Undergraduate

Undergraduate Course Information

Please click on the links to the left to explore undergraduate course descriptions, course schedules, and course webpages and syllabi.

For questions about the undergraduate program, please contact the Department’s advisors or the Undergraduate Coordinator.

 

PSC 101, Introduction to American Politics is a Controlled Enrollment Course.

If students register for this course and then fail or resign the course, or
want to repeat it for the purpose of raising their grade, students may only re-register themselves for the summer sessions. This course will be offered in the summer. If re-taking the course in the summer would cause an unusual hardship for the student, there is a petition process for requesting a seat in a Fall or Spring semester; please go to the CAS website and search for:”Petition for Exception to Controlled Enrollment Policy”. Note that petitions for a seat in the Fall 2012 semester are due February 10, 2012, and petitions for a seat in the Spring 2013 semester are due September 17, 2012.

 

Frequency of Past Course Offerings

In order to provide students with some guidance about the likelihood of particular courses being offered in the near future, the Department has counted the number of times a course has been offered in the recent past: the 12 semesters from the Fall 2003 semester to the Spring 2009 semester. On this basis, courses are grouped below into four categories, from being offered in most semesters (courses offered in at least 9 of the last 12 semesters) to rarely, if ever, being offered (courses offered at most once in the last 12 semesters). The future frequency of course offerings may deviate from the past frequency, but the past frequency may provide you with some guidance for your course planning.
The number in parentheses is the number of times that courses in that category were taught in the twelve semesters from the Fall 2003 semester to the Spring 2009 semester.

Courses Offered in Most semesters (in 9 to 12 of the last 12 semesters):
100, Enduring Issues in Political Science
101, Introduction to American Politics
102, Introduction to International Politics
301, Cases in Civil Liberties
302, Protecting Civil Liberties
303, Constitutional Law, and
335, American Foreign Policy

Courses Offered in Most years (in 5 to 8 of the last 12 semesters):
103, Politics Abroad (Introduction to Comparative Politics)
200, Empirical Political Science
211, Issues in Contemporary Politics
215, Law and the Political Process
304, Legislative Politics
305, Judicial Politics
307, Political Parties
311, State Politics
313, Voting and Public Opinion
314, Public Policy Making
326, War and International Security
328, Economics and Foreign Policy
330, International Relations Problems
340, Politics in Western Europe
341, Political Change
342, Politics of Developing Nations
344, Political Campaigns
346, Individuals and World Politics
372, Latin American Politics
408, Basic Statistics for Social Science
420, Comparing Political Parties, and
430, Human Rights

Courses Offered Occasionally (in 2 to 4 of the last 12 semesters):
105, Democracy in America
180, Election Year Politics
214, Congressional Elections
222, Politics and Society
293, Race and the Law
294, African American Political Development
306, The American Presidency
308, Organizational Theory in Political Institutions
310, Public Administration
312, Urban Politics
315, American Political Economy
317, Environmental Politics
319, Media in American Politics
332, International Organizations
333, International Relations Theory
351, Politics in E. Europe Post Soc. Sts.
355, Asian Politics
370, African Politics
371, Middle Eastern Politics
373, International Futures
376, Money in Politics
378, Politics of Gender
393, Game Theory and Politics
401, Advanced Civil Liberties
412, Comparative Political Institutions
413, Comparative Political Economy
418, The International System
436, Citizen Participation, and
438, Civil-Military Relations

Courses only Rarely Offered, if Ever (not offered in last 12 semesters or offered only once):
104, 111, 112, 116, 118, 124, 143, 160,
216, 221, 223, 224, 225, 226, 227, 229, 274, 275, 276, 281,
300, 309, 316, 318, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 327, 329, 331, 334, 336, 337, 338, 339, 343, 345, 350, 352, 369, 375, 379, 380, 382, 383, 384, 391, 392, 395,
406, 409, 419, 421, 437, 440, 441, 442, 443, 450, 470, 490, and 495.

Likely changes:
Since PSC 100 is no longer a required course but one of several 100-level courses that could be taken in order to fulfill requirements for the major, it is likely to be taught less often and PSC 103 Politics Abroad may be taught more often. With the new Department Honors requirements, PSC 490 Honors Seminar and PSC 495 Senior Seminar may also be taught more often.