Term: Spring 2022

Subject: Political Science

POLS 021 - American Political System

Institutions, processes, and problems of American government.

POLS 041 - Intro to Political Theory

Examination of basic problems in political philosophy, e.g. morality and law; punishment; freedom; equality; obligation and disobedience.

POLS 051 - Intro International Relations

Examines the major theories of international relations, important concepts in the study of international relations (such as the balance of power and democratic peace theory), dilemmas leaders face when formulating foreign policies, and current international events.

POLS 071 - Comparative World Politics

An examination of questions such as why some countries are democratic and others authoritarian, and why some countries are poor and others wealthier. The course considers important political questions like these through the study and comparison of domestic politics across countries.

POLS 119 - D2: LGBT Politics and History

This course explores the history, strategies, conflicts, and issues surrounding the various movements advancing the claims of LGBT rights, as well as the roles LGBTQ people play as participants in American politics and culture. Prerequisite: POLS 021, GSWS 001, or Instructor permission. