Political Science

With Capitol Hill nearby and the White House just blocks away, GW is the ideal place to study political science. Students in the program benefit from rigorous study as well as ample opportunities to intern on Capitol Hill or at government agencies. Part of the social and behavioral sciences discipline in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program examines politics in depth on both a national and international scale.

University Professors M. Barnett, M. Finnemore

Professors H.R. Nau, C. McClintock, M.J. Sodaro, S.L. Wolchik, D. Shambaugh, C.J. Deering, H.B. Feigenbaum, N.J. Brown, F. Maltzman, S.K. Sell, B. Dickson, P. Wahlbeck (Chair), S. Binder, M.E. Brown, J.H. Lebovic, C. Glaser, S. Biddle, M. Lynch, K.J. Morgan

Associate Professors R.P. Stoker, A. Bowie, M.M. Mochizuki, S.J. Balla, S. Wiley, I. Creppell, H.E. Hale, H. Farrell, E.D. Lawrence, J.M. Sides, A. Downes, E.J. Teitelbaum, B. Bartels, D. Hayes, C. McConnaughy, I. White

Assistant Professors W.J. Winstead, R.F. Adcock, E. Saunders, C. Mylonas, S. Kaplan, E. Grynaviski, M. Allendoerfer, C. Talmadge, C. Arrington, E. Finkel, R. Stein, Y. Lupu, M. Miller, S. Goldman, E. Kramon, A. Ziegfeld

Explanation of Course Numbers

  • Courses in the 1000s are primarily introductory undergraduate courses
  • Those in the 2000–4000s are upper-division undergraduate courses that can also be taken for graduate credit with permission and additional work
  • Those in the 6000s and 8000s are for master’s, doctoral, and professional-level students
  • The 6000s are open to advanced undergraduate students with approval of the instructor and the dean or advising office

Departmental prerequisite: PSC 1001 Introduction to Comparative Politics is prerequisite to Group A courses (comparative politics), PSC 1002 Introduction to American Politics and Government is prerequisite to Group B courses (American government and politics), and PSC 1003 Introduction to International Politics is prerequisite to Group C courses (international politics, law, and organizations). Courses are defined by their group under item 3, above. Honors course equivalents are acceptable substitutes. Students who have taken PSC 1011 Introduction to Politics IPSC 1012W Introduction to Politics II have fulfilled prerequisites to all three groups. Elliott School students substitute IAFF 1005 Introduction to International Affairs: A Washington Perspective for PSC 1003 Introduction to International Politics as a prerequisite to Group C courses.

PSC 1000. Dean's Seminar. 3 Credits.

PSC 1001. Introduction to Comparative Politics. 3 Credits.

Concepts and principles of comparative analysis, with an examination of politics and government in selected countries.

PSC 1001W. Intro to Comparative Politics. 0-3 Credits.

Concepts and principles of comparative analysis, with an examination of politics and government in selected countries.

PSC 1002. Introduction to American Politics and Government. 3 Credits.

Structure, powers, and processes of the American political system and the impact on public policy.

PSC 1002W. Intro-American Politics & Govt. 3 Credits.

Structure, powers, and processes of the American political system and the impact on public policy.

PSC 1003. Introduction to International Politics. 3 Credits.

Analysis of world politics, focusing on the role of nation-states and international organizations and on selected foreign policy issues.

PSC 1011. Introduction to Politics I. 6 Credits.

Role of personal and social values in politics. Problems in the Western (especially American) tradition of political science. Admission by special selection process.

PSC 1012W. Introduction to Politics II. 6 Credits.

Continuation of PSC 1011. Role of personal and social values in politics. Thinking outside the Western state: culture, nationalism, ethnic conflict, democratization, international conflict. Admission by special selection process.

PSC 2101. Scope and Methods of Political Science. 3 Credits.

Nature of political inquiry, approaches to the study of politics and government, empirical methods of research. Laboratory fee.

PSC 2105. Major Issues of Western Political Thought I. 3 Credits.

