Department of Political Science
Professor Emerita: Janet A. Flammang
Professors: Elsa Y. Chen, Jane L. Curry, Dennis R. Gordon, Timothy J. Lukes, Peter I. Minowitz, Terri L. Peretti, William J. Stover
Associate Professors: Gregory P. Corning (Department Chair), Naomi Levy, Farid D. Senzai
Assistant Professor: Anne E. Baker
Senior Lecturer: Diana Morlang, Kenneth Faulve-Montojo
The Department of Political Science offers a degree program leading to the bachelor of science in political science. The department introduces students to the analysis of political behavior, values, institutions, and governments. It also offers preparation for various graduate and professional studies and for careers in public service, education, and the private sector.
The department offers opportunities to participate in a variety of programs that combine practical field experience and academic credit. It assists students in arranging academic credit for internships. Placements include government agencies, legislative or judicial bodies, political parties, and nongovernment organizations. On the national level, Santa Clara partners with American University's Washington, D.C., program, in which students receive credit for internships and intensive seminars in the nation's Capitol. Santa Clara also participates in the Panetta Institute's Congressional Internship Program, which fully subsidizes students who study and intern with the California Congressional delegation on Capitol Hill. On the international level, the department encourages student participation in the numerous University-operated and approved study abroad programs around the world.
Requirements for the Major
In addition to fulfilling undergraduate Core Curriculum requirements for the bachelor of science degree, students majoring in political science must complete the departmental requirements listed below. Please note that students in the Political Science Honors Program must complete the requirements noted under Honors Program.
One course from the following list to satisfy the Core mathematics requirement: MATH 8, 11, or 30 (with MATH 8 preferred)
POLI 1; 2; 25; 30; 40 (ECON 1 or 2 may be substituted for POLI 40); and 99
Seven upper-division courses in political science, including one lecture course from four of the following five subfields: United States politics, comparative politics, international relations, political philosophy, and applied quantitative methods; two upper-division electives from any political science subfields, one of which may be a 5-unit internship class; and a political science senior seminar taken after achieving senior status or with the permission of the instructor
Requirements for the Minor
Students must fulfill the following requirements for a minor in political science:
Any three lower-division political science courses: POLI 1, 2, 25, 30, 40 (ECON 1 or 2 cannot be substituted for POLI 40), 45, 55, 99
Any three upper-division 5-unit political science lecture courses
One additional upper- or lower-division political science course
The Department of Political Science Honors Program is intended to help students prepare for graduate study and facilitate their participation in the intellectual life of the department and the student community. Applications to the program will be made available to any political science major who is not a senior and who has completed at least two of the lower-division sequence of courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better. Transfer students may be considered on the basis of comparable courses taken at other institutions. A maximum of fifteen students per graduating cohort will be admitted. Please see the department website for details about the program and the application process.
All requirements for the political science major must be fulfilled. Additionally, each honors student will:
· Complete a Senior Thesis.
· Complete one of the following three supplemental curriculum requirements: a) a minor or a second major; b) Economics 1 and 2; c) Language 21 and 22.
· Take an upper-division lecture course in all five subfields: U.S., Comparative, IR, Political Philosophy, and AQM.
· Submit a 2-3 page Senior Activity Report by the end of the senior year.
· Take a highly active role in the affairs of the department.
Political science majors may select an emphasis in pre-law, public sector studies, or international relations, which will be noted on the student's transcript.
Emphasis in Public Sector Studies
The public sector emphasis is a specialized area of concentration within the political science major allowing students to focus their coursework toward public sector studies. The emphasis is designed to provide a closer look at the creation, implementation, and analysis of public policies, and the operation of governments and public organizations. The public sector emphasis provides an excellent foundation for those who would like to pursue careers or graduate studies in public policy, public administration, public affairs, urban planning, and law. Requirements for the public sector emphasis include a variety of courses both inside and outside of the political science department. For the most up-to-date information about the public sector emphasis, please contact the emphasis advisor.
