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									Department of Political Science                                            March 25, 2010


Dear Majors and Intended Majors in Political Science:

        Early Registration for the Fall 2010 semester begins on Tuesday, April 6th. (See on-line
Fall 2010 Kean University Registration Bulletin for priority dates for registration.) Please
note that all course listings will be found on-line, not in printed form. As of Spring ‘10
there have been no printed bulletins. Registration for this period will be processed through
KeanWISE.

          Students MUST meet with their academic advisors within their academic majors
before they register for Fall 2010 courses. Students will have a hold placed on their account
until it is removed by their academic advisor after advisement. Please remember that you must
bring your Program Evaluation and Major Guidesheet with you when you meet with your
faculty advisor. If you wish to register for a course section that is listed as “APPROVED
PETITION REQUIRED,” you must also see the departmental secretary, Carol Murphy in J-105
to acquire approval. One you have the hold removed by your advisor, you will be able to register
on KeanWISE.

        In order to make long term advisement sessions productive, you should bring your
college transcript and a list of courses you have recently completed, or are currently enrolled in.
Also, make a list of courses you believe will apply to both required and elective sections of both
your major and general education portions of the curriculum.

Please note that:

        1. Students should be aware that they may take no more than 39 – 42 credits (or 13-14
           courses) in Political Science, including honors courses, toward meeting the minimum
           124 credit requirement for graduation.
        2. It is strongly recommended that PS majors not wait until their last or next-to-last
           semester to take required Political Theory, Scope and Methods, and/or Writing
           Emphasis courses.




(See attached sheet for Summer I & II 2010 course offerings)
The following courses are being offered at the 2000 – 3000 level by the Political Science
Department during the Fall ’10 semester:

    A. American Government and Politics/Public Law Course Offerings:

    1. PS 2100, (Sections 01-04) American Government and Politics. (Drs. Hunt, and Kahn)
       The basic political principles and institutions and modes of citizen involvement in the
       American political system. (PS 2100 is a required course for all PS majors).

    2. PS 2110, (Sections 01 and 02). American State and Local Political Systems. (Profs.
Lipkin and Treusch) An analysis of American state and local politics, with particular emphasis
on the social and economic setting of political issues.

    3. PS 3130, American Judicial Process. (Professor Treusch), T/F, 11:00 – 12:15 PM. A
study of recent cases and issues related to the American legal system, including the 2009-2010
term of the U. S. Supreme Court.

    4. PS 3135, Political Participation. (Dr. Keil), W, 1:55 – 4:25PM. Will focus on
fundamental questions of “citizen politics,” especially within the American political process.

    5. PS 3140, The American Presidency. (Professor Lipkin), T/F, 9:30 – 10:45 AM, will
focus on the policy and political leadership of recent presidents, with emphasis on the Clinton and
Bush administrations, and the first year of the Obama administration.

    6. PS 3150, American Constitutional Law. (Dr. Hunt), W, 8:00 – 10:45 AM, will focus
on the structural foundation of the American constitutional system and the constitutional conflict
among various branches and levels of government. (This is a Writing Emphasis Course).

    7. PS 3165, Women in American Political Life. (Dr. Keil), M/Th. 2:00 – 3:15 PM,
will examine the diverse and changing roles played by women in American politics, and the
effect of gender on the consideration and resolution of public issues.

     8. PS 3170, New Jersey: State Government and Politics. (Prof. Hernandez), T/F, 12:30 -
1:45 PM, will examine governmental institutions and decision-making processes in New Jersey
state government.

    9. PS 3680, Constitutional Law: Criminal Procedures. (Professor Hernandez), Th. 4:30 -
7:15 PM will focus on the development of Supreme Court jurisprudence on issues related to
criminal procedures (e.g. search and seizure, the right to an attorney) (This is a Writing
Emphasis course.)


    B. Political Theory Course Offering:

    1. PS 3210, Early Modern Political Theory. (Dr. Hunt), M/Th., 9:30 – 10:45 AM, will
study the political thought of thinkers, such as Machavelli, Hobbes, Locke and Rousseau. (All
majors are reminded that they must take at least one political theory course.)
    C. Political Methodology Course Offering:

    1. PS 3550, Scope and Methods of Political Science, (Dr. Kelly), W, 11:00 Am – 1:45 PM
 will focus on the empirical methodologies by which research in the discipline of Political
Science is conducted. (This course is required for PS majors with the IR/Comp. Politics
option, and will be the only section offered during the 2010-2011 Academic Year.)


