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Government and International Studies

Harvey Starr, Chair of the Department

Shahrough Akhavi, Ph.D., Columbia University, 1969
Ann Bowman, Ph.D., University of Florida, 1979
James F. and Maude B. Byrnes Professor of Government
Roger A. Coate, Ph.D., Ohio State University, 1977
Director of the Walker Institute of International Studies
Betty Glad, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1962
Olin D. Johnston Professor of Political Science
Cole Blease Graham Jr., Ph.D., University of South Carolina, 1971
Steven W. Hays, Ph.D., University of Florida, 1975
Natalie Hevener Kaufman, Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1966
John F. Hsieh, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1982
Director of the Center for Asian Studies
William G. Jacoby, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1983
Editor of The Journal of Politics
Charles W. Kegley, Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1971
Pearce Professor of International Relations
Robert W. Oldendick, Ph.D., University of Cincinnati, 1977
Director of the Institute for Public Service and Policy Research
Donald Puchala, Ph.D., Yale University, 1966
Charles L. Jacobson Professor of Public Affairs
Jerel Rosati, Ph.D., American University, 1982
Saundra Schneider, Ph.D., State University of New York at Binghamton, 1980
M.P.A. Director
Peter C. Sederberg, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1970
Dean of the Honors College
Gordon B. Smith, Ph.D., Indiana University, 1976
Associate Provost and Dean of The Graduate School
Donald R. Songer, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1975
Graduate Director
Harvey Starr, Ph.D., Yale University, 1971
Dag Hammarskjold Professor of International Affairs
Kenneth Whitby, Ph.D., University of Iowa, 1983

Associate Professors
Robert C. Angel, Ph.D., Columbia University, 1985
Undergraduate Director
George A. Krause, Ph.D., West Virginia University, 1994
Daniel R. Sabia, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1978
Mark E. Tompkins, Ph.D., University of Minnesota, 1980
Charlie B. Tyer, Ph.D., University of Tennessee, 1976
David P. Whiteman, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, 1980
Laura Woliver, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1986

Assistant Professors
James W. Douglas, Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1997
Jill Frank, Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley, 1993
Brad T. Gomez, Ph.D., Duke University, 1999
Thomas G. Hansford, Ph.D., University of California at Davis, 1998
Christopher Kam, Ph.D., University of Rochester, 2001
Mona M. Lyne, Ph.D., University of California at San Diego, 1998

Research Assistant Professor
Thomas E. Durkin, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1994

Faculty Emeriti
Chester W. Bain, Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1955
Mark W. DeLancey, Ph.D., Indiana University, 1973
Brian R. Fry, Ph.D., Stanford University, 1972
Paul M. Kattenburg, Ph.D., Yale University, 1949
William P. Kreml, J.D., Northwestern University, 1965; Ph.D., Indiana University, 1972
Vukan Kuic, Ph.D., University of Chicago, 1958
James E. Larson, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1952
D. Bruce Marshall, Ph.D., Yale University, 1968
Raymond A. Moore, Ph.D., Columbia University, 1961
James T. Myers, Ph.D., George Washington University, 1969
James M. Roherty, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, 1957
Robert M. Rood, Ph.D., Syracuse University, 1973
William T. Salisbury, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1971
Robert H. Stoudemire, M.A., University of South Carolina, 1947
Robert S. Thompson, Ph.D., University of Michigan, 1970
Richard L. Walker, Ph.D., Yale University, 1950
Charles B. Weasmer, Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1963
Donald E. Weatherbee, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1968
Roberg G. Wirsing, Ph.D., University of Denver, 1971


The department offers the general and the intensive major both in political science and in international studies.

Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies (120 hours)

1. General Education Requirements (53-62 hours)

The following course fulfills some of the general education requirements and must be completed for a major in international studies: GINT 101. For an outline of other general education requirements, see "College of Liberal Arts."

2. Major Requirements

General Major
A total of 27 hours of courses numbered 300 and above, including GINT 315 and 316, 12-15 hours of internationally oriented GINT courses numbered 300 and above, and 6-9 hours of internationally oriented non-GINT courses numbered 300 and above are required. Major course work should be distributed between one or two areas of emphasis (e.g., global environmental studies, U.S. foreign policy, international organizations, etc.). Course selection must be guided and approved by the student's advisor.

