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Course Listing by Subfield

This list of courses by subfield may be helpful for majors seeking to meet the field distribution requirement. If you have a question about a course that does not appear on this list, consult the course listing in the Middlebury College course catalog or the professor offering the course.

AMERICAN POLITICS

PSCI 0102 - The American Political Regime     
PSCI 0104 - Introduction to American Politics     
PSCI 0206 - The American Presidency     
PSCI 0208 - The Politics of the U.S. Congress 
PSCI 0211 / ENVS 0211  - Conservation and Environmental Policy  
PSCI 0215 - Federalism, State and Local Politics     
PSCI 0305 - American Constitutional Law: The Federal System
PSCI 0306 - American Constitutional Law: Individual Rights
PSCI 0308 - U.S. National Elections      
PSCI 0310 - American Public Policy     
PSCI 0320 - American Political Development 
PSCI 0312 - Bureaucracy     
PSCI 0344 - Race, Sex, and the Constitution 
PSCI 0421 - American Environmental Politics     
PSCI 0425 - Seminar on the American Presidency     
PSCI 0429 - Seminar on the U.S. Congress     
PSCI 0465 - City Politics     
PSCI 0495 - Money and Politics    
PSCI 1009 - Public Opinion in US Politics 
PSCI 1010 - Same Sex Marriage and the Law    
PSCI 1026 - Advising the President  
PSCI 1056 - American Citizenship and the Second Face of War 
  


INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND FOREIGN POLICY

PSCI 0109 - International Politics     
PSCI 0214 - International Environmental Politics 
PSCI 0236 - International Law     
PSCI 0242 - International Politics and WMD 
PSCI 0258 - The Politics of International Humanitarian Action 
PSCI 0260 - The Political Economy of Drug Trafficking     
PSCI 0303 – U.S.-Latin American Relations    
PSCI 0304 - International Political Economy   
PSCI 0307 - The Politics of Virtual Realities     
PSCI 0311 - American Foreign Policy     
PSCI 0322 - War and Peace     
PSCI 0340 - International Order and Organization: Theories and Practice 
PSCI 0372 / GSFS 0372 - Gender and International Relations     
PSCI 0380 - International Relations of East Asia     
PSCI 0405 - Causes of War     
PSCI 0412 - Diplomacy    
PSCI 0434 / IGST 0434 – War: Causes, Conduct, Consequences 
PSCI 0437 - Understanding Intervention     
PSCI 0449 - Chinese Foreign Policy     
PSCI 0452 – Ecocriticism and Global Environmental Justice 
PSCI 0456 - International Order in the 20th Century: Theories and Practice   
PSCI 0457 - Nonstate Actors in World Politics     
PSCI 0482 / INTL 0482  - Public and Private Governance in an Era of Globalization    
PSCI 1019 - War Games     
PSCI 1025 – Globalization: Then and Now 
 



COMPARATIVE POLITICS

PSCI 0103 - Introduction to Comparative Politics 
PSCI 0202 - African Politics     
PSCI 0209 - Local Green Politics     
PSCI 0212 - Comparative Environmental Politics     
PSCI 0221 - Contemporary Chinese Politics     
PSCI 0225 - West European Politics     
PSCI 0227 - Soviet and Russian Politics    
PSCI 0228 - Central and East European Politics 
PSCI 0232 - The Politics of Diversity in Western Europe 
PSCI 0240 - Race Around the World: The Comparative Politics of Ethnic Diversity 
PSCI 0278 - The Politics of Insurgency     
PSCI 0280 - The Politics of Policy Innovation  
PSCI 0290 - Social Unrest in Asia     
PSCI 0292 - Political Communication     
PSCI 0321 - Anglophone vs. Francophone Africa 
PSCI 0324 - The Political Development of Western Europe 
PSCI 0330 - Comparative Development Strategies      
PSCI 0335 - Latin American Revolutions     
PSCI 0336 / ECON 0336 / ECON 1027 / PSCI 1027 - The Political Economy of Development 
PSCI 0413 - Media and Democratization   
PSCI 0416 - Latin American Political Development 
PSCI 0424 - Seminar on Comparative Democratization   
PSCI 0430 - Political Economy of Globalization in Latin America: The Mexican Case  
PSCI 0431 - African Government     
PSCI 0438 - Political Islam
PSCI 0454 - Leadership: Politics and Personality 
PSCI 0460 - Seminar on West European Politics     
PSCI 0470 - Race and Ethnic Politics     
PSCI 0483 - Rise of Asia and U.S. Policy
PSCI 0484 - The Political Economy of Regionalism 
PSCI 1016 - Dictators and Democrats 
PSCI 1024 - Charitable Action at Home and Abroad
PSCI 1031 - Protest Music in Comparative Perspective 
 


