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Public Administration

The Public Administration concentration within the Political Science major is designed for students seeking careers in government and public service. The complexity of modern government programs in health care, environmental protection, crime prevention, education, and others increasingly requires managers with specialized skills in management, budgeting, personnel, and public policy. MTSU's proximity to the state capital provides unique opportunities for hands-on training and career placement.

Get real-world work in public service

Get real-world work in public service

MTSU has a long-standing and successful Public Service internship program, which is a central feature of the Public Administration concentration. Students may earn up to 12 semester hours and gain invaluable real-world experience working in state agencies, Metro-Nashville offices, and public service organizations.

Students go to Washington for semester

Students go to Washington for semester

Political Science students can spend a semester with the Washington Center program in Washington D.C. Recent interns worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Smithsonian, Near East South Asia Center for Strategic Studies, and Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Public Administration graduates find careers not only with government agencies, but also with non-governmental service groups; examples of career options include

  • Administrator in a variety of settings
  • Government worker at local, state, and national levels
  • Lobbyist
  • Loss control director in risk management
  • Public servant
  • Public servant
  • Researcher


The program is also valuable for students who plan to attend graduate school in public administration.


Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Tennessee Municipal League

Dr. Mark Byrnes
Dean, College of Liberal Arts
mark.byrnes@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2351
Office | Room 231, Andrew L. Todd Hall (TODD)
Mail | MTSU Box 97, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (1991)
M.A., Vanderbilt University (1986)
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1983)
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Dr. David Carleton
Associate Professor
david.carleton@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2351
Office | Room 245, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 95, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information 
Ph.D., Purdue University Main Campus (1986)
M.A., Purdue University Main Campus (1983)
B.A., University of Connecticut (1981)
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Dr. Amanda DiPaolo
Associate Professor
amanda.dipaolo@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2135
Office | Room 209, Peck Hall
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Syracuse University (2008)
M.A., Syracuse University (2004)
B.A., St. Thomas University Canada, NB (2001)
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Dr. Sekou Franklin
Associate Professor
sekou.franklin@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8232
Office | Room 209, Peck Hall
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Howard University (2001)
M.A., San Francisco State University (1996)
B.S., Santa Clara University, CA (1994)
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Dr. Andrei Korobkov
Professor
andrei.korobkov@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2135
Office | Room 209, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Alabama Tuscaloosa (1999)
Ph.D., Russian Academy of Sciences (1988)
M.A., Moscow State University (1982)
B.S., Moscow State University (1982)
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Dr. Lisa Langenbach
Associate Professor
lisa.langenbach@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2710
Office | Room 257, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 32, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information 
Ph.D., Purdue University Main Campus (1986)
M.A., Purdue University Main Campus (1982)
B.A., University Of Mary Washington, VA (1980)
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Dr. Vanessa Lefler
Assistant Professor
vanessa.lefler@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2708
Office | Room 209, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Iowa (2012)
B.A., Westminster College (2006)
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Dr. Steven Green Livingston
Professor
steven.livingston@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2720
Office | Room N208, Business and Aerospace Building (BAS)
Mail | MTSU Box 114, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information 
Ph.D., Harvard University (1986)
A.M., Harvard University (1978)
B.A., Pacific Lutheran University, WA  (1976)
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Dr. John Maynor
Professor
john.maynor@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8758
Office | Room 209, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132)

