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Chairperson and Associate Professor: Dena Levy; Professor: Stephen H. Ullman; Associate Professors: Andrea Rubery, Mark Chadsey; Assistant Professors: Cynthia Boaz, John Fitzpatrick, Gregory Murray, David E. Staveley.
The Department of Political Science and International Studies offers two majors. The political science major provides concentrations designed for careers in the public and private sectors—ranging from government service and practical politics to such fields as law, state and local government, international affairs and diplomacy, teaching, journalism, and intergovernmental organizations. The political science major is well-suited to many careers where knowledge of government behavior and institutions is useful. The international studies major is multidisciplinary in nature—training students for careers associated with foreign policy, international business, international organizations, and other occupations requiring individuals who are “globally skilled.” International studies is well-suited to a host of professions associated with the emergence of a globally interdependent world.
Political science is the study of the state and of power relations within states and among them, as they are and as they ought to be. It seeks a better understanding of political and governmental behavior and institutions in order to enable society to use its collective resources more effectively for the general welfare. The principal sub-fields in the SUNY Brockport department are political philosophy, American politics and government, comparative government and politics, and international relations.
Political science is a liberal arts discipline; therefore, the SUNY Brockport department emphasizes its contributions to the general intellectual development of students. Its subject matter is essential for informed, effective citizenship and is especially pertinent for those entering the fields of law, government service, politics, journalism, and social and global studies.
The department administers several student award funds for the Brockport College Foundation including the James A. Schiller Memorial Award, given to an incoming student who has demonstrated an interest in practical politics or public service, intends to major in political science, and plans a career in politics or public service, the Harold Rakov Memorial Award, intended for an upper-division political science major and is awarded on the basis of academic performance and the Paul Hanks Memorial Award, presented to a pre-law student.
Service Courses in Political Science
The Department of Political Science and International Studies offers courses to meet a variety of student educational needs and graduation requirements. These include:
Major in Political Science
The following requirements were effective fall 2002: Students who declared their major prior to fall 2002 and have taken and completed either PLS 300 Political Statistics or PLS 302 Political Analysis (or both) do not need to take PLS 303 Political Science Methods.
The political science academic major program requires a total of 36 credits, distributed as follows:
|A. 15 credits in the following required courses:||
|PLS 111 International Relations||
|PLS 112 Comparative Politics||
|PLS 113 American Politics||
|PLS 203 Political Thought||
|PLS 303 Political Science Methods||
|B. Twelve credits in upper-division courses (300/400 level), including at least one course from each of the four sub-fields: American politics, political philosophy, international relations and comparative politics.|
American Politics Courses: PLS 308, 311, 312, 313*, 314, 317, 319, 320, 324, 326, 356*, 361, 362,367*, 401, 402, 412, 420, (492, 493, Albany Semester), (495, 496, 497, Washington Semester),
Comparative Politics Courses: PLS 340, 342, 343, 346, 348, 356*, 364, 367*, 383, 437, 438, 447, 448, 470, 475
|International Relations Courses: PLS 304, 305, 333, 338, 339*, 410, 444, 445, 475|
|Political Philosophy Courses: PLS 313*, 339*, 353, 354, 356*, 362|
* Course is eligible to be applied as upper-division requirement in more than one sub-field. Appropriate sub-field to be determined by course instructor.
C. Nine additional credits in PLS electives.
Every political science major must have a faculty advisor who must be consulted at least once each semester.
Minor in Political Science
The political science academic minor program requires 18 credits in political science courses, including two of the four required lower-division courses for majors, and 12 additional credits in upper-division political science courses. Every political science minor must have a faculty advisor who must be consulted at least once each semester.
Students preparing to enter law school may do so through any of SUNY Brockport’s many academic major programs, provided that their undergraduate program is broad and liberal in the classic sense. More important than specific subject matter, according to law educators, is the development of skills and habits conducive to legal reasoning. Special advisement for students preparing for law school is available through Brockport’s Pre-law Advisement Committee. Contact the Department of Political Science and International Studies, Faculty Office Building, (585) 395-2584.
