Courses in Political Science
POLS 201: National Government in the United States.
0-3-3. A study of the development of the national government with emphasis on problems connected with the federal system and separation of powers. Statewide Transfer Agreement Course*.
POLS 220: Legislation in the United States: Federal and State.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. A study of the legislative process and of the influences that determine the nature of the legislative product.
POLS 230: The American Presidency.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. A study of the American Presidency including its origins, roles, functions, and problems.
POLS 302: Comparative Foreign Governments.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201 or consent of instructor. A study of the political systems and governments of the major European nation-states of the twentieth century. (IER)
POLS 303: State Government and Administration in the United States.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. A study of the role of the state in the American Union including nation-state and interstate relations. Statewide Transfer Agreement Course*.
POLS 310: Government and the Economy.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. Political/economic issues (employment, inflation, poverty, energy, environment, health care, etc.) are studied according to competing theories of political economy.
POLS 322: Political Parties in the United States.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. A study of American political parties, including historical origins, their broad role in the political system, and their current place in American politics.
POLS 325: History of European Political Theory.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201, and junior class standing, or consent of instructor. A study of Western political philosophy from its beginnings to the nineteenth century. (IER)
POLS 327: Modern Political Theory and Ideologies.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. A study of nineteenth and twentieth century political theory with emphasis on the principal modern ideologies (Anarchism, Communism, Socialism, Fascism, Democracy). (IER)
POLS 340: Race, Class, and Gender in American Politics.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. An examination of three crucial political variables (race, class, gender), including their theoretical and historical impact and their combined relevance in contemporary American politics.
POLS 345: Scope and Methods in Social Sciences.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. An introduction to basic statistics, computer and data analysis, research design, and the application of the qualitative and quantitative methods to the social sciences.
POLS 350: International Relations.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. An introductory study of political contacts between modern nation-states, the origin of nationalism and imperialism, and the causes and effects of power politics. (IER)
POLS 355: American Foreign Policy.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. America's foreign policy doctrines and the factors involved in their formulation, including constitutional framework, presidential and congressional leadership, pressure groups, public opinion, and international environment. (IER)
POLS 420: Contemporary Problems in Government.
0-3-3. Preq., One of the following courses: POLS 201, or 303, and junior standing.
POLS 426: American Constitutional Law I.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. Introduction to judicial institutions and processes as well as a case method study of the constitutional issues of judicial review, federalism, government economic regulation, and others.
POLS 427: American Constitutional Law II.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. A continuation of the case method study of constitutional law, with emphasis on political and civil rights (speech, press, assembly, religion, race, criminal procedure, etc.).
POLS 460: Politics of Developing Nations.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. An analysis of the relationship of politics to rapid economic and social change in developing nations and evaluation of policies intended to promote development. (IER)
POLS 465: Asian Politics.
0-3-3. Preq., POLS 201. A survey of interrelationships among Asian nations, their relationships with occidental powers, their international roles, and politics of the region as a whole. (IER)