Academic Catalog

Government, Policy, and Law (GOVT)

GOVT 100:  3 s.h.  
Politics and Popular Culture  (G3)  

Demonstrates and analyzes the reciprocal relationship between politics and popular culture, both within the United States and globally.

GOVT 111:  3 s.h.  
Introduction to American Government  (G3)  

Introduction to the major tenets of the American political system.

GOVT 111H:  3 s.h.  
Hnrs:Intro American Govt  (G3)  

Hnrs:Intro American Govt

GOVT 112:  3 s.h.  
Introduction to State and Local Government  (G3)  

The federal system and state and local governmental problems. Emphasis on Pennsylvania when possible.

GOVT 179:  3 s.h.  


GOVT 205:  3 s.h.  
Introduction to Public Policy  (G3)  

Decision making by governments in response to public problems. The policy process. Current policy issues, selected from such possible examples as education, abortion, energy and environment. Some problems of policy evaluation.

GOVT 211:  3 s.h.  
Introduction to the U.S. Constitution  (G3)  

An introduction to the U.S. Constitution, with specific attention on its purpose, principles, and parts. GOVT 111 highly recommended prior to this course.

GOVT 212:  3 s.h.  
Women & American Politics  (G3, W)  

Examines the role of women in American political institutions including the legislature, executive, and judiciary, the factors which impact women’s participation in politics, and the consequences for issues which concern women such as abortion, pay equity, and paid family leave.

GOVT 221:  3 s.h.  
Introduction to Comparative Political Systems  (G3)  

Introduction to the comparative analysis of government and politics through an examination of different political systems including advanced democracies and developing nations.

GOVT 225:  3 s.h.  
Modern China  (G3)  

Study of political development in China, with an emphasis on political behavior, culture, institutions, processes and structure.

GOVT 228:  3 s.h.  
Democracy and Its Challenges  (W)  

An exploration into the entire process of democratization, from the conditions that allow democracy to emerge through the stages of democratization towards the post-democratic challenges faced around the globe.

GOVT 231:  3 s.h.  
Introduction to Political Theory  (G3, W)  

Representative philosophers and concepts in the history of Western political theory from antiquity through the 19th century.

GOVT 231H:  3 s.h.  
Honors: Introduction to Political Theory  (G3)  

Hnrs:Intro Political Theory

GOVT 232:  3 s.h.  
Political Theory, Literature, and Film  (G3, W)  

Uses literature and film to explore central topics in political theory such as capitalism, socialism, democracy and its problems, technology and its problems, etc. Prereq: ENGL 110

GOVT 241:  3 s.h.  
Public Administration and Public Service  (G3, W)  

A study of intergovernmental relations, organizational theory, decision making, personnel, management, budgeting, program evaluation and policy analysis. Prereq: ENGL 110. Recommended: GOVT 111.

GOVT 251:  3 s.h.  
Introduction to Global Politics  (G3)  

The nation-state system. Military, political, economic, organizational and legal relations among states. Power and the pursuit of national goals.

GOVT 252:  3 s.h.  
Global Crime and Justice  (G3)  

Explores the increasingly transnational nature of crime (including global crimes such as human, arms and drug trafficking), the consequent impact upon human security and sustainable development, and international legal responses. Also addresses the legal distinctions and connections between global and international crimes, the latter including terrorism and crimes against humanity. Open to all majors.

GOVT 252H:  3 s.h.  
Hon: Global Crime and Justice  (G3)  
GOVT 279:  3 s.h.  


GOVT 300:  3-12 s.h.  
Co-Op Ed Experience in GOVT  

Co-Op Ed Experience in GOVT

GOVT 312:  3 s.h.  
American Political Parties  (G3, W)  

The origins of American political parties. The American two party system. Political parties in American campaigns and elections. The role of political parties in American governance. The role of third parties in America. Prereq: ENGL 110. Recommended: GOVT 111.

