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Political Science Undergraduate Courses

PS001 Senior Assessment

0 credit hours
Description

This is a non-credit graduation requirement in which all Political Science majors should enroll during their final semester. It involves a standardized exam, portfolio submission, self-assessment, and exit interview.

Prerequisites

senior status

PS103 U.S. Political Systems

3 credit hours
Description

Institutions and processes of national and state government, including an analysis of the Missouri Constitution. (University Studies course).

PS104 Comparative Political Systems

3 credit hours
Description

The institutions, cultures, and practices of democratic governments, including the United States, including an analysis of the Missouri Constitution. (University Studies course).

PS220 Missouri Government

1 credit hours
Description

For transfer students only, with approval of the Registrar; study of the Constitution, government, and politics of Missouri.

Prerequisites

For transfer students from outside the State of Missouri

PS230 American Public Policy

3 credit hours
Description

Major foreign and domestic policies of the U.S. with emphasis on current issues.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS240 Introduction to Political Science

3 credit hours
Description

An introduction to the basic concepts and research methods of the discipline, including approaches to study of political science.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS280 Introduction to Global Issues

3 credit hours
Description

Concepts and theories to analyze global issues emphasizing conflict, cooperation, arms control, human rights, the environment, development, and the role of the United States.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS300 Pre-Law LSAT

0 credit hours
Description

Noncredit course designed to familiarize students with the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). (0)

PS310 Government and Politics in the American States

3 credit hours
Description

In-depth analysis of the government processes and management of the American states with particular emphasis placed on their interaction.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS335 American Foreign Policy

3 credit hours
Description

A study of the formulation and implementation of contemporary American foreign policy.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS355 Less Developed Nations - Dr. Nomi

3 credit hours
Description

A survey of socioeconomic and political developments of Third World countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS360 Political Parties and Voting Behavior

3 credit hours
Description

An examination of the central role of parties in the American democratic system, including its elections, political coalitions, and permeability to interest groups and public opinion.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS365 Legislative Process in the United States

3 credit hours
Description

Study of American legislative assemblies with primary attention on the U.S. Congress.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS377 The Politics of East Asia

3 credit hours
Description

Processes, structure, and function of political institutions of China, Japan, and Korea emphasizing domestic and foreign policy.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS380 International Organizations

3 credit hours
Description

Origins, objectives, structures, and functions of the United Nations and nonaffiliated organizations of regional cooperation.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS384-386 Political Science Internship

3 credit hours
Description

Practical experience with a public agency providing firsthand experience in the operations of public policy.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104; overall GPA of 2.5 up

PS387-389 Independent Study in Political Science

1-3 credit hours
Description

Directed individual study of special interest areas in political science. (1-3)

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104; consent of instructor.

PS390 The American Judicial System

3 credit hours
Description

Organization and function of federal and state courts including their interaction with the executive and legislative branches of government.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS402/602 Fundamentals of Public Administration

3 credit hours
Description

A comprehensive examination of the operations of public agencies from internal and external perspective.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS403/603 Public Personnel Administration

3 credit hours
Description

An analysis of personnel practices, procedures, and research of the state and federal agencies.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

S405/605 Organizational Theory and Behavior

3 credit hours
Description

An advanced survey course exploring the theory and practice of organization design and management.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS415/615 Government Budgeting Process

3 credit hours
Description

Procedures and decision making strategies involved in the preparation, authorization, and expenditure of the federal budget.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS418/618 Public Policy Analysis

3 credit hours
Description

Systematic analysis of the impact of public policies, including creation and effect of advocacy coalitions.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104; PS230 is recommended

PS425/625 Administrative Law and Procedure

3 credit hours
Description

An analysis of rules, procedures, and decision-making practices of public agencies at the state and federal level.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS460 Government and Politics of Western Europe

3 credit hours
Description

A study of government and politics of Western Europe. This course provides a comparative perspective emphasizing the politics of Britain, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, and the institutions of the European Union.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS470 Politics of the Developed World

3 credit hours
Description

An examination of the major political, social, and economic issues facing governments of the developed world.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS490 Constitutional Law

3 credit hours
Description

Major decisions of the Supreme Court, the policy-making role of the Court and judicial behavior of judges.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS491 Special Topic in Political Science

3 credit hours
Description

This course focuses on the role of non-governmental political organizations that seek to influence the US government and its citizens.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS570 Comparative Government

3 credit hours
Description

Governmental principles and practices in the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and the Soviet Union.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS580 International Politics

3 credit hours
Description

Analysis of the super power struggle for economic military and political power with emphasis on the Third World.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PS595 International Law

3 credit hours
Description

Examination of those principles generally governing the conduct of nations.