Degree Information 
Ph.D., University of York (2000)
M.A., George Washington University (1993)
B.A., Millsaps College, MS (1990)
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Dr. Robb McDaniel
Associate Professor
robb.mcdaniel@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-904-8245
Office | Room 256, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information 
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (1998)
B.A., Davidson College, NC (1990)
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Dr. Stephen D. Morris
Professor, Chair
stephen.morris@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-7687 
Office | Room 209, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Arizona (1988)
M.A., Georgia State University (1983)
B.A., Georgia State University (1979)
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Dr. Mario Perez-Reilly
Professor
mario.perez-reilly@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5590
Office | Room 249, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 285, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1974)
B.A., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1960)
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Dr. Karen Petersen
Associate Professor
karen.petersen@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-494-8662
Office | Room 244, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (2004)
M.A., Vanderbilt University (2002)
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1998)
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Stephen Robertson
Assistant Professor 
stephen.robertson@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2708
Office | Room 209, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
B.A., Middle Tennessee State University (1981)
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James Kent Syler
Assistant Professor 
kent.syler@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2708 
Office | Room 209, Peck Hall (PH) 
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
M.A., Middle Tennessee State University (1998)
B.S., Middle Tennessee State University (1983)
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Dr. Moses Tesi
Professor
moses.tesi@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5731
Office | Room 246, Peck Hall (PH) 
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., Vanderbilt University (1985)
M.A., University of Chicago (1978)
B.A., Indiana University of Pennsylvania (1977)
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Dr. George Vernardakis
Professor
george.vernardakis@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2719
Office | Room 254, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 460, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1969)
M.P.A., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (1961)
B.S., Cornell University (1959)
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Dr. Zhen Wang
Assistant Professor
zhen.wang@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-2389
Office | Room 209A, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
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Clyde Willis
Associate Professor
clyde.willis@mtsu.edu

Phone | 615-898-5457
Office | Room 209, Peck Hall (PH)
Mail | MTSU Box 29, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Degree Information
Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1991)
J.D., University of Tennessee, Knoxville (1969)
B.S., East Tennessee State University (1966)
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Public Administration is a concentration available for undergraduates pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Political Science. The department also offers a B.A. or B.S. in Political Science with a general focus, with a concentration in Pre-Law, or with Teacher Licensure; and a Bachelor of Science (B.S) degree in International Relations.

The department offers minors in Public Administration, Paralegal Studies, Political Science,  Political and Civic Engagement, and International Relations and also coordinates interdisciplinary minors in Urban Studies, Russian Studies, and African Studies.

A Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Affairs with a concentration in either Security and Peace Studies or Development and Globalization is available.
Public Administration (B.A.) Public Administration (B.S.) 

An academic map is a suggested four-year schedule of courses based on degree requirements in the undergraduate catalog. This sample schedule serves as a general guideline to help build a full schedule each term. Milestones, courses, and special requirements necessary for timely progress to complete a major are designated to keep you on track to graduate in four years. Missing milestones could delay your program. 

This map based on the 2013-2014 undergraduate catalog is not a substitute for academic advisement - contact your advisor if you have any questions about scheduling or about your degree requirements. Also see the current undergraduate catalog (catalog.mtsu.edu) for a complete list of requirements and electives.Note: Requirements are continually under revision, and there is no guarantee they will not be changed or revoked; contact the department and/or program area for current information. 

You may choose to attend a summer term to reduce your load during fall or spring terms but still stay on track to graduate in four years (see below). NOTE: Learning Support courses will alter the sequences on this map.

Public Administration (B.A.) Academic Map

Department of Political Science
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
PS 10053  PS 1010 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
MATH (Math)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
General elective3UNIV 1010 rec. Soc/Beh Sci3Other than PS
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
PS 30013  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  FL/Minor course3 
PS 32503  PS 3440, PS 4590, or PS 46303 
FL/Minor course3  PS 2020, PS 2440, PS 3160, PS 3400, PS 3490, PS 4120, or PS 48303 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
PS 3440, PS 4590, or PS 46303  PS 42903Take GRE or LSAT
PA cognate3See dept./advisor PA cognate3See dept./advisor
FL/Minor course3  PA cognate3See dept./advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  FL/Minor course3 
General elective3  PS elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
PS 2020, PS 2440, PS 3160, PS 3400, PS 3490, PS 4120, or PS 48303  PS 48003 
PA cognate3See dept./advisor PA cognate3See dept./advisor
PA cognate3See dept./advisor General elective3 
PS elective3  General elective4 
General elective3     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  PS 1010 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
PS 10053  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Soc/Beh Sci3Other than PS
General elective3UNIV 1010 rec.    
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL13 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
PS 30013  PS 2020, PS 2440, PS 3160, PS 3400, PS 3490, PS 4120, or PS 48303 
PS 32503  PS 3440, PS 4590, or PS 46303 
FL/Minor course3  FL/Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
PS elective3  General elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
PS 3440, PS 4590, or PS 46303  PS 42903 
PA cognate3See dept./advisor PA cognate3 See dept./advisor
FL/Minor course3  PA cognate3See dept./advisor
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  FL/Minor course3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
PS elective3  General elective3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
PS 2020, PS 2440, PS 3160, PS 3400, PS 3490, PS 4120, or PS 48303  PS 48003 
PA cognate3See dept./advisor PA cognate3See dept./advisor
PA cognate3See dept./advisor General elective4 
General elective3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.