Foundations of Western political thought—Plato to Aquinas.   (Fall).

PSC 2106. Major Issues of Western Political Thought II. 3 Credits.

History of political thought from the 16th through the late 19th century, as set forth in the works of representative thinkers.   (Fall).

PSC 2106W. Major Issues of Western Political Thought II. 3 Credits.

History of political thought from the 16th through the late 19th century, as set forth in the works of representative thinkers. Writing intensive.   (Spring).

PSC 2107. 20th-Century Political Thought. 3 Credits.

Recent Western political thought; analysis and critique of the legacies of modern political theories and ideologies.

PSC 2108. Freedom and Equality. 3 Credits.

Case analysis of major ideas related to freedom and equality in the Western political tradition.

PSC 2110. American Political Thought. 3 Credits.

Political thought in the U.S. from colonial times to the present as seen through major representative writings.

PSC 2120. Freedom in American Thought and Popular Culture. 0-3 Credits.

PSC 2120W. Freedom in American Thought and Popular Culture. 0-3 Credits.

America was founded on the premise of providing freedom to its people. But what, exactly, is freedom? The question has been debated in America since its founding and continues today; this course examines varied answers provided by American political thought and popular culture. Writing intensive. (Same as AMST 2120)   (Fall).

PSC 2211. State and Urban Politics. 3 Credits.

Comparative analysis of context, institutions, processes, and policies of state and urban political systems. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2212. State and Urban Policy Problems. 3 Credits.

Selected issues in state and urban policymaking, with emphasis on urban and metropolitan settings. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2213. Judicial Politics. 3 Credits.

An examination of judicial process and behavior. Emphasis on judicial selection, decision making, interaction with the political environment, and impact and implementation of decisions. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2214. U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics I. 3 Credits.

Separation of powers, federal–state relationships, economic regulation. Prerequisites: PSC 1002.   (Fall).

PSC 2215. U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics II. 3 Credits.

Political and civil rights. Prerequisites: PSC 1002.   (Spring).

PSC 2216. The American Presidency. 3 Credits.

Examination of the politics of presidential selection, the authority of the contemporary institution, the mechanisms and processes for formulating public policy, and the influences of personality on performance in office. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2217. Executive Branch Politics. 3 Credits.

Basic concepts in public administration; influence of bureaucratic politics on policy formulation and implementation. Prerequisite: PSC 1002. Same as PPPA 2117.

PSC 2218. Legislative Politics. 3 Credits.

Theory, structure, and process of the U.S. Congress, with emphasis on elections, party organization, committees, and floor procedure, in the context of executive–legislative relations and interest-group activities. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2218W. Legislative Politics. 3 Credits.

Theory, structure, and process of the U.S. Congress, with emphasis on elections, party organization, committees, and floor procedure, in the context of executive–legislative relations and interest-group activities. Writing intensive. Prerequisites: PSC 1002.   (Fall).

PSC 2219. Political Parties and Interest Groups. 3 Credits.

Role of parties as a linkage between mass preferences and government policies. Organization, nominations, voting, and activities in legislative and executive branches. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2220. Public Opinion. 3 Credits.

How public opinion is measured, how it is shaped, and its consequences for policymaking. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2222. Science, Technology, and Politics. 3 Credits.

Multiple impacts of scientific and technological developments on the political systems. Discussion of public policies for support, use, and control of science and technology. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2223. Campagins and Elections. 3 Credits.

Examination of the various forms of American political participation in electoral and governmental politics and their effects on the political process. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2224. Issues in Domestic Public Policy. 3 Credits.

Examination of the decision-making process and the substance of various issues in domestic public policy in such areas as crime, economics, education, energy, the environment, poverty, and health. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2225. Women and Politics. 3 Credits.

An examination of the role and impact of women in politics, including women’s interests and access to the political system; specific public policy issues with a particular focus on the role of women. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2228. Media, Politics, and Government. 3 Credits.

