Academic Bulletin Political Science - 2012-13

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Faculty: M. Butler (chair, fall)##, S. Gelbma, S. Himsel~, A. Hoerl, E. Hollander, K. Marsh

## Leave, spring semester
~ Part-time

Aristotle called politics “the queen of the sciences.” Knowledge of politics is important for all liberally educated people. At Wabash, the department offers introductory, intermediate, and advanced courses to all students in four areas: American politics, comparative politics, international politics and political theory. We offer opportunities for non-majors to seek answers to perennial questions of politics and to learn more about how government works in their own country and around the world. Our major program combines a solid overview of the discipline with opportunities for in depth study. Students majoring in political science take a survey course in each area and then concentrate on one area for advanced study. Our minor allows students to explore  interests in two of the four areas.

By studying political science, students learn to analyze and interpret the significance of political events and governmental processes in order to understand, evaluate and even shape them. As a department we hope to turn interested students, whatever their career plans or other interests, into politically literate college graduates who are able to comprehend their political world in ways appropriate to their individual inclinations, as intelligent and responsible citizens, journalists, attorneys, active participants in business, community or electoral politics, as candidates for office, public officials, or academic political scientists.

Requirements for the Major: Majors in Political Science are required to take nine courses (and may take as many as eleven) distributed as follows:

• Four introductory courses:
   PSC 111—Introduction to American Politics
   PSC 122—Introduction to Comparative Politics
   PSC 231—Introduction to Political Theory (a fall semester course)
   PSC 242—Introduction to International Politics (a spring semester course)

• Two advanced courses in one area of specialization chosen from the four areas above. Students will be examined over this area on the first day of senior comprehensive examinations.

• PSC 497—Senior Seminar in Political Science (a fall semester course). Students will write seminar papers for this course in the area in which they have elected to specialize (see above).

• At least two additional Political Science courses.

Note: Students may count either PHY 213 (Philosophy of Law) or a departmentally-approved offering listed under PHI 219 (Topic in Ethics and Social Philosophy) toward the major or minor in Political Science. No more than one course credit in Philosophy may be counted toward the Political Science major or minor.

Collateral requirement: Political Science majors are also required to take:

  • ECO 101
  • HIS 102
  • Beginning with the class of 2014, political science majors must complete one full credit from among the following : PSC 261, PSY 201, DV3 252 and ECO 253, or MAT 103 and MAT 104. (Note: Most political science majors will, in effect, fulfill their quantitative studies distribution requiremt by taking one  of the above courses to meet this collateral requirement.)

Since these courses provide important background material that will enhanve inderstanding of political science as a major field, students are strongly encouraged to complete them during their first two years of study.

The Senior Comprehensive Examination consists of six hours of written examinations administered over two days. The first day’s exam questions will be available in advance and will require a student to analyze and synthesize material in his area of specialization within political science. The second day’s examination requires the student to write shorter essays in two other areas of the discipline. In addition, the second day’s examination may ask for some short answers in the area of specialization as well as an analysis of political data. The student must also pass the oral component of the examination.

The Political Science Department encourages all prospective majors to complete their four introductory courses (PSC 111, 122, 231, 242) during their first two years. There is no required sequence, but PSC 111 and 122 are recommended for freshmen and PSC 231 and 242 are recommended for sophomores. One petential way of scheduling the introductory courses is as follows:

  Fall Spring
Freshman Year PSC 111 or 122 PSC 111 or 122
Sophomore Year PSC 231 PSC 242

Requirements for the Minor: Political Science minors are required to take fice classes, distributed as follows:

  • TWO of the four introductory courses PSC: 111, 122. 231, 242
  • TWO 300-level courses in one of the areas in which an introductory course was taken
  • ONE 300-level course in the other area in which an introductory course was taken OR PSC 261
Advanced Placement: Students who have received a score of 4 or higher on either the AP Comparative Government of AP United States Government exams will receive one back-credit upon completing a 300-level course in American politics (to receive credit for AP US Government) or comparative politics (to receive credit for AP Comparative Government) with a grade of B- or better.
 
