Political Science
2005 - 2006 College of the Ozarks Catalog

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science

The Political Science program provides a pre-professional background for a variety of careers including college law, teaching, government service, journalism and library work. Graduates with a major in Political Science should be able to: 1) understand the working process of American government and politics; 2) apply theories of government and politics to contemporary society.

Major in Political Science
 
Required major courses: 30 hours  
POL 103 American National Government (F) 3
POL 113 American State and Local Government (S) 3
POL additional courses (minimum 15 hours 300-400 level) 24

Minor in Political Science
 
Required minor courses: 18 hours  
POL 103 American National Government (F) 3
POL 113 American State and Local Government (S) 3
POL additional courses 12

COURSES IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (POL)

103 American National Government A survey of the structure, functions, politics, and policies of the national government. (F)

113 American State and Local Government A survey of the structure, functions, problems and decision-making processes of American state and local governments with emphasis in Missouri government. (S)

203 Principles of Political Science A general introduction to the study of politics with emphasis on the significance of the fundamental theories and concepts of the discipline as well as on the nature and function of political systems.

213 Introduction to Public Administration—Prerequisite: POL 103 or POL 113. A study of principles, methods, practices, and problems in public administrative agencies in the United States.

223 Contemporary World Problems A study of selected problems in contemporary international politics.

Prerequisite for all 300-400 level courses: 45 hours or permission.

303 Political Parties and Pressure Groups An examination of the history and role of political parties, pressure groups and public opinion in the government of the United States.

313 Comparative Government A comparative study of the government and politics of selected countries, including Great Britain and Russia.

323 Political Culture of Asia and Africa A survey of the structures, processes and functions of selected political systems and cultures in Asia and Africa, with emphasis on problems of national building.

333 International Relations and Organizations A study of the concepts, principles and problems in the political relations of modern states, and an examination of the origins, developments, growth and problems of contemporary world and regional organizations.

343 International Law A study of the development, theory and application of international law and of its actual and potential role in the attainment of international order. Writing Intensive.

353 The American Presidency An examination of the Constitutional sources of the President’s power and responsibilities with special emphasis on the President’s relations with Congress, political parties, the bureaucracy and the institutional organization of the chief executive.

403 Constitutional Law I A study of the development of the American constitutional system through analysis of leading decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Topics include judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, the commerce and taxing powers and the development of substantive due process. Writing Intensive.

413 Constitutional Law II A study of the development of the American constitutional system through analysis of leading decisions of the United States Supreme Court. Topics include equal protection under the law, due process, freedom of speech, press and association, and separation of church and state. Writing Intensive.

443 Seminar—Prerequisite: permission. An intensive study of a national or an international issue. The course involves the preparation and presentation of a substantial research paper. Writing Intensive.

47V (1-6) Directed Readings Intensive reading in one of the main fields of political science under the supervision of a faculty advisor. Open to upperclassmen of proven ability.

48V (1-6) Internship—Prerequisite: POL 103 or POL 113 and permission. A course designed to provide an opportunity for seniors in the department to receive academic credit while working, part-time or full-time, with federal, state or local government agencies or law offices.

49V (1-3) Special Problems—Prerequisite: junior or senior standing or permission. An opportunity for in-depth studies in the area of political science or government with the approval of the instructor.

2005 - 2006 College of the Ozarks Catalog