Exploration of the role played by communication, principally through the mass media, in the conduct of government and the making of public policy. Same as SMPA 3428. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2229. Media and Politics. 3 Credits.

The impact of the media on American politics, including the nature of coverage of political issues and campaigns, dynamics of selecting and presenting news stories, and consequences of media messages for public opinion and action. Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2330. Comparative Politics of Western Europe. 3 Credits.

Comparative political analysis with primary focus on the principal states of Western Europe. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2331. Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe. 3 Credits.

Specific countries vary, to include nations of central and Eastern Europe and/or the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2332. European Integration. 3 Credits.

The history of the European Union, its accomplishments as an international actor, and the vibrant debates over its future. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2334. Global Perspectives on Democracy. 3 Credits.

International experiences with the historical evolution and current nature of democratic political systems. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2336. State–Society Relations in the Developing World. 3 Credits.

Historically informed exploration of enduring issues of concern in state–society relations, with an empirical focus on selected countries and regions of the developing world. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2337. Development Politics. 3 Credits.

An examination of how and why political systems develop the way they do. Why do some countries develop into democracies, while others become authoritarian? How do class conflict, the nature of the elite, and the political culture affect the development of political institutions? Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2338. Nationalism. 3 Credits.

Causes and the effects of nationalism, covering cases from around the world. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2366. State–Society Relations in the Developing World. 3 Credits.

An examination of political institutions, processes, and issues of Russian politics. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2367. Human Rights. 3 Credits.

Human rights theory, the various movements for human, religious, civil, political, and other rights. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2367W. Human Rights. 3 Credits.

Human rights theory, the various movements for human, religious, civil, political, and other rights. Writing intensive. Prerequisites: PSC 1001.   (Fall).

PSC 2368. Politics in the Two Koreas. 3 Credits.

An examination of political institutions, processes, and issues in South Korea and North Korea as well as in inter-Korean relations and major-power involvement in peninsular affairs.

PSC 2369. Comparative Politics of South Asia. 3 Credits.

A comparative examination of colonialism, economic development, and identity politics in South Asia. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2370. Comparative Politics of China and Northeast Asia. 3 Credits.

Political institutions and processes of China (including Taiwan), Japan, and Korea since World War II. Influence of indigenous traditions and foreign contacts. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2371. Politics and Foreign Policy of China. 3 Credits.

An examination of political institutions, processes, history, and issues of Chinese politics and foreign policy. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2373. Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia. 3 Credits.

Political forces, processes, and outcomes, using empirical examples from Southeast Asia. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2374. Politics and Foreign Policy of Japan. 3 Credits.

An examination of political institutions, processes, and issues of Japanese politics and foreign policy. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2377. Comparative Politics of the Middle East. 3 Credits.

Politics of the eastern Arab states, Turkey, Iran, and Israel. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2377W. Comparative Politics of the Middle East. 3 Credits.

Politics of the eastern Arab states, Turkey, Iran, and Israel. Writing intensive. Prerequisites: PSC 1001.   (Fall).

PSC 2379. Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel. 3 Credits.

Examination of the institutions, processes, and issues of Israeli politics and foreign policy. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2381. Comparative Politics of Middle and Southern Africa. 3 Credits.

Comparative analysis of political systems in selected countries of non-Mediterranean Africa. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2383. Comparative Politics of Latin America. 3 Credits.

The politics of selected countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Emphasis on democratization. Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2439. International Political Economy. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the political aspects of global economic relationships, focusing on such issues as economic hegemony, interdependence, trade relations, development assistance, multinational corporations, and the role of international organizations. Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2440. Theories of International Politics. 3 Credits.

Exploration of alternative theoretical approaches to understanding world politics in its historical and contemporary dimensions. Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2442. International Organizations. 3 Credits.

Development and operations of international organizations working in the areas of collective security, peacekeeping, trade, finance, environment, human rights. Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2442W. International Organizations. 3 Credits.

