Minors

Political Science

Political Science Minor

Political Science and International Relations 

The minor in Political Science requires 18 semester hours.

Required Courses (6 hours)

 

  • PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics

    3 credit hours

    Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

  • PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

Electives (12 hours)

 

Public Policy and Management 

Public Administration Minor

Political Science and International Relations 

The minor in Public Administration requires 18 semester hours.

Required Courses (6 hours)

 

  • PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics

    3 credit hours

    Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

  • PS 3250 - Public Management  3 credit hours  

    PS 3250 - Public Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals of public management--organization theory, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

Electives (12 hours)

 

  • PS 2020 - State and Local Government

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Politics and administration at the state and local level. Legislative, judicial, and administrative structures and processes; major issues and problems.

  • PS 3160 - American Public Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Examines the public policy-making process in the United States, the stages of policy development and the problems inherent in policymaking. At least one substantive policy area examined in depth; examples: health care, environmental, welfare, agricultural, poverty, or budgetary policies.

  • PS 3400 - Municipal Policy and Politics

    3 credit hours

    Powers, functions, and politics of municipal governments from the standpoint of city management. Attention is given to problems related to the execution of municipal policy. Offered infrequently.

  • PS 3440 - Public Budgeting  3 credit hours  

    PS 3440 - Public Budgeting

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of the legal and social nature of government budgets emphasizing the procedures and administrative methods of fiscal control. Budget documents at state and local levels. Offered infrequently.

  • PS 4120 - Tennessee Government

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Structure, functions, and processes of Tennessee's governmental and political institutions. Policy issues studied.

  • PS 4290 - Public Service Internship  1 to 12 credit hours  
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    PS 4290 - Public Service Internship

    1 to 12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and 2.50 minimum GPA. Student assigned to a public service agency as an employee under the joint administration of the agency and the department. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of credit, but only six hours of internship credit may count toward a Political Science major or minor. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance.

  • PS 4590 - Administrative Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 4590 - Administrative Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 3250, or permission of instructor. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

  • PS 4630 - Public Human Resources Management

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 3250 or permission of instructor. Human resources administration in government agencies. Patterns of position classification, compensation, recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, promotion, discipline, separation, collective bargaining.

Paralegal Studies

Paralegal Studies Minor

Department of Political Science and International Relations
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The Paralegal Studies minor is designed for those who do not plan to attend law school but who would like to work as legal assistants in law offices, governmental agencies, or other law-related organizations. Such assistants typically do legal research and handle routine legal matters under the supervision of attorneys. The minor requires a total of 30 hours, but where appropriate, students are permitted to double count classes in their major and minor. There is no limit on the number of hours a student may take in a single discipline. Students interested in this minor should contact an advisor in the Department of Political Science and International Relations as early in their careers at MTSU as possible.

Interdisciplinary Minors

Interdisciplinary minors require the student to complete a minimum of 15 to 21 hours from a list of specific courses. Unless otherwise noted, a student may take no more than 6 hours of courses from a single department until he or she surpasses the required minimum number of hours necessary for completing the minor. Exceptions to this rule may be found within the discussions of several of the minors. In most cases, a student is also limited to just 3 hours of credit toward the minor in the same department or discipline in which he or she is taking a major. Except for the Paralegal Studies minor, no course may be counted both for major and minor credit. Students must fulfill all departmental prerequisites for any course within an interdisciplinary minor. In some cases, advisors may approve course substitutions within these program requirements.

Required Courses (15 hours)

 

  • PLEG 3010 - Litigation  3 credit hours  

    PLEG 3010 - Litigation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 2440. Legal procedures required for introducing and pursuing cases in the judicial system.

  • PLEG 3410 - Family Law  3 credit hours  

    PLEG 3410 - Family Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 2440. The law of marriage, divorce, child custody and support, adoption, paternity, and related issues.

  • PLEG 3420 - Torts  3 credit hours  

    PLEG 3420 - Torts

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 2440. The law of injury to legally protected interests in personal safety, liberty, and property.

  • PS 2440 - Law and the Legal System

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A general introduction to American law and the American legal system; focus on the case system.

