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The PSIA Review

March 2017, Vol. 3, No. 2


The Department of Political Science & International Affairs is Ranked #1 for Online Programs

The Department of Political Science & International Affairs was ranked #1 by SR Education Group in national 2017 rankings for value and affordability. According to Dr. Irene Kokkala, director of UNG's Division of Distance Education and Technology Integration, "These rankings are a testament to how we strive to bring high-quality and affordable education options to students who cannot take traditional courses due to high demand in other areas of their lives."  SR Education Group, an education publisher founded in 2004, said, “This set of rankings represents schools across the nation that are making an effort to provide economical options for students.”
UNG's associate of arts core curriculum with a pathway to political science and master of arts in international affairs earned the university the Number 1 spot. The Department of Political Science and International Affairs was an early adopter of online programs. The department began offering a fully online master of arts in international affairs (M.A.I.A.) degree in the fall semester of 2009. All courses in the M.A.I.A. program were developed and are taught by full-time faculty members who hold terminal degrees and have active research agendas in international affairs. Since its inception 43 students have graduated from the program. Currently 45 students are enrolled in the program.   In fall 2016 the department began offering a fully online Associate in Arts, Core Curriculum - Political Science pathway. In conjunction with UNG Online and eCore, the pathway offers students the opportunity to complete all required courses in Area F (which are offered by the department on a two-year rotation).
Dr. Craig B. Greathouse, associate head of UNG's Department of Political Science and International Affairs, noted, "We are able to bring these effective and efficient programs directly to students wherever they are and provide an opportunity to get a degree from a fully accredited university while learning from full-time faculty members who also teach in-person classes. We have excellent economic value compared to other online programs, and our graduates leave very well prepared for their next venture, be it professional or academic."  Our third online degree program, the Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.) Program, is currently being developed under the direction of Dr. Luisa M. Diaz-Kope.
UNG Article regarding online programs

Professor John Csomor Dies At 83

John F. Csomor, a member of North Georgia College’s political-science faculty from 1967 to 1996, died on January 2 at the age of 83.

During almost all of Professor Csomor’s time at NGC, he was one of the two political-science faculty members in the Department of Social Sciences. He was an expert on politics in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. He taught courses about the Soviet Union, courses in comparative government and international relations, and the “Introduction to Political Science” course.

Professor Csomor was greatly appreciated by his colleagues throughout the college for his varied forms of service to the students and faculty. He served on numerous college committees, frequently including the Faculty Affairs Committee.

He held bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana University and was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force.

Our department expresses its sympathy to his daughter Susan, who completed her master of education degree in English at UNG last summer, and his grandson Ethan.

