Political Science

Hibbard Humanities Hall 401
715-836-5744
Department Website

Honor Societies and Student Organizations:

Pi Sigma Alpha, the national honor society, promotes student interest in political science and sponsors forums on current political topics and workshops on applying to and attending graduate school and law school. The honor society accepts qualified students each fall and spring semester for membership, based on political science coursework and academic standing. Contact the faculty adviser in the department for further details.

Model United Nations Club (MUNC) is a student organization whose primary purpose is to educate its members and the student body about the United Nations and its activities. The organization is open to all students interested in global affairs and the UN. MUNC members attend two United Nations mock conferences each year and participate in a number of other group activities.

Future Lawyers of America is a student organization whose primary purpose is to inform its members of the various aspects of the legal profession. The organization is open to all students from various academic majors who are considering attending law school and share an interest in the legal profession. The organization sponsors speakers from various law-related occupations, organizes trips to law schools and law school fairs, and provides practice tests for the Law School Admission Test.

The Society of Politics is open to all students with an interest in politics and political science. The Society functions as both a social and professional organization for students to help them make connections and broaden the scope of their political knowledge. The Society hosts several events during the year, including a fall picnic, roundtables, and forums for the students and political science faculty to meet and discuss important issues.

Political Science examines various systems of government within and among nation-states and the principles on which they are based. It familiarizes the student with political concepts and issues, their historical backgrounds, and their relevance to the cultural systems in which they arise. The study of political science provides methods for analyzing political issues and the policies designed to address them.

Departmental Honors Program in Political Science

Eligibility: Majors with resident and total GPAs of 3.50 or higher overall and in Political Science, and the consent of the department. Senior standing is required. By the end of the second semester of the junior year, students must notify the department of their intent to seek departmental honors.

Requirements: Comprehensive written examination taken at the end of the first semester of the senior year; senior thesis written during the second semester of the senior year. Students must register for POLS 496, during the semester that they write the thesis.

 

Faculty

Geoffrey Peterson, Chair

Ali Abootalebi
​Kristen Benedini
Michael Fine
Rodd Freitag
Margaret Gilkison
Ming-Li Hsieh
Eric Kasper
Steven Majstorovic
Peter Myers
Justin Patchin
Jason Spraitz

POLS 102 Introduction to Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^A general introduction to basic concepts and approaches to the study of politics and contemporary political issues and problems.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R2 Global Perspectives

POLS 110 American National Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Analysis of major components of American national politics. Includes examination of the individual's ability to affect politics, and the impact of politics on individual lives.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R3 Civic and Environmental Issues

POLS 121 The Politics of Global Cultural Relations (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Introductory course on the impact of clashing cultural orientations and competing belief systems on international affairs. Examines how cultural forces transform power and social interaction, and influence and shape world politics.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

POLS 122 Introduction to World Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Introductory course for the study of world politics. Focus includes states, international organizations (private and public), and other global interaction influencing and shaping world politics.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R2 Global Perspectives

POLS 250 American Indian Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Credit may not be earned in both POLS 250 and AIS 250.^^The course will examine the recent trends in American Indian politics beginning with the American Indian Movement through the present. The course will include topics on tribal sovereignty, legalized gambling, and tribal government.

N

Attributes: Cultural Diversity 3 cr., GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

POLS 260 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^A comparative analysis of political systems of Great Britain, France, Germany, Russia, Japan, China, India, Iran, Brazil, and Nigeria.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R2 Global Perspectives

POLS 265 Problems of the Developing Nations (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^A critical examination of developmental concepts, socioeconomic and political problems of the Third World; elite groups, political ideologies, cohesive and divisive forces influencing development.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R2 Global Perspectives

POLS 290 Introduction to Political Analysis (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Examines the nature and design of scientific research; raises philosophical and methodological issues regarding the logic, theory, and empirical analysis of political research; explores reasoning, causality, and data analysis in scientific research.

N

Attributes: LE-S3 Creativity

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor. Limited to political science majors.

POLS 291 Special Topics - Political Problems (1-3 crs)

Prerequisite: Selected political problems and issues affecting our political system. Examples: racism, poverty, radicalism, pluralism. Completion of a semester's work in fewer weeks is possible with extra classes per week.

