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Pre-Law

The Pre-Law concentration under the Political Science major is designed for students planning to attend law school or become a professional legal assistant. MTSU's Pre-Law program begins with a basic study of government and encompasses courses in speech, logic, economics, and legal research and writing. Law careers see continued growth due to the complexity of the legal system and people's tendency to seek legal remedies for problems.

State your case with competition teams

State your case with competition teams

MTSU students get experience in courtroom cases, appellate Supreme Court arguments, or mediation of disputes through national and regional competition with award-winning Mock Trial, Moot Court, and Mock Mediation teams. The Mock Trial team regularly places in the nation's top 10.

Get first-hand experience in the law

Get first-hand experience in the law

To gain a realistic idea of what lawyers do, Pre-Law majors work with individual law firms for a semester their senior year. Students get credit in the internship program run in cooperation with the Bar Association of Rutherford and Cannon counties.

The law profession includes lawyers, judges, clerks, and legal research assistants. MTSU's Pre-Law program has placed students in law schools at such institutions as

  • Boston University
  • College of William and Mary
  • Cumberland Law School
  • Duke University
  • Nashville School of Law.
  • Tulane University
  • University of California-Berkeley (Boalt)
  • University of Memphis
  • University of Tennessee Law School
  • Vanderbilt University

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Paine, Tarwater, and Bickers, LLP, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Senior immigration paralegal for law firm
  • LaPointe & Bulter, PC
  • Tennessee Center for Policy Research director and general counsel
  • City of Smyrna, Tennessee, city attorney

Pre-Law is a concentration available for undergraduates pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Political Science. The Political Science and International Relations Department also offers a B.A. or B.S. in Political Science with a general focus, with a concentration in Public Administration, or with Teacher Licensure; and both a Bachelor of Science (B.S) and a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations.

The Department of Political Science and International Relations offers minors in Paralegal Studies, Political Science, Public Administration, Political and Civic Engagement, and International Relations and also coordinates interdisciplinary minors in Urban Studies, Russian Studies, and African Studies.

A Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Affairs with a concentration in either Security and Peace Studies or Development and Globalization is available.

Pre-Law (B.A.) Pre-Law (B.S.) 


Political Science, Pre-Law Concentration, B.A.

Department of Political Science and International Relations 
615-898-2708
Stephen Morris, program coordinator
Stephen.Morris@mtsu.edu

Students majoring in Political Science can choose a general focus or a concentration in either Public Administration or Pre-law.

The Pre-law concentration is designed for the student who plans to attend law school. A combination of core political science courses and courses in related disciplines has been found to provide a sound background for law school. Some law schools will not accept any professional or technical courses as part of their minimum requirement. It is essential that the student consult with his or her advisor in instances where such courses will be taken.

The concentration in Pre-law requires 37 semester hours of work, including

Required Courses

Core (19 hours)

  • PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics  3 credit hours  (formerly PS 2010)

    PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics

    3 credit hours

    Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

  • PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

  • PS 2000 - Political Science and International Relations as a Profession

    1 credit hour credit hours

    To be taken as early as possible by Political Science and International Relations majors. Provides practical information for majors on career planning and development, including potential careers in law, graduate school and research, government, policy analysis, political campaign management, lobbying, and non-profit management.

  • PS 2440 - Law and the Legal System

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A general introduction to American law and the American legal system; focus on the case system.

  • PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of theories of judicial decision making as well as the establishment of judicial review itself, followed by case studies of major Supreme Court decisions in federalism. Issues covered include commerce, contracts, police, and war powers as well as restrictions placed on state governments after the ratification of the Civil War Amendments. Offered  fall only.

  • PS 3380 - American Constitutional Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:  PS 1005, PS 3370, or permission of instructor. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Focuses on case studies of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil liberties. Issues covered include racial and gender discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, as well as rights of the criminally accused and the right to privacy. Offered spring only.

  • PS 4800 - Senior Seminar  3 credit hours  

    PS 4800 - Senior Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:  PS 1005, PS 1010, and 12 additional hours of political science courses. A reading and discussion seminar designed to integrate knowledge of the subfields of political science through critical reflection on politics, law, ideology, and culture from both a domestic and global perspective.

Two of the following (6 hours):

  • PS 3001 - Research Methods in Political Science  3 credit hours  (formerly PS 4000)

    PS 3001 - Research Methods in Political Science

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of quantitative methods in empirical research problems in the social sciences.

  • PS 3160 - American Public Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Examines the public policy-making process in the United States, the stages of policy development and the problems inherent in policymaking. At least one substantive policy area examined in depth; examples: health care, environmental, welfare, agricultural, poverty, or budgetary policies.

  • PS 3270 - NGOs and Non-Profits  3 credit hours  

    PS 3270 - NGOs and Non-Profits

    3 credit hours

    Key topics and issues surrounding the political environment and competing pressures that international non-governmental organizations and domestic non-profits confront. Formal readings paired with discussions from practitioners in the field and hands-on professional exercises.

