Department of Political Science

Undergraduate Academic Center 355A
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www.polisci.txstate.edu

Political science is the study of government, the most important decision-making part of society, and of the social, economic, and other institutions and practices that influence this decision-making process. On the one hand, it is a discipline that can trace its roots to the ancient Greek political community, the polis; but it is also a modern social science, which uses techniques such as content analysis, public opinion surveys, and statistical analysis to create and evaluate generalizations about how government and people behave.

As a liberal arts discipline, the department is dedicated to developing analytical skills, effective oral and written communication, and promoting critical thinking. Students are encouraged to reflect not simply on their career goals, but also on what type of persons they want to become, and on their rights and duties as citizens. The department offers students the opportunity to earn up to six credit hours in an internship program in which students gain practical experience by working for various federal, state, local or non-profit community agencies.

Political science prepares students for careers in various fields, not only in government, law, and education but also in business, journalism, urban planning, and many fields on which public policies have a significant effect.

Recognition of Student Scholarship

The Annual Professor Henderson Award

The Department of Political Science annually presents the Professor Henderson Award to the graduating Political Science major with the highest overall GPA (the award may be for either a December or May graduate of the current academic year). The award has the purpose of recognizing and honoring a student of Political Science who has, as a student at Texas State, displayed academic excellence and character in the tradition and values cherished and exhibited by Richard B. Henderson, Distinguished Professor Emeritus.

The Howard M. “Prof” Greene Award

This award honors an academic mentor in politics to Lyndon B. Johnson and thousands of other Texas State alumni and goes to one or more graduating Political Science majors who have earned overall Texas State grade-point averages of 3.9 or above.

Interested students who believe they may be eligible for these awards should consult with the Department Chair.

Courses in Political Science (POSI)

POSI 2310. Principles of American Government.

A survey of the principles of political science, of the American system of government, and of the origins and development of the constitutions of the United States and Texas. Satisfies the legislative requirements for teacher certification.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Govt/Pol Science Core 070
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
TCCN: GOVT 2306

POSI 2320. Functions of American Government.

This course is a study of functions performed in the American system of government, both national and state, within the framework of the U.S. and Texas Constitutions.

3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Govt/Pol Science Core 070
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
TCCN: GOVT 2305

Arnold, Charles B, Senior Lecturer, Political Science, M.A., Texas State University

Bagnulo, Ashleen, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Bagnulo, Vince A, Lecturer, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Balanoff, Howard R, Professor, Political Science, D.Ed., Texas A&M University

Breland, Nyoka Sue, Lecturer, Political Science, M.S.I.S., Texas State University

Brittain, Vicki S, Professor, Political Science, J.D., Washburn University

Brown, Christopher Ralph, Associate Professor, Political Science, J.D., University of Texas at Austin

Castillo, Cecilia R, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Dallas

Crossett, Gregory Lynn, Associate Professor, Political Science, J.D., Texas Tech University

DeHart, Paul R, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

DeSoto, William H, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., Univ of Wisconsin-Madison

Doyle, Thomas Earl, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., Univ of California-Irvine

Evans, Michelle L, Associate Professor, Political Science, J.D., St. Mary's University

Faber, Michael Joseph, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington

Farrar, Blake Ross, Lecturer, Political Science, M.A., Texas State University

Fields, Willard M, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of New Orleans

Gazda, Peter Francis, Lecturer, Political Science, J.D., St. Mary's University

Gorman, Robert F, University Distinguished Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Oregon

Grasso, Kenneth L, Chair - Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., Fordham University

Gray, Cari Laird, Lecturer, Political Science, M.A., Texas State University

Hanks, Emily Kay, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Henderson, Richard D, Senior Lecturer, Political Science, M.A., Texas State University

Hernandez, Rodolfo Kendrick, Senior Lecturer, Political Science, M.A., Louisiana State Univ A&M College

Hindson, Theodore T, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Inbody, Donald S, Senior Lecturer, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Johnson, Susan Joyce, Lecturer, Political Science, Ph.D., Jackson State University

Johnson, Shawn P, Lecturer, Political Science, M.Ed., Texas State University

Kens, Paul A, Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Lamm, Jennifer Elizabeth, Lecturer, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Leder, Arnold, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., Indiana University Bloomington

Longoria, Thomas, Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., Texas A&M University

Martinez, Bobby Joe, Lecturer, Political Science, M.P.A., Southern Methodist University

Mihalkanin, Edward, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., The American University

Mora, Sherri L, Senior Lecturer, Political Science, M.P.A., Texas State University

Opheim, Cynthia L, Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Parent, Patricia C, Senior Lecturer, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Popescu, Ionut Catalin, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., Duke University

Rahm, Dianne, Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., Syracuse University Main Campus

Rangarajan, Nandhini, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University at Albany, SUNY

Sanchez-Sibony, Omar, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Oxford

Shields, Patricia M, Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., The Ohio State Univ Main Campus

Smith, David Allan, Lecturer, Political Science, J.D., University of Texas at Austin

Tajalli, Hassan, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Tiller, Glynn L, Lecturer, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Houston

Tise, Pam Annette, Lecturer, Political Science, M.P.A., Texas State University

Varacalli, Thomas Francis Xavier, Lecturer, Political Science, Ph.D., Louisiana State Univ A&M College

Veidt, Cynthia Lynn, Lecturer, Political Science, J.D., University of Texas at Austin

Ward, Kenneth, Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., Columbia Univ City of New York

Wells, Jeremy Lee, Senior Lecturer, Political Science, Ph.D., Louisiana State Univ A&M College

Wright, Walter A, Associate Professor, Political Science, J.D., University of Houston

Yun, Hyun J, Associate Professor, Political Science, Ph.D., University of Florida