POLITICAL THEORY

PSCI 0101 - Introduction to Political Philosophy  
PSCI 0107 - Politics and the Studies of Politics     
PSCI 0204 - Left, Right, and Center     
PSCI 0234 - Religion and Politics: Ancient and Modern
PSCI 0262 - Might and Right Among Nations     
PSCI 0317 - Ancient and Medieval Political Philosophy 
PSCI 0318 - Modern Political Philosophy     
PSCI 0333 - Politics, Philosophy, and Education 
PSCI 0368 - Frontiers in Political Science Research 
PSCI 0409 - Seminar on Political Philosophy
PSCI 0410 - Statesmanship and Modern Liberty: Montesquieu and Tocqueville
PSCI 0462 - Empire and Political Theory
PSCI 1033 - Reading Adam Smith
PSCI 1035 - Contemporary Political Thought 
     

Updated August 2014    

Political Science defines, describes, explains, and evaluates phenomena such as war and peace, revolution and reform, stability and instability, voting and office holding, and crime and punishment.

However, because many things apparently outside of “politics” can be made quite relevant to politics, political science also covers many other subjects, employs diverse methods, and interests a broad range of students. As a result, political science is one of the most popular majors at Middlebury College. Some students come to political science because they seek careers in politics or academics; others study political science to gain a greater knowledge of this central human concern. Consequently, the curriculum is designed to train students in a discipline, reveal the possibilities of politics, meet the demands of thoughtful citizenship, and prepare those students who intend to pursue further work in either graduate or professional school.

The Department strongly emphasizes teaching excellence and the acquisition of analytic skills. Among its seventeen faculty the Department has a generous contingent of scholars across the comparative, international relations, and political economy fields, and is well represented in American politics and political theory. The faculty’s research interests are diverse, and include such topics as ethnic identity and conflict, state responses to racial, ethnic, and religious violence, democratic transitions, political Islam, rules and compliance, ethics and war, local and international environmental policy, the presidency, American power and foreign policy, international conflict and intervention, constitutional law and American political thought, regional integration, media and democratization, the legal, ethical, and political implications of private military corporations, and political dynamics in many regions of the world.

Given the range of subject matter and the variety of approaches to the study of politics, the Department’s faculty are also involved, formally and informally, in a number of related majors and programs: Classical Studies, Environmental Studies, International Politics and Economics, and International and Global Studies (African Studies, East Asian Studies, European Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle East Studies, Russian and East European Studies, South Asian Studies). We encourage our students to study abroad, especially in a foreign language. Students planning to spend all or part of their junior year abroad should consult with their Department advisor before the second semester of their sophomore year.

Our students also participate in American University’s Washington Semester (refer to the Study Abroad Office's domestic off-campus study page), in the activities of the Pre-Law Club (consult with Professor Murray Dry, Pre-Law Advisor), the Middlebury Model United Nations Club (consult with Professor Mark Williams, Faculty Liaison), and the Rohatyn Center for Global Affairs.  Political science majors who are interested in obtaining teaching licensure must notify the Education Studies Program by the middle of their sophomore year.

Bertram Johnson

Campaign Finance, Media and Politics, State and Local Politics, Intergovernmental Relations

Associate Professor of Political Science

 
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Courses by Field Fall 2014

American Politics

PSCI 0104 - Introduction to American Politics     

PSCI 0208 - The Politics of the U.S. Congress     

PSCI 0211 / ENVS 0211  - Conservation and Environmental Policy     

PSCI 0306 - American Constitutional Law: Individual Rights

PSCI 0308 - U.S. National Elections      

 

International Relations and Foreign Policy

PSCI 0109 - International Politics     

PSCI 0214 - International Environmental Politics     

PSCI 0260 - The Political Economy of Drug Trafficking     

PSCI 0303 – U.S.-Latin American Relations    

PSCI 0304 - International Political Economy   

PSCI 0311 - American Foreign Policy     

PSCI 0340 - International Order and Organization: Theories and Practice             

PSCI 0482 / INTL 0482  - Public and Private Governance in an Era of Globalization    

 

Comparative Politics

PSCI 0103 - Introduction to Comparative Politics     

PSCI 0228 - Central and East European Politics     

PSCI 0280 - The Politics of Policy Innovation     

PSCI 0292 - Political Communication     

PSCI 0330 - Comparative Development Strategies      

PSCI 0438 - Political Islam

PSCI 0483 - Rise of Asia and U.S. Policy

PSCI 0484 - The Political Economy of Regionalism   

 

Political Theory

PSCI 0101 - Introduction to Political Philosophy     

PSCI 0234 - Religion and Politics: Ancient and Modern

PSCI 0368 - Frontiers in Political Science Research