Political Science

Faculty:

Philip Aka, J.D., Ph.D.
Phillip A. Beverly, Ph.D.
Agber Dimah, Ph.D.
Carol Leach, Ph.D.
Bernard Rowan, Ph.D.

The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Political science as a discipline seeks to explain the nature and development of political attitudes and behavior, the nature and function of contemporary political institutions, the development and implementation of public policies, and the limits and possibilities of government, both at the national and international levels.

Students will learn to critically evaluate public policies and institutions, and are encouraged to become actively involved in the community through internships in government and public law.

Areas of emphasis within the major are: American politics and public law; international relations and comparative politics; public administration and public policy; and political theory and methodology. The department also offers a minor sequence in political science for students majoring in other disciplines.

Internships

The department prepares students for careers in government and industry through internship opportunities. Political science students have completed internships in national, state, and local government agencies, state and federal legislators' offices, campaign organizations, and law firms. Students can earn up to 12 credit hours of internship credit in political science. No more than 6 credit hours can count toward the major.

Prelaw Studies

Although no specific major is required for law school, political science is the most common major for students attending law school and is strongly recommended as either a major or minor. The coordinating prelaw advisor at the university is Dr. Carol Leach who is on the faculty of the political science department. 

General Requirements

Admission to the program is contingent upon good academic standing and acceptance by the department. The department will not accept D transfer credit in the major and students must achieve a grade of C or better in all major courses at Chicago State University.

Students must complete 120 semester hours of work: 6 hours in composition; 36 hours in general education (refer to liberal arts curriculum outline) consisting of 18 hours in humanities, 12 hours in natural sciences, and 6 hours in mathematics; 42 hours in the major; 21 hours in cognate disciplines selected with the political science advisor's approval;15 hours of general electives selected with the political science advisor's approval; and passing the examinations on the state and federal constitutions.

Specific Requirements

REQUIRED COURSES-42 credit hours.

POL SCI 101, 102, 150, 203 or 204, 221, 250. Selection of at least one course from each of the following four fields:

American Government/Public Law: POL SCI 201, 205, 206, 207, 208, 215, 254, 303, 305, 315, 316, 320, 337, 338, 350.

International Relations/Comparative Government: POL SCI 255, 300, 304, 327, 332.

Political Theory: POL SCI 100, 202, 203, 204.

Public Administration/Public Policy: POL SCI 221, 223, 225, 322, 324, 325, 326, 328, 329, 330, 333, 340.

Twelve additional credit hours selected from at least two of the four fields of concentration. At least 12 hours in the major must be at the 300 level.

REQUIRED COGNATE COURSES-6 credit hours: ECON 101 or 102; ENG 279 or 280.

ELECTIVE COGNATE COURSES-18 credit hours: 18 credit hours of upper division courses in a related field, selected with the approval the department academic advisor, or completion of a minor.

ELECTIVE COURSES-15 credit hours: 15 credit hours of general electives selected with the approval of the department academic advisor.

Minor Sequence In Political Science (recommended pattern)

REQUIRED COURSES-6 credit hours: POL SCI 101 and 102.

ELECTIVE COURSES-15 credit hours: Must have at least one course in three of the sub fields, selected with the approval of the department advisor. The department will accept only courses with grades of C or above for the minor.

Course Offerings

POL SCI 092: LAW SCHOOL ADMISSION TEST PREPARATION. PREPARATION AND PRACTICE FOR THE LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS TEST. PREREQUISITE: JUNIOR STANDING OR CONSENT OF THE INSTRUCTOR. 2 HRS.

POL SCI 100: CRITICAL THINKING IN POLITICS AND LAW. REASONING PROCESSES IN POLITICS AND LAW. 3 HRS. (CRITICAL THINKING COURSE) 

POL SCI 101: AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT. NATURE AND FUNCTION OF OUR NATIONAL SYSTEM OF GOVERNMENT WITH ATTENTION TO THE IMPACT OF THE CONSTITUTION AND THE SUPREME COURT ON THE DEFINITION OF CIVIL LIBERTIES. 3 HRS. (ENRICHMENT CORE COURSE) IAI: S5 900

POL SCI 102: SURVEY OF POLITICAL SCIENCE. PRESENTATION OF METHODOLOGY, POLITICAL THEORY, INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS, COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT, PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION, AMERICAN POLITICAL INSTITUTIONS, AND POLITICAL ECONOMY. 3 HRS. IAI: S5 903

POL SCI 111: PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE BASIC RULES OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE. 1 HR.