Political Science Courses
PLS 111 International Relations (A,O,S). Studies the macro international political system, traditional power politics and theories, emerging global interdependence, and the challenge represented by terrorism and globalization. 3 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 112 Comparative Politics (A,D,S,W). Examines the government and politics of selected foreign countries. Both industrialized and developing countries will be studied. 3 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 113 American Politics (A,D,S). Assesses and describes the organization and interaction of the components of American national government. Covers topics such as elections, Congress, the presidency, courts and the US Constitution. 3 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 203 Political Thought (A,G). Studies the works of major political philosophers, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx, Lenin and Fascists. 3 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 303 Political Science Research Methods (A). Introduces students to the research methods and techniques used in the discipline of political science. Covers elementary statistics and other approaches to political analysis including content analysis, experiments and survey research techniques. 3 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 304 International Relations Simulation (A). Consists of student preparation for and participation in simulations of parts of the decision making process of various Great Powers. 3 Cr.
PLS 305 The Politics of European Integration (A). An examination of the largest transnational regional experiment in European and world history. Prepares students for participation in simulation of decision-making process of the European Union. Simulation alternates annually between SUNY campuses and a European university. 3 Cr.
PLS 311 Parties and Elections (A). Explores the importance of political parties and election campaigns in American political life. Topics include US parties in international context; competing institutions (interest groups and news media); how the parties have responded to recent challenges; the legal and regulatory environment in which they operate; the conduct of election campaigns for federal, state, and local office; and the behavior of voters and political activists. 3 Cr.
PLS 312 Introduction to Public Administration (A). Covers public management, inter-governmental relations, budgeting and finance, public personnel, program evaluation, and research. 3 Cr.
PLS 313 Gender Politics (A,I,W). Cross-listed as WMS 313. Explores, from a feminist perspective, the socio-political barriers that have made women the "majority minority" or "silenced majority." Includes barriers such as discriminatory legislation, political folkways, sex gender roles, and myths that have created and perpetuated a male-dominated society. 3 Cr.
PLS 314 Issues in American Politics and Government (A,I). Covers a selection of contemporary issues of concern to our nation. May include topics such as lobbying and democracy, the power of the president, the death penalty and school prayer. 3 Cr.
PLS 316 Congressional Politics (A). Analyzes elections to and decision making in Congress. Emphasizes factors influencing legislative behavior and the interaction of Congress with other governmental and non-governmental units, such as the media and interest groups. 3 Cr.
PLS 317 American Presidency (A). Explores the historical roots of the modern presidency. Emphasizes interaction of the presidency with other governmental and non-governmental units such as Congress, the media, the bureaucracy and public opinion. Explores the evolution of the modern presidential campaign. 3 Cr.
PLS 318 State and Local Government (A). Covers the organization, process, and functions of state and local governments with special reference to New York state. 3 Cr.
PLS 319 Urban Politics (A). Covers the politics and governments of America's cities. 3 Cr.
PLS 320 Introduction to Law and Legal Process (A). Covers the judicial process, including its structure and organization, and the political dimensions of judicial decision making. 3 Cr.
PLS 324 Constitutional Law I (A). Covers the practices, customs and traditions of the Supreme Court. Focuses on the founding of the Constitution and the early cases decided by the Court. Includes topics such as judicial review, federalism, presidential and congressional power, the Commerce Clause, and nationalization of the Bill of Rights. 3 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 326 Constitutional Law II (A). Surveys 20th Century Supreme Court civil rights and civil liberties cases. Includes topics such as freedom of speech, press, religion, due process rights, equal protection, voting rights and rights of women and minorities. 3 Cr.
PLS 333 American Foreign Policy (A). Prerequisites: PLS 113 or PLS 111. Covers post-World War II American policy formation and execution. Explores the role of the presidency, Congress, the military, the intelligence branches, and public opinion in shaping policy. Examines the changing foreign policy environment as containment gives way to more pro-active doctrines. 3 Cr.
PLS 338 Global Issues (A,I,W). Covers a selection of issues such as military weapons growth, problems of world order, gender issues, terrorism, globalization, international politics of energy, food, population growth and natural resources. 3 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 339 The Morality of War (A). Prerequisites: PLS 111 or PLS 112. Examines the use of force from both historical and contemporary perspectives. 3 Cr.
PLS 340 European Political Systems (A). Provides an intensive, in-depth study of the politics and governments of selected western European countries, especially Great Britain, France and Germany. 3 Cr.
