Political Science (PS)

PS 500   Workshops in Public Administration    1.5 Hour (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Emphasizes important and changing topics relevant to people working in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. The course will make use of practitioners in a variety of settings (local, state, federal) to bring important information to students who can apply what they have learned in their own job settings. Course topics will vary by semester and will include grant writing, strategic planning, lobbying, and others.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016

PS 501   Methods of Political Inquiry    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Emphasizes important and changing topics relevant to people working in the public, not-for-profit, and private sectors. Course will make use of practitioners in a variety of settings (local, state, federal) to bring important information to students who can apply what they have learned to their own job settings. Course topics will vary by semester to include grant writing, strategic planning, lobbying and others.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

PS 505   Washington Internship and Seminar    3-6 Hours

An individualized internship and/or seminar experience in Washington, D.C. tailored to the student's area of interest. Placement is determined by the department academic advisor in collaboration with Washington professionals.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2017

PS 510   Problems in National Government    3 Hours

Research, reports, and discussion of selected aspects of national government.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2017; fall 2017

PS 511   Seminar in State and Local US Government    3 Hours

Selected problems of state governments and their sub-units.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

PS 512   Kentucky Government and Politics    3 Hours

This course will trace the role and influence of various political and social institutions in the state's political development and their implications for the current political and governmental situation.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2016

PS 520   Elements of Public Administration    3 Hours

Introductory survey of governmental administration; emphasizes relationships between political issues and the practice of administration in all areas of the public sector.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; winter 2016; fall 2016; winter 2017; spring 2017; fall 2017

PS 524   Administrative Law    3 Hours

A study of the development of and trends in administrative law with emphasis on the problems caused by the exercise of quasi legislative and quasi judicial powers by administrative agencies.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; summer 2016; summer 2017

PS 538   Ethics and Bureaucracy    3 Hours

Examines the ethical side of public decision making and the values or ends the American political system is designed to promote and protect.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

PS 540   Seminar in Public Sector Organization    3 Hours

Analysis of behavior and problems of public organizations in democratic environments. Links societal values to administrative structure and behavior.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

PS 541   Public Personnel Administration    3 Hours

A systematic survey of public personnel administration in the U.S. Discusses the development of modern personnel systems in the public sector and emphasizes contemporary trends at the state and local level as well as the national level of government.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

PS 542   Government Financial Administration    3 Hours

A study of the financial administration process of government with emphasis on local government. Subjects covered range from budgeting to risk management.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

PS 543   Politics/Administration/Rural Communities    3 Hours

A study of political and administrative institutions, processes, and issues associated with local governments in rural communities.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

PS 545   Seminar in Public Policy Analysis    3 Hours

Theoretical approaches to the analysis of public policy, policy-making, and policy implementation and to such topics as health and welfare, poverty, education, and urban affairs.
Recent Term(s) Offered: fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

PS 546   Public Policy Evaluation    3 Hours

Seminar examining the various approaches and techniques for evaluating public programs.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; spring 2016; spring 2017

PS 549   Special Problems in Public Administration    3 Hours

Seminar approach to contemporary problems in public organizations reflecting political/managerial developments; topics reflect both student and professional needs.
Recent Term(s) Offered: winter 2015; summer 2015; winter 2016; fall 2016; summer 2017

PS 550   Cultural Competencies for Public Administrators    3 Hours

Provides a specific set of skills so that practitioners in public administration can communicate and interact productively with a diverse and changing workforce and citizenry; course will focus specifically on developing an understanding of different cultures and provide needed skills to administer policy and deliver services for the communities practitioners serve.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2016

PS 580   Independent Directed Study    3 Hours (repeatable max of 6 hrs)

Faculty guidance of student research in one or more selected fields of political science.
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; summer 2015; fall 2015; summer 2016; fall 2016; winter 2017; spring 2017; summer 2017; fall 2017

PS 597   Professional Seminar in Public Administration    3 Hours

Principles and techniques in the practice of public administration. Case studies and contact with field professionals will be emphasized.
Recent Term(s) Offered: summer 2015; fall 2015; fall 2016; fall 2017

PS 598   Internship in Public Administration    3 Hours

Work experience in a public sector or non-profit agency combined with faculty direction.
Grade Mode: Pass/Fail
Recent Term(s) Offered: spring 2015; fall 2015; winter 2016; spring 2016; summer 2016; fall 2016; summer 2017; fall 2017