Public Administration (B.S.) Academic Map

Department of Political Science
Middle Tennessee State University | Murfreesboro


Suggested Fall/Spring and Summer/Fall/Spring Four-Year Schedule

Refer to the scholarships website for information regarding use of the Lottery Scholarship for the summer term.

Click here for printer friendly academic map.

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
CourseHoursMilestones/Notes CourseHoursMilestones/Notes
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
PS 10053  PS 1010 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
MATH (Math)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)4  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)4 
General elective3UNIV 1010 rec. Soc/Beh Sci3 
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL16 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
PS 30013  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Minor3 
PS 32503  PS 3440, PS 4590, or PS 46303 
HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303  PS 2020, PS 2440, PS 3160, PS 3400, PS 3490, PS 4120, or PS 48303 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
PS 3440, PS 4590, or PS 46303  PS 42903Take GRE or LSAT
PA cognate3See dept./advisor PA cognate3See dept./advisor
Minor3  PA cognate3See dept./advisor
Minor3  Minor3 
General elective3  PS elective3 
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL15 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
PS 2020, PS 2440, PS 3160, PS 3400, PS 3490, PS 4120, or PS 48303  PS 48003 
PA cognate3See dept./advisor PA cognate3See dept./advisor
PA cognate3See dept./advisor Minor3 
PS elective3  General elective4 
Minor3     
SUBTOTAL15  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

FRESHMAN FALL FRESHMAN SPRING
ENGL 1010 (Comm)3  ENGL 1020 (Comm)3 
MATH (Math)3  PS 1010 (Soc/Beh Sci)3 
PS 10053  Nat Sci (Rubric 2)3
Nat Sci (Rubric 1)3  Soc/Beh Sci3 
General elective3UNIV 1010 rec.    
SUBTOTAL16  SUBTOTAL13 
FRESHMAN SUMMER
ENGL 2020, ENGL 2030, or HUM 2610 (Hum/FA)3  Hum/FA (Rubric 1)3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SOPHOMORE FALL SOPHOMORE SPRING
COMM 2200 (Comm)3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
PS 30013  PS 2020, PS 2440, PS 3160, PS 3400, PS 3490, PS 4120, or PS 48303 
PS 32503  PS 3440, PS 4590, or PS 46303 
Minor3  Minor3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
SOPHOMORE SUMMER
PS elective3  HIST 2010, HIST 2020, or HIST 20303 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
JUNIOR FALL JUNIOR SPRING
PS 3440, PS 4590, or PS 46303  PS 42903 
PA cognate3See dept./advisor PA cognate3See dept./advisor
Minor3  PA cognate3See dept./ advisor
General elective3  Minor3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL12 
JUNIOR SUMMER
PS elective3  Minor3 
SUBTOTAL3  SUBTOTAL3 
SENIOR FALL SENIOR SPRING
PS 2020, PS 2440, PS 3160, PS 3400, PS 3490, PS 4120, or PS 48303  PS 48003 
PA cognate3See dept./advisor PA cognate3See dept./advisor
PA cognate3See dept./advisor General elective4 
Minor3  Hum/FA (Rubric 2)3 
SUBTOTAL12  SUBTOTAL13 

TOTAL HOURS IN PROGRAM: 120

Graduation information may be accessed at www.mtsu.edu/records/grad.php.

Political Science

PS 1005 - American Government and Politics
3 credit hours
Constitutional principles, functions, and administration of American federal government; Congress, the presidency, and the Supreme Court. A General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences course.

