|10133 American and Texas Government||3|
|20093 Scope and Methods of Political Science||3|
|20203 Introduction to Political Theory||3|
|or 20303 International Politics||3|
|30103 Topics in American Politics||3|
|30303 Topics in International Politics||3|
|30403 Topics in Public Law||3|
|30503 Topics in Comparative Politics||3|
The following is a complete list of courses offered by this department. Go to Class Search on the Registrar's Page to see which courses are being taught this semester.
Courses of Instruction
"Topics" courses are described only in terms of the field designations. The specific subjects for each such course are determined in advance and published in the Schedule of Classes each semester. The Department also prepares detailed course descriptions and circulates them among Political Science majors and other interested students each semester.
Political Science as a Discipline
10093 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE. Introduces students to varying
thought on and divergent practices of politics in a variety of nations.
10433 FIRST YEAR SEMINAR: THE POLITICS OF FREEDOM AND ORDER. Introduction to an assessment of the delicate balance between maintaining order in society and guaranteeing political freedom.
20093 SCOPE AND METHODS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE. Prerequisites: Prior completion of or concurrent enrollment in MATH 10043 (Elementary Statistics) or an equivalent course. Introduction to political science as a field of study and to the major issues in relating theory and empirical research to the study of political behavior.
30003 HONORS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. Examination of a significant political issue. This is generally offered on a tutorial basis and the specific topic is determined jointly by the student and the instructor. POSC 30003 and 40003 cannot be taken simultaneously.
30093 TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE METHODS. Prerequisites: POSC 20093 or consent of the instructor and COSI 10403 (Introduction to Computer Science) or MANA 20103 (Introduction to Data Processing.) Topics include political science methods applied to various research problems such as political behavior, public policy analysis, and program evaluation.
40003 SENIOR HONORS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. The writing of a substantial research paper under the supervision of a three person faculty committee. A grade of "I" (Incomplete) will be carried in this course until the paper is completed. The sequence of POSC 30003 and 40003 must be planned so that 40003 is taken prior to the student's final semester of undergraduate work.
American Government and Politics
10123 ISSUES IN AMERICAN POLITICS. Introduction to the dynamics of American governmental institutions and political processes through the study of significant contemporary issues in the American political arena. The particular issues may vary from semester to semester in accordance with the changing interests of students and instructor.
10133 AMERICAN AND TEXAS GOVERNMENT. (May not be counted toward a major or minor in political science.) The American political system at national and state levels, including a survey of the federal and Texas Constitutions. This course satisfies the Texas state certification requirements for education majors.
30103 TOPICS IN AMERICAN POLITICS. Topics related to the study of American political institutions, processes, behavior, and policy, such as Congress, the Presidency, political parties and elections, interest groups, social and defense policy, and Texas politics.
20203 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY. Introduction to the normative
or value dimensions of political inquiry through the study of selected "classics"
in political literature.
30203 TOPICS IN POLITICAL THEORY. Topics will be selected from varying periods of Western history: ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary. Topics may focus on individual thinkers (Hobbes), groups of thinkers (the Liberal Tradition), or on policy questions (Human Nature and Public Policy).
20303 INTERNATIONAL POLITICS. Introduction to both the major actors
and issues which comprise contemporary international politics. A major goal
of the course is to familiarize students with non-western perspectives on international
30303 TOPICS IN INTERNATIONAL POLITICS. Topics studied include such areas as U.S. foreign policy, Russian foreign policy, and various regional issues.
30403 TOPICS IN PUBLIC LAW. The course sequence includes Gender and Sexual Orientation in Contemporary Law, International Human Rights, and several courses on American Constitutional Law. A simulation of the U.S. Supreme Court is offered in alternate years.
30503 TOPICS IN COMPARATIVE POLITICS. European politics, Latin American politics, Middle Eastern politics, developing political systems, etc.
40900 INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. Washington Center or at The
London Centre. Full-time internships with a public or private agency in Washington,
D.C. or in London, England, offered either through the Washington Center or
through TCU's London Centre. The internship will allow students to integrate
theory and practice in a supervised professional setting. (up to 12 sem. hrs.)
40950 INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. Internships (usually local in Tarrant County) arranged with the consent of an instructor, taken on a strictly Pass/No Credit basis. (3 sem. hrs.)
40970 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. Prerequisite: A specific program of study approved by instructor prior to enrollment. (1-6 sem. hrs.)
Pre-law students should complete a four-year curriculum leading to the B.A. or B.S. degree or the equivalent. Pre-legal education at TCU is not a degree program, but rather an advisory program involving courses from the University Curriculum Requirements and free elective credit hours. Law schools do not require completion of any specific undergraduate major as a condition of admission, but they do prefer a broad undergraduate liberal education. Law schools expect their applicants to demonstrate high levels of academic achievement in their undergraduate studies and to show aptitude for law school as reflected by good scores on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).
Specialists in legal education, as well as students enrolled in law schools, emphasize the importance of the following in preparation for law school and for a legal career:
1. Obtain an outstanding command of the English language. This includes the ability to read rapidly with good comprehension, to write lucidly and grammatically, and to speak clearly and forcefully. Emphasis should be placed in courses in English composition and persuasive communication. While extensive work in literature may not of itself fulfill this objective, courses that require substantial writing assignments are very important for the pre-law student.
2. Obtain a good grounding in logic, philosophy, political theory, constitutional law, and a general understanding of social, cultural, economic and governmental processes. Apart from constitutional law, pre-legal studies should not necessarily include courses in specific legal fields that will eventually be covered in law school.
3. Develop the ability to think logically, analytically and quickly under pressure and to express ideas clearly. Courses that require a student to understand and master complex verbal abstractions are especially important. Courses in philosophy and courses with highly theoretical orientations are especially important. Mathematics courses may also be useful in developing skills with abstractions, although lawyers usually work with the sorts of verbal abstractions commonly found in the humanities and social sciences.
4. Obtain a basic grounding in accounting. A great deal of legal work requires familiarity with financial records and accounts. If such preparation is not obtained as an undergraduate, the law student is often compelled to take courses in accounting while in law school.
5. Be certain that a legal career is really desired. Many students view the law degree as a means of entry into fields for which other professional training is more appropriate. The fact that many people with law degrees enter other fields does not mean that the study of law is the best preparation for those fields; rather it often reflects the reality that law is a crowded field in which some law school graduates do not find fulfillment of their career expectations.
Donald Jackson of the Political Science Department is the University Pre-Law Advisor. Joanne Green and James Riddlesperger, Jr., both also of Political Science, serve as Associate University Pre-Law Advisors. They should be consulted early in one's studies for pre-legal academic and career counseling and for advice on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and on law school admission. A student must also have a primary academic advisor in the department of his/her major. Pre-legal advisement is complementary to departmental advisement, rather than a substitute for it. The University Pre-Law Office is located in Sadler Hall Room 205, (817) 257-7468.