GOVT 312H:  3 s.h.  
Honors: American Political Parties  (G3, W)  
GOVT 313:  3 s.h.  
American Presidency  (G3, W)  

Examination of the presidency and the executive branch of national government. Emphasis on the growth and development of presidential power. Prereq: ENGL 110.

GOVT 314:  3 s.h.  
American Judiciary  (G3, W)  

Examination of state and federal courts. Primary emphasis on federal courts and especially the U.S. Supreme Court. Recommended: GOVT 111.

GOVT 315:  3 s.h.  
Congress and Lawmaking  (G3, W)  

A study of the organization, rules and procedures of the Senate and House of Representatives and extensive analysis of the internal and external environment for policy making by Congress. State legislatures are also examined in the same manner. Prereq: ENGL 110. Strongly recommended: GOVT 111.

GOVT 323:  3 s.h.  
Government and Politics of the Middle East  (D, G3)  

Examination of Middle Eastern politics, including the political systems of Israel, the Palestinian national movement, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Syria, and Iran. It assumes a comparative approach toward several regional issues, such as terrorism, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, Islamic fundamentalism and the peace process. The impact of national, economic, gender and religious perspectives upon the region’s politics will also be addressed. GOVT 221 recommended.

GOVT 325:  3 s.h.  
Modern Asia  (G3)  

Study of political development across East Asia, with an emphasis on political behavior, culture, institutions, processes and structure.

GOVT 327:  3 s.h.  
Canadian Government and Politics  (P)  

Government and politics of Canada and an examination of how its geography, history, economics and culture have affected its governance. Consideration of major policy issues and their impact on Canada’s future. Prereq: COMM 100, ENGL 110 and junior status.

GOVT 327H:  3 s.h.  
Honors: Canadian Government and Politics  (P)  
GOVT 331:  3 s.h.  
Modern Political Thought  

This course will examine political thinkers from Machiavelli to Nietzsche. Among others, it will explore the thought of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx, Hume, etc. The course will explore questions regarding human nature, the ideal state, the tensions between principles of freedom and equality, critique of existing systems, etc. Prereq: GOVT 111, Prereq/Coreq: GOVT 231.

GOVT 332:  3 s.h.  
Contemporary Politics  (G3, W)  

Examines the principles and ideologies found in current politics. Includes an examination of progressivism, communism, conservatism, multiculturalism, etc.

GOVT 333:  3 s.h.  
American Political Thought  (G3, W)  

Study of the history and development of democracy in an American setting. Emphasis on different and often conflicting versions of democratic theory and practice. Prereq: ENGL 110

GOVT 341:  3 s.h.  
Introduction to City Planning  (P)  

Study of the dynamics of human settlement patterns in the country and abroad. Examines public policy alternatives regarding land use and development patterns. Introduces methods and techniques used in designing settlement systems and studies values reflected in human settlement patterns. Prereq: COMM 100, ENGL 110 and junior status.

GOVT 351:  3 s.h.  
International Law  

Classical sources and recent developments in international law. Evaluation of law in the context of world politics. Recommended: GOVT 251.

GOVT 351H:  3 s.h.  
Honors: International Law  

H:International Law

GOVT 352:  3 s.h.  
International Organizations  (G3)  

Study of various intergovernmental and nongovernmental associations representing a number of multinational groupings serving humanitarian, economic and security functions. Emphasis on organizations such as the United Nations and the European Union. Recommended: GOVT 251.

GOVT 355:  3 s.h.  
American Foreign Policy  (G3)  

Institutional and historical overview of American foreign policy. Formal, informal and institutional sources of foreign policy. Emphasis on post-WWII presidential administrations. Recommended: GOVT 111 or GOVT 251.

GOVT 355H:  3 s.h.  
Honors: American Foreign Policy  (G3)  

Hnrs:American Foreign Policy

GOVT 356:  3 s.h.  
Disasters and Our World  (P)  

Provides a multi-perspective and global exploration into why there is no such thing as a “natural” disaster. The political, economic, social and environmental sources of vulnerability to such events will be explored along with the role disasters play in some of the 21st century’s most pressing global policy challenges. Open to all majors. Prereq: ENGL 110, COMM 100 and Junior Class Standing.

