Lake Shore Campus:
Damen Hall 912
Water Tower Campus:
Lewis Towers 900
Professors Emeriti: T. Bennett, C. Bream,
A. Larson, V. Markus, A. Miller, S. Sarkesian, J. Small, S.J.
Professors: J. Danford, J. Frendreis , A.
Gitelson, V. Mahler, S. Mezey, J. Pelissero (chairperson), R. Tatalovich,
Associate Professors: P. Boyle, T. Engeman,
C. Katz, R. Mayer, P. Sanchez, K. Stiles, P. Schraeder
Assistant Professors: J. Johnson
Adjunct Professor: M. Levinson
The major in political science is offered at the
Lake Shore Campus and Water Tower Campus.
Political science is the study of power and governance
in human associations. Political scientists investigate how order is created
and transformed, how power is distributed and exercised, and what the proper
means and ends of government ought to be. The department offers dozens
of courses each semester on various aspects of politics, including the
institutions of American government; political systems in Africa, Asia,
Europe and Latin America; foreign policy and international relations; and
political theory, past and present.
In addition to preparing students for the study
of law, the major in political science is an excellent foundation for careers
in government, politics, business, teaching, journalism, and related fields.
The objectives of the political science program
are to provide all students with an understanding of political processes
at home and abroad; to prepare majors for purposeful careers or further
graduate or professional study; and to challenge students to think critically
about problems of justice in political affairs.
Requirements for the Major in Political Science:
PLSC 100, 101, 102, and eight more courses in political science totaling
33 hours. Political science courses must include an upper-division (200
or 300-level) course from each of the departmentís subdivisions: American
politics, political theory, comparative politics, and international politics.
REQUIREMENTS FOR MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (B.A.)
|Political Science 100,
101, 102, and at least eight additional courses as specified above
|English 105 and 106
|Natural science core
|Electives to complete minimum
total of 128 credit hours
Minor Sequence in Political Science for Non-Majors:
The minor consists of six courses including 100, 101, 102, and three 200
or 300-level courses from the departmentís offerings. Students must officially
declare a minor in political science.
Honors in Political Science: Highly qualified
majors interested in receiving advanced training in political science may
graduate with honors in political science. To graduate with honors in political
science students must achieve at least a 3.4 grade point average, overall
and in the major, and complete two political science graduate courses in
addition to the eleven courses required for the major. Students must earn
a grade of B or better in the graduate courses. To apply for this program,
please contact the Political Science Department.
Internship Program: The Political Science
Department has an extensive internship program (PLSC 370), with dozens
of placements available in Chicago and neighboring communities. Interns
work 15 hours per week in an internship position and also participate in
a special internship seminar. Juniors and seniors with a cumulative grade
point average of 2.5 or better are eligible to apply. Political science
majors and minors are strongly encouraged to do an internship before graduating.
Advanced Placement Credit: Students who
score a 4 or 5 on the American Politics advanced placement test receive
3 hours of 100-level American Politics course credit (PLSC 101). Students
who score a 4 or 5 on the Comparative Politics advanced placement test
receive 3 hours of 300-level Comparative Politics course credit.
Prerequisite for 200 and 300-Level Courses:
The prerequisite for all 200 and 300-level political science courses is
sophomore standing. Freshman may only register for these courses with the
permission of the Chairperson.
Core Curriculum: PLSC 100, 101, and 102
may be used to fulfill the social science core requirement.
Certification Requirements for Teaching Political
Science in High Schools: For information on teacher certification requirements,
consult page XX in this catalog.
Five Year BA/MA Program
This program allows students to earn both B.A.
and M.A. degrees in five years of study. Junior and senior political science
majors with an overall GPA of at least 3.40 may apply for admission to
the program. Admitted students may apply up to 9 semester hours of credit
earned toward the 128 semester hours needed for the B.A. toward the 30
semester hour requirement for the M.A. degree. The nine hours must include
at least 6 hours of 400 or 500-level credit and may include up to 3 hours
of 300-level credit. As a result, students are able to complete the M.A.
degree by taking one full year of graduate coursework, plus one additional
course in the summer. All other requirements and rules pertaining to the
M.A. degree must be met. Students must follow the normal admission procedures
for application to the M.A. program, except that GRE scores are not required.
COURSES OF INSTRUCTION
An introduction to political theory, covering
the principal ideas, controversies and institutions of political society.
101. American Politics.
American national government and politics, including
institutions, group processes, and political parties.
102. International Politics. (INTS 257)
Competing perspectives on international politics.
Topics examined include international security, international political
economy, international organization, and global issues such as North-South
relations, human rights, population growth, and environmentalism.
218. African-American Politics. (BWS 218)
The political goals, political behavior, voting
patterns, group structures, values, and attitudes of various segments of
the African-American populace, and how these affect the political system.
