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Political Science Department
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256 Milneburg Hall
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148

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Undergraduate Major Information

The University of New Orleans assures equal opportunity for all qualified persons without regard to race, religion, sex, national origin, age, handicap, marital status, or veteran’s status in admission to participation in, or employment in the programs and activities of the university. 

Introduction

New OrleansThe University of New Orleans, a publicly supported institution of higher education, is the comprehensive urban university of theUniversity of Louisiana system. It is situated on a 300-acre site on the southern shore of Lake Pontchartrain.

. The Department of Political Science offers a comprehensive program leading to a bachelor degree, with an optional concentration in Pre-Law. The department is composed of 8 full-time faculty members. Information about each is provided on this website.

 

Facilities & Special Programs

University LibraryEarl K. Long University
UNO’S Earl K. Long Library has a collection of scholarly and professional books and periodicals totaling one million volumes. Approximately one-third of the volumes are available on microfiche, with appropriate readers and reader printers for the various forms of micro text. All are available to students for study and research. The number of serial titles included in the library’s holdings is over 12,000, of which 5,300 are on current subscription. The library has current subscriptions of virtually every journal of interest to political scientists. It subscribes to JSTOR and Academic Universe, among many other services. Special collections are being developed on Western Europe, urban affairs, public administration, and several areas of American politics. The Department of Archives and Manuscripts is a vital research resource, primarily in the social sciences and humanities. The UNO library is a depository of U.S. Government, Louisiana Supreme Court, and European Union documents. http://library.uno.edu/

Computer Facilities
Computer facilities include the University’s Computer Research Center as well as the Survey Research Center, which has 16 networked workstations and a laser printer, is located in Milneburg Hall Room 262. The computers in the lab are equipped with SPSS, STATA, and Microsoft Office and other software applications. The Lab also has Internet access.

The University of New Orleans is a member of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. An extensive local archive of data is available for faculty and student use.

Course Offerings

The following are descriptions of the courses and seminars offered by the department of Political Science at UNO as they appear in the University Catalog. Courses and Seminars are not necessarily offered every semester (All Political Science courses begin with the prefix POLI). A list of the courses being taught each semester can be found online at http://poli.uno.edu/CourseOfferings/.

1010 CONTEMPORARY ISSUES OF POLITICS (3 Cr.)
Offered each semester. An introduction to the central questions at issue in politics with special emphasis on their significance for the American scene.

2151 THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT(3 Cr.)
An examination of the current issues and problems of national and international politics.

2157 PUBLIC POLICY (3 Cr.)
A general survey of public policies in the United States and other political systems emphasizing their effect on domestic politics.

2200 THE JUDICIAL PROCESS (3 Cr.)
A study of legal systems with emphasis upon the role of American courts and judges in administering justice and making law.

2450 CURRENT ISSUES IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE(3 Cr.)
A survey of the criminal justice system from arrest to appeal with emphasis on major problems and dilemmas, such as capital punishment, plea bargaining, search and seizure, legalization of drugs, and other contemporary issues. Special attention will be given to court decisions defining the rights of defendants and the practical realities of criminal law in Louisiana.

2600 INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT(3 Cr.)
Offered each semester. Prerequisite: 30 credit hours or consent of department.
A survey of the political institutions of the major democratic powers of Europe and of the former Soviet Union.

2700 INTRODUCTION TO WORLD POLITICS (3 Cr.)
A general survey of the basic principles of world politics with emphasis on the international relations of the United States.

2900 METHODS OF POLITICAL RESEARCH(3 Cr.)
Offered each semester. Prerequisite: Completion of 30 credit hours and POLI 2151, 2600 or 2700.
A survey of the principal methods of political research, including conceptualization and hypothesis testing. The course will introduce computing on personal computers and mainframes as a tool of contemporary political research; students will be familiarized with operating systems, text editing, and data analysis.

2993 SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (3 Cr.)
Prerequisite: Consent of the department. Topic may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated once for credit.

3595 ACADEMIC YEAR ABROAD: SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (3 CR.)
This course is only offered through UNO's Academic Year Abroad (AYA) in Innsbruck, Austria and can be repeated once for credit.

