Political Science Courses (POLS)

  1. 147 United States Government
  2. 160 World Politics
  3. 182 Citizenship
  4. 202 Topics in Political Science
  5. 205 Political and Cultural Geography
  6. 208 Introduction to International Relations
  7. 210 Mock Trial
  8. 277 Introduction to United States Law
  9. 288 Principles of Politics
  10. 307 Environmental Law
  11. 313 International Political Economy
  12. 317 History and Politics of Contemporary Europe
  13. 319 Modern Political Theory
  14. 320 United States Food Policy and Globalization
  15. 322 Enviromental Politics and Policy
  16. 323 Imperialism and Colonialism
  17. 330 U.S. State and Local Government
  18. 332 International Law and Organizations
  19. 338 History and Politics of Latin America
  20. 342 Human Rights, Women’s Rights
  21. 356 The American Revolution
  22. 359 Contemporary United States History: Campaigns and Elections
  23. 360 Religion, Politics, and Society in the United States
  24. 362 Congress and the Presidency
  25. 366 Women in U.S. Politics
  26. 395 Seminar in Media, Politics, and Democracy
  27. 402 Advanced Topics in Political Science
  28. 410 Mock Trial
  29. 440 Political Science Capstone Seminar
  30. 448 United States Constitution
  31. 450 Internship in Political Science
  32. 451 Internship in Legal Studies
  33. 459 United States Foreign Relations
  34. 463 History of American Women
  35. 472 Senior Thesis
  36. 480 Preceptorship in Political Science

147 United States Government

4 Credits

This course is an introduction to the politics and institutions of the federal government, including its relationship to state and local government. Issues addressed include: the constitution; branches of government; federalism; mediating institutions (e.g., media, social movements, political parties, elections, interest groups); contemporary political controversies and policy areas.

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160 World Politics

4 Credits

The course studies contemporary issues through ideas, concepts, and institutions that influence government, society, and individuals globally. The course studies significant geographical concepts.

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182 Citizenship

4 Credits

This is an introduction to the theory and practice of citizenship. Course topics include civic responsibility, civil and political rights, local forms of civic engagement, the media and other mediating institutions between and among citizens and government, social capital and community based organizations, dilemmas of citizenship and inclusion.

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202 Topics in Political Science

2-4 Credits

This course is designed to explore a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content, credit hours, and scheduling may vary.

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205 Political and Cultural Geography

4 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of global political and cultural geography. Issues addressed include: the global environment; basic physical geography; the impact of physical environment on culture; the impact of physical environment on political institutions and ideals; the impacts of geography on economic development.

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208 Introduction to International Relations

4 Credits

This course studies international politics. Topics include primary theories of international relations, state and non-state actors, forms of inter- and intra-state conflict, global politico-economic relations, globalization, international organizations, and other contemporary international political issues.

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210 Mock Trial

2 Credits

This course is intended to develop and refine various interdisciplinary skill sets such as performing targeted, efficient research, team centered problem solving, oral presentation and persuasion. Students
will receive basic instruction regarding civil and criminal law, with an emphasis on litigation, as typically practiced in the United States.

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277 Introduction to United States Law

4 Credits

This course is an introduction to the U.S. legal system and processes. Topics discussed in the course include: the relationship among the legal system, government institutions and society; basic legal procedures and concepts; an introduction to selective substantive areas of the law (family, criminal, torts, contracts) and contemporary public legal issues such as racial discrimination, affirmative action, patient’s rights, embryo research, DNA databases, Internet regulation.

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288 Principles of Politics

4 Credits

This is a discussion course that emphasizes the development of individual political principles and ideals of citizenship within a context of ethical values. Issues addressed include: timeless socio-political questions, ethical considerations, citizenship in a republic, democratic ideals, public order, justice, leadership, religious faith in personal and public contexts.

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307 Environmental Law

4 Credits

The course focuses on international legal issues including global climate change, transboundary pollution, resource depletion, toxic waste export, biodiversity and wildlife/plant extinction, deforestation, desertification, ocean pollution, sustainable development.

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313 International Political Economy

4 Credits

This course studies the relationship between politics (both international and domestic) and economics. Topics include: trade regimes; exchange rates; macroeconomic policy, globalization of finance, production, and consumption; trade blocs; industrialization; north-South issues; sustainable development; economic interdependence.

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317 History and Politics of Contemporary Europe

4 Credits

This course is a comparative introduction to the contemporary political history and institutions of European countries. Topics include: democracy and political parties; political culture; European integration; political economy; contemporary social, political, and economic issues.

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319 Modern Political Theory

4 Credits

A study of the evolution of political theory from Machiavelli to Nietzsche, emphasizing themes about the nature of politics, the social contract, and the foundations of democratic theory. Special attention will be given to the historical context in which theorists developed their ideas.

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320 United States Food Policy and Globalization

4 Credits

The course covers basic theories and models related to food policy. Major policy trends in the production, distribution and consumption phases of the food chain are studied. U.S. food policy is studied in a comparative perspective with selected countries. The course covers topics such as trade, food security, food sovereignty, agricultural policy, environmental policy, health and hunger.

