Course Offerings

POSC 110 - Introduction to Politics

Credits: (3)

Instructional Method: Three hours lecture.

Introduces students to the concepts and methods of political science by examining enduring questions and concerns of political life using political philosophy and literature.

Note(s): This course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in Humanities.

POSC 111 - Big Questions in Political Science

Credits: (3)

Instructional Method: Three Hours Lecture
Description:  This course will introduce students to the field of political science through the investigation of important disciplinary questions related to contemporary issues.

Note:  Students may not receive credit for POSC 111 if they have taken POSC 110.  

POSC 120 - Introduction to American Government

Credits: (3)

Instructional Method: Three hours lecture.
Introduces students to the study of American government. Philosophical foundations, constitutional development, institutions, and contemporary issues will be examined. There will be an emphasis on the continuing influence of founding principles.

Note(s): This course has been approved for Core Curriculum credit in Social and Behavioral Sciences or U.S. Perspectives.

POSC 130 - Changing the World

Credits: (3)

Instructional Method: Three Hours Lecture
Description: This course shows students how strategic action can help them to attain their preferred public outcomes. Students learn the how-to’s of making political change such as running for office, engaging in civil disobedience, community organizing, lobbying, building social businesses, and internet activism.  Student learn the stories of inspirational change makers from the United States and abroad.

POSC 140 - Topics in Political Science

Credits: (3)

Instructional Method: Three Hours Lecture
Description:  An introductory exploration of a current or relevant issue using film, news, literature, and scholarly research. This will give students greater background in the topic of choice without assuming prior knowledge of the discipline or subfield. May be taken for a maximum of six hours credit with a different topic.

POSC 180 - The Art and Science of Leadership

POSC 202 - Ethical Inquiry in Political Science

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method: Three hours lecture.
Examination of an ethical issue in political science or public administration with a focus on the relationship between reading, writing, and thinking and on the rhetorical principles that inform successful oral and written communication.

Prerequisites: CORE 201, or POSC 201, or equivalent.

Note(s): This course can be used in place of CORE 202 in the Core Curriculum. Students cannot receive credit for both POSC 202 and CORE 202 or any other CORE 202 equivalent.

POSC 231 - Comparative Politics

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Gives students a grounding in the comparative study of politics. Considers political regime types, political violence, political identity, gender and politics, political economy of development, and religion and politics.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both POSC 130 and POSC 231.

POSC 233 - Law in America (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Description: A survey of the sources and functions of American law. The emphasis of this course is the understanding of how law functions, where it functions, and how the political and social realms affect law in the United States.
Prerequisites:
POSC 120.

American government. Emphasis on political nature of judicial decisions.
Note: Students may not receive credit for both POSC 333 and POSC 233.

POSC 241 - International Relations

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Serves as the core course in the subfield of International Relations. International relations focuses on how the interactions of states, international organizations, and individuals can lead to war, promote peace, encourage cooperation, enforce international law, and affect economic development. This course will provide the theoretical and historical foundations necessary for analyzing and understanding international issues.

Note(s): Students cannot receive credit for both POSC 140 and POSC 241.

POSC 300 - Public Administration (AG, PA)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Background of administration as a profession, principles that are helpful to the administrator, and effect of political influence.

POSC 301 - Political Inquiry

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Introduces students to the nature of political inquiry and political analysis. Students will critically examine historical, theoretical and methodological foundations of political science, and study various approaches to political inquiry. The emphasis is on understanding the ways in which scholars engage in rigorous political analysis. This course will explore the broad questions of political inquiry. What is political knowledge and why is it an important pursuit? How do we critically evaluate political analysis? What processes and theoretical approaches does the discipline of political science use to create and evaluate political knowledge.

Prerequisites: POSC major, POSC 110 or POSC 120, and either sophomore standing or permission of instructor.

Note: Students who have received credit for POSC 291 cannot receive credit for POSC 301.

POSC 320 - Congress (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Constitutional basis for development, organization, and role of Congress in the American political system. Analysis of Congress and formulation of public policy.

POSC 321 - The American Presidency (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Development of the presidency since the founding of America. Institutional and political problems associated with the modern chief executive.

POSC 325 - Elections and Voting Behavior (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method: Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
This course examines the determinants and processes of voting behavior, emphasizing the role of political socialization, public opinion, and voter turnout in elections. The course also examines the rules and processes of American elections as well as the effect of campaigns on voting behavior.

POSC 327 - Politics and the Media (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120 and COMS 130.
Cross-Listed: COMS 327

Modern mass media as actors in the political arena, with an emphasis on how elections and policy-making are affected by the mass media.

POSC 330 - State and Local Government (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Governmental institutions and processes, political parties, voting at state and county levels.

