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American Government and Politics

American Politics focuses on the study of the framework of politics (including the Constitution and constitutional law); national institutions such as the presidency or the courts; political processes and behavior, notably elections and public opinion; and urban politics and subnational government in the United States. Courses at the more advanced level explore theoretical debates about such matters as state-society relations in the United States and current issues in American politics. Internships are a popular choice among students who concentrate in American politics.

POLSC 11000 American Government: A Historical Introduction
Overview of the American political system from a historical perspective, with emphasis on the Constitution and its enduring influence, development of party systems and citizen participation and evolving role of Congress, presidency and courts.
Prereq/Coreq: ENGL 12000. Not open to students who have taken POLSC 11100.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/1/C or 2/B; Pathways: US Experience in its Diversity

Effective Fall 2021.

POLSC 21100(W) State Government and Politics
Comparative analysis of state governments. Power and role of governors, state legislatures, parties, lobbies.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 21200(W) Urban Politics
Politics in New York City and other urban areas. Decentralization, suburbanization, race, ethnicity, reform.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 21300(W) Political Parties and Elections
Organization, campaigns, nominations, voting behavior, issues, finances, reforms.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 21500(W) Public Opinion & Political Participation
What American people think about politics and how they express it, from polls to elections to demonstrations.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 217XX Contemporary Issues in American Politics
Selected topics in American politics and government.
Prereq: ENGL 12000. This course number acts as an 'umbrella', with differing courses appearing as decimals (e.g., POLSC 21769, Media & Politics).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 21800(W) Women and Politics
Constitutional and legal position of women, ERA, affirmative action, marriage, divorce, property, feminist causes.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B; PD/C

POLSC 21900(W) Women and the Law
Overview of how local, state and federal laws treat people on the basis of sex.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B; PD/C

POLSC 22100(W) Immigration Policy
The course focuses on the political development of federal immigration policy, and on historical and contemporary issues in policy design and implementation. The course also surveys recent findings and debates arising from empirical analyses of immigration policy.
Prereq/Coreq: ENGL 12000 and (POLSC 11000 or POLSC 11100 or HIST 15100 or HIST 15200).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B; PD/B or C

POLSC 22600(W) Interest Group Politics
Analysis of the organization and role of interest groups in American politics. The course stresses the importance of organizational resources and the ability of interest groups to be “faithful advocates” of member interests in exercising influence in elections and policy-making.
Prereq: ENGL 12000. Not open to students who have completed POLSC 21400.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 22700(W) Political Parties
Theories, historical analysis, and contemporary views of the central institution that links citizens and office holders in the United States, with a focus on the role of parties as vehicles for expressing and pursuing policy goals.
Prereq: ENGL 12000. Not open to students who have completed POLSC 21400.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 22800(W) Protest Movements in American Politics
Analysis of historical and contemporary protest movements in the context of American politics; includes key concepts and explanatory factors in social movement theory, and movements such as the anti-slavery, women's suffrage, labor, civil-rights, anti-war, feminist, environmental, gay-rights, pro-choice, pro-life, and Patriot movements.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B; PD/B or C

POLSC 23000(W) The American Presidency
Selection, election, role, functions and powers of the president.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 23500(W) The American Congress
Legislation and policy-making process. Congressional organization, functions and behavior. Lobbies, parties, leaders.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 23800 American Legal System
Civil and criminal law, common law and equity, substantive and procedural law. Emphasis on federal and New York law.
Prereq: ENGL 12000. 
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 24000(W) The American Judiciary
The Supreme Court and other federal courts as part of policy-making process in American government.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 24400(W) Energy & Environmental Politics & Public Policy
Examination of political processes and public policies shaping energy production and consumption in the U.S. with comparative reference to other countries. Emphasis on political, economic, social, environmental and foreign policy aspects.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 27400(W) American Foreign Policy
Broad overview of the sources, processes, institutions, traditional tenets, current challenges, and aims of American foreign policy.
Prereq: ENGL 12000. Counts as either American or IR (but not both).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 30100(W) American Political Thought
Examination of ideas that have shaped American politics from the Revolution to the present, including Federalists and Anti-Federalists, Progressivism and responses to industrialization and recent debates over the welfare state, political inclusion and democracy.
Prereq: ENGL 12000 and one course in Political Theory. Counts as either American or Theory (but not both).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 31700 Contemporary Issues in American Politics
Selected topics in American politics and government.
Prereq: ENGL 12000. This course number acts as an 'umbrella', with differing courses appearing as decimals (e.g., PolSc 31771, The Law of Privacy).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 32000(W) Ethnic Politics
Ethnicity in local and national politics. Major groups, how they affect government, what government does for them.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B; PD/B

POLSC 32100(W) American Political Economy
Critical analysis of the distribution of power between the state and the private sector. Theories about the government-business relationship are tested through a series of case studies.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 32200(W) Social and Economic Policies in Western Europe and the United States
Evolution of social and economic policies from the 19th century to the present. Policies are analyzed in light of tensions between democracy and capitalism.
Prereq: ENGL 12000 and any course in American politics or comparative politics. Only open to students who have completed 45 credits and 9 credits in PolSc. Not open to students who have completed POLSC 31500. Counts as either American or Comparative (but not both).
4 hrs, 4 cr; GER/3/B; PD/D

POLSC 32300(W) Politics of Public Budgeting
Course sets the processes and techniques of public budgeting within the context of American political institutions at the national. state, and local levels.
Prereq: ENGL 12000 and 2 POLSC courses 20000 level or above.
4 hrs. 4cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 33000(W) American Political Development
Analysis of the historical development of American politics, including: the impact of the Constitution, ideas, and political culture; state building/unbuilding in different historical eras; and the evolution of citizenship and political participation.
Prereq: ENGL 120 and POLSC 11000 or POLSC 11100.
4 hrs, 4 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 34000(W) Constitutional Law: Organizing the Government
Constitutional problems and Supreme Court decisions. Federalism, judicial review, separation of powers, foreign policy.
Prereq: ENGL 12000 and (POLSC 11000 or POLSC 11100 or POLSC 23800).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 34100(W) Constitutional Law: Civil Rights
Constitutional problems and Supreme Court decisions regarding race and sex discrimination.
Prereq: ENGL 12000 and (POLSC 11000 or POLSC 11100 or POLSC 23800).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 34200(W) Constitutional Law: The First Amendment
Constitutional problems and Supreme Court decisions regarding freedom of speech, press (media), religion and assembly.
Prereq: ENGL 12000 and (POLSC 11000 or POLSC 11100 or POLSC 23800).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 34300(W) Criminal Law
Constitutional problems and judicial decisions regarding search and seizure, right to counsel, self incrimination.
Prereq: ENGL 12000 and (POLSC 11000 or POLSC 11100 or POLSC 23800).
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B

POLSC 34800(W) Public Administration and Public Policy
Analysis of problems in policy-making and administration, focusing on motivations, ethics, authority.
Prereq: ENGL 12000.
3 hrs, 3 cr; GER/3/B