The political science major ranks as one
of the most practical among the several liberal arts majors.
Successful careers in so many professional fields demand that the individual
function effectively in a political environment. The complexity of that
environment, which is the product of a long political heritage, is often
both a barrier to progress and an avenue of opportunity. Knowledge of that
political heritage is as essential to the ordinary citizen in a democracy as
it is to the great leader or politician.
The SBU Advantage
challenged to think deeply about the relationship between faith and culture,
between faith and politics, and how Christianity has impacted the wider
Small class sizes allow you to build lasting relationships with
fellow students and faculty members, and you will have direct access to
Develop valuable skills in research, analytical reasoning, and
communication that will serve you well in the discipline of political
science and in many other professions.
political science program typically consists of eleven courses totaling 32
semester hours of work. This is in addition to the 3-hour general education
requirement in American Government and Politics. Students completing a major
in politcal science are required to complete the Major Field Examination in
political science during their last semester in the program.
in political science also is available.
science degree offers excellent preparation for a broad range of careers not
only for students who are interested in attending law school or pursuing
public service careers, but also for those anticipating careers overseas in
government service, business, or missions.
Major topics include: origin and powers of the United States
Congress; relation of Congress to the other branches of government
and to the public; leadership, partisanship, the committee system
and policy making; comparison with the state legislatures.
Focuses on landmark Supreme Court decisions and judicial
interpretations of the U.S. Constitution from the 1790's until the
present; topics addressed include origins of the Constitution,
powers of the three branches, separation of powers, regulation of
commerce and individual rights based on the Bill of Rights.
A study of the political themes in the classical philosophies
from Platonism to Marxism in comparison with biblical teachings on
the same themes. Major topics addressed include: the nature of man,
the ideal form of governments, the citizen's responsibility to the
government, the government's responsibility to the citizen, the
definition of liberty and the nature of human rights.
A comparison of different kinds of political systems in the
various regions of the world. The U.S. style of democracy will be
compared with parliamentary systems, middle eastern and African
authoritarianism, socialist systems, Asian democracies and Latin
A topical exploration of the period with emphasis on the Great
Depression and New Deal, domestic effects of World War II and the
Cold War, the Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam, the Johnson and Nixon
presidencies and Watergate. Course requirements stress reading,
writing, and class participation.
A seminar investigating a selected topic or theme in the light
of previous and current interpretations. Areas of study will vary
with each offering; therefore, the student may elect to repeat the
course when different content is offered.
This course is a Calculus-based investigation of the concepts of
probability and statistics including sample spaces, methods of
enumeration, discrete and continuous functions or random variables
and their distributions, conditional probability, Chebyshev
inequalities, central limit theorem, regression and correlation, and
sampling and hypothesis testing.
An introduction to business statistics. Students will calculate
and interpret measures of center and dispersion. Normal, binomial,
Chi-square, F, t, and Poisson distributions, elementary probability,
sampling techniques, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals,
linear correlation, simple and multiple regression, contingency
tables and computer applications are also covered.
An introduction to the concepts and principles underlying
accounting and financial information as used in operating a
business. Basic fundamentals of financial accounting from both a
preparer’s and a user’s perspective will be presented. The impact of
business events on an entity’s financial position will be emphasized
through an understanding of an organization’s operating, investing,
and financial activities.
Ethical, social and legal issues in business environment. The
development and resolution of contemporary issues found in the
business environment. Emphasis on the perspective and systematic
approach to the law to such issues. Topical areas: legal history,
reasoning, procedure; environmental, administrative, criminal and
tort law; law of contracts, law of sales.
Legal alternatives in the structuring of the business enterprise
and its relationships with employees. The rules of law governing
financial transactions in today's business and personal affairs.
Topical areas: agency, partnerships, corporation, personal property,
real property, bailments, intellectual property rights, commercial
paper, secured transactions and bankruptcy.
The study of the process of management, which is the
coordination of all the resources of organizations in order to
achieve organizational objectives. The management process will be
described, analyzed and applied to all types of organizations,
indicating the universality of management.
A study of sociological theories of crime and delinquency, of
crime control including punishment and treatment, and of practices
and organizations of police, courts, probation and parole
departments and prisons.