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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 39–66 cr

Total Required Credit Hours in Political Science 37 cr
(19 of the 37 credit hours must be in 300- or 400-level courses)

A. Required Courses (16 cr)
PSC 101 Introduction to Government and Politics (3 cr)
PSC 102 Introduction to American Government and Politics (3 cr)
PSC 203 Political Analysis (3 cr)
PSC 204 Political Statistics (3 cr)
PSC 399 Research Skills (1 cr)
PSC 470 Senior Seminar (3 cr) OR
PSC 488 Internship (3 cr)

Students will choose one of the following concentrations:

GENERAL POLITICAL SCIENCE CONCENTRATION

B. Political Science Distribution Requirements

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 credits)
Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 230 International Relations
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 credits)
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
PSC 368 Comparative Public Administration
PSC 370 Canadian Public Administration

4. Political Theory and Philosophy (3 credits)
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 389 Topics in Political Science
PSC 390 Italian American Experience
PSC 495 Special Project
PSC 497 Washington Semester
PSC 499 Independent Study

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CONCENTRATION

B. Political Science Distribution Requirements (9 cr)

1. American Government and Politics (3 cr)

PSC 210 The American Presidency

2. International Relations (3 cr)

PSC 230 International Relations

3. Political Theory and Philosophy (3 cr)

PSC 352 History of Political Thought II

C. Electives - International Relations (12 cr)

Choose two (2) courses from International Relations and two (2) from Comparative Government:

International Relations (6 cr)

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

Comparative Government (6 cr)
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
PSC 368 Comparative Public Administration
PSC 370 Canadian Public Administration

PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND POLICY CONCENTRATION

B. Political Science Distribution Requirements (12 cr)

1. American Government and Politics (3 cr)
PSC 360 Public Administration

2. International Relations (3 cr)
Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 305 Environmental Policy
PSC 308 International Organizations and International Law
PSC 330 American Foreign Policy

3. Comparative Government (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 368 Comparative Public Administration
PSC 370 Canadian Public Administration

4. Political Theory and Philosophy (3 cr)

Must take one of the following courses:

PSC 250 Introduction to Law
PSC 318 Democracy & Peace: Principles and Practices in the Urban Experience

C. Electives - Public Administration and Policy (9 cr)

PSC 215 Urban Government
PSC 315 State & Local Government and Politics
PSC 364 American Public Policy
PSC 415 Urban Public Policy

NOTE: IR/Comp/Theory courses NOT used to fulfill Section B may also be used as electives.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENT:
Out of 37 political science credits, 19 credits must be in the upper division.

All College Electives (17–44 cr)

Total Required Credit Hours (120 cr)

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