Courses

  • POLS-2113 Introduction to American Politics

    A survey of the rules (the Constitution), institutions (the Presidency, Congress, the courts, and the bureaucracy), participants (voters, parties, interest groups, and the media) and products (social, economic, and foreign policy) of democratic politics in the United States. This course is normally offered in every semester.

  • POLS-2213 Introduction to Global Politics

    A survey of why countries cooperate in maintaining national security and economic prosperity in a global economy, and how conflicts between countries threaten that security and prosperity. Students participate in several decision-making simulations that demonstrate the challenge of maintaining peace and security. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of even-numbered years.

  • POLS-2313 Research Skills in Political Science

    A survey of several methods of conducting original research projects, which may include survey research, experiments, content analysis, statistical analysis, and case studies. Students learn to identify research questions, to formulate strategies for answering them, to conduct the research, and to write up the results. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of even-numbered years.

  • POLS-2413 Comparative Politics

    A survey of the major political systems, levels of government and inter-governmental relations, mass political behavior, and theoretical power relationships inside various regimes. It will involve an analysis of comparative political concepts with an emphasis on industrialized countries, not including the U.S. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of odd-numbered years.

  • POLS-2513 Data Analysis

    Survey of methods and approaches to the study of politics and their underlying assumptions as they apply to the major concepts of the discipline. An introduction to political data sources, their strengths and weaknesses and uses in research. The course is normally offered in the spring semester of odd numbered years

  • POLS-3113 History of Western Political Thought

    The course of political thought in the West from Plato and Aristotle to Dewey, Freud and Russell. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of odd-numbered years.

  • POLS-3213 American Political Thought

    History of American political ideas as shown by our American political institutions, legislation and constitutional forms, and the writings of American statesmen, political leaders, and philosophers. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of even-numbered years.

  • POLS-3313 Legal and Legislative Analysis

    A workshop format teaching the analysis of statutory and case law in the United States. Workshop topics include briefing cases, researching cases and statutes, writing legal memos, writing legal outlines, and taking hypothetical case exams. Developing these skills is excellent preparation for law school. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of even-numbered years.

  • POLS-3413 The Presidency and Congress

    A survey of the internal operation of the two major branches of the national government, especially in the context of foreign policy and making the national budget. A second major issue is the impact of partisanship on presidential-congressional relations and public policy. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of even-numbered years.

  • POLS-3513 International Political Economy

    A survey of the organizations and the institutions that govern international trade and finance, controversies involving free trade, tensions between developed and developing countries, and the linkages between global capitalism and war. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of even-numbered years.

  • POLS-3613 Political Parties and Interest Groups

    An examination of the role of political parties and interest groups as intermediary organizations that connect the public to policy makers. The first part of the course focuses upon political parties and elections, and the second part of the course examines lobbying, political action committees (Pac-s), and the problem of political corruption. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of odd-numbered years.

  • POLS-3713 State and Local Politics

    A survey of the local politics and policies that most people directly encounter in daily life. Students learn the basic institutional structures and municipal governments in the United States and explore local controversies involving education, land use, and economic development. Students implement different theories of local government in a computer simulation. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of even-numbered years.

  • POLS-3813 Contemporary Political Ideologies

    This course is a study of the political patterns of today-s world, explaining the instruments, functions, and theories intertwined in modern ideologies. Emphasis will be placed on the predominant theories of democracy, communism and the aspects of an authoritarian regime. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of even-numbered years.

  • POLS-4113 Constitutional Law

    A study of current public law and constitutional law court cases which acquaint the student with official interpretation of the Constitution and the lawmaking and judicial role of the Supreme Court. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of odd-numbered years.

  • POLS-4213 Theories and Ethics in International Relations

    This course will examine three major themes relevant to ethics and international affairs: the discussion of contemporary theories regarding the nature of the international system, the problem of morality in the anarchical international system, and the ethical dimension of contemporary issues. This course is normally offered in the fall semester of odd-numbered years.

  • POLS-4413 International Conflict

    An examination of the causes of conflict, the ethics of conflict, conflict management, and conflict resolution. The first section of the course will discuss the causes and ethics of violence while concentrating on riots, terrorism, revolution, and other expressions of conflict. The second section of the course will examine interstate conflict, including war. The course readings are interdisciplinary and include some sociology, psychology, anthropology, and history. This course is normally offered in the spring semester of odd-numbered years.

  • POLS-4713 Political Research Seminar

    A capstone seminar giving political science majors the opportunity to further develop their research skills by delving into the world of political data analysis. Students will work closely with faculty to create, develop and produce a significant research project in preparation for graduate school. This course is offered in the fall semester of even numbered years.

  • POLS-4813 Selected Topics in Political Science

    The contents of this course vary based on the needs of students and the current central issues in political science. Course may be repeated. This course is offered as needed.

  • POLS-4900 Independent Study in Political Science

    Provides mature students an opportunity for individual research and guided readings. (1-3 hours) This course is offered as needed.

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