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Political Science

*PSCI 1104 – American Government (The American Democracy I)

3 credits

This course examines the institutions, processes, and influences of American political institutions and political behavior, including history and theories of American democracy, institutions of national government, federalism, and political processes (parties, elections, interest groups and public opinion).

*PSCI 1105 – American Government (The American Democracy II)

3 credits

This course is a survey of the fundamental theories, events and personages of American political thought. Through the lens of politics, policy, diplomacy and war, political change and its repercussions will be examined. The socialization of thought and public opinion via the major two-party political system will be discussed. Interest group theory, along with the rise of the mass media and the role they play in the political system will be topics of study. Besides these issues, the economic policy of the United States will be traced from its Hamiltonian origins to its major transformation during the New Deal era. Lastly, the foreign and defense policy from the inception of the Republic to the present day, with its evolution from a weak de-centralized confederacy to the world’s pre-eminent superpower, are to be investigated.

PSCI 1199 – Seminar

1–9 credits

This course will be a discussion of particular problems related to the student’s chosen program and areas of interest.

PSCI 2207 – State and Local Government

3 credits | Prerequisites: PSCI 1104

This course examines the political processes and institutions of U.S. state and local government. Topics include: state and local politics; state constitutions; municipal corporations and charters; political participation; institutions and processes; intergovernmental relations; political parties and interest groups; and, policy issues and outcomes in state and local government with special reference to Ohio.

PSCI 2208 – Comparative Government and Politics

3 credits | Prerequisites: PSCI 1104

This course examines basic concepts, approaches to and comparisons of different political systems, including institutions and political processes, political cultures, ideologies, participation, and interest groups.

A * preceding a course number indicates that the course is part of the Transfer Module.