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Political Science, B.A.

About the Program

Political science is the study of government and politics. The major is divided into four areas: American politics, international politics, comparative politics, and political theory. A variety of courses is offered in each of these areas. Minors are offered in public administration, political science, legal studies, and international relations.

Students gain an understanding of government and politics through a combination of theoretical analysis and practical experience; interning in national, state, or local government; or participating in the Washington Program. Students are prepared for an array of career options in the public and private sectors. The department offers special advisement for graduate study, pre-law, and public administration.

The bachelor of arts program enables students to concentrate in international relations or public administration and policy, or to develop a more individualized program under the general political science concentration.

About the Political Science Department

B218 Classroom Building
1300 Elmwood Ave
Buffalo, NY 14222
Phone: (716) 878-6116
Fax: (716) 878-3369
http://politicalscience.buffalostate.edu/

Program Requirements

Intellectual Foundations Requirements 33–39 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Political Science 37 cr

Students will choose one of the following concentrations:

GENERAL POLITICAL SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

A. Required Courses (16 cr)

PSC 101 Introduction to Government and Politics
PSC 102 Introduction to American Government and Politics
PSC 203 Political Analysis
PSC 204 Political Statistics
PSC 399 Research Skills

PSC 470 Senior Seminar
or
PSC 488 Internship

B. Political Science Distribution Requirements (12 cr)

1. American Government and Politics (3 credits)
Must take one of the following courses:
PSC 210 The American Presidency
PSC 215 Urban Government
PSC 218 African American Political Culture
PSC 225 Women in American Politics
PSC 310 American Political Parties
PSC 311 Interest Groups
PSC 312 Legislative Process
PSC 315 State and Local Government and Politics
PSC 316 Urban Ethnic Politics
PSC 317 U.S. Constitutional Law
PSC 320 U.S. Civil Liberties
PSC 326 Politics and Media
PSC 327 Practical Politics
PSC 360 Public Administration
PSC 364 American Public Policy
PSC 410 Political Behavior and Public Opinion
PSC 415 Urban Public Policy
PSC 420 Contemporary Constitutional Issues
PSC/CRJ/SOC 485 Moot Court

2. International Relations (3 cr)
Must take one of the following courses:
PSC 230 International Relations
PSC 302 International Conflict and Peaceful Resolution
PSC 305 Environmental Policy
PSC 308 International Organizations and International Law
PSC 309 International Political Economy
PSC 330 American Foreign Policy
PSC 333 African International Relations
PSC 335 International Relations of the Middle East
PSC 336 Latin America in World Politics
PSC 337 The Politics of Globalization

3. Comparative Government (3 cr)
Must take one of the following courses:
PSC 240 European Political Systems
PSC 340 Politics of Developing Countries
PSC 341 Government, Politics, and Policies of the European Union
PSC 342 Russian Politics
PSC 345/HIS 313 Politics and History of the Middle East

4. Political Theory and Philosophy (3 cr)
Must take one of the following courses:
PSC 250 Introduction to Law
PSC 318 Democracy and Peace: Principles and Practices in the Urban Experience
PSC 351 History of Political Theory I
PSC 352 History of Political Theory II
PSC 355 American Political Thought
PSC 375 Race/Sex/Politics of Myth and Story
PSC 450 Contemporary Political Thought

C. Electives in Political Science (9 cr)
NOTE: Courses not used to fulfill section B may also be used as Political Science electives.
PSC 103 Great Political Issues
PSC 306 Politics of Energy
PSC 319 GLBTQ Politics
PSC 389 Topics in Political Science
PSC 390 Italian American Experience
PSC 495 Special Project
PSC 497 Washington Semester
PSC 499 Independent Study

URBAN CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CONCENTRATION
A. Required Courses (22 cr)
PSC 101 Introduction to Government and Politics
PSC 102 Introduction to American Government and Politics
PSC 203 Political Analysis
PSC 204 Political Statistics
PSC 215 Urban Politics
PSC 313 Civic Engagement
PSC 399 Research Skills (1 cr)

PSC 470 Senior Seminar related to Civic Engagement
OR
PSC 488 Internship related to Civic Engagement

B. Political Science Distribution Requirements (9 cr)
1. American Government and Politics (3 cr)
PSC 364 American Public Policy
PSC 410 Political Behavior and Public Opinion
PSC 415 Urban Public Policy

2. International Relations/Comparative Government (3 cr)
PSC 309 International Political Economy
PSC 337 Politics of Globalization
PSC 340 Politics of the Developing World

3. Political Theory and Philosophy (3 cr)
PSC 318 Democracy and Peace: Principles and Practices in the Urban Experience
PSC 355 American Political Thought
PSC 375 Race, Sex and Politics of Myth and Story

C. Electives: Urban Civic Engagement Concentration (6 cr)
Choose two (2) courses of the following courses:
PSC 305 Environmental Policy
PSC 306 Politics of Energy
PSC 311 Interest Groups
PSC 317 U.S. Constitutional Law
PSC 319 GLBTQ Politics
PSC 320 U.S. Civil Liberties
PSC 325 Politics of Welfare
PSC 326 Politics and Media
PSC 327 Practical Politics
PSC 360 American Public Administration
PSC 420 Contemporary Constitutional Issues
PSC 421 Discrimination and the Constitution
SPF/SOC 366 Cultural Proficiency and Public Achievement
SWK 301 Poverty and Public Policy

PUBLIC LEGAL STUDIES CONCENTRATION

A. Required Courses (16 cr)
PSC 101 Introduction to Government and Politics
PSC 102 Introduction to American Government and Politics
PSC 203 Political Analysis
PSC 204 Political Statistics
PSC 250 Introduction to Law
PSC 317 U.S. Constitutional Law
PSC 320 U.S. Civil Liberties
PSC 399 Research Skills

PSC 470 Senior Seminar related to Public Legal Studies
OR
PSC 488 Internship related to Legal Studies

B. Political Science Distribution Requirements (12 cr)
1. American Government and Politics (6 cr)
Must take two of the following courses:
PSC 312 Legislative Process
PSC 321 Civil Procedure
PSC 420 Contemporary Constitutional Issues
PSC 421 Discrimination and the Constitution
PSC 485 Moot Court

2. International Relations/Comparative Government (3 cr)
Must take one of the following courses:
PSC 308 International Organizations and International Law
PSC 309 International Political Economy

3. Political Theory and Philosophy (3 cr)
Must take one of the following courses:
PSC 351 History of Political Thought I
PSC 355 American Political Thought
PSC 450 Contemporary Political Thought

All College Electives 44-50 cr
Total Required Credit Hours 120 cr

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