Political Science Course Descriptions

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Number sequencing next to course name means the following: first digit designates the number of lecture hours for the course; the second digit designates the number of lab, clinic or practicum hours; and the third digit designates the credit hours for the course.

PS 110 American Government 3-0-3
This course is an introduction to the basic structures of the political process in the United States. It combines attention to political activity at both the national (Federal) and the State and local levels. The topics covered include analyses of the Federal and States' Constitutions, the American political economy, State/Federal relationships, inter-branch matters between the Executive, Legislature and Judiciary branches, the elective process, activities of the public and interest groups, and the governments' handling of the public purse.

PS 210 State and Local Government 3-0-3
A survey of state and local government concentrating on their origins and development in the United States. The course includes the forms of government; executive, legislative and judicial organization and procedures; distribution of power between the levels of government; and the problems of metropolitan government.

PS 220 Public Administration 3-0-3
This course discusses the growth of the public sector and the methods by which this sector can be managed. Topics include public management techniques, effective decision-making, civil service, budgeting, public organizations, and the politics of public sector administration.

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