Political Science

Course Offerings

POL SCI 0920: 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 1000: CRITICAL THINKING IN POLITICS AND LAW. REASONING PROCESSES IN POLITICS AND LAW. 3 HRS. (CRITICAL THINKING COURSE) 

POL SCI 1010: 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 1020: 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 1110: PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE. AN INTRODUCTION TO THE BASIC RULES OF PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE. 1 HR.

POL SCI 1310: 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 2010: POLITICAL PARTIES AND POLITICS. DEVELOPMENT, ORGANIZATION, AND FUNCTION OF POLITICAL PARTIES. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 2020: 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 2050: CHICAGO POLITICS. AN ANALYSIS OF THE POLITICAL PROCESSES AND INSTITUTIONS IN THE CITY OF CHICAGO. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 2060: THE PRESIDENCY. OFFICE, POWERS, AND LIMITS. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 2070: 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 2080: NEIGHBORHOOD/COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

AN EXAMINATION OF THE POLICIES AND ISSUES INVOLVED IN NEIGHBORHOOD /COMMUNITY DEVELOPENT. FOCUS WILL BE ON PLANNING, PROJECT MANAGEMENT, EVALUATION AND CITIZEN PARTICIPATION.

POL SCI 2500: THE WORLD IN CRISIS. AN INTRODUCTION TO CURRENT INTERNATIONAL QUESTIONS. TRENDS IN GLOBAL POLITICS LEADING TO CONFLICTS, AND THEORETICAL FRAMEWORKS FOR UNDERSTANDING ANALYZING TO THOSE CONFLICTS.

POL SCI 2150: 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 2210: 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 2230: PUBLIC POLICY ANALYSIS. ORIGIN, DEVELOPMENT, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF GOVERNMENT POLICIES BY ADMINISTRATIVE AGENCIES. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 3030: 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 2390: 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 2540: 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 2600: 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 2610: AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. A SURVEY OF THE OBJECTIVES, FORMATION, AND IMPLEMENTATION OF AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 2650: 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 2930: WORKSHOP IN WORLD PEACE ORGANIZATIONS. STUDY OF WORLD PEACE-KEEPING ORGANIZATIONS FROM THE 19TH CENTURY THROUGH A WORKSHOP APPROACH, BASED ON THE STRUCTURE OF THE UNITED NATIONS. INDIVIDUAL STUDENTS WILL PARTICIPATE IN MODEL UN CONFERENCES. MAY BE REPEATED FOR A MAXIMUM OF SIC CREDIT HOURS. DOES NOT COUNT AS POLITICAL SCIENCE ELECTIVE CREDIT FOR POLITICAL SCIENCE MAJORS OR MINORS, OR IN GENERAL EDUCATION. CREDIT NOT GIVEN BOTH FOR POL 2930 AND HIST 2930 DURING THE SEMESTER. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 3000: 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 3040: 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 3140: 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 3150: 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 3160: 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 3200: 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 3220: 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 3240: 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 3250: 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 3260: 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 3270: POLITICS OF LATIN AMERICA. ANALYSIS OF CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL SYSTEMS OF LATIN AMERICAN NATIONS. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 3280: 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 3290: 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 3300: 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 3310: 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 3350: 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 3370: 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 3380: 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 ANDPOL SCI 101; OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR. 3 HRS. 

POL SCI 3500: 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 3510: 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 3550: COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT. COMPARISON OF POLITICAL SYSTEMS OF PRINCIPAL FOREIGN GOVERNMENTS. 3 HRS. IAI: S5 905

POL SCI 4030: 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 4040: CONTEMPORARY INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS. PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS. PREREQUISITE: CONSENT OF THE DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS. IAI: S5 904N

POL SCI 4050: 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 4320: 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. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 4330: 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 4340: 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 4400: 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 CI 223 OR CONSENT OF DEPARTMENT. 3 HRS

POL SCI 4420: PUBLIC POLICY AND AGING. AN EXAMINATION OF THE DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION, ANALYSIS AND IMPLICATIONS OF MAJOR PUBLIC POLICIES AND PROGRAMS AFFECTING THE ELDERLY IN THE UNITED STATES, WITH SOME CROSS-NATIONAL COMPARISONS. DEMOGRAPHIC, ECONOMIC, AND POLITICAL FORCES THAT GIVE RISE TO AGING POLICY. 3 HRS.

POL SCI 4520: 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 4990: 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 SCIENCEPOL SCI 097: SOCIAL SCIENCES. SKILLS COURSE DESIGNED FOE STUDENTS NEEDING DEVELOPMENTAL IMPROVEMENT IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. 3 HRS.