N

POLS 301 State and Local Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^A critical examination of federalism, localism, intergovernmental finance, intergovernmental relations, state and local institutions, and state and local elections.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 305 Survey of U.S. Constitutional Principles (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Analysis of the powers of governments in the U.S. and rights of individuals.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R3 Civic and Environmental Issues

Grading Basis: No credit if taken after POLS 403 or POLS 404.

POLS 309 Classical Political Thought (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Study of major political thinkers from the ancient and medieval periods, with emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K3 Humanities, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Grading Basis: Minimum sophomore standing.

POLS 310 Modern Political Thought (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Study of major political thinkers from the Renaissance to the French Revolution.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K3 Humanities

Grading Basis: Minimum sophomore standing.

POLS 311 Contemporary Political Thought (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^A study of major political thinkers from the French Revolution to the present day, with emphasis on the philosophical roots of twentieth century ideologies.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

Grading Basis: Minimum sophomore standing.

POLS 312 American Political Thought (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^The intellectual roots of American Politics, with emphasis on the Revolutionaries, particularly Jefferson; The Federalist; Tocqueville's Democracy in America; and Lincoln.

N

Attributes: Cultural Diversity 1 cr., GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-DDIV Design for Diversity, LE-K3 Humanities, LE-R1 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity

POLS 314 The Idea of Tolerance in the Western Political Tradition (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Historical and philosophical consideration of the development of the idea of tolerance in the western political tradition, with emphasis on major philosophical defenders and critics of the ideal of an open, tolerant society, and on the American experiment in political, religious, and cultural tolerance.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

POLS 319 Politics of Latin America (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Credit may not be earned in both POLS 319 and LAS 319.^^An examination of major institutions, groups, and selected topics related to Latin American politics.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

POLS 320 Caribbean Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Credit may not be earned in both POLS 320 and LAS 320.^^The dynamics of Anglo-phone and Hispanic Caribbean politics from Colonial rule to the present. Major topics include: colonialism; patterns of decolonization; post-colonial state power; the status of women; and recent trends in structures of dependency and popular resistance.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

Grading Basis: One course in POLS or consent of instructor.

POLS 321 Politics of the Middle East (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Introduces students to social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of life in the Middle East by focusing on specific topics such as Religion and Politics, Nationalism, Peace and Conflict, Western Influence.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

POLS 322 Politics of Russia (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^A study of the transitions taking place in Russia covering subjects such as the Soviet past, nationalism, leadership, political institutions, and relations with the other former Soviet republics.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Grading Basis: One course in POLS or consent of instructor.

POLS 323 Politics of Eastern Europe (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^An examination of political, economic, and cultural transitions in Eastern Europe. Topics covered include political-historical context, democratic institution building, market economic development, political cultural orientation, international organizations, and ethnonational conflict and conflict resolution.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Grading Basis: One course in POLS or consent of instructor.

POLS 324 Politics of Asia (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^This course addresses political, economic, and social dimensions of contemporary Asian politics. The countries examined from a comparative perspective are China, North Korea, South Korea, India, and Indonesia.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R2 Global Perspectives, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

POLS 325 Model United Nations (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^A study of the institutional foundation and the contemporary role of the United Nations as a global intergovernmental organization in pursuit of a peaceful resolution to global conflicts and the promotion of cooperation among global actors.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

POLS 326 Politics of Southeast Asia (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^This course offers a comparative examination of Southeast Asian countries, including the Hmong diaspora, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and Vietnam, on thematic issues.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R2 Global Perspectives

POLS 327 Politics of Continental Europe (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^An examinations of European parliamentary systems, their societies and cultures, the European Union, and the development of European identity.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

Grading Basis: POLS 102 or POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 328 Islam and Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^This course examines the multi-faceted nature of the relationship between Islam and politics in the contemporary world.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R2 Global Perspectives

POLS 329 Political Violence (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^This course offers a comparative study of political violence in the contemporary world, reviewing a variety of theoretical and empirical approaches to violence.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R2 Global Perspectives

POLS 330 U.S. Foreign Policy (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^A study of the principal theoretical approaches to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and the major foreign policy issues facing the United States.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Grading Basis: POLS 122 or consent of instructor.

POLS 331 International Organization and Law (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^An analysis of the historical and current patterns and theoretical concepts and theories relevant to the organization of global affairs.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

Grading Basis: POLS 122 or consent of instructor.

POLS 332 International Conflict (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Examines the main theories and concepts used to understand and explain international and civil conflict. The course will also provide an analysis of the principle techniques and practices of conflict resolution.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Grading Basis: POLS 122 or consent of instructor.

