Course descriptions

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101. American Government. 3 hrs. An introduction to American national government and politics(CC 1113, 1153)

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

211. Political Research. 3 hrs. A course in research methodology for students in political science and the social sciences

212. Political Analysis. 3 hrs. This course introduces and examines a variety of data analysis techniques appropriate for political science

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. 3 hrs. This course aquaints 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.

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

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

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

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. Prerequisite(s): Junior or senior status. Examines feminist political theory, the role and status of women in U.S. politics and public policy issues related to women

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

420. Political Theory Plato to Machiavelli. 3 hrs. Prerequisite(s): Junior or Senior status. 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 as 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.

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

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

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

453. People Power: Politics and Protests. 3 hrs. Examines political social movements in the United States and abroad. No prerequisite or prior knowledge of the subject is required

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

456. Revolutions and Democracy in Latin America. 3 hrs

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

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

462. Internet Politics. 3 hrs. Examine the role of the Internet on American politics.

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, water pollution, land use and more

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 and fiscal policies 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. 3 hrs. This course examines the constitutional and legal rights of women in the United States

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. Proseminar 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.)

493. Political Science Internship. 3 hrs. This course provides students with the opportunity to serve as interns at local, state, or national political, legal, or social service organizations or agencies for academic credit.

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


The semester credit hours are listed after the title of each course.

100. Introduction to the Arts. 3 hrs. A team-taught investigation of the music, visual and theatrical arts designed for students who are not otherwise academically involved with these arts (CC 1233)

Southern Miss courses for which there are acceptable junior/community college courses are marked as (CC ____). It should be noted that there is a variance in course sequence between the junior/community colleges and Southern Miss. In addition, courses with the same junior/community college numbers vary from college to college. An adviser should be consulted before course scheduling.

The plus (+) sign in front of a course indicates that a special fee is charged for that course. (All labs are subject to a usage fee.)