Intensive Major
Besides the requirements for the general major, intensive majors must complete an additional six hours of IS-related courses (approved by the major advisor) and a senior thesis (GINT 499) as well as demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language.

Note: Intensive majors must maintain a B or better in all major courses. Foreign language proficiency will be demonstrated by earning a rating of "intermediate high" on the ACTFL/ETS examination or a "1+" rating on the Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) examination. In those languages for which such testing is not available within a foreign language department, proficiency will be demonstrated by passing with a C or better a minimum of 15 hours of one foreign language.

3. Cognates or Minor, see "College of Liberal Arts" (12-18 hours)

4. Electives, see "College of Liberal Arts" (Variable hours)

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science (120 hours)

1. General Education Requirements (53-62 hours)

GINT 201 and one course from GINT 101, 103, 105, 107, 109, and 111 must be completed for a major in political science; one of these courses may be used to satisfy the general education requirements. For an outline of other general education requirements, see "College of Liberal Arts."

2. Major Requirements

General Major
A total of 27 hours of courses numbered 300 and above, including GINT 301 and at least one course in three of the following subfields: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, and public administration. Remaining major course work should reflect the student’s interests and career goals by being organized around one or two areas of emphasis. Course selection must be guided and approved by the student’s advisor.

Intensive Major
Besides the requirements for the general major, intensive majors must complete an additional six hours of major course work (approved by the major advisor) and a senior thesis (GINT 499), as well as demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language.

Note: An Intensive major must maintain a B or better in all major courses and demonstrate proficiency in one foreign language through the intermediate level.

3. Cognates or Minor, see "College of Liberal Arts." (12-18 hours)

4. Electives, see "College of Liberal Arts." (Variable hours)

Course Descriptions (GINT)