POLS 334 International Political Economy (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^International political economy is the simultaneous study of power and wealth at the international level, or it is the study of political foundations of international economic interactions and vice versa.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Grading Basis: POLS 122 or ECON 103 or ECON 104 or ECON 201 or consent of instructor.

POLS 335 International Relations Theory (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Explores various theoretical approaches on world political order: Realism; Liberalism; Socialism; Critical Theory; Postmodern, Feminist; and Ecological perspectives. Within each framework, key concepts such as the state, power, globalization, regimes, etc., are explored.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

Grading Basis: POLS 122 or consent of instructor. Minimum sophomore standing.

POLS 336 Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^This course examines the political, socioeconomic, cultural, and historical roots of the conflict between Arab States/Palestinian Arabs and the state of Israel. Both regional and international aspects of the conflict are fully discussed.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

POLS 338 Judicial Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^A study of the judicial system and judicial policy-making, emphasizing the U.S. Supreme Court and lower federal judiciary.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

POLS 340 Congress and the Presidency (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Study of congressional representation, organization, lawmaking, and presidential leadership in the separation of powers system.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R3 Civic and Environmental Issues

Grading Basis: No credit if taken after POLS 339 or POLS 348

POLS 341 Political Parties, Elections, and Voting (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Emphasizes electoral politics in America, including the organization and functions of American political parties, the dynamics of campaigns and elections, and voting behavior in the U.S.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Service-Learning Optional

Grading Basis: One course in POLS or consent of instructor.

POLS 342 Public Opinion and Political Behavior (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Development, nature and impact of political attitudes and opinions; white and minority opinion compared; political role of the mass media; personality and opinions; political participation; behavioral techniques of analysis; all in an American politics context.

N

Attributes: Cultural Diversity 1 cr., GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

Grading Basis: One course in POLS or consent of instructor.

POLS 343 Public Administration (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Analyzes organizational structure and administrative behavior in governmental agencies. Topics include leadership, control, decision-making, recruitment, communication, adaptation, and others.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 344 Media and Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^The course examines the symbiotic relationship between the media and political actors. The course will look at how the media influences the political agenda, how politicians manipulate the media, and the impact of political advertising.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 345 Film and Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^An examination of how film delivers both implicit and explicit political themes and messages, with a focus on the areas of plot, characterization, symbolism, and cinematic techniques.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

POLS 346 Public Policy in the United States (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Emphasizes policy analysis, the policymaking process, and the content of American domestic policy; includes coverage of a wide range of policy areas such as economics, environment, energy, business, labor, poverty, welfare, health, education, and agriculture.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

Grading Basis: One course in POLS or consent of instructor.

POLS 350 Group and Minority Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Examines the role, status, and experiences of minority groups within the American political system. Emphasis placed on an interest group perspective.

N

Attributes: Cultural Diversity 3 cr., GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-DDIV Design for Diversity, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R1 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity

POLS 351 Women and Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Credit may not be earned in both POLS 351 and WGSS 351.^ ^ Analysis of women's roles and participation in politics: as citizens, voters, candidates, and officeholders. The impact of feminism and the women's movement on issues and policymaking.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

POLS 352 Gender and Politics in Global Perspective (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Credit may not be earned in both POLS 352 and WGSS 352.^^This course surveys important topics in the study of gender and politics in global perspective.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, LE-R2 Global Perspectives

POLS 353 Afro-American Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^The dynamics of Black American politics from the mid-twentieth century to the present. Using a cultural studies and political economy approach, the course examines the social, economic, cultural, and political determinants of Afro-American politics after 1945.

N

Attributes: Cultural Diversity 3 cr., GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

POLS 387 The Psychology of Public Opinion (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^This course will look at ways in which individuals and groups form opinions on issues of relevance to themselves and their communities as well as examining the ways in which opinion can be measured and mismeasured.

Consent: A-F Grades Only

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, BPS Flat Rate Tuition

Grading Basis: Limited to Organizational Leadership and Communication comprehensive major, Bachelor of Professional Studies degree.

POLS 390 Culture and Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Explores cultural and societal context of contemporary politics through various literary media and selected political studies. A cross-cultural approach examines national character, class, race, ethnic and religious differences, socialization, and cultural conflict.

