Undergraduate Courses

Polit Science & Public Admin

CourseCredit Hours
CPO2002: Introduction to Comparative Politics
This course examines the political structures, processes, and institutions of selected advanced industrial societies.
3
CPO3123: (FC) Politics and Society in Britain and Ireland
This course surveys political behavior and government institutions in the context of social change in modern Britain and Ireland.
3
CPO3151: (FC) Politics and Society in France
This course will examine the political system of France, including it's government institutions, political parties, social movements, labor unions, and elections. France's role in the European Union and other international organizations will also be analyzed, as well as the effects of globalization of French politics and culture.
3
CPO3213: Politics and Society in Subsaharan Africa
This course is concerned with the government, politics, and society of sub-Saharan Africa. These political systems will be traced back to their roots in traditional Africa, to colonial Africa, and to particular patterns of administration and politics based on the systems imposed by former European colonial powers. The course will also show how many customary laws and practices found expression in the political and legal structures of the new polities. Since post-independence years, politics in sub-Sahara Africa is still characterized by ethnic conflicts, military interventions, and social disequilibria, as well as by democratic governments.
3
CPO3351: (FC) Politics and Society in Brazil
This course will examine the political systems and traditions of Brazil, including government institutions, the federal system and state politics, political parties, social movements and elections. Contemporary political issues of special salience to Brazilians will also be analyzed, including poverty and development, human rights, the environment, as well as Brazil's role in international politics.
3
CPO3402: Politics of Pakistan and Afghanistan

Description: This course provides an introduction to contemporary political issues and trends in the South Asian states of Pakistan and Afghanistan. The course examines the complex interrelationship between various ideologies, institutions, personalities, and social movements in the two countries. The course has been designed to help students gain a thorough understanding of domestic, regional, and structural causes and consequences of the two countries’ revolutions and conflicts before and after the partition of the subcontinent in 1947. Other important issues such as nuclear and conventional security; state malfunction, civil war and terrorism; poverty and development; regional integration; and human security and gender discrimination are also examined in this course.
3
CPO3643: Politics and Society In Russia
This course explores politics and society in contemporary Russia. The course covers current governance systems, current policy issues, and Russian political culture.
3
CPO4014: Comparative Politics: Frameworks for Analysis
Prerequisite:  CPO 2002. In this course students will study and apply the most important theories of comparative politics against the background of current political situations. Students will examine theories of comparative culture and socialization; corporatism; communities, nationalism and nation-building; theories of political and economic development; comparative social and political organization; and democracy and transitions-to-democracy.
3
CPO4034: Politics of Developing Countries
Prerequisite:  CPO 2002 or consent of instructor.
Description: The subject of this course is political and economic development among countries within the developing world, emphasizing the economic, social, and psychological conditions affecting their political and economic status.
3
CPO4930: Topics in Comparative Politics
Prerequisite:  CPO 2002 or consent of instructor. The content of this course covers various specialized studies in the realm of comparative politics. May be repeated up to a total of 9 credits.
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INR2002: Introduction to International Relations
Basic introduction to international politics and relations concentrating on describing the various ways nations interact with one another, how the world community looks at national power and how nations and the world community define and protect the national interest. In addition, the course examines and analyzes the role of international organizations in contemporary organizations in contemporary world politics.
3
INR3016: Global Issues in Contemporary Politics
This course promotes the understanding and analysis of significant trends in the emerging new world system and relates those trends and events to domestic politics and society in other nation states. The course also compares and analyzes comparative trends in political institutions, systems and changes in public policies in the world community.
3
INR3084: Terrorism Today
This course covers the politics, ideologies, capabilities and countermeasures of global terrorism today. The course traces the history and development of terrorism around the world, examines the factors which make terrorism an effective and economical political tool for the achievement of specific goals, explores terrorist organizations, and assesses the various weapons and delivery capabilities of today's terrorists. Finally it examines and evaluates strategies and tactics for the suppression of terrorist activities and the reduction of effectiveness of terrorist actions.
3
INR3102: Real Policy World