Development and operations of international organizations working in the areas of collective security, peacekeeping, trade, finance, environment, human rights. Writing intensive. Prerequisites: PSC 1003.   (Fall).

PSC 2444. Public International Law. 3 Credits.

Survey of essential principles and concepts of public international law through case analysis and with reference to political factors. Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2446. U.S. Foreign Policy. 3 Credits.

Survey of essential principles and concepts of public international law through case analysis and with reference to political factors. Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2449. International Security Politics. 3 Credits.

Overview of international security issues. Insights from a variety of historical periods and theoretical approaches inform the analysis. Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2449W. International Security Politics. 3 Credits.

Overview of international security issues. Insights from a variety of historical periods and theoretical approaches inform the analysis. Writing intensive. Prerequisite: PSC 1003. (Fall).

PSC 2461. European-Atlantic Relations. 3 Credits.

International politics of the North Atlantic area, the European Union, and U.S.–European relations. Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2468. Post-Soviet Foreign Policy. 3 Credits.

External problems and policies of Russia and the other successor states of the former USSR (especially the Baltics, Ukraine, and southern rim of the former Soviet Union). Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2475. International Relations of East Asia. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the foreign policies of selected East Asian countries and the foreign policies of major powers toward the region. Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2476. The Arab-Israeli Conflict. 3 Credits.

Origins, evolution, and issues of the Arab–Israeli conflict. Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2478. International Relations of the Middle East. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the regional and international relations of the Middle East. Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2482. African International Politics. 3 Credits.

Analysis of interstate relations in Africa and of selected aspects of African relations with the outside world. Prerequisite: PSC 1003. Recommended prerequisite: PSC 2381.

PSC 2484. International Relations of Latin America. 3 Credits.

Emphasis on U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America. Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2987. Internship: Political Science. 1-3 Credits.

Study of political behavior and institutions through internship experience. Open to departmental majors only. Admission requires departmental approval and junior standing.

PSC 2988. Internship in Law & Socieity. 3 Credits.

PSC 2990. Selected Topics. 3 Credits.

PSC 2990W. Selected Topics. 3 Credits.

PSC 2991. Special Topics in Political Thought. 3 Credits.

PSC 2992. Special Topics in American Politics and Government. 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: PSC 1002.

PSC 2993. Special Topics in Comparative Politics. 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: PSC 1001.

PSC 2994. Special Topics in International Relations. 3 Credits.

Prerequisite: PSC 1003.

PSC 2994W. Special Topics in International Relations. 3 Credits.

Writing intensive. Prerequisites: PSC 1003.   (Fall).

PSC 3192W. Proseminar: Political Science. 3 Credits.

Examination of selected problems in political science. Admission restricted to political science majors in their junior or senior year. May be repeated once for credit.

PSC 4991. Independent Study. 1-3 Credits.

For departmental majors. Prerequisite: senior standing, 15 credit hours of upper-division political science courses, and approval of the undergraduate program advisor and the faculty member who will direct the study.

PSC 6103. Approaches to Public Policy Analysis. 3 Credits.

Primarily for master’s students. Empirical and normative foundations of systematic policy analysis: concepts, theories, models, issues, strengths, limitations, and uses and misuses in the policy process.

PSC 6113. The Constitution: History and Ideas. 3 Credits.

With a focus on the history and ideas that influenced James Madison, consideration of ideas that formed the common heritage of all the framers of the Constitution. The separate traditions of liberty that were fused together in the Constitution. Early changes in American society that placed one of those traditions at the center of America’s self-understanding.

PSC 6114. Theories of Judicial Review. 3 Credits.

How and why the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the Constitution. The theory behind the practice of judicial review. Consideration of such questions as whether the Constitution intended judicial review and how the two wings of today’s Court justify their own position on judicial review.

PSC 6330. Comparative Government and Politics. 3 Credits.

Open to Elliott School students only. Examination of basic approaches to comparative politics.

PSC 6333. Comparative Politics of Russia and Eurasia. 3 Credits.