  • PS 3530 - Legal Writing and Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A specialized composition course for the student planning to attend law school or paralegal school or to become a legal secretary. Practice in legal research, documentation, and a variety of legal problems.

Electives (6 hours)

 

  • PLEG 4010 - Internship  3 credit hours  

    PLEG 4010 - Internship

    3 credit hours

    Supervised work in a law office or agency as a paralegal assistant.

  • PS 4590 - Administrative Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 4590 - Administrative Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 3250, or permission of instructor. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

  • BLAW 3400 - Legal Environment of Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and potential liabilities of business persons. Presentation of the dynamic nature of law in responding to the changing social, ethical, political, regulatory, and international environment. Includes the development and nature of the legal system; business crimes; the law of torts and product liability; constitutional limitations on regulatory powers; legislative, judicial, and administrative control of business activity through the laws of business organizations, securities regulations, antitrust laws, employment laws, labor and safety laws, and consumer protection.

  • BLAW 3430 - Commercial Law  3 credit hours  

    BLAW 3430 - Commercial Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. Legal rights and potential liabilities of business persons. Includes basic law of contracts; UCC; sales; commercial paper; secured transactions and credit; bankruptcy; personal property and bailments; real property; and wills, trusts, and estates.

  • BLAW 3460 - Insurance Law  3 credit hours  

    BLAW 3460 - Insurance Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Risks covered by the insurance contract, their selection and control; making, constructing, and enforcing the contract; negotiation and settlement of claims; misconduct of agents. Government regulation of the insurance industry. Emphasis on current principles, policies, procedures, and practices in insurance.

  • BLAW 4470 - Real Property Law for Commerce and Agriculture

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AGBS 3140 and FIN 4470.) Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and limitations of ownership of property, estates, titles, methods of transferring titles, abstract of titles, mortgages, leases, easements, restrictions on the use of property, real estate development, application of contract law to real property, and the role of real estate in the administration of estates. Emphasis on specific application to agricultural businesses and farms.

  • BLAW 4490 - Industrial Relations Legislation

    3 credit hours

    (Same as MGMT 4490 and ECON 4490.) Prerequisite: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Economic background and effects of government regulation of labor relations; emphasis on a detailed examination of the National Labor Relations Act as amended or expanded by the Labor Management Relations Act, the Labor Management Reporting and Disclosures Act, and Title 7 of the Civil Rights Act.

  • BLAW 4500 - Employment Discrimination Law

    3 credit hours

    (Same as MGMT 4500.) Prerequisites: Junior standing; admission into the College of Business. A detailed examination of the legal rights and responsibilities of employers and employees with respect to fair employment practices; emphasis on significant statutes, administrative regulations, and judicial decisions forming the body of antidiscrimination law.

  • RIM 3700 - Entertainment Intellectual Property I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others RIM 3600. Introduction to the law of copyright, as well as the basic law of contracts, within a lecture setting combined with the interactivity of student in-class argument of appellate opinions rendered in both the areas of U.S. Copyright law and Contract law. Focuses solely on high-level intellectual property disputes related to the entertainment industry, whether regarding argument as to the rightful copyright ownership of parties within the entertainment industry, or as to a contract dispute, e.g. the breach of an entertainment agreement involving artistic content such as a recording or publishing agreement.

  • CJA 2400 - The Judicial Process

    3 credit hours

    (Same as FSCJ 2400.) The structure and function of the judicial system; the major problems and needs of the judicial segment of the criminal justice system; major emphasis on the basic concepts of criminal law and administration.

  • CJA 3250 - Criminal Law  3 credit hours  

    CJA 3250 - Criminal Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CJA 1100. Theories and principles of the body of substantive criminal law. Covers the elements of the range of criminal law offenses.

Collateral Requirements (9 hours)

 

  • BCED 2330 - Word Processing Concepts

    3 credit hours

    Familiarization with word processing equipment, implications, and applications in business operations.

  • PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics

    3 credit hours

    Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

International Relations

International Relations Minor

Political Science and International Relations  

The minor in International Relations requires 18 hours.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics

    3 credit hours

    Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

  • PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

  • PS 3210 - International Relations

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The state system and national power, balance of power, balance of terror, game theory, psychological aspects of international conflict, decision making, diplomacy and negotiation, war, disarmament, and collective security.