GOVT 361:  3 s.h.  
Politics of Race and Ethnicity  (D, G3)  

Examination of the role of racial and ethnic minority groups in American politics and government. Focus on political resources and political status of ethnic minority groups in America, ethnic minority group representation and participation in American politics, the racial divide in American public opinion, racial politics in America’s cities and strategies of ethnic minority political empowerment. Prereq: GOVT 111.

GOVT 379:  3 s.h.  


GOVT 379H:  3 s.h.  
Honors: Experimental  
GOVT 400:  3-12 s.h.  
Co-Op Ed Expereince in GOVT  

Co-Op Ed Expereince in GOVT

GOVT 401:  3 s.h.  
Political Research Skills and Methods  

Knowledge and application of the Scientific Method in political research. Focus on empirical research, explanation and causation, measurement, hypothesis testing, and the challenges of conducting politcal research.

GOVT 408:  3 s.h.  
Seminar in Government, Policy and Law  

Analysis of critical problems in the discipline. Research and preparation of a written report. Seminar may be taken for credit more than once, provided content is different each time.

GOVT 408H:  3 s.h.  
Honors: Seminar in Government, Policy, and Law  
GOVT 411:  3 s.h.  
Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers  

Focus on the allocation of power between branches and among levels of government, as interpreted through significant cases of the U.S. Supreme Court. Prereq: GOVT 111. Recommended: GOVT 314.

GOVT 411H:  3 s.h.  
Honors: Constitutional Law: Federalism and Separation of Powers  
GOVT 412:  3 s.h.  
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties  

Focus on individual rights and liberties protected by the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, as interpreted through significant cases of the U.S. Supreme Court. Prereq: GOVT 111. Recommended: GOVT 314.

GOVT 412H:  3 s.h.  
Honors: Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties  

Hnrs: Constitutional Law: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

GOVT 431:  3 s.h.  
Literature and Politics  (W)  

This course will take one work of fiction, a particular author/writer, or a number of different works of fiction which are thematically connected, and examine the political, social, and cultural questions and issues embedded in these works. Political philosophy asks central questions about human life- what makes us human; what, if anything, makes the best state; how can humans live together while being individuals in their own right, etc. Well crafted works of political fiction are often the best gateway to politics since they use a fictional reality to develop abstract concepts. In fact, some of the best works of political philosophy is fiction. Instructors will choose works of fiction which, juxtaposed with political writings, speeches, articles, and texts, enable students to identify and answer the great political questions of generations. Prereq: C- or higher GOVT 111 and GOVT 231

GOVT 455:  3 s.h.  
US-Middle East Foreign Relations  (W)  

An institutional, historical and contemporary overview of American foreign policy in the Middle East. While key events and political processes equated with the post-World War II period will be examined, the focus of GOVT 455 will be on current US interests and polices within the region. Past events will be utilized to underscore their contemporary political relevance to US policymakers.Specifically, American policy vis-a-vis Israel, the Palestinian national movement, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Syria will be explored in detail.

GOVT 456:  3 s.h.  
Global Humanitarianism  (W)  

Explores the complex landscape of international humanitarian assistance, including its political, economic, governance and ethical challenges, as well as its historical evolution. It will prepare students for direct entry into a related field, post-graduate study or becoming an international aid or development volunteer. Prereq: ENGL 110, GOVT 251 OR INTL 201 and Junior class standing or permission of instructor.

GOVT 479:  3 s.h.  


GOVT 489:  1-4 s.h.  
Honors Course  

Honors Course

GOVT 498:  1-6 s.h.  
Independent Study  

For further information on independent study, see the Special Academic Opportunities section.

GOVT 499:  1-4 s.h.  
Departmental Honors  

Departmental Honors

GOVT 500:  3-12 s.h.  
Co-Op Ed Experience in GOVT  

Co-Op Ed Experience in Government, Policy and Law

GOVT 586:  3 s.h.  
Goethe Institut  

Goethe Institut