PS 1010 - Foundations of Government
3 credit hours
Meets part of the General Education Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement. Comparative theories and institutions of government. Law, constitutions, power, political socialization, ideologies, and the media.

PS 2020 - State and Local Government
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Politics and administration at the state and local level. Legislative, judicial, and administrative structures and processes; major issues and problems.

PS 2100 - Legal Courtroom Procedure
1 credit hour
For students interested in developing trial advocacy skills; practical course offering preparation for mock trial competition. May be repeated for up to four hours credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2105 - Introduction to Latin American Studies
3 credit hours
(Same as SPAN 2105, SOC 2105, ART 2105, ANTH 2105, GEOG 2105.) A multidisciplinary, team-taught introduction to Latin America. Covers the cultures and societies of the region: pre-history, history, geography, politics, art, languages, and literatures. Required course for all Latin American Studies minors.

PS 2110 - Moot Court
1 credit hour
Students conduct research of legal controversies, prepare briefs, and argue cases before a mock judicial panel. May be repeated for up to four hours credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2120 - Mediation Procedure
1 credit hour
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of department chair. For students interested in developing skills as mediators and advocates in mediation settings. Practical application of theories, methods, and ethical components of mediation. Participation in intercollegiate mediation competition. May be repeated for up to four hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2130 - Model United Nations and Crisis Simulation
1 credit hour
For students interested in developing skills in negotiation and conflict resolution involving international issues. A practical application of negotiating skills, policy process, and understanding of international conflicts and problems through participation in intercollegiate MUN/crisis simulation competition. Course may be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2140 - Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature
1 credit hour
Students work through content and activities on legislative procedures designed to prepare them to participate in the annual Tennessee Intercollegiate State Legislature (TISL). May be repeated for up to 4 hours of credit. Pass/Fail.

PS 2440 - Law and the Legal System
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A general introduction to American law and the American legal system; focus on the case system.

PS 3001 - Research Methods in Political Science
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: 9 hours of political science. Fundamentals of quantitative methods in empirical research problems in the social sciences.  

PS 3010 - Women and the Law
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. Analysis of the legal treatment of women in the home, school, and workplace. Examines development of law, relationship of law to political movements, and current state of law and legal theory on women's rights and gender equality.

PS 3050 - The US Presidency
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A comprehensive analysis of the presidency; includes origins of the presidency, political power, the nature of the institutionalized presidency, campaigns and elections, and a careful look at selected presidents.

PS 3060 - The US Congress
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005. An analysis of the United States Congress; its origins, political power, the nature of the institutionalized Congress, campaigns, and elections.

PS 3100 - Politics and Film
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 PS 1010, or permission of instructor. Analysis of political ideas as expressed in motion pictures. Topics include leadership, political biographies, campaigns and elections, ideology, and war.

PS 3160 - American Public Policy
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Examines the public policy-making process in the United States, the stages of policy development and the problems inherent in policymaking. At least one substantive policy area examined in depth; examples: health care, environmental, welfare, agricultural, poverty, or budgetary policies.

PS 3170 - Civil Rights Policy and Politics
3 credit hours
Assesses the institutional impact--past and present--of the civil rights movement on American political institutions (the presidency, Congress, the courts, the executive cabinets, the administrative regulatory agencies, and the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights). Events and topics include the 1964 Civil Rights Act, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the 1991 Civil Rights Act, voter dilution, felony disenfranchisement and sentencing disparities, campaign finance reform, affirmative action, disability rights, gender discrimination, and majority-minority congressional districts.

PS 3180 - African Politics
3 credit hours
(Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010. Comparative study of the political systems, modernization efforts, and development problems of countries with different traditions or colonial pasts, selected from the continent of Africa.

PS 3200 - British Government and Films
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The evolution of parliamentary government in the United Kingdom and its current distinctive characteristics, processes, and functions in contrast to other parliamentary regimes.

PS 3210 - International Relations
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The state system and national power, balance of power, balance of terror, game theory, psychological aspects of international conflict, decision making, diplomacy and negotiation, war, disarmament, and collective security.

