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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, H.L. Wolman, F. Maltzman, S.K. Sell, B. Dickson, P. Wahlbeck (Chair), S. Binder, M.E. Brown, J.H. Lebovic, C. Glaser, S. Biddle

Associate Professors R.P. Stoker, A. Bowie, M.M. Mochizuki, S.J. Balla, S. Wiley, I. Creppell, M. Lynch, K.J. Morgan, H.E. Hale, H. Farrell, E.D. Lawrence, J.M. Sides, A. Downes, E.J. Teitelbaum

Assistant Professors W.J. Winstead, S. Kelts, G.S. Lambright, R.F. Adcock, E. Saunders, L. Hughes, C. Mylonas, B. Bartels, S. Kaplan, E. Grynaviski, C. Talmadge, C. Arrington, D. Hayes, E. Finkel, R. Stein

Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science—The following requirements must be fulfilled:

1. The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.

2. Prerequisite: PSc 1001, 1002, and 1003 (or the equivalent). Six courses in the social sciences, other than political science, including at least two history or two economics courses. (In addition to the CCAS General Curriculum Requirements list of courses in social and behavioral sciences, courses in history, peace studies, and women’s studies are considered social sciences for this requirement.) Twelve credit hours of introductory foreign language and statistics are strongly recommended.

3. Required courses in the major: 30 credit hours of upper-division political science courses, including a distribution requirement that consists of PSc 2101 and one course selected from each of the following groups: Group A (comparative politics)—PSc courses numbered in the 2300s and 2993; Group B (American government and politics)—PSc courses numbered in the 2200s and 2992; Group C (international politics, law, and organizations)—PSc courses numbered in the 2400s and 2994; Group E (political thought)—PSc courses numbered in the 2100s and 2991.

No more than 3 hours of PSc 2987 Internship may be credited toward the major; this course does not satisfy the distribution requirement. Specific group credit for offerings of PSc 2990 Selected Topics is determined by the undergraduate advisor.

Every major must complete PSc 3192 Proseminar (which counts toward the 30-hour requirement but does not satisfy group distribution requirements) in the junior or senior year. A graduate course may be substituted for the proseminar requirement with the written permission of the instructor and the undergraduate advisor.

Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science (public policy focus)—Requirements are the same as for the B.A. with a major in political science with the required 30 credit hours of upper-division courses in political science distributed as follows: PSc 2101; 9 credit hours in policy-oriented courses to be selected from PSc 2212, 2217, 2222, 2224, 2446; one policy-oriented proseminar; 3 credit hours from each of Groups A, B, C, and E; and 3 credit hours in an upper-division political science elective. The six courses in other social sciences must include Econ 1011-12, 2101, and a course selected from Econ 2135, 2159, 3161, 3162 or Soc 2105, 2112, 2161, 2170; Stat 1053 and a course selected from Stat 1129, 2118, 2123, 2183.

Combined bachelor’s/master’s dual degree programs—Six master’s programs can be undertaken in combination with the Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science. Departmental majors should consult the undergraduate program advisor at the beginning of the junior year (after completing 60 credit hours at GW) for the combined degree programs that lead to the Master of Arts in the field of legal institutions and theory, the Master of Professional Studies in the fields of political management and of legislative affairs, the Master of Public Policy (the M.P.P. is available only to majors in the public policy focus), and the Master of Public Administration. For the combined degree program leading to the Master of Arts in the field of political science, students should consult the undergraduate program advisor as soon as possible in order to select courses appropriately; the program is available only to students who qualify for Special Honors.

Special Honors—Students may apply for graduation with Special Honors. To qualify, a student must fulfill the general requirements stated under University Regulations and have a GPA in the major of 3.5 or higher. Those with a GPA in the major of 3.8 and higher will then be recommended for Special Honors. Those with a GPA in the major between 3.5 and 3.7 must complete an independent research project, usually done in PSc 3192, that has been approved as meriting Special Honors by two members of the Political Science faculty.

Minor in political science—Required: PSc 1001, 1002, and 1003 (or the equivalent) plus 12 credit hours of upper-division political science courses, including PSc 2101 and one course from Group E. A minimum of 9 credit hours of other social science courses is also required.

With permission of the instructor and the undergraduate advisor, a limited number of graduate courses in the department may be taken for credit toward an undergraduate degree. See the Graduate Programs Bulletin for course listings.

