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Political Science and Public Administration Courses

Department of Political Science
American Politics
Comparative Politics
International Politics
Political Theory
Master of Political Science
Master of Public Policy and Administration
Ph.D. in Public Administration

Department of Political Science

PS 1113. American Government. (3) Three hours lecture. The evolution of American governmental institutions and the organization and operation of the U.S. government today.

PS 1193. Honors in American Government. (3) (Prerequisite: Open through invitation only). Three hours lecture. The evolution of American governmental institutions and the organization and operation of the U.S. government today.

PS 1311. Mississippi Model Security Council Research I. (1) Hours arranged. Development of "delegate preparation materials" and Model Security Council booklet for use in Mississippi Model Security Council.

PS 1313. Introduction to International Relations. (3) Three hours lecture. This course examines through case studies the basic concepts of international politics such as nation, state, power, influence, bipolarity, deterrence, nonalignment, alliances and diplomacy.

PS 1321. Mississippi Model Security Council Internship I. (1) Hours arranged. Internship experience as participant in Mississippi Model Security Council as delegate, county adviser, council president, or United Nations Secretary General.

PS 1331. Mississippi Model Security Council Research II. (1) (Prerequisite: PS 1311 or PS 1321.) Hours arranged. Development of "delegate preparation materials" and Model Security Council booklet for use in Mississippi Model Security Council.

PS 1341. Mississippi Model Security Council Internship II. (1) (Prerequisite: PS 1321.) Hours arranged. Internship experience as participant in Mississippi Model Security Council as delegate, country adviser, council president, or United Nations Secretary General.

PS 1351. Mississippi Model Security Council Research III. (1) (Prerequisite: PS 1331 or PS 1341.) Hours arranged. Development of "delegate preparation materials" and Model Security Council booklet for use in Mississippi Model Security Council.

PS 1361. Mississippi Model Security Council Internship III. (1) (Prerequisite: PS 1341) Hours arranged. Internship experience as participant in Mississippi Model Security Council as delegate, country adviser, council president, or United Nations Secretary General.

PS 1371. Mississippi Model Security Council Research IV. (1) (Prerequisite: PS 1351 or PS 1361.) Hours arranged. Development of "delegate preparation materials" and Model Security Council booklet for use in Mississippi Model Security Council.

PS 1381. Mississippi Model Security Council Internship IV. (1) (Prerequisite: PS 1361. Hours arranged. Internship experience as participant in Mississippi Model Security Council as delegate, country adviser, council president, or United Nations Secretary General.

PS 1393. Honors in International Relations. (3) (Prerequisite: Open through invitation only). Honors Section of PS 1313.

PS 1513. Comparative Government. (3) Three hours lecture. Survey of various governmental systems.

PS 1593. Honors in Comparative Government. (3) (Prerequisite: Open through invitation only). Three hours lecture. Introduction to comparative political inquiry including developing, democratic and authoritarian political systems.

PS 2203. International Security and Strategic Studies. (3) (Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of principal instructor). Three hours lecture. Survey of the security and strategic interests of the major powers and weapons technology. Strategic doctrines, arms control and civil defense. (Same as HI 2203).

PS 2403. Introduction to Political Theory. (3) Three hours lecture. An examination of selected thinkers, text, ideas, and periods in the history of political thought.

PS 2703. Introduction to Public Policy. (3) (Prerequisite: PS 1113 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. An examination of the formulation and implementation of public policy and the roles of government institutions and actors in policymaking.

PS 2713. Politics of the American Bureaucracy. (3) Three hours lecture. Historical development of governmental organizations. Role of administration, bureaucratic power and regulation, and role of the individual.

PS 2990. Special Topics in Political Science. (1-9) Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years).

PS 4000. Directed Individual Study. (Prerequisite: Junior standing). Hours and credits to be arranged.

PS 4083. Senior Honors Research in Political Science. (3) (Prerequisite: Senior standing, and consent of department head). Topic to be selected by the student under the guidance of an honors faculty adviser.

PS 4093. Senior Honors Thesis in Political Science. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 4083, and consent of department head). Thesis writing on the topic researched in PS 4083.

PS 4464/6464. Political Analysis. (4) (Prerequisite: 6 hours in political science). Three hours lecture. Two hours laboratory. Philosophical and historical foundations of political analysis; constructing and executing research designs; measuring political phenomena; elementary methods of data analysis; games, models, and simulations.

PS 4990/6990. Special Topics in Political Science. (1-9) Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years).

American Politics

PS 3013. Political Leadership. (3) Analysis of political leadership, emphasizing characteristics of successful leadership and opportunities available to students for leadership in the political arena.

PS 3033. Gender and Politics. (3) Three hours lecture. Examines gender differences in law, the courts, voting, political involvement, approaches to political power, and violence.

