POLS 6130 American Constitutional Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Constitutional structure of the American political system.

POLS 6158 Campaign Organization and Management
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A broad introduction to electoral campaign research, organization, and management.

POLS 6162 Politics and Communication
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An analysis of how political communications affect our relationships with political actors and processes.

POLS 6220 Comparative Legal Systems and Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Survey of the area of legalization, adjudication, and constitutional development in comparative perspective. After analyzing customary legal systems, as well as the two modern types, adversarial-precedent and inquisitorial code systems, comparisons of judicial institutionalization, independence of lawyers and judges, and constitutional accountability are evaluated.

POLS 6420 International Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8200 recommended
Description

Analysis of origin, principles, enforcement, and adjudication of international law.

POLS 6425 Politics of International Criminal Justice
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Politics of international crimes such as drugs and other contraband fissile materials, internet fraud, and war crimes and the national and transnational conspiracies and organizations that commit or control these crimes.

POLS 6510 Feminist Political Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The treatment of women in Western political thought. Various strands of feminist thinking: liberal, Marxist, socialist, radical, and postmodern.

POLS 6550 Liberalism and Its Critics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A look at the theoretical foundations of America’s most prominent public philosophy: liberalism. Reviews the work of nineteenth and twentieth-century British, French and American theorists.

POLS 8100 Seminar in American Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to the major institution and processes in the national political system. Overview of Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Supreme Court.

POLS 8110 State Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Comparative treatment of institutions, authorities, processes, and policy making in the American states.

POLS 8139 Studies in Public Law
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Special topics in public law. May be taken more than once for credit if topic varies.

POLS 8140 Judicial Process and Policy Making
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Social and political context of judicial decisions with emphasis on Supreme Court decision making. Relation of law to public policy.

POLS 8145 Law, Courts & Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

will examine the role courts play in the creation, interpretation and implementation of public policy.

POLS 8150 American Political Parties and Interest Groups
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The nature and role of political parties and interest groups in the American political system.

POLS 8155 Electoral Behavior
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Major theories of voting and electoral behavior as they apply to a variety of political offices.

POLS 8160 Public Opinion and Attitudes
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of contemporary political attitudes and public opinion.

POLS 8170 American Legislative Process
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

An examination of the politics and processes of legislative institutions. This course will focus on the legislative process, elections, apportionment, institutional hierarchy, partisan politics, and legislative leadership.

POLS 8175 African-American Political Participation
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 6029.) Voting behaviors and ideological orientation of African-Americans. Changes in the nature and effectiveness of African-American participation from the protests of the Civil Rights Movement to the politics of the 1990s.

POLS 8180 Presidential Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

A study of presidential politics including administrative decision making, constitutional powers, elections, presidential-congressional relations, and the President as Commander-in-Chief.

POLS 8190 Studies in American Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

May be taken more than once for credit if topic varies.

POLS 8200 Comparative Politics Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Concepts, theories, and methods in the study of comparative politics.

POLS 8205 Comparative Democratization
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8200 recommended
Description

Theories and problems of emerging and transitional democracies around the world.

POLS 8210 Political Development
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8200 recommended
Description

Theories of the development of political institutions.

POLS 8215 Politics of Peace
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Explores the challenges of building stable political systems in the wake of civil war, using cases drawn from all regions of the world.

POLS 8223 Comparative Electoral Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examines different election systems used in various democracies. Advantages and disadvantages of particular election systems.

POLS 8225 Comparative Political Behavior
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of classic and cutting-edge theories of political behavior from American Politics and Comparative Politics.

POLS 8228 Comparative Party System Development
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Drawing on both theoretical literature and empirical research, this course provides an introduction to the comparative study of party system development in democratic political systems. The course explores the experiences of newly democratized countries as well as that of established democracies. Insights will be drawn from Europe, Africa, Asia, the United States, and Latin America.

POLS 8235 African Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as AAS 6055.) Comparative theoretical analysis of the politics of Sub-Saharan African countries.

POLS 8240 European Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8200 recommended
Description

Comparative theoretical analysis of the politics of European countries.

POLS 8245 The Politics of Russia and Eastern Europe
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Political, economic, and social variables explaining change and the current political and economic structures in the region.

POLS 8250 Latin American Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8200 recommended
Description

Comparative theoretical analysis of the politics of Latin American countries.

POLS 8260 Politics of the Middle East and North Africa
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8200 recommended
Description

Comparative theoretical analysis of the politics of the Middle East and North African countries.