ECON 1 and 2
POLI 167 with a grade of C or better
Upper-division POLI internship: POLI 198A, 198B, or equivalent, including Washington Semester Program internships
One upper-division POLI course for public sector: POLI 152, 153, 154, 158, 160, 161, 163, 165, 166, 168, 170, 172
Two additional lower-division courses: POLI 45; ACTG 11, 12, 20; BUSN 71; CENG 5; COMM 2, 20; ECON 3; ELSJ 50; ENVS 11A, 12A, 20, 50; MGMT 6; PHIL 28, 29, 30; PHSC 1, 2; SOCI 33, 65; or others as approved by the emphasis advisor.
Two additional upper-division courses (outside of the political science department): ANTH 151; BIOL 171; CHST 106; COMM 120A, 124B; ECON 111, 113, 114, 115, 120, 126, 129, 136, 137, 150, 160, 166, 173, 181, 182, 185, 190; ENVS 120, 122, 128, 147, 150 162; HIST 176; MGMT 169, 171; PHIL 108, 116, 117, 118; PHSC 156; PSYC 134; SOCI 132, 137, 138, 140, 153, 159, 160, 161, 165, 172, 176, 180; or selected courses from the Washington Semester Program or others as approved by the emphasis advisor.
Emphasis in International Relations
The international relations emphasis allows students to focus on the international system and the interaction of national and non-national actors on the global stage. Sample topics addressed by the international relations emphasis include international organizations; transnational movements; conflict resolution, peace, and reconciliation; military-strategic issues; international political economy; human rights; development and economic justice; and global sustainability.
Requirements for the international relations emphasis include a variety of courses both inside and outside of the political science department. For the most up-to-date information about the international relations emphasis, please contact the emphasis advisor.
Senior seminar: POLI 196 (International Relations) or POLI 192 (Comparative Politics)
Three upper-division international relations courses : POLI 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 131;or 116A and 116B combined.
One international relations-related course outside the political science department: ECON 3, 129, 137, 181, 182; ENVS 147; HIST 105, 116S, 121, 131, 141, 142, 144S, 151, 163; TESP 159; SOCI 133, 134; or other courses as approved by the program director.
One off-campus academic experience with an international relations component: Study Abroad; Washington Semester Program; Arrupe/Kolvenbach internship or community-based learning; local internship approved by the emphasis advisor; or POLI 116A and 116B, if not counted above as an upper-division course.
Emphasis in Pre-Law
Political science is one of the most common majors for pre-law students. After all, political science is the closest of all majors to the institutions and values with which law deals. The primary study of law is the state, and so too for political science. Additionally, the demands of political science courses (reading of complex texts, independent research, frequent class presentations, and demanding writing assignments) strengthen the analytical and communications skills that the practice of law requires.
Requirements for the pre-law emphasis include a variety of courses from both inside and outside of the political science department. At most, six courses are required: three within the political science department and three from outside the political science department, although many of these courses fulfill other Core and political science major requirements. For the most up-to-date information about the pre-law emphasis and specific courses, please contact the emphasis advisor.
Three courses from List A: POLI 45, 124, 125, 160, 161, 167, 168, 171,195L; POLI 198A, 198B (internship classes must be approved by the pre-law program director)
One course from List B: ANTH 151; BUSN 85; COMM 170A; ECON 126; ELSJ 50; ENVS 120; ETHN 126, 127; PHIL 30, 43, 117, 118, 119, 123; PSYC 155; SOCI 159, 160, 161, 162; WGST 189
One course from List C: ENGL 100, 115, 115H; PHIL 17
One additional course from either List B or List C
1. Introduction to U.S. Politics
Critical analysis of U.S. political values, institutions, and processes. The U.S. political tradition, the Constitution, the presidency, Congress, the bureaucracy, Supreme Court, elections, political parties, interest groups, mass media, political opinion and participation, domestic policies, and foreign policy are examined in depth. (4 units)
2. Introduction to Comparative Politics
Government and politics in several states. Emphasis on the development of analytical abilities and critical skills in the evaluation of political culture, processes, and institutions. (4 units)
25. Introduction to International Relations
Conceptual models used to analyze international relations, contemporary problems of world politics, and the methods states employ to provide peace and security. (4 units)
