Political Science

In the Department of History, Political Science, and Geography

Eugene Thompson, Department Chair
Political Science Faculty:
Robert Inama, J. Kent Marlor
Departmental Office (208) 356-1472

The goal of Political Science at BYU-Idaho is to challenge and stimulate students to develop an understanding of governmental institutions and political systems, and particularly, to critically evaluate the L.D.S. members’ role in the nations political process. Majors may have educational goals in pre-law or in careers as consultants, in government or as educators. The following programs will be offered in political science: (1) a minor in political science, (2) a minor in American Government Education.

NOTE on Pre-Law: Some universities do not have a specific major called Pre-Law. This happens because no specific major is required to enter law school. Students who wish to enter law school after completion of a Bachelor’s Degree at BYU-Idaho are encouraged to choose any major of interest to them. If they want significant background in political science, they should complete a minor in political science.

NOTE to students who wish to obtain a Bachelor’s Degree in political science: No 4-year degree in political science is being offered at BYU-Idaho at this time. Students who want a Bachelor’s Degree in political science should optain an Associate Degree in General Studies at BYU-Idaho and then transfer to another college or university. While obtaining the Associate Degree at BYU-Idaho, students should complete as many of the requirements listed below for a minor in political science as are reasonably possible. Please consult with one of the political science faculty to determine which political sciences courses would be best for you.   NOTE: A composite Social Science Eduction Degree will be offered. Please refer to the History Department catalog section for the requirements to obtain this degree.

Minor Political Science

(21 hours)

1. Complete all General Education requirements as required by your major. Refer to the General Education section of this catalog for complete details.

2. Complete the following courses (12 hours): PolSc 110 American Government PolSc 150 Foreign Government PolSc 170 International Politics PolSc 200 Political Inquiry

3. Complete one of the following courses (3 hours): PolSc 280 Introduction to Law PolSc 370 Political Theory

4. Complete two of the following courses (6 hours): PolSc 311 State and Local Government PolSc 314 The Executive Branch PolSc 315 The Legislative Branch PolSc 320 Pol Parties & Int Groups PolSc 330 Intro to Public Admin Hist 380 US Const History & Law

Minor American Government Education

(21 hours)

1. Complete all General Education requirements as required by your major. Refer to the General Education section of this catalog for complete details. You must fill the American Institution requirement with AmHer 170.

2. Complete the following courses: PolSc 110 American Government PolSc 150 Foreign Government PolSc 170 International Politics

3. Complete two of the following courses (6 hours): PolSc 311 State and Local Government PolSc 314 The Executive Branch PolSc 315 The Legislative Branch PolSc 320 Pol Parties & Int Groups

4. Complete the following course: Hist 380 US Const History & Law

5. Complete one additional 300-level history class from the following: Hist 310 Modern European History Hist 325 The Middle East Hist 330 The Far East Hist 376 US Industrial Age Hist 378 US History since 1945

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

*Fills the American Institutions requirement in General Education.
**Fills the social science requirement in General Education.

PolSc 110*American Government (3:3:0)
English background of American institutions, colonial systems of government, the Constitution, the evolution and adoption of government to the changing role of the United States as an industrialized member of the world of nations, and the changing federal-state relations.

PolSc 150 Foreign Government (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: PolSc 110 or PolSc 311
A survey of the major types of government in present use throughout the world showing the historical development, present organization, operation and political issue.

PolSc 170**International Politics (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: PolSc 110 or PolSc 311
A study of the basic forces, practices and institutions used by nations in their foreign relations. Special consideration given to understanding today’s international problems.

PolSc 280 Introduction to Law (3:3:0)
Prerequisite: PolSc 110 (Sophomores)
An introduction to the study and practice of law. A “non-glamour” oriented approach to the reality of the law profession.

PolSc 298 Cooperative Work Experience
Prerequisite: PolSc 110
Guidance and career work-experience hours to be arranged.
Career work experience and guidance designed to provide exposure to career opportunities related to Political Science and Pre-Law programs.

PolSc 300 Political Inquiry (4:3:0)
Prerequisite: PolSc 110 or PolSc 311 and PolSc 150 or PolSc 170 (Sophomores)
Fee: $7.50
Systematic treatment of methodology in political science, including theory and techniques of quantitative research design.

PolSc 311 State and Local Government (3:3:0)
A study of state and local political systems and their relationship to the federal system.

PolSc 314 The Executive Branch (3:3:0)
A detailed study of the executive branch of government at the national and state levels focusing particularly on the powers of the American presidency.

PolSc 315 The Legislative Branch (3:3:0)
A detailed study of the powers, structure, organization, and procedures of the U.S. Congress and state legislatures, including relations with pressure groups and with the other branches of government.

PolSc 320 Political Parties and Interest Groups (3:3:0)
The functions and roles of American political parties and interest groups as they relate to public opinion, elections, and government policy.

PolSc 330 Introduction to Public Administration (3:3:0)
Introduction to administrative procedures and policy-making in government agencies. Some study of theory and policy assessment and the nature of bureaucracy.

PolSc 370 Political Theory (3:3:0)
The history of political science and political thought including the moral and ethical dimensions of politics and government.


Complete General Education listing

Credit Hour Designations/Abbreviations (e.g., 3:3:3)


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