College of Education and Liberal Arts

Political Science Courses

Political Science Courses

GOVT 2107 – Federal and Texas Constitution. This course is a study of the United States and state constitutions with specific emphasis on Texas. Prerequisite: Instructor permission required.

GOVT 2301 – American Government I: Federal and Texas Constitutions
This course, with GOVT 2302, comprises an introduction to the study of politics and government in the United States and Texas. This course examines the development and application of U.S. and Texas constitutional governments. Topics will include political theory, U.S. and Texas constitutions, federalism, civil liberties and civil rights, different branches of government, and policy making.

GOVT 2302 – American Government II: Federal and Texas Political Behavior
This course, along with GOVT 2301, comprises an introduction to the study of politics and government in the United States and Texas. This course examines the evolution and current state of political behavior. Topics include an examination of political culture, public opinion, the media, political participation, voting, campaigns, elections, political parties, and groups.

PSCI 300 – Introduction to Political Theory
This course introduces the history of Western political theory that surveys the work of major political thinkers from ancient Greece to the present. Along with introducing students to the classic literature of political thought, the course provides a vehicle for understanding political concepts such as justice, power, liberty, and equality.

PSCI 305 – Introduction to Political Ideologies
This course provides an introductory survey of selected ideologies. Topics may include liberalism, classical Marxism, communism, fascism, democratic socialism, conservatism, authoritarianism, African American political thought, and gender ideologies. Students will also discuss ideologies’ assumptions, justifications, and implications for political life.

PSCI 310 – Introduction to Political Documentaries
This course provides an introduction to political documentaries. These research-based films address citizenship and power. Students will review and analyze political documentary films.

PSCI 315 – Washington DC Civic Engagement Field Study
This course explores civic engagement and public service in the United States through visits in Washington, DC to national civic organizations and representative institutions and meetings with nationally elected public officials and civic-organization leaders.

PSCI 320 – Introduction to Constitutional Law
This introductory course provides an overview of civil society and constitutional law in United States. The course will cover the founding, Constitution, and Bill of Rights, as well as the development of law in areas such as speech, press, religion, privacy, search and seizure, and punishment.

PSCI 331 – Introduction to Public Administration and Leadership
This course introduces and assesses public administration concepts and scholarship.

PSCI 340 – Introduction to Comparative Politics
This course familiarizes students with the field of comparative politics, its key concepts, and major theoretical approaches. The bulk of the course is a broad introduction to the major types of political systems in the modern world, including advanced industrial democracies of the West, transitional systems of Communist and post-Communist countries, and economically less-developed nations.

PSCI 350 – Introduction to International Relations
This course examines changes in the nature of the international community from the Treaty of Westphalia to the present, emphasizing the forces that produce cooperation and conflict among nations.

PSCI 390 – Citizen Engagement and Leadership
This course provides a foundation for students to develop their civic participation and leadership skills by learning the basic steps of pursuing reform and working together to address existing political problems.

PSCI 395 – Methods of Political Science Research
This course provides an introduction to the discipline of political science including an examination of the development of political science and the methods and approaches contemporary political scientists use to describe, explain, predict, and evaluate political phenomena.

PSCI 410 – American Political Theory
This course provides an analysis of American political thought from colonial times to the present.

PSCI 426 – Civil Liberties and Civil Rights
This course contributes to the student’s understanding U.S. citizens’ constitutional civil liberties and civil rights.

PSCI 427 – Public Law
This course addresses and evaluates the establishment, justification, and development of U.S. constitutional law.

PSCI 428 – Intergovernmental Politics
This course addresses how the different levels of government (federal, state, and local) interact and accomplish practical goals, and how people participate in our intergovernmental political system.

PSCI 440 – Comparative Political Conflict
This course examines political conflicts worldwide; focusing mainly upon contemporary, but also explores the history and development of conflict and its scientific study.

PSCI 445 – Public Opinion
This course provides an accounting of the role of public opinion in the democratic politics of the United States.

PSCI 450 – Politics and Gender
This course acquaints students with the core concepts, processes, and issues of politics and gender. The first portion of the course explores essential concepts: the actors, how entities make gender policies, and the distribution of political power. The remaining sections of the course examine contemporary and future issues in the politics of gender. This course does not cover current events, although instructors will make some reference to current events when discussing the theories and topics the course covers.

PSCI 455 – Political Behavior
This course examines key aspects of American electoral politics and democracy.

PSCI 456 – Politics and Religion
This course is an introduction to a hotly debated topic in many political systems: the interaction between religion and politics. During the course, the student will examine the attempts by religious groups, movements, and interests to influence politics through agenda setting, lobbying, demonstrations, and electoral activities.

PSCI 460 – Political Parties and Elections
This course provides a comprehensive review of American political parties and elections. Students will examine the historical development and contemporary nature of the major political parties. Exploration of the presidential election system will cover the different phases of the process, influences of money, the media, third parties, and possible reforms.

PSCI 464 – Congress
This course provides an examination of the U.S. Congress. Areas of consideration will include the development of the legislative branch, congressional elections, representation, legislative structures and processes, leadership, and the making of public policy.

PSCI 465 – The Executive
This course provides a review of the executive branch of the United States, including the historical development, primary responsibilities, and decision-making processes of the office as well as contemporary relationships with the public, Congress, and policy making and implementation.

PSCI 470 – Disputes in International Relations
This course examines modern issues in International Relations focusing on nation or state disputes, their origins, and resolution processes, and theoretical methodologies explaining them.

PSCI 489 – Independent Study
This course provides individual instruction. Students may repeat the course when topics vary.

PSCI 490 – Political Science Internship (3 or 6 SCH)
The political science internship course is designed to offer students an opportunity to work in the offices of local, state, or federal governments. Students will learn the kinds of services provided by the offices, expectations the electorate has of their public officials, and activities that occur in these offices. Students will be engaged in meaningful assignments that contribute to their understanding of democratic government. Prerequisite: To qualify for the internship program, a student must have a grade point average of 2.75 or higher, be currently enrolled in a degree program at A&M-Texarkana, and complete the internship application process. The student also needs to have successfully completed PSCI 320, PSCI 331, PSCI 426, PSCI 427, or PSCI 428.