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Courses Offered

A list of regularly offered courses follows. The indication of when a course will be offered is based on the best projection of the home department and can be subject to change.

Please note the key for the following abbreviations: (A) Arts; (H) Humanities; (S) Social Sciences; (N) Natural Sciences with Laboratory; (LS) Language Studies requirement; (NSP) Natural Science in Perspective; (NW) Non-Western Cultures requirement. 

100. American Government. (S) Every Semester

Political power within the framework of American national government. Current governmental and political problems are explored. Ciuk, Friedrich, Medvic, Schousen, Stephenson

120. Comparative Politics. (S) Every Semester

Introduction to the theory and method of comparative politics. The course analyzes the government and politics of both developed and developing countries, encouraging students to apply the comparative method to draw conclusions about political processes and phenomena across nations and continents. Hasunuma, McNulty, McSherry

130. International Politics. (S) Every Semester

The theory and practice of international politics; the major actors in the international system and their various objectives; the interplay of power and principle in diplomacy; the causes of war and the prospects for peace. Theoretical principles are illustrated with case studies from various historical periods with emphasis on the major conflicts since World War I. Gray, Hasunuma, Kibbe, Kollars

200. Understanding Public Policy. (S) Fall 2013

Focus on government activity in a variety of public policy areas, the structural and political contexts of debates over alternative policy strategies and approaches to understanding public policy. Policy areas examined include the national budget and entitlements, science and technology and education. Prerequisite: GOV 100. J. Olson

208. The American Presidency. (S) Spring 2014

Evolution of the Presidency to an office that is the focal point of politics and leadership in the American political system. Emphasis on the constitutional and political roles played by the chief executive in shaping public policy. Prerequisite: GOV 100. Schousen

211. Citizen Politics. (S) Spring 2015

How and why ordinary citizens participate, individually and collectively, in American politics and what difference it makes. Topics include elections and voting, political parties and interest groups, unconventional participation, the institutional and legal context for participation and the impact of participation on public policy. Special attention to contemporary political issues and controversies, such as the decline of civic culture and racially based redistricting. Prerequisite: GOV100. Friedrich

219. City and State Government. (S) Every Fall

This course will focus on the interrelationships between the political, historical, legal, economic, social and demographic aspects of governing cities. In addition, the relationship of state governments to city governments will be explored in some depth. Particular attention will be paid to the problems facing cities, and possible solutions to those problems will be discussed. Among the many issues we will examine will be the ways in which state governments can be of assistance to city governments. Prerequisite: GOV 100. Shultz

231. National Security Policy. (S) Spring 2015

American national security policy since World War II with special attention to presidential decisions to use force. Other topics include humanitarian crises, international law affecting national security, ethical perspectives on the use of force, causes of war and current problems facing the United States. Prerequisite: GOV 130. Kollars

241. Classical Political Theory. (H) Fall 2014 or Spring 2015

Examines important texts in classical Greek and Roman political thought, including the writings of Plato, Aristotle and other relevant authors. Explores how ancient political theory sheds light on contemporary politics, including issues of democracy, citizenship, globalization and international relations. Hammer

242. Modern Political Theory. (H) Every Semester

Examines the political theories of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Marx and one contemporary thinker, with emphasis on alternative views of the social contract, liberalism and radicalism. McCarty, Whiteside

250. Political Research. (S) Every Semester

Empirical investigation in political science; scientific inquiry in political science; problems of logical induction; selecting and formulating a research problem; functions and types of research design; analysis of data, both qualitative and quantitative. Primarily for government majors; should be completed no later than first semester of junior year. Prerequisite: GOV 100, 120, or 130. Ciuk, Friedrich, Medvic, Schousen, Yost

305. Public Policy Implementation. (S) Spring 2014

Focus on national government bureaucracy in the implementation of public policy, including exploration of the role of bureaucracies in contemporary political debate, organizational theory in the problems of governing and administrative politics and administrative due process. Prerequisite: GOV 100. J. Olson

309. The Congress. (S) Spring 2015

The informal and formal institutions and processes of the United States Congress, with specific attention to selected public policy issues. Prerequisite: GOV 100. Schousen

310. Campaigns and Elections. (S) Fall 2014

Explores the structure of American campaigns and elections, including the nomination process and general elections. Gives special attention to the elements of the modern campaign, including campaign finance, research, polling, advertising and media use. Prerequisite: GOV 100. Medvic

314. The American Constitution. (S) Fall 2013

Examines the Supreme Court as a political institution and custodian of the governmental system. Prerequisite: GOV 100. Stephenson

315. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties. (S) Spring 2014, Spring 2015

Explores civil rights and liberties in the American system, with emphasis on current problems and recent Court decisions. Prerequisite: GOV 100. Stephenson