PS 3220 - Comparative Politics
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Seminar covering the theoretical literature, methodological debates, and current issues in the field of comparative politics. Offers preparation for upper-division courses in comparative politics.

PS 3250 - Public Administration
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Fundamentals of public management--organization theory, leadership, policy making, planning, budgeting, personnel, administrative law, bureaucratic behavior.

PS 3320 - Public Opinion
3 credit hours
The nature of public opinion and its role in the political and social process. How opinion is shaped, created, and measured.

PS 3330 - Political Parties
3 credit hours
The nature of democracy, politics, and political parties; party organization and role in government; campaigning; primaries, conventions, general elections; the Electoral College; voting behavior and pressure groups.

PS 3340 - Political Campaign Management
3 credit hours
An analysis of applied politics; how to plan and manage a modern political campaign. Readings, discussions, and hands-on projects; students will learn the strategies, tactics, and varied techniques of political campaigning.

PS 3350 - Interest Groups and Social Change
3 credit hours
Examines role of interest groups in American politics and the policymaking process, including the role of lobbyists, money, and politics, and case studies of several specific interest groups.

PS 3370 - American Constitutional Law
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of theories of judicial decision making as well as the establishment of judicial review itself, followed by case studies of major Supreme Court decisions in federalism. Issues covered include commerce, contracts, police, and war powers as well as restrictions placed on state governments after the ratification of the Civil War Amendments. Offered  fall only.

PS 3380 - American Constitutional Law
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  PS 1005, PS 3370, or permission of instructor. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body in the governmental system. Focuses on case studies of major Supreme Court decisions dealing with civil liberties. Issues covered include racial and gender discrimination, freedom of speech and religion, as well as rights of the criminally accused and the right to privacy. Offered spring only.

PS 3400 - Municipal Government
3 credit hours
Powers, functions, and politics of municipal governments from the standpoint of city management. Attention is given to problems related to the execution of municipal policy. Offered infrequently.

PS 3420 - African American Politics
3 credit hours
The unique history, content, and form of African American political participation; examines the nature of consequences of African American influence within, or exclusion from, the workings of various American political institutions; the nature and types of issues that influence contemporary discussions in American and African American politics related to the socioeconomic conditions of African Americans. Students who have taken PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science (Black Politics in America) may not take PS 3420 for credit.

PS 3440 - Governmental Budgeting and Finance Administration
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Analysis of the legal and social nature of government budgets emphasizing the procedures and administrative methods of fiscal control. Budget documents at state and local levels. Offered infrequently.

PS 3490 - Alternative Dispute Resolution
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of the department chair. Theory, methods, and ethical components of alternative dispute resolution (ADR); emphasis on various forms of mediation, but including other ADR formats such as arbitration, negotiation, and summary jury trial.

PS 3500 - International Law
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. General principles of modern international law taught by the case study method in a seminar format encouraging debate and discussion. Issues concerning the development of international law and human rights will be studied.

PS 3510 - International Political Economy
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PS 1010  or permission of instructor. The relation between politics and economics in international affairs and its implications for global peace, security, ecology, and social welfare.

PS 3530 - Legal Writing and Research
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. A specialized composition course for the student planning to attend law school or paralegal school or to become a legal secretary. Practice in legal research, documentation, and a variety of legal problems.

PS 3550 - Democratic Participation and Civic Advocacy
3 credit hours
Focus on theories of democratic participation, the role and impact of participation in a democracy, and practical approaches to building and working through organizations advocating for candidates or particular policies or working with the government in crafting and implementing public policies.  

PS 3780 - Study Abroad
3 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Supervised study in a foreign country; familiarizes students with foreign cultures and political systems. Three to six hour classes may be repeated once if country of destination varies. No more than 6 hours may count toward a political science major. Pass/Fail.

PS 3910 - International Organization
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Development and prospects of the United Nations Organization and its major approaches to peace--pacific settlement, collective security, international law, arms control, trusteeship, preventive diplomacy, international conferences, functionalism. Offered infrequently.

PS 4030 - Human Rights
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Fosters critical thinking about human rights by developing skills in weighing powerful but opposing arguments in complex moral situations. Familiarizes students with the role of both national and international organizations in global politics.