Elective Courses (9 hours)

  • PS 3220 - Comparative Politics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Seminar covering the theoretical literature, methodological debates, and current issues in the field of comparative politics. Offers preparation for upper-division courses in comparative politics.

  • PS 3500 - International Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 3500 - International Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights will be studied.

  • PS 3510 - International Political Economy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1010  or permission of instructor. The relation between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, ecology, and social welfare.

  • PS 3780 - Study Abroad  3 to 6 credit hours  

    PS 3780 - Study Abroad

    3 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Supervised study in a foreign country; familiarizes students with foreign cultures and political systems. Three to six hour classes may be repeated once if country of destination varies. No more than 6 hours may count toward a political science major. Pass/Fail.

  • PS 3910 - International Organization

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Development and prospects of the United Nations Organization and its major approaches to peace--pacific settlement, collective security, international law, arms control, trusteeship, preventive diplomacy, international conferences, functionalism. Offered infrequently.

  • PS 4180 - Contemporary African Politics

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 3180 and AST 4180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change; trends, issues and common themes in African politics. The ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, development efforts, and the challenges of state and nation-building.

  • PS 4190 - Contemporary Middle East Politics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of political institutions, political processes, political dynamics, and behavior in the Middle East and North Africa. Emphasizes historical, socio-cultural, and ideological forces that have shaped politics in the region, including Zionism, Islamism, Arab nationalsim, colonialism, and the Palestinian Conflict.

  • PS 4200 - Directed Studies  3 credit hours  

    PS 4200 - Directed Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Independent readings in a particular area under the supervision of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.

  • PS 4210 - International Conflict: Causes, Consequences, and Responses

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the causes of interstate war, intrastate war, and transnational terrorism as well as the social consequences of and policy responses to international conflict.

  • PS 4220 - World Politics  3 credit hours  

    PS 4220 - World Politics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Experiencing contemporary international politics through the medium of simulation. Particular focus areas include the U.S., F.S.U., People's Republic of China, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southern Africa.

  • PS 4240 - American Foreign Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Foreign policies in the nuclear age from Kennan and Containment to the present with particular emphasis on contemporary problems and policies.

  • PS 4260 - The Political Status of Women in the World

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or WGST 2100 or permission of instructor. Comparative examination of the political, economic, and social status of women in the United States and abroad. Particular emphasis on women in developing countries, the relationship between economic and political power, and the impact of both conflict and globalization on the status of women.

  • PS 4300 - Comparative European Government

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of England, France, Germany, the European community, and others.

  • PS 4310 - Comparative Asian Government

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of China, Japan, India, and other governments in the region.

  • PS 4770 - Russian Politics  3 credit hours  

    PS 4770 - Russian Politics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The formation and evolution of the Russian state from the pre-Communist to the Soviet (Communist) and post-Soviet stages of its development. Special attention given to the historical origins and the role of authoritarianism in the Russian political culture and to the ideological foundations, formation, evolution, and the reasons for decline of the Communist system.

  • PS 4900 - Latin American Politics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on the comparative analysis of structures, functions, and aspects of Latin American political cultures and systems.

  • PS 4920 - Modern Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010, PS 1005, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Western political theory from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

Political and Civic Engagement

Political and Civic Engagement Minor

Political Science and International Relations 

Open to students from any major, this 18-credit-hour minor provides students an active experiential program focused on effective and sustained community engagement. Students design a program that mixes experiences in the following areas: skills/practicum, internships/study abroad, and community-based research practicum.

Note: None of these courses can also be counted to meet the requirements for the major in Political Science.

Required Courses (6 hours)

Take two of the following:

  • PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics  3 credit hours  
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    PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics

    3 credit hours

    Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

  • PS 3270 - NGOs and Non-Profits

    3 credit hours

    Key topics and issues surrounding the political environment and competing pressures that international non-governmental organizations and domestic non-profits confront. Formal readings paired with discussions from practitioners in the field and hands-on professional exercises.

