Political Science Courses

101. American Government. 3 hrs. An introduction to American national government and politics.

201. Great Issues of Politics. 3 hrs. An introduction to the central concepts, issues, and questions of political life.


Theory and Methods

311. Research Methods and Statistics.

321. American Political Theory. 3 hrs. Surveys American political thought from the contributions of the Iroquois Federation through Thomas Jefferson to Martin Luther King and other contemporary thinkers. 

411. Research in Political Science. 3 hrs. An introduction to the theory and practice of political research.

412. Political Analysis. 3 hrs. An introduction to the theory and practice of political analysis.

420. Political Theory Plato to Machiavelli. 3 hrs. Examines major thinkers from 500 B.C. to 1500 A.D. Includes, in addition to Plato and Machiavelli, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas, and topics such Feudal political thought

421. Political Theory Hobbes to Nietzche. 3 hrs. A study of modern political theory, focusing on selected theorists (e.g., Hobbes, Rousseau, Marx, and Nietzche) and topics such as anarchism and socialism.

426. 20th Century Political Theory. 3 hrs. Thinkers from N. Lenin to Hannah Arendt, Michel Foucault, and Vaclav Havel will be analyzed. The course includes schools of contemporary thought such as feminism and postmodernism.



301. State and Local Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of political institutions and processes in the 50 states and their local governments.

303. American Political Movements. 3 hrs. A study of Afro-American, Old and New Left, Radical Right, Counter-Culture, and Feminist movements.

304. Politics of Popular Culture. 3 hrs. A survey of the political aspects of contemporary popular culture.

305. Religion and Politics. This course acquaints students with the broad scope of religious influences in contemporary American political life.

306. Race and Ethnic Politics. 3 hrs. This course provides students with a survey of historical and contemporary issues surrounding the study of race and ethnicity in American politics.

401. Political Socialization. 3 hrs. How we learn and what we learn about politics.

402. Urban Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of political issues in America’s metropolitan areas.

403. Politics and Environment. 3 hrs. Course examines major political theories applied to environmental approaches. Second, the impact of these political theories on environmental policies is considered.

404. The Legislative Process. 3 hrs. An examination of American legislative institutions with major emphasis upon the U.S. Congress.

405. Women and Politics. 3 hrs. A feminist examination of the role of sex/gender in political movements, government, and public policy.

406. Political Parties. 3 hrs. An examination of the role of political parties in the American political system.

407. Mississippi Government. 3 hrs. An examination of political institutions and processes in Mississippi.

408. The American Presidency. 3 hrs. An examination of the numerous political duties of the president of the United States.

409. Southern Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of the politics and political culture of the southern states

410. Political Psychology. 3 hrs. This course will examine the interaction of political and psychological processes and their impact on behavior.




Global Politics

330. United States Foreign Policy. 3 hrs. Theory and practice of American foreign relations with emphasis on contemporary case studies.

331. World Politics. 3 hrs. Theories of conflict and cooperation among states in the international system.

350. Political Systems of the Modern World. 3 hrs. A survey of major foreign political systems, with emphasis on advanced industrial democracies.

431. International Law and Organization. 3 hrs. The study of the functions of intergovernmental organizations in the modern world system.

432. Foreign Policies of the Major Powers. 3 hrs. Case studies illustrating the behavior of states in world affairs.

435. Comparative Foreign Policy. 3 hrs. An examination of the foreign policies of other nations.

450. Comparative Studies in European Politics. 3 hrs. An examination of contemporary West European political systems, including the European Union.

451. Governments of Eastern Europe. 3 hrs.

452. The Political Systems of Great Britain and the Commonwealth. 3 hrs. An analysis of the politics of Great Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, stressing the dynamics of parliamentary government.

Politics and Protests.

454. African Politics and Culture. 3 hrs. A survey of the political systems of Africa, including both North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.

456. Latin American Governments and Politics. 3 hrs.

457. Political Development. 3 hrs. A comparative analysis of political change and modernization.

458. Latin American Political and Economic Development. 3 hrs.

459. Human Rights. 3 hrs. Examination of governmental abuses of human rights and efforts to protect human rights.


Public Law and Administration

370. Introduction to Public Administration. 3 hrs. The course surveys the subfields of Public Administration. These include: organizational theory and behavior; public policy; budgeting; and a history of public administration.

375. Government and Economics. 3 hrs. An analysis of those governmental policies in the U.S. and elsewhere designed to promote economic prosperity, insure economic stability, and provide public services. (No prior courses in economics are required.)

380. Introduction to Law in American Society. 3 hrs. A basic course to familiarize students with the court structure, the legal profession, and the role of law in American society.

470. Science, Technology, and Politics. 3 hrs. The role of politics in science and technology is examined specifically in terms of the impact of elites, the public, and technocrats..

471. Public Personnel Administration. 3 hrs. Examines the U.S. Civil Service and Merit System and its impact on employees and government.

472. Organization and Management. 3 hrs. The “models” or “theories” of organization. Administrative management and alternative models are evaluated as to their potential for authentic public organization.

473. Public Policy. 3 hrs. Substantive areas of public policy are investigated in this course, including public health, medicine, energy, air, and water pollution, land use, etc.

474. The Politics of Taxing and Spending. 3 hrs. This course is divided into two areas, budgeting models and their policies; issues such as taxing, fiscal policies, etc. are considered..

480. United States Constitutional Law. 3 hrs. An examination of the powers of the national government and the relationship between the national and state government using Supreme Court decisions.

481. The American Judicial Process. 3 hrs. This course examines the political aspects of the staffing, the structure, and the operation of the state and federal court systems.

484. Administrative Law. 3 hrs. An analysis of the procedures and powers of federal agencies.

485. International Law. 3 hrs. The development of the modern law of nations with emphasis on conventions and cases.

488. Women and the Law.

489. U. S. Supreme Court and Civil Liberties. 3 hrs. An analysis of the role of the U.S. Supreme Court in protecting individual rights. Primary focus is on litigation involving provisions of the Bill of Rights.

491. Pro Seminar in Political Science. 3 hrs. Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. An undergraduate seminar devoted to topics selected by the supervising professor. May be repeated once for credit with change in content.

492. Special Problems. 1-3 hrs. (Students undertaking a Senior Honors Project will enroll in PS H 492.)

497. Government-Business Relations in Japan. 3 hrs. An on-site analysis of business and government linkage in Japan offered under the auspices of the Center for International Education.

499. Seminar in British Politics. 3-6 hrs. Prerequisite: PS 300 or PS 452, or permission of instructor. A seminar conducted in Great Britain under the auspices of the Anglo-American Institute