N

Attributes: Foreign Culture, GE IIID Social Science-Political Science

POLS 395 Directed Studies (1-3 crs)

Prerequisite: Study of a political problem or topic.

N

Attributes: Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Repeat: Course may be repeated

POLS 397 Student Academic Apprenticeship in Political Science (1-6 crs)

Prerequisite: • Cannot apprentice in the same course twice.^^Qualified students work under close supervision of faculty exploring methods to teach political science and assisting in the teaching of a course or courses. Students enhance their understanding of the discipline and their communication skills.

N

Attributes: Service-Learning, Full 30 Hours

Repeat: Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits

Grading Basis: Grade of B+ or above in the assigned course. Minimum total GPA of 3.30.

POLS 399 Independent Study - Juniors (1-3 crs)

Prerequisite: Individual project under the direction of a faculty member.

N

Repeat: Course may be repeated

Grading Basis: Minimum junior standing.

POLS 403 U.S. Constitutional Principles - Powers of Government (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^American constitutional principles as interpreted by the Supreme Court; the constitutional structure of the U.S. government. Emphasizes powers of Congress, President, Judiciary; principles of federalism and separation of power. Focus on study of Supreme Court cases.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 404 U.S. Constitutional Principles - Civil Liberties (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^American constitutional principles concerning the relations between individual and government. Emphasizes freedom of speech, press, religion; separation of church and state; and equality. Focus on study of Supreme Court cases.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-K2 Social Sciences, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 405 U.S. Constitutional Principles - Due Process and Criminal Law (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^American constitutional principles concerning the criminal process and criminal law. Emphasizes the rights found in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments and theories of due process and incorporation from the Fourteenth Amendment.

N

Attributes: GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 406 U.S. Constitutional Principles - Equality and Privacy (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^Study of the U.S. Constitution's 14th and 15th Amendments as explicated by the U.S. Supreme Court in cases concerning issues of racial and gender equality and sexual privacy.

N

Attributes: Cultural Diversity 1 cr., GE IIID Social Science-Political Science, LE-DDIV Design for Diversity, LE-R1 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 480 Political Science Capstone (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Student must have successfully completed at least one course in each of the four areas of the discipline. ^^Graduating seniors apply their acquired knowledge and skills to selected topics for research. Students work under the direction of an assigned faculty to produce a major research paper and oral presentation to the class.

N

Attributes: LE-I1 Integration, Capstone Course

Grading Basis: POLS 290. Limited to political science majors. Minimum senior standing.

POLS 491 Special Topics - Advanced Political Problems (1-3 crs)

Prerequisite: Selected political problems and issues affecting our political system. Examples: racism, poverty, radicalism, pluralism. Completion of a semester's work in fewer weeks is possible with extra classes per week.

N

Attributes: Undergraduate/Graduate Offering

Repeat: Course may be repeated

POLS 496 Honors Independent Reading (2-3 crs)

Prerequisite: Independent reading and research in selected areas of political science.

N

Repeat: Course may be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits

Grading Basis: 3.50 GPA in political science courses or consent of instructor.

POLS 498 Internship (1-6 crs)

Prerequisite: Assignment to a political or administrative situation for practical experience. The work experience will be related to the fundamental theories of the discipline.

N

Attributes: Service-Learning, Full 30 Hours, Internship

Repeat: Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor. Limited to political science majors and minors and criminal justice majors.

POLS 499 Independent Study - Seniors (1-3 crs)

Prerequisite: Individual project under the direction of a faculty member.

N

Repeat: Course may be repeated

Grading Basis: Minimum senior standing.

POLS 501 State and Local Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 301. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^A critical examination of federalism, localism, intergovernmental finance, intergovernmental relations, state and local institutions, and state and local elections.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 509 Classical Political Thought (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 309. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^Study of major political thinkers from the ancient and medieval periods, with emphasis on Plato and Aristotle.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

POLS 514 The Idea of Tolerance in the Western Political Tradition (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 314. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^Historical and philosophical consideration of the development of the idea of tolerance in the western political tradition, with emphasis on major philosophical defenders and critics of the ideal of an open, tolerant society, and on the American experiment in political, religious, and cultural tolerance.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

POLS 521 Politics of the Middle East (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 321. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^Introduces students to social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of life in the Middle East by focusing on specific topics such as Religion and Politics, Nationalism, Peace and Conflict, Western Influence.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