319. Women, Law, and Public Policy. (WOST
The legal arrangements that structure the relationships
of women and men in American society, emphasizing laws and policies that
differentiate on the basis of sex or that impact differentially upon the
320. Constitutional Law: Due Process.
The Supreme Courtís role in defining substantive
and procedural due process issues such as criminal procedure, individual
autonomy, and economic regulation.
321. Constitutional Law: Powers of Government.
The Supreme Courtís role in allocating power among
the three branches of the national government and between the state and
322. Constitutional Law: Rights and Liberties.
The Supreme Courtís role in defining constitutional
guarantees of equal protection and individual freedom.
323. Children, Law and Public Policy.
The constitutional rights of children in the home,
the classroom, and the courtroom, and such policy areas as public welfare
assistance, child abuse and neglect, and child support enforcement.
326. American National Security. (PAX 327)
American national security policy, including the
role of major political actors, the defense budgetary process, and the
capability and effectiveness of the military. Policy implications will
327. Political Psychology.
Political attitudes from a social-psychological
perspective with emphasis on cognitive development models. Topics include:
personality attributes, political perception and belief system, political
and social motivation and interaction, and the psycho-cultural context
of political life.
330. America and Modern War. (PAX 330)
American political-military policy and its response
to the changing character of modern war. Attention is given to the American
"way" of war, manpower systems, and the capability and effectiveness of
the American military instrument across the conflict spectrum.
332. Politics of American Bureaucracies.
The political and social aspects of American bureaucracies
at the local, state and national levels with emphasis on the roles of administrators
and administrative institutions in the political system and policy process.
333. Politics of Metropolitan Areas.
The political relationships among local governments
in metropolitan areas. Relationships and power distributions among cities,
counties and special districts are examined.
334. Urban Policies and Problems.
An analysis of selected problems confronting governments
in urban America as well as the range of public policies that address urban
problems. (May be repeated with different issues.)
335. Urban Semester Seminar. (SOCL 335)
See course description for SOCL 335 on page XX.
377. American Public Policies.
Public policy-making at the national and state
government levels; includes social, economic, fiscal, judicial, and moral
378. Introduction to Political Economy.
The relationships between political and economic
systems with emphasis on public expenditures and revenue; the consequences
of fiscal and monetary policies on private sector activity.
379. The Legislative Process.
Legislative campaigns and elections, the formal
procedures of law-making, the influence of political parties and interest
groups, and the interaction with the president, the judiciary, and the
381. The American Presidency.
The powers, roles, and functions of the presidential
office with special attention to foreign affairs, the bureaucracy, domestic
policy, and party leadership. Tools of office and styles of recent presidents
will be studied.
384. The Judicial Process.
The judicial process in the American court system
from the Supreme Court to local trial courts, civil and criminal procedure,
appellate court decision-making, and the impact of judicial policies on
American politics and society.
385. Introduction to Law. (CRMJ
The nature of law in society, including the structure
of legal systems, the constitutional foundations of legal systems, the
practices of the legal profession, and the substance of selected areas
of case law.
386. American Parties and the Election Process.
Organizations, functions, and issues of the parties
in American politics. National, state, and local electoral processes.
389. State Politics.
The powers and structures of state government,
comparative study of state legislatures, executive branches, and judicial
systems, political parties and elections, methods of state finance and
development of public policies.
390. Urban Politics.
Political processes in cities and other local
governments, Examination of mayors, city councils, bureaucrats, and their
interaction with local citizens and interest groups.
391. Chicago Politics.
The political groups in Chicago, their political
power and impact on city politics and policy. Attention will be given to
the powers and roles of city council and the mayorís office.
392. Environmental Politics. (ESP 235) (PAX
The issues, significant actors, and public policies
relating to the environment.
301. Political Justice.
A study of the concepts of political justice,
their meaning, and attempts to institutionalize them in various political
302. American Political Thought.
Major political themes from the founding era to
A survey of modern conservative thought. Attention
will be devoted to the theoretical and political cleavages within the Right.
304. Ancient Political Thought. (CLST 305)
A study of major political theorists from Plato
to the fall of the Roman republic.
306. Modern Political Thought.
A study of major political theorists from Machiavelli
to the French Revolution.
308. Contemporary Political Thought.
A study of major political theorists from the
nineteenth century to the present.
A survey of Marxist and post-Marxist socialist
312. Feminist Theory. (WOST 318)
A survey of classical and contemporary feminist
A survey of classical and contemporary political
theorists in the liberal tradition.
339. Political Ideologies. (INTS 369)
A comparative analysis of important modern political
ideologies and the functions they serve in the political system. Attention
will be devoted to the ideologies of non-Western regimes and movements.
341. Comparative Politics. (INTS 341)
An examination of communism, socialism, and democracy
as they relate to various political systems with special emphasis on how
ideologies are institutionalized in selected countries.
