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 For courses that have not been offered recently, these syllabi will be out-of-date.

  • PSC/IR 101 Introduction to Comparative Politics
  • PSC/IR 102 Introduction 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 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
  • PSC 205 Data Analysis II
  • IR 205 Sustainable Development in the 21st Century
  • PSC 208 Undergraduate Research Seminar
  • PSC 210 Development of the American Party System
  • 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 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
  • IR 225 Politics & Policymaking in the Developing World
  • PSC 227 Designing American Democracy
  • PSC 228 Race and Ethnic Politics
  • PSC 229 Environmental Health Policy
  • PSC 230 Law in Public Health Practice
  • IR 230 American Foreign Policy
  • IR 231 Cold War
  • PSC 232 Controversies in Public Policy
  • PSC 233W Innovation in Public Service
  • PSC 235 Organizational Behavior
  • IR 236 Contentious Politics and Social Movements
  • PSC 236 Health Care and the Law
  • PSC 237 U.S. Policymaking Processes
  • IR 237 Women, Men, Gender and Development
  • PSC 238 Business and Politics
  • IR 239 Women, Men, Gender and Development
  • PSC/IR 239 International Environmental Law
  • 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 and Its Discontents
  • 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 Authoritarianism
  • 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 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 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
  • IR 280 The Politics and Economy of China
  • PSC 281 Formal Models in Political Science
  • IR 283 Politics in the European Union
  • 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/IR 373 Territory and Group Conflict
  • 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 393W 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/IR 395 Research
  • 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 480 Scope of Political Science
  • PSC 487 Theories of Political Economy
  • PSC 502 Political and Economic Networks
  • PSC 504 Causal Inference
  • PSC 505 Maximum Likelihood Estimation
  • PSC 506 Advanced Topics in Methods
  • 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 530 Urban Change and City Politics
  • PSC 535 Bureaucratic Politics
  • PSC 536 Corporate Political Strategy
  • PSC 545 Judicial Politics
  • PSC 550 Comparative Politics Field Seminar
  • PSC 555 Democratic Political Processes
  • PSC 558 Comparative Parties and Elections
  • PSC 562 Empirical Research Practicum
  • PSC 563 Causal Inference: Applications and Interpretation
  • PSC 565 Political Economy of Development
  • PSC 568 International Organization
  • PSC 569 State Formation
  • PSC 572 International Politics Field Seminar
  • PSC 573 Territory and Group Conflict
  • PSC 575 Political Economy I
  • PSC 576 Graduate Research Seminar
  • PSC 577 Theories of Conflict
  • PSC 579 Politics of International Finance
  • PSC 580 Models of Non-Democratic Politics
  • PSC 581 Foundations of Political Theory
  • PSC 584 Game Theory
  • PSC 585 Dynamic Models: Structure, Computation and Estimation
  • PSC 586 Political Economy II
  • PSC 587 Structural Modeling and Estimation
  • PSC 589 Political Economy I: Social Choice, Bargaining and Elections