Political Science Courses (POLS)
- 147 United States Government
- 160 World Politics
- 182 Citizenship
- 202 Topics in Political Science
- 205 Political and Cultural Geography
- 208 Introduction to International Relations
- 210 Mock Trial
- 277 Introduction to United States Law
- 288 Principles of Politics
- 307 Environmental Law
- 313 International Political Economy
- 317 History and Politics of Contemporary Europe
- 319 Modern Political Theory
- 320 United States Food Policy and Globalization
- 322 Environmental Politics and Policy
- 323 Imperialism and Colonialism
- 330 U.S. State and Local Government
- 332 International Law and Organizations
- 338 History and Politics of Latin America
- 342 Human Rights, Women’s Rights
- 356 The American Revolution
- 359 Contemporary United States History: Campaigns and Elections
- 360 Religion, Politics, and Society in the United States
- 362 Congress and the Presidency
- 366 Women in U.S. Politics
- 395 Seminar in Media, Politics, and Democracy
- 402 Advanced Topics in Political Science
- 410 Mock Trial
- 440 Political Science Capstone Seminar
- 448 United States Constitution
- 450 Internship in Political Science
- 451 Internship in Legal Studies
- 459 United States Foreign Relations
- 463 History of American Women
- 472 Senior Thesis
- 480 Preceptorship in Political Science
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.
The course studies contemporary issues through ideas, concepts, and institutions that influence government, society, and individuals globally. The course studies significant geographical concepts.
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.
This course is designed to explore a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content, credit hours, and scheduling may vary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This course examines the political dynamics, institutions, and actors in environmental politics at the local, national, and global level.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This is a seminar that explores thematically the interplay of the legislative and executive branches of the federal government.
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.
Explores the intersections of democratic theory and media theory in the context of media coverage of electoral politics.
This is a course designed to explore a subject of particular interest or timeliness. Content, credit hours, and scheduling may vary.
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.
A seminar focused on a selected topic in political science, requiring substantive student research.
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.
This course provides service and practical experience in governmental, political, or related organizations and offices.
This course provides service and practical experience in legal organizations and offices.
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.
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.
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.
In this course, a student assists faculty in teaching a course and conducting research. Includes tutoring, proctoring, course planning and preparation.