30. Introduction to Political Philosophy
An exploration of some of the principal themes and questions of political philosophy through the writings of authors such as Plato, Machiavelli, Marx, and Mill. Prominent themes include theory and practice, individual liberty, morality and politics, freedom, obligation, and justice. (4 units)
40. Politics of U.S. Economic Policies
Covers basic concepts in microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics in order to demonstrate the relationship between the science of economics and the politics of U.S. economic policies. Case studies such as poverty issues, agricultural policies, and immigration and international trade dynamics will demonstrate how economic and political issues, as well as domestic and international policies, are interrelated. (4 units)
45. Criminal Justice System
Basic understanding of the U.S. criminal justice system: police, courts, probation, imprisonment, parole, and relations with other governmental agencies. Goals, successes, and failures of the system, and possible remedies. (4 units)
55. Cross-Racial Electoral Politics
Examination of the historical and contemporary political movements among the major minority groups in the United States since the 1960s. The origins and goals of the Black Power movement, the Chicano/a movement, the Asian-American movement, and the Native American movement will be focused on during the quarter. Each of these movements embodies similar and different trails with regard to their respective group's quest for political power and elected representation. Due to the contemporary immigration trends, Latinx and Asian Americans have challenged the black-white paradigm that has traditionally defined U.S. racial politics in local- and state-level politics. The result, in some instances, has been interracial competition and conflict at these levels. The necessary elements needed to build and to sustain multiracial coalitions along with what the political future holds for these minority groups will be addressed. Also listed as ETHN 55. (5 units)
99. Political Science Research
This course provides the necessary tools to understand, critically evaluate, and perform political science research. Students will learn how to conduct a literature review, produce an annotated bibliography, and propose a theoretically informed research design. Topics include case selection; measurement of variables; hypothesis testing; qualitative research methods including interviews, content analysis, and ethnography; survey research; and interpretation and presentation of charts and tables. (4 units)
Note: Upper-division courses in each area below have required prerequisites as noted in each section. In special cases, the instructor of a particular course may make an exception to the requirements. It is recommended that majors complete POLI 99 before undertaking upper-division coursework in political science.
Upper-Division Course: Applied Quantitative Methods
Note: POLI 99 is a required prerequisite for POLI 101.
101. Applied Quantitative Methods
An applied introduction to statistical techniques that are especially relevant to data from the social sciences. (5 units)
Upper-Division Courses: Political Philosophy
Note: POLI 30 is a required prerequisite for upper-division political philosophy courses.
105. Special Topics in Political Philosophy
Selected topics in political philosophy. (5 units)
107. American Political Thought
Selected topics and themes in the history of American political thought. (5 units)
109. Liberty and Diversity
Examination of the relationship between liberty and diversity. Beginning with pioneering "classics"---particularly Locke's Letter on Toleration and Mill's On Liberty---that extolled both, the course will proceed to explore the contemporary tensions between them, especially regarding free speech. (5 units)
111. History of Political Philosophy I: Greek and Christian
Development of Western political thought from its Greek origins in the work of Plato and Aristotle through the work of Aquinas. (5 units)
112. History of Political Philosophy II: Liberalism and Its Roots
Western political thought from Machiavelli through the origins of liberalism in the writings of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau. (5 units)
113. History of Political Philosophy III: Post-Liberal Theories
Writers and themes in political thought from the 19th century to the present, including those offered by Friedrich Nietzche, Simone de Beauvoir, Herbert Marcuse, Isaiah Berlin, Catharine MacKinnon, and Allan Bloom. (5 units)
Upper-Division Courses: International Relations
Note: POLI 25 is a required prerequisite for upper-division international relations courses.
