Political Science Major: General

B.A., B.S. degrees

A Political Science major consists of 33 hours.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • PSC 100 (3) Introduction to Political Science (Group III-B)
  • PSC 105 (3) Introduction to American Government and Politics (Group III-B)
  • PSC 280 (3) Introduction to Empirical Methods of Political Research
Other Requirements (12 hours)

Select one 3-credit hour course in four of the following five fields:

Field I.  American National Political Institutions and Processes

  • PSC 101 (3) Political Behavior (Group III-A)
  • PSC 125 (3) African-American Politics (Group IV-C)
  • PSC 320 (3) The American Legislative Process
  • PSC 321 (3) The American Chief Executive
  • PSC 322 (3) Judicial Process and Politics
  • PSC 323 (3) American Parties and Politics
  • PSC 325 (3) The Civil Rights Movement (Group IV-C)
  • PSC 326 (3) Women and Politics (Group IV-A)
  • PSC 327 (3) Lobbying and Interest Group Behavior
  • PSC 328 (3) Campaigns and Elections
  • PSC 421 (3) Constitutional Law:  Powers of Government
  • PSC 422 (3) Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Liberties
  • PSC 520 (3) American National Government and Politics

Field II.  American State and Local Government, Public Administration and Policy

  • PSC 210 (3) Introduction to Public
  • PSC 261 (3) State and Local Government (Group III-B)
  • PSC 300 (3) Michigan Politics and Elections
  • PSC 301 (3) Law and Policy in Michigan State Government
  • PSC 313 (3) Budgetary Processes in the United States
  • PSC 411 (3) Public Sector Human Resources and Organization Theory
  • PSC 514 (3) American Public Policy Making
  • PSC 516 (3) Environmental Politics and Policy
  • PSC 522 (3) Regulatory Processes and Administrative Law
  • PSC 561 (3) American State Government and Administration
  • PSC 563 (3) Politics and Policy in Urban Communities
  • PSC 565 (3) Managing Modern Local Government
  • PSC 566 (3) Intergovernmental Relations in the United States
  • PSC 585 (3) Computer Applications for Public Administrators

Field III.  International Relations

  • PSC 150 (3) World Politics (Group III-B)
  • PSC 151 (3) The US and the World (Group III-B)
  • PSC 351 (3) International Relations
  • PSC 352 (3) US-Latin American Relations
  • PSC 453 (3) American Foreign Policy
  • PSC 551 (3) Seminar in International Relations
  • PSC 555 (3) International Law I

Field IV.  Comparative Politics

  • PSC 242 (3) Introduction to Comparative Politics (Group III-B)
  • PSC 340 (3) African Political Systems and Processes (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 341 (3) Comparative Politics: Eastern Europe (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 343 (3) Southeast Asian Political Systems and Processes (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 344 (3) East Asian Political Systems and Processes (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 345 (3) Middle Eastern Political Systems (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 346 (3) The Politics of Islam
  • PSC 347 (3) Comparative Politics: Western Europe (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 348 (3) Latin American Political Systems (Group IV-B)
  • PSC 515 (3) Comparative Public Policy
  • PSC 540 (3) Cultural Heritage and Politics of Eastern Europe

Field V.  Political Theory

  • PSC 275 (3) Great Political Thinkers (Group I-A)
  • PSC 371 (3) American Political Thought (Group I-A)
  • PSC 372 (3) American Radical Thought
  • PSC 375 (3) Socialism, Fascism, and Liberalism (Group IV-A)
  • PSC 378 (3) Modern Democratic Theory (Group I-A)
  • PSC 426 (3) Feminist Theory
Electives (12 hours)

Hours selected from the five fields listed above.

Total: 33 semester hours

 

Notes:

  • A minimum of 15 hours of PSC coursework must be at the 300 level or above, with at least one course at the 400-500 level.
  • PSC 405 cannot be used to fulfill this requirement.