Description: The course is designed to provide an in-depth study of today’s foreign policy challenges and the American policy-making process. Regarding the policy-making process, the course will cover: how government works, with a focus on the National Security Council; an overview of today’s foreign policy debate; how to write a paper and a memo to the president; and how to write an op-ed. Topics will include: the “wars” (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, terrorism, cyber), nonproliferation (nuclear issues, Iran, North Korea), Big emerging powers (China, India, Turkey, Brazil, South Africa), Africa’s other key countries (Sudans, Congo, Nigeria, others), Environment (climate, water, food crisis), Trade, Illiberal democracies, the Middle East, including the Arab Spring/Winter and the Israeli- Palestinian conflict, and Latin America.
3
INR3153: American Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Description: This course will examine the formulation and implementation of American policies towards the Middle East, with special emphasis on the period following World War II. It includes the study of the various American actors, organizations and government agencies involved in influencing the formulation of American policies towards the region. Students will analyze various instances in which the US has intervened in the region: diplomatically, economically, and militarily. The successes and/or failures of these interventions will be assessed against the backdrop of stated American goals.
3
INR3248: (FC)U.S. Caribbean/Central America Relations
This course dissects the key issues in the relationship between the United States and the countries of the Caribbean Basin, including Central America, the island nations of the Caribbean, Mexico, Venezuela and Colombia. Issues such as immigration, security, political and economic development, and the `War on Drugs,? are viewed from North American and Caribbean Basin/Central American perspectives.
3
INR3443: International Law and Organization
Prerequisite:  INR 2002. This course examines the role of international law and international organizations in the global political system. It explores the effects of international law and the activities of international organizations, including the United Nations and NGOs, against a backdrop of current issues of international importance.
3
INR4334: American Defense in the Age of Mass Destruction
Prerequisite:  POS 2041 or consent of instructor. This course examines a number of contemporary defense issues in light of a half-century of American and international experience in dealing with nuclear weapons. The course covers the development of U.S. strategic doctrines, both during and after the Cold War, and explores the relationship of these doctrines to the U.S. defense budget, unilateral and multilateral intervention, including the "War on Terror", ballistic missile defense, and the continuing proliferation of nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction.
3
INR4603: International Relations: Frameworks for Analysis
Prerequisite:  INR 2002. In this course students will study and apply the most important theories of international relations against the backdrop of current international politics, including realism/neorealism, liberalism/neoliberalism, and constructivism. Key concepts such as power, states, international organizations, war, and economics will be placed within the context of these frameworks for analysis.
3
INR4703: International Political Economy
IPE synthesizes methods and insights derived from the social sciences to understand the complex issues faced in the international political economy today. The course considers topics such as world trade, the international monetary system, economic development, world hunger, multinational corporations, international energy policies, global security, transitional economies, and the European Union from three perspectives-economic, nationalism, economic liberalism and structuralism.
3
PAD4003: Public Administration
Prerequisite:  POS 2041 or consent of instructor. Exploration of the creation, growth and operation of public bureaucracies and their impact on the politics of modern industrial states.
3
PAD4027: Issues in Public Management
Prerequisite:  POS 2041 or consent of instructor. Current developments and considerations in development of effective and responsible management of public agencies. Examination of decision making models and ethical, political, financial, personnel and policy questions as they affect managers and administrators in public sector organizations.
3
PAD4144: Nonprofit Management

