Ithaca College

School of Humanities and Sciences

Department of Politics

Bachelor of Arts

Thomas Shevory, Professor and Chair

The curriculum is designed to give students an understanding of political organization and political forces in modern society, to provide knowledge and a basis for insight and judgment on the problems involved in the relationship of the individual to government, the economy to government, and governments to one another. Students are prepared for intelligent performance of the functions of citizenship, for careers in public service and foreign relations, the study of law, and study at the graduate level.

Requirements for the Major in Politics -- B.A.
Credits in the major

Three courses at level 1, one each in the subfields of U.S. politics, political theory, and comparative/international studies. POLT 10100 U.S. Politics is required.

9

Six courses are required at level 3 or above, with a minimum of one course in each of the four subfields that comprise the major program -- U.S. politics, political theory, public policy, and comparative/international - and a minimum of two  additional courses in comparative/international studies.

18

Two courses at level 4 -- seminars, tutorials, internships, or directed studies -- with at least one course in this series to be a seminar.

6

One additional course at any level. Majors with senior standing may not fulfill this requirement with a level-1 course. All majors must take at least four courses in comparative/international studies.

3

Total, credits in the major

36

A grade of C is the minimum required in major field courses.

Credits outside the major

Foreign language competence up to and including the intermediate level

0-12

Summary

Credits in the major

    36

Credits outside the major

 0-12

Free electives

72-84

Total, B.A. in politics

   120

Course Levels and Subfields

Politics courses are divided into three levels: introductory, intermediate, and advanced.

Introductory courses are divided into three subfields—U.S. politics, political theory, and comparative/international studies—and students in the major must take at least one course in each area. Courses in this area range from POLT-10100 to POLT-29900.

Intermediate courses include four subfields—U.S. politics, political theory, public policy, and comparative/international studies. Students in the major must take at least one course in each of the subfields and at least two in comparative/international studies. Courses in this area range from POLT-30100 to POLT-37000.

Advanced courses are seminars, tutorials, internships, or directed studies. Students in the major must take two advanced-level courses, at least one of which must be a seminar. Courses in this area range from POLT-40100 to POLT-49900.

U.S. Politics

Emphasis in this field is placed on the organizations, institutions, and processes of U.S. political life at both the national and subnational level, including the study of U.S. leadership patterns, legislative politics, legal systems and their social implications, partisan competition, and fundamental social and economic forces that structure U.S. politics.

Introductory-level courses in U.S. politics:

  • POLT 10100, U.S. Politics
  • POLT 10200, Media and Politics
  • POLT 10300, The United States and the World

Intermediate-level courses in U.S. politics:

  • POLT 30100, Legislative Behavior
  • POLT 30300, Constitutional Law
  • POLT 30400, U.S. Party Politics
  • POLT 30500, Urban Politics
  • POLT 30600, U.S. Foreign Policy
  • POLT 30900, Personality and Politics
  • POLT 31000, Supreme Court in U.S. Politics
  • POLT 31900, POLT 32000, Selected Topics in U.S. Politics
Comparative and International Studies

This field encompasses the comparative study of political institutions, processes, and sociocultural bases of political systems, along with patterns of international conflict and cooperation. It is intended to expose students to careful examination of a broad range of political phenomena, such as revolution, war, imperialism, styles of leadership, processes of political change, and systems maintenance.

Introductory-level courses in comparative and international studies:

  • POLT 12200, Politics and Society
  • POLT 12300, Political Justice
  • POLT 12500, Politics of Deviance
  • POLT 12800, Introduction to International Relations
  • POLT 12900, Introduction to Global Studies
  • POLT 23000, The Holocaust

Intermediate-level courses in comparative and international studies:

  • POLT 32100, Contemporary British Politics
  • POLT 32200, British Foreign Policy
  • POLT 32400, Communist and Post-Communist Societies
  • POLT 32500, Chinese Politics
  • POLT 32600, Russian Politics
  • POLT 32700, The Politics of Development
  • POLT 32800, International Conflict
  • POLT 32900, Third World Politics
  • POLT 33000, European Politics
  • POLT 33100, Latin American Politics
  • POLT 33200, Africa through Film
  • POLT 33400, Politics of Rights and  Culture
  • POLT 33500, Crossing Borders/Global Migration
  • POLT 33600, Whiteness and Multiculturalism
  • POLT 33700, Politics of Memory
  • POLT 33900, Political Economy of the Middle East
  • POLT 34000, Selected Topics in Comparative-International Studies
Political Theory

Courses in this field concentrate on philosophical and conceptual concerns that appear throughout the discipline and merit emphasis in specific courses. Theories are explored through the study of the basic interconnections between facts and values in politics. Included are general courses in empirical and normative political thought, more specific courses that center on particular theorists or theoretical constructions, and courses on the scope and methods of political analysis.

Introductory-level courses in political theory:

  • POLT 14100, Power: Race, Sex, and Class
  • POLT 14200, Ideas and Ideologies
  • POLT 29900, Field Study

Intermediate-level courses in political theory:

  • POLT 34100, U.S. Political Thought
  • POLT 34200, Liberalism and Marxism
  • POLT 34300, Feminist Theory
  • POLT 34400, Contemporary British Political Theory
  • POLT 35000, Selected Topics in Political Theory
Public Policy

Courses in this field provide students with analytical approaches to the study of public policy making and application. Particular emphasis is given to understanding the complexities of modern problems and the limitations and potential of public policy to effectively intervene in the interest of the common good. This field in particular is recommended for students interested in careers in the management of public affairs.

Intermediate-level courses in public policy:

  • POLT 32600, Theory and Politics of Public Policy
  • POLT 36300, Politics of Equality
  • POLT 36400, Law and Public Policy
  • POLT 36500, The Politics of Health
  • POLT 36600, Environmental Politics
  • POLT 37000, Selected Topics in Public Policy
Minor in Politics
Requirements for the minor

Two courses at level 1, one of which must be POLT 10100 U.S. Politics

 6

Four courses at level 3 or above

12

One course at level 4, either a seminar or tutorial or internship

 3

Total, minor in politics

21

A minimum grade of C is required in the above courses.