116A. Model United Nations Prep
Model United Nations (UN) is a simulation program in which students participate in mock sessions of the United Nations. POLI 116A is a preparatory course for the Model UN conference in spring quarter. Students will learn about the principles of international law and conflict resolution. Note: This course does not meet the upper-division major requirement for International Relations. (2 units)
116B. Model United Nations: International Conflict Simulation
Simulated United Nations sessions, representing member-nations, debating and preparing resolutions, and engaging in other aspects of diplomacy. Prerequisite: POLI 116A. Note: This course does not meet the upper-division major requirement for International Relations. (2 units)
119. The European Union
Evolution of European political, social, and economic integration in the postwar period. Emphasis on the institutions and politics of the European Union since the Maastricht treaty, and current issues of European integration, such as the addition of new members, monetary union, and internal democratization. (5 units)
121. Politics of the Global Economy
An introduction to the politics and institutions of the global economy. Topics include: liberal, realist, and structuralist theories of the global economy; the international trading system and economic regionalism; the international financial system and financial crises; multinational corporations; North-South relations and Southern development. Prerequisite: POLI 40 or ECON 1. (5 units)
122. Asia-Pacific International Relations
An overview of the political, economic, and security dimensions of international relations in East Asia with a focus on the foreign policies of the United States, China, and Japan. The course examines regional flashpoints such as the Korean Peninsula; the role of emerging players such as India and ASEAN; and developments in the East Asian regional economy. (5 units)
123. Global Environmental Politics
Explores the political, social, scientific, and economic challenges in the pursuit of a just and sustainable global environment. Case studies include climate change, the environmental effects of war, sustainable development, and cross-border pollution which are studied through the lenses of national, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental actors and social forces. (5 units)
124. Law, Security, and Force
An examination of traditional international legal principles involving the use of force in self-defense with case studies to understand how the justification of armed conflict is changing. Discussion of the international community's adjustment to the evolving nature of sovereignty, increasing globalization, and national defense. (5 units)
125. International Law
Sources, nature, and function of international law in world politics. Special attention to the subjects of international law, international transactions, and the rules of war. Viewpoints presented from Western and non-Western perspectives. (5 units)
126. International Organization
International organization in world affairs. Political, economic, and social role of the United Nations, regional organizations, specialized agencies, and nonstate transnational actors. (5 units)
127. Special Topics in International Relations
Selected topics in international relations. (5 units)
128. U.S. Foreign Policy
Aims, formulation, and implementation of U.S. foreign policy since World War II, focusing on diplomacy, war, security, and trade. (5 units)
Upper-Division Courses: Comparative Politics
Note: Either POLI 2 or 3 is a required prerequisite for upper-division comparative politics courses.
131. The Military and Politics
Introduction to concepts and issues in civil-military relations. Historical and comparative analysis of different patterns of military participation in politics, defense policy making and national development. Introduces alternative models for structuring civil-military relations, and examines the problems associated with the models adopted by the United States and other nations. (5 units)
134. Race and Ethnicity in the Politics of Developed States
An examination of the role of and attempts to deal with racial/ethnic identity and conflict in the politics of the United States, South Africa, the former Soviet Union, Yugoslavia, and Western Europe. (5 units)
139. Religion and Politics in the Developing World
A comparison of the relationships between religion and politics in Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Emphasis on the current political influence of traditional organization and belief. (5 units)
140. Politics in Less Developed Countries
Multidisciplinary study of the problems and politics of development in Africa, Asia, and/or Latin America. Comparisons within and across regions. Impact of domestic and international politics on economic development. (5 units)
142. Politics in the Middle East
Designed to give students an understanding of the complexities of Middle East politics, the importance of the region to the world, and the role history and religion have played in the political and social development of the various countries in the region. (5 units)
143. Democracy and Democracy Building
Designed to give students an understanding of theories of democracy and how democracies are built out of military defeat (Germany and Iraq) and internal change either by leaders relinquishing power or popular uprising. Course includes reports of participants about decision making in democratizing processes. (5 units)
144. European Politics
An examination of European politics in the postwar era through political parties and institutions. Evaluation of current challenges facing European governments such as immigration, changing welfare states, regional diversity, and an expanding European Union, using national comparisons. (5 units)
145. Politics of Former Communist States
An examination of transitions of the diverse states of the former Soviet Union and East Europe, with a focus on differences in transitions, progress toward democracy, and the impact on people's attitudes and lives. Students will work with their peers from these countries. (5 units)
146. African Environment and Development
Examines how history, politics, and policies have shaped the contemporary political, social, and cultural dimensions of development and environmental challenges in sub-Saharan Africa. Special topics include the politics of natural resource use, the causes of hunger and famine, problems of conservation and environment, environmental health and gender, and development. Also listed as ENVS 149. (5 units)
149. Special Topics in Comparative Politics
Selected topics in comparative politics. (5 units)
Upper-Division Courses: United States Politics
Note: POLI 1 is a required prerequisite for upper-division U.S. politics courses.
