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Political Science Courses (PLS 100-PLS 151)

Political Science courses PLS 100 through PLS 151 are listed below.

PLS 100 - Introduction to Civic Literacy - 3 credit hours — Three hours weekly; one term. Survey of themes comprising civic literacy — leadership, delegation of authority, individual rights and community needs — as viewed from political and cultural perspectives.

PLS 111 - An Introduction to American politics - 3 credit hours — Three hours weekly; one term.  Focuses upon such topics as ideology, public opinion, political behavior and voting dynamics, political parties, the presidency, Congress, Supreme Court, foreign policy and national defense. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111.

PLS 113 - State and Local Government - 3 credit hours — Three hours weekly; one term. An intensive study of operations and roles of state and local governments in the U.S. federal system. The interrelationship between national and state governments is studied from a historical as well as from a contemporary perspective. Particular emphasis placed on problems of Maryland state and local governments. A brief review of recent studies in this field is conducted. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111.

PLS 121- Introductory Political Theory - 3 credit hours — Three hours weekly; one term.  A survey that deals with political ideas and political problems such as political domination by ruling classes, the right to revolt, relation of the individual to state, and totalitarian and authoritarian systems. Emphasis on the writings of such political thinkers as Plato, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Marx, de Tocqueville, Nietzsche and Gandhi.  Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111.

PLS 122 - American Political Thought - 3 credit hours — Three hours weekly; one term. Survey of development of American political thought from the Puritan era to the present. Trends in political theory are related to social, economic and political changes and conditions. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111.

PLS 125 - Political Issues and Conflicts in Contemporary America - 3 credit hours — Three hours weekly; one term. Focus on contemporary economic, political and social issues that are the subjects of  conflict in contemporary American politics.  Examine the impact of these issues on American governance, formation and execution of public policy and opinion. Topics include multiculturalism, race relations, abortion and gender/sexual politics. Prerequisite: PLS 111 or permission of department chair.

PLS 131 - Comparative Government and Politics - 3 credit hours Three hours weekly; one term. Introduction to theories of comparative politics and to data used in comparing political systems. Major attention is given to the systems of Great Britain, France, Russia, Brazil, China and Iran. Focuses on political development and modernization, political institutions and major policies. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111.

PLS 151 - Political Behavior and Analysis - 3 credit hours — Three hours weekly; one term. This course will use the 2004 Presidential election as a case study to evaluate voting behavior.  Students will work with local and national polling data to assess key voting blocks, issues and campaign effects that shaped the outcome in that election. Prerequisite: Eligibility for ENG 111.