Departmental prerequisite: PSc 1001 is prerequisite to Group A courses (comparative politics), PSc 1002 is prerequisite to Group B courses (American government and politics), and PSc 1003 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 1011-12 have fulfilled prerequisites to all three groups. Elliott School students substitute IAff 1005 for PSc 1003 as a prerequisite to Group C courses. Qualified juniors and seniors who are not political science majors and who wish to take upper-division PSc courses without having the appropriate prerequisites may do so only with the written permission of the instructor.

The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.
1001 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3) Sodaro, Dickson, Morgan, Teitelbaum
  Concepts and principles of comparative analysis, with an examination of politics and government in selected countries.
1002 Introduction to American Politics and Government (3) Maltzman, Deering, Sides, Hayes

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

1003 Introduction to International Politics (3) Nau, Sell, Talmadge, Stein
  Analysis of world politics, focusing on the role of nation–states and international organizations and on selected foreign policy issues.
1011-12 Politics and Values (6-6) Kelts
  Role of personal and social values in politics. Fall: Problems in the Western (especially American) tradition of political science. Spring: Thinking outside the Western state: culture, nationalism, ethnic conflict, democratization, international conflict. Admission by special selection process.
2101 Scope and Methods of Political Science (3) Lebovic, Wahlbeck, Wiley, Lawrence, Bartels, Balla
  Nature of political inquiry, approaches to the study of politics and government, empirical methods of research.
2105-6 Major Issues of Western Political Thought (3-3) Creppell, Kelts, Adcock, Winstead
  PSc 2105: foundations of Western political thought—Plato to Aquinas. PSc 2106: history of political thought from the 16th through the late 19th century, as set forth in the works of representative thinkers.
2107 20th-Century Political Thought (3) Creppell, Winstead
  Recent Western political thought; analysis and critique of the legacies of modern political theories and ideologies.
2108 Freedom and Equality (3) Kelts
  Case analysis of major ideas related to freedom and equality in the Western political tradition.
2110 American Political Thought (3) Staff
  Political thought in the U.S. from colonial times to the present as seen through major representative writings.
2120 Freedom in American Thought and Popular Culture (3) Staff
  Same as AmSt 2120.
2211 State and Urban Politics (3) Wolman
  Comparative analysis of context, institutions, processes, and policies of state and urban political systems.
2212 State and Urban Policy Problems (3) Wolman
  Selected issues in state and urban policymaking, with emphasis on urban and metropolitan settings.
2213 Judicial Politics (3) Wahlbeck, Bartels
  An examination of judicial process and behavior. Emphasis on judicial selection, decision making, interaction with the political environment, and impact and implementation of decisions.
2214-15 U.S. Constitutional Law and Politics (3-3) Wahlbeck, Bartels
  PSc 2214: Separation of powers, federal–state relationships, economic regulation. PSc 2215: Political and civil rights.
2216 The American Presidency (3) Maltzman, Lawrence
  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.
2217 Executive Branch Politics (3) Balla
  Basic concepts in public administration; influence of bureaucratic politics on policy formulation and implementation. Same as PPPA 2117.
2218 Legislative Politics (3) Deering, Maltzman, Binder
  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.
2219 Political Parties and Interest Groups (3) Binder
  Role of parties as a linkage between mass preferences and government policies. Organization, nominations, voting, and activities in legislative and executive branches.
2220 Public Opinion (3) Sides, Hayes
How public opinion is measured, how it is shaped, and its consequences for policymaking.
2222 Science, Technology, and Politics (3) Rycroft
  Multiple impacts of scientific and technological developments on the political systems. Discussion of public policies for support, use, and control of science and technology.
2223 Campaigns and Elections (3) Sides, Hayes
  Examination of the various forms of American political participation in electoral and governmental politics and their effects on the political process.
2224 Issues in Domestic Public Policy (3) Stoker, Balla
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.
2225 Women and Politics (3) Morgan
  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.
2228 Media, Politics, and Government (3) Staff
  Same as SMPA 3428.
2229 Media and Politics (3) Sides, Hayes
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.
2330 Comparative Politics of Western Europe (3) Feigenbaum
  Comparative political analysis with primary focus on the principal states of Western Europe.
2331 Comparative Politics of Central and Eastern Europe (3) Wolchik
  Specific countries vary, to include nations of central and Eastern Europe and/or the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union.