  • PS 4230 - Classical Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030. Western political theory from the ancient Greeks through the medieval Christians. Includes Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, stoicism, skepticism, Lucretius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More.

  • PS 4700 - American Political Thought

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or PS 1010 or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

  • PS 4920 - Modern Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010, PS 1005, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Western political theory from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

  • PS 4930 - Introduction to Contemporary Political Philosophy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Aims to foster critical thinking about contemporary political philosophy by introducing students to four main approaches: Aristotelianism, Utilitarianism, Contractarian Liberalism, and Marxism. Familiarizes students with certain philosophical arguments about important issues in both national and global politics such as multiculturism, justice, democracy, and freedom.

Electives (12 hours)

Four elective courses with at least one in each of the following areas:

  • American Government
  • Public Administration
  • Comparative Government
  • International Relations

Cognate (18 hours)

In addition, students should also complete the following courses in consultation with their advisor. This cognate takes the place of one minor (18 hours):

  • PHIL 2110 - Elementary Logic and Critical Thinking

    3 credit hours

    Principles of deductive and inductive reasoning, problem solving, and the analysis of arguments in everyday language.

  • PHIL 3150 - Ethics  3 credit hours  

    PHIL 3150 - Ethics

    3 credit hours

    Examines major ethical theories, the moral nature of human beings, and the meaning of good and right and applies ethical theories to resolving moral problems in personal and professional lives.  

 

  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns vary among cultures. Content emphasizes increased understanding and problem-solving techniques when people from different cultures interact.

  • ENGL 4785 - Law and Literature  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 4785 - Law and Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better; for juniors and seniors only. Introduces interrelations of law and literature as seen in a variety of literary texts and classic writings of great jurists.

 

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

 

  • PS 3530 - Legal Writing and Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A specialized composition course for the student planning to attend law school or paralegal school or to become a legal secretary. Practice in legal research, documentation, and a variety of legal problems.

  • ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better; for juniors and seniors only. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

 

  • PS 3010 - Women and the Law  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 3010 - Women and the Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of the legal treatment of women in the home, school, and workplace. Examines development of law, relationship of law to political movements, and current state of law and legal theory on women's rights and gender equality.

  • PS 3490 - Alternative Dispute Resolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the department chair. Theory, methods, and ethical components of alternative dispute resolution (ADR); emphasis on various forms of mediation, but including other ADR formats such as arbitration, negotiation, and summary jury trial.

  • PS 3500 - International Law  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 3500 - International Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights will be studied.

  • PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing, competitive selection, PS 2440, or by permission of instructor. Familiarizes pre-law students with general law office procedures and an active law environment.

  • PS 4590 - Administrative Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 4590 - Administrative Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 PS 3250, or permission of instructor. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

Curriculum: Political Science, Pre-Law

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities, and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics

    3 credit hours

    Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

  • PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 32 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • PS 2000 - Political Science and International Relations as a Profession

    1 credit hour credit hours

    To be taken as early as possible by Political Science and International Relations majors. Provides practical information for majors on career planning and development, including potential careers in law, graduate school and research, government, policy analysis, political campaign management, lobbying, and non-profit management.

  • PS 2440 - Law and the Legal System

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A general introduction to American law and the American legal system; focus on the case system.

  • PHIL 2110 - Elementary Logic and Critical Thinking

    3 credit hours

    Principles of deductive and inductive reasoning, problem solving, and the analysis of arguments in everyday language.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

  • ENGL 4785 - Law and Literature  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 4785 - Law and Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better; for juniors and seniors only. Introduces interrelations of law and literature as seen in a variety of literary texts and classic writings of great jurists.

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

  • PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of theories of judicial decision making as well as the establishment of judicial review itself, followed by case studies of major Supreme Court decisions in federalism. Issues covered include commerce, contracts, police, and war powers as well as restrictions placed on state governments after the ratification of the Civil War Amendments. Offered  fall only.

  • PS 3380 - American Constitutional Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:  PS 1005, PS 3370, or permission of instructor. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Focuses on case studies of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil liberties. Issues covered include racial and gender discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, as well as rights of the criminally accused and the right to privacy. Offered spring only.

  • PS 3530 - Legal Writing and Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A specialized composition course for the student planning to attend law school or paralegal school or to become a legal secretary. Practice in legal research, documentation, and a variety of legal problems.

  • ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better; for juniors and seniors only. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

Choose 6 hours from:

  • PS 4230 - Classical Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030. Western political theory from the ancient Greeks through the medieval Christians. Includes Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, stoicism, skepticism, Lucretius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More.

