Department of Political Science

Course Descriptions

This site lists every course offered in Political Science and International Relations, along with a copy of the most recent syllabus for the course. For courses that have not been offered recently, these syllabi will be out-of-date. Each course description indicates how frequently the course is typically taught. We post this information to assist students planning their schedules. With the exception of a handful of courses—including PSC 202, PSC 404, PSC 405, PSC 407, PSC 408, and PSC 505, all of which are definitely taught every year—this information should be treated as a general rule, rather than as an absolute guarantee.

For official course schedules, restrictions, classrooms, and current enrollments, check the Registrar's schedule.
More current syllabi and course information might be available for students on my.rochester.edu.

  • PSC/IR 101 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PSC/IR 102 Intro to Political Economy of Development
  • PSC 104 Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • PSC 105 Introduction to American Politics
  • PSC/IR 106 Introduction to International Relations
  • PSC 107 Introduction to Positive Political Theory
  • PSC 115 Intro to Comparative Politics
  • PSC 117 Introduction to American Government
  • PSC 121 Sustainable Food Systems
  • PSC 140 Politics & The Mass Media
  • PSC 150 Intro to American Politics
  • PSC 151 Political Economy of Developing Countries
  • PSC 152 Politics in Developing Nations
  • PSC 160 Campaigns & Elections: A Global Perspective
  • PSC 161 Introduction to International Politics
  • PSC/IR 172 Athenian Democracy
  • PSC 200 Data Analysis I
  • IR 200 Politics of Authoritarian Regimes
  • PSC 202W Argument in Political Science
  • PSC 203 Survey Research Methods
  • IR 204 Dictatorship and Democracy
  • PSC 205 Data Analysis II
  • IR 205 Sustainable Development in the 21st Century
  • PSC 208 Undergraduate Research Seminar
  • PSC 209 Interest Groups in America
  • PSC 210 Development of the American Party System
  • IR 211 Political Economy of Africa
  • PSC 212 Supreme Court in U.S. History
  • PSC 213 The U.S. Congress
  • PSC 214 Empirical Controversies in American Politics
  • PSC 215 American Elections
  • IR 216 Political Economy of Post-Communism
  • PSC/IR 217 How Countries Become Rich
  • PSC 218 Emergence of the Modern Congress
  • IR 218 China & Asia: Politics and Economics
  • PSC 219 Data Collection & Analysis in the Local Community
  • IR 219 Democracy in Latin America: Argentina, Brazil, and Mexico
  • IR 220 Elections, Parties and Coalitions in Comparative Perspective
  • PSC 221 Philosophical Foundations of the American Revolution
  • PSC 222 U.S. Presidency
  • IR 222 Politics of New Europe
  • PSC 223 Constitutional Structure and Rights
  • PSC 225 Race and Political Representation
  • IR 225 Politics & Policymaking in the Developing World
  • PSC 226 Black Political Leadership
  • PSC 227 Designing American Democracy
  • PSC 228 Race and Ethnic Politics
  • IR 229 International Political Economy
  • PSC 229 Environmental Health Policy
  • PSC 230 Law in Public Health Practice
  • IR 230 American Foreign Policy
  • IR 231 Cold War
  • PSC 231 Money in Politics
  • PSC 232 Controversies in Public Policy
  • PSC 233 Innovation in Public Service
  • PSC 234 Law and Politics in the U.S.
  • PSC 235 Organizational Behavior
  • IR 236 Contentious Politics and Social Movements
  • PSC 236 Health Care and the Law
  • PSC 237 Domestic Social Policy
  • IR 237 Women, Men, Gender and Development
  • PSC 238 Business and Politics
  • IR 238 Political Economy of International Migration
  • IR 239 Women, Men, Gender and Development
  • PSC/IR 239 International Environmental Law
  • PSC 239K The Nature of Entrepreneurship
  • PSC 240 Criminal Procedure and Constitutional Principles
  • IR 240 Human Rights, Minorities and Migration in Europe
  • PSC 241 Urban Change and City Politics
  • PSC 242 Research Practicum in Criminal Justice Reform
  • PSC 243 Environmental Politics
  • PSC 244K Politics and Markets: Innovation and The Global Business Environment
  • PSC 245 Aging and Public Policy
  • PSC 246 Environmental Law and Policy
  • PSC 247 Green Markets: Environmental Opportunities and Pitfalls
  • IR 247 Zionism
  • IR 248 The Arab-Israeli Conflict
  • PSC 248 Discrimination
  • PSC 249 Environmental Policy-In-Action
  • IR 249 Israel/Palestine
  • PSC/IR 250 Comparative Democratic Representation
  • PSC/IR 251 Authoritarian Politics
  • PSC/IR 252 Ethnic Politics
  • PSC/IR 253 Comparative Political Parties
  • PSC/IR 254 The U.S. in the Middle East
  • PSC/IR 255 Poverty and Development
  • PSC/IR 256 Theories of Comparative Politics
  • PSC/IR 257 The Origins of the Modern World
  • PSC/IR 258 Democratic Regimes
  • PSC/IR 259 Order, Violence, and the State
  • PSC/IR 260 Contemporary African Politics
  • PSC/IR 261 Latin American Politics
  • PSC/IR 262 Elections in Developing Countries
  • PSC/IR 263 Comparative Law and Courts
  • PSC/IR 264 Comparative Political Institutions