  • PS 3340 - Political Campaign Management.

    3 credit hours

    An analysis of applied politics; how to plan and manage a modern political campaign. Readings, discussions, and hands-on projects; students will learn the strategies, tactics, and varied techniques of political campaigning.

  • PS 3550 - Democratic Participation and Civic Advocacy

    3 credit hours

    Focus on theories of democratic participation, the role and impact of participation in a democracy, and practical approaches to building and working through organizations advocating for candidates or particular policies or working with the government in crafting and implementing public policies.  

Electives (12 hours)

Choose 12 hours from the following courses. Please note that most courses may be repeated for credit. Also, several 3 hour internships with different experiences are more valuable than one or two 6 hour internships--discuss this with the department internship coordinator.

NOTE: A maximum of 6 hours for any one of these internships may be counted toward the minor (if the internship is for 9 or 12 hours, it may be possible to apply the additional hours to your major-discuss  this with your faculty advisor).

  • PS 3780 - Study Abroad  3 to 6 credit hours  

    PS 3780 - Study Abroad

    3 to 6 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Supervised study in a foreign country; familiarizes students with foreign cultures and political systems. Three to six hour classes may be repeated once if country of destination varies. No more than 6 hours may count toward a political science major. Pass/Fail.

  • PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship  3 credit hours  

    PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing, competitive selection, PS 2440, or by permission of instructor. Familiarizes pre-law students with general law office procedures and an active law environment.

  • PS 4270 - Political Campaign, NGO, and Interest Group Internship

    1 to 12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, PS 1005, and a 2.50 minimum GPA. Students work for a political campaign, a non-profit or NGO, or an interest group as a volunteer under the joint administration of the organization and the department. Only six hours may count toward a political science major and three hours toward a political science minor. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance.

  • PS 4280 - The Washington Experience

    12 credit hours

    A cooperative program with the Washington Center that provides for student service with a governmental office in Washington, D.C., on a full-time basis during the fall or spring semester. On-the-job training will be supplemented with lectures and other activities. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours count toward a Political Science major or minor.

  • PS 4290 - Public Service Internship  1 to 12 credit hours  

    PS 4290 - Public Service Internship

    1 to 12 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Junior standing and 2.50 minimum GPA. Student assigned to a public service agency as an employee under the joint administration of the agency and the department. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of credit, but only six hours of internship credit may count toward a Political Science major or minor. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance.

  • PS 4360 - Legislative Internship  3 to 12 credit hours  

    PS 4360 - Legislative Internship

    3 to 12 credit hours

    A cooperative program with the State of Tennessee that provides for student service with the legislature on a full-time basis during the spring semester. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours may count toward a Political Science major or minor.

  • PS 4950 - Community-Based Research Practicum

    1 to 6 credit hours

    Supervised planning and carrying out applied social research project defined in partnership with a local civic group, nonprofit agency, or public department. Students may work individually or in groups or up to six. A final report is presented to the community partner at the end of the course. Projects must be approved prior to enrollment by the department's student research committee.  

  • EXL 2030 - Civic Engagement Practicum

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Opportunity to take part in civic engagement projects with community partners. Pass/Fail. May be repeated for a total of two credits.)

  • EXL 3020 - Leadership Studies Practicum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Opportunity to enhance personal leadership development and understanding through campus- or community-based projects. Pass/Fail. (May be repeated for a total of up to six credits.)

  • EXL 3030 - Civic Engagement Practicum

    1 to 3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. Opportunity to take part in civic engagement projects with community partners. Pass/Fail. (May be repeated for a total of up to six credits.)

  • EXL 4000 - Experiential Learning Seminar

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisites: Senior standing, EXL Scholars Program participant. Culminating experience for students in the EXL Scholars Program. Students will develop an e-portfolio of experiential and service-learning experiences and will participate in discussions of their EXL experiences.

  • PS 2100 - Legal Courtroom Procedure

    1 credit hour

    For students interested in developing trial advocacy skills; practical course offering preparation for mock trial competition. May be repeated for up to four hours credit. Pass/Fail.

