Contact:
Dr. Jeffrey VanDenBerg
Chair of Political Science & Geography
Professor of Political Science
Office: (417) 873-6947
jvandenb@drury.edu


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Politics and Government Major

Students that major in Politcs and Government take a combination of courses that examine the representative democracy in the United States and political systems of the rest of the world. Politics and Governments majors develop writing and communication skills and learn to think critically while gaining a tolerance and concern for both domestic and international current affairs. Career options for political science majors include positions in consulting, law, diplomacy, business, elected office, nonprofit organizations, lobbying and education. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses. Refer to the course descriptions of each course below for prerequisites. The Department of Political Science and Geography does not allow day school students to register for CCPS online and evening courses during the fall and spring semesters.

PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the United States
PLSC 151: Introduction to Comparative Politics
PLSC 152: Introduction to International Relations
PLSC 153 Introduction to Political Theory
PLSC 250: Introduction to Political Inquiry

PLSC 494: Senior Research Seminar

Choose 6 credit hours from the following:
PLSC 220: Introduction to Law and Society
PLSC 302: U.S. Foreign Policy

PLSC 322: American Environmental Politics
PLSC 332: Political Parties, Elections and Interest Groups
PLSC 335: Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
PLSC 337: United States Congress
PLSC 338: United States Presidency
PLSC 339: Politics in Popular Culture
PLSC 357: Politics and Culture in Mexico, Canada & the United States
PLSC 370: Women and Politics
PLSC 383 American Social and Political Thought
PLSC 384: Political Liberalism and Justice
PLSC 386: Political Theory of the Federalist Papers

PLSC 442: Rhetorical Criticism

Choose 6 credit hours from the following:
PLSC 200: International Aid and Development
PLSC 300: Midwest Model United Nations
PLSC 302: U.S. Foreign Policy
PLSC 307 Globalization, Politics and Justice
PLSC 309: Global Environmental Politics
PLSC 350: International Organizations and Law
PLSC 354: European Politics
PLSC 357: Politics and Culture in Mexico, Canada & the United States
PLSC 360: Islam and Politics in the Modern Middle East
PLSC 365: Egypt and the Third World
PLSC 370: Women and Politics
PLSC 375: Arab-Israeli Conflict
PLSC 380: Western Political Thought

Choose one PLSC elective course (3 hours)


Politics and Government Minor

Students often minor in Political Science to compliment their academic major and career goals. For example, an economics major needs to understand the connection between the global economy and politics, and thus minors in Politics and Government. A total of 21 credit hours in Political Science courses are necessary to complete the minor. All prerequisites must be completed prior to enrollment in the following courses. Refer to the course descriptions of each course below for prerequisites.

PLSC 101: Government and Politics in the United States
PLSC 151: Introduction to Comparative Politics
PLSC 152: Introduction to International Relations
PLSC 153 Introduction to Political Theory

Choose three PLSC elective courses (9 hours)