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  Nov 17, 2017
 
 
    
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2019

Political Science Major, BA


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Program Description

The undergraduate Political Science program offers a comprehensive curriculum designed to provide students with cultivated knowledge and understanding of political science in a broad liberal learning academic environment. The program emphasizes a General Education component, the Core courses in the discipline, and two areas of specialization, namely, American Institutions, Politics, and Political Behavior; Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Economy. While there is the general Political Science degree program, there is also the Public Administration Concentration both of which prepare students for effective participation in the local, national, and international political process. Furthermore, whether the student is enrolled in the general Political Science degree program or in the Public Administration Concentration the student will graduate with a strong foundation in the discipline that will enable him to pursue meaningful and successful graduate study in Political Science, in Public Administration, in Comparative Politics, in International Affairs, in Public Policy, in Law and its related fields, and in many other disciplines in higher education. And if for career opportunities in the workforce, the Political Science graduate will be in the position to assume complex and challenging positions and contribute to meaningful change whether in the public or private sector. In order to guarantee that the student is well prepared for the workforce, Political Science advisors strongly advise students to acquire at least three hours of supervised internship experience that is related to the discipline. The student is also encouraged to take advantage of the WSSU Study Abroad program for academic credit.  The Political Science student can participate in the WSSU Model United Nations program so as to broaden his/her educational horizon in world affairs; and he/she can become a member of the Political Science Majors/Minor Club. Thirty hours of courses in Political Science are required for the degree in Political Science, and 30 hours of courses in Political Science are also required for the Public Administration Concentration. The Political Science student or the Public Administration Concentration student can opt for a second major that is outside the Political Science discipline. Any other student can opt for a second major in Political Science. Thirty hours of course work will be required for the second degree. Advisors will guide the student accordingly in determining the course work required.  While the student can declare a major in Political Science or choose a second degree in Political Science at any time, the student is encouraged to declare the major and or choose the second major in Political Science at the early stages of the student’s educational program at WSSU. For a robust and strategic liberal learning outlook, intellectual design, and instructional delivery posture that is consistent with current pedagogies in the Political Science discipline, focus and meaning are strengthened further by dividing the curriculum into three primary theoretical and philosophical segments: foundation, breadth, and depth.   The Foundation courses prescribe those courses that all students in the major must take so that they can begin to understand better and establish mastery in the discipline.  The Breadth courses are those that provide for focus on the discipline and its related fields; create avenues for interdisciplinary collaboration; and more content enhanced than the foundation courses.  Depth courses are more sequentially graduated in content and in levels of analysis, and typically provide more complex and critical levels of thought with the need for sophisticated evaluative judgments.

Student Learning Outcomes 

Political Science graduates will be able to: * demonstrate an understanding of the major concepts, principles, and processes of American Government and Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Theory, Law and Politics, and Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodology. (Content Knowledge)  * demonstrate an understanding of the significance and impact of a global community and diversity within the United States. (Content Knowledge)  * demonstrate an understanding and mastery of normative and empirical research in political science. (Communications, Content Knowledge, Critical Thinking)  * demonstrate the ability to conduct political science research by completion and defense of a senior research thesis. (Communications, Content Knowledge, Critical Thinking) * demonstrate the ability to identify, draw reasoned inferences, devise an appropriate solution to a political problem/issue, and evaluate the feasibility of the solution. (Content Knowledge and Critical Thinking)  * demonstrate the ability to explain contemporary political phenomena by employing an understanding of political science concepts and principles. (Content Knowledge, Critical Thinking, Communications)

POLITICAL SCIENCE REVISED CURRICULUM

 BA in Political Science – 30 hours

FOUNDATION COURSES.

These are courses that all students regardless of specialization must master in order to understand the discipline The Foundation Courses are offered at the 2000 level; and they are open to all students. There are no prerequisites. Each POS Foundation Course counts as a General Education Area of Knowledge.  All students in the POS degree program (including those in the Public Administration Concentration) are required to take POS 2311, 2317 and 2341 as core foundation courses in order to satisfy the degree requirements.

AAS 2303 – African Political Thought ——————————————

POS 2311:  American Government (required for all POS majors)———————— 

POS 2316 – State and Local Government ——————————————–

POS 2317:  Writing and Research in Political Science I-(required for all POS majors) —— 

POS 2341:  Introduction to Political Theory (required for all POS majors) ——-  

Areas of Specialization:

BREADTH COURSES.