PLS 342 Latin American Politics (A). Covers the major forces in Latin-American domestic and international politics and US-Latin-American relations. 3 Cr.
PLS 343 Canadian Politics and Society (A). Explores Canada's geography, history, demography and culture; federal and provincial institutions, e.g., the Prime Minister, House of Commons, parties; and governmental policy on language and international affairs. 3 Cr.
PLS 346 Russian and Eastern European Politics (A,C). Explores the political institutions of the former Soviet Union and its neighbors, with an emphasis on challenges to democratic transition. 3 Cr.
PLS 348 Asian Politics (A). Prerequisite: PLS 112. Examines some of the important theoretical and historical questions and events challenging those who study Asian politics as the world enters a new millennium. China and Japan will be the two primary nations under examination although examples will be taken from all over Asia and the world. 3 Cr.
PLS 353 American Political Thought (A). Explores the roots of liberalism and conservatism in the writings of Federalists and anti-Federalists, Populists, Utopians, Slavocracy, critics of democracy, the contemporary Right and Left. 3 Cr.
PLS 356 Political Economy (A,I). Examines the relationship between the political and economic system. 3 Cr.
PLS 357 Origins of Current Issues (A,I). Examines the philosophical origins underlying today's political ideologies and issues. The ideologies and issues examined will vary from semester to semester. 3 Cr.
PLS 361 Public Opinion (A). How do we develop our political ideas? How do these ideas relate to our personalities? In what ways does public opinion shape the decision-making process of our government? Allows students to acquire and apply research skills to find answers to these questions. 3 Cr.
PLS 362 Women in Western Political Thought (A,D,I,W). Cross-listed as WMS 362. Covers major theories of sexual politics, which include Freud's theory of femininity, reform liberalism, socialist theory, and the theory of radical feminism. 3 Cr.
PLS 367 Press and Politics (A,I). A survey and analysis of the involvement of the press in the political process. The interaction of the press with political and governmental institutions will be examined and consideration given to the political orientation of the press, restraints upon its performance, and the role of the press in shaping domestic and foreign policy decisions. The result of this examination will be evaluated in the context of selected foreign press systems. 3 Cr.
PLS 383 Mid-East in World Politics (A). Studies political conflict of global issues and international politics. Covers the Arab-Israeli conflict. 3 Cr.
PLS 392 Topics in Political Science (A). Covers selected topics focusing on contemporary political issues and problems. May be repeated as topics change. 3 Cr.
PLS 399 Independent Study (A). Defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-3 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 401 Local Government Internship (A). Enables students to serve as interns in town, city or county government, engaging in such activities as research, constituent service, and planning. Provides placements in administrative agencies, as well as local legislative bodies. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 402 Legal Internship (A). Provides an experiential learning opportunity. Places student interns in either a public or private law office, undertaking paraprofessional responsibilities. 6 Cr. Summer
PLS 410 International Political Economy (A). Prerequisite: PLS 111. Explores the political forces behind global economic relations. Includes key topics such as international trade and monetary relations, the impact of the international system on domestic politics, and the relationship between rich and poor countries. Also includes these specific issues: the importance of the World Trade Organization, regional trade blocs, and the political influence of multi-national corporations. 3 Cr.
PLS 420 Civil Liberties, Civil Rights and the Constitution (A). Examines public policy and constitutional rights, focusing on controversial constitutional issues such as affirmative action, capital punishment, adoption, and free press/fair trial. Utilizes a seminar format to discuss issues. 3 Cr.
PLS 425 Law and Social Problems (A,D,I). The purpose of this course is to understand and critically evaluate various current legal issues. The focus will be on learning to succinctly think about and opine on issues from legal, social, political, economic, moral, religious and national vs. international perspectives. 3 Cr.
PLS 435 Legal Rights of the Disadvantaged (A,D,I,W). Cross-listed as AAS 435, WMS 435. An issue-oriented course. Provides an understanding of how the US legal system can improve the status of disadvantaged blacks, Hispanics, women, prisoners, the poor, students, Native Americans, homosexuals, and those with mental and physical disabilities. 3 Cr.