POLS 8270 Comparative Political Economy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analyzes the linkage between economic performance conditions and political behavior in Western developed political systems. Focus covers multiple approaches to political economy: public choice, macroeconomic policy, economic influences on democratic behavior, Marxist political economy, and comparative public policy.

POLS 8273 Political Economy of Development
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8200 or consent of the instructor
Description

Comparative analysis of theoretical and historical perspectives on the politics of economic growth and development in the developing world.

POLS 8290 New Controversies in Comparative Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8200 with grade of C or higher
Description

Course focuses on recent (and, in many cases, award winning) books in Comparative Politics. It has multiple goals: 1) to read a series of excellent recent books, and, by doing so, to fully engage some of the major theoretical innovations and currents in the field; 2) to engage some important theoretical arguments (often times in dialogue with each other); and 3) to provide an opportunity for discussing what makes a good book.

POLS 8299 New Books in Comparative Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8200
Description

Course focuses on recent (and, in many cases, award winning) books in Comparative Politics. It has multiple goals: 1) to read a series of excellent recent books, and, by doing so, to fully engage some of the major theoretical innovations and currents in the field; 2) to engage some important theoretical arguments (often times in dialogue with each other); and 3) to provide an opportunity for discussing what makes a good book.

POLS 8400 International Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Concepts and theories in international politics.

POLS 8421 International Organizations and Institutions
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8400 recommended
Description

Examination of the nature, causes, and consequences of international organizations and institutions from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

POLS 8422 NGOs and World Politics
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Survey of the current state of the literature on non- governmental organizations (NGOs) and global civil society; exploration of the various roles NGOs play in several of the policy areas including the environment, human rights, international development, trade, humanitarian crises, women’s issues, and security.

POLS 8427 POLS 8427 Politics of Human Rights
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites none No other restrictions or cross listing
Description

Survey of the literature on the theory and politics of human rights. Explores the causes of extreme violence and human rights abuses, including state terror, sexual violence, and genocide and examines existing international tools to prevent and address human rights abuses.

POLS 8430 International Political Economy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8400 recommended
Description

Analysis of contending theoretical approaches in explaining the politics of the international political economy.

POLS 8435 Studies in International Political Economy
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8400 recommended
Description

Topics may include theoretical analysis of trade, monetary, and financial regimes, and North-South relations. May be taken more than once for credit if topic varies.

POLS 8450 United States Foreign Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Substance and process of U.S. foreign policy.

POLS 8459 Studies in Foreign Policy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Topics may include theories of foreign policy making, U.S. national security policy, U.S. foreign economic policy, and comparative foreign policy. May be taken more than once for credit if topic varies.

POLS 8465 International Relations of East Asia
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Examination of East Asia (Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia) as a regional subsystem in the international system, focusing on security, economic and transnational societal relations in the region. Analysis of conflict and cooperation in the region, using various theoretical frameworks from the international relations literature.

POLS 8470 Military Conflict and International Security
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8400 recommended
Description

Examination of the nature, causes, and international responses to the problem of military conflict, both between and within nation-states.

POLS 8475 War and Public Opinion
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8400 recommended
Description

Examines public opinion about war and international relations. Topics include public preferences surrounding issues of war and peace, how public opinion responds to war, and how the public opinion shapes and constrains the choices of leaders and foreign policy makers in democratic states.

POLS 8480 Transitional Justice and the Politics of Memory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

The course will provide a philosophical and theoretical framework for thinking about memory and transitional justice. It focuses on specific transitional justice institutions such as the Nuremberg Trials, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the International Criminal Court, as well as selected domestic and hybrid trials and truth commissions in many regions of the world.

POLS 8485 Ethics of International Relations
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Course provides a survey of contemporary ethical questions in international relations. Among the questions considered: What significance do ethical considerations have in international affairs. Is ethical conduct in international relations possible, in the world of nation states with national interests and power politics. And how, in normative terms, should we evaluate international acts. Focus is on contemporary debates about just and unjust war, use of force, humanitarian intervention, treatment of civilians in war, human rights, democratization, and development.

POLS 8490 Studies in International Relations
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8400
Description

Topics may include international organization and law, human rights, international social movements, nations and nationalism, and international conflict resolution. May be taken more than once for credit if topic varies.

POLS 8510 Theories on Democracy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

What is Democracy. This course considers a variety of contending answers to this question. In particular, we will review representative, deliberative, agonistic and radical theories of democracy . and chart disagreement on the meaning of democracy both within and across these approaches.