  • PSC/IR 265 Civil War and the International System
  • PSC/IR 266 The Politics of India and Pakistan
  • PSC/IR 267 Identity, Ethnicity and Nationalism
  • PSC/IR 268 International Organization
  • PSC/IR 270 Mechanisms of International Relations
  • PSC/IR 271 Territory and Group Conflict
  • PSC/IR 272 Theories of International Relations
  • PSC/IR 273 The Politics of Terrorism
  • PSC/IR 274 International Political Economy
  • PSC/IR 276 The Politics of Insurgency
  • PSC/IR 278 Foundations of Modern International Politics
  • PSC/IR 279 War and the Nation State
  • PSC 280 Political Accountability
  • IR 280 The Politics and Economy of China
  • PSC 281 Formal Models in Political Science
  • IR 283 Politics in the European Union
  • PSC 283 Contemporary Political Theory
  • PSC 284 Democratic Theory
  • PSC 285 Legal Reasoning and Argument
  • PSC/IR 286 Political Economy of Developing Countries
  • PSC 287 Theories of Political Economy
  • PSC 288 Game Theory
  • PSC/IR 289 The Role of the State in Global Historical Perspective
  • PSC 290 The Historical Origins of Unequal Development Among Ethnic Nationalities and State Policy
  • PSC 291 First Amendment and Religion
  • PSC 292 Ethics in Markets and In Public Policy
  • PSC 293 The Political Thought of Fredrick Douglass
  • PSC/IR 299 Communicating Your Professional Identity in Political Science & International Relations
  • PSC 304 Urban Crime and Justice
  • PSC 305 Poverty and Mental Health
  • PSC 310 Political Parties and Elections
  • PSC 318 Emergence of the Modern Congress
  • PSC 319 American Legislative Institutions
  • PSC/IR 350 Comparative Politics Field Seminar
  • PSC/IR 351 Western European Politics
  • PSC/IR 355 Democratic Processes
  • PSC/IR 356 Political Economy of Reform
  • PSC/IR 364 Comparative Political Economy
  • PSC/IR 372 International Politics Field Seminar
  • PSC/IR 373 Territory and Group Conflict
  • PSC/IR 374 International Political Economy
  • PSC 380 Scope of Political Science
  • PSC 385 Legal Reasoning & Argument
  • PSC/IR 389W Senior Honors Seminar
  • PSC 390 Supervised Teaching
  • PSC 391 Directed Reading/Independent Study
  • PSC 393 Senior Honors Project
  • PSC 394 Local Law and Politics Internships
  • PSC 394B European Political Internship Belgium
  • PSC 394G European Political Internship Bonn, Germany
  • PSC 394L UK Politics Internship London
  • PSC 396 Washington Semester
  • PSC/IR 397 European Political Internship
  • PSC 397F UK Politics Internship
  • PSC 404 Probability and Inference
  • PSC 405 Linear Models
  • PSC 407 Mathematical Modeling
  • PSC 408 Positive Political Theory
  • PSC 465 Civil War and the International System
  • PSC 471 Russia and Eastern Europe: Politics and International Relations
  • PSC 479 War and the Nation State
  • PSC 480 Scope of Political Science
  • PSC 482 Art and Politics
  • PSC 484 Democratic Theory
  • PSC 487 Theories of Political Economy
  • PSC 502 Political and Economic Networks
  • PSC 503 Formal Modeling in Comparative Politics
  • PSC 504 Causal Inference
  • PSC 505 Maximum Likelihood Estimation
  • PSC 506 Advanced Topics in Methods
  • PSC 507 Computational Methods
  • PSC 508 Estimating Games and Testing Formal Models
  • PSC 509 Advanced Topics in Methods II
  • PSC 510 Political Parties and Elections
  • PSC 513 Interest Groups
  • PSC 518 Emergence of the Modern Congress
  • PSC 519 American Legislative Institutions
  • PSC 523 American Politics Field Seminar
  • PSC 525 Race and Political Representation
  • PSC 530 Urban Change and City Politics
  • PSC 535 Bureaucratic Politics
  • PSC 536 Corporate Political Strategy
  • PSC 540 Models in American Politics: Theory & Data
  • PSC 545 Judicial Politics
  • PSC 550 Comparative Politics Field Seminar
  • PSC 551 Western European Politics
  • PSC 553 Ethnic Politics
  • PSC 555 Democratic Political Processes
  • PSC 558 Comparative Parties and Elections
  • PSC 561 Latin American Politics
  • PSC 562 Empirical Research Practicum
  • PSC 563 Causal Inference: Applications and Interpretation
  • PSC 564 Comparative Political Economy
  • PSC 565 Political Economy of Development
  • PSC 568 International Organization
  • PSC 569 State Formation
  • PSC 570 Civil Order and Civil Violence
  • PSC 571 Quantitative Approaches to International Politics
  • PSC 572 International Politics Field Seminar
  • PSC 573 Territory and Group Conflict
  • PSC 574 International Political Economy
  • PSC 575 Political Economy I
  • PSC 576 Modeling International Conflict
  • PSC 576 Graduate Research Seminar
  • PSC 577 Theories of Conflict
  • PSC 578 International Conflict: Theory and History
  • PSC 579 Politics of International Finance
  • PSC 580 Models of Non-Democratic Politics
  • PSC 581 Foundations of Political Theory
  • PSC 583 Culture and Politics
  • PSC 584 Game Theory
  • PSC 585 Dynamic Models: Structure, Computation and Estimation
  • PSC 586 Voting and Elections
  • PSC 586 Political Economy II
  • PSC 587 Structural Modeling and Estimation
  • PSC 588 Bargaining Theory and Applications
  • PSC 589 Political Economy I: Social Choice, Bargaining and Elections