Comparative analysis of politics in the post-Soviet region. Theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding important issues, frequently including democracy/autocracy, ethnic conflict, political economy, center–periphery relations, and state building.

PSC 6338. U.S. Foreign Economic Policy. 3 Credits.

Exploration of ideas and issues involved in U.S. foreign economic policy, including relationship of economic and security issues, interdependence, protectionism, role of the dollar, industrial policy, and the debt crisis.

PSC 6345. Comparative Foreign Policy. 3 Credits.

The relationship of international actors with one another and with their external environment analyzed in a comparative framework. Focus on nation-states as well as non-state actors, such as international organizations. Differences and similarities in policies on economics, diplomacy, security, and global issues.

PSC 6346. The Politics of U.S. Foreign Policy. 3 Credits.

Patterns and problems in contemporary U.S. foreign policy. Special attention given to the domestic political factors shaping foreign policy.

PSC 6347. U.S. Foreign Policy Traditions. 3 Credits.

Contemporary debate about the substance of American foreign policy through the lens of alternative theoretical approaches to the study of international relations. Classical realist (national interest), neorealist (balance of power), neoliberal (international interdependence and institutions), and constructivist (national identity) interpretations are compared.

PSC 6348. Politics of U.S. National Security Policy. 3 Credits.

Examines competing theoretical approaches to the study of national security policy and tests these on a variety of substantive issue areas in the United States. (May include such topics as nuclear non-proliferation, responses to regional conflicts, definition of new security goals, etc.).

PSC 6349. International Security Politics. 3 Credits.

Overview of the major theoretical debates in international security. How different theoretical approaches inform policy decisions and options.

PSC 6350. Foreign Policy Analysis—Selected Topics. 3 Credits.

Analysis of U.S. foreign policy toward selected world regions.

PSC 6351. Civil-Military Relations. 3 Credits.

Substantive and theoretical issues and debates in the study of civil–military relations.

PSC 6360. Western European Politics. 3 Credits.

Examination of the principal characteristics of the British, French, German, and Italian political systems, comparing their institutional and behavioral adaptations to the problems of advanced industrial democracies.

PSC 6361. Politics of European Integration. 3 Credits.

The origins, institutions, and politics of West European integration, with emphasis on theories of regional integration and the development of the European Union.

PSC 6362. Nation-Building in the Balkans. 3 Credits.

PSC 6364. Comparative Governments and Politics of Central And Eastern Europe. 3 Credits.

Comparative analysis of domestic political processes and policies in Central and Eastern Europe.

PSC 6366. Government and Politics of Russia. 3 Credits.

The politics and development of the Russian state.

PSC 6367. Post-Soviet Politics. 3 Credits.

How the study of former Soviet countries contributes to major debates in comparative politics. Focus includes regimes, political economy, revolutions, ethnic politics, nationalism.

PSC 6368. Japanese Politics and Foreign Policy. 3 Credits.

Japan’s path to modernity and the impact its pattern of development has had on the nation’s democratization, political economy, and political institutions in the post-1945 period.

PSC 6370. Politics of China I. 3 Credits.

Readings and discussion of the political dynamics and policy process in contemporary China.

PSC 6371. Politics of the PRC 2. 3 Credits.

Research seminar on selected topics in Chinese politics, using official and other primary sources. Prerequisites: PSC 6370 or permission of instructor.   (Fall).

PSC 6372. Foreign Policy of the PRC. 3 Credits.

Readings and research on the main approaches to analyzing China’s foreign policy and foreign relations.

PSC 6373. Political Economy of Industrializing Asia. 3 Credits.

Comparative analysis of the relationship between economic interests and politics in East and Southeast Asia. Emphasis on industrializing economies and their integration into global trade and investment networks.

PSC 6374. Korean Politics. 3 Credits.

An examination of Korean politics from the perspectives of four major research areas: authoritarian regime and economic growth; democratic transition and consolidation; the Asian financial crisis and its consequences; and the two Koreas and international relations.