These are courses that demonstrate the breadth of the discipline.  Breadth Courses are offered at the 3000 and 4000 levels so as to justify the Area of Specialization labeled as: American Institutions, Politics, and Political Behavior. The courses are open to all students. (Each POS Breadth Course counts as a General Education Area of Knowledge.)  (Three courses from the American Institutions, Politics, and Political Behavior Area of Specialization):

American Institutions, Politics, and Political Behavior 

POS 3310 – Legal, Political and Economic Aspects of Aging

POS 3321 - The Legislative Process

POS 3326 – Public Policy

POS 3331 - Civil Rights

POS 3336 - The Judicial Process

POS 3346 - The American Presidency

POS 3355 - Criminal Law

POS 3366 – Introduction to Public Administration

POS 3369 – Public Personnel

POS 3371 - Urban Politics

POS 4346 – Introduction to Public Budgeting

POS 4361 - Political Parties and Interest Groups

POS 4369 - Constitutional Law

POS 4356 – Black Political Thought

POS 4383 - Administrative Law

POS 4378 – Western Political Thought

POS 4384 – Organizational Development

DEPTH COURSES

These are courses that sequentially offer a deeper dive into one of the breadth areas of the discipline. Depth courses, typically, lead to signature work such as research paper, portfolio, or major projects prescribed by the instructors.  Depth Courses are offered at the 300 and 4000 levels, and they are open to students upon the basis of effective academic advising. (Each POS Depth Course counts as a General Education Area of Knowledge.) All students in the POS degree program (including those in the Public Administration Concentration) are required to take POS 4382 as a core depth course in order to satisfy the degree requirements. (The student must take the Depth POS 4382: Writing and Research in Political Science II POS Capstone course.) and then: (Three courses from the Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Economy Area of Specialization):

Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Economy

AAS 2302 – Politics of Africa

AAS 2303 – African Political Thought

POS 3341 - International Relations

POS 3313 - United States Diplomatic History

POS 4310 - Seminar in United States Foreign Policy

POS 4316 - Foreign Economic Policies and International Cooperation

POS 3338 - Comparative Government: Major European Powers

POS 3339 - Comparative Government: Developing Areas

POS 3315 - Politics of South Africa

POS 4301 – Latin American Political Thought

POS 4332 - History and Politics of East Asia

BA in Political Science with a Concentration in Public Administration – 30 hours

FOUNDATION COURSES. These are courses that all students regardless of specialization must master in order to understand the discipline The Foundation Courses are offered at the 2000 level; and they are open to all students. There are no prerequisites. Each POS Foundation Course counts as a General Education Area of Knowledge.  All students in the POS degree program (including those in the Public Administration Concentration) are required to take POS 2311, 2317 and 2341 as core foundation courses in order to satisfy the degree requirements.

POS 2302 – Politics of Africa ——————————————–

POS 2303 – African Political Thought ——————————————

POS 2311:  American Government (required for all POS majors)————————  

POS 2316 – State and Local Government ——————————————–

POS 2317:  Writing and Research in Political Science I-(required for all POS majors) —— 

POS 2341:  Introduction to Political Theory (required for all POS majors) ——-

The student is required to take the following 5 courses as Core Depth courses in Public Administration Concentration.

Concentration in Public Administration Core Courses (5)

POS 3326: Public Policy

POS 3366: Introduction to Public Administration

POS 3369: Public Management Theories and Behavior

POS 4323: Public Personnel

POS 4346: Introduction to Public Budgeting

BREADTH COURSES AND DEPTH COURSES FOR PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION CONCENTRATION.

The Breadth Courses are those that demonstrate the breadth of the discipline, and the Depth Courses are those that sequentially offer a deeper dive into one of the breadth areas of the discipline. Depth courses, typically, lead to signature work such as research paper, portfolio, or major projects prescribed by the instructors.  Breadth Courses are offered at the 3000 and 4000 levels so as to justify the Area of Specialization labeled as: American Institutions, Politics, and Political Behavior. The courses are open to all students. (Each POS Breadth Course counts as a General Education Area of Knowledge.)  Depth Courses are offered at the 3000 and 4000 levels, and they are open to students upon the basis of effective academic advising. (Each POS Depth Course counts as a General Education Area of Knowledge.) All students in the POS degree program (including those in the Public Administration Concentration) are required to take POS 4382 as a core depth course in order to satisfy the degree requirements. (The student must take the Depth POS 4382: Writing and Research in Political Science II POS Capstone course.) and then:

Areas of Specialization:

(One course from EITHER the American Institutions, Politics, and Political Behavior Area of Specialization OR from the Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Economy Area of Specialization):

American Institutions, Politics, and Political Behavior

POS 2316 – State and Local Government

POS 3310 – Legal, Political and Economic Aspects of Aging

POS 3321 - The Legislative Process

POS 3331 - Civil Rights

POS 3336 - The Judicial Process

POS 3346 - The American Presidency

POS 3355 - Criminal Law

POS 3371 - Urban Politics

POS 4361 - Political Parties and Interest Groups

POS 4369 - Constitutional Law

POS 4356 – Black Political Thought

POS 4383 - Administrative Law

POS 4378 – Western Political Thought

POS 4384 – Organizational Development

Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Political Economy

AAS 2302 – Politics of Africa

AAS 2303 – African Political Thought

POS 3341 - International Relations

POS 3313 - United States Diplomatic History

POS 4310 - Seminar in United States Foreign Policy

POS 4316 - Foreign Economic Policies and International Cooperation

POS 3338 - Comparative Government: Major European Powers

POS 3339 - Comparative Government: Developing Areas

POS 3315 - Politics of South Africa

POS 4301 – Latin American Political Thought

POS 4332 - History and Politics of East Asia  

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

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