Jeffrey Herndon (Department Head and Graduate Advisor)
Location: 152 Ferguson Social Sciences Building, 903-886-5317
Political Science Web Site: http://www.tamuc.edu/academics/colleges/humanitiesSocialSciencesArts/departments/politicalScience/default.aspx
The graduate program in the Department of Political Science is designed to allow students to examine key issues in domestic and international politics as well as the theoretical foundations of political and social order. The MA/MS program is also designed to prepare students for careers in a variety of public and private sector settings in addition to providing those students who wish to continue into doctoral programs with the skills necessary to succeed. Once students have successfully completed 18 graduate semester hours they are qualified to teach government in a community college setting or dual-credit classes.
Students enrolled in the graduate program will complete a 30 semester hour program that includes 6 semester hour of thesis (PSCI 518) or a 36 semester hour program that includes a 3 semester hour non-thesis research project (PSCI 595) and a comprehensive oral exam. All students will take a comprehensive written exam. All students must complete PSCI 540 or PSCI 512, and two courses from each of the four broad concentrations: American Government, International Relations, Comparative Politics, and Political Philosophy. Students pursuing the MA must demonstrate language proficiency. Students pursuing the MS must demonstrate quantitative proficiency.
Admission to a graduate program is granted by the Dean of Graduate Studies upon the recommendation of the department. Applicants must meet the following requirements for admission in addition to meeting the general university requirements
Note: The Department reserves the right to suspend from the program any student who in the judgment of the departmental graduate committee, does not meet the professional expectations of the field. Once admitted students must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.
Successful completion of the Comprehensive Exam is required of all students.
PSCI 502 - Res., Con, Appr Pol Sci
Research, Concepts and Approaches in Political Science - Three semester hours The formulation and justification of research questions and the research design. An examination of the major qualitative research approaches such as case studies, comparative historical, institutional, etc. The course aims to teach students the basic methods and reasoning procedures for conducting advanced research in political science.
PSCI 503 - GLB/Proseminar in Comp Pol
This course is an introduction to some of the dominant issues in contemporary comparative politics. The emphasis will be on important concepts, theories, and debates in the field. Topics to be covered include: modernization and political development, state/society relations, regime theory, rebellion and revolution, comparative political economy and development and the politics of institution design
PSCI 504 - GLB/Sem in Area Studies
This course examines the institutions and processes of the major regions of the world: Middle East, Africa, Asia, Europe, the former Soviet Union, and Latin America May be repeated for credit as topics vary.
PSCI 505 - GLB/Topics Comp Pol
This course is a focused and thorough analysis of a number of topics on global issues with a particular emphasis on the problems and challenges facing the developing world. Topics can include such issues as trade and political development, emerging economies, democracy and democratic theory, political socialization, refugees and IDPs, women and development, human rights, environmental challenges, and political violence. Some topics will be approached generally or regionally while others will utilize case studies. e.g., Grameen Bank. It may be repeated as topics change.
PSCI 506 - GLB/Proseminar in IR
This course provides students with a critical assessment of the major theories and concepts which define international relations as a field of study. It has two goals. The first is an in-depth analysis of explanatory theories such as realism, idealism, structuralism, neo-liberalism, interdependence, functionalism and of core concepts such as sovereignty, national interest, collective security, and balance of power. The second goal is an examination of the historical evolution of international systems, with focus on the modern state system and the Cold War period. Special attention is given to the processes and institutions (e.g. international law, United Nations, NGOs, international civil society) that contribute to conflict resolution and international cooperation. The objective of this course is to provide the foundations (conceptual, historical, theoretical) that graduate students in International Relations need as a preparation for the curriculum's more specialized and advanced courses. Pre-requisites : PSCI 502
PSCI 507 - GLB/Selected Topics in IR
This course is a focused and thorough analysis of a number of topics broadly addressing international security, international political economy, and international organizations. Topics can include such issues as causes of war, the balance of power, alliances, humanitarian intervention and peacekeeping, states and markets, power and wealth, the nature of conflict and cooperation, and the role of international institutions and organizations. May be repeated as topics vary.
PSCI 508 - GLB/Foreign Policy
This course is an introduction to foreign policy analysis in comparative perspective. It is a survey and critique of the theoretical approaches to understanding foreign policy including the determinants of foreign policy and decision making models along with empirical analysis of selected country case studies in foreign policy.
PSCI 509 - Prosem in Am Gov Pol
Proseminar in American Government and Politics - Three semester hours This graduate seminar provides an introduction to, and overview of, some of the most important research in the various sub-fields of American government and politics. It is designed to be the first graduate course on American politics that students take. It is intended to be broad in scope and to provide a theoretical, methodological, and substantive foundation for further study of American politics.
PSCI 510 - Sem in Am Pol Beh
Seminar in American Political Behavior - Three semester hours This seminar focuses on current research on American political behavior. It examines topics such as public opinion, and political participation, and may give particular attention to electoral politics and voting behavior. The antecedents of opinions and participation are analyzed along with the consequences and implications of people’s opinions and behavioral patterns. Methods of studying these phenomena are critically assessed. May be repeated as topics vary.
PSCI 511 - Sem in Am Pol Inst
Seminar in American Political Institutions - Three semester hours This seminar focuses on current research on American political institutions. It examines topics including legislatures, elected executives, bureaucracies, and judicial institutions. Among the subjects that may receive consideration are methods of election or appointment, decision-making processes, and policy outcomes. Methods of studying these topics are critically assessed. May be repeated as topics vary.
