Political Science


PSI 1000. American National Government. 3 hrs.

This course will introduce students to the Constitution and the formal governmental institutions of the United States of America. Students will also learn about political parties, both modern and historical, lobbying and interest groups, civil liberties, and civil rights. This course will allow students to critically analyze our system of government and to thoughtfully address some of the major dilemmas that face American politics today. IAI: S5 900.

PSI 1002. State and Local Government. 3 hrs.

This course introduces the student to the study of state and local governments within the federal system. Students will study the U.S. and Illinois Constitutions, the powers of state and local governments, state executives, legislators, courts, police and corrections. Students will also study local governments, policy making, budgets, and social programs. IAI: S5 902.

PSI 1003. Introduction To Global Studies. 3 hrs.

This course introduces the student to the concepts of globalizations through the comparative study of global issues. Topics to be discussed in the course include: The changing nature of the international system, globalization, human rights, poverty, global health, the environment, and global conflict and terrorism. The course is required for students completing the Emphasis in Global Studies.

PSI 2000. International Relations. 3 hrs.

This course explores the relationships that nations have with each other in the international community. It introduces the student to theories of International Relations, Globalization, Power and Diplomacy, Intergovernmental and Nongovernmental Organizations and Political Economy. An emphasis is placed on current international events. IAI: S5 904.