  • PS 2110 - Moot Court  1 credit hour  

    PS 2110 - Moot Court

    1 credit hour

    Students conduct research of legal controversies, prepare briefs, and argue cases before a mock judicial panel. May be repeated for up to four hours credit. Pass/Fail.

  • PS 2120 - Mediation Procedure

    1 credit hour

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of department chair. For students interested in developing skills as mediators and advocates in mediation settings. Practical application of theories, methods, and ethical components of mediation. Participation in intercollegiate mediation competition. May be repeated for up to four hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

  • PS 2130 - Model United Nations and Crisis Simulation

    1 credit hour

    For students interested in developing skills in negotiation and conflict resolution involving international issues. A practical application of negotiating skills, policy process, and understanding of international conflicts and problems through participation in intercollegiate MUN/crisis simulation competition. Course may be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

Pre-Law

Political Science Pre-Law Minor

Political Science and International Relations 

The Political Science Pre-Law minor requires 21 hours and provides students with basic content knowledge and skills that are important for success in law school.

Required Courses (15 hours)

  • PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics

    3 credit hours

    Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

  • PS 2440 - Law and the Legal System

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A general introduction to American law and the American legal system; focus on the case system.

  • PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law I: Government Powers

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of theories of judicial decision making as well as the establishment of judicial review itself, followed by case studies of major Supreme Court decisions in federalism. Issues covered include commerce, contracts, police, and war powers as well as restrictions placed on state governments after the ratification of the Civil War Amendments. Offered fall only.

  • PS 3380 - American Constitutional Law II: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 3370 or permission of instructor. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Focuses on case studies of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil liberties. Issues covered include racial and gender discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, as well as rights of the criminally accused and the right to privacy. Offered spring only.

  • PS 3530 - Legal Writing and Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A specialized composition course for the student planning to attend law school or paralegal school or to become a legal secretary. Practice in legal research, documentation, and a variety of legal problems.

Electives (6 hours)

  • BLAW 3400 - Legal Environment of Business

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing. Legal rights and potential liabilities of business persons. Presentation of the dynamic nature of law in responding to the changing social, ethical, political, regulatory, and international environment. Includes the development and nature of the legal system; business crimes; the law of torts and product liability; constitutional limitations on regulatory powers; legislative, judicial, and administrative control of business activity through the laws of business organizations, securities regulations, antitrust laws, employment laws, labor and safety laws, and consumer protection.

  • BLAW 3460 - Insurance Law  3 credit hours  

    BLAW 3460 - Insurance Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Junior standing and admission into the College of Business. Risks covered by the insurance contract, their selection and control; making, constructing, and enforcing the contract; negotiation and settlement of claims; misconduct of agents. Government regulation of the insurance industry. Emphasis on current principles, policies, procedures, and practices in insurance.

  • CJA 3250 - Criminal Law  3 credit hours  

    CJA 3250 - Criminal Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: CJA 1100. Theories and principles of the body of substantive criminal law. Covers the elements of the range of criminal law offenses.

  • PLEG 3010 - Litigation  3 credit hours  

    PLEG 3010 - Litigation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 2440. Legal procedures required for introducing and pursuing cases in the judicial system.

  • PLEG 3410 - Family Law  3 credit hours  

    PLEG 3410 - Family Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 2440. The law of marriage, divorce, child custody and support, adoption, paternity, and related issues.

  • PLEG 3420 - Torts  3 credit hours  

    PLEG 3420 - Torts

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1005 and PS 2440. The law of injury to legally protected interests in personal safety, liberty, and property.

  • PS 3010 - Women and the Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 3010 - Women and the Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of the legal treatment of women in the home, school, and workplace. Examines development of law, relationship of law to political movements, and current state of law and legal theory on women's rights and gender equality.

  • PS 3170 - Civil Rights Policy and Politics

    3 credit hours

    Assesses the institutional impact--past and present--of the civil rights movement on American political institutions (the presidency, Congress, the courts, the executive cabinets, the administrative regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights). Events and topics include the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, voter dilution, felony disenfranchisement and sentencing disparities, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, disability rights, gender discrimination, and majority-minority congressional districts.

