Courses in Political Science (Government)

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PLSC-101 American Government and Politics (formerly SS-410)

3 class hours; 3 credits
Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226), or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test.


Study and analysis of American government; its historical and intellectual origins and development; special consideration of its structure and operations; functions of the President, Congress, and judiciary; role of government and politics in modern industrial society.

PLSC-140 Comparative Political Systems (formerly SS-440)

3 class hours; 3 credits - Offered as needed.
Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226), or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test.


Analysis of the political systems of the major powers in Europe. Topics include: nationalism, liberalism, democracy, Marxism, and fascism; a brief political background; an analysis of the role of political parties and pressure groups, and executive-legislative relations; factors behind the demise of the Soviet Union and the politics of European integration.

PLSC-170 War, Revolution, and Terrorism (formerly SS-470)

3 class hours; 3 credits - Offered as needed.
Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226), or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test.


An interdisciplinary survey of why and how nations, organizations, and individuals use violence to achieve political ends. Investigation of economic, social, and political conditions that stimulate violence in contemporary society — such as international, civil, and guerrilla war; revolution; terrorism; revolt, or threat. The ideological and legal aspects of violence also examined.

PLSC-180 American Foreign Policy (formerly SS-480)

3 class hours; 3 credits - Offered as needed.
Prerequisite: BE-122 (or 226), or satisfactory score on the CUNY/ACT Assessment Test.


An intense examination of American foreign policy, including the major theories concerning the sources and conduct of this policy; internal and external determinants of foreign policy; foreign policy-making processes; the substance of U.S. foreign policy; and execution and impact of this policy on other nation-states.


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