Professors, Classmates Remember Vincent Alvarez

Vincent Alvarez and his fiancée Abby Paul

The Department of Political Science & International Affairs suffered a mournful loss when Vincent M. Alvarez, a 22‑year-old student, passed away on November 5, 2016, during the first semester of his senior year. Vincent was enrolled in the pre-law concentration.
His unexpected death shocked those who knew him, given his apparent health and vitality. He enjoyed running, hiking, biking, and walking his dog Ivan, according to his fiancée, Abigail C. “Abby” Paul. Vincent loved camping and being outdoors.
At the memorial service, Vincent’s father Roly explained that Vincent had such a low level of body fat that the wall of his heart had thickened to the point of being a fatal condition.  Healthy individuals who play sports or exercise frequently develop thicker-than-normal heart walls.  “An extremely low body-fat percentage can affect the cardiovascular system’s ability to function normally,” according to cardiologist Kevin Campbell.
At Creekview High School in Canton, Vincent was captain of the ROTC Raider Team, in which capacity he offered agility training, rope courses, and other demanding training programs for cadets. Vincent and Abby were members of the high school’s track team together.  At one session of track practice, Vincent‑‑trying to get Abby’s attention by showing off his hurdle skills‑‑tripped over a hurdle, breaking his foot which necessitated surgery and put an end to Vincent’s plan to eventually serve in the U. S. Army.
Political Science professor Barry D. Friedman said that Vincent, in several of Dr. Friedman’s classes, had proved to be a conscientious and intelligent student.  At the first class meeting of the “American Political Theory” course after Vincent’s death, he and the students discussed how polite and considerate Vincent always was. Dr. Carl D. Cavalli and his students in the “Road to the White House” course observed a moment of silence, as did the attendees at the Political Science Student Association’s weekly Crossfire event.
Vincent was also enrolled during the fall semester in Dr. Beth M. Rauhaus’ “State and Local Government” course.  Dr. Rauhaus arranged for a book, Political Philosophy, Empathy, and Political Justice, to be added to the UNG library’s collection in Vincent’s memory. The bookplate appears at the left.
Dr. Charles H. “Trey” Wilson III, Vincent’s faculty advisor, reminisced about a conversation that the two of them had about law school.  “He seemed pretty excited about pursuing a career in law,” Dr. Wilson recalled.
Vincent maintained an attractive and comfortable apartment for himself and Abby in Dahlonega. They enjoyed cooking dinner together and, while Vincent would play video games, Abby would read or knit. “We were like an old married couple,” Abby said. They had not yet determined the year in which they would get married, but they knew that it would take place on February 23, the anniversary of their first date. Abby described Vincent as “an amazing young man, a perfect gentleman, kind and compassionate, who never had an unkind word to say about anyone.”  She added, “They don’t make guys like that any more.”
Abby, a sophomore who plans to earn a degree at UNG in teacher education or nursing, remembered an occasion when she was feeling anxious. Vincent comforted her as he always did. “He was always by my side and knew exactly what I needed, just a hug or smile.  Loving him taught me that life is beautiful.”
In addition to his father, Abby, and Ivan, Vincent is survived by his mother Denise Yarbrough, his siblings Michael and Lexi, his maternal grandmother Sandy DeMaio, his paternal grandfather Remigio Alvarez, and several aunts, uncles, and cousins.

‑‑ BDF

American Democracy Project Hosts Forum to Discuss President Trump’s First 100 Days 

Drs. Douglas Young, Glen Smith, and Carl Cavalli and Prof. Maria Albo participated in a roundtable discussion on Monday, February 28, to discuss President Trump’s first 100 days in the White House. Dr. Randy Parish of the Oconee campus organized and moderated the event sponsored by the American Democracy Project. The forum was covered by the Gainesville Times, the Hall County Business Web site, and the UNG Vanguard. Links to all articles are listed below:

Dr. Kroh Presents Paper at European Studies Conference

Dr. Christopher Kroh presented his paper “Democracy in Crisis: Examining the Breakdown in Public Support for European Democratic Institutions” at the annual European Studies Conference hosted by the University of Nebraska – Omaha on October 7.

Dr. Beth Rauhaus’ M.P.A. Students Shine at GPSA Meeting and GA. PA Academic Conference

Six UNG students‑‑two undergraduates and four M.P.A. students‑‑presented research papers at the 19th annual Georgia Public Administration Academic Conference at Clark Atlanta University on Friday, February 24. The conference is sponsored by the Georgia Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.Natalie Purser, a senior in political science, presented a paper titled, “Disfranchising Felons:  The Desecration of Human Dignity and Civic Voice:  A Rational Approach to Enfranchising Felons.” Jeremy Sharp, also a senior, presented a paper titled, “Naloxone Expansion and Overdose Prevention in Georgia.” The students wrote their papers while taking POLS 4330, “Public Policy,” taught by Dr. Barry D. Friedman during the fall semester.

M.P.A. students representing UNG at the GPAA Conference.

M.P.A. students Heather Bryan, Jenna Rodgers, Ruthanne Conner, and Bobbi Otis (L to R) presented papers at the Georgia Public Administration Academic Conference during a panel convened by Dr. Beth M. Rauhaus.