POL SCI 131: LAW SCHOOL APPLICATION. PREPARATION FOR LAW SCHOOL ADMISSIONS TEST (LSAT) AND LAW SCHOOL APPLICATIONS, VISITS TO LAW SCHOOLS, INTERNSHIPS, AND FINANCIAL AID. 1 HR.

POL SCI 201: POLITICAL PARTIES AND POLITICS. DEVELOPMENT, ORGANIZATION, AND FUNCTION OF POLITICAL PARTIES. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 202: AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT. AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT FROM THE COLONIAL ERA TO THE PRESENT. TOPICS INCLUDE THE FOUNDING, THE ISSUE OF SLAVERY, AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT, AND FEMINIST/WOMANIST CONTRIBUTIONS. PREREQUISITE: SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE ENGLISH QUALIFYING EXAMINATION OR CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS. (WRITING EMPHASIS COURSE)

POL SCI 203: POLITICAL THEORY: CLASSICAL. EXPLORES A VARITY OF CLASSICAL POLITICAL THEORISTS, BOTH WESTERN AND NON-WESTERN, INCLUDING PLATO, ARISTOTLE AND LAO-TZU. STUDENTS WILL READ ORIGINAL TEXTS AND COMMENTARY ON THE THEORISTS. PREREQUISITE: SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE ENGLISH QUALIFYING EXAMINATION OR CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS. (WRITING EMPHASIS COURSE)

POL SCI 204: POLITICAL THEORY: MODERN. DEVELOPMENT OF LIBERALISM THROUGH HOBBES, LOCKE, ROUSSEAU, AND OTHER THEORISTS INCLUDING AFRICAN-AMERICAN PHILOSOPHERS. EMPHASIZES ISSUES OF RACE, GENDER, CLASS, AND ETHNICITY. 3 HRS. (WRITING EMPHASIS COURSE)

POL SCI 205: CHICAGO POLITICS. AN ANALYSIS OF THE POLITICAL PROCESSES AND INSTITUTIONS IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 206: THE PRESIDENCY. OFFICE, POWERS, AND LIMITS. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 207: LEGISLATIVE PROCESS. COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF LEGISLATIVE SYSTEMS IN CONGRESS, STATE LEGISLATURES, AND CITY COUNCILS. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 208: NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. AN EXAMINATION OF THE POLICIES AND ISSUES INVOLVED IN NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT. FOCUS WILL BE ON PLANNING, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, EVALUATION, AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 215: CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS. POLITICAL CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS IN THE AMERICAN DEMOCRATIC PROCESS; ELECTORAL PROCEDURES AND THE ROLES OF POLITICAL PARTIES AND SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 221: PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION PRINCIPLES. A COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF THE COMPONENTS OF THE FIELD OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. ORGANIZATION, MANAGEMENT PROBLEMS, PERSONNEL POLICY, FINANCIAL ADMINISTRATION, AND ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY WITHIN A DEMOCRATIC POLITICAL SYSTEM. 3 HRS. (WRITING EMPHASIS COURSE)

POL SCI 223: PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS. ORIGIN, DEVELOPMENT, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES BY ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 225: URBAN POLITICS AND PUBLIC POLICY. EFFECT OF GOVERNMENT ORGANIZATION, COMMUNITY PARTICIPATION, AND ECONOMIC POWER STRUCTURES ON THE POLICY MAKING PROCESS IN METROPOLITAN AREAS, WITH EMPHASIS ON CHICAGO. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 239: MODEL ILLINOIS GOVERNMENT. OPPORTUNITY FOR A PRACTICAL UNDERSTANDING OF THE PRINCIPLES, OPERATIONS, AND INSTITUTIONS OF ILLINOIS STATE GOVERNMENT, WITH REQUIRED PARTICIPATION IN MODEL ILLINOIS GOVERNMENT SIMULATION. 2 HRS.

POL SCI 250: POLITICAL INQUIRY AND COMPUTER APPLICATIONS. METHODOLOGY OF POLITICAL SCIENCE AND THE USE OF COMPUTER FACILITIES TO ANALYZE POLITICAL DATA. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT.

