Courses in Government & Foreign Affairs

POL 1010: American National Politics and Political Institutions (3)
A survey of American political life, with an emphasis on the U.S. Constitution, political parties and elections, voting behavior, the Presidency, Congress, U.S. Supreme Court, and current national problems.

 

 

POL 1030: Western Heritage of Politics (3)
A course satisfying the general education Western Heritage requirement, covering the periods of the Judeo-Christian tradition; Greek and Roman antiquity; Medieval Europe and the Reformation, emphasizing the political dimensions of this heritage.

 

 

POL 1040: Western Heritage of Politics (3)
A course satisfying the general education Western Heritage requirement, covering the period of the Renaissance, modern and contemporary Western Civilization, emphasizing the political dimension of this heritage.

 

 

POL 3050: Northern European Government and Politics (3)
A comparative analysis of the political cultures, politics, and governmental framework of the countries of Northern Europe. Great Britain, Germany, and Sweden receive the greatest attention.

 

 

POL 3060: Southern European Government and Politics (3)
A comparative analysis of the political cultures, politics, and governmental framework of the countries of Southern Europe. France, Italy, and Spain receive the greatest attention.

 

 

POL 3070: Politics of East Asia (3) 

A comparative analysis of the political behaviors, cultures, institutions and structures of the states of East Asia.

 

POL 3080: Politics of the Middle East (3) 

A comparative analysis of the political behaviors, cultures, institutions and structures of the states of the Middle East.

 

POL 3090: Politics of Latin America (3) 

A comparative analysis of the political behaviors, cultures, institutions and structures of the states of the Latin America.

 

 

POL 3220: American Parties, Pressure Groups and Elections (3)
An analysis of the behavior and organization of parties and pressure groups and the role of elections in the American political system.

 

 

POL 3510: Judicial Process (3)
Prerequisite: AJU 1100 or POL 1010 or permission of instructor
An examination of the administration of justice in American courts, emphasizing the nature and function of law, court organization, participants in the system, trial processes, juries, appellate processes, and the impact of court rulings. (Dual listing with AJU 3510.)

 

 

POL 3610: The American Presidency (3)
A systematic examination of Presidential behavior, with a primary focus on the powers and limitations of presidents.

 

 

POL 3810: Legislative Behavior and Process (3)
A systematic examination of legislative decision-making procedures and other types of behavior as legislatures function at the state and national levels of the U.S. political system.

 

 

POL 3870, 3880: Cooperative Education Project I (1-6, 1-6)
Students can obtain information from the Department Chair.

 

 

POL 4010: History of Political Thought I (3)
Prerequisite: POL 1010
A historical survey of the major political theorists of the ancient and medieval periods (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, etc.) with an emphasis on the thinkers' conceptions of human nature, politics and ethics. Theoretical notions of justice, virtue, equality, excellence and democracy are examined in light of the political theorists examined.

 

 

POL 4020: History of Political Thought II (3)
Prerequisite: POL 4010
A historical survey of the major political philosophers of the modern period (Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx, etc.) with an emphasis on their conceptions of human nature, political society and ethics. Theoretical notions of justice, power, freedom, rights, equality, and democracy are examined in light of these political thinkers.

 

 

POL 4040: American Political Theory (3)
A historical survey of the major political theorists in the American tradition emphasizing the development of fundamental political concepts such as democracy, equality, rights, freedom, etc.

 

 

POL 4060: Contemporary Political Theory (3)
An examination of the major political theories of the 20th century with references to their philosophical progenitors in classical, medieval, modern, and Marxian theory. Emphasis is placed on the thinkers' conceptions of human nature, society, and ethics. Theoretical ideals of justice, rights, freedom, obligation, equality and democracy are discussed in light of 20th century theorists examined.

 

 

POL 4500: Religion and Politics in America (3)
An examination of the relationship between religion and politics as presented by the major theologians in the Christian traditions, as well as contemporary representatives of Liberation Theology and the Christian Right. American documents on religious freedom, including United States Supreme Court rulings on the First Amendment along with contemporary American issues in religion and politics, conclude the course.

 

 

POL 4720: Constitutional Law (3)
Prerequisite: POL 1010 or AJU 1100 or permission of instructor
An examination of the foundational document of the American government and the historical development of the U.S. Constitution through interpretive Supreme Court rulings. (Dual listing with AJU 4720.)

 

 

POL 4730: Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (3)

Prerequisite: POL 1010 or AJU 1100 or permission of instructor
An examination of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution and civil rights legislation as applied in the criminal justice system at the federal and state levels of government through interpretive Supreme Court rulings. (Dual listing with AJU 4730.)

 

 

POL 4810: International Relations (3)
An analysis of inter-nation behavior with an emphasis on national goals and their sources, national political capabilities (power), diplomacy, war, and the foreign policies of major nations.

 

 

POL 4820: American Foreign Policy (3)
The analysis of the manner in which American foreign policy is created and executed. Attention also is paid to current U.S. objectives and the specific policies devised to reach these objectives.

 

 

POL 4870, 4880: Cooperative Education Project II (1-6, 1-6)
Students can obtain information from the Department Chair.

 

 

POL 4950, 4960: Special Topics in Political Science (1-3, 1-3)

  

POL 4970: Individual Research (1-3)
Individual, instructor-supervised research into selected topics in political science. By arrangement with instructor.

 

POL 4980, 4990: Seminar in Political Science (3, 3) 

Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor

A seminar dealing with selected political science problems.