Description: This course will cover a broad scope of topics pertaining to the management and leadership of nonprofit organizations in the United States. This is a survey course and as such, each week students will be introduced to a new topic. Topics include, but are not limited to, resource management, leadership, and current issues confronting nonprofits. The goal is to better prepare students for the broad array of issues facing nonprofit administrators.
3
POS2041: Introduction to American Government
This course provides a broad look at government in the U.S., introducing major institutions and participants and considering various explanations of why our political system behaves as it does. The course reviews governmental response to major issues to illustrate both the power and limitations of our system of government.
3
POS3114: Issues in State and Local Government
Analysis of the structure, functions and processes of subnational governments in American state government, city government, metropolitan authorities.
3
POS3142: Politics and Policy in Urban Government
This course examines urban governments from the perspective of policy outcomes as a result of the form of political organization. Various distributions of power have been theorized at the municipal level-elitism, pluralism, and regime theory to name a few. Each of these forms of political organization may result in particular outcomes in terms of policy formulation, resource allocation, and service delivery, each with significant consequences for public officials, citizens, and other stakeholders.
3
POS3413: The American Presidency
Prerequisite:  POS 2041 or consent of instructor. This course examines the constitutional role of the executive branch and the President's profound influence on domestic and foreign policy. Presidential powers and behavior are analyzed in the context of legal, electoral, personal and other forces that shape and limit presidential actions. Executive functions at the subnational level may also be considered.
3
POS3424: Congress and the Legislative Process
This course is designed to examine thoroughly the constitutional role of the legislative branch of the United States Government. It provides information on the procedures and personalities of the Senate and House and displays the central place of Congress in shaping domestic and foreign policy within a federal democratic system.
3
POS3444: Parties, Campaigns and Elections
This course examines the development of the American party system and the relationship of mass parties, elections and governance. The effects of party and campaign organization and leadership on elections are considered, as well as the role of parties in models of voting choice and the theory of critical elections.
3
POS3606: The U.S. Supreme Court
Prerequisite:  POS 2041 or consent of instructor. This course examines the history, organization, and current procedures of the U.S. Supreme Court and explores its role in formulating public policy through judicial decision making.
3
POS3615: Soul of the Court
This course is designed to introduce the student to the varying judicial philosophies currently in conflict in contemporary American society, with an emphasis on the battle for control of the philosophical composition of the current United States Supreme Court. A major portion of the course will detail the nomination and confirmation battle over Robert Bork to the Supreme Court. The course will then update the continuing saga of the political process at work in attempting to shape the future of the Supreme Court. The course will then delve into the battle over the confirmation of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court. The resulting philosophical struggles within the Court will be detailed as those struggles determine the current direction of the Court with respect to contemporary legal issues.
3
POS3653: Legal Research and Analysis

Description: This course provides an introduction to legal research and analysis through the study of the United States legal system. Topics covered include sources of law; rule based reasoning; legal terminology; analysis and use of judicial decisions and statutes; and legal reasoning and argument.
3
POS3654: Legal Ethics, Standards, and Values

Description: The goal of this course is to introduce the student to the ethical aspects of the legal profession and to present an opportunity for students to explore and understand how these ethical obligations influence every aspect of an attorney’s profession. Students will explore the ethical obligations that attorneys have to the Court, to fellow colleagues, and to their present and former clients.
3
POS3676: Great American Trials
This course provides the student with a historical review of some of the most significant and celebrated cases in American legal history and profiles famous civil litigants and criminal defendants. Trials have served as the ultimate means to resolve major disputes within our society since the earliest days of our country's history. Some of the major events in our nation's development have been centered on major civil litigation, and the controversies generated by crimes of significance; the "trials of the century" featured in this course.
3
POS3679: Mock Trial
Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor. This course introduces the student to the various aspects of the American Jury trial process. Class participation in various roles in the trial process is required.
3
POS3683: Law and Cinema
The course in law and the cinema is intended to deepen and enrich the students’ understanding of both law and the cinema and the many ways in which they influence each other. This course focuses on legal history, practice and ethical issues, and how the cinematic portrayal of the legal system influences the way law is actually practiced. How law and the legal system is portrayed in the motion picture industry, in particular, creates images and perceptions that may vary, to some degree, from the reality of the life of the law.
3
POS3691: The American Legal System
Broad examination of the structure and operation of the U.S. legal system. Includes brief consideration of the other legal systems; the roles of the legal profession, U.S. Supreme Court, legislatures, and executive agencies; and analysis of the common law case approach to dispute resolution.
3
POS3733: Research Design for Political Scientists

Description: This is the first course in our two-course research sequence and is required for all Political Science majors. This course will introduce students to the basic principles of research design and scientific research, from the development of an idea or research question, creation of hypotheses, writing of a literature review and writing a research proposal. We will explore a wide range of methods, including experiments, natural experiments, quasi-experiments, measurement using empirical data, and qualitative case studies. The readings combine textbook explanations of the methods with examples of how they are put into practice. Through a set of assignments, students will be asked to begin the process of conducting their own independent research concluding in the submission of a research proposal that will be the foundation for the second course in this research sequence.
3
POS3734: Research Analysis for Political Scientists
Prerequisite:  POS 3733
Description: This course introduces students to research methods in political science using empirical data. The course will emphasize basic statistical techniques used in empirical data analysis to include measures of central tendency and dispersion, cross-tabulations, mean comparison, analysis of variance, correlation, and linear regression. By the end of the course students will be required to use the knowledge obtained in from both research methods courses in this sequence to develop an original research paper, including original data analyses, which may be presented at an undergraduate conference.
3
POS3931: Special Topics in Politics
Prerequisite:  POS 2041 or consent of instructor. This course explores selected major political issues of the day. May be repeated up to 12 hours for credit under different topics.
3
POS4033: Controversial Political Issues
Prerequisite:  POS 2041 or CPO 2002 or INR 2002 or by consent of instructor. This course provides an analysis wherein political decisions are the focus for conflicting ideological, moral or economic forces. This course is designed to enhance the students understanding of contemporary issues facing subnational, national and international policy makers.
3
POS4167: Urban Policy and Planning
General analyses of principles and issues of administering city governments. Problems of local governmental managing, budgeting, planning and delivering urban services will be emphasized. Primary focus is the U.S., with reference to selected foreign countries.
3
POS4173: Southern Politics
Political processes and problems characteristic of the southern States of the USA.
3
POS4608: Constitutional Law I: Powers and Constraints