2332 European Integration (3) Mylonas
  The history of the European Union, its accomplishments as an international actor, and the vibrant debates over its future.
2334 Global Perspectives on Democracy (3) Brown, Dickson
  International experiences with the historical evolution and current nature of democratic political systems.
2336 State–Society Relations in the Developing World (3) Bowie
  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.
2337 Development Politics (3) Lambright
  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?
2338 Nationalism (3) Mylonas
  Causes and the effects of nationalism, covering cases from around the world.
2366 Government and Politics of Russia (3) Hale, Finkel
  An examination of political institutions, processes, and issues of Russian politics.
2367 Human Rights (3) Staff
Human rights theory, the various movements for human, religious, civil, political, and other rights.
2369 Comparative Politics of South Asia (3) Teitelbaum
  A comparative examination of colonialism, economic development, and identity politics in South Asia.
2370 Comparative Politics of China and Northeast Asia (3) Dickson
  Political institutions and processes of China (including Taiwan), Japan, and Korea since World War II. Influence of indigenous traditions and foreign contacts.
2371 Politics and Foreign Policy of China (3) Shambaugh, Dickson
  An examination of political institutions, processes, history, and issues of Chinese politics and foreign policy.
2373 Comparative Politics of Southeast Asia (3) Bowie
  Political forces, processes, and outcomes, using empirical examples from Southeast Asia.
2374 Politics and Foreign Policy of Japan (3) Mochizuki, Hughes
  An examination of political institutions, processes, and issues of Japanese politics and foreign policy.
2377 Comparative Politics of the Middle East (3) Brown
  Politics of the eastern Arab states, Turkey, Iran, and Israel.
2379 Politics and Foreign Policy of Israel (3) Finkel
  Examination of the institutions, processes, and issues of Israeli politics and foreign policy.
2381 Comparative Politics of Middle and Southern Africa (3) Lambright
  Comparative analysis of political systems in selected countries of non-Mediterranean Africa.
2383 Comparative Politics of Latin America (3) McClintock
  The politics of selected countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Emphasis on democratization.
2439 International Political Economy (3) Sell, Kaplan
  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.
2440 Theories of International Politics (3) Nau, Lebovic, Lynch, Talmadge
  Exploration of alternative theoretical approaches to understanding world politics in its historical and contemporary dimensions.
2442 International Organizations (3) Finnemore
  Development and operations of international organizations working in the areas of collective security, peacekeeping, trade, finance, environment, human rights.
2444 Public International Law (3) Staff
  Survey of essential principles and concepts of public international law through case analysis and with reference to political factors.
2446 U.S. Foreign Policy (3) Saunders, Stein
  Constitutional, political, and international factors that determine the formulation, execution, and substance of U.S. foreign policy.
2449 International Security Politics (3) Glaser, Grynaviski, Biddle
  Overview of international security issues. Insights from a variety of historical periods and theoretical approaches inform the analysis.
2461 European–Atlantic Relations (3) Staff
  International politics of the North Atlantic area, the European Union, and U.S.–European relations.
2468 Post-Soviet Foreign Policy (3) Staff
  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).
2475 International Relations of East Asia (3) Mochizuki, Hughes
  Analysis of the foreign policies of selected East Asian countries and the foreign policies of major powers toward the region.
2476 The Arab–Israeli Conflict (3) Finkel
  Origins, evolution, and issues of the Arab–Israeli conflict.
2478 International Relations of the Middle East (3) Brown, Lynch
  Analysis of the regional and international relations of the Middle East.
2482 African International Politics (3) Lambright
  Analysis of interstate relations in Africa and of selected aspects of African relations with the outside world. Recommended prerequisite: PSc 2381.
2484 International Relations of Latin America (3) McClintock
  Emphasis on U.S. foreign policy toward Latin America.
2987 Internship (1 to 3) Wiley
  Study of political behavior and institutions through internship experience. Open to departmental majors only. Admission requires departmental approval and junior standing.
2990 Selected Topics (3) Staff
2991 Special Topics in Political Thought (3) Staff
2992 Special Topics in American Politics and Government (3) Staff
2993 Special Topics in Comparative Politics (3) Staff
2994 Special Topics in International Relations (3) Staff
3192 Proseminar (3) Staff
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.
4991 Independent Study (1 to 3) Staff
  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.

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