3:3).

Examination of contemporary legislative bodies - Congress, state legislatures, and foreign parliaments. Attention given to their internal organizations and politics and to their relationship to their Chief Executive. Olson.

334 The American Presidency (3:3).

Examination of the contemporary American presidency. Attention given to the multiple roles of the president, to the rise of the presidency in American government and politics, and to the implications of a powerful presidency for democratic government. Olson.

335 Women in Politics (3:3).

Relationship of women to political process with particular emphasis on womenís political socialization, patterns of political participation, and leadership selection.

336 Women and the Law (3:3).

Analysis of American laws affecting women with emphasis on the impact of existing law on contemporary social and political issues.

340 International Politics (3:3). Pr. 240.

Analysis of recent problems in international politics, including weapons proliferation, underdevelopment, and selected regional conflicts. Griffiths.

341 International Law and Organization (3:3). Pr. any international relations course or consent of instructor.

Introduction and analysis of the fundamentals of international law and organization and their role in the contemporary international system. Griffiths.

342 American Foreign Policy (3:3).

Analysis of the decision-making process concerning formulation and execution of American foreign policy. Meyers.

343 Comparative Foreign Policy (3:3). Pr. 240 or 342 or consent of instructor.

Comparative analysis of foreign policy of major nation states, including Russia, Japan, China, France and Germany.

345 National Security Policy (3:3). Pr. 240.

Development of national security policy and the role of military forces in the United States. Emphasis on the changing nature of security challenges. Griffiths.

346 Russian Foreign Policy (3:3).

Analysis of development and implementation of Soviet Foreign Policy and the foreign policy of the current government of Russia.

350 Democratic Political Systems (3:3).

Comparative examination of political institutions and behavior in selected industrialized and non-industrialized countries.

355 Selected Topics in Comparative Politics (3:3). - May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Cross-national examination of specific topic in political organization and behavior. 355a. Political Violence; 355b. Political Parties; 355c. Politics of Development; 355d. Politics of Industrial Societies; 355e. Legislative Process; 355f. Politics of the Future; 355g. Political Ideologies; 355i. Domestic Policy of Soviet Union; 355j. Middle East Politics; 355k. Russian Politics; 355m. Political Economy; 355n. European Union.

361 East European Politics (3:3).

Analysis of patterns of political power in European nations formerly ruled by Communist parties, including an examination of the development of political liberalization, dissent, and international relations. Crowther.

361 East European Politics (3:3).

Analysis of patterns of political power in European nations formerly ruled by Communist parties, including an examination of the development of political liberalization, dissent, and international relations. Crowther.

371 American Political Thought (3:3).

Examines major works in American political thought by authors such as Madison, Jefferson, Lincoln, Thoreau, Emerson, King, Malcolm X, and Friedan. Special Emphasis on tracing the promise and problems of American life.

391 African Political Systems (3:3). Pr. 260 or consent of instructor.

Survey and analysis of the institutions and current problems of African states. Emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa. Griffiths. [NW, CNW].

399 Public Affairs Internship (1 to 3). Pr. consent of instructor. ï May be repeated for credit.

Field learning experience in governmental agencies and private organizations involved in the political process. Academic supervision provided by faculty advisor and direction in field provided by job supervisor. Written report on a substantive topic related to the internship required.

401, 402 Individual Study (1 to 3), (1 to 3). Pr. departmental stamp required for registration.

Reading or research. Available to qualified students upon recommendation of an instructor.

493 Honors Work (3-6). See prerequisites under Honors Program, XXX 493 (p. 379).

For Advanced Undergraduates

and Graduate Students

501 Selected Topics in Political Science (1 to 3). Pr. major in political science or consent of instructor. - May be repeated for credit when topics vary.

Opportunity for advanced students to study in depth a topic of special interest.

503 Survey Methods for Policy Research (3:3).

Theoretical and practical issues involved in designing and using sample surveys for political and policy research. Emphasis on survey methods used by the government and others in public sector.

504 Computer Applications in Public Administration (3:3).

An overview of computer applications in public administration, covering both specific applications and broader questions of design, management, and impact of information and decision support systems. Prysby.

505 Problems in Politics (3:3).

Seminar in research and study in political science. Attention also on problems of methodology and alternative conceptions of field of political science as a scholarly discipline.

510 Topics in Public Policy (1 to 3). Pr. consent of instructor. - May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Intensive analysis of a major area of public policy. Examination of sources of policymaking, the policy-making process, and the impact of policy. 510a. Politics of Education; 510b. Criminal Justice; 510c. Labor Relations; 510d. Foreign and Defense Policy; 510e. Environmental Policy; 510f. Urban Development Policy; 510g. Health Strategies; 510h. Global Challenges; 510i. Press and Politics; 510j. Politics of Industrial Policy; 510k. Ethics in Public Policy.

511 Problems in Public Management (1). Pr. consent of instructor. - May be repeated when topics vary up to a limit of six credit hours.

Intensive examination of important current problems related to the management of public institutions.

512 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3:3). Pr. consent of instructor or 200, 210, or 310; or graduate standing.

Focuses on changing relationships of local-state-federal agencies, expanding role of regional cooperation, and recent developments in sub-national governments.

516 Administrative Law (3:3). Pr. 200 or approval of instructor.

The law, practice, and procedure in federal administrative agencies: agency rulemaking; administrative adjudication; judicial review; informal process and administrative discretion. Buck.

520 Urban Political System (3:3). Pr. 323 or 324 or consent of instructor.

Examination of major topics in the study of urban government and policy. Systems approach to provide an analytic framework for interrelating specific topics such as citizen participation, interest groups, parties, types of elections, forms of government, community power, and racial politics. Tulloss.

530 Administrative and Elected Leadership (3:3). Pr. consent of instructor.

Recruitment, selection, and roles of executives and legislators; organization and activities of the offices; relationships among executive offices, administrative offices, and legislative bodies. Olson.

535 Citizen Participation in Policy-Making (3:3). Pr. consent of instructor.

Political participation and citizen involvement in governmental policy-making. Both citizen initiated and government sponsored efforts to increase popular input analyzed. Assessment of impact of citizen participation on policy-making in specific areas of policy and on performance of government in general.

540 Nonprofit Management and Leadership (3:3). Pr. senior or graduate standing.

Overview of major concepts and concerns of nonprofit organizations, including tax-exempt status, incorporation, nonprofit-government relations, board-director-staff relations, volunteers, services and program planning, implementation, resource development. DeHoog.

For Graduate Students Only

600 Public Administration and Management (3:3).

601 Politics of Public Policy (3:3).

602 Quantitative Analysis and Program Evaluation. (3:3).

603 Budgeting and Fiscal Administration (3:3).

604 Public Personnel Management (3:3).

610 Public Policy Analysis (3:3).

612 Organizational Behavior (3:3).

613 Local Government Administration (3:3).

615 Public Personnel: Development and Evaluation (3:3).

620 Research Seminar in Urban Policy (3:3).

630 Research Seminar in American Politics (3:3).

690 Public Affairs Seminar (3:3).

695 Public Affairs Internship (3 to 6).

696 Directed Field Research (3 to 6).

697, 698 Special Problems in Political Science (1 to 3), (1 to 3).

699 Thesis (3 to 6).

800 Graduate Registration (0).


 
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