Dr. Beth M. Rauhaus convened a panel on “Public Administration and Management of Future Public Problems.”  During that panel, four M.P.A. students presented papers: 
  • “Impact of Employment At-Will on Employee Motivation,” presented by Bobbi K. Otis.
  • “Outsourced Training and Employee Commitment,” presented by Heather Bryan.
  • “Realigning Values: Proposals to Combat Sexual Trafficking,” presented by Ruthanne Conner.
  • “Managing Different Generations: Let’s All Try to Work Together,” presented by Jenna Rodgers.
Dr. Stephen Northam served as the discussant for that panel.
Heather Bryan presented a second paper, “The Effect of NIMBY:  Citizen Involvement and the Development of Outdoor Gun Range Policy,” at a panel on “Policy Analysis.”

UNG’s QEP: On Time and on Target Advising

By Terri Carroll, M.Ed., Executive Director, Academic Advising 

UNG’s Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) for academic advising will phase in Political Science and International Affairs on the Dahlonega campus beginning with new students matriculating in the summer of 2017. The QEP is one of the requirements for the university’s reaffirmation of accreditation and describes a course of action for enhancing educational quality that focuses on student learning and/or the environment supporting student learning. UNG’s QEP, “On Time and On Target,” is intended to integrate academic advising into the teaching and learning mission of UNG. The plan is designed to improve student learning by expanding advising resources and implementing a blended advising model using both professional advisors and faculty mentors.

The QEP will support students so that they can define academic goals and take personal responsibility for developing educational plans, utilize appropriate campus resources to support educational goals, and engage in appropriate learning experiences to achieve educational goals.  Under the plan, students in QEP programs will have mandatory advising appointments, until they have earned 45 credit hours, with professional advisors assigned to specific academic programs, after which students will transition to faculty advisors in their programs of study. Faculty advisors will emphasize program requirements in the students’ major and mentor students regarding learning opportunities such as internships, research, study abroad, and plans for graduate or professional school. 

Master faculty advisors (MFAs) are selected as departmental representatives and complete a QEP Advisor Development Program along with professional academic advisors assigned to their major programs. The MFA for Political Science and International Affairs is Dr. Cristian A. Harris. MFAs and professional advisors work closely to construct advising tools, including a departmental advising syllabus; an online, fillable program of study sheet; and a year-by-year course planning guide. All advising tools are accessible in a single location on the academic advising website. 

Additional components of the QEP include Inspire for Advisors, a predictive analytic software used by professional advisors to monitor students’ academic progress and provide targeted, intentional advising to students who are at risk for non-persistence. MFAs, along with professional advisors, also collaborate to develop “Maximize Your Major” PowerPoint presentations for use at new-student orientations. 

Since the beginning of its implementation in the spring of 2016, the QEP has successfully partnered professional and faculty advisors to provide a context for learning that helps students make sense of their education as a whole and not just as a series of isolated events. For more information about the QEP, visit “On Time and On Target” on the UNG website. 

International Affairs Major Graduates with Three Degrees

William Putt graduated from UNG with three bachelor’s degrees including one in international affairs in December 2016.  Putt's majors include Arabic, history, and international affairs with a Middle East concentration.

According to Putt, "UNG has provided me with opportunities I could never imagine. My teachers and military instructors mentored and developed me, and supported me in taking several international trips. For starters, I was able to study Arabic in the Middle East twice on Army scholarships — in Jordan for three months and in Oman for four. During my junior year, I was selected by UNG to intern at the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, for four months. There I worked with senior officers from all across NATO and the Middle East in fostering a cooperative security environment."

He continued, "The IA major has prepared me as an officer by giving me insight into strategic-level thinking of senior officers with opportunities such as an internship with NATO. Furthermore, it taught me something that officers have difficulty learning, which is how to adapt and overcome challenges faced with cross-cultural communication. Lastly, the IA program has helped me think critically rather than in a specific way because it allowed me to shape my own views of issues instead of showing me highly politicized approaches. This is in part thanks to the unique background and diversity of the faculty members who encourage such critical thinking skills over an agenda."

Putt is currently serving in the Infantry and will be stationed at Ft. Benning.

UNG News article on William Putt

Political Science Students Active in Georgia Internships

Hannah Hudgins, UNG’s 2016 Clark-Theodore Outstanding Student and UNG-Gainesville’s 2015 Outstanding Political Science Student, is now a legislative aide in the Georgia General Assembly for State Representative Clay Cox of Lilburn.