POLS 522 Politics of Russia (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 322. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^A study of the transitions taking place in Russia covering subjects such as the Soviet past, nationalism, leadership, political institutions, and relations with the other former Soviet republics.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

POLS 523 Politics of Eastern Europe (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 323. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^An examination of political, economic, and cultural transitions in Eastern Europe. Topics covered include political-historical context, democratic institution building, market economic development, political cultural orientation, international organizations, and ethnonational conflict and conflict resolution.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

POLS 524 Politics of Asia (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0 ^^• Cross-listed with POLS 324. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^This course addresses political, economic, and social dimensions of contemporary Asian politics. The countries examined from a comparative perspective are China, North Korea, South Korea, India, and Indonesia.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Grading Basis: One course in POLS or consent of instructor.

POLS 525 Model United Nations (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 325. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^A study of the institutional foundation and the contemporary role of the United Nations as a global intergovernmental organization in pursuit of a peaceful resolution to global conflicts and the promotion of cooperation among global actors.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

POLS 530 U.S. Foreign Policy (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 330. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^A study of the principal theoretical approaches to the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and the major foreign policy issues facing the United States.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Grading Basis: POLS 122 or consent of instructor.

POLS 532 International Conflict (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 332. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^Examines the main theories and concepts used to understand and explain international and civil conflict. The course will also provide an analysis of the principle techniques and practices of conflict resolution.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Grading Basis: POLS 122 or consent of instructor.

POLS 534 International Political Economy (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 334. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^International political economy is the simultaneous study of power and wealth at the international level, or it is the study of political foundations of international economic interactions and vice versa.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Grading Basis: POLS 122 or ECON 103 or ECON 104 or ECON 201 or consent of instructor.

POLS 536 Arab-Israeli Conflict (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 336. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^This course examines the political, socioeconomic, cultural, and historical roots of the conflict between Arab States/Palestinian Arabs and the state of Israel. Both regional and international aspects of the conflict are fully discussed.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

POLS 544 Media and Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 344. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^The course examines the symbiotic relationship between the media and political actors. The course will look at how the media influences the political agenda, how politicians manipulate the media, and the impact of political advertising.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 545 Film and Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 345. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^An examination of how film delivers both implicit and explicit political themes and messages, with a focus on the areas of plot, characterization, symbolism, and cinematic techniques.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

POLS 551 Women and Politics (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 351 and WGSS 351/WGSS 551. Credit may only be earned in one of these courses.^^Analysis of women's roles and participation in politics: as citizens, voters, candidates, and officeholders. The impact of feminism and the women's movement on issues and policymaking.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

POLS 595 Directed Studies (1-3 crs)

Prerequisite: • Cross-listed with POLS 395.^^Study of a political problem or topic.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Repeat: Course may be repeated

POLS 603 U.S. Constitutional Principles - Powers of Government (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 403. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^American constitutional principles as interpreted by the Supreme Court; the constitutional structure of the U.S. government. Emphasizes powers of Congress, President, Judiciary; principles of federalism and separation of power. Focus on study of Supreme Court cases.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 604 U.S. Constitutional Principles - Civil Liberties (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^• Cross-listed with POLS 404. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^American constitutional principles concerning the relations between individual and government. Emphasizes freedom of speech, press, religion; separation of church and state; and equality. Focus on study of Supreme Court cases.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 605 U.S. Constitutional Principles - Due Process and Criminal Law (3 crs)

Prerequisite: Lecture/Discussion Hours: 3^Lab/Studio Hours: 0^^^• Cross-listed with POLS 405. Credit may not be earned in both courses.^^American constitutional principles concerning the criminal process and criminal law. Emphasizes the rights found in the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments and theories of due process and incorporation from the Fourteenth Amendment.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Grading Basis: POLS 110 or consent of instructor.

POLS 691 Special Topics - Advanced Political Problems (1-3 crs)

Prerequisite: • Cross-listed with POLS 491.^^Selected political problems and issues affecting our political system. Examples: racism, poverty, radicalism, pluralism. Completion of a semester's work in fewer weeks is possible with extra classes per week.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Repeat: Course may be repeated

POLS 795 Research Paper (1-2 crs)

Consent: PR Only Grade Basis

N

Repeat: Course may be repeated

POLS 797 Independent Study (1-3 crs)

Prerequisite: Individual project under the direction of a faculty member.

Consent: No S/U Grade Option

N

Repeat: Course may be repeated