PS 3063 Constitutional Powers. (3) (Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. A study of the constitutional system; constitutional modification, federal courts and judicial review, separation of the powers, federalism, congressional and presidential powers, and contact clause.

PS 3073. Civil Liberties. (3) (Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Political and civil rights; individual rights, national security and individual freedom; war and the Constitution; equal protection, criminal procedure; administrative process.

PS 3183. Law and Politics. (3) (Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Study of the politics of selected features of the legal system and the political usages of law as a tool for social control.

PS 3193. Intergovernmental Relations. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 or PS 1193). Three hours lecture. Historical, prescriptive, and empirical studies of federalism with emphasis upon recent development in federal-state-local relationships.

PS 4113/6113. State Government. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Comparative study of the structures, functions, and policies of the various American states.

PS 4163/6163. The Chief Executive. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Historical and comparative study of chief executives, including governors and mayors, with special emphasis on the Presidency.

PS 4173/6173. Legislative Process. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Organization , work, and procedure of legislative bodies and other law-making authorities.

PS 4183/6183. Judicial Process. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Process and structure of the American legal system and the role of the judiciary.

PS 4193/6193. Mississippi Judicial System. (3) (Prerequisite: PS 1113). Three hours lecture. A study of the interrelationship of the actors within Mississippi's judicial system. Emphasis is placed on judicial decision-making, selection process, and resource allocation.

PS 4203/6203. Political Parties and Electoral Problems. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. The development and operation of American political parties, with special attention to electoral problems

PS 4213/6213. Campaign Politics. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture . Survey of the theory of political campaigns, the resources and techniques they employ, and their effects on voters.

PS 4223/6223. The Dynamics of American Democracy. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Analysis of factors affecting the translation of public opinion into public policy within a national institutional context.

PS 4253/6253. Southern Politics. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Survey of the politics of the Confederate and border states, examination of party development, leadership, and impact of the South in national politics.

PS 4263/6263. Mississippi Government and Politics. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. A study of the organization, powers, processes and politics of state government in Mississippi.

PS 4273/6273. African American Politics. (3) (Prerequisite: PS 1113). Three hours lecture. The nature, processes, structures, and functions of African American politics in the domestic arena and international arena.

PS 4283/6283. Public Opinion. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. The nature of public opinion; the influence of the press; pressure groups and propaganda techniques; the means of political communication.

PS 4293/6293. Political Behavior. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Examination of the foundations and types of individual political activity; emphasis on psychological, social and cultural factors influencing personal political behavior.

PS 4703/6703. Principles of Public Administration. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Bureaucratic politics and power; administrative responsibility in a pluralist democracy; public administrative organization; public personnel administration; and public budgeting.

International Politics

PS 4303/6303. U.S. Foreign Policy. (3) (Prerequisite: PS 1313 or consent of instructor.) Three hours lecture. An examination of the decision-making processes, institutions and structures that influence the formulation and execution of past and current U.S. foreign policy.

PS 4313/6313. Principles of International Law. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1313 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. The nature, sources and scope of international law as found in custom, international convention, the teachings of authoritative writers, and judicial decisions.

PS 4323/6323. International Organization. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1313 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. A study of the development of international organization and a concentration on the structure, processes and functions of the United Nations and its specialized agencies.

PS 4333/6333. Theories of International Relations. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1313 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. This course critically examines traditional and contemporary, normative and behavioral, qualitative and quantitative theories of international relations.

PS 4343/6343. International Conflict and Security. (3) (Prerequisite: PS 1313 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Study of the patterns, causes, and consequences of armed conflict between nations.

PS 4383/6383. National Security Policy. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1313 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. An examination of those policies and issues affecting American national security with attention to the institutions, organizations and processes which shape them.

PS 4393/6393. The Global Context. (3) (Prerequisite: Junior standing or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Examination of selected issues of current importance to international relations.

Political Theory

PS 4403/6403. Ancient and Medieval Political Theory. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Political philosophy from Plato and Aristotle through the Middle Ages.

PS 4413/6413. Foundations of Modern Political Theory. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Theories of Luther, Calvin, Machiavelli, Locke, and Rousseau; the rise of the idea of the national state.

PS 4423/6423. 20th Century Political Thought. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 2403 or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. An examination of selected thinkers, text, and ideas in the history of political thought from the late 19th Century to the present.

PS 4433/6433. American Political Theory. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1113 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Major schools of political thought in America from the colonial to the contemporary period.

Comparative Politics

PS 4543/6543. African Politics. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1513 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Contemporary sub-Saharan Black Africa; prospects for political development or decay. Role of parties, bureaucracy and military and their relation to elite formation and political integration.