  • PS 4700 - American Political Thought

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or PS 1010 or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

  • PS 4920 - Modern Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010, PS 1005, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Western political theory from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

  • PS 4930 - Introduction to Contemporary Political Philosophy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Aims to foster critical thinking about contemporary political philosophy by introducing students to four main approaches: Aristotelianism, Utilitarianism, Contractarian Liberalism, and Marxism. Familiarizes students with certain philosophical arguments about important issues in both national and global politics such as multiculturism, justice, democracy, and freedom.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • PHIL 3150 - Ethics  3 credit hours  

    PHIL 3150 - Ethics

    3 credit hours

    Examines major ethical theories, the moral nature of human beings, and the meaning of good and right and applies ethical theories to resolving moral problems in personal and professional lives.  

  • PS 4800 - Senior Seminar  3 credit hours  

    PS 4800 - Senior Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:  PS 1005, PS 1010, and 12 additional hours of political science courses. A reading and discussion seminar designed to integrate knowledge of the subfields of political science through critical reflection on politics, law, ideology, and culture from both a domestic and global perspective.

  • PS 3010 - Women and the Law  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 3010 - Women and the Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of the legal treatment of women in the home, school, and workplace. Examines development of law, relationship of law to political movements, and current state of law and legal theory on women's rights and gender equality.

  • PS 3490 - Alternative Dispute Resolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the department chair. Theory, methods, and ethical components of alternative dispute resolution (ADR); emphasis on various forms of mediation, but including other ADR formats such as arbitration, negotiation, and summary jury trial.

  • PS 3500 - International Law  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 3500 - International Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights will be studied.

  • PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing, competitive selection, PS 2440, or by permission of instructor. Familiarizes pre-law students with general law office procedures and an active law environment.

  • PS 4590 - Administrative Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 4590 - Administrative Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 PS 3250, or permission of instructor. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

Academic Map

Following is a printable, suggested four-year schedule of courses:

Political Science, Pre-Law, B.A., Academic Map  


Political Science, Pre-Law Concentration, B.S.

Department of Political Science and International Relations 
615-898-2708
Stephen Morris, program coordinator
Stephen.Morris@mtsu.edu

Students majoring in Political Science can choose a general focus or a concentration in either Public Administration or Pre-law.

The Pre-law concentration is designed for the student who plans to attend law school. A combination of core political science courses and courses in related disciplines has been found to provide a sound background for law school. Some law schools will not accept any professional or technical courses as part of their minimum requirement. It is essential that the student consult with his or her advisor in instances where such courses will be taken.

The concentration in Pre-law requires 37 semester hours of work, including

Required Courses

Core (19 hours)

  • PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics  3 credit hours  (formerly PS 2010)

    PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics

    3 credit hours

    Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

  • PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

  • PS 2000 - Political Science and International Relations as a Profession

    1 credit hour credit hours

    To be taken as early as possible by Political Science and International Relations majors. Provides practical information for majors on career planning and development, including potential careers in law, graduate school and research, government, policy analysis, political campaign management, lobbying, and non-profit management.

  • PS 2440 - Law and the Legal System

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A general introduction to American law and the American legal system; focus on the case system.

  • PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of theories of judicial decision making as well as the establishment of judicial review itself, followed by case studies of major Supreme Court decisions in federalism. Issues covered include commerce, contracts, police, and war powers as well as restrictions placed on state governments after the ratification of the Civil War Amendments. Offered  fall only.

  • PS 3380 - American Constitutional Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:  PS 1005, PS 3370, or permission of instructor. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Focuses on case studies of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil liberties. Issues covered include racial and gender discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, as well as rights of the criminally accused and the right to privacy. Offered spring only.

  • PS 4800 - Senior Seminar  3 credit hours  

    PS 4800 - Senior Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:  PS 1005, PS 1010, and 12 additional hours of political science courses. A reading and discussion seminar designed to integrate knowledge of the subfields of political science through critical reflection on politics, law, ideology, and culture from both a domestic and global perspective.

Two of the following (6 hours):

  • PS 3001 - Research Methods in Political Science  3 credit hours  (formerly PS 4000)

    PS 3001 - Research Methods in Political Science

    3 credit hours

    Fundamentals of quantitative methods in empirical research problems in the social sciences.

  • PS 3160 - American Public Policy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Examines the public policy-making process in the United States, the stages of policy development and the problems inherent in policymaking. At least one substantive policy area examined in depth; examples: health care, environmental, welfare, agricultural, poverty, or budgetary policies.

  • PS 3270 - NGOs and Non-Profits  3 credit hours  

    PS 3270 - NGOs and Non-Profits

    3 credit hours

    Key topics and issues surrounding the political environment and competing pressures that international non-governmental organizations and domestic non-profits confront. Formal readings paired with discussions from practitioners in the field and hands-on professional exercises.

  • PS 4230 - Classical Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030. Western political theory from the ancient Greeks through the medieval Christians. Includes Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, stoicism, skepticism, Lucretius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More.

