Undergraduate Degrees, Majors and Concentrations

Political Science  
List of all courses and their descriptions
List of all courses, their descriptions and offerings in the schedule book

POLS1010 - Intro To Political Science

Fall 2020

This course presents an entry level overview of the discipline of political science. The material will focus on the basic theories, concepts, methods, and enduring questions of political science. The course will address all four sub-fields of political science: American politics, comparative politics, international relations and political theory. Students gain a foundation of knowledge and analytical skills necessary to understand modern politics in a historical context.
3 Credits

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 M  Monday
 T  Tuesday
 W  Wednesday
 R  Thursday
 F  Friday
 S  Saturday
 U  Sunday

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Credits: 3
Days: M W
Location: Moon
Room: Hale Center 301
Time: 04:00-05:15 pm
Instructor: Harold
Session: 1 (08/31 - 12/18/20)
Term: Fall 2020
Virtual Rotation: (details)
   


POLS1020 - American National Government

Fall 2020

This course is a basic course in the structure, principles, and functions of American political institutions through which the people of the United States govern themselves. The federal government is emphasized, and the course examines the following topics: The American Presidency, Congress, the Supreme Court, executive power, legislative power, civil liberties, elections, politics, voting theories, constitutional law, public opinion, ideology, social cleavages and forecasting elections.
3 Credits

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Credits: 3
Days: M W F
Location: Moon
Room: Business School 119
Time: 10:00-10:50 am
Instructor: Tatone
Session: 1 (08/31 - 12/18/20)
Term: Fall 2020
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Credits: 3
Days: W
Location: Moon
Room: Hale Center 207
Time: 06:00-08:50 pm
Instructor: Deplato
Session: 1 (08/31 - 12/18/20)
Term: Fall 2020

Credits: 3
Days: ONLINE
Location: Internet/ Online
Room:
Time: -
Instructor: Deplato
Session: 2 (08/29 - 10/23/20)
Term: Fall 2020
Course is taught Fully Online.

Credits: 3
Days: M W F
Location: Moon
Room: Hale Center 203
Time: 09:00-09:50 am
Instructor: Deplato
Session: 1 (08/31 - 12/18/20)
Term: Fall 2020

Credits: 3
Days: ONLINE
Location: Internet/ Online
Room:
Time: -
Instructor: Deplato
Session: 4 (03/06 - 04/30/21)
Term: Spring 2021
Course is taught Fully Online.

Credits: 3
Days: M W F
Location: Moon
Room: Wheatley Center 112
Time: 11:00-11:50 am
Instructor: Deplato
Session: 1 (01/14 - 04/30/21)
Term: Spring 2021
Virtual Rotation: (details)
   

Credits: 3
Days: M W F
Location: Moon
Room: Wheatley Center 112
Time: 09:00-09:50 am
Instructor: Deplato
Session: 1 (01/14 - 04/30/21)
Term: Spring 2021
Virtual Rotation: (details)
   


POLS1025 - Honors American National Govt

Fall 2020

This courseis a basic course in the structure, principles, and functions of American political institutions through which the people of the United States govern themselves. The federal government is emphasized.
3 Credits

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Credits: 3
Days: ONLINE
Location: Internet/ Online
Room:
Time: -
Instructor: Deplato
Session: 1 (01/14 - 04/30/21)
Term: Spring 2021
Course is taught Fully Online.


POLS1030 - Compar/Contemp Political Syst

Fall 2020

This course is an exploration of the general principles and problems of modern governments. Students examine the role of government in the social process, the nature and development of political organization, the relationship of the state to society, and the search for a just balance between freedom and authority. The course involves an examination of comparative governments and political theory as appropriate to the United States, Great Britain, France, West Germany, the Soviet Union, mainland China, and others which may be selected. An individual research paper may be required.
3 Credits

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Credits: 3
Days: T
Location: Moon
Room: Yorktown Hall FRS
Time: 06:00-08:50 pm
Instructor: Duryea
Session: 1 (01/14 - 04/30/21)
Term: Spring 2021
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POLS1040 - International Relations

Fall 2020

This course is an examination of the basic elements and procedures by which governments relate to international institutions. The United Nations system, international law, diplomacy, and international crisis are emphasized. This course is usually offered only in the fall term.
3 Credits

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Credits: 3
Days: ONLINE
Location: Internet/ Online
Room:
Time: -
Instructor: Deplato
Session: 2 (01/09 - 03/05/21)
Term: Spring 2021
Course is taught Fully Online.


POLS2010 - Study Tour: Washington D.C.