  • PS 4590 - Administrative Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 4590 - Administrative Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 3250, or permission of instructor. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

  • PS 4700 - American Political Thought

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, PHIL 1030, or permission of instructor. Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

  • PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship  3 credit hours  

    PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing, competitive selection, PS 2440, or by permission of instructor. Familiarizes pre-law students with general law office procedures and an active law environment.

  • PS 3490 - Alternative Dispute Resolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the department chair. Theory, methods, and ethical components of alternative dispute resolution (ADR); emphasis on various forms of mediation, but including other ADR formats such as arbitration, negotiation, and summary jury trial.

  • PS 3500 - International Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 3500 - International Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights will be studied.

  • RIM 3700 - Entertainment Intellectual Property I

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: RI majors - admission to candidacy; others RIM 3600. Introduction to the law of copyright, as well as the basic law of contracts, within a lecture setting combined with the interactivity of student in-class argument of appellate opinions rendered in both the areas of U.S. Copyright law and Contract law. Focuses solely on high-level intellectual property disputes related to the entertainment industry, whether regarding argument as to the rightful copyright ownership of parties within the entertainment industry, or as to a contract dispute, e.g. the breach of an entertainment agreement involving artistic content such as a recording or publishing agreement.

  • RS 4130 - Religion and Law  3 credit hours  

    RS 4130 - Religion and Law

    3 credit hours

    Explores the complex and contested relationship between religion and the law by examining how debates over the proper relationship of religion and government as well as the limits of religious freedom have developed and changed over time.

Notes:

  • It is recommended that students take PS 1005 as one of their General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirements.
  • Students may takePS 2100, PS 2110, and PS 2120 as one 3 credit-hour elective. These are repeatable courses, and any combination that adds to 3 credit hours will count.
  • Students may petition their academic advisors to substitute unlisted courses

Political and Social Thought

Political and Social Thought Minor

Political Science and International Relations

The Political and Social Thought minor requires 18 hours and is designed for students who are interested in supplementing the political science, international relations, or other major with courses that are more theoretical and that emphasize critical thinking, analytical, and writing skills.

Required Courses (9 hours)

  • PS 1015 - Introduction to Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Study and analysis of significant political thinkers and political ideas. Covers the three historical periods of political thought: Ancient, Medieval, and Modern. Representative thinkers and ideas from each period used to illustrate important insights differentiated in a variety of historical circumstances. Among the major theorists covered are Plato, Aristotle, Buddha, Cicero, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Rousseau, Burke, Mill, Marx, Voegelin, and Rawls.

 

Choose two:

  • PS 4230 - Classical Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030. Western political theory from the ancient Greeks through the medieval Christians. Includes Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, stoicism, skepticism, Lucretius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More.

  • PS 4700 - American Political Thought

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, PHIL 1030, or permission of instructor. Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

  • PS 4920 - Modern Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010, PS 1005, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Western political theory from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

  • PS 4930 - Introduction to Contemporary Political Philosophy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Aims to foster critical thinking about contemporary political philosophy by introducing students to four main approaches: Aristotelianism, Utilitarianism, Contractarian Liberalism, and Marxism. Familiarizes students with certain philosophical arguments about important issues in both national and global politics such as multiculturism, justice, democracy, and freedom.

Electives (9 hours)

  • HIST 4740 - American Cultural and Intellectual History

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. Explores the major issues in American cultural and intellectual history through an examination of American literature, philosophy, social sciences, fine arts, and popular culture.

  • HIST 4750 - African American Social and Intellectual History

    3 credit hours

    (Same as AAS 4750 and AST 4750.) Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. The changing ideology of race and the socioeconomic status of African Americans in the American experience; contributions to the culture and institutions of the United States.

  • HIST 4650 - Religious Experience in America

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Six hours of HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 2030. Explores the nature of religion as experienced in American history focusing on the questions "How has religion affected America?" and "How has America affected religion?" Emphasis on the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and on the contact of and exchanges among traditions such as Protestant/Catholic Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Eastern religions, and Animism.

  • PHIL 3150 - Ethics  3 credit hours  

    PHIL 3150 - Ethics

    3 credit hours

    Examines major ethical theories, the moral nature of human beings, and the meaning of good and right and applies ethical theories to resolving moral problems in personal and professional lives.  