  • PS 4700 - American Political Thought

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or PS 1010 or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

  • PS 4920 - Modern Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010, PS 1005, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Western political theory from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

  • PS 4930 - Introduction to Contemporary Political Philosophy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Aims to foster critical thinking about contemporary political philosophy by introducing students to four main approaches: Aristotelianism, Utilitarianism, Contractarian Liberalism, and Marxism. Familiarizes students with certain philosophical arguments about important issues in both national and global politics such as multiculturism, justice, democracy, and freedom.

Electives (12 hours)

Four elective courses with at least one in each of the following areas:

  • American Government
  • Public Administration
  • Comparative Government
  • International Relations

Cognate (18 hours)

In addition, students should also complete the following courses in consultation with their advisor. This cognate takes the place of one minor (18 hours):

  • PHIL 2110 - Elementary Logic and Critical Thinking

    3 credit hours

    Principles of deductive and inductive reasoning, problem solving, and the analysis of arguments in everyday language.

  • PHIL 3150 - Ethics  3 credit hours  

    PHIL 3150 - Ethics

    3 credit hours

    Examines major ethical theories, the moral nature of human beings, and the meaning of good and right and applies ethical theories to resolving moral problems in personal and professional lives.  

 

  • COMM 3560 - Intercultural Communication

    3 credit hours

    Examines how perceptions, values, norms of behavior, and communication patterns vary among cultures. Content emphasizes increased understanding and problem-solving techniques when people from different cultures interact.

  • ENGL 4785 - Law and Literature  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 4785 - Law and Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better; for juniors and seniors only. Introduces interrelations of law and literature as seen in a variety of literary texts and classic writings of great jurists.

 

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

 

  • PS 3530 - Legal Writing and Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A specialized composition course for the student planning to attend law school or paralegal school or to become a legal secretary. Practice in legal research, documentation, and a variety of legal problems.

  • ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better; for juniors and seniors only. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

 

  • PS 3010 - Women and the Law  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 3010 - Women and the Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of the legal treatment of women in the home, school, and workplace. Examines development of law, relationship of law to political movements, and current state of law and legal theory on women's rights and gender equality.

  • PS 3490 - Alternative Dispute Resolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the department chair. Theory, methods, and ethical components of alternative dispute resolution (ADR); emphasis on various forms of mediation, but including other ADR formats such as arbitration, negotiation, and summary jury trial.

  • PS 3500 - International Law  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 3500 - International Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights will be studied.

  • PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing, competitive selection, PS 2440, or by permission of instructor. Familiarizes pre-law students with general law office procedures and an active law environment.

  • PS 4590 - Administrative Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 4590 - Administrative Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 PS 3250, or permission of instructor. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

Curriculum: Political Science, Pre-Law

Curricular listings include General Education requirements in Communication, History, Humanities and/or Fine Arts, Mathematics, Natural Sciences, and Social/Behavioral Sciences categories.

Freshman

  • ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing  3 credit hours  (Comm)

    ENGL 1010 - Expository Writing

    3 credit hours

    The first General Education English course. Emphasis on learning to adapt composing processes to a variety of expository and analytic writing assignments. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • ENGL 1020 - Research and Argumentative Writing

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: ENGL 1010. The second General Education English course. Emphasis on analytic and argumentative writing and on locating, organizing, and using library resource materials in the writing. Minimum grade of C- required for credit.

  • PS 1005 - Introduction to American Politics

    3 credit hours

    Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

  • PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics  3 credit hours  (Soc/Beh Sci)

    PS 1010 - Introduction to Global Politics

    3 credit hours

    Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 32 Hours

Sophomore

  • ENGL 2020 - Themes in Literature and Culture

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Traces a specific theme or idea through a number of literary texts that reflect different historical and cultural contexts. Subject will vary.

  • ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature  3 credit hours  (Hum/FA)

    ENGL 2030 - The Experience of Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. The reading of a variety of literary types which illuminate themes and experiences common to human existence.

  • HUM 2610 - Foreign Literature in Translation

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 and ENGL 1020. Representative works of French, German, and Hispanic authors in English translation. No foreign-language proficiency required. Carries General Education credit.

  • COMM 2200 - Fundamentals of Communication

    3 credit hours

    Principles and processes of effective public oral communication including researching, critical thinking, organizing, presenting, listening, and using appropriate language. Emphasis on informative, persuasive, special occasion, and extemporaneous (impromptu) speaking. Counts as part of the General Education Communication requirement.

  • PS 2000 - Political Science and International Relations as a Profession

    1 credit hour credit hours

    To be taken as early as possible by Political Science and International Relations majors. Provides practical information for majors on career planning and development, including potential careers in law, graduate school and research, government, policy analysis, political campaign management, lobbying, and non-profit management.

  • PS 2440 - Law and the Legal System

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A general introduction to American law and the American legal system; focus on the case system.

