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The program in Political Science prepares students for careers in local, state, federal, and international agencies, for the law and for service in private-sector organizations. It is also designed to provide a solid subject matter background for those who may wish to become certified teachers in the Social Science area. Western's program emphasizes three major sub fields of Political Science: International Relations and Comparative Politics; Administration and Political Processes; Public Policy and Law (the latter two focusing on American Government). For more information, please contact Dr. Mark Henkels, 838-8544, henkelm@wou.edu, of contact any of the following Political Science faculty members.

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Political Science Faculty:

Mark Henkels, Professor

Edwin Dover, Professor

Mary Pettenger, Professor, Department Head

Eliot Dickinson, Associate Professor

BA/BS in Political Science Political Science Major   Political Science Minor

BA/BS In Political Science

For more information, please contact  Dr. Mark Henkels, 838-8544, HSS 207.

Political Science Major (72 Credits Total)

PS 201 American National Government (3)
PS 202 State and Local Government (3)
PS 203 International Relations (3)
PS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
PS 350 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
PS 351 Introduction to Public Administration (3)
PS 375 Scope and Method of Political Science (3)
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Choose two in International Relations and Comparative Politics (6)

  • PS 193 Introduction to Model United Nations
  • PS 393 Advanced Model United Nations
  • PS 440 Causes of War
  • PS 441 Causes of Peace
  • PS 459 Government and Politics of Latin America
  • PS 460 Governments and Politics of Asia
  • PS 461 Politics and Governments of Post-Communist States
  • PS 462 Politics and Governments of Europe
  • PS 463 Govt's and Politics of Developing States
  • PS 464 Government and Politics of Africa
  • PS 465 Gov't and Politics of the Middle East
  • PS 473 Globalization Issues
  • PS 477 International Environmental Politics
  • PS 478 Political Fiction and Film
  • PS 481 International Law
  • PS 492 Political Ideologies
  • PS 493 International Organizations
  • PS 497 US Foreign Policy
  • (depending on content, PS 199, 399, 406, 407, 409, 410)

Choose two in Administration and Political Processes (6)

  • PS 325 Democracy in Theory and Practice
  • PS 414 Political Parties, Pressure Groups and Elections
  • PS 415 Politics and Psychology
  • PS 416 Politics and Communication
  • PS 419 American Presidential Elections
  • PS 426 Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
  • PS 451 Political Theory: Plato to Marx
  • PS 452 Political Theory: Marx to Habermas
  • PS 454 Public Personnel and Administration
  • PS 466 Governmental Budgeting
  • PS 469 Congress and the Presidency
  • PS 490 Community Politics
  • PS 495 Public Sector Labor Relations
  • (depending on content PS 199, 399, 406, 407, 409, 410)

Choose two in Public Policy and Law (6)

  • PS 423 Issues in National Policy
  • PS 424 Policy-making in the States
  • PS 430 Aging Society
  • PS 432 Global Health Policy
  • PS 435 Women and Politics
  • PS 436 Gender and Politics
  • PS 445 Introduction to Policy Analysis
  • PS 446 Land Resource Politics and Policy
  • PS 447 Environmental Politics and Policy
  • PS 449 Environmental Values and Political Action
  • PS 471 Immigration Politics and Policy
  • PS 479 Constitutional Law
  • PS 480 Administrative Law
  • PS 484 American Jurisprudence
  • PS 485 Legal Reasoning and Writing
    (depending on content, PS 199, 399, 406, 407, 409, 410)

Electives in Political Science (12)
Electives in Social Science/Political Science (21)

Note: For the B.S. degree in Political Science, students may take any combination of Math/Computer Science/Statistics courses as long as it includes at least one Math course beyond  MTH 105 and one Computer Science course beyond CS 101.


Political Science Minor

For more information, please  Dr. Mark Henkels, 838-8544, HSS 207.

Political Science Minor (27 Credits Total)

PS 201 American National Government (3)
PS 202 State and Local Government (3)
PS 203 International Relations (3)
PS 204 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3)
PS 350 Introduction to Public Policy (3)
PS 351 Introduction to Public Administration (3)

Upper division electives in Political Science (9)

Contact

Division of Social Sciences 503-838-8288 | or e-mail: ryalss@wou.edu
Location: HSS 231

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