POL SCI 254: STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT. STRUCTURE, ORGANIZATION, AND OPERATION OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN THE UNITED STATES. 3 HRS. (WRITING EMPHASIS COURSE) IAI: S5 902

POL SCI 255: COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT. COMPARISON OF POLITICAL SYSTEMS OF PRINCIPAL FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. 3 HRS. IAI: S5 905

POL SCI 260: AFRICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT. POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT IN AFRICAN NATIONS THROUGH THE PRE-COLONIAL, COLONIAL, AND POST INDEPENDENCE ERAS. (THIS COURSE SATISFIES THE ELECTIVE COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR OR MINOR) PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 261: AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. A SURVEY OF THE OBJECTIVES, FORMATION, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 265: POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTS IN THE CARIBBEAN. AN EXAMINATION OF THE POLITICAL PROCESS IN THE CARIBBEAN STATES WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE ECONOMIC PROBLEMS ARISING IN THE TRANSITION FROM COLONIAL STATUS TO INDEPENDENCE. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 300: INTERNATIONAL LAW. A STUDY OF THE BASIC PRINCIPLES, POLITICAL NATURE AND JUDICIAL PROCEDURES OF CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL LAW, INCLUDING AN EXAMINATION OF ITS ROLE IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. PREREQUISITE: POL SCI 101 OR CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 303: AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW. DEVELOPMENT OF CONSTITUTIONAL LAW; SUPREME COURT, CONGRESS, PRESIDENCY, STATE POWERS. PREREQUISITE: SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ENGLISH AND READING QUALIFYING EXAMINATIONS. POL SCI 101 OR CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 304: CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS. IAI: S5 904N

POL SCI 305: CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS. ANALYSIS OF THE UNITED STATES CONSTITUTION AND RELEVANT COURT CASES IN THE AREA OF CIVIL LIBERTIES AND CIVIL RIGHTS. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 314: ADMINISTRATIVE INTERNSHIP. SPECIAL ASSIGNMENTS OR A RESEARCH PROJECT IN A GOVERNMENT OFFICE, A LAW OFFICE OR PUBLIC RELATED PRIVATE ORGANIZATION. MAY BE REPEATED FOR CREDIT UP TO A MAXIMUM OF 12 HOURS. PREREQUISITE: JUNIOR STANDING, 2.5 GPA, COMPLETION OF 9 SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE, AND CONSENT OF THE INSTRUCTOR. (3-12) FIELD /30 TO 225 CLOCK/ HOURS.

POL SCI 315: POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION AND PUBLIC OPINION. NATURE OF CHILDHOOD POLITICAL EDUCATION AND OF ADULT PUBLIC OPINION, WITH ATTENTION TO MINORITY CULTURES. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 316: JUDICIAL PROCESS. INTRODUCTION TO THE STRUCTURE AND PROCESS OF THE JUDICIARY IN THE UNITED STATES, ENGLAND, AND FRANCE. PREREQUISITE: POL SCI 101 OR CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 320: FEDERALISM AND INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS IN AMERICA. A CRITICAL EXAMINATION OF AMERICAN FEDERALISM AND OF SELECTED AREAS OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL RELATIONS SUCH AS THE EVOLUTION AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE GRANT-IN-AID SYSTEM. PREREQUISITE: POL SCI 101 OR CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3HRS.

POL SCI 322: PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION. A STUDY OF THE RECRUITMENT, POSITION CLASSIFICATION, PAY POLITICS, EMPLOYEE RELATIONS, PROMOTION, TRANSFER AND TRAINING OF PUBLIC EMPLOYEES. PREREQUISITE: POL SCI 221 OR CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS. 