  • PHIL 2110 - Elementary Logic and Critical Thinking

    3 credit hours

    Principles of deductive and inductive reasoning, problem solving, and the analysis of arguments in everyday language.

  • HIST 2010 - Survey of United States History I

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2020 - Survey of United States History II

    3 credit hours

    Survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects. HIST 2010 discusses the era from the beginning to 1877. HIST 2020 discusses the era from 1877 to the present. These courses are prerequisite for all advanced courses in American history and satisfy the General Education History requirement. HIST 2010 is NOT a prerequisite for HIST 2020.

  • HIST 2030 - Tennessee History  3 credit hours  

    HIST 2030 - Tennessee History

    3 credit hours

    The role of the state in the development of the nation. May be used to satisfy one part of the General Education History requirement.

Subtotal: 31 Hours

Junior

  • ENGL 4785 - Law and Literature  3 credit hours  

    ENGL 4785 - Law and Literature

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:Completion of 1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better; for juniors and seniors only. Introduces interrelations of law and literature as seen in a variety of literary texts and classic writings of great jurists.

  • ECON 2410 - Principles of Economics, Macroeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of national income and its fluctuations, inflation, unemployment, role of the banking system, monetary and fiscal policies, and international topics.

  • ECON 2420 - Principles of Economics, Microeconomics

    3 credit hours

    As an aid to understanding modern economic society: economic concepts of consumer and firm behavior; the pricing of goods, services, and productive factors; international topics; and an overview of the American economy.

  • PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of theories of judicial decision making as well as the establishment of judicial review itself, followed by case studies of major Supreme Court decisions in federalism. Issues covered include commerce, contracts, police, and war powers as well as restrictions placed on state governments after the ratification of the Civil War Amendments. Offered  fall only.

  • PS 3380 - American Constitutional Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite:  PS 1005, PS 3370, or permission of instructor. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Focuses on case studies of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil liberties. Issues covered include racial and gender discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, as well as rights of the criminally accused and the right to privacy. Offered spring only.

  • PS 3530 - Legal Writing and Research

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A specialized composition course for the student planning to attend law school or paralegal school or to become a legal secretary. Practice in legal research, documentation, and a variety of legal problems.

  • ENGL 4605 - Advanced Composition

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Completion of  1000- and 2000-level English requirements with a grade of C- or better, and ENGL 1020 or ENGL 3605 with a B or better; for juniors and seniors only. Approaches to various writing problems posed in advanced university studies and nontechnical professions: essays, proposals, critical reviews, analyses.

 

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  • PS 4230 - Classical Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030. Western political theory from the ancient Greeks through the medieval Christians. Includes Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, stoicism, skepticism, Lucretius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More.

  • PS 4700 - American Political Thought

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or PS 1010 or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

  • PS 4920 - Modern Political Theory

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010, PS 1005, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Western political theory from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

  • PS 4930 - Introduction to Contemporary Political Philosophy

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Aims to foster critical thinking about contemporary political philosophy by introducing students to four main approaches: Aristotelianism, Utilitarianism, Contractarian Liberalism, and Marxism. Familiarizes students with certain philosophical arguments about important issues in both national and global politics such as multiculturism, justice, democracy, and freedom.

Subtotal: 30 Hours

Senior

  • PHIL 3150 - Ethics  3 credit hours  

    PHIL 3150 - Ethics

    3 credit hours

    Examines major ethical theories, the moral nature of human beings, and the meaning of good and right and applies ethical theories to resolving moral problems in personal and professional lives.  

  • PS 4800 - Senior Seminar  3 credit hours  

    PS 4800 - Senior Seminar

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites:  PS 1005, PS 1010, and 12 additional hours of political science courses. A reading and discussion seminar designed to integrate knowledge of the subfields of political science through critical reflection on politics, law, ideology, and culture from both a domestic and global perspective.

 

  • PS 3010 - Women and the Law  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 3010 - Women and the Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of the legal treatment of women in the home, school, and workplace. Examines development of law, relationship of law to political movements, and current state of law and legal theory on women's rights and gender equality.

  • PS 3490 - Alternative Dispute Resolution

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the department chair. Theory, methods, and ethical components of alternative dispute resolution (ADR); emphasis on various forms of mediation, but including other ADR formats such as arbitration, negotiation, and summary jury trial.

  • PS 3500 - International Law  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 3500 - International Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights will be studied.

  • PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship  3 credit hours  OR

    PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Senior standing, competitive selection, PS 2440, or by permission of instructor. Familiarizes pre-law students with general law office procedures and an active law environment.

  • PS 4590 - Administrative Law  3 credit hours  

    PS 4590 - Administrative Law

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: PS 1005 PS 3250, or permission of instructor. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

Subtotal: 27 Hours

Total hours in program: 120

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Political Science

PS 1005 - American Government and Politics
3 credit hours

Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

PS 1010 - Foundations of Government
3 credit hours

Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

PS 2000 - Political Science and International Relations as a Prof
1 credit hour credit

To be taken as early as possible by Political Science and International Relations majors. Provides practical information for majors on career planning and development, including potential careers in law, graduate school and research, government, policy analysis, political campaign management, lobbying, and non-profit management.

