Professor Philip H. Marshall, Chairperson.
Professors Cochran, Dometrius, Fox, Lanoue, Lee, and Mayer; Associate Professors Barkdull, Burnett, Emmert, Khan, Saideman, Schaefer, and Van Wart; Assistant Professors Dicke, Gerber, Greene, Maestas, and Tuman.
This department supervises the following degree programs: POLITICAL SCIENCE, Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, Doctor of Philosophy; and PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, Master of Public Administration (NASPAA accredited). The department also participates in both the LATIN AMERICAN AND IBERIAN STUDIES program and the RUSSIAN LANGUAGE AND AREA STUDIES program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as in the urban studies, international studies, ethnic studies, women's studies, Asian area studies, and religion studies minor programs and the university Honors College.
The political science curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid foundation and broad understanding of the discipline of political science, and to allow students to specialize in areas of particular substantive interest. Students seeking an undergraduate degree in political science must complete 30 hours of course work within the department. Political science majors are required to take POLS 1301. POLS 2302 may be skipped if the student receives an A or B in POLS 1301. Majors may, however, elect to take and count POLS 2302 as part of their program. All majors are required to take POLS 3310 and one of the following: POLS 3341, 3351, 3323, or 3327. In addition, majors must take any two of the following (a, b, c): (a) POLS 3330, 3331, 3332, 3333 or 3334; (b) POLS 3361; (c) POLS 3371. At least 12 of the 30 hours required for a political science major must be taken in residence.
The requirement for a minor in political science is 18 hours, including POLS 1301 and 2302. Minors may skip POLS 2302 if they receive an A or B in POLS 1301. Political science minors are also required to take any two of the courses listed above (a, b, c). At least 6 of the 18 hours required for a political science minor must be taken in residence.
Political science provides excellent instruction for students interested in politics, law, journalism, teaching, or civil service. Insight into political values, domestic policy issues, and foreign policy are invaluable for students interested in such careers as well as for careers in business.
The Department of Political Science coordinates a special multidisciplinary program at the graduate level for students interested in local, state, or federal government careers. The course work is interdepartmental in nature and includes courses tailored to meet the student's career objectives. An integral part of the program is placement as an intern in a unit of government.
Under state law, all students who receive bachelor's degrees from Texas Tech University must have received credit for 6 semester hours in political science, covering the federal and Texas constitutions. Students will normally fulfill this requirement by completing POLS 1301, which is a prerequisite for all upper division political science courses, and POLS 2302. A student who earns an A or B in POLS 1301 may substitute in place of POLS 2302 one of the upper level courses marked with an asterisk in the course list. Permission of the instructor may be required for such substitution.
Teacher Education. Students seeking certification to teach in the secondary or elementary schools of Texas may qualify for such certification by completing requirements for the Bachelor of Arts. Consult the political science advisor and the College of Education for details.
The student of political science may qualify for teacher certification under a variety of plans. (1) Students desiring to have political science as their single teaching field (Option I) must complete at least 36 hours in political science, including the general degree requirements in political science, 6 hours in advanced American government, and 3 hours each from the fields of political theory, international relations, and comparative government. (2) Those students seeking secondary certification to teach in the broad (composite) field of social science (Option II) must take the general degree requirement in political science. Political science courses may fulfill either the 24- or the 18-hour field requirements for this certificate. Courses required are those listed in the 24-hour and 18-hour plans above. For information on these plans, the student should consult the Director of Undergraduate Studies in Political Science.
Requirements and Prerequisites. POLS 1301 is a prerequisite for all upper division political science courses. A student must receive at least a C in courses in political science that apply to major, minor, or teaching field requirements.
Courses in Political Science. (POLS)
1301. American Government, Organization (3:3:0). Constitutions and organization of the governments of the United States, the states in general, and Texas in particular. [GOVT 2301]
2302. American Public Policy (3:3:0). Completion of POLS 1301 not required but strongly recommended before enrolling in POLS 2302. The policy-making process in the governments of the United States, the states in general, and Texas in particular. [GOVT 2302]
3300. Selected Topics in Political Science (3:3:0). Topics of contemporary interest, varying from semester to semester. Consult the department for current topic. Open to all students. May be repeated for credit with changing topics.
3310. Introduction to Political Analysis (3:3:0). Survey of methods of and approaches to the study of politics and their underlying assumptions as they apply to the major concepts of the discipline.
*3321. Local Government (3:3:0). Cities, counties, and special districts are studied in terms of organization, recruitment, and services such as policy, planning, and health; fiscal problems and their impact on citizens.
*3323. Legislation (3:3:0). Factors involved in the framing and enactment of statutory law with emphasis upon the work of the Congress of the United States.
*3324. Urban Politics (3:3:0). Governmental structures, politics, settings, and selected policy problems in urban areas of the United States.
*3325. Political Parties (3:3:0). Party history, functions, organization, finance, nominations, campaign methods, and elections.
*3326. Women in Politics (3:3:0). A study of female political participation in the United States, including voting, campaign activity, interest group activity, and office holding. (W S 3326)
*3327. The American Presidency (3:3:0). The presidency, its constitutional basis, structure, powers, functions, and responsibilities.
3330. Ancient and Medieval Political Theory (3:3:0). Political ideas of the great thinkers in the Western world from the time of the Golden Age of Greece until the rise of modern political thought.