Students should select courses including pre-major courses appropriate to their degree program.
  • 101 -- Controversies in World Politics. (3) Principal forces and factors influencing world affairs, with emphasis on the role of the United States: resources, food, arms control, human rights, the environment, and rich and poor countries.
  • 103 -- Controversies in the Politics of Global Regions. (3) Social, cultural, and historical forces underlying contemporary political controversies in Africa (a), Asia (b), Europe (c), Latin America (d), and the Middle East (e); region will be identified by suffix and title.
  • 105 -- Introduction to Politics. (3) Concepts and problems involved in human relationship with governments, the nation-state, and political change.
  • 107 -- Controversies in Political Theory. (3) An introduction to the analysis of disputes about the nature of politics and of political ideas such as freedom, equality, and justice.
  • 109 -- Controversies in Public Policy. (3) An introduction to the analysis of contentious public policy questions in contemporary American society, such as welfare, gun control, health care financing, immigration, affirmative action, and/or abortion.
  • 111 -- Controversies in American Politics. (3) An introduction to the analysis of key issues in contemporary American politics focusing on the arguments, the groups involved, and the political factors that influence the outcome of the debate.
  • 201 -- American National Government. (3) The formation and development of the national government, its organization and powers.
  • 202 -- Policies and Functions of American Government. (3) (Prereq: GINT 201) The policies and functions of the American national government directed to the public issues and problems of contemporary America.
  • 300 -- Social and Political Philosophy. (3) {=PHIL 314} An overview of the major themes in political philosophy such as the nature of politics, obligation, community, representation, freedom, equality, and justice.
  • 301 -- The Political Science Discipline. (3) Required of political science majors. The history and development of approaches, methods, and fields of study.
  • 302 -- Classical and Medieval Political Theory. (3) Political theories from the Greeks to the Renaissance.
  • 303 -- Modern Political Theory. (3) Political theories from the Renaissance to the 19th century.
  • 304 -- Contemporary Political Theory. (3) Nineteenth and 20th century political theories.
  • 305 -- Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality. {=SOCY 304, =WOST 304} (3) Historical and contemporary power relationships in race, social class, gender, and sexual orientation.
  • 315 -- International Relations. (3) International political behavior and institutions.
  • 316 -- Comparative Politics. (3) Comparative approaches to political systems, behavior, and institutions.
  • 330 -- International Organization. (3) An introduction to the structure and functions of international political and economic organizations. Particular attention to the United Nations and its specialized agencies, and to emerging regional communities.
  • 340 -- The Conduct and Formulation of United States Foreign Policy. (3) An analysis of how contemporary United States foreign policy is made and conducted.
  • 341 -- Contemporary United States Foreign Policy. (3) A critical analysis of selected problems of United States foreign policy.
  • 342 -- National Security Policies of the United States. (3) Formulation and implementation of contemporary United States defense and security policies.
  • 350 -- Public Opinion and Politics. (3) A broad survey of the role and development of public attitudes toward political problems in a democracy. Emphasis on the origins, manifestations, and consequences of public opinion in American politics.
  • 352 -- Gender and Politics. {=WOST 352} (3) Impact of gender on the distribution of power in society; historic foundations of contemporary sex roles and their economic, social, and political concomitants.
  • 357 -- Film, Politics, and Social Change. (3) Critical analysis of film as expression and agent of political cultural, ideology, and change.
  • 360 -- American Political Parties. (3) A broad survey of the role of political parties in the American political system. Following an examination of the historical evolution of party systems in the United States, primary attention is given to three aspects of contemporary political parties: the party as an organization, the party as an electorate, and the party as a governing elite.
  • 361 -- Elections and Voting Behavior. (3) An analysis of elections and the voting process. Topics include candidate selection, campaigning, and the conduct of elections as well as public opinion, voting behavior, and the role of elections in the democratic political system.
  • 362 -- Politics and the Mass Media. (3) Survey of the role in American politics of mass communications media, including the press and electronic news reporting; influence of mass media on the conduct of political campaigns, political leadership style, and public opinion.
  • 363 -- Southern Politics. (3) Selected political patterns and trends within the 11 states of the American South. Historical developments with the central focus on Southern politics since 1950.
  • 364 -- African-American Politics. (3) African-American politics from the colonial period to the present. Emphasis on voting rights and strategies to advance black representation.
  • 365 -- State Government. (3) A study of state-federal relations, relations among states, state constitutions, and the structure and functions of the three branches of government. Emphasis is given to South Carolina.
  • 368 -- Interest Groups and Social Movements. (3) The mobilization, organization, tactics, and results of group-based politics, including latent interests and the suppression of interests.
  • 370 -- Introduction to Public Administration. (3) A study of the basic principles and theory of administrative structure, responsibility, and control in relation to policy making in the modern state.
  • 374 -- Public Policy. (3) Process of and major approaches to making public policy particularly, in the United States. Case study materials will focus on such major policies as welfare, health care, national security, and resource management.
