Political Science Courses (POL)

POL 2240
Honors American National Government (3)
  This course explores the stable political values that frame the US Constitution and have guided our societal environment for two hundred years. The course is intended for superior students and political science majors.
POL 2241
American National Government (3)
  A study of the Constitution, federalism, the Presidency, Congress, the courts, and politics on the national level.
POL 2260
World Politics (3)
  An investigation of the development, nature, and process of political actions across national boundaries in the global system. Topics include international security, comparative government, international political economy, international organizations, and new global issues.
POL 3300
Foundations of Political Science (3)
  An introduction to the discipline of political science, this course offers an overview of the sub-fields and methods within the discipline.
POL 3330
Political Theory (3)
  An examination of selected advanced sources of classical and modern political theory. Theoretical perspectives, which are prominent in contemporary political science, are investigated.
POL 3338
Women in Politics (3)
  This course identifies and analyzes, from a historical and contemporary point of view, the political, social, and economic trends and issues facing women. The course analyzes political theories and public policies that shape women’s political participation in the Unites States and elsewhere. This includes and examination of political institutions and processes at the national, state, and local governmental levels facing women.
POL 3339
African-American Politics (3)
  This course identifies and analyzes, from a historical and contemporary point of view, the political, social. Economic trends and issues facing African-Americans. The course analyzes political theories and public policies that shape African-American political participation in the United States and elsewhere. Topics will vary to include the Civil Rights Movement, Black Presidential Bids, racism in American public policy, and U.S. Courts and Congress.
POL 3340
U.S. Government – Executive Branch (3)
  An analysis of the American Presidency in the context of the Constitution, American political processes, national security, public opinion, and other branches of American government.
POL 3341
U.S. Government – Legislative Branch (3)
  An analysis of the structure and dynamics of the U.S. Congress in the context of its relationships to the Constitution, the presidency, the judiciary, political processes and subordinate levels of government.
POL 3342
U.S. Government – Judicial Branch (3)
  An analysis of the American federal judiciary in the context of its relationships to the Constitution, American political processes, the legislative and executive branches, state governments, and public opinion.
POL 3343
American Political Processes (3)
  This course examines key topics in U.S. politics, specifically looking at national problems, actors and proposed solutions.
POL 3351
International Relations (3)
  This course provides a comprehensive investigation of thinking about the relationship of both state and non-state actors in the international arena. It offers a framework for the further analysis of the discipline of International Relations including the principal schools of IR theory, the historical development of the contemporary international system, foreign policies of states, the search for state security, and the economic relationships between states within a global political context.
POL 3355
Southern Politics (3)
  This course examines the history and processes of Southern politics, including the one-party system, the exclusion of African-Americans and poor whites from voting, the role of Southerners in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, and the current voting patterns and habits of the region. The course looks specifically at the politics of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Louisiana, and South Carolina.
POL 3364
State and Local Politics (3)
  An investigation of political processes and organization at the state and local level in the United States.
POL 3390
The Art of Political Science Research (3)
  This course introduces students to the art and process of consuming and conducting political science research. Among topics to be covered are the epistemological and methodological skills. Prerequisites: POL 3300 Foundations of Political Science
POL 4402
Political Geography (3)
  An analysis of the reciprocal effects of geography and political organization on the behavior of states, including boundaries, national resources, spatial strategies, and maritime power.
POL 4405
Political Behavior and Public Opinion (3)
  This course focuses on political behavior and public opinion, both of which play important roles in democratic governance. The course surveys the major concepts of importance and some of the major scholar debates in the areas of behavior and opinion research. This course is also designed to teach students how political scientists study actions and attitudes relevant to contemporary politics. Although the course concentrates mainly on the role that behavior and opinion play in US politics, comparisons will be made to other countries. Prerequisites: POL 3390
POL 4410
International Political Economy (3)
  An examination of the interrelationships between international politics and economics; states and markets, trade, foreign investment, international monetary affairs, foreign aid, state development strategies, and globalization.
POL 4415
International Conflict (3)
  This course provides a detailed examination of patterns of international conflict and methods employed to manage them: bases, emergence, escalation, de-escalation, negotiation, mediation, termination, and consequences. Specific episodes of international conflict will be investigated.
POL 4420
Constitutional Law (3)
  A survey of the legal, political, and methodological problems in constitutional law.
POL 4421
Introduction to Public Administration (3)
  An introduction to the historical, institutional, and political context of the profession; current trends and issues; and the role of public administration in the larger governmental system.
POL 4422
Public Policy Making (3)
  An introduction to the processes by which American public policy is formulated, implemented, and evaluated and to the roles of policy analysts in solving various public problems.