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104

PI381-383 Political Science Internship

3 credit hours
Description

Practical experience with a public agency providing firsthand experience in the operations of public policy. (1-3)

Prerequisites

PS103 or PS104; 2.5 GPA

UI320 The Modern Presidency

3 credit hours
Description

Examination of the modern American presidency from the combined perspectives of history, political science, and speech communication.

Prerequisites

US105 or US107; SC105; PS103 or PS104

UI322 International Political Economy

3 credit hours
Description

Exploration of the interaction of political and economic forces as it affects international flows of goods, money, investments and technology.

Prerequisites

Political Systems and Economic Systems

UI342 Modern Political Thought

3 credit hours
Description

A critical analysis and examination of the normative concepts and ethical problems of modern political thought.

Prerequisites

Political Systems and Social Systems and Behavioral Systems

UI350 Middle East Politics

3 credit hours
Description

A survey of social, economic and international forces that influence politics of Middle Eastern societies with particular emphasis on Egypt, Israel, Syria and Turkey.

Prerequisites

Political Systems andeither Economic Systems or Social Systems

UI357 Early American Political Thought

3 credit hours
Description

A critical historical analysis and philosophical examination of the origins and development of early American political thought articulated in the classic works of significant American political theorists.

Prerequisites

Political Systems and Social Systems and Behavioral Systems

UI358 Foundations of Political Thought

3 credit hours
Description

A critical examination and study of ancient and medieval political thought articulated in the original classic works of significant political philosophers.

Prerequisites

Political Systems and Social Systems and Behavioral Systems

UI361 Contemporary Political Thought

3 credit hours
Description

A critical historical analysis and philosophical examination of contemporary political thought and the origins and development of major political ideologies of the late 19th century and 20th century.

Prerequisites

Political Systems and Social Systems and Behavioral Systems

UI440 The Holocaust

3 credit hours
Description

A critical historical analysis and philosophical examination of the Holocaust.

Prerequisites

Political Systems and Social Systems and Behavioral Systems

Political Science Graduate Courses

PS602 Fundamentals of Public Administration

3 credit hours
Description

A contemporary view of public agencies from an internal and external perspective. To introduce graduate students to the concepts and functions of administrative organizations.

PS603 Public Personnel Administration

3 credit hours
Description

An analysis of public agency personnel practices, procedures, and issues. Exposes students to the history, concepts, research and operation of government personnel administration.

PS605 Organizational Theory and Behavior

3 credit hours
Description

This course introduces the major concepts of organization theory and behavior as they relate to public and non-profit organizations.  Topics include organization structure and design, bureaucracy, the systems concept, leadership, culture, job satisfaction, and motivation.

PS615 Government Budgeting

3 credit hours
Description

Procedures and decision-making strategies involved in the preparation, authorization, and expenditure of the Federal Budget.

PS618 Public Policy Analysis

3 credit hours
Description

This course is a systematic introduction to the conduct of policy analysis. It is designed for practitioners and for those seriously interested in how policy analysts do their work.

PS625 Administrative Law and Procedure

3 credit hours
Description

An analysis of rules, procedures, and decision-making practices of public agencies at the state and federal level.

PS630 Seminar in American Government

3 credit hours
Description

A study of problems facing national, state,and local government with emphasis on the one problem area chosen by the student.

PS635 International Relations in Social Science Curriculum

3 credit hours
Description

Oriented toward developing a viable course in international relations involving the origin, history, functional structure, and objectives of international relations as a field of social science for the secondary school curriculum.

PS640 Seminar in Twentieth Century Political Thought

3 credit hours
Description

Study of twentieth century political philosophies.

PS645 Research Methods for Public Administrators

3 credit hours
Description

This course provides a foundation in the theory and practice of applied research methodology for public administrators, from conceptualization to practical data analysis.

PS655 Federalism, State and Local Government

3 credit hours
Description

American federalism

PS687-689 Independent Study for Political Science

1-3 credit hours
Description

Directed individual study of special topics of particular interest to the student. On demand.

PS697-698 Internship

3 credit hours
Description

Provides graduate students with an alternative academic and practical learning experience with a public agency or nonprofit organization. Introduces the student to first-hand experiences in the operations and management practices of public agencies. For those presently employed in public agencies, internships will be a different type of employment situation.

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