PS 4040 - Pre-Law Internship
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: Senior standing, competitive selection, PS 2440, or by permission of instructor. Familiarizes pre-law students with general law office procedures and an active law environment.

PS 4070 - Political Violence and Terrorism
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Examines political violence, including assassination, terror, repression, and genocide, in comparative and international perspectives. Theoretical and case study approaches used to examine forms, goals of, tactics, and responses to political violence.

PS 4120 - Tennessee Government
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or permission of instructor. Structure, functions, and processes of Tennessee's governmental and political institutions. Policy issues studied.

PS 4180 - African Politics
3 credit hours
(Same as AAS 3180.) Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative study of selected African political systems with different colonial traditions in the process of rapid change. The ideology and politics of development, political system forms and processes, modernization efforts, and the challenges of nation building.

PS 4190 - Middle East Politics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on the Palestinian question, the Arab-Israeli wars, the role of the United Nations; conflicts between and among the Arab nations; the various peace initiatives that have been proposed.

PS 4200 - Problems in Government
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PS 1005 or PS 1010 and at least 12 hours of political science classes. Work done under the close direction of a professor on a tutorial basis. Student expected to present a sound proposal for departmental consideration and acceptance before enrolling.

PS 4210 - International Conflict: Causes, Consequences, and Respo
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the causes of interstate war, intrastate war, and transnational terrorism as well as the social consequences of and policy responses to international conflict.

PS 4220 - World Politics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Experiencing contemporary international politics through the medium of simulation. Particular focus areas include the U.S., F.S.U., People's Republic of China, the Middle East, South Asia, and Southern Africa.

PS 4230 - Classical Political Theory
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030. Western political theory from the ancient Greeks through the medieval Christians. Includes Sophocles, Aristophanes, Plato, Aristotle, stoicism, skepticism, Lucretius, Augustine, Thomas Aquinas, Thomas More.

PS 4240 - American Foreign Policy
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Foreign policies in the nuclear age from Kennan and Containment to the present with particular emphasis on contemporary problems and policies.

PS 4260 - The Political Status of Women in the World
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or WGST 2100 or permission of instructor. Comparative examination of the political, economic, and social status of women in the United States and abroad. Particular emphasis on women in developing countries, the relationship between economic and political power, and the impact of both conflict and globalization on the status of women.

PS 4270 - Political Campaign Internship
1 to 12 credit hours
Prerequisites: Sophomore standing, PS 1010, and a 2.50 minimum GPA. Students work for a political campaign as an employee under the joint administration of the campaign and the department. Only six hours may count toward a political science major and three hours toward a political science minor. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance.

PS 4280 - The Washington Experience
12 credit hours
A cooperative program with the Washington Center that provides for student service with a governmental office in Washington, D.C., on a full-time basis during the fall or spring semester. On-the-job training will be supplemented with lectures and other activities. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours count toward a Political Science major or minor.

PS 4290 - Public Service Internship
1 to 12 credit hours
Prerequisites: Junior standing and 2.50 minimum GPA. Student assigned to a public service agency as an employee under the joint administration of the agency and the department. May be repeated for up to 12 hours of credit, but only six hours of internship credit may count toward a Political Science major or minor. Arrangement for this course must be made in advance.

PS 4300 - Comparative European Government
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of England, France, Germany, the European community, and others.

PS 4310 - Comparative Asian Government
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Comparative analysis of the governmental forms and practices of China, Japan, India, and other governments in the region.

PS 4360 - Legislative Internship
12 credit hours
A cooperative program with the State of Tennessee that provides for student service with the legislature on a full-time basis during the spring semester. Students selected on a competitive basis. Only six hours may count toward a Political Science major or minor.

PS 4390 - Special Topics in Political Science
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or PS 1005 or permission of the instructor. An in-depth study of a special topic significant in contemporary political developments or political science literature. May be taken more than once, as topics change, with up to six credit hours applied to a Political Science major.

PS 4590 - Administrative Law
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 PS 3250, or permission of instructor. Procedural aspects, substantive issues, judicial review of the type of law concerned with the powers and procedures of government agencies and the rights of citizens affected by them.