3680 POLITICS AND THE CINEMA (3 Cr.)
A critical examination of the relationships between cinema and politics, with attention to the role of cinema in the transmission of political information and ideas and the impact of the political decisions on the form and content of cinema (Effective Summer 2000).

3998 INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (3 Cr.)
Prerequisite: consent of instructor and grade-point averages of 3.0 overall and 3.2 in political science. Each semester the department makes available a limited number of internships with the city of New Orleans and other governmental agencies in the metropolitan area as well as in Washington, D.C. Interships provide an opportunity to learn about government from the perspective of the participant. Interns usually work 8 hours a week during a Fall or Spring semester, at times mutually agreeable to the individual and the agency. In addition, students must attend discussion sections on campus. This course may be repeated once for credit for a total of six hours.

4170 THE POLITICS OF PUBLIC POLICY (3 CR.)
An examination of the American public policy and policy theory, covering the major concepts, controversies, and states of policy making as well as policy content.  

4410 AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW (3 CR.)
Prerequisite : POLI 2200 or consent of the department . A study of the law of the Constitution and the place of the Supreme Court in the American political system; critical examination of separation of powers, judicial review, federalism and federal powers.  

4420 THE AMERICAN CONSTITUTION AND CIVIL LIBERTIES (3 CR.)
Prerequisite : POLI 2200 or consent of the department.   An examination of the political relevance of major federal constitutional limitations, property rights, First Amendment freedoms, the rights of criminal defendants and ethnic minorities.  

4440 URBAN JUDICIAL PROCESS (3 CR.)
Prerequisite : POLI 2200 or consent of the department.   A study of judicial processes involved in metropolitan development and in the application of environmental controls to urban areas.

4600 POLITICAL PARTIES AND POLITICS (3 CR.)
A study of the political process in the United States with emphasis on political parties, pressure groups, and public opinion.

4601 VOTERS AND ELECTIONS (3 CR.)
A study of electoral behavior in the United States. Topics include determinations of the vote, election turnout, candidate images, issues and elections, economic conditions and voting, partisanship, and the media in elections.

4621 PUBLIC OPINION (3 CR.)
An analysis of contemporary public opinion and communication as aspects of the political process, with emphasis upon opinion formation, manipulation, and the mass media.  

4630 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY (3 CR.)
Examines the constitutional and political development of the institutions, the selection process, executive decision-making, and relations with those inside and outside of government in making public policy.  

4640 THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS (3 CR.)
A general study of the legislative process in Congress with special attention to the role of interest groups, constituency, and party in the formation of public policy.  

4650 SOUTHERN POLITICS (3 cr.)
This course focuses on politics in the South, especially since the mid-twentieth century, emphasizing the following themes: race and politics; the impact of the civil rights movement; the evolution of party competition; and the influence of industrialization and urbanization.  

4653 POLITICAL SOCIALIZATION (3 cr.)
A study of the processes and agents of political socialization. Although the mainstream American experience will be emphasized, socialization within subcultures in the United States and socialization to other systems will be included.

4670 WOMEN AND POLITICS (3 CR.)
A study of feminist political thought, and of women's political movements, political issues, and political behavior and attitudes in the United States and in other countries.  

4700 LATIN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS (3 CR.)
An analysis and survey of the governmental and political processes of Latin America and their contributions to modern government.  

4710 POLITICS OF THE DEVELOPING AREAS (3 CR.)
An analysis of issues relevant to politics in the developing nations with emphasis on the relationship of politics to rapid economic and social change and evaluation of policies intended to promote development.  

4720 ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS IN THE DEVELOPING WORLD (3 CR.)
A survey of interactions between development strategies and the environment.   Topics include the environmental ramifications of large developmental projects, different systems of property rights, decentralization, international debt, and foreign aid in the context of forests, rivers, rangeland, wildlife, and groundwater.   Examples are drawn from throughout the developing world.

4770 MODERN POLITICAL SYSTEMS (3 CR.)
A comparative analysis of selected institutional and functional problems of both modern authoritarian political systems.  

4780 COMPARATIVE DEMOCRATIZATION (3 CR.)
An exploration of the nature of democracy and the challenges of democratization, drawing on experiences with democratization in Southern   Europe, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and Africa.   Experiences with and prospects for further democratization in other regions also are considered.

