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Political Science

POSC

1003 -- United States Government -- 3 credit hours
Introductory survey of the American political system, including study of the philosophical basis of American government, the three branches of the federal government, federal-state relations, civil rights, political parties, campaigns, the role of the media, and lobby groups.  Course rotation: All semesters.  General Education: Core -- Inquiry & Analysis.

2103 -- Modern and Contemporary Political Thought -- 3 credit hours
Political theorists from the 16th to the 20th century are used to examine a series of major questions (e.g., human nature, power, authority, justice, liberty, equality, and legitimacy) which are central to political theory and political science.  In addition, students will be introduced to the core modern ideologies (e.g. liberalism, conservatism, and socialism).  This course is discussion oriented and designed to develop the student's critical reading and thinking abilities.   Prerequisite:  POSC 1003.  Course rotation: Fall odd years.  General Education: Intermediate -- Communication.

2203 -- United States Congress -- 3 credit hours
Examines the role of the legislative branch in the American political system.  The focus is primarily on the U.S. Congress.  State legislatures including the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representation, the sources of legislative power, the institutions involved in formulating legislation, and the people who participate in the legislative process will also be discussed.  The role elections, leadership, and parties play in the legislative process will be examined.  Recommended for students contemplating a legislative internship.  Prerequisite:  POSC 1003.  Course rotation: Fall even years.

2213 -- International Relations -- 3 credit hours
An investigation of the basic factors in international politics, including the origin and nature of the state system; the concepts of sovereignty, diplomacy, and war; international conflicts and disputes; and the relationship of international politics to international economics in the conduct of foreign affairs. Prerequisite: POSC 1003.

2303 -- Comparative Politics -- 3 credit hours
This course provides an introduction to comparative politics.  It aims to provide students with the tools necessary to study politics and society in comparative perspective.  Within Political Science, the subfield of Comparative Politics is concerned with studying politics in countries outside the United States.  This course is designed to give students an introduction to processes of political and economic development both within and across countries around the world.  In the process, the issues raised will challenge students to think, analyze, and write with both creativity and rigor.  Prerequisite:  POSC 1003. 

2403 -- U.S. Foreign Policy -- 3 credit hours
A study of the formulation and implementation of American foreign policy.  Attention is devoted to how political institutions (President, Congress, bureaucracy, etc.) interact to produce foreign policy.  Major issues of American foreign policy, both past and present, are discussed, with particular emphasis since the events of September 11, 2001.  Prerequisite: POSC 1003. 

3103 -- United States Legislatures -- 3 credit hours
Examines the role of the legislative branch in the American political system.  The focus is primarily on the U.S. Congress.  State legislatures including the Commonwealth of Kentucky, representation, the sources of legislative power, the institutions involved in formulating legislation, and the people who participate in the legislative process will also be discussed.  The role elections, leadership and parties play in the legislative process will be examined.  Recommended for students contemplating a legislative internship.  Prerequisite: POSC 1003.  Course rotation: Spring even years.

3203 -- Classical Political Thought -- 3 credit hours
Selected political theorists from classical antiquity, the medieval period, and the renaissance are used to examine a series of major questions (e.g., human nature, power, authority, justice, and liberty) which are central to political theory and political science.  In addition, students are introduced to the origins of our Western political thought and culture.  This course is discussion oriented and designed to develop the student's critical reading and thinking abilities.  Prerequisite: POSC 1003.

3213 -- Public Policy -- 3 credit hours
A study of the development, implementation, and impact of government policies, with a primary focus on the United States.  Prerequisite: POSC 1003.

3503 -- Politics of the Middle East -- 3 credit hours
A study of the politics of the Middle East, with particular focus on the sources of conflict in the Middle East.  These sources include religion, colonialism and imperialism, great power rivalry, resource conflict, and levels of development.  These sources are applied to the variety of conflicts in the region, including intra-Arab disputes, the Arab-Israeli conflict, the notion of civilizational conflict between the West and Islam, and the implications for transformation in the Middle East.  Prerequisite: POSC 1003. 

3TX3 -- Topics in International Issues in Political Science -- 3 credit hours
May include the study of terrorism, political ideologies, the politics of the Soviet Union and Russia, and/or comparative politics.  This course may be repeated once for credit.  Prerequisite: POSC 1003. 

4103 -- American Political Thought -- 3 credit hours
Selected political thinkers from the history of American political thought are used to explore the core values and beliefs that define the American political system and culture.  Prerequisite: POSC 1003 and POSC 2103.  Course rotation: Fall odd years. 

4203 -- The American Presidency -- 3 credit hours
An examination of the nature and development of the presidency and its role in the American political system.  The presidency is defined broadly to include both the presidential office and the institutional structures in the White House and the Executive Office of the President that have grown up around it.  Prerequisite:  POSC 1003.  Course rotation:  Spring odd years.

4903 -- Capstone in Political Science -- 3 credit hours
A capstone course which emphasizes research and writing, intensive reading, and discussion of selected political topics in a seminar setting.  Prerequisites: POSC 1003 and senior standing or instructor's permission. 

4TX3 -- Topics in Political Science & Politics -- 3 credit hours
Includes the study of a variety of current issues in political science and politics.  May include the following topics:  civil liberties and civil rights; presidential elections; dictatorships and anti-democratic political systems; the politics of film; the politics and philosophy of Star Wars.   This course may be repeated once for credit.  Prerequisite: POSC 1003. 

PN00 -- Professional Internship in Political Science -- 3-12 credit hours
Required work experience in an occupational area related to student's interest or focus.  Students must have 120 clock hours worked and write a scholarly paper related to the work experience.  In addition, students must keep a reflective journal.  Grading:  Credit/No Credit. 

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