Fall 2020

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1 Credits

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POLS2020 - Criminal Law and Evidence

Fall 2020

This course is a basic introduction to the judicial process, with specific emphasis on federal criminal procedure. Students will learn the methods that the government uses to detect, investigate, apprehend, prosecute, convict, and punish criminals. It will cover the most common crimes prosecuted in American courts, including homicide, sexual assault, and theft, and common defenses, including insanity and self-defense. The course will first give an overview of criminal law and the American court system, and will then proceed to go through the constitutional provisions of criminal procedure chronologically as they occur in real life. The criminal justice system depends on the successful handling of evidence, and the last part of the course will emphasize the rules for the admissibility of evidence and the safeguards the Constitution provides for criminal defendants.
3 Credits

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Credits: 3
Days: M
Location: Moon
Room: Massey Hall THE
Time: 06:00-08:50 pm
Instructor: Jones
Session: 1 (08/31 - 12/18/20)
Term: Fall 2020

Credits: 3
Days: M
Location: Moon
Room: Upmc Events Center HL5
Time: 06:00-08:50 pm
Instructor: ** Staff **
Session: 1 (01/14 - 04/30/21)
Term: Spring 2021


POLS3010 - Political Thought

Fall 2020

This course covers critical and canonical contributions in the field of political theory. Emphasis is placed on political reasoning and critical thinking, and questions of the purpose of government and law, justice, civil society and disobedience, and equality are addressed. Classical, modern and American thinkers will be covered chronologically.
3 Credits

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POLS3020 - The Constitution

Fall 2020

This course examines the origins and development of our nation's basic law, the Constitution of the United States of America. It blends the historical, legal and philosophical perspectives on our country's founding document, beginning with the intellectual and historical background through the drafting of the Constitution. Topics to be covered in the first part of the course include: the convention debates, the contributions of the framers, the ratification debates, and the Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers. This is followed with the historical development of political practices under the Constitution and various theories of the Constitution. The last section of the class provides an examination of various areas of Constitutional Law.
Prerequisites: POLS1020 and COSK2220 or COSK2225
3 Credits

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Credits: 3
Days: M W F
Location: Moon
Room: Hale Center 203
Time: 01:00-01:50 pm
Instructor: Farnan
Session: 1 (08/31 - 12/18/20)
Term: Fall 2020
Prerequisites: POLS1020 and COSK2220 or COSK2225


POLS3030 - The American Presidency

Fall 2020

This course is an overview of the institution of the presidency in U.S. political history. It will begin with the constitutional foundations, including a discussion of the debate at the Philadelphia convention and ratification. It will then move through American Political history and, building on the constitutional origins of the presidency, consider the development of the institution into its modern-day form, with the relationship of the executive branch to the other two branches of government as a major theme. The transformations made by George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Theordore Roosevelt and Franklin Roosevelt will be highlighted. The modern presidency will be a major section of the course, with an emphasis on the rise of the rhetoricl presidency. Both the public law paradigm and presidential power approach to studying the presidency will be covered. The importance and impact of the nomination and election process will be dealt with, as well as the organization of the White House and Executive Branch.
Prerequisite: HIST1100, HIST1200 or POLS1020
3 Credits

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POLS3040 - American Foreign Policy

Fall 2020

This course is an analysis of the development and objectives of United States foreign policy. Special attention is focused on Far Eastern, Middle Eastern, and Latin American policies, the involvement in world wars, the end of the policy of isolation, and the expansion of the American role in foreign affairs since 1945. This course is usually offered only in the winter term.
Prerequisite: POLS1040
3 Credits

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POLS3050 - Amer Pol Parties/Elections

Fall 2020

This course is a study of the functions, structures, and operations of American political parties and pressure groups.
Prerequisites: POLS1020 and COSK2220 or COSK2225
3 Credits

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Credits: 3
Days: M W F
Location: Moon
Room: Business School 118
Time: 11:00-11:50 am
Instructor: Deplato
Session: 1 (08/31 - 12/18/20)
Term: Fall 2020
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Prerequisites: POLS1020 and COSK2220 or COSK2225
This course satisfies part of the Communication Skills graduation requirement.


