Courses in Political Science

POLS 101. FOUNDATIONS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE. A review of the principal methods of

studying politics, the enduring issues of politics, and main institutions of selected governments in the

world today. This course fulfills the Information Literacy (IL) requirement for the Political Science

major. Fall semester only, three hours.

 

POLS 104. INTERNATIONAL POLITICS. An analysis of the growth of national states and the

factors that determine their behavior in international affairs. Particular attention is given to problems

of collective security, balance of power, foreign policy, and political economy.

Semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 201. COMPARATIVE POLITICS. A selective study of major governments of the industrialized

and non-industrialized world. Emphasis placed on the tools of comparative analysis and their

application to various nations in the developed and developing world.

Spring semester only, three hours.

 

POLS 204. AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT. A survey of national political institutions

including Congress, the Supreme Court, the presidency, public bureaucracy, and a review of selected

topics in public policy. Semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 206. POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES. A survey of modern ideologies including treatments of

liberalism, conservatism, fascism, communism, democratic socialism, and Third World ideologies.

Feminism, environmentalism, and related modern ideologies are also covered.

Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 255. CLASSICAL POLITICAL THOUGHT. A study of the principle theorists and schools

of thought about politics from the Pre-Socratics through the Middle Ages.

Fall semester only, three hours.

 

POLS 256. MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT. A survey of the main political thinkers from

Machiavelli to the present. The contributions of political theorists to the development of civilization

are stressed. Spring semester only, three hours.

 

POLS 260. INDEPENDENT STUDY. Individual study of specialized topics in Political Science.

Sophomore standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor are required.

Semester course, one, two or three hours.

 

POLS 270. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. An opportunity to conduct supervised research in

Political Science. Sophomore standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor

are required. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

 

POLS 277. RESEARCH METHODS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. An introduction to approaches

and methods of political science research, with an emphasis on research design, data collection, interpretation,

and the use of computers in the discipline. This course is taught with a lab. This course fulfills

the Writing Intensive (WI), Information Literacy (IL), and Speaking Intensive (SI) requirements

for the Political Science major. Spring semester only, four hours.

 

POLS 301. ISSUES IN GLOBAL POLITICS. A study of human rights, diplomacy, and international

economic issues. Spring semester only, three hours.

 

POLS 302. NATIONAL SECURITY. A review of American national security policy including coverage

of defense policy, military deployments, and threat assessments.

Spring semester only, three hours.

 

POLS 303. GREAT POWER POLITICS. An examination of Great Power Politics with an emphasis

on twentieth century developments. The course covers the sources of national strength, relations of great

powers to one another and minor powers, the rise and decline of nations, and the end of the Cold War.

Spring semester only, three hours.

 

POLS 304. THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY. A study of the major functions of the Presidency,

with an emphasis on the Office’s historical development and its role in American national government.

Fall semester only, three hours.

 

POLS 305. AMERICAN CONGRESS. An examination of the major functions and processes of

Congress, with an emphasis on presidential-congressional relationships and the formation of public policy.

Alternate Spring semesters, three hours.

 

POLS 306. POLITICAL PARTIES AND PRESSURE GROUPS. An overview of the functions of

American political parties with special attention to the role of interest groups in the policy process.

Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 308. PUBLIC POLICY. A study of the main issues surrounding current topics in public policy,

dealing with welfare and poverty, energy, environment, labor, business, agriculture, consumer policies,

and selected issues in foreign policy. Variable credit in election years.

Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 309. STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS. An examination of state and local governments and

public policies. Topics include federalism, state constitutions, governors, legislatures, judiciary, politics

of local governments, and policy debates surrounding local concerns as well as unfunded mandates

and meeting federal guidelines. Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 319. PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION. A study of the development, operation, and politics of

administrative agencies and the public bureaucracy. Semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 323. LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS. A survey of the major countries of Latin America with

special emphasis on cultural and historical factors that explain political developments. Special attention

given to Mexican politics and U.S. - Latin American relations.

Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 333. MAJOR EUROPEAN GOVERNMENTS. A comparative study of European politics

with special emphasis on the major governments of Western Europe and the emerging republics of the

former Soviet Union. Problems of European integration and the development of democracy in Eastern

Europe are stressed. Alternate Fall semesters, three hours.

 

POLS 335. TERRORISM AND COUNTER-TERRORISM. A survey of terrorism from ancient

times to the present with an emphasis on current international groups like al Qaeda, Hezbollah and

Hamas, as well as domestic terrorist groups like the Aryan Nations and Ku Klux Klan.

Offered periodically, three semester hours.

POLS 341. AFRICAN POLITICS. A comparative overview of the politics of major African states,

with emphases upon the influences of the colonial past, problems of political development, relations

with the major powers, the geo-strategic importance of selected countries.

Alternate fall semesters, three hours.

 

POLS 342. MIDDLE EASTERN POLITICS. A survey of major powers of the Middle East with

emphases on problems of the colonial past, political development, tribal and religious influences,

regional conflicts, and global strategic significance. Alternate Fall semesters, three hours.

 

POLS 344. ASIAN POLITICS. A study of the major powers of Asia, with special reference to China,

Japan and Korea, stressing problems of political and economic development, along with regional conflicts.

Spring semester only, three hours.

 

POLS 350. AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT. A survey of the foundations of American civilization

from the origins of the republic to the present time. Special attention is given to current

debates surrounding culture wars and their impact on public policy.

Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 354. MARXISM. A study of Marxism from its beginnings to its development into twentieth

century totalitarianism by Lenin and his successors.

Offered periodically, semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 360. INDEPENDENT STUDY. Directed research on an individual basis. Open to majors and

non-majors with department approval. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

 

POLS 370. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. An opportunity to conduct supervised research in

Political Science. Junior standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor are

required. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

 

POLS 390. STUDIES IN POLITICS. A focused study of selected topics in politics and political science,

the content of which varies each semester. Semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 460. INDEPENDENT STUDY. Directed research on an individual basis. Open to majors and

non-majors with department approval. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

 

POLS 470. INDEPENDENT RESEARCH. An opportunity to conduct supervised research in

Political Science. Senior standing and permission of the department chair and a faculty sponsor are

required. Semester course, one, two or three hours.

 

POLS 480. INTERNSHIP IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. This course offers practical experience in

the field of politics and political science. Semester course, one to six hours.

 

POLS 481. WASHINGTON INTERNSHIP. This program allows students to spend a semester in

Washington working in a government office or for a private organization that deals regularly with public

policy matters. For more information, see the “Internships” section under General Education and

Degree Programs or consult Dr. Marvin Folkertsma, Director, Washington Internship Program.

Semester course, six to twelve hours.

 

POLS 488. SEMINAR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. Special topics in political science, the content

of which varies each semester. Open to majors and nonmajors with department approval.

Semester course, three hours.

 

POLS 499. HONORS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE. Open only to qualified majors with department

approval. Semester course, one, two or three hours.