Courses

Study of the essentials of American government; Congress; the presidency; the federal judiciary; principles of federalism; separation of powers, the federal regulatory system. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to the major issues facing the international political system. The course will focus on the problems of war, nuclear weapons, underdevelopment, food and population, science and technology, human rights, and nationalism, as they currently affect world politics. (Concentration: international relations.)

Credit Hours: 3

Examination of topics in comparative political analysis. The impact of indigenous values, beliefs and attitudes upon political behavior. Materials will be drawn from a variety of systems and the cultures with emphasis on the Western. (Concentration: comparative political systems.)

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce students to the systematic analysis of politics. Methods of critical investigation are applied to research topics determined by the student; issues related to the research question and approaches to answering the question are examined. Students will research career options, internship opportunities, study abroad programs, and develop strategies for pursuing these opportunities.

Credit Hours: 3

A study of the historical development of the principle ideas underlying the founding and the early development of the American political system, from the founding of Jamestown till 1840. The influence of major events including the Revolution, the contributions of major political figures such as Roger Williams, John Adams, Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, John Marshall, and Andrew Jackson, and their relevance to recent political ideas and movements will be examined. (Concentration: political theory and methodology.)

Credit Hours: 3

An introduction to American law and legal institutions as a part of government. The course will survey generally the sources and  functions of law as a mediator between the individual and the society of government; and between the various orders of society: political, economic, and social. The course will examine, in general terms, the various kinds of law - civil, environmental, criminal, constitutional,  etc. - focusing on selected problems in these areas to determine the capacity and limitations of law and legal processes to deal with social problems. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

A historical and legal overview of women in the American justice system. Emphasis on the equal protection arguments, remedies for discrimination, evolving concepts in the law of rape, consumer rights and employment practices. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the growing  field of women and politics, specifically women and politics in the United States. Specific topics include the origins and goals of the women’s movements, political participation by women in citizen level activities, women elected and appointed officials in government, and public policy goals and accomplishments of the women’s movements. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of what government chooses to do about current public problems: how those problems originate, how policies are devised and implemented, and what are their consequences. An examination of specific policies including housing, health, welfare, education, environment, energy, defense and tax policy. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

American foreign policy, its formation and execution; principal factors underlying American foreign relations. Emphasis on contemporary foreign policy. (Concentration: international relations.)

Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the linkage between domestic politics and American foreign policy following the end of the Cold War. Emphasis is on the attempts of policy makers, planners, interest groups, academics, and the press to shape or direct policy. Case studies will include U.S. policy toward China, Japan, Germany, Cuba, Canada, and Iran. (Concentration: international relations.)

Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of political party activity and interest groups in political systems with special emphasis on the American experience. The nature of the two party system, types of party systems; national, state and local; the social bases of partisanship; party organization; leadership, strategy, the campaign, the convention. Parties and interest groups will be studied as participants in the making of public policy decisions. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of decision-making in legislative bodies. Major emphasis on the American Congress, with comparative materials from state legislatures and non-American political systems. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

Formation and development of the office of the president. Selected cases in the exercise of presidential power. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

An examination of the relationship of church and state in its theological, constitutional, cultural, and secular totality. Emphasis will be on evolution of this relationship with selected topics of current concern such as the politics of church-related education. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of the development of American constitutional law and its effects on the distribution of political power. Use of Supreme Court cases to examine the nature of judicial review, the distribution of powers between the national and state governments, and the relative powers of the president, the Congress, and the Supreme Court. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of the rights and liberties of individuals in terms of constitutional doctrine. Use of Supreme Court cases to examine contemporary issues of freedom of speech and press, search and seizure, self-incrimination, right of counsel, sexual and racial discrimination, and privacy. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

An analysis of American courts which focuses on the nature of judicial power, the structure of the judicial system, the appointment of judges, the bases of judicial decisions, and the political consequences of judicial actions which centers on the Supreme Court. (Concentration: American political system.)

Credit Hours: 3

An examination of politics and processes of development and change in the emerging countries of Africa, Latin America and Asia. The comparative analysis of internal and external threats to governmental growth and societal stability will expose the student to possible paths of structural change, modernization, and dependency. (Concentration: comparative politics).

Credit Hours: 3

Examination of revolution as an empirical concept. The stages of revolutionary change, the politics of violence, and the characteristics of revolutionaries. (Concentration: comparative politics.)

Credit Hours: 3

An overview of the history, culture and the contemporary political processes of Latin America. Emphasis will be placed on political change, the role of the military, underdevelopment, relations with foreign powers, and the role of the church. Detailed examination of selected countries. (Concentration: comparative politics.)

Credit Hours: 3

An inquiry to approaches to theory building in international relations with an emphasis on the problems of war and peace in the nuclear age. Included are considerations of strategic planning, game theory, deterrence, decision-making theory, and models of international dependence. (Concentration: international relations.)

Credit Hours: 3

Surveys the field of international law beginning with its sources, legal nature and sanctions; followed by the rights and duties of states and the jurisdiction over persons, territories, the sea, airspace and outer space; concluding with the norms of neutrality and belligerency.(Concentration: international relations.)

Credit Hours: 3

This course is designed to introduce students to the world of political research, specifically empirical research. The goal is to give the students a sufficient understanding and knowledge of the methods and techniques so that they may join the ranks of political scientists in this field. The topics to be discussed will cover the gamut of issues involved with empirical research: philosophical issues, measurement, statistical analysis, and survey design. (Concentration: political theory and methodology.)

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered every fall semester

A seminar focusing on a single conceptual area of the instructor’s choice. This could be women in politics, terrorism, political economy, race and politics, urbanization, or politics and the environment. This list is not exhaustive and is intended only as suggestive in range. (Concentration: dependent upon subject matter.)

Credit Hours: 3

Individual research of a substantive nature pursued in the student’s major field of study. The research will conclude in a written thesis or an original project, and an oral defense.

Credit Hours: 6

This course will be an opportunity for advanced students of political science to do research within a specific subject area of the discipline. The students will be expected to apply their acquired skills (from POL 390) to the special issue of their choice. The course will be conducted as an independent research effort with each student meeting privately with his or her research project adviser(s). (Concentration: political theory and methodology.)

Credit Hours: 3   /  offered every spring semester   /   Prerequisites: POL 390

The department of political science offers various internships each semester. The number of course units and semester hours available will depend upon the circumstances of the internship. A determination of credit hours earned will be established at preregistration by the chairman of the department in consultation with the dean. (Concentration: American political system).

(Concentration: American political system).

Credit Hours: 9

(Concentration: American political system).

Credit Hours: 9

Seminar. (Concentration: American political system).

Credit Hours: 3

Arranged individually. Can be taken multiple times for different
topics. (Concentration: dependent upon subject matter).

Credit Hours: 3

A junior or senior work-study program providing relevant paid employment experience. Registration will occur at the beginning of the experience. The objective of the program is to integrate classroom theory and practical work experience, thus lending relevancy to learning and providing the student with a realistic exposure to career opportunities. Students interested in taking a co-op should talk to their adviser.