Collection Development Policy for Political Science, Government, & Public Policy

Objectives: To support undergraduate and graduate teaching and research for the Political Science, Government, and Public Policy programs at The Claremont Colleges. Degrees offered are the Bachelor of Arts, Master of Arts, and Doctor of Philosophy. CGU offers MAs in Political Economy, Politics, Public Policy and Politics, Economics and Business. It also offers a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science.

Subjects and collecting levels: The collection should be developed at the research level for these areas to support the doctoral programs: American Government, Comparative Politics, Immigration, Political Economy, Political Theory, Political Philosophy, Public Policy, and World Politics. Interdisciplinary implications: other fields that impact collection development in this area are Economics, History, Law, Sociology, Philosophy, and International Relations.

The collection should be developed at the instructional support level in these additional areas to support the undergraduate programs and various institutes as appropriate: American Studies, Military Science, American Politics and Law, Ethnic Identity, Foreign Policy, Elections, Nationalism, Comparative and International Politics, Political Ethics, Public Policy Analysis, Data Analysis, Environmental Policy, Science Policy, and National Security. Interdisciplinary implications: other fields that impact collection development in this area are History, Economics, Sociology, International Relations, Criminal Justice and Women's Studies.

The collection should be developed at the basic information level to support interdisciplinary programs and various institutes as appropriate: political biographies, Leadership Studies, and Military Studies. Interdisciplinary implications: other fields that impact collection development in this area are History and Sociology.

Types of materials collected: Monographs and serials are collected. Printed, microform, and electronic materials are collected. Videotapes are collected when requested by faculty to support instruction. Generally excluded are motion pictures, pictorial essays, textbooks, and sound recordings, although specific items may occasionally be acquired for instructional purposes.

Languages: English language materials are collected, unless the desired material is not available in English, or requested by faculty to support instruction.

Geographical emphasis: No geographical area is excluded, though particular emphasis is placed on U.S., European Union countries, Latin America, Pacific Rim, African, and Asia.

Chronological limits: Emphasis is on contemporary materials, due to the nature of the discipline. Some historical material may be collected.

Additional remarks: There are numerous institutes and programs which may not offer degrees, but do pursue research in Political Science, Government, and Public Policy. Their subject areas will fall within the guidelines above.

Last updated: 7/28/2011 6:11:35 PM