POL 4424
Contemporary American Foreign Policy (3)
  This course examines the foreign policy processes of the United States: historical traditions, political institutions, economic and military capabilities, the Congress, the Presidency, interest groups, the media, and public opinion.
POL 4432
Comparative Public Policy (3)
  This course examines the process of policy making in a cross-comparative framework that illustrates how different nation states, both in the developed and the developing worlds, formulate and implement public policy.
POL 4433
Comparative Government (3)
  A comparative analysis of state governments in the world with an emphasis upon political cultures, governmental institutions and political processes that lead to differences and international tensions.
POL 4445
Inter-American Relations (3)
  This course examines the relationship between the United States and the remainder of the Western Hemisphere, with an emphasis on historical and contemporary Latin American relations.
POL 4450
Latin American Politics (3)
  An introduction to the social and political institutions of Latin America.
POL 4451
Public Personnel Administration (3)
  A survey of the basic principles and functions of personnel administration in the public service and of the current strategies for managing recruitment, placement, salary and benefit strategies, training, retirement, and other personnel functions.
POL 4452
International Law (3)
  This course examines the sources and development of international law from a historical, political, jurisprudential, and philosophical standpoint. It will include a comprehensive investigation of state sovereignty, jurisdiction, the role of the United Nations, the regulation of the use of force in world affairs, and international human rights law.
POL 4453
Bureaucratic Politics (3)
  A study of the theories of organizations and their structures as they effect the policymaking environment, examining goals, resources, effectiveness, equilibrium, and change relating to organizations and their relationship to administration.
POL 4460
Intercultural Relations (3)
  An analysis of the influence of culture on interstate relations including theories, concepts, and applications.
POL 4464
Arab-Israeli Conflict (3)
  This course focuses on the Arab-Israeli conflict since 1948 with a special focus on the challenges to conflict resolution on both the Arab and Israeli sides and the role great powers play in Middle Eastern politics. The course will begin by examining the major historical events from the birth of Israeli to the present day. Attention will be given to important groups, events, movements that will allow the complexity of this relationship to come to light. Additionally, the course will focus on the relationship between the West, particularly Europe and the United States, and the Middle East.
POL 4465
Politics of the Developing World (3)
  This course examines the political and economic challenges faced by developing states. Theories and models of development will be analyzed in a variety of ways.
POL 4466
Middle Eastern Politics (3)
  An introduction to the social and political institutions of the contemporary Middle East
POL 4467
Asian Politics (3)
  An introduction to the social and political institutions of Contemporary Asia.
POL 4468
Russian Politics (3)
  This course provides an introduction to Soviet, post-Soviet, and Russian politics and the way we in the West study and think about them. The substantive focus is on the political process and its policy outcomes. Primary attention will be directed to post-1991 (i.e., post-Soviet) political institutional, elite, and policy concerns.
POL 4469
Religion in Politics (3)
  This is a course that deals with the intersection between two contentious topics in the United States, religion and politics. In this course, the focus is on the manner in which religion, defined in organizational terms, as a system of beliefs, as a source of faith and morality, and as specific types of behaviors, intersects with and influences various aspects of American politics. These aspects of politics include morality and “moral politics” issues, political behaviors, public and individual opinions, campaigns and electoral mobilization, as well as domestic and foreign policy.
POL 4470
European Politics (3)
  An introduction to the social and political institutions of contemporary Europe.
POL 4472
Administrative Law (3)
  This course examines the legal environment in which government agencies function, including the powers and procedures that control administrative discretion, rule-making, investigations, prosecuting, negotiating, and settling; constitutional law, statutory law, common law, and agency-made law; the liability of governments and their officers; and selected court cases and decisions.
POL 4474
Terrorism and Political Violence (3)
  This course is designed to introduce students to the origins and significance of contemporary political violence with an emphasis on the phenomenon of terrorism. It employs an interdisciplinary, case-study approach.
POL 4476
Politics of Southeast Asia (3)
  This course involves the study of politics in the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Kampuchea, Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei, Myanmar, and Thailand. It investigates the historical and cultural factors contributing to their political relationships within the region and internationally
POL 4490
Internship in Political Science (1 to 3 credit hours)
  Supervised work in an agency that can provide practical experience in the field of study. Prerequisites: senior standing and approval of supervising instructor and the department chair
POL 4491 - 4492
Guided Independent Research (1 to 3 credit hours each)
  Note: Additional information is indexed under Independent Study and Research.
POL 4493 – 4494
Guided Independent Study (1 to 3 credit hours each)
  Note: Additional information is indexed under Independent Study and Research.
POL 4495
Selected Topics in Political Science (3)
  Examines selected topics of a timely nature and/or special interest within the field of political science.
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