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B.A. IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

The Political Science program is designed to prepare students for many different careers in public and private sector organizations including careers in business, the law, state, local, and national governmental and non-profit agencies, journalism, political campaigns, interest groups, and graduate study.

The department offers courses designed to meet the needs of all Cheyney students. Political science courses provide valuable preparation for understanding and participating in the U.S. and global political systems. Political science courses are also a significant feature of a liberal arts education. Students acquire skills in writing, communications, and analysis, which prepare them to think independently.

Courses provide:

  • An understanding of political forces, policies, institutions, and processes;
  • A basic grounding in the concepts and tools of political and social analysis;
  • A critical appreciation of major political domestic and international issues.

General Education Requirements .……................. 51 cr.

Major Field Requirements

Political Science Core

Students are required to take all of the following political science courses:

  • RPO 101 Introduction to Political Science……….. 3
  • RPO 102 Introduction to World Politics................. 3
  • RPO 111 United States Government...….............. 3
  • RPO 211 State and Local Government…............. 3
  • RPO 311 International Relations……………………. 3
  • RPO 418 Public Administration……………………… 3
  • RPO 470, Political Science Seminar ……............... 3
  • RSO 325 Basic Research Methods …..................... 3
  • RSO 326 Social Statistics ……………....................... 3

Total Political Science Core…………………………. 27 cr.

Further Major Field Requirements

Students must take at least one course in each of the areas listed (15 credits):

  • American Government and Politics: …................ 3
    (RPO 315, RPO 316, RPO 411, RPO 412, or RPO 415)
  • Political Theory ………………………........................ 3
    (RPO 312, RPO 313, or RPO 314)
  • RPO _____Elective……………….….......................... 3
  • RPO _____Elective.………………….......................... 3

Total Further Major Field Requirements…………… 12 cr.

Total Major Requirements…………………………… 39 cr.

Free Electives …………......................................... 30 cr.

Total Credit Hours………........................................ 120 cr.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

RPO 101 Introduction to Political Science (3). A survey of basic concepts and current trends in political science and its sub-fields of American politics, public administration, comparative government, international relations, and political theory.

RPO 102 Introduction to World Politics (3) (Global Studies Course). This is an introductory course about world politics. The central purposes of the course are two-fold. First, the course is designed to acquaint students with the major trends, relationships, events, and dilemmas of contemporary world politics, which will have a significant impact on their lives and future. Secondly, the course will introduce the theories of international politics that have been developed by political scientists and other analysts of world politics.

RPO 111 United States Government (3). Designed to give a broad, general knowledge of the workings of the American national government – the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. Stress is placed on the application of government in our daily lives as that concept relates to the theory of government.

RPO 211 State and Local Governments (3). The functional operation of state and local governments with an analysis of their powers to tax and finance; enforce laws; regulate commerce and business, and promote the social and economic welfare.

RPO 212 African Politics (3) (Global Studies Course). African politics from the periods of European colonization to independence and post independence. The development of political parties and sense of nationalism; the religion, economy, culture, and personalities that help to make up the entire spectrum of politics in the emerging nations of Africa.

RPO 213 African Local Government Since Independence (3). A careful examination of how local government functions in African countries. Local geographical units, traditional leaders, state and local governments, and their relationship with the central or federal governments. Each region is studied in terms of structure, functions, and local politics that play a part in the building of new African nations.

RPO 311 International Relations (3) (Writing Intensive Course). The current world situation determines the character of the political, diplomatic, and strategic emphasis of this course with respect to national states. The national interests of the dominant states and the aspirations of emerging peoples will be the major concern of the course. Prerequisite: RPO 102.

RPO 312 Classical and Medieval Political Theory (3). A critical study of Greek, Roman, and Medieval political thought from Plato and Aristotle through early modern times.

RPO 313 Modern Political Theory (3). The liberal and authoritarian political philosophies in the Western World in the two centuries since the American and French Revolutions.

RPO 314 American Political Theory (3). The two principal components of American political thought: the individualistic, decentralized component exemplified by Jefferson, Taney, Cleveland, and Eisenhower, and the nationalistic, centralist thread exemplified by Hamilton, Marshall, Lincoln, and the two Roosevelt’s.

RPO 315 Political Parties (3). The political party as a force in activating government, whether in the multiple party state, the two party states, or a single party state. Prerequisite: RPO 111.

RPO 316 American Constitutional Law (3). The role of the Supreme Court in the American political system viewed both historically and through analysis of leading cases. The nature and exercise of judicial review, federalism, and the separation of powers. Prerequisite: RPO 111.

RPO 410 Trans—National Relations (3). An interdisciplinary study of interactions, organizations, and issues transcending national boundaries. Factors affecting the development of supra-state relations. Prerequisite: RPO 102.

RPO 411 Civil Liberties and the Law (3). Civil liberties: an analysis of the leading American Constitutional decisions relating to economic rights, discrimination against minorities, political equality, and the rights of the accused.

RPO 412 Politics and Black America (3) (African American Heritage Course). African-American participation in American politics. The nature of Black participation in policy making, the role of Black interest groups, the nature and place of Black leadership, and voting in the North, the South, and the Sub-community.

RPO 413 Comparative Government (3). Systems of government in Europe: the United Kingdom, France, West Germany, and the former USSR. Prerequisite: RPO 102.

RPO 414 International Law (3). How the rule of law applies to states in the pursuit of their ethnic, economic, political, strategic, technological, and social aspirations. Prerequisite: RPO 102.

RPO 415 the American Presidency (3). The development of the power, the influence, and the limitations of the American chief executive. Analysis of the office includes the selection of candidates, the role of the third party, and campaign financing. Prerequisite: RPO 111.

RPO 416 Current Political Issues (3) (Writing Intensive Course). The major problems facing nations in their political, economical, and cultural relations. A list of topics is announced and agreed upon at the beginning of each term. Junior or Senior Standing recommended.

RPO 417 The Politics of Non-Western Nations (3). The place of administration in modern government; legislative, judicial, and popular controls over administration and administrative organizations. Prerequisite: RPO 111.

RPO 419 Principles of Public Administration II (3). Financial administration operations analysis, personnel administration, and methods of achieving line administrative objectives. Prerequisite: RPO 111.

RPO 430 International Organization (3). The development of international organizations with special reference to The Hague Court, the League of Nations System, and the United Nations. Elementary concepts of international law and the application of these principles to state activities in the light of present-day affairs. Prerequisite: RPO 102.

RPO 450 Special Topics in Political Science (3).

RPO 460 Independent Study in Political Science (3). For students who wish to do independent research in some specialized areas of political science.

RPO 470 Political Science Seminar (3) (Writing Intensive Course). Required of all political science majors in their junior or senior year. A common core of readings with oral and written reports by each student. Each student must submit, with the counsel of his or her departmental advisor, a paper involving original research as evidence of having mastered the requisites of a political science major.

 

 

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