Matthew Herrera, a 2015 graduate, is serving in a full-time internship program through the Georgia Legislative Internship Program.  Herrera is currently serving in the office of Speaker of the House David Ralston, also a UNG alumnus.

Herrera was featured along with Tristan Raub in UNG news.  

UNG News article on Internships


Reflections from an Internship at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies

 By Tristan Raub (UNG, ’16)

 Editor’s note:  Tristan Raub completed his B.A. degree in International Affairs with an Asian concentration at the end of the fall semester.

Aloha my UNG Ohana. I would have never thought my international internship would consist of Hawaiian beach volleyball with generals in the mornings and then interacting with high-ranking foreign diplomats in the afternoons, but this turned out to be an average day working at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. Interning at the APCSS can be a competitive internship, but the process for applying is easy. After meeting with the Center for Global Engagement to sign up, candidates meet directly with the APCSS’s intern coordinator through a Skype-based interview. The APCSS is looking for enthusiastic interns who show the confidence needed to work with senior U. S. and foreign representatives, as well as interns who have general knowledge of international politics.

Working at the APCSS on a day-to-day basis is like being a teacher’s assistant, but, instead of students, the class is full of senior military and civilian officials from across the Asia Pacific. Rather than quietly help, an APCSS intern is expected to fully engage in discussion and prepare seminar workshops for the APCSS fellows. Interns work with the professors by previewing lectures and developing group discussion questions for after the lectures. This allows interns to grow very familiar with the material and to seek one-on-one assistance from professors as needed. While this continued education fits in very nicely with political-science majors seeking to develop their understanding of the Asia Pacific, the real learning happens during the discussions themselves.

In most APCSS courses, foreign diplomats, politicians, and military officers come from every region of the Asia Pacific to learn more about Asian politics. Discussing things like territorial disputes and geopolitics in class is one thing, but hearing the perspectives of men and women from Nepal, India, Vanuatu, China, Pakistan, Japan, and Thailand all at once amplifies the learning experience in a unique way. Getting people to feel comfortable with openly discussing heavy issues is something the APCSS excels in, and interns play an important role in generating this trusting environment. One of the tools used for getting strangers comfortable with each other is weekend events, like trips to the beaches or some of Oahu’s major tourist attractions. Interns help facilitate these out-of-class activities and socialize with the fellows to build the APCSS bond. Getting to know APCSS fellows professionally and socially is a transformational experience that every intern receives, and may be the best part of the internship.

If you want the experience of a high-level political internship with a dash of aloha, then APCSS is for you. Go to the Center for Global Engagement in Price Memorial Hall, Room 218, to learn more about how to apply for an internship at the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies. Mahalo.

Politically Incorrect Club Hosts Hall/Dawson County District Attorney

The University of North Georgia-Gainesville's Politically Incorrect Club, led by Dr. Douglas Young, hosted an outstanding presentation by Lee Darragh, district attorney for Hall and Dawson Counties, on February 13, 2017. Mr. Darragh refuted many myths about prosecutors and was so generous answering students' questions that he spoke with us for almost two hours. It was a most informative and enlightening educational event for the 58 students, administrators, and faculty members who were present.

Dr. Young extends special thanks to all P. I. Club members who did such a superb job helping out with this presentation -- Gabi Pacheco, Sam Morales, Heather Morris, Ana Adams Wiley, and Vincent Farrell -- and a big thank you to Heather Keith for the attractive flyer plugging the address and the fine pictures from the event.

Lee Darragh, district attorney for Hall and Dawson CountiesLee Darragh, district attorney for Hall and Dawson Counties Lee Darragh with Dr. Douglas Young and members of the Politically Incorrect Club

The Politically Incorrect Club organized several other memorable events in recent months.