PS 2020 - State and Local Government
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Politics and administration at the state and local level. Legislative, judicial, and administrative structures and processes; major issues and problems.

PS 2100 - Legal Courtroom Procedure
1 credit hour credit

For students interested in developing trial advocacy skills; practical course offering preparation for mock trial competition. May be repeated for up to four hours credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2105 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
3 credit hours

(Same as SPAN 2105, SOC 2105, ART 2105, ANTH 2105, GEOG 2105.) A multidisciplinary, team-taught introduction to Latin America. Covers the cultures and societies of the region: pre-history, history, geography, politics, art, languages, and literatures. Required course for all Latin American Studies minors.

PS 2110 - Moot Court
1 credit hour credit

Students conduct research of legal controversies, prepare briefs, and argue cases before a mock judicial panel. May be repeated for up to four hours credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2120 - Mediation Procedure
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of department chair. For students interested in developing skills as mediators and advocates in mediation settings. Practical application of theories, methods, and ethical components of mediation. Participation in intercollegiate mediation competition. May be repeated for up to four hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2130 - Model United Nations and Crisis Simulation
1 credit hour credit

For students interested in developing skills in negotiation and conflict resolution involving international issues. A practical application of negotiating skills, policy process, and understanding of international conflicts and problems through participation in intercollegiate MUN/crisis simulation competition. Course may be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2140 - Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature
1 credit hour credit

Students work through content and activities on legislative procedures designed to prepare them to participate in the annual Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL). May be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2440 - Law and the Legal System
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A general introduction to American law and the American legal system; focus on the case system.

PS 3001 - Research Methods in Political Science
3 credit hours

Fundamentals of quantitative methods in empirical research problems in the social sciences.

PS 3010 - Women and the Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of the legal treatment of women in the home, school, and workplace. Examines development of law, relationship of law to political movements, and current state of law and legal theory on women's rights and gender equality.

PS 3050 - The U.S. Presidency
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A comprehensive analysis of the presidency; includes origins of the presidency, political power, the nature of the institutionalized presidency, campaigns and elections, and a careful look at selected presidents.

PS 3060 - The U.S. Congress
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005. An analysis of the United States Congress; its origins, political power, the nature of the institutionalized Congress, campaigns, and elections.

PS 3100 - Politics and Film
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 PS 1010, or permission of instructor. Analysis of political ideas as expressed in motion pictures. Topics include leadership, political biographies, campaigns and elections, ideology, and war.

PS 3160 - American Public Policy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Examines the public policy-making process in the United States, the stages of policy development and the problems inherent in policymaking. At least one substantive policy area examined in depth; examples: health care, environmental, welfare, agricultural, poverty, or budgetary policies.

PS 3170 - Civil Rights Policy and Politics
3 credit hours

Assesses the institutional impact--past and present--of the civil rights movement on American political institutions (the presidency, Congress, the courts, the executive cabinets, the administrative regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights). Events and topics include the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, voter dilution, felony disenfranchisement and sentencing disparities, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, disability rights, gender discrimination, and majority-minority congressional districts.

PS 3180 - African Politics
3 credit hours

(Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010. Comparative study of the political systems, modernization efforts, and development problems of countries with different traditions or colonial pasts, selected from the continent of Africa.

PS 3200 - British Government and Films
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The evolution of parliamentary government in the United Kingdom and its current distinctive characteristics, processes, and functions in contrast to other parliamentary regimes.

PS 3210 - International Relations
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The state system and national power, balance of power, balance of terror, game theory, psychological aspects of international conflict, decision making, diplomacy and negotiation, war, disarmament, and collective security.

PS 3220 - Comparative Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Seminar covering the theoretical literature, methodological debates, and current issues in the field of comparative politics. Offers preparation for upper-division courses in comparative politics.

PS 3250 - Public Administration
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals of public management--organization theory, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

PS 3270 - NGOs and Non-Profits
3 credit hours

Key topics and issues surrounding the political environment and competing pressures that international non-governmental organizations and domestic non-profits confront. Formal readings paired with discussions from practitioners in the field and hands-on professional exercises.

PS 3320 - Public Opinion
3 credit hours

The nature of public opinion and its role in the political and social process. How opinion is shaped, created, and measured.

PS 3330 - Political Parties
3 credit hours

The nature of democracy, politics, and political parties; party organization and role in government; campaigning; primaries, conventions, general elections; the Electoral College; voting behavior and pressure groups.

PS 3340 - Political Campaign Management.
3 credit hours

An analysis of applied politics; how to plan and manage a modern political campaign. Readings, discussions, and hands-on projects; students will learn the strategies, tactics, and varied techniques of political campaigning.