PS 4630 - Personnel Management
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 3250 or permission of instructor. Human resources administration in government agencies. Patterns of position classification, compensation, recruitment, selection, training, performance appraisal, promotion, discipline, separation, collective bargaining.

PS 4690 - Comparative Foreign Policies and International Relation
3 credit hours
Prerequisite:  PS 1010, MES 2100, or permission of instructor. Examines framework within which to understand Middle East international relations. Includes Arab/Israeli conflict; oil and Middle East international relations; political Islam; the war on terror; and United States, European, Chinese, and Russian policies in the Middle East.

PS 4700 - American Political Thought
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005 or PS 1010 or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Major thinkers and movements in American political thought from colonial times to the twentieth century with special emphasis on the thoughts of the framers of the American Constitution and their contemporaries.

PS 4770 - Russian Politics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. The formation and evolution of the Russian state from the pre-Communist to the Soviet (Communist) and post-Soviet stages of its development. Special attention given to the historical origins and the role of authoritarianism in the Russian political culture and to the ideological foundations, formation, evolution, and the reasons for decline of the Communist system.

PS 4800 - Senior Seminar
3 credit hours
Prerequisites:  PS 1005, PS 1010, and 12 additional hours of political science courses. A reading and discussion seminar designed to integrate knowledge of the subfields of political science through critical reflection on politics, law, ideology, and culture from both a domestic and global perspective.

PS 4801 - Senior Seminar in International Relations
3 credit hours
 Prerequisites: PS 1010, PS 3001, PS 3210, PS 3220, and 6 hours electives in the major. A reading and discussion seminar focused on the subfields of international relations and comparative politics, the practical application of theories, preparation for professional work or graduate study following graduation, and assessment of student learning outcomes for the program.

PS 4820 - Advanced Studies in American Politics
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PS 1005, PS 1010, and one upper-division course in American Politics. Advanced study in the area of American politics. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

PS 4830 - Advanced Studies in Public Administration
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PS 1005, PS 1010, and PS 3250. Advanced study in the area of public administration. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

PS 4850 - Advanced Studies in Comparative Politics
3 credit hours
Prerequisites:  PS 1005, PS 1010, and PS 3210. Advanced study in the area of comparative politics. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

PS 4860 - Advanced Studies in International Relations
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PS 1005, PS 1010, and PS 3210. Advanced study in the area of international relations. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

PS 4870 - Advanced Studies in Political Theory
3 credit hours
Prerequisites: PS 1005, PS 1010, and either PS 4230, PS 4700, or PS 4920. Advanced study in the area of political theory. May be repeated for credit when subject matter varies.  

PS 4900 - Latin American Politics
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010 or permission of instructor. Emphasis on the comparative analysis of structures, functions, and aspects of Latin American political cultures and systems.

PS 4920 - Modern Political Theory
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1010, PS 1005, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Western political theory from the Renaissance to the twentieth century. Includes Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, J.S. Mill, Marx and Engels, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, facism, existentialism, Strauss, Arendt, and contemporary thought.

PS 4930 - Introduction to Contemporary Political Philosophy
3 credit hours
Prerequisite: PS 1005, PS 1010, or PHIL 1030 or permission of instructor. Aims to foster critical thinking about contemporary political philosophy by introducing students to four main approaches: Aristotelianism, Utilitarianism, Contractarian Liberalism, and Marxism. Familiarizes students with certain philosophical arguments about important issues in both national and global politics such as multiculturism, justice, democracy, and freedom.

PS 4950 - Community-Based Research Practicum
1 to 6 credit hours
Supervised planning and carrying out applied social research project defined in partnership with a local civic group, nonprofit agency, or public department. Students may work individually or in groups or up to six. A final report is presented to the community partner at the end of the course. Projects must be approved prior to enrollment by the department's student research committee.  

PS 4970 - Undergraduate Research
1 to 6 credit hours
Students pursue their own topics and fields of concentration under the supervision of a political science faculty member. Working with the faculty member, the student will design and conduct independent research, with the final paper presented at a conference or a public forum on campus.