  • A mock presidential election in October on the Gainesville campus.  Among students, Trump received 187 votes to 109 for Clinton. The candidates tied among staff members, and Clinton bested Trump 22 to 8 among faculty members.
    A meeting of the Politically Incorrect Club at the Longstreet-Piedmont Hotel
  • An election-night gathering to watch the presidential-election returns roll in.  The event was co-sponsored by the Students for a Progressive Society.  Members of the two organizations gathered in the Robinson Ballroom to celebrate a historic election.
  • Co-sponsored by the P. I. Club, a November 16 address by State Representative Jason Spencer. Rep. Spencer is the lead sponsor of legislation to get a spaceport for Camden County on the Georgia coast. This effort could be extremely important for our entire state’s economy. Over 40 students and professors heard Rep. Spencer’s slideshow presentation.
  • A December 3 trip to the Longstreet‑Piedmont Hotel, possibly the most historic spot in Northeast Georgia, which is located near downtown Gainesville.  Gen. James Longstreet was a decorated and wounded hero of both the Mexican-American War and the Civil War. Afterwards, he was the one Confederate general to courageously and publicly come out in favor of full civil rights for the former slaves, including equal voting rights.  The Politically Incorrect Club arranges three trips a year to the Piedmont. 
  • On March 6, a presentation by Hall County Sheriff Gerald Couch, who told the club about recent Sheriff's Office efforts and answered students' questions about local criminal-justice concerns.

Crossfire Events Now On The Cumming Campus

Every week during the fall and spring semesters, members of the UNG community including students and faculty and staff members meet to discuss pressing political issues during the weekly Crossfire debate on the Dahlonega campus. Sponsored by the Political Science Student Association (PSSA) under the direction of faculty advisor Carl D. Cavalli, the Crossfire debates began in 1994 as a way to encourage civil political debates on hot-button issues.  Crossfires meet weekly on the Dahlonega campus every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Young Hall lobby.

Dr. Stephen Northam is leading Crossfires on the Cumming campus every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in Room 125.  Some of the topics have included “Russian Hacking: Was the Election Rigged?” and “The Media: What are Their Proper Role?” 

We encourage students to join the Political Science Student Association (PSSA). It’s open to majors and non-majors alike. The dues are $10 per year. Dues are voluntary, but, if we get enough paid members, that means lunch every Wednesday during the Crossfire debates for the entire year.  That’s not a bad bargain!

The lineup for the current semester is available on the PSSA’s Facebook page.


Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Shirley

M.P.A. alumni Rebecca Shirley
Rebecca Shirley, M.P.A. ’09, is currently the director of the Dahlonega Downtown Development Authority/Main Street Program.
Newsletter editor Maria J. Albo interviewed Becca.

Q. Why did you choose the M.P.A. program?
A.  In 2008 I moved to Dahlonega to begin working with the City of Dahlonega's Downtown Development Authority. I chose to also pursue an M.P.A. at that time through NGCSU because I wanted to expand my career and understanding of the public sector. The M.P.A. also goes along with my bachelor’s degree in international affairs and political science.  
Q. How did your coursework in the M.P.A. program prepare you for your current position?
A. The variety of courses taught was complementary to what I was implementing in my day-to-day work at the time. I have taken that knowledge with me as I have grown in my profession. 
Q. What experiences in the M.P.A. program were most meaningful in your career? 
A. The group discussions were the most meaningful to me. These opportunities helped prepare me for more formal discussions, expressing ideas, presenting materials, etc., at work and within the community. This created a foundation that also grew my confidence as a professional and public speaker. 
Q. If you had to provide a short 2-3 sentence blurb about your courses, the faculty and the major, what would you say?
A. The variety of courses and expertise of the faculty make the M.P.A. program at UNG very competitive to others within the state - not to mention it is likely the most affordable. The program's courses after 5 p.m. were great for a nontraditional student, or anyone wishing to work while also attending school. 
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U.S. Presidents are Increasingly Dependent on Public Approval, Dr. Cavalli Reports

The framers of the U.S. Constitution did not foresee the dependence of presidents on public approval, but that dependence now determines presidents’ success, Dr. Carl D. Cavalli, professor of political science on the Dahlonega campus, told the Gainesville Rotary Club on Tuesday, February 21.

Dr. Carl Cavalli at the Rotary International Club meetingDr. Cavalli was the club’s special guest as it commemorated President’s Day. The club invited him to address the group on "The Evolution of the Presidency." He focused on three observed dynamics (as illustrated by the accompanying graphic).