PLS 437 Studies in Social Science: London (A). Prerequisite: PLS 112. Sponsored by Brunel University and SUNY Brockport. Enables students to live and study in London. Through lectures, discussions and field trips, allows students to examine relationships between British and American society and history. 15 Cr.
PLS 440 Politics and Diversity (A,D,I). Define and examine concepts of multi-culturalism and examine different national approaches to the issue. Impart awareness of diversity's meaning and implication and an appreciation of the connections between politics and diversity. 3 Cr.
PLS 444 National Security (A). Prerequisite: PLS 111. Examines post-World War II and post-Cold War changes in national security (military defense) policy perception, planning and implementation as a result of technological advances. In particular, focuses on military defense policies, including strategies and tactics of the Great Powers, and other powers of military consequence. Considers the challenger of asymmetrical conflict. 3 Cr.
PLS 445 International Law and Organization (A). Introduction to modern public international law and to major international organizations such as the United Nations and associated bodies as well as major regional organizations. 3 Cr.
PLS 447 Russia in Transition (A). The course will focus on current issues relevant to the transition of the former Soviet Union to a democratic form of government and a market economy. 3 Cr.
PLS 470 Nationalism (A). Cross-listed as INS 470. Examines the post-World War II force of nationalism as a driving force in the international system, with special attention to the post-Cold War period. Includes topics such as ethnic nationalism and regional conflicts, multinational states, and multistate nations. 3 Cr.
PLS 475 Political Geography (A,C). Cross-listed as INS 475. Covers key aspects of geopolitics as it affects foreign policy and international politics in the post-World War II period. Examines topics such as resources, environment and human geography, as well as issues associated with the study of geography-politics relationships, gateway states, shatterbelts, heartland concept, and trade ties. 3 Cr.
PLS 490 Moot Court Seminar (A). Students analyze and discuss the issues and problems of a specific case. They prepare a written brief and present an oral argument related to the case. 3 Cr.
PLS 491 Advanced Moot Court Competition (A). Intense critical review of facts as applicable case law, statistics and materials are utilized by the students to write a "Supreme Court" brief. Students are responsible for reading a significant amount of legal materials whereupon they shall then argue a position by writing the brief. Students shall also argue their position in an interstate competition against other students. This shall occur before a "panel of judges." 3 Cr.
PLS 492 Albany Internship (A). Enables selected students to serve as interns at the New York Assembly or Senate, or a state agency in Albany. Provides an experiential learning opportunity. 1-12 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 493 Albany Internship Seminar (A). Enables selected students to serve as interns at the New York State Assembly or Senate, or a state agency in Albany. Conducted on site in Albany. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 495 , 496 Internship in National Politics I and II (Washington Semester Program) (A). Enables selected students to serve as interns in an executive branch, Congressional office/committee, judicial office, political party organization, or a politicized private organization in Washington. Requires a major research project. 12 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 497 Seminar: National Interns (Washington Semester Program) (A). Focuses on the evaluation of lessons learned from the internship experience. Requires oral presentations concerning research projects. 4 Cr. Every Semester
PLS 499 Independent Study (A). Defined in consultation with the instructor-sponsor and the procedures of the Office of Academic Advisement prior to registration. 1-6 Cr. Every Semester
International studies is an interdisciplinary major that provides students with a broadly based course of study, focusing on the driving forces in world affairs today. As a sole major, international studies is a excellent preparation for careers in government, international business and public service. As a second major, it complements study in many fields because it centers on the international domain within which a wide range of careers operates.
At SUNY Brockport, we firmly believe that an international studies degree is an education in the future of our nation and the world because an international studies student will be versed not only in the subject areas studied, but will also be trained analytically in problem identification and problem solving where international matters are concerned. Toward this end, international studies students will speak and write at least one foreign language, will have experienced one of SUNY Brockport’s many outstanding study-abroad opportunities, and will be computer literate. Given the rise in global interdependence in communications, transportation, trade, financial transactions, and a host of other activities, a degree in international studies is a passport to the emerging challenges of the 21 st Century.
SUNY Brockport also offers interdisciplinary programs in international business, Asian studies, Canadian studies, and Latin American studies, as well as programs overseas that can be integrated into the international studies major. (See the department chair for further information.)
The international studies major consists of three components: (1) 15 credits of required foundation courses; (2) six credits of required intermediate-level courses; and (3) five credits of upper-division course work in a thematic or functional track.