342. African Politics. (BWS
342) (INTS 342)
Forces shaping political societies south of the
Sahara: the heritage of colonialism, the sociology of modernization, race-related
stresses, economic factors, political movements and structures.
343. Latin American Politics. (INTS
343) (LASP 343)
Historical, cultural, economic and political forces
in the governments of Latin America and the Caribbean.
344. Contemporary Issues in Latin America. (INTS
344) (LASP 344)
A study of political forces and processes relating
to population movement, land use, and urbanization in Latin America and
345. South and Southeast Asian Politics. (ASIA
343) (INTS 345)
Political forces and developments of the Asian
346. East Asian Politics. (ASIA 342) (INTS
The social forces and structure of politics and
government of East Asia.
347. The European Union. (INTS 381)
An introduction to the European Union, a regional
organization linking the nations of Europe. The course will consider the
history of regional integration in Europe, the institutions of the Union,
and its successes and failures in such areas as trade, agriculture, monetary
relations and foreign policy.
348. Soviet and Post-Soviet Politics. (INTS
An examination of the institutions, processes,
and policies of the former Soviet Union.
349. Eastern European Politics. (INTS
A comparative study of the political systems of
352. Canadian Politics. (INTS
The Canadian system of government, focusing on
the Parliament, the Prime Minister and permanent government, the judiciary,
political actors such as organized interests, political parties, mass media,
and public opinion.
359. Revolutions. (INTS 368)
A critical examination of different empirical
theories of revolution. Case studies will be drawn from Europe, Asia, Africa,
and the Americas.
360. Western European Politics. (INTS 360)
Comparative study of the structures, processes,
and functions of the parties and governments of the western powers with
emphasis on the United Kingdom, France and the German Federal Republic.
Cultural and social factors influencing the political process within each
system will be studied.
362. Politics of Developing Societies. (INTS
Social, economic, and ideological factors influencing
political developments in emerging nations.
365. Italian Politics and Government. (INTS
365) (ROST 365)
An examination of the institutions, processes,
and practices of Italian political life. Major concern is with post-1945
325. American Foreign Policy. (INTS 375)
Origins and development of American foreign policies;
the method of their formulation and conduct.
340. International Relations of Africa.
(BWS 340) (INTS 340)
An introduction to the international relations
of the countries that comprise the African continent. The primary focus
is the evolution of African international relations during the post-colonial
period (c. 1960-present).
350. Politics of International Economic Relations.
An examination of international political-economic
relations with an emphasis on the post-World War II period, including an
analysis of the developed market economies and their relationship with
the nations of the Third World.
351. Latin America in the International System.
(INTS 395) (LASP 341)
The role that Latin America plays in the international
system, through systematic and subsystem analyses, as well as discussion
of non-state actors that impact on Latin Americaís role.
353. International Law. (INTS 353) (PAX
Introduction to legal principles and procedures
of recognized international law.
354. Global Environmental Politics. (ESP
354) (INTS 354) (PAX 354)
Examines the linkages between the worldís natural
environment and the global political system. Discusses basic issues of
global environmental politics, domestic environmental politics in various
countries, and the politics of specific global environmental problems.
356. Intervention in World Politics. (INTS
356) (PAX 356)
Examines the purposeful use of political, economic,
and military instruments by one country to influence the domestic or the
foreign policies of another country. The course focuses on the evolution
of U.S. interventionist practices.
358. War, Peace, and Politics. (PAX
The historical evolution of war, the nature of
wars in the 20th century and into the 21st century, the nature of threats,
sources of conflict, and procedures for peaceful resolution of disputes.
364. United Nations and International Organizations.
(INTS 364) (PAX 364)
An examination of the purposes, organization,
background, and operations of existing international organizations.
367. Model United Nations. (INTS 367) (PAX
Course introduces students to the operations and
practices of United Nations and provides training for student participation
in the Loyola Model U.N. program. Attendance at Model U.N. conferences
Not Specified by Area
300. Contemporary Political Issues.
Variable titles. Investigation of selected topics
or methods in politics. This course may apply to any of the four areas
of the department, and may be repeated depending on subject matter.
370. Fieldwork in Political Science Internship.
Practical experience in political and governmental
agencies and organizations in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
371. Roman Law. (CLST 362)
An introduction to the general principles and
basic concepts of Roman civil law with emphasis upon the Late Republican-Early
373. Politics and Literature.
Literature as a medium of political analysis and
political criticism. The literary tradition examined may vary, and the
course may be repeated for credit, depending on the subject matter.
A critical examination of the theory and practice
of democratic government. The subfield to which this course belongs varies
depending on its content.
396. Directed Readings.
Opportunity for an unusually accomplished student
to pursue a discrete area of knowledge in political studies in a format
designed to stimulate highly productive effort.
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