150/150AW. The Presidency
Analysis of the presidency as it has evolved throughout U.S. history. Comparison of presidential powers with those of Congress, the courts, the bureaucracy, the press, political parties, and the public. Prerequisites: POLI 1 and CTW 1&2 for POLI 150AW, which has an Advanced Writing component. (5 units)
151. The Congress
History, structure, and policies of Congress. Congressional elections and theories of representation, the committee system and congressional norms, lobbying, congressional ethics and reforms, and the power of Congress relative to the president and the bureaucracy. (5 units)
152. Political Participation
An examination of who participates in U.S. politics and the various forms of political participation. Elections, political parties, interest groups, community organizing, and political protest. (5 units)
153. Minority Politics in the United States
Survey course with a focus on the historical and contemporary struggles of minority groups in the United States. The following minority groups are analyzed comparatively within a political and institutional context: African Americans, Latinx, Asian Americans, Native Americans, minority women, gays, and the disabled. This course examines various issues including theories of race, ethnicity, gender, and class to understand how these variables serve as a basis for identification and political mobilization in American politics. Also listed as ETHN 153. (5 units)
154. Women and Politics
A consideration of the various ways women have changed "politics as usual." Examination of the status of women today, varieties of feminist thought, women as voters and as an interest group, women in public office, and public policy issues. Also listed as WGST 180. (5 units)
155. Political Psychology
This course serves as an introduction to the interdisciplinary field of political psychology, which applies theoretical ideas from psychology to understand political processes. Political psychology tends to focus on how politics works at the individual (micro) level. This course will focus on the psychological roots of public opinion and the political behavior of ordinary citizens through an application of psychological theories about personality, learning, cognition, emotion, social influence, and group dynamics to individuals' political attitudes and behaviors. (5 units)
156. Politics and Mass Media
An examination of the politics of the mass media, interactions between politicians and the media, the effects of mass media, and social media on political life and public opinion, concerns of racial and ethnic minorities, and the ethics of media work. (5 units)
157. Environmental Politics and Policy
This course examines environmental politics, policy, and governance in the last half century. Part one of this course reviews major environmental legislation in the United States including the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, and policy responses to global warming. In part two, learners step back to interrogate the power dynamics, social movements, legal battles, and struggles over meaning and representation that accompany significant social change. The final section examines the rise of global environmental governance highlighting the role of nonprofit organizations, civil societies, and corporate firms as voluntary environmental regulation moves from the margins to the mainstream. A concluding discussion identifies avenues for civic engagement, accountability, and environmental citizenship. Learners will gain insight into the policymaking processes by participating in simulation games, reading and research assignments, developing tools to assess policy outcomes, and finding strategies to identify political opportunities. Prerequisite: ENVS 22 recommended. Also listed as ENVS 122. (5 units)
158. Housing and Homelessness Policy
Substantive in-depth study of U.S. housing and homelessness policies. This course explores causes and correlates of homelessness such as poverty, unemployment, drug/alcohol addiction, mental illness, crime, disorder, and lack of affordable housing. Note: This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus. (5 units)
160. The Constitution and Equality
Constitutional law doctrines and decisions regarding the 14th Amendment's guarantee of equal protection. Topics include race discrimination (particularly school desegregation and affirmative action), sex discrimination, discrimination against the poor, and discrimination based on sexual orientation. (5 units)
161. Law and Politics in the United States
Examination of the U.S. legal system. Topics include legal culture, the adversary system and its alternatives, system participants (litigants, lawyers, and judges), judicial selection, and legal versus political influences on judicial decision making. Special attention to the question of the capacity of courts to serve as agents of social change. (5 units)
163. State and Local Politics
A consideration of the politics and processes of state and local governments, with particular attention given to California state, county, and municipal politics. Topics include federalism, executives, legislatures, courts, interest groups, parties, elections, financing, and issues such as education, welfare, criminal justice, transportation, housing, and urban growth. (5 units)
164. Studies in Public Policy
Selected topics and problems in public policy as viewed from a political insider's perspective. Taught by a political practitioner. (2 units)
165. Public Administration
Administration of public policies in terms of broad questions of democratic theory. Organizational theory, public employees, budget making, policy evaluation, and public finance. (5 units)
166. California Politics
An examination of the structures and processes of California politics: the state's constitution, legislature, governor, courts, and executive agencies. Special attention to democratic dilemmas of citizen participation (elections, ballot initiatives), legislative gridlock (redistricting, budget), and crucial policies (education, health and welfare, immigration, criminal justice, energy, and environment). (5 units)
167. Making Public Policy
An examination of the nature of U.S. public policy and policy analysis through the use of texts and case studies. Stages of policy development (how an idea becomes a policy, agenda setting, implementation, analysis, and evaluation). Ethical issues in public policy. (5 units)
169. Special Topics in U.S. Politics
Selected topics in U.S. politics. (5 units)
170. Campaigns and Elections
Campaigns and elections form the backbone of American democracy. In this course we will explore what political science can tell us about electoral politics at the federal level, including how campaigns develop strategies, how voters make decisions, and the roles parties and interest groups play in shaping the outcomes of elections. The 2016 presidential and congressional elections will also receive plenty of attention. (5 units)