The international studies major requires 15 credits of foundation course work, six Intermediate level credits, and 15 credits of upper-division course work in one of six thematic or functional tracks and a foreign language requirement.
PLS 111 International Relations and PLS 112 Comparative Politics are required for the major.
Foundation Courses—Select five courses for a total of 15 credits
*(Delta College Equivalents)
Upper Division Tracks
Intermediate Level Courses–Select two of five courses for a total of six credits
All international studies majors are required to take two of the following classes.
Upper Division Courses–Select five courses for a total of 15 credits
Electives may not duplicate foundation or intermediate-level courses.
Students are required to demonstrate an intermediate level mastery of any foreign language offered at SUNY Brockport. Students may successfully fulfill the language requirement either through achieving a passing grade in an appropriate qualifying exam or completing a 212 level foreign language course.
Students are expected to study abroad and participate in an international internship while fulfilling their international studies major requirements.
Minor in International Studies–18 Credits
Choose four courses (12 Credits) from the following list.
|ANT 100 *DCC 215 OR DCC 315||ESC 102 OR PLS 475|
|AAS 104||ENL 164 OR ENL 165 *DCC 210 OR DCC 310|
|ARH 202 *DCC 210 OR DCC 310||HST 102 *DCC 215 OR DCC 315|
|BUS 345||PLS 111 Required|
|CMC 418 *DCC 220 OR DCC 320||PLS 112 Required|
|ECN 202||PLS 333|
Six additional credits at upper division level (300-400)
NOTE: For students matriculating fall 2000 or later, PLS 111 and 112 are required.
*Denotes Delta College equivalents
The International Business Track
ECN 202 from the INS core is a prerequisite for this track. Eighteen credits are required: BUS 335, 345, 433, and 445, and ECN 441 and PLS 410. Recommended courses are: PLS 300 or equivalent, an upper-division course dealing with the region of the world that most interests you, BUS 365 and one computer science course.
Foreign Language Requirement
Student must demonstrate competence in an appropriate foreign language with the completion of one year of intermediate-level study or an appropriate score on a qualifying exam. Advanced-level study is strongly recommended.
Delta College Global Studies Track
The international studies major may be elected by Delta College students pursuing Option II. (See Delta College entry for details).
International studies majors are expected to take advantage of one of SUNY Brockport’s many opportunities to study abroad. Overseas programs may take the form of traditional studies or an internship program. Study abroad is possible through Brockport in England, France, Canada, Ghana, Jamaica, Japan, Greece, New Zealand, Jordan, Mexico, the Czech Republic and Russia. Internships are available with many organizations and businesses, including the British Parliament and Amnesty International’s home office in England, as well as many more in Scotland, Mexico and Costa Rica. Most study-abroad programs and internships count toward completion of the major.
Closer to home, students may also take part in the Washington Semester Internship/Study Program. Work opportunities include the State Department, Amnesty International, Greenpeace, the World Bank, congressional committees on international affairs, and the World Health Organization.
Contact Dr. John Perry or Pat Coates, Office of International Education, Morgan III, (585) 395-2119, for more information on study abroad and international internships.
International Organization Simulations
SUNY Brockport takes part in model United Nations and European Union simulations. Both acquaint students with the operations of international politics and the workings of these influential organizations.
International Studies Minor
Students choosing to minor in international studies must complete 18 credits of course work, including a minimum of six credits at the upper-division level. PLS 111 International Relations and PLS 112 Comparative Politics are required. A minimum of two additional courses must be selected from the following list:
For appropriate electives, consult departmental listings or see department chair.
International Studies Courses
INS 470 Nationalism (A). Cross-listed as PLS 470. Examines the post-World War II force of nationalism as a driving force in the international system, with special attention to the post Cold War period. Includes topics such as ethnic nationalism and regional conflicts, multinational states and multistate nations. 3 Cr.
INS 475 Political Geography (A,C). Covers key aspects of geopolitics as it affects foreign policy and international politics in the post-World War II period. Examines topics such as resources, environment and human geography, as well as issues associated with the study of geography-politics relationships: gate-way states; shatterbelts; heartland concept; and trade ties. 3 Cr.[an error occurred while processing this directive] [an error occurred while processing this directive]