4800 CONCEPTS AND PATTERNS OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (3 CR.)
A systematic study of interaction between nation states, including a survey of the principal theories concerning international society.

4820 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION (3 CR.)
An analysis of the origins, development, and future of international organization with primary reference to the United Nations.

4850 THE POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC RELATIONS (3 cr.)
An introduction to the field of international political economy focusing on four issues: the relationship between politics and markets, postwar developments in relations among advanced industrial societies, the relationship between advanced industrial and developing societies, and the impact of globalization on both developed and developing societies.

4860 PRINCIPLES OF INTERNATIONAL LAW (3 CR.)
A study of the development and theoretical foundations of international law; the problems of jurisdiction; treaty law; the law of peace, war, and neutrality; and the methods available for the settlement of international disputes.  

4870 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (3 CR.)
A study of the national interest as the guiding consideration in the development of American foreign policy from the beginning to the present. The importance of the constitutional framework, presidential and congressional leadership, pressure groups and public opinion, the changing world environment and the American response to it, particularly in recent years.  

4885 ISSUES IN CONFLICT AND DIPLOMACY (3 CR.)
An examination of the interaction of conflict with diplomacy. Conflict and diplomacy are studies analytically and operationally in terms of their limitations and possibilities in advancing and/or defending states' interests.

4990 SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (3 CR.)
Topic may vary from semester to semester. Students may register for this course more than once to a maximum of nine hours. A student may not apply more than 12 hours of political science courses numbered 4990-4998 toward the hours required for the major in political science.

4991 SENIOR HONORS THESIS (3 CR.)
Prerequisite: Consent of department and director of the Honors Program. Design and execution of an honors thesis. This course must be repeated once in order to graduate with honors in political science. A student may not apply more than 12 hours of political science courses numbered 4990-4998 toward the hours required for the major in political science.

POLI 4999 Political Science Overview                                              
This is the capstone course, required of graduating political science majors, which provides an overview of the discipline. The course features weekly lectures by political science faculty along with class discussion. It is open to political science majors only, and it is not open to graduate students

Curriculum

Course Requirements

Cr. Hrs.

Political Science 2151, 2600 or 2700, 29001, 49992

10

Political Science electives

24

Total

34

College of Liberal Arts

Course Requirements

Cr. Hrs.

Arts*

3

English 1157, 1158 (or 1159)

6

English Literature*

6

Foreign Language*

9

History 2501, 2502

6

Social Science and Humanities electives (non-political science at or above 3000 level)*

12

Total

42

Non-College of Liberal Arts

Course Requirements

Cr. Hrs.

Mathematics*

6

Science*

9

Economics 1203, 1204, or 2000 level or above

3

Total

18

Electives

Cr. Hrs.

Approved electives

26

Total

26

Grand Total

120

 

Minor in Political Science
Students must complete 18 credit hours in political science, including Political Science 2151, 2600, and 2700. The remaining nine hours are to be chosen from political science courses above the 3000 level. A 2.0 average must be achieved in these courses in order to earn the minor.

Minor in Political Science with Pre-Law Concentration
Students must complete 18 credit hours in political science. Political science 2151 and 2200 are required. The remaining 12 hours are to be chosen from Political Science 2450, 4101, 4410, 4420, 4440, 4640, and 4860. A 2.0 average must be achieved in these courses in order to earn the minor.

Honors in Political Science
Students majoring in political science and wishing to graduate with honors must meet the following requirements: A cumulative grade point average of at least 3.5 in political science courses, an overall grade point average of at least 3.25, and completion of a senior honors thesis which includes six hours of credit for Political Science 4991. Students must arrange for a faculty member in the department to direct the thesis, and the thesis is to be defended orally before a committee composed of the thesis director, another member of the department, and a representative of the honors program.

Additional Information
Should you have any additional questions or concerns regarding your career choice, feel free to contact our Coordinator of Undergraduate Studies, Dr. Edward Chervenak at 504-280-3217 or echerven@uno.edu

The University of New Orleans reserves the right to change fees without prior notice.

 

 

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