Political Science (POL SCI)

210-220 American Government and Politics (3, 3) A survey of the origins, structure, and functions of the political system in the United States on the national, state, and local levels. 210: Development of American constitutionalism, federalism and intergovernmental relations, parties, interest groups, elections, civil rights, and civil liberties. 220: The executive, legislative, and judicial branches at national, state, and local levels. Domestic policies, budgetary processes, defense and foreign policy issues.

303 Scope and Methods of Political Science (3) An examination of the basic theories, concepts, and methods of modern political analysis and the application of various research techniques. Significant writing and oral presentations required. Open only to political science majors and minors with at least junior standing.

312 Politics and Government of Tennessee (3) An examination of Tennessee government and politics, including the state constitution, the three branches of government, political affairs, political issues, and local government.

314 Intergovernmental Relations (3) An in-depth examination of the historical evolution, growth, and contemporary status of fiscal political and legal relationships between the national, state and local governments. The course emphasizes federal policy and financing of state and local governments within the context of grants-in-aid programs.

321-322 International Relations (3, 3) Principles of theory and practice of international politics. Fundamentals of national power study, diplomacy, foreign policy, as well as the social, cultural, legal, and economic aspects of relations among nations. Discussion on several major current international problems each semester.

333 The President and Congress (3) An examination of the structure, roles, powers and functions of the Presidency and Congress. Review of the interactions between the executive and legislative branches with regard to law making, the budgetary process, policy development and implementation, military and foreign policy and other areas of constitutional responsibility.

341 Comparative European Government and Politics (3) Analyses of government and politics in the major countries of Europe and an introduction to some theoretical topics in comparative politics.

353 Administrative Law (3) A study of the role of government agencies in the legal process. Review of the problems associated with administrative rule-making and the enforcement methods and extent of checking public agencies.

361 Introduction to Public Administration (3) A study of bureaucracy in the United States. Emphasis on the environment of public administration, management of programs, and human behavior in organizations.

362 Introduction to Public Policy (3) A study of the process and substance of contemporary public policies in the nation and states.

363 Financing Public Policy (3) A study of the various approaches used in formulating budgets for local, state, and national governments. Emphasis will be on viewing the budget as reflecting goals of public policy. Course will include a review of some of the unique differences between the governmental budgetary process and that in the private sector.

381 Political Parties and Elections (3) The rise of political parties in America, major stages in their development, their organizational structures, and their impact on the American political process. The evolution of voting rights in America, general rules governing the election process, types of elections, and findings on voting behavior.

382 Public Opinion and Interest Groups (3) A study of the roles that interest groups and public opinion play in American political life. Review of the measurement of public opinion, the importance of various factors in the formulation of opinions, the articulation of public opinion through interest groups, and interest groups’ methods of operations and financing.

390 Paralegal Studies: Jurisprudence (3) An introduction to the history and philosophy of law. Particular emphasis on the development of American law from its European antecedents. Examines major categories of contemporary legal practice. Prereq: Pol Sci 210-220.

391 Paralegal Studies: Legal Terminology and Writing (3) An introduction to the legal language and the style of legal writing commonly used legal terms, writing of law office and trial memoranda, trial court briefs, appellate briefs, and the abstracting of depositions. Prereq: Pol Sci 210-220 or instructor’s approval.

392 Paralegal Studies: Legal Research (3) An introductory overview of the legal research process, both civil and criminal. Introduces students to major legal research sources and seeks to develop their proficiency in utilization of various legal indexing systems. Prereq: Pol Sci 210-220 or instructor’s approval.

393 Paralegal Studies Internship in Paralegalism (3) Purpose is to familiarize the student with various day-to-day aspects of the legal system or a law office by placing the paralegal in a law office or legally-related agency for one semester on a part-time basis. Prereq: Pol Sci 391, 392, and department chair’s approval.

401 (601) Political Theory (3) A review of major political ideas through a systematic study of key philosophers from ancient Greece to the present.

431-432 American Constitutional Law (3, 3) 431: Civil Liberties. Traditional and newly-emerging issues of civil liberties in such areas as free speech, church-state relations, and freedom of the press. 432: Civil Rights. The constitutional rights of certain groups in American society, especially minorities and women.

451 (651) The Judicial Process (3) A study of federal and state court structures and their environments with emphasis on the role that each level of court plays in the American legal system. The staffing of the courts and the process of judicial decision-making.

Political Science Independent Study, Internships, Research, Travel-Study and Topics Courses

400 (600) Independent Study (3) Directed readings and discussions of selected topics in political science. Subject to be selected by student in consultation with instructor. Open only to majors or minors of at least junior standing. Maximum of three credit hours allowed. By permission of Political Science Division only.

410 Political Science Internship (3-9) Designed to offer experience in governmental service under direction of faculty members and field supervisors. Amount of credit granted depends upon nature of projects undertaken. Course may be repeated up to maximum of nine hours under course number Note: Only 6 hours of Political Science 410 may count toward a major; only 12 hours of combined credit in Pol Sci 400, 410 and 467 can count toward a major . Students cannot receive credit in both Pol Sci 410 and Pol Sci 420. Prereq: Pol Sci 210-220 unless waived by departmental chairperson.

420 Public Administration Internship (3-12) To gain experience in governmental service for public administration concentration. Service position may or may not be compensated. Course performance based on an agreement between student and academic advisor which stipulates specific academic and work assignments. Students may elect a pass/fail option. In all cases, grades will be based upon academic evaluation and work evaluation by on-the-job supervisors. Three hours required for Public Administration concentration, additional hours may be taken for elective credit only. Students cannot receive credit in both Pol Sci 410 and Pol Sci 420. Prereq: For public administration concentration only. Normally senior standing and an overall GPA of at least 2.00.

467 (667) Travel-Study [Selected Topics] (1-3) A combination of travel, study, and field observation in a geographic area away from campus under the supervision of a university instructor. May be taught as an organized study-tour or as an independent traveland study project. Topics, prerequisites, and course requirements announced in advance. May be offered on a pass/fail basis. Requires instructor’s approval. Students may repeat course with different topics. Not regularly offered.


480 (680) Topics in U.S. Political Science: [Topic Title] (3) Classes in one or more of the following areas: (a) interdisciplinary approaches to political issues, and (b) specialized topics suitable for indepth study. May be repeated for credit (with different topic). Only six hours of undergraduate topics courses can be counted toward the major or minor. Not regularly offered.


490 (690) Topics in Non U.S. Political Science: [Topic Title] (3) Classes in one or more of the following areas: (a) interdisciplinary approaches to political issues, and (b) specialized topics suitable for indepth study, and (c) comparative or international issues not covered in regular classes. May be repeated for credit (with different topic). Only six hours of undergraduate topics courses can be counted toward the major or minor. Not regularly offered.



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