Political Science

Political Science, PSCI

5020. Proseminar in American Government and Politics. 3 hours. Concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from the leading scholars in the various areas of the field.

5050. Seminar in American Government and Politics. 3 hours. Analysis of pertinent government and political problems confronting the American people on the national, state and local levels. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5220. Proseminar in Public Law. 3 hours. Concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from leading scholars in various areas of the field.

5230. Seminar in American Public Law. 3 hours. The legal framework within which American governmental processes operate; analysis of substantive legal rules and basic processes by which law is made and applied. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5310. Proseminar in Political Theory. 3 hours. Explores the variety of concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from leading scholars in various areas of the field.

5340. Seminar in Political Science Scope and Methods. 3 hours. Concepts, trends and research design in political science.

5350. Topics in Political Theory. 3 hours. Study of selected theorists or themes in political philosophy. Seminar may include works of ancient, medieval or modern theorists, focusing on issues of power and justice, human nature and politics, and the nature of the best political system. Themes might include liberalism and conservatism, ethics and international politics, or American political thought. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5420. Proseminar in Public Administration. 3 hours. Concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from leading scholars in various areas of the field.

5610. Proseminar in Comparative Government. 3 hours. Concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from leading scholars in various areas of the field.

5650. Seminar in Area Studies. 3 hours. The institutions and processes of the major regional areas of the world: Africa, Asia, Europe, the former Soviet Union, Western Europe, Latin America and the Commonwealth. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5810. Proseminar in International Relations. 3 hours. Concepts, research, analytical methods and literature drawn from leading scholars in various areas of the field.

5820. Seminar in International Relations. 3 hours. Selected problems and concepts related to the theory and practice of international politics, international law, and organization and foreign policy. May be repeated for credit as topics vary.

5900-5910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Conference courses open to advanced students capable of doing independent research under the direction of the instructor. Prerequisite(s): consent of department chair.

5950. Master's Thesis. 3 or 6 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 6 hours credit required. No credit assigned until thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Continuous enrollment required once work on thesis has begun. May be repeated for credit.

6000. Research Seminar. 3 hours. Specialized study and research in the field of political science. May be repeated for credit.

6100. Political Science Teaching and Research. 3 hours. Classroom methods for political science instruction, as well as basic research and job-hunting skills. Pass/no pass. May be repeated for credit as topics vary. Hours may not count toward graduate degree plans.

6320. Quantitative Political Research Methods. 3 hours. Empirical research design and contemporary statistical applications in political science, including an introduction to the use of computers. An undergraduate introductory statistics course would be useful prior to registering for this course.

6340. Time Series Methods for Political Data. 3 hours. Focuses on methods for analyzing dynamic relationships among political variables. Topics include pooled cross-sectional time series designs, ARCH, ECM, State-Space, VAR and Box-Jenkins-Tiao intervention-transfer function models. Emphasis is placed on the application of these methodologies using mainframe and microcomputer programs such as BMDP, MICROCRUNCH, RATS and SPSS PC + TRENDS. Prerequisite(s): PSCI 6320 or consent of instructor.

6900-6910. Special Problems. 1-3 hours each. Conference courses for doctoral students. Directed reading and research in fields of special interest. Prerequisite(s): consent of department.

6950. Doctoral Dissertation. 3, 6 or 9 hours. To be scheduled only with consent of department. 12 hours credit required. No credit assigned until dissertation has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Doctoral students must maintain continuous enrollment in this course subsequent to passing qualifying examination for admission to candidacy. May be repeated for credit.

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