PSC 6377. Comparative Politics of the Middle East. 3 Credits.

Readings and research on selected problems of the governments and politics of the Middle East.

PSC 6379. Government and Politics of Africa. 3 Credits.

Major theories and themes of African politics considering the context shaping political and economic reforms, formal and informal institutions, and prospects for political reform.

PSC 6383. Comparative Politics of Latin America. 3 Credits.

Readings and discussion on the politics of selected countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Emphasis on the possibilities for democracy and revolution.

PSC 6388. Topics in Comparative Politics. 3 Credits.

PSC 6390. Politics and Culture. 3 Credits.

PSC 6439. International Political Economy. 3 Credits.

Research seminar exploring alternative theoretical approaches to the study of international political economy and their application to the explanation and interpretation of historical and contemporary events in world political and economic affairs. Primarily for Elliott School degree candidates.

PSC 6440. Theory-International Relations. 3 Credits.

Open to Elliott School students only. Theories of international relations.

PSC 6442. Politics and Practice of International Institutions. 3 Credits.

The politics of international institutions in the areas of collective security, peace keeping, trade, money, development, environment, human rights.

PSC 6444. Politics of International Law. 3 Credits.

The political sources and consequences of international law and norms.

PSC 6456. Origins/Major Wars & Terrorism. 3 Credits.

An examination of the origins of major wars, including terrorism, from the 18th to the 20th centuries from the theoretical perspectives of realism, liberalism, and constructivism/identity.

PSC 6457. Arms Control & Disarmament. 3 Credits.

Major issues and trends in the postwar development of U.S. arms control and disarmament policy.

PSC 6465. The International Politics of Central and Eastern Europe. 3 Credits.

Major historical, political, social, and regional factors that have shaped the interwar, World War II, and postwar evolution of Eastern Europe; emphasis on foreign relations with outside powers and on regional East–West contacts.

PSC 6467. Asian Security. 3 Credits.

An examination of the major issues in Asian Security using various theoretical perspectives involving a mix of political science and policy analysis.

PSC 6475. International Politics of East Asia. 3 Credits.

Foreign policies and international behavior of the regional states (especially China, Japan, and Vietnam) and the extraregional powers (especially the U.S. and Russia).

PSC 6476. The Arab-Israeli Conflict. 3 Credits.

Readings and research on the origins, evolution, and issues of the Arab–Israeli conflict.

PSC 6478. International Relations of the Middle East. 3 Credits.

Readings and research on the regional and international relations of the Middle East.

PSC 6484. International Relations of Latin America. 3 Credits.

Readings and discussion on U.S.–Latin American relations and the foreign policies of selected states.

PSC 6489. Topics in International Relations. 3 Credits.

PSC 6987. Legal Internship. 3 Credits.

Study of the interior workings of legal institutions and related organizations through an approved internship with a court, law firm, legal advocacy group, public defender's office, or legal think tank. A research paper is required.   (Fall, spring, and summer).

PSC 6996. Reading. 3 Credits.

Limited to graduate degree candidates. Written permission of instructor required.

PSC 6997. Research. 3 Credits.

Limited to graduate degree candidates. Written permission of instructor required.

PSC 6998. Thesis Research. 3 Credits.

PSC 6999. Thesis Research. 3 Credits.

PSC 8101. Introduction to Empirical Political Analysis. 3 Credits.

Statistical foundations of empirical political analysis and computer applications. Basic probability theory, exploratory and descriptive data analysis, statistical inference, and introduction to linear regression. Laboratory fee.

PSC 8102. Empirical Political Analysis. 3 Credits.

Techniques of social science data analysis. Model building, estimation, and interpretation. Linear models and extensions. Introduction to discrete choice models. Prerequisite: PSC 8101 or permission of instructor.

PSC 8103. Approaches to Policy Analysis. 3 Credits.

Primarily for doctoral students. Empirical and normative foundations of systematic policy analysis: concepts, theories, models, issues, strengths, limitations, and uses and misuses in the policy process.