3331. Introduction to Political Philosophy (3:3:0). Basic issues and concepts in political philosophy, including discussion of such topics as justice, freedom, equality, authority, community, and the nature of politics and the state. (PHIL 3320)
3332. Modern Political Theory (3:3:0). Major political thinkers starting with Machiavelli and Hobbes and movements such as liberalism, conservatism, utilitarianism, socialism, and communism.
3333. Contemporary Political Theory (3:3:0). Political thought since World War II; liberalism, conservatism, socialism, communism, and existentialism are examined and criticized. Attention is given to the roots of contemporary thought in the 19th century.
*3334. American Political Theory (3:3:0). Main currents in American political thought from colonial beginnings to the present day.
*3339. Religion and Politics (3:3:0). Exploration of various aspects of the relationship between major world religions and politics, including questions of church and state.
*3340. Fiscal Administration (3:3:0). Governmental budgeting and revenue raising, emphasizing theories, techniques, procedures, implementation, the political environment in which such activities take place, and possible alternatives to existing practices.
*3341. The Administrative Process (3:3:0). A survey of the field of public administration. Principles of administrative organization; distribution of administrative functions together with the structure of government charged with the carrying out of public policy.
*3346. Public Policy Analysis (3:3:0). The study of public policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation at various levels of government. Particular focus on health, social, and development policies. Attention to policy analysis skills and approaches used in government and consulting.
*3350. Criminal Process (3:3:0). An introduction to the law and government in action when man and state are in conflict. Areas examined include the nature and rationale of punishment, legislative problems in defining criminal behavior, and judicial problems in adjudicating within the legislative framework.
*3351. The Judicial Process (3:3:0). Analysis of the judicial process as part of the political process; judicial personnel and organization; sources and instruments of judicial power; judicial reasoning and behavior; and impact of judicial activity.
*3352. Constitutional Law-Powers (3:3:0). A case study of American constitutional law emphasizing constitutional bases of governmental power. Leading cases demonstrating the principles of separation of powers, judicial review, taxation, commerce, and implied powers.
*3353. Constitutional Law-Limitations (3:3:0). Primarily a case study of American constitutional law emphasizing the constitutional limitations on government, with particular emphasis on personal, civil, and political liberties. The administrative process with particular emphasis on public law relating to the powers and procedures of administrative agencies having powers of adjudication and rule making.
*3360. United States Foreign Policy (3:3:0). Examines the patterns and processes that shape U.S. foreign policy.
3361. International Politics (3:3:0). Introduction to global issues, actions and processes: north-south relations, post-cold war issues, the role of the state, and leading theories of international relations.
3362. Political Geography (3:3:0). Political geography is an interdisciplinary subject. The emphasis is on the political aspects primarily; the ways in which geography restricts or enhances political policies and activities.
3363. International Organization (3:3:0). A comparative study of the major organizations of the League of Nations and the United Nations; approaches to peaceful settlement of disputes, collective security, disarmament, regional organizations, and the future of world order.
3364. Comparative Foreign Policy (3:3:0). Surveys theories that connect domestic politics with foreign policy and applies them to a variety of countries.
3365. War and Security (3:3:0). Considers the basic problem in international relations; how to survive. How do countries attempt to secure themselves against foreign threats?
3366. International Political Economy (3:3:0). Explores interaction of politics and economics in trade, investment, finance, and development.
3368. Transnational Issues (3:3:0). Survey of current politics of human rights, migration, environment, and technological change.
3370. Politics of the Developing Areas (3:3:0). A broad introduction to the politics of developing areas, from the perspective of competing theories of development. Topics for consideration include the roles of revolution and violence, the military, ideology, parties, bureaucracies, and traditional leaders.
3371. Comparative Politics (3:3:0). The primary institutions (e.g., parties, groups, executives, legislatures) and processes (e.g., voting, instability) of politics as well as relevant social structures are viewed in various national settings. Questions of how and why to compare also are considered.
3372. Governments of Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (3:3:0). Examination of the politics, governments, and cultures of Russia and the republics of the former Soviet Union.
3373. Governments of Western Europe (3:3:0). Political culture, party systems, institutions, and behavior in selected countries of Western Europe. Primary attention paid to France, Germany, and Italy. Comparison between European and American political systems will be emphasized.
3374. Governments of Mexico and the Caribbean (3:3:0). Culture and constitutional development, ideologies, and functions of political parties and pressure groups in Mexico and selected countries of Central America and the Caribbean. Special attention will be given to problems of nationalism, revolution, and interaction with foreign powers and corporations.
3375. South American Governments (3:3:0). The government and politics of countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. Includes consideration of special problems such as land tenure and terrorism.
3376. Asian Governments and Politics (3:3:0). Political culture, party systems, political structure, policy-making, and foreign policy in selected Asian countries. Primary attention focused on Japan, China, and South Korea.
3378. Middle Eastern Governments and Politics (3:3:0). Major political institutions in the nations of the Middle East; the impact of Islam on the Ottoman Empire; nationalism, constitutionalism, parliaments, parties, and governments in Turkey, Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iran, and Israel.
3379. British Government (3:3:0). Principles, policies, and politics of the government of Great Britain. Particular emphasis on political parties, governmental structure, and political behavior. Comparison with the United States and the Commonwealth. The impact of Britain on the development of democracy and parliamentary government.
4397. Practicum in Politics (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Practical experience integrated with academic study of politics through study programs or work experience. Credit or no credit. (May be repeated once for credit.)
4399. Individual Studies (3). Prerequisite: 15 hours of political science and consent of instructor. Independent research under
the guidance of a staff member. (May be repeated once for credit.)
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