POLS 120 Model United Nations 1 credit
This course is a study of the structure, role, and procedure of the United Nations. Emphasis is on preparation for student participation in a simulated United Nations conference. This course may be repeated for credit. (Activity course: CR/NCR only. Exception: must be taken for a letter grade by students pursuing the International Relations Interdisciplinary Studies major.)
POLS 225 American Politics 3 credits
This course is an introduction to the formal and informal structures, institutions, and processes which comprise the American political system at the national level.
POLS 243 International Politics 3 credits
This course provides an introduction to international relations. Emphasis is on the study of conflict and cooperation in the international system and on the study of power, diplomacy, alliances, international law and organization, and other forms of interaction.
POLS 253 Nature and International Society 3 credits
This course is an examination of the political, economic, ethical/philosophical, and international security dimensions of the relationship between the environment and society. Special focus is on the role of political institutions and the market in resolving the ecological challenges of the 21st century.
POLS 320 Legislative Process 3 credits
This course examines the roles of the United States Congress and other national legislatures as makers of law and policy. Emphasis is on formal and informal internal structural organizations. Prerequisite: POLS 225.
POLS 321 Executive Leadership 3 credits
This course is a study of the roles and functions of the President of the United States in relation to the other branches of government, the states, and the international system. Prerequisite: POLS 225.
POLS 322 Judicial Behavior 3 credits
This course is a study of the United States courts as institution and process, emphasizing the Federal courts. The course examines the role of courts as defenders of the rights of citizens and as makers of law and policy. Prerequisite: POLS 225.
POLS 325 Political Economy 3 credits
This course is a study of the theoretical and policy interrelationship of politics and economics, state and market, in the international system. Emphasis is on the role of government and international organizations in the authoritative allocation of public and private goods. Socio-economic decision-making mechanisms (market, hierarchy, bargaining, etc.) are identified and analyzed on a global scale. Neo-classical, Keynesian, Marxist, and non-traditional approaches to political economy are examined. Prerequisite: POLS 243.
POLS 337 Campaigns and Elections 3 credits
This course studies the democratic dynamic in the United States in its electoral form. Particular emphasis is on voting behavior, political parties, candidate decision-making, and political campaign strategy. Political culture and processes of participatory democracy are also emphasized.
POLS 341 United States Foreign Policy 3 credits
This course is an examination of the assumptions and mechanics underlying the making of U.S. foreign policy since World War II. The course provides a framework for analyzing foreign policy decision-making and the various approaches to the formulation and conduct of post-Cold War foreign policy.
POLS 351 Comparative Politics: Western 3 credits
This course is a study of the major western political systems. Focus is on institutional, economic, and regional/international factors of industrial democracies in Western Europe, the Americas, and in areas colonized by Europeans. Emphasis is on establishing the common criteria and methodologies for making valid comparative analysis of these systems. Prerequisite: Three credits in Political Science.
POLS 352 Comparative Politics: Non-Western 3 credits
This course is a study of the major non-western political systems. Emphasis is on institutional, economic, and regional/international factors of modern nation-states which may not operate under the same political or economic philosophies as “the West.” Emphasis is also on establishing the common criteria and methodologies for making valid comparative analysis of these systems. Prerequisite: Three credits in Political Science.
POLS 361 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought 3 credits
This course provides an introduction to ancient and medieval political thought. Fundamental questions examined include: What is the relationship between ethics and politics?; What is a good regime?; What is a good citizen?; What is the relationship between law and ethics?; What is the relationship between theology and political thought? Students are guided in a close reading of important political works, including Plato’s Apology and Republic, Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics and Politics, and Augustine’s City of God. (This course can be taken as PHIL 361.)
POLS 362 Modern Political Thought 3 credits
As an introduction to modern and post-modern political thought, students examine the writings of important political thinkers of the past 500 years, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Marx, Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, and Camus. Emphasis is on the development of liberal democratic thought and its many recent critiques, including Marxism, feminism, and communitarianism. (This course can be taken as PHIL 362.)
POLS 363 American Political Thought 3 credits
This course examines the roots, foundation, and development of American political thought. Special attention is given to the political thought of the Founding Fathers and to contemporary schools of thought such as feminism and communitarianism.
POLS 364 International Relations Theory 3 credits
This course is an examination of various theoretical explanations of how the international system functions and is evolving. Special emphasis is accorded to the study of realist, neo-realist, and post-realist theories.
POLS 370 Research Methods in Political Science 4 credits
This course is a study of the scope and methods of research through an examination of approaches, models, and theories. Qualitative and quantitative methods are studied and applied. The course includes the design and execution of a team research project. An emphasis is on preparation for the Senior Project. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
POLS 371-379 Selected Topics in Political Science 2-4 credits
This is a series of upper level courses in Political Science. The content of specific courses varies. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.
POLS 401 Constitutional Law 3 credits
Case studies and moot cases examine the historical development of important constitutional issues before the United Stated Supreme Court. Students become familiar with the basic structure and functions of the federal court system. (This course may be taken for credit as HIST 401.)
POLS 470 Internship in Political Science 2-8 credits
This internship is a faculty supervised off-campus experience with an academic dimension. Each internship combines off-campus work with a substantial research project. The off-campus experience and the proposed research project must be approved by the chair of the department prior to the beginning of the internship. Off-campus work is supervised jointly by a faculty supervisor and a designated off-campus mentor. The student is evaluated by the faculty supervisor who may take into consideration the evaluation of the mentor.
POLS 477 Senior Seminar in Political Science 3 credits
This course is a study of Political Science as a discipline, including its major subfields: Theory and Method; Political Processes and Individual Behavior; Political Institutions of the State; Nations and their Relationships.
POLS 487-488 Independent Study 2-4 credits
POLS 490 Senior Project 2-4 credits
The student plans and pursues an independent project in Political Science.
POLS 495 Comprehensive Exams
This course is an administrative placeholder used to record a student’s score on Comprehensive Exams (CR/NCR)