PSC 8104. Qualitative Research Methods. 3 Credits.

Theoretical, practical, and ethical aspects of conducting qualitative research.

PSC 8105. Readings in Political Theory. 3 Credits.

Selected major works, both ancient and modern, that illuminate basic problems and questions of political theory.

PSC 8106. Topics in Political Theory. 3 Credits.

Advanced readings and group discussions. Analysis and interpretation of selected concepts and schools of thought.

PSC 8107. Modern Political Thought and Ideologies. 3 Credits.

Analysis of some main currents in modern political thought and ideologies.

PSC 8108. Craft of Political Inquiry. 3 Credits.

Logic of inquiry in political science: theories of knowledge, inference, and research methods.   (Spring, odd years).

PSC 8109. Systematic Inquiry and Research Design. 3 Credits.

Study design, data collection, and models of analysis in political science.

PSC 8120. Maximum Likelihood Estimation. 3 Credits.

Introduction to maximum likelihood estimation interpretation of non-linear statistical models. Statistical inference, appropriate use, and presentation and interpretation of results.

PSC 8122. Logitudinal Analysis. 3 Credits.

Examination of two classes of statistical models for longitudinal data—(1) models for time-series, cross-sectional and panel data and (2) modeling event history (i.e., duration, survival, hazard).

PSC 8124. Multilevel Modeling. 3 Credits.

Statistical issues and models for multilevel (hierarchical) data structures, including the variance components, random intercept, and random coefficient models. Handling cross-level interactions.

PSC 8130. Game Theory. 3 Credits.

Essential elements of the formal analysis of politics. Static and dynamic games with both complete and incomplete information. Focus on key concepts in social science inspired by game theory.

PSC 8185. Topics in Empirical and Formal Political Analysis. 3 Credits.

Selected topics in quantitative political methodology and formal political theory with varying emphasis on maximum likelihood estimation, nonlinear models, causal inference, formal theories, and mathematical/computational tools for the social sciences. May be repeated for credit. Prerequisite: PSC 8102 .

PSC 8187. Selected Topics in Political Theory. 3 Credits.

In-depth coverage of significant issues in political theory, including such topics as justice, toleration, and political community. For advanced students.

PSC 8210. American Political Process. 3 Credits.

A survey of American political institutions, processes, and behavior.

PSC 8211. Urban Politics. 3 Credits.

Comparative analysis of the context, institutions, processes, and policies of urban political systems.

PSC 8212. Urban Policy Problems. 3 Credits.

Analysis of public policy issues confronting urban governments; emphasis on the theoretical roots and empirical impact of past and present programs in such areas as housing, education, poverty, and crime.

PSC 8213. Judicial Politics. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the literature of judicial process and behavior studies; specific focus on selected topics. Emphasis on the major subfields of law, courts, and judicial process.

PSC 8215. Law, Politics, and Society. 3 Credits.

Role of the judiciary in policy formulation; emphasis on the U.S. Supreme Court and civil liberties issues.   (Fall).

PSC 8216. American Presidency. 3 Credits.

Personalized and institutionalized aspects of the presidency, with particular emphasis on the politics of contemporary policymaking.

PSC 8217. Executive Branch Politics. 3 Credits.

Structure and operation of governmental bureaucracy with particular emphasis on the politics of formulating and implementing public policy.

PSC 8218. Legislative Politics. 3 Credits.

Theory, structure, and process of the U.S. Congress, with emphasis on member–constituency relations, individual and collective decision making, party and committee activities, executive–legislative relations, and interest-group activities.

PSC 8219. Political Parties and Elections. 3 Credits.

Nature and functions of American political parties: organizational status, nominating and electoral politics, and role in governing.

PSC 8220. Public Opinion and Political Psychology. 3 Credits.

Sources and dynamics of public opinion and political socialization.

PSC 8221. Interest-Group Politics. 3 Credits.

