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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 credit hours 33-39

Political Science Major Requirements (37 credit hours)
Students will select one of the following concentrations: 37
General Political Science Concentration
Urban Civic Engagement Concentration
Public Legal Studies Concentration

All College Electives
44-50 credit hours 44-50
Total Credit Hours 120

General Political Science Concentration
Required Courses (16 credit hours)
PSC 101 INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS 3
PSC 102 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS 3
PSC 203 POLITICAL ANALYSIS 3
PSC 204 POLITICAL STATISTICS 3
PSC 399 RESEARCH SKILLS 3
PSC 470 SENIOR SEMINAR 3
or PSC 488 INTERNSHIP

Political Science Distribution Requirements (12 credit hours)
American Government and Politics (3 credit hours)
Select one of the following: 3
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 313 CIVIC ENGAGEMENT
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 321 CIVIL PROCEDURE
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 421 DISCRIMINATION AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
PSC 485 MOCK TRIAL

International Relations (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
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 POLITICS OF GLOBALIZATION

Comparative Government (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
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

Political Theory and Philosophy (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
PSC 250 INTRODUCTION TO LAW
PSC 318 DEMOCRACY AND PEACE: PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES IN THE URBAN EXPERIENCE
PSC 351 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT I
PSC 352 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT II
PSC 355 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 375 RACE, SEX, AND POLITICS OF MYTH AND STORY
PSC 450 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT

General Electives in Political Science (9 credit hours)
Courses NOT used to fulfill Political Distribution Requirements may also be used as Political Science electives. 9
PSC 103 GREAT POLITICAL ISSUES
PSC 306 POLITICS OF ENERGY
PSC 319 GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUESTIONING POLITICS
PSC 389 TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
PSC 495 SPECIAL PROJECT (1-3)
PSC 497 WASHINGTON SEMESTER (1-16)
PSC 499 INDEPENDENT STUDY (3-12)

Total Credit Hours 39

Urban Civic Engagement Concentration
Required Courses (22 credit hours)
PSC 101 INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS 3
PSC 102 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS 3
PSC 203 POLITICAL ANALYSIS 3
PSC 204 POLITICAL STATISTICS 3
PSC 215 URBAN GOVERNMENT 3
PSC 313 CIVIC ENGAGEMENT 3
PSC 399 RESEARCH SKILLS 3
PSC 470 SENIOR SEMINAR 3
or PSC 488 INTERNSHIP

Political Science Distribution Requirements (9 credit hours)
American Government and Politics (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
PSC 364 AMERICAN PUBLIC POLICY
PSC 410 POLITICAL BEHAVIOR AND PUBLIC OPINION
PSC 415 URBAN PUBLIC POLICY

International Relations/Comparative Government (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
PSC 309 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY
PSC 337 POLITICS OF GLOBALIZATION
PSC 340 POLITICS OF DEVELOPING COUNTRIES

Political Theory and Philosophy (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
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

Electives: Urban Civic Engagement Concentration (6 credit hours)
Select two from the following: 6
PSC 305 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
PSC 306 POLITICS OF ENERGY
PSC 311 INTEREST GROUPS
PSC 317 U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW
PSC 319 GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL, TRANSGENDER, QUESTIONING POLITICS
PSC 320 U.S. CIVIL LIBERTIES
PSC 325 POLITICS OF WELFARE
PSC 326 POLITICS AND MEDIA
PSC 327 PRACTICAL POLITICS
PSC 360 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
PSC 420 CONTEMPORARY CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES
PSC 421 DISCRIMINATION AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
SPF/SOC 366 CULTURAL PROFICIENCY AND PUBLIC ACHIEVEMENT
SWK 301 POVERTY AND PUBLIC POLICY

Total Credit Hours 39

Public Legal Studies Concentration
Required Courses (16 credit hours)
PSC 101 INTRODUCTION TO GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS 3
PSC 102 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS 3
PSC 203 POLITICAL ANALYSIS 3
PSC 204 POLITICAL STATISTICS 3
PSC 250 INTRODUCTION TO LAW 3
PSC 317 U.S. CONSTITUTIONAL LAW 3
PSC 320 U.S. CIVIL LIBERTIES 3
PSC 399 RESEARCH SKILLS 3
PSC 470 SENIOR SEMINAR 3
or PSC 488 INTERNSHIP

Political Science Distribution Requirements (12 credit hours)
American Government and Politics (6 credit hours)
Select two from the following: 6
PSC 312 LEGISLATIVE PROCESS
PSC 321 CIVIL PROCEDURE
PSC 420 CONTEMPORARY CONSTITUTIONAL ISSUES
PSC 421 DISCRIMINATION AND THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
PSC 485 MOCK TRIAL

International Relations/Comparative Government (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
PSC 308 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL LAW
PSC 309 INTERNATIONAL POLITICAL ECONOMY

Political Theory and Philosophy (3 credit hours)
Select one from the following: 3
PSC 351 HISTORY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT I
PSC 355 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT
PSC 450 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT

Total Credit Hours 39

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