Department of Political Science

Dr. Devin C. Bent, Head

Professors

Bent, Doss, Hastedt, Jackameit, K. Knickrehm, Roberts, Skelley

Associate Professors

Bowers, Eksterowicz, Teske

Assistant Professors

Adolino, Blake, A. Clark, Ellis, Garbrah-Aidoo, Hammond, S. Knickrehm, Sulfaro

Course Descriptions: Political Science and Public Administration

The Department of Political Science offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in political science, B.S. degree with a major in public administration and B.A. degree with a major in international affairs. Minors are offered in political science, public administration, political communication and criminal justice. The department also participates in the minor in human services.

Major and minor programs within the department share a research focus designed to enhance critical thinking, communication skills and information gathering. Through research, simulations and internships, the department fosters active learning and the development of skills relevant to either graduate work or employment.

Major in Political Science

For a major in political science, the student must satisfactorily complete a minimum of 34 credit hours which includes:

Credit
Required Courses Hours
POSC 101. Advisory in Public Affairs 1
POSC 201. Introduction to Western Political Theory 3
POSC 225. U.S. Government 4
POSC 295. Political Research Methods 4
Choose one of the following: 3
POSC 230. International Relations
POSC 240.Comparative Politics
Depth requirement:
Students must elect 15 hours of approved courses from the 300 level or above. At least one course must be from each of three major areas of political inquiry. Students must complete the core before taking any course above the level of POSC 309.
Choose one course from three of the following areas: 9
Comparative Politics
POSC 337. Russian Political System
POSC 339. Politics of Communist and Post-Communist Societies
POSC 340. Political Development in the
Third World
POSC 345. European Governments
POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy
POSC 350. Latin American Politics
POSC 355. East Asian Politics
POSC 361. Contemporary Problems in International Affairs
International Relations
POSC 338. Russian Foreign Policy
POSC 361. Contemporary Problems in International Affairs
POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy
POSC 395. International Law
POSC 396. International Organizations
POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism
Theory
POSC 300. Political Analysis
POSC 310. Political Theory: Ancient to Early Modern
POSC 315. Political Theory: Early Modern to
the 19th Century
POSC 316. Contemporary Political Theory
POSC 320. Radical Political Theory Since 1844
POSC 330. American Political Thought
American Government
POSC 302. State and Local Government
POSC 325. Constitutional Law
POSC 326. Civil Rights
POSC 351. Contemporary Problems in U.S. Government
POSC 360. Urban Politics
POSC 362. Political Behavior
POSC 365. American Political Campaigning
POSC 368. Interest Groups and Public Policy
POSC 369. Political Parties and Elections
POSC 380. The National Executive
POSC 385. The Legislative Process
Additional electives chosen from the 300 6
or 400 level
Senior capstone requirement (choose one): 4
POSC 490. Senior Tutorial in Political Science
POSC 492. Senior Seminar in Political Science
POSC 495. Internship in Political Science
POSC 497. Simulations in Political Science
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Major in Political Science (B.A. Degree)

Credit
Freshman Year Hours
MATH 220. Elementary Statistics 3
POSC 101. Advisory in Public Affairs 1
POSC 201. Introduction to Western Political Theory 3
POSC 225. U.S. Government 4
Foreign language courses 6
Liberal studies courses 13
30
Credit
Sophomore Year Hours
PHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy 3
Choose one of the following: 3
POSC 230. International Relations
POSC 240. Comparative Politics
POSC 295. Research Methods 4
Foreign language courses (if needed) 6
Liberal studies courses 18-24
30
Credit
Junior Year Hours
Political science electives 9
Electives 21
30
Credit
Senior Year Hours
Capstone experience 4
Political science electives 6
Electives 20
30

Public Administration

The major in public administration seeks to give students general preparation for professional employment and leadership in government and nonprofit organizations. The program provides specialized training in public policy and management, but students are expected to minor or double major in a complementary specialty recognized by the department. Students should counsel early with their academic adviser on the selection of the complementary program.

Majors must successfully complete 22 hours of foundation requirements which include business, economics and political science courses. This course work is intended to impart accounting skills, the critical and analytical skills of economics and political science, the values and traditions of American and democratic administration, and to acquaint the student with employment opportunities in the public sector.

The 24 credits of the major requirements give students a foundation of knowledge concerning the political culture of public work, organization theory, government theories, management devices and practices, and policy processes. They heighten the major's sensitivity to issues of cultural diversity while exercising their critical, analytical and communication skills through the liberal use of case studies and exercises. The dual capstone requirement of a public management seminar and an internship demands integration of both liberal studies knowledge and major elements by focusing them on a specific workplace application.