  • 379 -- Public Affairs Internship. (2-6)
  • 380 -- Comparative Politics of Developing Countries. (3) A comparative analysis of the political problems confronting new nations, the political consequences of the breakdown of traditional society and the problems of developing new institutional forms and procedures.
  • 381 -- Comparative Politics of Industrialized Countries. (3) Introduction to the development, structure, and functioning of government and politics in Western Europe, the Soviet Union, and other selected industrialized countries.
  • 399A -- Independent Study in Political Science. (1-6) (Prereq: prior approval of and individualized contract by the director of undergraduate studies in political science and the instructor who will supervise the project).
  • 399B -- Independent Study in International Studies. (1-6) (Prereq: prior approval of an individualized contract by the director of undergraduate studies in international studies and the instructor who will supervise the project).
  • 400 -- Selected Topics in Political Theory. (3) Intensive analysis of a particular topic or topics. To be identified by suffix and title each semester.
  • 401 -- Selected Thinkers in Political Theory. (3) Intensive analysis of particular theorist or theorists. To be identified by suffix and title each semester.
  • 404 -- Democratic Theory. (3) An introduction to contemporary theories and practices with focus on Western, especially American, experience.
  • 416 -- Revolution and Political Violence. (3) Forms, causes, and consequences of domestic political violence with special attention to revolution.
  • 420 -- International Law. (3) The origin, development, and principles of the international law of peace and the enforcement of these principles, the law of war and pacific settlement of disputes.
  • 421 -- Law and Contemporary International Problems. (3) The growth of law in several areas of increasing international concern: environmental protection, expropriation, outer space, individual rights and obligations, conservation of resources, state responsibility, and terrorism.
  • 430 -- Ideology and World Politics. (3) An introduction to the ideological context of world affairs, with attention to traditional democratic, totalitarian, and Third World "developmental ideologies."
  • 431 -- Science, Technology, and World Affairs. (3) An introduction to the impact of scientific and technological change on international relations. Attention to such topics as control of nuclear weapons, peaceful uses of space, international environmental problems, and the development of national science policies.
  • 432 -- Race, Ethnicity and World Politics. (3) Racial and ethnic influences in domestic and international politics, including the sources, nature, and resolution of racial and ethnic conflict among nations.
  • 433 -- Economic Aspects of International Politics. (3) Economic problems and policies in international politics including theory of comparative advantage; international economic aid, trade and monetary issues; the United States' role in the international economy; and the functions of international economic institutions.
  • 440 -- Russian Foreign Policy. (3) Analysis of the development of foreign policies in Russia and other states of the former USSR with special attention to relations with Europe and the United States.
  • 442 -- Global Security Policies. (3) Conceptualization of problems of global security. Investigation of global security issues.
  • 443 -- International Relations of East Asia and the Pacific. (3) Political patterns and forces in the Asia/Pacific region in recent times including the process of decolonization, regional conflicts, great power relations, and economic interdependencies.
  • 444 -- International Relations in Japan. (3) The institutions, actors, and processes of Japan's contemporary political and economic foreign affairs.
  • 445 -- Political Economy of Africa's Regions. (3) The historic and contemporary political and economic processes and structures of one or more regions in Africa, such as North Africa, West Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, or Southern Africa.
  • 446 -- International Relations of Africa. (3) Contemporary international relations among African nations including decolonization, pan-Africanism, and movements of national liberation; Africa's role in the United Nations, relations between African states and the former colonial powers, the United States, and communist countries.
  • 447 -- Foreign Policies of Selected Powers. (3) Foreign policy-making institutions, processes, and policies of selected powers with special attention to the domestic determinants of foreign policy.
  • 448 -- Politics and Government of China. (3) Political institutions and processes of the People's Republic of China with secondary emphasis on the government and politics of the Republic of China on Taiwan.
  • 449 -- International Relations of the Middle East. (3) Examination of super- and great-power policies toward the Middle East; inter-regional relations and Middle East foreign relations.
  • 452 -- The Judicial Process. (3) A study of the growth of law, the law-making function of the courts, the structure and organization of federal and state courts, the procedures involved in civil and criminal cases, and the problems and proposals for reform in the administration of justice.
  • 454 -- Women and the Law. {=WOST 454} (3) Constitutional and statutory case law dealing with gender equality issues. Topics include abortion, affirmative action, pornography, sexual harassment, fetal protection policies, employment discrimination, and women in the military.
  • 462 -- The Legislative Process. (3) A study of the structure, organization, powers, functions, and problems of legislative bodies.
  • 463 -- The American Chief Executive. (3) Constitutional, statutory and political powers and roles of the American chief executive.
  • 470 -- Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations. (3) The origins and evolution of the American federal system, focusing on the constitutional, regulatory, and financial entanglements among federal, state and local governments.
  • 475 -- Survey Research. (3) Principles and practice of survey research/public opinion polling including sampling, questionnaire design, data collection, coding processing and analysis.