PS 3350 - Interest Groups and Social Change
3 credit hours

Examines role of interest groups in American politics and the policymaking process, including the role of lobbyists, money, and politics, and case studies of several specific interest groups.

PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of theories of judicial decision making as well as the establishment of judicial review itself, followed by case studies of major Supreme Court decisions in federalism. Issues covered include commerce, contracts, police, and war powers as well as restrictions placed on state governments after the ratification of the Civil War Amendments. Offered  fall only.

PS 3380 - American Constitutional Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  PS 1005, PS 3370, or permission of instructor. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Focuses on case studies of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil liberties. Issues covered include racial and gender discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, as well as rights of the criminally accused and the right to privacy. Offered spring only.

PS 3400 - Municipal Government
3 credit hours

Powers, functions, and politics of municipal governments from the standpoint of city management. Attention is given to problems related to the execution of municipal policy. Offered infrequently.

PS 3420 - African American Politics
3 credit hours

The unique history, content, and form of African American political participation; examines the nature of consequences of African American influence within, or exclusion from, the workings of various American political institutions; the nature and types of issues that influence contemporary discussions in American and African American politics related to the socioeconomic conditions of African Americans. Students who have taken PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science (Black Politics in America) may not take PS 3420 for credit.

PS 3440 - Governmental Budgeting and Finance Administration
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of the legal and social nature of government budgets emphasizing the procedures and administrative methods of fiscal control. Budget documents at state and local levels. Offered infrequently.

PS 3490 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the department chair. Theory, methods, and ethical components of alternative dispute resolution (ADR); emphasis on various forms of mediation, but including other ADR formats such as arbitration, negotiation, and summary jury trial.

PS 3500 - International Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights will be studied.

PS 3510 - International Political Economy
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1010  or permission of instructor. The relation between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, ecology, and social welfare.

PS 3530 - Legal Writing and Research
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A specialized composition course for the student planning to attend law school or paralegal school or to become a legal secretary. Practice in legal research, documentation, and a variety of legal problems.

PS 3550 - Democratic Participation and Civic Advocacy
3 credit hours

Focus on theories of democratic participation, the role and impact of participation in a democracy, and practical approaches to building and working through organizations advocating for candidates or particular policies or working with the government in crafting and implementing public policies.  

PS 3780 - Study Abroad
3 to 6 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Supervised study in a foreign country; familiarizes students with foreign cultures and political systems. Three to six hour classes may be repeated once if country of destination varies. No more than 6 hours may count toward a political science major. Pass/Fail.

PS 3910 - International Organization
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Development and prospects of the United Nations Organization and its major approaches to peace--pacific settlement, collective security, international law, arms control, trusteeship, preventive diplomacy, international conferences, functionalism. Offered infrequently.

PS 4030 - Human Rights
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Fosters critical thinking about human rights by developing skills in weighing powerful but opposing arguments in complex moral situations. Familiarizes students with the role of both national and international organizations in global politics.

PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Senior standing, competitive selection, PS 2440, or by permission of instructor. Familiarizes pre-law students with general law office procedures and an active law environment.

PS 4070 - Political Violence and Terrorism
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Examines political violence, including assassination, terror, repression, and genocide, in comparative and international perspectives. Theoretical and case study approaches used to examine forms, goals of, tactics, and responses to political violence.

PS 4120 - Tennessee Government
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Structure, functions, and processes of Tennessee's governmental and political institutions. Policy issues studied.

PS 4180 - African Politics
3 credit hours

(Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. The ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and the challenges of nation building.

PS 4190 - Middle East Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on the Palestinian question, the Arab-Israeli wars, the role of the United Nations; conflicts between and among the Arab nations; the various peace initiatives that have been proposed.

PS 4200 - Problems in Government
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1005 or PS 1010 and at least 12 hours of political science classes. Work done under the close direction of a professor on a tutorial basis. Student expected to present a sound proposal for departmental consideration and acceptance before enrolling.

PS 4210 - International Conflict: Causes, Consequences, and Respo
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the causes of interstate war, intrastate war, and transnational terrorism as well as the social consequences of and policy responses to international conflict.

PS 4220 - World Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Experiencing contemporary international politics through the medium of simulation. Particular focus areas include the U.S., F.S.U., People's Republic of China, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southern Africa.

PS 4230 - Classical Political Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030. Western political theory from the ancient Greeks through the medieval Christians. Includes Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, stoicism, skepticism, Lucretius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More.

PS 4240 - American Foreign Policy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Foreign policies in the nuclear age from Kennan and Containment to the present with particular emphasis on contemporary problems and policies.

PS 4260 - The Political Status of Women in the World
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or WGST 2100 or permission of instructor. Comparative examination of the political, economic, and social status of women in the United States and abroad. Particular emphasis on women in developing countries, the relationship between economic and political power, and the impact of both conflict and globalization on the status of women.