POLS3060 - Civil Rights and Liberties

Fall 2020

This course will focus on and analyze case law tracing the development of civil liberty litigation throughout American history, with emphasis on the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth and Fourteenth Amendments. It teaches how to brief case law and analyze difficult constitutional questions. Students will gain a better understanding of the complexity of the American legal system and the American concept of liberty.
Prerequisite: POLS1020 or POLS1025
3 Credits

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Credits: 3
Days: M W F
Location: Moon
Room: Upmc Events Center HL5
Time: 02:00-02:50 pm
Instructor: Farnan
Session: 1 (08/31 - 12/18/20)
Term: Fall 2020
Prerequisite: POLS1020 or POLS1025

Credits: 3
Days: ONLINE
Location: Internet/ Online
Room:
Time: -
Instructor: Deplato
Session: 2 (01/09 - 03/05/21)
Term: Spring 2021
Prerequisite: POLS1020 or POLS1025
Course is taught Fully Online.


POLS3070 - Pennsylvania Politics

Fall 2020

This course examines city and state government and politics in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The political and legal structure of city and state government in Pennsylvania is examined, as well as interest groups, public opinion, political parties, campaigns and elections. Major current local and state issues are covered as well.
3 Credits

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POLS4040 - Israel: History/Politics/Socie

Fall 2020

This class introduces students to the Israeli political system, including its main political actors and institutions, domestic and foreign policy, political history and culture, and the conflict with the Palestinians. It also looks at how Israel is shaped by social cleavages regarding religion, ethnicity, language and social class.
Prerequisite: POLS1040
3 Credits

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POLS4120 - Slctd Tpcs American Politics

Fall 2020

This course will provide in-depth exploration and analysis of selected topics in political theory. Topics will focus on a specific theme indicated by course title listed in that semester's schedule of courses.
Prerequisite: POLS1020 60+ credits
3 Credits

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POLS4140 - Selected Tpcs Intntl Affairs

Fall 2020

This course will provide in-depth exploration and analysis of selected topics in international relations or comparative politics. Topics will focus on a specific theme indicated by course title listed in that semester's schedule of courses.
Prerequisite: POLS1040 or 1030 and 60+ credits
3 Credits

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POLS4160 - Selected Tpcs Political Theory

Fall 2020

This course will provide in-depth exploration and analysis of selected topics in political theory. Topics will focus on a specific theme indicated by course title listed in that semester's schedule of courses.
Prerequisite: POLS3010 60+ credits
3 Credits

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POLS4800 - Senior Research Project

Fall 2020

This is the capstone course for political science majors. Building upon the content knowledge achieved in prior coursework, this course provides students with an opportunity to work with a faculty mentor and the seminar director to complete and present a research project. Topics to be explored include the evaluation of existing research, selecting and refining a research topic, utilizing databases in the social sciences, research methods, and writing a research report. Students will conduct an approved research project, write a report, create PowerPoint slides and present their project to the class
Prerequisites: SOSC3800, 90 credit hours and permission of the Department Head
3 Credits

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Credits: 3
Days: M W F
Location: Moon
Room: Wheatley Center ATR
Time: 12:00-12:50 pm
Instructor: Mccarthy
Session: 1 (08/31 - 12/18/20)
Term: Fall 2020
Prerequisites: SOSC3800, 90 credit hours and permission of the Department Head
This course satisfies part of the Communication Skills graduation requirement.
Communication Skills Section.

Credits: 3
Days: M W F
Location: Moon
Room: Upmc Events Center 1-4
Time: 12:00-12:50 pm
Instructor: Mccarthy
Session: 1 (01/14 - 04/30/21)
Term: Spring 2021
Prerequisites: SOSC3800, 90 credit hours and permission of the Department Head
This course satisfies part of the Communication Skills graduation requirement.
Communication Skills Section.


POLS4801 - Political Science Practicum

Fall 2020

This course allows students to obtain practical, real world experience through the opportunity to work in a government, government affairs, political or law office or campaign which is consistent with the student?s career goals. Successful completion of the course requires 120 hours of supervised professional activity, as well as completion of academic requirements established by the department.
Prerequisites: 90 credits and permission of the Department Head
1 Credits

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POLS4802 - Political Science Practicum

Fall 2020

These three one-credit courses allows students to obtain practical, real world experience through the opportunity to work in a government, government affairs, political or law office or campaign which is consistent with the student?s career goals. Successful completion of the course requires 120 hours of supervised professional activity, as well as completion of academic requirements established by the department.
Prerequisites: 90 credit hours and permission of the Department Head
2 Credits

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POLS4803 - Political Science Practicum

Fall 2020

These three one-credit courses allows students to obtain practical, real world experience through the opportunity to work in a government, government affairs, political or law office or campaign which is consistent with the student?s career goals. Successful completion of the course requires 120 hours of supervised professional activity, as well as completion of academic requirements established by the department.
Prerequisites: 90 credit hours and permission of the Department Head
3 Credits

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