Description: This course examines the development of constitutional doctrine as it applies to judicial review, the powers of president and congress, federalism, and courses of regulatory authority.
3
POS4624: Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties

Description: This course examines the development of constitutional doctrine as it applies to individual liberties and rights including those found in the Bill of rights and those applied to the states through the Equal Protection and Due Process clauses found in the fourteenth amendment.
3
POS4750: Survey Research
Prerequisite:  POS 3733
Description: This course is designed to introduce students to polling and public opinion research. Public opinion is vital to the political world and our democracy. This course aims to produce graduates that are not only intelligent consumers of survey data but competent in the analysis of data. Data analysis skills are incredibly valuable in the workforce and providing our graduates with this tool will add to their value as job seekers after graduation.
3
POS4905: Directed Individual Study
Prerequisite:  Completion of all core and field requirements, 3.0 grade point average in all political science courses, and permission of academic and career advisor.
Description: Supervised readings and/or research, coupled with presentation of a high-quality paper on a topic of interest to the student.
Repeatability: This course may be repeated up to 12 credits under different topics.
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POS4930: Senior Seminar in Political Science
Prerequisite:  POS 3733 and POS 3734
Description: In this course students will study and analyze in depth important contemporary issues in political science. The specific emphasis of the seminar may vary from semester to semester. But knowledge acquired in previous courses in politics, international relations, comparative politics, public policy and public administration will be drawn upon in order to enhance and deepen the student's appreciation of the theories, methods and applications of Political Science in today's world.
3
POS4932: Special Topics in Political Science and Public Administration
Prerequisite:  POS 2041 or consent of instructor. Exploration of topics of enduring or emerging significance in political science or public administration. May be repeated up to 9 hours for credit under different topics.
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POS4945: Internship/Field Experience
Prerequisite:  Consent of instructor.
Description: This course provides a supervised internship or research field experience within the discipline of political science.
Repeatability: This course may be repearted for up to 6 credits.
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POT3003: Political Thought and Action
This course considers concepts of political thought and action derived from such classical thinkers as Plato, St. Augustine, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau and Hegel, as well as from readings in the modern traditions of liberalism, conservatism and socialism.
3
POT4314: Democratic Theory
Democracy is a means of making decisions both within government and about governance. This course takes a critical look at democracy both as a process and a form of government. Democracy is compared and contrasted with other forms of governance and various forms of democracy, e.g., direct and representative are considered.
3
PUP2312: (CD) Race/Gender/Political
This course introduces students to the struggle of minorities and women to participate in the formation of public policy in the United States.
3
PUP3053: Political Economy
Prerequisite:  CPO 2002. Politics and economics are inextricably linked in most American public policy decisions. This course will examine how the economy affects political decisions, as well as how political choices affect the American economy. The course addresses the development of political economy as a discipline in addition to contemporary domestic policy issues.
3
PUP3603: Medical Politics and Policy
Prerequisite:  POS 2041 The course will provide an understanding of the structure of the political process in medical policy making. It will focus upon the US but will provide comparisons with other countries. The political roles of the legislature, executive and judicial branches of government in medical policy will be examined as well as the political roles that health professional assume in the community. Major actors in medical policy are identified within the context of the forces and institutions that they react to in shaping medical policy. The course will examine why the practice of medicine has been "criminalized" in the pursuit of fraud, abuse and drug diversion.
3
PUP4003: The Policy-Making Process
Study of the legislative, executive, judicial and interest-group relationships in the making and administration of public policy in the USA.
3