PS 4553/6553. West European Politics. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1513 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Governments of countries of Western Europe with emphasis upon England, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.

PS 4573/6573. South and Southeast Asian Politics. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1513 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. An evaluation of the traditional and contemporary political institutions, behavior and ideas of the countries of South and Southeast Asia.

PS 4583/6583. East Asian Politics. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1513 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Political institutions and behavior in East Asia, particularly China and Japan.

PS 4593/6593. Latin American Politics. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1513 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Background, organization, and structure of the governments of the various Latin American countries.

PS 4623/6623. Politics of the Third World. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1513 and junior standing). Three hours lecture. Political processes of developing nations. Prospects for development and decline considered. Relationship between political, economic and cultural dimension during the process of social change.

PS 4743/6743. Environmental Policy. (3) (Prerequisite: PS 1113, PS 2703, or consent of instructor)> Three hours lecture. History, development, and practice of environmental policy in the United States.

Master of Political Science

NOTE: See latest Graduate Bulletin for admission information into the Political Science Department's MA, MPPA, or Ph.D. graduate programs.

PS 7000. Directed Individual Study. Hours and credits to be arranged.

PS 8000. Thesis Research/Thesis. Hours and credits to be arranged.

PS 8113. Seminar in State Government and Politics. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 4113 and nine hours of related courses, or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. The examination of selected concepts in the policies, politics, machinery and/or powers of state government.

PS 8153. Seminar in Campaign Politics. (3) (Prerequisite: PS 8103 or consent of instructor). Analysis of conduct and phases of political campaigns; and their effect on voters and the political system generally.

PS 8203. Seminar in Comparative Government. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1513 and nine hours of related courses, or consent of instructor). Special research problems dealing with governmental organization and administration in the major nations of the modern world.

PS 8303. Seminar in International Relations. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 1313 and nine hours of related courses, or consent of instructor). Special research dealing with major international problems.

PS 8413. Seminar in Political Theory. (3) (Prerequisites: PS 2403 and nine hours of related courses, or consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Seminar on selected aspects of political theory from the ancient to the modern period.

Readings in Local Government and Politics. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Reading assigned material in local government and politics and making reports thereon under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty.

PS 8523. Readings in State Government and Politics. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Reading assigned material in state government and politics and making reports thereon under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty.

PS 8533. Readings in National Government and Politics. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Reading assigned material in an appropriate subfield of national government and making reports thereon under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty.

PS 8543. Readings in Comparative Government and Politics. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Reading assigned material in an appropriate subfield of comparative government and making reports thereon under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty.

PS 8553. Readings in International Relations. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Reading assigned material in an appropriate subfield of international relations and making reports thereon under the supervision of a member of the graduate faculty.

PS 8803. Research Methods for Public Affairs. (3)Stress on research designs and methods, survey research and other techniques and measuring data. focus on applied approaches for mathematically analyzing governmental data. (Same as PPA 8803).

PS 8813. Quantitative Methods for Public Affairs. (3) (Prerequisite: PS 8803 or PPA 8803). Detailed consideration of selected quantitative analytic models and their application to public sector management and policy problems. (Same as PPA 8813).

PS 8903. Public Policy. (3) Nature, determinants, and effects of public goods and services; policy formulation and implementation; seminar emphasizes contemporary issues such as strategic planning, leadership, and managerial control. (Same as PPA 8903).

PS 8990. Special Topics in Political Science. (1-9) Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years).

PS 9103. American Political Institutions. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor).Three hours lecture. Seminar addressing theoretical and empirical issues pertaining to the dynamics of American political institutions. (Same as PPA 9103).

PS 9413. Normative Analysis of American Public Policy. (3) Three hours lecture. Seminar exploring issues in American politics and public policy from a normative perspective. (Same as PPA 9413).

PS 9893. American Political Behavior. (3) (Prerequisite: PS 9803 and consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Seminar in American political behavior including public opinion, socialization, participation, and voting behavior. (Same as PPA 9893).

Master of Public Policy and Administration

PPA 7000. Directed Individual Study. Hours and credits to be arranged.

PPA 8103. Seminar in Public Administration. (3) (Prerequisite: consent of instructor). Detailed examination of the major elements of the field of public administration, with particular emphasis on emerging trends in the field.

PPA 8123. State Government Administration. (3)Seminar in the practice and principles of state government administration, including judicial and legislative administration.

PPA 8133. City and County Management. (3) Seminar focus on small town and county management in quasi-bureaucratic settings. Detailed consideration of problem-solving capabilities as they relate to different forms of local government structure.

PPA 8143. Civil Rights and Affirmative Action. (3) (Prerequisite: consent of the instructor). A seminar which examines the various civil rights laws and acts and court decisions related to affirmative action in the workplace and public policy.