  • PHIL 3160 - Philosophy of Happiness

    3 credit hours

    Examines the concept of human happiness and its application in everyday living as discussed since antiquity by philosophers, psychologists, writers, spiritual leaders, and contributors to popular culture.

  • PHIL 3200 - Asian Thought  3 credit hours  

    PHIL 3200 - Asian Thought

    3 credit hours

    The origins, development, essence, and implications of leading philosophical-religious traditions originating in Asia.

  • PHIL 3340 - Environmental Ethics

    3 credit hours

    Examines the relation of humans to the rest of nature, clarifying the relevant ethical issues and exploring from various perspectives their application to present and future ecological concerns.

  • PHIL 3500 - Philosophy, Race, and Society

    3 credit hours

    Examines sociopolitical and existential concerns of African Americans, especially in respect to issues of justice, equality, and the very meaning of life in a world of anti-black racism, against the backdrop of "enlightenment" philosophical discourse on race and personhood.

  • PHIL 3690 - Social Philosophy

    3 credit hours

    The main problems of social philosophy are surveyed: the distinctive nature of social reality and the nature of social knowledge and how they relate to value theory.

  • PHIL 4450 - Marx and Marxism  3 credit hours  

    PHIL 4450 - Marx and Marxism

    3 credit hours

    An examination of the development of Marxist philosophy up to and including the present.

  • PS 3010 - Women and the Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 3010 - Women and the Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of the legal treatment of women in the home, school, and workplace. Examines development of law, relationship of law to political movements, and current state of law and legal theory on women's rights and gender equality.

  • PS 3100 - Politics and Film  3 credit hours  

    PS 3100 - Politics and Film

    3 credit hours

    Analysis of political ideas as expressed in motion pictures. Topics include leadership, political biographies, campaigns and elections, ideology, and war.

  • PS 3110 - Politics and Literature

    3 credit hours

    A study and analysis of the intersection of politics and literature. Uses imaginative fiction to analyze central aspects of political theory, (e.g., human nature, community, power, constitutionalism, justice, equality, liberty).

  • PS 3170 - Civil Rights Policy and Politics

    3 credit hours

    Assesses the institutional impact--past and present--of the civil rights movement on American political institutions (the presidency, Congress, the courts, the executive cabinets, the administrative regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights). Events and topics include the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, voter dilution, felony disenfranchisement and sentencing disparities, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, disability rights, gender discrimination, and majority-minority congressional districts.

  • PS 3425 - African American Political Thought

    3 credit hours

    Survey of a variety of primarily black thinkers who examine important topics related to race, equality, slavery, black nationalism, integration, affirmative action, and racial harmony. Thinkers include Frederick Douglass, Booker T. Washington, William Du Bois, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and President Obama.

  • PS 4870 - Advanced Studies in Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: PS 1005, PS 1010, and either PS 4230, PS 4700, or PS 4920. Advanced study in the area of political theory. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

  • RS 4030 - Contemporary Issues in Indigenous Religions

    3 credit hours

    Examines and analyzes contemporary issues in the religious lives of Native American, First Nations, Aboriginal, and other indigenous groups from a religious studies perspective.

  • RS 4120 - Cults and New Religious Movements

    3 credit hours

    Investigates how new religious movements emerge, develop, and interact with American society and surveys "cult controversies" in the United States, asking why some new religious movements gain cultural legitimacy while others do not.

  • RS 4130 - Religion and Law  3 credit hours  

    RS 4130 - Religion and Law

    3 credit hours

    Explores the complex and contested relationship between religion and the law by examining how debates over the proper relationship of religion and government as well as the limits of religious freedom have developed and changed over time.

  • WGST 4500 - Feminist Theory  3 credit hours  

    WGST 4500 - Feminist Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: WGST 2100 and junior standing or permission of instructor. Major voices, texts, and ideas in the field of feminist theory from the early seventeenth century through the present within the contexts of a variety of critical discourses and emergent critical fields. Intended as a capstone for the minor. Required for all Women's and Gender Studies minors.