Course Descriptions

Looking for political science courses for next semester? Do you need upper division credits and CO 11 or CO 13? Check out these intriguing courses. For more information, and to learn about our other course offerings, contact one of our advisors, or view the course catalog for more information.

*Prerequisites can sometimes be waived. Email the instructor for permission.

Summer courses in political science

Political science course descriptions. Please review the course catalog for accuracy.
Course Number Course Name Professor
PSC 100 Web Nevada Constitution 5/16/22-6/26/22 Eric Herzik
PSC 100 Web Nevada Constitution 6/27/22-8/7/22 Eric Herzik
PSC 100 Web Nevada Constitution 6/27/22-8/7/22 Kevin Herzik
PSC 101 Web American Political Process 5/16/22-8/11/22 Adam Garcia
PSC 305 Web American Presidency 5/16/22-8/11/22 Eric Herzik
PSC 400F Politics in Film 6/6/22-7/8/22 Nicholas Seltzer
PSC 403J Web Political Ethics & Political Corruptions 5/16/22-8/11/22 Stacy Fisher
PSC 405H/605H Web International Human Rights 5/16/22-8/11/22 Robert Ostergard
PSC 405I/605I Web Holocaust & Genocide 5/16/22-8/11/22 Robert Ostergard
PSC 490F Internship: Public Service 5/16/22-8/11/22 Jordyn Green
PSC 490G Internship: Congressional 5/16/22-8/11/22 Jordyn Green
PSC 690F Internship: Public Service 5/16/22-8/11/22 Carolyn Warner

Fall courses in political science

Selected political science fall course descriptions. Please review the course catalog for accuracy.
Course Number Course Name Professor Description
PSC 241 Introduction to Political Theory Callum Ingram This course introduces students to some key authors and ideologies that have shaped our thinking about politics, with a particular focus on questions of political morality and ethics. The first half of the course asks why we bother having governments in the first place. Why do governments exist? Do we really need them? And how might we distinguish legitimate from illegitimate government? The second half of the course builds on this work to ask a follow-up question: how do we build liberty, equality, and community in a screwed-up world? We consider what economic, racial, global, and environmental justice might look like and what might help bring them about.
PSC 341 Elements of Public Administration Brad Johnson If your house is burning, you expect that the fire department will show up to put it out. When you turn on your tap, you expect safe drinking water. If the choice of what public issue to address is political, public administration is the action behind the political system. Many of the processes we take for granted in contemporary society are based on the work of public administrators in one way or another. We will explore the administrative system, the mechanisms that make it go, and the values that make its operation challenging. This course will also expose you to the ways in which you can be a part of this process: as a citizen, volunteer, or employee. You will identify a problem and explore how it might be implemented as a program in a public or nonprofit agency alongside the key elements of the administrative process.
PSC 401G/601G Political Campaigns and Elections Christina Ladam Midterm elections are coming up in the United States and we're all set to be surrounded by campaigns and campaigning over the summer and fall. This course will provide you with new tools for understanding the strategies and institutions deployed in American campaigns and elections. Over the course of the semester, we will draw on examples from the ongoing election cycle to discuss a range of electoral systems and their effects on campaigning, different campaign strategies, the effects (and surprising non-effects) of campaigns on citizens, voting behavior, and the forces that shape elections at the national, state, and local levels.
PSC 401P/601P Big Data, Politics and Society Nicholas Seltzer The technologies associated with the collection, storage, and analysis of extraordinarily large volumes of information are transforming our economies, our politics, and even our cultures. In this course, we will discuss Big Data in the context of previous revolutions in information technology, including written language, the book, and the movable type printing press. Subsequently, we will introduce major theories describing the relationship between technology and society. With these in mind, we will consider implications of Big Data, as a technological revolution, and social change. Finally, we will explore applications of big data in industry and government, with eyes simultaneously on opportunities to better meet the public’s needs, but also the social and political consequences of the loss of privacy and private spaces. No computer programming skills or math required!
PSC 405F/605F Problems in World Politics Laura Blume This class focuses on several problems shared between the United States, Mexico, and the Northern Triangle of Central America (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador): organized crime, transnational gangs, and migration as well as the interconnections between these issues. Our analysis of these issues will start by looking at the legacies of American Cold War policies and the contemporary effects of the War on Drugs. We will also delve into U.S. immigration politics and the militarization of the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border.
PSC 406C/606C US-Russian Relations Allison Evans This course will explore and analyze the history and current state of U.S.-Russian relations. In recent decades, the United States and Russia have gone from allies to enemies to something in between to (in the wake of Russia's invasions of Ukraine) something else entirely. In this course, we will consider what explains this variation over time, the many reasons relations between the two countries are so strained today, and how existing international relations theories apply to historical and contemporary events in U.S.-Russian relations.
PSC 407S/607S Comparative Political Economy Ian Hartshorn Contrary to how some folks might think about it, all economies are deeply political and politicized. This means that even the most taken-for-granted elements in our economies (money, labor, supply and demand, GDP, etc.) are shaped by particular historical and political circumstances. This course introduces students to the major theories and frameworks used to understand political economy, then uses these frameworks to analyze real-world cases and conundrums.