PPA 8153. Seminar in Privatization. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Examination of the theoretical and practical issues of public-private partnerships.

PPA 8193. Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations. (3) (Prerequisite: 9 hours of graduate work). Three hours lecture. Examines the current-day functioning of the American federal system. Focuses upon national-state, national-local, interstate, state-local and interlocal relationships as well as fiscal federalism.

PPA 8400. Public Administration Internship. (1-6) Hours and credits to be arranged. (Prerequisite: Consent of instructor). Individual work experience under faculty guidance in a governmental or public agency. Scholarly paper on approved topic required. Student evaluations are assigned on satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.

PPA 8703. Government Organization and Administrative Theory. (3)Detailed survey of organization theories and managerial techniques as they relate to the public sector.

PPA 8713. Public Personnel Management. (3) Course considers major developments in the issues and management practices affecting personnel such as affirmative action, unions, and civil service reforms.

PPA 8723. Public Budgeting and Financial Management. (3)Analysis of current financial and budgetary techniques as they apply to the public sector. Capital budgeting, debt administration, and financial management.

PPA 8733. Public Program Evaluation. (3)Techniques and analytical methods of assessing governmental program success. Special emphasis will be given to program designs, data collection and quantitative applications.

PPA 8743. Administrative Law. (3) (Prerequisite: PS 4703/6703). Three hours lecture. An environmental study of the legal nature and effect of policies and attitudes of government toward business, especially the power and limitations of regulatory agencies.

PPA 8763. Local Government Planning. (3) Three hours lecture. Introduction to the public management practice of planning with an emphasis on local government processes, politics and techniques for planning.

PPA 8793. Directed Research in Public Administration. (3) (Prerequisites: PPA 8803 and special consents). Individual instruction and supervision of research work in public policy and administration.

PPA 8803. Research Methods for Public Affairs. (3)Stress on research designs and methods, survey research and other techniques and measuring data. Focus on applied approaches for mathematically analyzing governmental data. (Same as PS 8803).

PPA 8990. Special Topics in Public Policy & Administration. (1-9)Credit and title to be arranged. This course is to be used on a limited basis to offer developing subject matter areas not covered in existing courses. (Courses limited to two offerings under one title within two academic years).

Ph.D. in Public Administration

PPA 9000. Dissertation Research/Dissertation. Hours and credits to be arranged.

PPA 9103. American Political Institutions. (3) (Prerequisite: consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Seminar addressing theoretical and empirical issues pertaining to the dynamics of American political institutions. (Same as PS 9103).

PPA 9413. Normative Analysis of American Public Policy. (3) Three hours lecture. Seminar exploring issues in American politics and public policy from a normative perspective. (Same as PS 9413).

PPA 9603. Scope of American Public Administration. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). Seminar dealing with historical background and development of American Public Administration as a discipline, and a review and analysis of current topics in the field.

PPA 9613. Rural Government Administration I: Theoretical and Environmental Aspects. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). A seminar dealing with the principles of democratic theory as they affect the role of government and citizens' participation in government in rural settings.

PPA 9623. Rural Government Administration II. Implementation Aspects. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). A seminar dealing with program implementation by rural and small town governments, including adoption and diffusion of management innovation by public administrators as change agents.

PPA 9703. Organization Behavior in the Public Sector. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). Seminar dealing with major topics, issues, concerns of individual and group behavior in public organizations.

PPA 9713. Administration of Human Resources in a Public Sector Environment. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). A seminar dealing with current basic research concerning management in the public sector environment.

PPA 9723. Public Budgeting Processes and Their Policy Implications. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor). A seminar dealing with norms and behaviors of budget process participants, their impact on budget policy and implications of budget actions for democratic government.

PPA 9803. Multivariate Analysis and Design for Public Affairs. (3) (Prerequisite: PPA 8813). Seminar dealing with applications of multivariate statistical methods and special topics in research design to problems in public policy and administration.

PPA 9893. American Political Behavior. (3) (Prerequisite: PPA 9803 and consent of instructor). Three hours lecture. Seminar in American political behavior including public opinion, socialization, participation, and voting behavior. (Same as PS 9893).

PPA 9903. Public Policy Formulation and Implementation. (3) (Prerequisite: Consent of the Instructor). A seminar dealing with public policy formulation implementation and evaluation that stresses the theoretical aspects of policy processes.

Contact Info

Department of Political Science
and Public Administration
Department Phone: 662.325.2711
Department Fax: 662.325.2716
Mailing Address: P. O. Box PC
Mississippi State University, MS 39762
Department Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Email address:polscipubadm@pspa.msstate.edu