POSC 335 - American Public Policy (AG, PA)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Examination of policy-making process and approaches to issues in American government; emphasis on role of informal influences as opposed to function of elected and appointed officials.

POSC 336- Public Organization Theory and Leadership (AG, PA)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 300 or permission of instructor.
Focuses on transformational leadership theories, the impact of leadership on organizational behavior/culture, and public sector revitalization in order to examine the role of (visionary) leadership in the redesign of public organizations to: (a) “fit” or become congruent with their turbulent operating environment(s); (b) enhance efficiency outcomes; and (c) fulfill their legislative, judicial, and/or political mandate.

Note(s): Students who have received credit for POSC 430, POSC 431 or POSC 435 cannot also receive credit for POSC 336.

POSC 337 - Contemporary Problems in Public Administration (AG, PA)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 300.
Developments in public finance, budgeting and personnel; trends in representative bureaucracy, regulation, regional administration.

Note: Students may not receive credit for both POSC 435 and POSC 337.

POSC 338 - Constitutional Law: Institutional Powers and Constraints (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Constitutional powers exercised by federal government; emphasis on intergovernmental relations, separation of powers, role of the Supreme Court in constitutional process and general theories of constitutional government.

Note: Students may not receive credit for both POSC 438 and POSC 338.

POSC 340 - Law and Social Change

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method: Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: Either POSC 120 or permission of instructor.
This course looks at the interaction between the legal system and the formulation of public policy to investigate if courts and law can create social change. 

Note: Students may not receive credit for both POSC 440 and POSC 340. 

POSC 341 - Western European Government and Politics (CG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 231.
Political structures and functioning of selected Western European political systems. Emphasis on such major powers as the United Kingdom, France, and Germany and on the European Union and the prospects for continuing political integration.

POSC 343 - Asian Politics (CG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Examination of political systems of selected Asian countries. Special emphasis on the challenges of development, democracy, and nation-building in the post-World War II era.

Prerequisites: POSC 231 or permission of instructor.

POSC 344 - Middle East Politics (CG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method: Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 231 or permission of the instructor.
This course offers a detailed examination of the forces that have shaped Middle East politics, including religion, nationalism, and modernization. It will involve the study of the domestic and foreign policies of selected countries.

POSC 345 - Devoloping Country Politics (CG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture and discussion.
Analysis of processes, problems, and prospects of modernization in underdeveloped areas of the world. Asian, African, and Latin American countries used as examples.
Note: Students may not receive credit for both POSC 445 and POSC 345.

POSC 346 - Latin American Politics (CG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
An introduction to Latin American politics that focuses on enduring themes and contemporary politics in selected countries.
Note: Students may not receive credit for both POSC 461 and POSC 346. 

POSC 350 - U. S. Foreign Policy (IR)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Examines U.S. foreign policy, today and historically. Students will learn how U.S. foreign policy is created, the actors involved, and the various constraints policy-makers face. Students will acquire a sound conceptual and practical understanding of the foreign policy challenges that U.S. policy-makers face and apply what they have learned to real world issues today. 

POSC 351 - Model United Nations (IR)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method: Three hours lecture.
Introduction to United Nations issues and organization. This course focuses on active learning through simulation of international diplomacy, speech making, negotiation, and foreign policy development. It requires travel to a Model United Nations conference.

Prerequisites: POSC 241 or permission of instructor.

POSC 352 - International Development (CG/IR)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Examines the field of international development including economic development and governance assistance activities with attention to classic theories as well as current debates and innovative approaches.

Prerequisites: POSC 231 or permission of instructor.

POSC 354 - Ethics in International Affairs

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.

Role of morality in international affairs to explore how states and citizens act responsibly in international public life. Drawing on the traditions of realism, liberalism, and utilitarianism along with the just war tradition, the course examines the ethical implications of issues such as war, terrorism, globalization, and genocide.

POSC 355 - Global Terrorism (CG/IR)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method: Three hours lecture.

Investigates the phenomenon of terrorism globally with particular emphasis on why terrorism occurs and on domestic and international counterterrorism.
Note: Students may not receive credit for POSC 459 and POSC 355.

POSC 357 - International Political Economy (IR)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Analysis of the political impact of economic relationships among nation-states and between nation-states, subnational organizations, and supranational organizations. Topics covered include international trade, international monetary relations, imperialism, dependency, multinational corporations and the politics of natural resources.

POSC 360 - International Law and Organization (IR)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 241.
Law and organization in an anarchic milieu of sovereign states. Emphasis on theoretical foundations and historical evolution.

POSC 370 - Classical Political Thought (PT)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 110.
Studies the development of political thought from Greek antiquity through the medieval period. 