An Area of Concentration in Education and Middle and High School Teaching licensure (grades 5-12) with this major is administered through the Teacher Education Program. For Education AOC and teaching licensure information, please see the Teacher Education section of the Academic Bulletin. Students are asked to consult with their academic advisor AND the Director of Teacher Education to learn more about course and licensure requirements.

 


Course Title Credits Prerequisites
 
PSC 111 Introduction to American Government and Politics 1

 Prerequisite: None. 

 
PSC 122 Introduction to Comparative Politics 1

  Prerequisite: None.

 
PSC 231 Introduction to Political Theory 1

 Prerequisite: None. 

 
PSC 242 Introduction to International Politics 1

  Prerequisite: None.

 
PSC 261 Research Methods and Statistics for Political Science 1

Prerequisite: One course in political science.

 
PSC 287 Independent Study 1 or 1/2

 Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the department chair.

 
PSC 288 Independent Study 1 or 1/2

 Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the department chair.

 
PSC 311 Congress and the Executive 1

Prerequisite: PSC 111.

 
PSC 312 Parties, Elections and Pressure Groups 1

Prerequisite: PSC 111.

 
PSC 313 Constitutional Law 1

Prerequisite: None.

 
PSC 314 Topics in Constitutional Law 1

Prerequisite: None.

 
PSC 315 Religious Freedom (REL 280) 1

Prerequisite: None

 
PSC 316 Public Policy 1

Prerequisite: PSC 111.

 
PSC 317 State and Local Politics 1

Prerequisite: PSC 111.

 
PSC 322 Politics of the European Union 1

PSC 122.

 
PSC 324 Economic and Political Development (ECO 224) 1

Prerequisite: PSC 122.

 
PSC 325 Politics of Latin America and the Caribbean Basin 1

Prerequisite: PSC 122.

 
PSC 327 Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict 1

Prerequisite:  PSC 122 or permission of the instructor

 
PSC 330 History of Political Thought: Nietzsche 1 or 1/2  
PSC 330 History of Political Thought: Ancient and Medieval (HIS 320) 1 or 1/2

Prerequisite: PSC 231.

 
PSC 335 History of Political Thought: Renaissance and Modern 1/2

Prerequisite: PSC 231.

 
PSC 336 History of Political Thought (HIS 340) 1

Prerequisite: PSC 231 or HIS 241 or 242.

 
PSC 338 Contemporaty Political Theory 1

Prerequisite: PSC 231.

 
PSC 343 Introduction to Civil-Military Relations 1

Prerequisite: PSC 242.

 
PSC 344 Insurgency, Revolution and Terrorism 1

Prerequisite: PSC 242.

 
PSC 346 American Foreign Policy 1

Prerequisite: PSC 111 or 242.

 
PSC 347 Conflict, War, and Peace 1

Prerequisite: PSC 242.

 
PSC 348 International Organizations 1

Prerequisite: PSC 242.

 
PSC 371 Special Topics: American Politics 1 or 1/2

 Prerequisite: Vary with topic.

 
PSC 372 Topics in Comparative Politics 1 or 1/2

Prerequisites: Vary with Topic 

 
PSC 373 Topics in Political Theory 1/2

 Prerequisite: Vary with topic.

 
PSC 374 Topics in International Relations 1

Prerequisite: Vary with topic.

 
PSC 387 Independent Study 1 or 1/2

 Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the department chair.

 
PSC 388 Independent Study 1 or 1/2

  Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the department chair.

 
PSC 487 Independent Study 1 or 1/2

  Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the department chair.

 
PSC 488 Independent Study 1 or 1/2

  Prerequisites: Permission of the instructor and the department chair.

 
PSC 497 Senior Seminar 1

  Prerequisites: Senior Political Science Majors.