  • 477 -- Ecology and Politics. (3) An analysis of political responses to ecological issues, including both general perspectives on the nature of social and environmental problems as well as specific local, state, national, and global concerns.
  • 480 -- Politics and Government of Russia. (3) Political processes and institutions of Russia and other independent states of the former USSR.
  • 483 -- Middle East Politics. (3) Focuses on the internal politics of Middle East states; historical and cultural setting of Middle East politics, social institutions, and dynamics of the political process.
  • 487 -- Politics and Governments of Africa. (3) Political developments, processes, and institutions of the African nations.
  • 488 -- Politics and Governments of Latin America. {=LASP 351} (3) The development, principles, political thought, and politics of the several Latin American states.
  • 489 -- Politics and Government of Japan. (3) Political institutions and processes of Japan.
  • 491 -- Topics in Government and International Studies. (3) May be repeated once as topics change.
  • 499 -- Senior Thesis. (3) For intensive majors. Individual instruction in research techniques and supervised thesis preparation.
  • 501 -- Contemporary Issues in International Relations. (3) Intensive study of selected global problems. May be repeated or taken simultaneously as topics vary. Variations will be announced in the schedule of classes by suffix and title.
  • 502 -- Methods of Political Analysis. (3) Quantitative techniques in political science; levels of measurement; problems of description, causation, and inference.
  • 503 -- American Political Thought. (3) Themes and thinkers in American political history.
  • 504 -- Politics and Ethics. (3) The nature of, and relationship between, politics and ethics.
  • 505 -- Utopian Political Thought. (3) A critical examination of utopian and dystopian political ideas.
  • 517 -- Theories of War in International Relations. (3) The contributions of the social sciences and social theorists to an understanding of the causes of war.
  • 530 -- International Relations of Western Europe. (3) Contemporary international relations among Western European nations.
  • 531 -- International Relations of Eastern Europe. (3) Contemporary international relations among the communist states of Eastern Europe including regional security and economic relationships, influence of the Soviet Union, East-West relations, and the impact of communist ideology and nationalism on regional politics.
  • 534 -- International Relations of South Asia. (3) An examination of the international relations of India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh in both the South Asian regional and the world political context.
  • 535 -- International Relations of Southeast Asia. (3) Contemporary international relations among Southeast Asian nations including regional security and economic problems, and Soviet, Chinese, and United States interest and involvement in the region.
  • 537 -- International Relations of Latin America. {=LASP 451} (3) Contemporary international relations among Latin American states, including economic and political security and relations with the United States.
  • 550 -- Constitutional Law. (3) Nature and functions of the national government and its relations with the states.
  • 551 -- Constitutional Law. (3) Due process and civil liberties.
  • 553 -- Regulatory Policies. (3) Types and limits of powers exercised by regulatory agencies; procedural law and remedies against administrative action.
  • 554 -- Law and Society. (3) The American judicial system, including the decision to resolve disputes by legal means, political influence on the legal system, the social impact of legal rulings, the relationship of the courts to other branches of government, and the applicability of higher law concepts in judicial decision making.
  • 565 -- Psychology and Politics. (3) (Prereq: PSYC 101) The role of psychology in political attitudes and behavior. Examination of individual psycho-political relationships and aggregate typologies. Particular emphasis on the psychological roots of the need for or the rejection of political authority.
  • 567 -- American Local Government. (3) An introduction to the institutions, functions, policy-making processes, and politics of American local government.
  • 570 -- South Carolina Government and Politics. (3)South Carolina state and local government in the context of South Carolina history and U.S. state and local government.
  • 571 -- Public Financial Administration. (3) Principles and practices of financial administration, including organization, budgeting, assessment, treasury management, and debt.
  • 580 -- Politics and Governments of Western Europe. (3) Political processes and institutions of Western European nations.
  • 581 -- Politics and Governments of Eastern Europe. (3) A comparative analysis of the political systems of Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland, Romania, and Yugoslavia.
  • 585 -- Politics and Government of the Indian Subcontinent. (3) Contemporary political development, processes, and institutions of India and Pakistan.
  • 586 -- Politics and Governments of Southeast Asia. (3) Political developments, processes, and institutions of Indonesia, Philippines, Burma, Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and other nations of Southeast Asia.
  • 589 -- Politics and Governments of Britain and the Commonwealth. (3) An analysis of the political processes and institutions of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
  • 670 -- Problems in Public Administration. (3 per semester; 12 maximum) (Prereq: consent of instructor for students not in the Master of Public Administration program) Subject areas include principles and behavioral aspects of administration, utilization of financial and personnel resources, and operational techniques. Course primarily designed for students with HUD assistantships.
  • 680 -- Politics of Revolution in Middle America. {=LASP 454} (3) Contemporary political development of Middle American nations with emphasis on the background and significance of revolution in such countries as Mexico and Cuba.

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