Major in Public Administration (B.S. Degree)

Credit
Foundation Program Requirements Hours
ACTG 241 and ACTG 242. Financial and 6
Managerial Accounting
ECON 201 and ECON 202. Principles of Economics 6
POSC 101. Advisory in Public Affairs 1
POSC 225. U.S. Government 4
POSC 295. Political Research Methods 4
POSC 302. State and Local Government 3
24
Credit
Major Requirements Hours
MGT 365. Personnel Administration 3
PUAD 265. Public Administration 3
PUAD 315. Legal Environment of 3
Public Administration
PUAD 381. Budgetary Process 3
PUAD 420. Public Management 3
PUAD 496. Internship in Public Administration 4
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Cognate Requirement

Public administration majors must minor or major in a complementary specialty approved by the public administration coordinator such as accounting, finance, information and decision sciences, economics, geography, human services, urban and regional studies, criminal justice, communications and politics, political science, human communications, mass communications, business, human resource development or environmental studies.

For additional information and advisement, contact Dr. Anthony Eksterowicz, Department of Political Science, Maury Hall.

Minor in Public Administration

The requirement for a minor in public administration is 20 credit hours of courses including:

Credit
Hours
MGT 365. Personnel Administration 3
POSC 101. Advisory in Public Affairs 1
POSC 225. U.S. Government 4
PUAD 265. Public Administration 3
PUAD 315. Legal Environment of 3
Public Administration
PUAD 381. Budgetary Process 3
PUAD 420. Public Management 3
20

Students completing the minor are also encouraged to take PUAD 496, Internship in public administration.

For further information and advisement regarding the major or minor programs in public administration, contact Dr. Anthony Eksterowicz, Maury Hall, Room G12, Department of Political Science.

Minor in Political Science

A student may minor in political science by completing 18 credit hours of approved political science or public administration courses from the following list:

Credit
Hours
POSC 201. Introduction to Western Political Theory 3
POSC 225. U.S. Government 4
Choose one upper-level American government 3
course from the following:
POSC 302. State and Local Government
POSC 325. Constitutional Law
POSC 360. Urban Politics
POSC 362. Political Behavior
POSC 368. Interest Groups and Public Policy
POSC 369. Political Parties and Elections
POSC 380. The National Executive
POSC 385. The Legislative Process
PUAD 358. Public Policy
Choose Option One or Option Two 6
Option One:
POSC 230. International Relations 3
Choose one of the following: 3
POSC 361. Contemporary Problems in International Affairs 3
POSC 370. U.S. Foreign Policy 3
POSC 395. International Law 3
POSC 396. International Organizations 3
POSC 435. Seminar in International Terrorism 3
Option Two:
POSC 240. Comparative Politics 3
Choose one of the following: 3
POSC 337. Russian Political System
POSC 339. Politics of Communist and Post-Communist Systems
POSC 340. Political Development in the Third World
POSC 345. European Governments
POSC 347. Comparative Public Policy
POSC 350. Latin American Politics
POSC 355. East Asian Politics
POSC 361. Contemporary Problems in International Affairs
Elective chosen from 300-level courses listed 3
above or from the following:
PUAD 265. Public Administration
POSC 310. Political Theory: Ancient to Early Modern
POSC 315. Political Theory: Early Modern to the 19th Century
POSC 316. Contemporary Political Theory
POSC 320. Radical Political Theory Since 1844
POSC 330. American Political Thought

For additional information and advisement, contact Dr. Devin Bent, Department of Political Science, Maury Hall.

Minor in Human Services

The interdisciplinary minor program in human services is designed to prepare students to fulfill more effectively their responsibilities in public service settings. This program has three basic components --dealing effectively with persons on an individual basis, dealing with persons in a group setting, and coping with and understanding the complexities of an organization.

For more information, see page 188.

Initial Secondary Teaching License in Government

In addition to the liberal studies and academic major requirements, students desiring secondary teaching licensure must complete the following as part of their program:

Credit
Hours
EDUC 360. Foundations of American Education 3
(junior year)
EDUC 370. Instructional Technology (junior year) 3
EDUC 410. Multicultural Education (senior year) 1
EDUC 416. School Discipline and Classroom 1
Management (senior year)
HTH 370. The School Health Program 2
(any appropriate time)
POSC 110. Introduction to Political Science 3
POSC 225. U.S. Government 4
POSC 302. State and Local Government 3
PSYC 270. Psychology for Teachers of the 3
Pre-adolescent and Adolescent Child1
(sophomore year)
READ 414. Reading and Writing in the 1
Content Areas (senior year)
SEED 371H. Clinical Techniques, Social Studies 3
Methods (normally in first semester of
senior year)
SEED 381. Field Experience (Practicum) in 3
Secondary Education (normally in first semester
of senior year)
SEED 480. Student Teaching (senior year) 12
SPED 402. Teaching Mildly Disabled Students 1
in Regular Classes (senior year)

1 PSYC 160 is a prerequisite for PSYC 270.

It is necessary to be admitted to the teacher education program prior to enrolling in professional education courses. See pages 147-148 in this catalog for admission procedures to the teacher education program.

Students seeking licensure are encouraged to consult regularly with an education adviser.

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1996-97 Undergraduate Catalog
Last reviewed: 30 November 1996
Information Publisher: Division of Academic Affairs
James Madison University