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Overview

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If you're considering a career in law, government, teaching, or a business that requires a keen awareness of political science, Quincy University's program will give you a leading edge.

With a rich array of courses in U.S. and international government, the Political Science program prepares you to comprehend issues in law, political theory, international relations, conflict management, and comparative government.

Our faculty is committed to individualized education in Quincy's Franciscan, liberal arts tradition. You'll also benefit from the guidance of alumni and members of the local community who are engaged in law or government. Politicians, government officials, judges, and attorneys teach courses and serve as informal advisors, and Quincy's small class size enables you to take full advantage of their expertise.

Our Political Science program offers a bachelor of arts degree and a minor. The department is also home to Quincy's extensive Pre-Law Program, which offers focused courses and activities that are particularly valuable to those seeking admission to law school.

International Study
As a Political Science major, you'll be ideally prepared to benefit from international study. Quincy offers semester-length study in collaboration with universities in other nations as well as short-term academic programs such as the Assisi Experience. The London Experience, a week-long excursion focused on the historic and legal heritage of England, compresses extensive learning and enjoyment into a convenient time frame.

Contact Us

For more information about the Political Science program, feel free to contact:

Dr. William Postiglione
Professor of Political Science
217-228-5432 ext. 3036
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Courses

POL 200     United States Government
Credit Hours: 3
Fundamentals of the United States federal system of government; governmental organizations; processes and functions at national, state, and local levels with emphasis on national. This course satisfies teacher certification and statute requirements. [S5 900]

POL 220     Intro To Non-Western Political Systems
Credit Hours: 3
A comparative survey of the political and economic dilemmas of Less Developed Countries. Problems and theories concerning political development, colonialism, aid, and credit will be addressed as well as the impact of LDC’s on the U.S. and vice versa. [S5 906N]

POL 231    Research and Writing in Political Science
Credit Hours: 3
Selecting a topic, constructing the thesis, using resources, format for citations and bibliographies, writing assignments in Political Science from essays to major research papers.

POL 236     International Relations
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of contemporary international affairs with an emphasis upon relations among states, national power, foreign policy, international conflict, and competition and cooperation in the legal, political, economic, and social fields.

POL 260     American Judicial Process
Credit Hours: 3
Analysis of the American judicial system. Information about the major structures and processes of the American judiciary and courthouse dynamics. Covers organization and procedures of the various courts to the current applications of specific laws and rules, legal history, and legal education. A practical and comprehensive look at the conduct of the judicial system. Includes an interactive experience as students take on roles as lawyers and witnesses in a mock trial exercise.

POL 261    Mock Trial I (Criminal)
Credit Hours: 2
A course on trial procedures designed especially for pre-law students. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree.

POL 262  Mock Trial II (Criminal)
Credit Hours: 1
A course on trial procedures designed specially for pre-law students. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree. Prerequisite: POL 261.

POL 263  Mock Trial I (Civil)
Credit Hours: 2
A course on trial procedures designed especially for pre-law students. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree.

POL 264  Mock Trial II (Civil)
Credit Hours: 1
A course on trial procedures designed especially for pre-law students. Prerequisite: POL 263. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree. Prerequisite: POL 263.

POL 270-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics of current interest depending upon demand and staff.

POL 310     Current Affairs and Contemporary Issues
Credit Hours: 3
A course covering the major issues we face in American society and the approaches we take to address these issues.

POL 316     The American Presidency
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the origin and background of the American presidency. The powers and functions of the office, the processes of selection and tenure, and the organization of and policy-making within the executive branch of the federal government. Prerequisite: POL 200.

POL 319     International Conflict Management
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the structure and functions of international organizations and their role in the resolution of international conflicts. It is through the management of conflict situations that international policies are derived. For the purpose at hand, conflicts embody a wide range of competitive situations which range from the physical to the economic to the purely symbolic. Consequently, negotiation, diplomacy, and strategy will be examined in light of their theoretical and practical applications. We also examine game theory as a method of analysis and prediction.

POL 324     Comparative Politics: Developed Political Systems
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a comparative study of the historical background, development, and functions of developed political systems.  Although the focus will of necessity be on European systems, the addition of similar non-western systems such as Japan will also be included in order to demonstrate the nature of structure and function of successful political development.