POSC 390 - Topics In Political Science (AG, PA, IR, CG, PT, depending on course topic)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing, and POSC major, or permission of instructor.
Detailed study of a topic in political science.

Note(s): May be taken twice for credit with a different topic each time.

POSC 392 - Political Science Careers 

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.

This course introduces students to career options for political science majors. Students engage in career exploration. They are guided in the creation of documents, such as resumes, personal statements, and/or cover letters needed in the appliction for such opportunities. Students meet professionals to learn about political science-related career fields.

POSC 410 - Demystifying Leadership (PA)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method: Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: LEAD 110 and junior or senior standing; or permission of instructor.
Interdisciplinary course focusing on leadership perspectives, strategies, and competencies that enable students to practice leadership, exercise authority, and manage change in different professional, community, and personal contexts.  It is the capstone course in the Leadership minor. 

POSC 439 - Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties (AG)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 120.
Theoretical bases, popular support, judicial interpretation, and role of civil liberties in the United States.

POSC 458 - Force in International Relations (IR)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 241.
An intensive study of the use of force in international relations and its effect on regimes and the soul. Themes include the classical perspective on force, just war theory, pacifism, empire maintenance and decay, and force and world order.

POSC 466 - Travel Study in Political Science

Credits: (3-6)
Involves domestic and/or international travel
.  Students will participate in the investigation of political topics in relevant locations.  The course’s goal is to allow students to better understand and relate to political issues by exploring them ‘on location.’ This course may be taken again for credit with different topics or areas of study.

Prerequisites: Junior Standing

 

Note(s): Notes: A maximum of 6 credit hours of travel study may be applied towards the Political Science major.  A maximum of 3 credit hours of travel study may be applied towards the Political Science minor.

POSC 474 - American Political Thought (AG, PT)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hour lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 110 and POSC 120.
Examines the thought of the American founders, the principles of the constitutional order, and the evolution of American political thought over more than two centuries. Emphasis on original sources in the thought of American statesmen, political activists and dissenters, and intellectuals.

Note(s): Students who have received credit for POSC 472 or POSC 473 cannot also receive credit for POSC 474.

POSC 485 - Internships in Political Science and Public Administration

Credits: (3-15)
Prerequisites:
Junior or Senior standing; 2.5 in political science; 2.0 cumulative university GPA; departmental approval.
Must be POSC major or minor. Only three hours may be applied toward requirements for the major or minor. This course will allow students to integrate concepts developed in classroom experiences and relevant readings in the theory of political science and public administration with the practice of these concepts in public and private agencies, organizations, and institutions.

POSC 488 - Final Honors Project (AG; CG; IR; PA; PT: as designated)

Credits: (3)
Prerequisites: Enrollment in the Honors Academy, completion of all other Honors Academy requirements, a minimum 3.5 GPA in all courses and in political science.
Project and the topic to be explored will be determined by the student, the faculty member with whom the student works, and the department. (Honors project may be a written or a written and performance-based project.) In order to receive honors credit, a student must earn a grade of “A” or “B” for the final project.

Note(s): Course may not be repeated.

POSC 490 - Seminar (AG; CG; IR; PA; PT; as designated)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture and discussion.
Prerequisites: Successful completion of appropriate 100- or 200-level course or permission of the instructor.
Analysis of a particular problem or issue in political science or contemporary politics. Depending upon the topic, this course may be used to meet requirements for the minor in Appalachian Studies.

Note(s): May be repeated as topics change.

POSC 491 - Scope and Methods in Political Science (PT)

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Prerequisites: POSC 110, and junior or senior standing.
Introduction to professional study; focus on conceptual approaches to study of political science, various contemporary schools of thought and methodology. Primary work in research methods as appropriate to the various subfields of the discipline.

POSC 492 - Mock Trial

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method: Three hours lecture.
Active exploration of legal research, courtroom etiquette, legal procedures and the trial and appellate processes.  Satisfies capstone requirement in the Law, Justice, and Society concentration.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and instructor’s permission.

POSC 493 - Moot Court

Credits: (3)
Instructional Method:
Three hours lecture.
Examines the basics of appellate procedure and argument. Emphasis on critical thinking and communication skills.  Students in this class may choose to participate in Moot Court competition.  Satisfies capstone requirement for the Law, Society, and Justice concentration.

Prerequisites: Junior or senior standing and permission of the instructor.

POSC 498 - Independent Study (AG; CG; IR; PA; PT: as designated)

Credits: (1-3)
Prerequisites:
18 hours of political science, and permission of instructor.
Students must obtain approval from department on proposed program in semester preceding that in which independent study is anticipated. See “Independent Study.”

Note(s): Course may carry one to three hours credit a semester and may be repeated up to six semester hours, but a maximum of three hours may be counted toward completion of any concentration requirements. Offered as required.