171. Gender and Law in the U.S.
This course examines the ways in which the law constructs and regulates gender and sexuality through an intersectional framework. Principles such as equality, liberty, privacy, and equal protection will be explored, as will contemporary law and policy issues such as employment discrimination, sexual violence, reproductive justice, and family law. Also listed as WGST 118. (5 units)
172. Money in Politics
In politics, money talks. In this course, we will consider whether political money and the involvement of monied-interests in politics serve to advance or undermine democratic elections, political equality, freedom of speech, representation, and the production of sound public policies. (5 units)
173. Sports and Politics in the U.S.
This course is a survey of issues at the intersections of sports and politics in the United States. Topics include the development of sports culture in the United States, race and integration, gender and sexuality, protest and resistance, nationalism and sports diplomacy, the NCAA and college athletics, antitrust and labor law in professional sports, the politics of stadium finance, regulating sports gambling, and a variety of current controversies and ethical issues facing American sports leagues and institutions of government. (5 units)
Upper-Division Courses: Senior Seminars
192/192AW. Seminar in Comparative Politics
Selected topics in comparative politics in various states and regions. Prerequisite: CTW 1&2 for POLI 192AW, which has an Advanced Writing component. (5 units)
193/193AW. Seminar in Political Philosophy
Selected topics in political philosophy. Prerequisite: CTW 1&2 for POLI 193AW, which has an Advanced Writing component. (5 units)
195. Seminar in U.S. Politics
Selected topics in U.S. politics. (5 units)
195DW. Seminar in U.S. Politics
Selected topics in U.S. politics. This course has Diversity and Advanced Writing components. Prerequisites: POLI 153; CTW 1&2 for the Advanced Writing component. Also listed as ETHN 185. (5 units)
195L. Seminar in U.S. Politics
Selected topics in U.S. politics and law. This course satisfies the Pre-Law requirement. (5 units)
196. Seminar in International Relations
Selected aspects of international political behavior. (5 units)
Upper-Division Courses: Internships and Independent Study
197. Honors Research Projects
Independent research and writing on a selected topic or problem. Enrollment restricted to students in the Political Science Honors Program. This course does not count towards an upper-division course for the major. (5 units)
198. Public Service Internships
Directed internships in government agencies, legislative bodies, political parties, or interest groups, public or government affairs departments of corporations, or nonprofit organizations. Open to qualified juniors or seniors with permission of the instructor. (2 units; P/NP)
198A and B. Public Sector Study and Internship
Directed internships in local government agencies, legislative bodies, political parties, interest groups, public or government affairs departments of corporations, or nonprofit organizations, integrated with classroom analyses of professions in the public sector, frequent guest speakers, and research projects. Open to qualified second-year students and above with permission of instructor. (5 units)
198EL. Public Sector Study and Internship
Directed internships in local government agencies, legislative bodies, political parties, interest groups, public or government affairs departments of corporations, or nonprofit organizations, integrated with classroom analyses of professions in public sector, frequent guest speakers, and research projects. Open to qualified juniors and seniors. Note: This course requires participation in community-based learning (CBL) experiences off campus. (5 units)
199. Directed Reading
Independent study. Intensive work in areas not fully covered in upper-division courses. Prerequisite: A written outline of the proposed course, with required forms and all necessary signatures, must be submitted at least one week prior to registration. (1--5 units)