POL 325     Comparative Politics: Developing Political Systems
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an examination of the historical background, cultural, and economic challenges that confront the development of political systems through a regional analysis.  The region under consideration will shift from year to year based upon student interest and world events.  The regional sub-topic will be the focus of the unique factors that determine the nature of the process of political development.

POL 330     American Foreign Policy
Credit Hours: 3
A survey and analysis of the institutions and issues involved with the formulation, conduct, and content of U.S. foreign policy.

POL 363     American Constitutional Law
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of Constitutional Law in the United States with an emphasis upon the basic structure and power relationships in the American Constitutional system. Prerequisite: POL 200.

POL 364     Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of Constitutional Law in the United States with an emphasis upon civil rights and liberties. Prerequisite: POL 200.

POL 370-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics and problems of current interest to the advanced student depending upon demand and staff.

POL 384    Political Theory: Ancient Greece to 1500
Credit Hours: 3
Major political ideas of the Greeks, Romans, and Early Christians on the role of government in the pursuit of justice, wisdom, happiness, and salvation.

POL 385     Political Theory: 1500-Present
Credit Hours: 3
Ideas of the major political thinkers from Machiavelli to Marx on the attempt to balance the desire for order and stability with the desire for freedom and liberty.

POL 421     International Law
Credit Hours: 3
Nature, sources, and development of international law; leading principles defining the rights of states in times of peace, war, and neutrality. Mediation, arbitration, international courts, maritime and aviation law will be covered. Prerequisite: POL 236.

POL 470-9 Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics of current interest to the advanced student depending upon demand and staff.

POL 480-1  Practicum In Political Science
Credit Hours: 1-6
An assignment involving the practical application of political science knowledge. Interns will work with one of several governmental offices or governmental-related private agencies located within the nearby tri-state area. Approximately 50 hours of practicum required per credit hour. Graded on A/F scale. Only 3 hours may count toward Political Science Pre-law concentration.

POL 497     Seminar In Political Science
Credit Hours: 3
Research and discussion in depth on scholarly periodicals and books in the field; interpretation and integration of specialized areas of political science, awareness of present day authorities and scholars in the field; preparation of scholarly oral and written reports. Prerequisite: POL 231 and senior standing.

Program Requirements

Political Science

  • General requirements for the baccalaureate degree.
  • Core courses required for all Political Science majors: POL 200 U.S. Government (to count towards general education only); POL 220, 231, 236, 386, and 497.
  • Students must choose one of the following concentrations:

American Politics and Institutions

  • Required Political Science courses: POL 260, 310, 316, 330, 363 or 364, and 384 or 385.
  • Required support courses: ECO 222, SOC 230, 6 hours of U.S. History.
  • 3 hours of practicum credit (POL 480) may count toward the major.

Pre-Law

  • Required Political Science courses: POL 260, 261, 262, 263, 264, 363, 364, 480, and two of the following: POL 384, 385, 421. (Only 3 credit hours of Mock Trial can apply toward the degree).
  • Required support courses: BUS 215; CRJ 101 and 9 hours chosen from BUS 316, COM 390, CRJ 343, 344, 346, or 347; SOC 230.

International and Comparative Studies

  • Required Political Science courses: POL 316, 320, 322, 323, 330, 421.
  • Required support courses: ECO 222, SOC 230, 6 hours of non-U.S. History.
  • At least one year of a single foreign language is required.

Requirements for a Minor:
  • POL 200, 236, 386 plus 9 additional credit hours at the 300-400 level chosen in consultation with a full-time member of the political science faculty.

Practicum:
  • POL 480 Practicum in Political Science may be taken only with the consent of one of the full-time members of the political science faculty, approval by the agency involved, and approval by the Dean of the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Active Learning Opportunities

Quincy's Political Science program gives you distinctive ways to put your learning to work. Internships, both paid and unpaid, will put you in the professional communities of law, government, and electoral politics, where you can build your résumé and expand your professional network. Interns have served in the State's Attorney Office, the Public Defender's Office, and private law firms. They have also assisted electoral candidates and have worked for the Office of the Mayor and the Chamber of Commerce.

You may participate for credit in our nationally ranked, award-winning Mock Trial Team. Coached by faculty and local legal professionals, you'll learn legal reasoning, public speaking, and organizational skills, and a great deal about the nature of the adversarial system. Our team has advanced to the national tournament in seven of the 10 years since its founding. Competing successfully against such schools as Washington University, Vanderbilt University, Loyola University, and the Air Force Academy, the team has earned individual accolades for its members as well.

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