POL SCI 324: PROBLEMS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. AN ANALYSIS OF ADMINISTRATIVE PROBLEMS IN GOVERNMENT, SUCH AS THOSE RELATING TO FINANCIAL AND PERSONNEL MANAGEMENT, ADMINISTRATIVE RESPONSIBILITY AND CONTROL, REGULATION, SECRECY AND FREEDOM OF INFORMATION. PREREQUISITE: POL SCI 221 OR CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 325: POLITICS AND EDUCATION. ANALYSIS OF THE LINKS BETWEEN POLITICS AND EDUCATION IN THE UNITED STATES; THE ROLE OF SCHOOLS IN POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION; THE IMPACT OF ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL STRUCTURES ON SCHOOLING, WITH SPECIAL EMPHASIS ON THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RACE, CLASS AND EDUCATION. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 326: POLITICS OF BUDGETING. AN EXAMINATION OF THE NATIONAL BUDGETARY CONFLICT IN ORDER TO DISCOVER PRIORITIES AND THE STRATEGIES OF THE WINNERS AND LOSERS IN THE ALLOCATION OF PUBLIC MONEY. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 327: POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA. ANALYSIS OF CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL SYSTEMS OF LATIN AMERICAN NATIONS. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 328: ADMINISTRATIVE LAW. SUPREME COURT CLASS ON ADMINISTRATIVE RULE-MAKING BY GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES, WITH EMPHASIS ON LABOR-MANAGEMENT RELATIONS, AFFIRMATIVE ACTION, AND CONSUMER PROTECTION. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 329: COMPARATIVE PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF THE STRUCTURE, MANAGEMENT AND FUNCTIONS OF GOVERNMENTAL BUREAUCRACIES IN THE UNITED STATES, WESTERN EUROPE, AND THE THIRD WORLD. PREREQUISITE: POL SCI 221 OR CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 330: PUBLIC MANAGEMENT. ANALYSIS OF LEADERSHIP ROLES, DECISION-MAKING MODELS, AND MANAGEMENT BY OBJECTIVES IN GOVERNMENTAL AGENCIES. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 333: POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION. THE PROCESS OF PROGRAM FORMULATION AND ADMINISTRATION; APPROACHES TO ORGANIZING FISCAL SUPPORT FOR POLICY IMPLEMENTATION; AND INTRODUCTION TO THE METHODS USED TO EVALUATE PROGRAM IMPACT AND EFFECTIVENESS. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 335: MOCK TRIAL I: TRIAL ADVOCACY. THEORY AND PRACTICE OF TRIAL ADVOCACY (INCLUDING OPENING STATEMENTS, DIRECT AND CROSS EXAMINATION TECHNIQUES, CLOSING STATEMENTS AND EVIDENTIARY OBJECTIONS) IN PREPARATION FOR PARTICIPATION IN THE AMERICAN MOCK TRIAL ASSOCIATION ANNUAL COMPETITION AND INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENTS. MAY NOT BE USED TO FULFILL POLITICAL SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS. PREREQUISITE: SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF ENGLISH QUALIFYING EXAMINATION, POL SCI 101, SPCH 203, OR CONSENT OF THE INSTRUCTOR. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 336: MOCK TRIAL II: PRACTICUM. INTENSE PREPARATION FOR THE AMERICAN MOCK TRIAL ASSOCIATION TOURNAMENT. THE TEAM WILL COMPETE AT INVITATIONAL TOURNAMENTS, THE REGIONAL TOURNAMENT AND, IF SUCCESSFUL, AT THE INTERCOLLEGIATE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. INDIVIDUAL TEAM MEMBERS WILL COMPETE FOR "ALL AMERICAN' HONORS. STUDENTS WILL STUDY THE RULES OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL PROCEDURE AND WILL PREPARE TO ARGUE BOTH A CRIMINAL AND CIVIL CASE. MAY NOT BE USED TO FULFILL POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR REQUIREMENTS. PREREQUISITE: POL SCI 335 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 337: WOMEN IN POLITICS. AN EXAMINATION OF THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN THE POLITICAL ARENA. THE COURSE WILL FOCUS ON GRASS ROOTS AND ELITE POLITICS AT THE INTERNATIONAL LEVEL. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 338: WOMEN AND THE LAW. STUDY OF STATE LAWS, FEDERAL LAWS, AND U.S. SUPREME COURT CASES DEALING WITH THE LEGAL RIGHTS OF WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES. PREREQUISITE: SUCCESSFUL COMPLETION OF THE ENGLISH QUALIFYING EXAMINATION AND THE READING PLACEMENT EXAMINATION AND POL SCI 101; OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR. 3 HRS. 

POL SCI 340: POLICY SEMINAR. A DETAILED EXAMINATION OF SELECTED POLICY AREAS OF CURRENT POLITICAL RELEVANCE. AT LEAST ONE SEMINAR WILL BE OFFERED EACH YEAR ON SUCH POLICY FIELDS AS HEALTH AND WELFARE, ENERGY, TRANSPORTATION, HOUSING AND COMMUNICATIONS. PREREQUISITE: POL SCI 223 OR CONSENT OF DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 350: BLACK POLITICS IN AMERICA. STRUCTURE AND DYNAMISM OF RECENT AND CONTEMPORARY BLACK POLITICAL MOVEMENTS. (THIS COURSE SATISFIES THE ELECTIVE COURSE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES MAJOR OR MINOR) PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 352: INDEPENDENT STUDY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. STAFF-DIRECTED STUDY IN SPECIAL TOPICS. MAY BE REPEATED ONCE UNDER A DIFFERENT TOPIC FOR 1 TO 3 ADDITIONAL HOURS. PREREQUISITE: POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJOR; JUNIOR STANDING; CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 399: SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. INTENSIVE STUDY OF A SELECTED SUBJECT IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. MAY BE REPEATED ONCE UNDER A DIFFERENT TOPIC. PREREQUISITE: POL SCI 101 OR CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

SOCIAL SCIENCE

POL SCI 097: SOCIAL SCIENCES. SKILLS COURSE DESIGNED FOE STUDENTS NEEDING DEVELOPMENTAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. 3 HRS.