PSCI 512 - Qual Res Methods
Qualitative Research Methods - Three semester hours This course is designed to introduce students to the principles and methods of qualitative research. It examines some of the main methods used by qualitative researchers in the social sciences such as participant observation, interviewing, archival research, and historical analysis.
PSCI 513 - Prosem in Pol Theory
Proseminar in Political Theory - Three semester hours The pro-seminar in political theory studies and contributes to the ever-evolving dialogue about the ultimate realities that shape political life and the ultimate principles that should guide it. Animated by the Socratic spirit, this dialogue has been carried on by secular and religious thinkers, non-Western as well as Western. Central to political theory is a sustained inquiry into the nature of justice, and into the fundamental needs, both spiritual and material, of humanity in general and of particular groups. Political theory seeks to evaluate the contrasting conceptions of justice and of the good life that have been advanced by different thinkers and societies, critically examining the most important rival regimes or constitutional structures that have been promoted as best fulfilling humanity’s truest political needs and goals. At the same time, political theory wrestles with urgent issues confronting contemporary society. Political theory draws on, contributes to, interrogates, and sometimes criticizes the research agendas of social scientists employing contemporary empirical research methods
PSCI 514 - GLB/Ideology of Third Reich
This course is an in-depth examination of the origins and dynamics of the ideology of the Third Reich. Among these dynamics the course examines religious secularization alongside the “sacralization of politics’ during the Third Reich. Readings and discussion uncover how concepts such as race, blood, soil, state, nation and Führer were incorporated into the sphere of faith, salvation, sacredness and myth which led these notions to acquire absolute meaning within the German ideological realm. Within this ideology, Jews came to be characterized as the enemy of all that this ideology sought to achieve and negate.
PSCI 515 - GLB/Select Topics Holocaust
This course takes a more in-depth look at selected topics on the Holocaust. Selected topics courses will vary and each will explore in detail topics and themes among the following: Holocaust Perpetrators; Jewish Life in the Ghettos; Concentration/Extermination Camps; Jewish Resistance; Women and the Holocaust; Bystanders and Rescuers; The Holocaust through Diaries/Memoirs/Letters; The Nuremberg Tribunals and Holocaust Accountability. May be repeated as topics vary.
PSCI 516 - GLB/The Holocaust
This course is an extensive overview of the destruction of European Jewry from 1933 to 1945. It examines political, economic, and social conditions in Germany following World War I leading to the rise of the National Socialist Party and their consolidation of power paving the way for the Holocaust. It also examines the rise of anti-Semitism in Germany first by understanding traditional forms of anti-Judaism and its evolution into modern anti-Semitism. This course also focuses on Nazi propaganda and the persecution of German Jews between 1933 and 1938 and fate of all European Jews beginning in 1939 until 1944. It studies the “Final Solution” and concludes with an examination of the persecution of non-Jews in the Third Reich.
PSCI 518 - Thesis
Thesis The student will work on the thesis under the supervision of an adviser in the department of Political Science and an advisory committee. The Thesis will include the development of a prospectus, collection, analysis and interpretation of data and the final writing of the thesis. To be scheduled only with the consent of the department and no credit will be assigned until the thesis has been completed and filed with the graduate dean. Pre-requisites : Successful completion of the department's oral examination
PSCI 522 - GLB/Holocaust and Genocide
This course places the Holocaust and other cases of genocide in the 20th century in a comparative and cultural context. The course examines the various factors that cause genocide, the theoretical and legal debates over labeling genocides, the importance of survivor testimony in documenting genocide along with the role of the international community in responding to acts of genocide.
PSCI 523 - Holocaust Genocide Educ
The Holocaust and Genocide Education - Three semester hours This course begins with an examination of the development of Holocaust education and early Holocaust educators in the United States. It also is designed to provide political and historical context of the Holocaust to facilitate instructional strategies. It also is an in depth examination of the various pedagogical methods and curriculum materials available for teaching the Holocaust and genocide. It also examines the numerous resources available for teachers to facilitate the development of curriculum materials for middle, secondary, and post-secondary education on the Holocaust and genocide. Pre-requisites : PSCI 516
PSCI 540 - Applied Data Analysis for Political Science
This course introduces students to three important and related topics of political methodology: research design, data analysis, and statistical inference. Students will be exposed to a number of important topics from these three categories so that they can become informed consumers as well as producers of quantitative political science research.
PSCI 541 - Contemporary Issues in American Public Policy
This course considers the various theoretical and empirical explanations for federal public policy making in the United States. The course focuses on two important components: introducing students to the important scholarly theories of how public policy is defined, constructed, implemented, and evaluated; and then studying the applications of these theories to specific roles of important political actors and institutions in the policy-making process.
PSCI 589 - Independent Study
Independent Study. One to four semester hours. Individualized instruction/research at an advanced level in a specialized content area under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated when the topic varies. Prerequisite: Consent of department head.
PSCI 595 - Research Project
Research Project - Three semester hours Required of students in Option II. This course requires the preparation of a research design on a topic agreed upon by the student and instructor.
PSCI 597 - Special Topics
Special Topics - Three semester hours May be repeated as topics vary.
BA., MA., Dankook University, Korea; Ph.D., Texas Tech University
Associate Professor and Department Head
B.A., M.A., Texas State University San Marcos; Ph.D., Louisiana State University.
Assistant Professional Track
B.A., University of Maine; M.A., Ph.D., Stony Brook University.
Assistant Professor and Academic Program Director for Paralegal Studies
B.S., Texas A&M University-Commerce; J.D., Texas Wesleyan University.
B.A., University of California; M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas.