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101 United States Government (3) An examination of the United States political institutions with particular attention to the principles, processes, structure, and functions of the national government.

103 Introduction to Political Science (3) Introductory study of the basic principles and concepts of political science with emphasis on the nature and function of political systems.

200 Contemporary Political Issues (3) Study of current governmental and political problems of national or international scope. Students are required to report on readings from current news periodicals.

201 Political Participation in America (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Introduction to political participation, emphasizing voting, public opinion, political socialization, and the development of political cultures and subcultures in the U.S.

202 State and Local Government (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Survey of the functioning and problems of state and local government in the United States, with illustrations from South Carolina jurisdictions.

203 International Relations (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Examines the major factors underlying international relations, the methods of conducting foreign relations, the foreign policies of the major powers, and the means of avoiding or alleviating conflicts.

204 Political Geography (3) (Prerequisite: Geography 101 or 102) (Same as Geography 204) The physical and cultural factors of various countries and regions have greatly influenced the political relations among these countries. Study of the development of the modern state and the relationships between political blocs in this context.

205 Comparative Government (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Comparative study of the governmental systems and political processes of nations from around the world.

206 Introduction to the Law (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) An introduction to the legal process, including the origins and evolution of the American legal system, legal reasoning, the role of the courts in the judicial process, law as a profession, and civil and criminal procedure.

215 Introduction to Public Administration (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Study of the nature of public administration in the United States with attention to policies of organization and management and to fiscal, personnel, planning, and public relations practices.

230 Introduction to Criminal Justice (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Survey of the fundamental concepts, institutions, and structures of the American criminal justice system.

295 Methods of Political Science (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Examination of the history of the study of politics; the development and scope of political science; and the methods of conducting political research.

301 Political Movements and Revolutions (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Consideration and analysis of the major political ideologies of the modern world: socialism, fascism, communism, anarchism, nationalism, and democracy.

305 Political Parties and Organizations (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Description and analysis of the role and function of political parties, lobbying groups, and political action committees.  The impact of these organizations on American political life is of particular interest.

311 Southern Politics (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Examination of selected aspects of change and continuity in Southern politics from Reconstruction until the present.

314 United States Foreign Policy (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) The principles and machinery of the conduct of American foreign relations. Primary emphasis is on United States foreign policy since World War II.

315 Politics of War and Security (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Study of the causes and conduct of war. Topics include grand strategies, military doctrines, nuclear and conventional deterrence, and terrorism.

317 The United States Congress (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Comprehensive study of the American legislative process emphasizing the development and operation of the U.S. Congress. The interaction of Congress with other political institutions will also be examined.

319 The American Presidency (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Examination of the office of President with attention to its historical and constitutional development, to presidential selection, and to the various roles, powers, functions, and problems attendant to the contemporary Presidency.

320 Constitutional Law (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Study of the institutional aspects of American constitutional law.  Topics include judicial review, separation of powers and federalism.

322 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Study of civil rights in the American constitutional context with emphasis on freedom of religion and expression, freedom of association, privacy rights, and protection against discrimination.

323 Rights of the Accused (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Focuses on the rights of persons suspected or accused of crimes with particular emphasis on criminal legal procedure, the constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure, the rights of the accused before and during the trial, and the rights of those convicted of crimes.

324 through 329 Area Studies in International Relations (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Intensive study of the governmental institutions, political development, security problems, and contemporary foreign policy patterns of nations in specific regions of the world.

324 Asian Politics (3)

325 African Politics (3)

326 Latin American Politics (3)

327 Middle Eastern Politics (3)

328 Soviet and Russian Politics (3)

329 Western European Politics (3)

330 Perspectives on Policing (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Examination of the legal, ethical, and administrative dilemmas which confront law enforcement professionals.

331 Administration of Justice (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Focus on organization, management, and community relations in the criminal justice system.

338 Politics and Film (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) Focuses on the relationship between films and components of the American political system. Primary emphasis is on the political messages, symbols, and values contained within particular well-known films. Additional emphasis is on theoretical approaches for studying political films.

340 U.S. Political Focus (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) In-depth examination of selected topics dealing with institutions, processes, or phenomena in U.S. politics. Students may earn up to nine hours of academic credit in focus courses bearing the 340/341 designation.

341 International Political Focus (3) (Prerequisite: 101 or 103) In-depth examination of selected topics dealing with comparative politics, international relations, or foreign policy. Students may earn up to nine hours of academic credit in focus courses bearing the 340/ 341 designation.

395 Political Theory (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 9 hours in political science, including either 101 or 103 or permission of the department) Survey of political theory related to the nature and purpose of the state and based on the analysis of ideas of leading ancient, medieval, and modern theorists.

477 Applied Politics (3), (2), or (1) (Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hours in political science and departmental approval at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which credit is to be received. Students are limited to a total of 3 hours in Political Science 477 and may not enroll in Political Science 487. ) Students work for a legislative, governmental, or political organization, and are expected to complete reading and writing assignments.

487 Public Administration / Criminal Justice Internship (3) (Prerequisite: Completion of 18 hours in political science and departmental approval at least two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester in which credit is to be received. Students enrolling in Political Science 487 may not enroll in Political Science 477.) Students work for a public or non-profit agency in an administrative capacity and are expected to complete reading and writing assignments.

497 Special Studies (6), (3), (2), or (1) (Prerequisite: Permission of department) Open to either (A) Honors students accepted into the Washington Semester program (6 hours maximum), or (B) juniors or seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their major courses (3 hours maximum). A research product in Track B may be taken for credit (3 hours) towards the Honors degree by special arrangement.


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