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III. Policies: Political Science

  • Subject name: Political Science
  • Subject abbreviations: PSCI
  • Bibliographer: Peggy Jobe
  • Other subject responsibilities: International/Area Studies
  • Address: 184 UCB
  • Phone: 303-492-4682
  • Email: margaret.jobe@colorado.edu

I. Purpose:
This fund supports the curriculum and research needs for the Department of Political Science.

A. Curricular emphasis:
The Department of Political Science offers instruction and research in the art and science of politics. Work within the department is organized around seven basic fields: American government and politics, comparative politics, public policy, law and politics, political philosophy, empirical theory and methodology, and international relations.


B. Research emphasis:
There are three major current research interests: American government, comparative politics, and international relations.


C. Level of Degrees granted:
B.A., M.A., PhD.


D. Special Studies Programs:
Interdisciplinary Graduate Certificate Program in EnvironmentalPolicy; Master in Public Policy Analysis; Globalization and Democracy Program; Dual M.A. degree in Law and International Affairs.


E. Other Subjects That Overlap and Utilize Materials:
Economics, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Law, History, Business.


F. Institutes or Labs That Utilize Materials:
There are four centers of research housed within the Department of Political Science: Center for the Study of American Politics, Center for Comparative Politics, Center for International Relations, Center for Public Policy Research.


G. Special Populations Outside University That Utilize Materials:
Public patrons, Interlibrary loan.


H. Other Considerations:
Efforts are made to balance the collection between opposing viewpoints.

II. General Collection Guidelines:

A. Methods of Acquiring Materials:
The approval plan from Blackwell-North American is the primary source for books. There are special orders for faculty and student requests as well as other materials. Gifts-in-kind are accepted based on the needs of the collection.


B. Languages:
Primarily English.


C. Chronological Guidelines:
Only applies to subject history.


D. Geographical Guidelines:
Materials dealing with the United States. Materials necessary for study of international relations and comparative politics.


E. Treatment of Subject:
Textbooks not usually purchased except to maintain a review and supplementary collection. Popular works purchased only if considered of quality. Concentration on upper division, research, and society publications. Biographies considered important.


F. Types of Materials:
Books, conference proceedings. Periodicals and electronic indexes considered basic for discipline. Audio-visual formats only by faculty request for instruction.


G. Date of Publication:
Primarily current materials. Some retrospective if needed for research or to fill gaps in collection.


H. Other General Considerations:
The political science collection is housed primarily in Norlin Library stacks. Supplemental materials received and housed in Government Publications Department. Norlin Library is a regional depository. Lesser used materials may be housed in off-site storage.

III. Observations and Qualifications by Subject and LC Class

J General legislative and executive papers


JA Political science (General)


JC Political theory


JF Political institutions and public administration -- General


JJ Political institutions and public administration -- North America


JK Political institutions and public administration -- United States


JL Political institutions and public administration -- Canada, West Indies, Mexico, Central and South America


JN Political institutions and public administration -- Europe


JQ Political institutions and public administration -- Asia, Arab Countries, Islamis countries, Africa, Atlantic Ocean islands, Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Ocean islands.


JS Local government. Municipal government.


JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration.


JX International Law, see KZ (obsolete)


JZ International relations.