Political Science Courses

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POLS& 101
Introduction to Political Science (5)

This course provides a general overview of the major political movements, ideologies, and regimes that have shaped the contemporary world. Examines the nature, purpose, and practice of politics in both its democratic and non-democratic forms. Emphasis on explaining political change and stability. Student option grading.

POLS& 201
Introduction to Political Theory (5)

Explores classical and modern theories of the nature of government and politics. Looks at the role of ideology in political thought. Focuses on liberalism, conservatism, and democratic socialism. Examines issues including the nature of conflict, equality, good government, justice, and obedience.

POLS& 202
Introduction to American Government and Politics (5)

This course provides an introduction to the U.S. political system. Students examine how the political process in the United States addresses significant public problems and conflicts in American society. Student option grading.

POLS 221
American Foreign Policy (5)

This course introduces students to the subject of American foreign policy. The focus is on (1) the evolution of policy, its values, circumstances and priorities, especially since 1945, and (2) the institutions and processes through which policy is made and carried out. Student option grading.

POLS 222
Great Discussions of Foreign Policy Issues (2)

This course introduces students to specific American foreign policy issues. The focus is on (1) the global context of the issue, (2) the evolution of the issue, the historical context, its values, circumstances and priorities, and (3) the institutions and processes through which policy regarding the issue is made and carried out. Student option grading.

POLS 291
Special Topics In Political Science (1)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in political science. Student option grading.

POLS 292
Special Topics In Political Science (2)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in political science. Student option grading.

POLS 293
Special Topics In Political Science (3)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in political science. Student option grading.

POLS 294
Special Topics In Political Science (4)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in political science. Student option grading.

POLS 295
Special Topics In Political Science (5)

Classes focusing on specific issues and/or topics of interest in political science. Student option grading.

POLS 297
Individual Project In Political Science (1)

Individual project in a specific area of political science. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Student option grading.

POLS 298
Individual Project In Political Science (2)

Individual project in a specific area of political science. By arrangement with instructor. Student option grading.

POLS 299
Individual Project In Political Science (3)

Individual project in a specific area of political science. By arrangement with instructor. Prerequisite: Instructor permission, based on evaluation of students' educational and work experience. Student option grading.