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    Albion College
  Feb 23, 2018
2017-2018 Academic Catalog 
2017-2018 Academic Catalog

Course Descriptions

Course Numbering System

The following lists include all courses normally offered at Albion College. However, not all courses are offered every year. When possible, courses offered in alternate years are designated. For details, students should consult the Class Schedule for each semester, available online at: The College reserves the right to add or withdraw courses without prior announcement, as conditions may require.

Unless otherwise stated, 100 level courses are intended for freshmen, 200 level for sophomores, 300 and 400 level for juniors and seniors.

A list of courses which meet the core and category requirements, organized by departments, is available online at

Further information may be obtained at the Registrar’s Office in the Ferguson Student, Technology, and Administrative Services Building.


Political Science: American Politics and Policy

   •  PLSC 101: Politics of American Democracy
   •  PLSC 214: Congress and the Presidency
   •  PLSC 216: Public Policy Analysis
   •  PLSC 220: Interest Groups and Political Action
   •  PLSC 225: American Citizenship in Theory and Practice
   •  PLSC 229: Film Images of World War II
   •  PLSC 312: American Political Development
   •  PLSC 315: Presidential Campaigns and Elections
   •  PLSC 317: Political Parties in the United States

Political Science: International Relations and Comparative Politics

   •  PLSC 102: Introduction to Comparative Politics
   •  PLSC 103: Introduction to International Politics
   •  PLSC 206: Democratic Transitions
   •  PLSC 207: Transitional Justice
   •  PLSC 235: American Foreign Policy
   •  PLSC 237: Controversies in Global Politics
   •  PLSC 256: Human Rights
   •  PLSC 301: International Organizations
   •  PLSC 305: Government and Politics of Japan
   •  PLSC 336: International Relations
   •  PLSC 338: International Political Economy
   •  PLSC 352: The Comparative Politics of Developing Nations
   •  PLSC 372: Gender, Sex and International Politics
   •  PLSC 404: Causes of War
   •  PLSC 405: National Security Policy

Political Science: Law, Jurisprudence and Political Thought

   •  PLSC 105: Introduction to Political Thought
   •  PLSC 205: Theories of Democracy and Difference
   •  PLSC 224: Constitutional Law and Politics
   •  PLSC 322: Crime, Politics and Punishment
   •  PLSC 324: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
   •  PLSC 351: Modern Political Thought
   •  PLSC 357: International Law and Politics
   •  PLSC 367: American Political Thought
   •  PLSC 368: Liberals and Conservatives
   •  PLSC 406: Privacy and the Surveillance Society

Political Science: Political Research

   •  PLSC 100: Introduction to Political Inquiry

Political Science: Special Studies

   •  PLSC 187: Selected Topics
   •  PLSC 188: Selected Topics
   •  PLSC 189: Selected Topics
   •  PLSC 287: Selected Topics
   •  PLSC 288: Selected Topics
   •  PLSC 289: Selected Topics
   •  PLSC 387: Selected Topics
   •  PLSC 388: Selected Topics
   •  PLSC 389: Selected Topics
   •  PLSC 391: Internship
   •  PLSC 392: Internship
   •  PLSC 401: Seminar
   •  PLSC 402: Seminar
   •  PLSC 411: Directed Study
   •  PLSC 412: Directed Study