    D. Comparative Politics/International Relations Course Offerings:

     1. PS 2300 (Sections 01 & 02) Intro to Comparative Politics, T/Th., 12:30 – 1:45 PM
(Dr. Boateng) and T/Th., 9:00 – 10:15 PM. A study of the historical and theoretical foundations
of the field of Comparative Politics.

     2. PS 2400, Intro to International Relations. (Prof. Abich) M/Th., 8 :00 – 9:15 AM. A
critical examination of the nature of nation-state relations and nonstate actors.
[All PS majors are required to take either PS 2300 or 2400.]

    3. PS 3310, Comparative Non-Western Government. (Dr. Richani), M/Th. 11:00 AM –
12:15 PM, an analysis of the politics of non-western nations with an emphasis upon political
ideologies and institutions.

     4. PS 3360, Southern African Politics (Dr. Boateng), T 4:30 – 7:15 PM, will focus on
the political, social, and economic challenges of contemporary South Africa as well as the impact
of the nation’s policies on the entire Southern African region. (Students who wish to take the
African Union (AU) simulation course PS 4420, Seminar In African Politics in Spring ‘11
should enroll in PS 3360 for Fall ‘10.)

    5. PS 3410, International Organization, (Staff), W., 7:30 – 10:15 PM
A study of the institutions designed to resolve international conflicts and promote
international cooperation, with special emphasis on the United Nations. (Students who
wish to take PS 4410 or PS 4420 might wish to take this course.)

    6. PS 3418, Arab Israeli-Conflict, (Dr. Kahn), M/Th. 12:30 – 1:45 PM. An analysis of
the nature of the Arab-Israeli Conflict, its roots and background, and prospects for resolution.

    7. PS 3430, (Sections 1 & 2) International Terrorism, (Drs. Chang and Boateng),
M, 7:30 – 10:15 PM and Sat, 9:00 – 11:45 AM, will focus on the historical and conceptual
development of “terrorism” as a means of effecting political change, as well as the current “War
on Terror.”

    8. PS 3450, Conduct of US Foreign Policy, (Dr. Chang), W, 4:30 – 7:15 PM. A
study of the politics and processes involved in the making of American foreign policy, as well as
the substance of modern foreign policy questions.
        The following 4000 level seminar is being offered during Fall ’10:

         1. PS 4130, Senior Seminar: Political Issues (Dr. Kelly) M/Th. 12:30 – 1:45 PM.
This course deals with contemporary political issues. Students will be required to do a research
paper and oral presentation of their findings. The class will be participatory in nature. (All
students are reminded that PS 4130 is a required General Education Capstone course for
all Political Science Majors.)

        The following 4000 level internship related courses are available:

         1. PS 4810-4811, Internship in Political Science (Staff) TBA. Students interested in 3
or 6 credit internship opportunities involving one and two day a week placements in the local area
should contact the Political Science Department at 908-737-3990. A wide variety of placements
is available.

        (Internship placements have often led to subsequent full-time employment.)

        Undergraduate students who wish to take graduate courses for undergraduate
credit should remember that the following Political Science graduate courses are being
offered in Fall ‘10:

           1. PS 5015, Analytical Methods in Political Science, (Dr. Kelly), Th. 4:30 –7:15
PM. An introduction to basic features of the social scientific research process in Political Science,
including hypothesis development, conceptualization, methods, analysis, and conclusions.


            2. PS 5250, The Judiciary and the American Constitutional Order,
(Prof. Roxas), T., 7:30 – 10:15 PM. . A study and evaluation of the role of the judiciary within a
constitutional system, from the British common law tradition to the American experiment in
constitutional governance. The study of selected U. S. Supreme Court cases to highlight the
various arguments advanced in matters of constitutional interpretation.

            3. PS 5380, The Political Economy of Civil Wars, (Dr. Richani), T., 4:30 – 7:15
PM. A study of the socio-economic and political undercurrents and motivations of civil wars.
An exploration of a number of on-going civil wars in Latin America, Africa, and Asia.


        Students should be aware that the Department sponsors the Eta Sigma Chapter of the
National Political Science Honor Society and has sponsored a Pre-Law Club. For information
regarding each of these clubs, please call the departmental office at 908-737-3990 or see Dr. Hunt
or Dr. Kahn.

        THE DEPARTMENT ALSO OFFERS A MASTER’S DEGREE IN POLITICAL
SCIENCE. Students planning to attend graduate school should consider this program.
Please contact Dr. Chang at 908-737-3998 for information.

Very truly yours,


Dr. Robert Hunt
Chairman, Department of Political Science

								
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