Theory, structure, and activities of interest groups in American politics.

PSC 8226. Politics and Organizations. 3 Credits.

Theoretical approaches to understanding organizational behavior and change; applications to specific political problems in U.S., international, and comparative politics.

PSC 8229. Politics and Public Policy. 3 Credits.

Examination of political processes that influence policy formulation, policy implementation, and the uses of policy analysis.

PSC 8286. Selected Topics in American Politics. 3 Credits.

In-depth coverage of significant theoretical and empirical issues in American politics, including such topics as political behavior, electoral politics, and race and politics. For advanced students.    (Offered as the demand warrants).

PSC 8331. Advanced Theories of Comparative Politics. 3 Credits.

Major concepts, methods, and theoretical debates in comparative politics, including cultural, rational, and institutional approaches.

PSC 8334. Democracy and Democratization in Comparative Perspective. 3 Credits.

Theoretical approaches to processes of democratization. Evaluation of cultural, economic, institutional, and international-actor approaches. Case analysis of recently transitioned or transitioning nations. Primarily for Ph.D. students in political science.

PSC 8337. Theories of Political Development. 3 Credits.

Examination of how and why political systems develop the way they do. Why do some countries develop into democracies, while others become authoritarian? How do class conflict, the nature of the elite, and the political culture affect the development of political institutions?.

PSC 8338. Nationalism and Nation-Building. 3 Credits.

PSC 8340. Authoritarianism. 3 Credits.

PSC 8341. Theories of Ethnic Politics. 3 Credits.

Focus on cutting-edge interdisciplinary theories of ethnicity’s role in politics. Ethnicity’s relationship to democracy, economy, psychology, conflict, and solutions. Cases worldwide.

PSC 8388. Selected Topics in Comparative Politics. 3 Credits.

In-depth coverage of significant theoretical and empirical issues in comparative politics, including such topics as democratization, the politics of development, the role of the state in advanced industrial societies, gender and ethnicity, and the politics of nationalism.    (Offered as the demand warrants).

PSC 8441. Advanced Theories of International Politics. 3 Credits.

Perspectives examined range from realism to critical theory and focus upon a variety of explanatory variables.

PSC 8450. Topics-International Relations. 3 Credits.

PSC 8452. Theories of International Security. 3 Credits.

Focus on conflict in different systems and scenarios and on causes and consequences of different strategies. The role of ethics in international security.

PSC 8453. Advanced Theories of International Political Economy. 3 Credits.

Major theories of political economy, from classical perspectives on problems of international cooperation to modern treatments of trade, finance, investment, and regulation.

PSC 8454. Advanced Theories of Foreign Policy Decision Making. 3 Credits.

PSC 8460. Military Intervention. 3 Credits.

Theoretical and empirical approaches to the study of military interventions. The challenges of designing political science research on a complex and policy-relevant topic like military intervention.

PSC 8461. Military Effectiveness. 3 Credits.

Theories of military effectiveness in conventional wars. Case studies of several conflicts and brief exploration of effectiveness in unconventional wars.

PSC 8462. Civil War. 3 Credits.

Theories of causes, conduct, and termination of civil wars. Consideration of violence against civilians, rebel recruitment, counterinsurgency, and civil war outcomes.

PSC 8489. Selected Topics in International Politics. 3 Credits.

In-depth coverage of significant theoretical and empirical issues in international politics, including such topics as comparative foreign policy, ethics and norms in international politics, the politics of military intervention, and theories of security in a post-Cold War environment. For advanced students.    (Offered as the demand warrants).

PSC 8997. Advanced Reading. 1-3 Credits.

Limited to students preparing for the Doctor of Philosophy general examination. May be repeated for credit.

PSC 8998. Advanced Research. 1-12 Credits.

Limited to students preparing for the Doctor of Philosophy general examination. May be repeated for credit.

PSC 8999. Dissertation Research. 2-12 Credits.

Limited to Doctor of Philosophy candidates. May be repeated for credit.