The first is the stable dynamic of the Constitution, which, he said, "either doesn't change or changes very slowly." It is the constant of constitutional powers like that of commander-in-chief, the veto power, and the unending struggle of checks and balances.

The second is an evolutionary dynamic that has seen presidential leadership become increasingly dependent upon public support (as observed by political scientist Jeffrey Tulis) -- something the framers had not anticipated.  There were hints of this as early as the populism of Andrew Jackson, but this dynamic became a full-blown rival to formal constitutional powers by the twentieth century. Unlike the constitutional constant, public support can vary quite a bit, either empowering or constraining modern presidents. As examples, Dr. Cavalli discussed the two Bush presidencies, both of which saw early successes with record-high approval and later impotence with near record-low approval.

A graph of trends: Separation of Powers: Constant Struggle - a flat line. Modernization - trending upwards, and Political Time - a wave patternThe final dynamic involves observable cycles, both within and across administrations, and is closely tied to the evolutionary dynamic. Within administrations, we see a predictable pattern of public support where new presidents are awarded a "honeymoon" of relatively high public approval (although this does not seem to be the case for the current administration), followed by a steady decline from which most presidents recover just enough to win reelection. Across administrations, we see the rise and fall of "regimes" (as observed by political scientist Stephen Skowronek). New regimes are built on repudiating a collapsing regime. Presidents who are fortunate to preside at such a time have a free hand to achieve significant change. They often appear near the top of presidential rankings. One such example is Franklin Roosevelt and the New Deal regime. These regime-building presidents are followed by "faithful sons," who ride the wave of the regime, but are also constrained by it -- less likely to achieve great change. Harry Truman, John Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson are the faithful sons of the New Deal regime. Dr. Cavalli also noted that some presidents come to power unaffiliated with the current regime. These presidents, like Dwight Eisenhower and Richard Nixon during the New Deal regime, cannot repudiate the current regime, so they argue that they can manage it better. Then there are what Dr. Cavalli called the "pitiable" presidents, such as Herbert Hoover and Jimmy Carter, who are constrained to preside over collapsing regimes.

At the end, Dr. Cavalli fielded several questions from the audience on topics ranging from the Electoral College to third parties to the presidency of Gerald Ford.

Did You Know That Some Ung Students Have To Skip Meals?

For a variety of reasons, some UNG students are struggling to pay not only tuition and fees but also for such basic necessities as food, personal hygiene articles, and other things that most of us take for granted.  Dr. Carly Redding, assistant professor of sociology on the Gainesville campus, has operated a food pantry out of her office for the past year, and in recent months she and Appalachian Studies Center director Rosann Kent have set up another food pantry in Dahlonega’s Vickery House.  Ms. Kent reports that last month 100 students received assistance in Gainesville and 12 in Dahlonega.  The entire project is a joint effort of students and members of the faculty and staff.
If you would like to support this project, your donation is welcome.  You may make a check payable to the “UNG Foundation” and state on the memo line that you are donating to the Food Pantry – Fund #6918.  The address is UNG Foundation, P. O. Box 1599, Dahlonega   30533.  For more information, contact Ms. Kent at (706) 864‑1540.

Interview With Political Science Major Hannah Hudgins

Political Science major Hannah Hudgins with Dr. Douglas YoungHannah Hudgins, UNG’s 2016 Clark-Theodore Outstanding Student and UNG-Gainesville’s 2015 Outstanding Political Science Student, is currently serving as a legislative aide in the Georgia General Assembly for State Representative Clay Cox of Lilburn.

Newsletter editor Maria J. Albo interviewed Hannah.

Q:Why did you choose political science as a major and are you confident that it prepared you for your future goals?

A: I chose political science as my major because I have always been interested in American politics. Politicians are individuals who hold so much power and influence over every American’s life. It is important to understand how the political process works. One also must realize how every American citizen can impact who gets voted into our elected offices at all levels of government. And it is equally important to comprehend how we can help shape the public policies that policymakers develop.