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322 Enviromental Politics and Policy

4 Credits

This course examines the political dynamics, institutions, and actors in environmental politics at the local, national, and global level.

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323 Imperialism and Colonialism

4 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course exploring selected themes in the historical trajectory of modern imperialism/colonialism, as well as its underlying political, economic, and intellectual premises.

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330 U.S. State and Local Government

4 Credits

An introduction to the politics and institutions of U.S. state and local governments, including their relationships to the federal government. Issues addressed include: powers and responsibilities of state government , diverse state constitutions, branches of government, federalism, mediating institutions (e.g. media, social movements, political parties, elections, interest groups), and contemporary political controversies and policy areas.

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332 International Law and Organizations

4 Credits

This course studies contemporary international law through the study of cases and selective international treaties. The topics of the course include the evolving role of the nation-state in international law, the rise of the individual and non-governmental organizations in international law.

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338 History and Politics of Latin America

4 Credits

This is a course in the contemporary political history of Latin America, with emphasis on institutions, ideologies, and social transformations in the region, focusing on the interdependency of the countries within the world. The topics discussed in the course include: political culture; government institutions; regional organizations; cultural trends, liberation theology; women; and ethnic diversity among others.

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342 Human Rights, Women’s Rights

4 Credits

This course explores international, regional, and national approaches to human rights law and its specific application to women’s rights. The course content includes major debates in human rights, such as universalism, cultural relationism, and public/private sphere.

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356 The American Revolution

4 Credits

This is a thematic seminar/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history and political thought and institutions of the United States from the end of the colonial era to the launching of the Constitution. Issues addressed will include: military affairs; slavery and race; religious experiences; constitutionalism and republicanism; democracy, economic and commercial development; political evolution; colonialism; political ideas and governmental forms; and cultural and intellectual change.

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359 Contemporary United States History: Campaigns and Elections

4 Credits

This is a thematic seminar/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history and political means and methods of the United States from the end of the Second World War to the present. Issues addressed will include: campaigns and elections; civil rights; social and political movements; democratization; the changing roles of women; economic and commercial development; the evolution of political means and ends; foreign affairs and international relations; and cultural and intellectual change.

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360 Religion, Politics, and Society in the United States

4 Credits

Study of church-state relations in the United States, perspectives on the public role of religion, and activism on social and political issues by religious leaders and groups.

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362 Congress and the Presidency

4 Credits

This is a seminar that explores thematically the interplay of the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.

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366 Women in U.S. Politics

4 Credits

A thematic seminar/discussion course that studies contemporary American women in their leadership roles as citizens, office holders, office seekers, and public policy decision makers.

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395 Seminar in Media, Politics, and Democracy

4 Credits

Explores the intersections of democratic theory and media theory in the context of media coverage of electoral politics.

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402 Advanced Topics in Political Science

2-4 Credits

This is a course designed to explore a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content, credit hours, and scheduling may vary.

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410 Mock Trial

2 Credits

This course is intended to develop and refine various interdisciplinary skill sets such as performing targeted, efficient research, team centered problem solving, oral presentation and persuasion.

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440 Political Science Capstone Seminar

4 Credits

A seminar focused on a selected topic in political science, requiring substantive student research.

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448 United States Constitution

4 Credits

This course studies the Constitution and the evolution of court decisions since the 19th century to the present. The topics in the class include the constitutional development of government institutions: Congress, the presidency and the U.S. Supreme Court and their relationship. The course also studies the development of civil rights and liberties, such as affirmative action, voting rights, race, sex and gender equality, and the rights of the accused among others.

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450 Internship in Political Science

2-6 Credits

This course provides service and practical experience in governmental, political, or related organizations and offices.

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451 Internship in Legal Studies

2-6 Credits

This course provides service and practical experience in legal organizations and offices.

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459 United States Foreign Relations

4 Credits

This is a thematic seminar/discussion course that explores the historical development and contemporary political aspects of American foreign relations since the 1890s. Issues addressed include: political and social movements; political institutions; constitutionalism and republicanism; democracy and elections; models of foreign policy development and implementation; ideologies; the roles of economic and commercial development; political evolution; international relations and contemporary affairs; and cultural and intellectual change.

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463 History of American Women

4 Credits

This is a thematic lecture/discussion course that explores various aspects of the development of the history of American women. Issues addressed include: civil and political rights; representative lives and careers of American women; social and political movements; democratization; multicultural aspects of the history of American women; the impacts of economic development and political change; and cultural and intellectual evolution.

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472 Senior Thesis

2-4 Credits

This is an intensive individual experience in research, critical analysis, and creative synthesis through a major writing project, working with a supervising political science faculty member.

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480 Preceptorship in Political Science

2-4 Credits

In this course, a student assists faculty in teaching a course and conducting research. Includes tutoring, proctoring, course planning and preparation.

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