PS 4270 - Political Campaign Internship
1 to 12 credit hours

Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, PS 1005, and a 2.50 minimum GPA. Students work for a political campaign as an employee under the joint administration of the campaign and the department. Only six hours may count toward a political science major and three hours toward a political science minor. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance.

PS 4280 - The Washington Experience
12 credit hours

A cooperative program with the Washington Center that provides for student service with a governmental office in Washington, D.C., on a full-time basis during the fall or spring semester. On-the-job training will be supplemented with lectures and other activities. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours count toward a Political Science major or minor.

PS 4290 - Public Service Internship
1 to 12 credit hours

Prerequisites: Junior standing and 2.50 minimum GPA. Student assigned to a public service agency as an employee under the joint administration of the agency and the department. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of credit, but only six hours of internship credit may count toward a Political Science major or minor. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance.

PS 4300 - Comparative European Government
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of England, France, Germany, the European community, and others.

PS 4310 - Comparative Asian Government
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of China, Japan, India, and other governments in the region.

PS 4360 - Legislative Internship
12 credit hours

A cooperative program with the State of Tennessee that provides for student service with the legislature on a full-time basis during the spring semester. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours may count toward a Political Science major or minor.

PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. An in-depth study of a special topic significant in contemporary political developments or political science literature. May be taken more than once, as topics change, with up to six credit hours applied to a Political Science major.

PS 4590 - Administrative Law
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 PS 3250, or permission of instructor. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

PS 4630 - Personnel Management
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 3250 or permission of instructor. Human resources administration in government agencies. Patterns of position classification, compensation, recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, promotion, discipline, separation, collective bargaining.

PS 4690 - Comparative Foreign Policies and International Relation
3 credit hours

Prerequisite:  PS 1010, MES 2100, or permission of instructor. Examines framework within which to understand Middle East international relations. Includes Arab/Israeli conflict; oil and Middle East international relations; political Islam; the war on terror; and United States, European, Chinese, and Russian policies in the Middle East.

PS 4700 - American Political Thought
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005 or PS 1010 or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

PS 4770 - Russian Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The formation and evolution of the Russian state from the pre-Communist to the Soviet (Communist) and post-Soviet stages of its development. Special attention given to the historical origins and the role of authoritarianism in the Russian political culture and to the ideological foundations, formation, evolution, and the reasons for decline of the Communist system.

PS 4800 - Senior Seminar
3 credit hours

Prerequisites:  PS 1005, PS 1010, and 12 additional hours of political science courses. A reading and discussion seminar designed to integrate knowledge of the subfields of political science through critical reflection on politics, law, ideology, and culture from both a domestic and global perspective.

PS 4801 - Senior Seminar in International Relations
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1010, PS 3001, PS 3210, and 6 hours electives in the major. A reading and discussion seminar focused on the subfields of international relations and comparative politics, the practical application of theories, preparation for professional work or graduate study following graduation, and assessment of student learning outcomes for the program.

PS 4820 - Advanced Studies in American Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1005, PS 1010, and one upper-division course in American Politics. Advanced study in the area of American politics. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

PS 4830 - Advanced Studies in Public Administration
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1005, PS 1010, and PS 3250. Advanced study in the area of public administration. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

PS 4850 - Advanced Studies in Comparative Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1010 and PS 3220 or permission of instructor. Advanced study in the area of comparative politics. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.

PS 4860 - Advanced Studies in International Relations
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1010 and PS 3210. Advanced study in the area of international relations. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.

PS 4870 - Advanced Studies in Political Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: PS 1005, PS 1010, and either PS 4230, PS 4700, or PS 4920. Advanced study in the area of political theory. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

PS 4900 - Latin American Politics
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on the comparative analysis of structures, functions, and aspects of Latin American political cultures and systems.

PS 4920 - Modern Political Theory
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1010, PS 1005, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Western political theory from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

PS 4930 - Introduction to Contemporary Political Philosophy
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Aims to foster critical thinking about contemporary political philosophy by introducing students to four main approaches: Aristotelianism, Utilitarianism, Contractarian Liberalism, and Marxism. Familiarizes students with certain philosophical arguments about important issues in both national and global politics such as multiculturism, justice, democracy, and freedom.

PS 4950 - Community-Based Research Practicum
1 to 6 credit hours

Supervised planning and carrying out applied social research project defined in partnership with a local civic group, nonprofit agency, or public department. Students may work individually or in groups or up to six. A final report is presented to the community partner at the end of the course. Projects must be approved prior to enrollment by the department's student research committee.  

PS 4970 - Undergraduate Research
1 to 6 credit hours

Students pursue their own topics and fields of concentration under the supervision of a political science faculty member. Working with the faculty member, the student will design and conduct independent research, with the final paper presented at a conference or a public forum on campus.