POLS 8520 Political Theory of Economic Justice
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Focuses on the proper role of government in the economy. Readings from both classical and contemporary sources about laissez-faire, mixed economy, and democratic socialism.

POLS 8555 Contemporary Political Philosophy
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

This course examines contemporary thinking in political philosophy. Particular emphasis is placed on debates within the discipline over matters such as the ethics of war, abortion, civil rights, income distribution, judicial interpretation and homelessness.

POLS 8560 Classical & Early Modern Political Thought
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Survey of the great writings in political thought from Plato to Hobbes. Examines the contributions these works made to Western conceptions such as democracy, equality, human nature, citizenship, and liberty, as well as their continuing relevance for understanding contemporary moral and political dilemmas.

POLS 8570 Modern Political Thought
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Survey of the great writings in political thought from Machiavelli to Marx. Examines the contributions these works made to Western conceptions such as democracy, equality, human nature, citizenship, liberty, as well as their continuing relevance for understanding contemporary moral and political dilemmas.

POLS 8580 American Political Thought
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Course considers three major themes in American political thinking – conceptions of self-government, the kinds of values conducive to a democratic community, and how religion helps or hinders democracy.

POLS 8590 Studies in Political Theory
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Analysis of a particular concept or period in political theory. May be taken more than once for credit if topic varies.

POLS 8730 Comparative Administrative Systems
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(Same as PAUS 8421.) Cross-national study of administrative-organizational patterns as they relate to cultural setting and the larger political system.

POLS 8800 Elements of Research Design
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Introduction to major research methodologies. Course will examine components of research design as well as how to collect and analyze data.

POLS 8805 Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites No prerequisites or other restrictions
Description

No cross-listed courses. Introduction to fundamental quantitative analysis. Lays the groundwork for advanced coursework in quantitative analysis and social and political science research. To that end, students will learn about sampling, distributions, hypothesis testing, confidence intervals and a variety of other topics. Targets graduate students.

POLS 8810 Uses of Intermediate Statistical Methods in Political Science Research
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Intensive examination of quantitative statistics, ranging from classical regression to maximum likelihood models.

POLS 8820 Studies in Research Methodology
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Intensive examination of a particular methodological skill or skills. May be taken more than once for credit if topic varies.

POLS 8830 Advanced Quantitative Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites POLS 8810 with at least a B-
Description

This course covers a variety of topics in advanced quantitative methods with primary focus on Maximum Likelihood Estimation. The topics will be covered at both a theoretical and applied level to provide students a conceptual understanding of the techniques as well as to implement them in applied research.

POLS 8840 Qualitative Research Methods
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

Advanced course on qualitative methods and research design in political science. Topics include concept formation and case selection; process-tracing and within-case analysis; simple set-theory and logic for cross-unit analysis; and coverage of field methods such as subject interviewing, archival research, and field experiments. Interpretive methods are also featured.

POLS 8860 Dissertation/Thesis Research Seminar
Credit Hours 1.0
Description

This class is intended to assist students with formulating a methodologically sound, theoretically significant, and policy relevant dissertation/thesis question. The final product of the class is an acceptable dissertation/thesis design.

POLS 8900 Comprehensive Readings
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

For students preparing for master’s or doctoral examinations. To be taken in the term in which the examinations are taken.

POLS 8980 Directed Reading in a Special Area
Credit Hours 3.0
Prerequisites consent of instructor
Description

May be taken more than once for credit if topic varies.

POLS 8990 Directed Research in Political Science
Credit Hours 3.0
Description
POLS 8995 Administrative/Policy Internship
Credit Hours 3.0 TO 6.0
Description

Assignment to a staff, high-level administrative, or policy position for pre-service and in-service students pursuing management careers.

POLS 8996 Research Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Prerequisites consent of graduate director
Description

Assignment to a research project under direction of a faculty member. May be taken more than once for credit if topic varies.

POLS 8997 Seminar in Effective Teaching – Post Secondary
Credit Hours 3.0
Description

(This course is crosslisted with AcF 8600 for graduate students in Arts and Sciences.) Philosophy and techniques of teaching at the college level.

POLS 8998 Teaching Internship
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Prerequisites consent of graduate director
Description

Assignment to an undergraduate or graduate course under the supervision of a faculty member. For pre-service and in-service students interested in college-level teaching. May be taken more than once for credit if topic varies.

POLS 8999 Thesis Research
Credit Hours 1.0 TO 15.0
Description

May be repeated for credit.