I not only wanted to learn about these things, but I also wanted to have a career in politics. I have recently graduated from UNG with my bachelor’s degree in political science and my major has helped me tremendously in my current work. Furthermore, I know it will continue to benefit me as I work toward my political career for the future. 

Q: What experiences has your political science education offered you which have provided you with a competitive edge? How have you leveraged these experiences in your career?

A: My political science education allowed for my communication skills to flourish. The open debate style of the classes I took aided me in developing the proper verbal decorum appropriate for speaking with peers as well as superiors. Additionally, these open discussions taught me to have tact, tolerance, and respect for others’ political opinions, ideologies, beliefs, and ideas. Not only did my education help develop my oral communication, but it also helped hone my written communication skills. The rigor of the classes helped develop my determination and ambition to keep pushing forward which is needed to be competitive in the job market. In addition, I learned scientific skills and how to think analytically, critically, and rationally. All of these benefits of my education have helped me to be successful in my career.

Q: Describe how your coursework and other experiences helped you. 

A: The experience I gained through my internship helped me tremendously. It provided me with the opportunity to receive class credit while getting to learn outside of a classroom. The real-world experience was so beneficial. Being that I was about to graduate and actually be thrust into the real world, my internship was helpful. I learned networking skills as well as time management because I was juggling classes and my internship, and a job on the weekends. The coursework was demanding but it helped me to become better at managing and organizing my life and being able to multitask.

Q: If you had to provide a blurb about your courses, the faculty and the major, what would you say?

A: I took most of my classes at UNG-Gainesville and one semester in Dahlonega. The faculty members at each campus were equally qualified, professional, skilled, proficient and overall wonderful. This major really allowed me to learn about all types of subjects under the political science umbrella. I did not just learn about things happening in the United States, but global issues as well. I took a range of classes varying from “Media and Politics,” “Congress,” “Religion and Politics,” “Civil Liberties and American Constitutional Law” to “Central and Eastern European Politics,” “Politics of Development” and the “Introduction to the European Union.” This major truly helped me to have a very diverse and well-rounded education.

Helpful Information About Courses And Curricula For Current Students

March is spring advisement month! Make sure to see your advisor for information about summer and fall classes.
Pre-registration for the fall semester (and summer session) will occur from April 3 to 21. Your registration time depends on how many credit hours you have earned. Students are encouraged to check their Banner accounts for their specific registration time.
Advisement is held in the fall and spring semesters approximately two to three weeks prior to registration. Please take the time each semester to visit your advisor and make sure that you are following the correct plan of study. You can view your advisor assignment via Banner or contact Andrew Eade at (706) 864‑1628.
How do I find my advisor?
  • Log in to BannerWeb.
  • Choose Student records.
  • Choose Tranguid.
  • Scroll down until you see the advisor information.
How do I know which courses to take?
All programs of study are listed on the department website. Our current plans of study can be found on the department website.
  • POLS 1101, “American Government,” and POLS 2401, “Global Issues,” are prerequisites for upper-division courses in the department. Make sure to complete these introductory classes early in your academic career.
  • POLS 2101, “Introduction to Political Science,” is a prerequisite for POLS 3600, “Introduction to Social Science Research Methods.”  

Students who entered UNG after the fall semester of 2011 must achieve a grade of “C” or higher in all courses within the major (including Area F). In addition, if a student adopts any plan of study after the fall of 2011, that student will be subject to the same policy. Please keep this in mind as the administration is phasing out the old NGCSU and GSC core curricula. We request that students who are graduating after the spring semester of 2016 visit their advisors to review their plans of study.


Update From The Alumni Office

Political Science alumna Wendi Huguley (‘90) continues to serve as the director of alumni relations and annual giving.
Upcoming Alumni Events
Alumni Weekend – April 21-23, 2017
Events are always being added to the alumni calendar, so stop by the UNG Alumni website often.
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THE PSIA REVIEW – March 2017   Vol. 3, No. 2
Department Head: Dlynn Armstrong-Williams, Ph.D.
Associate Department Head: Craig B. Greathouse, Ph.D.
Editor: Maria J. Albo, M.P.A.
Assistant editor: Barry D. Friedman, Ph.D.
Web editor: Andrew Eade

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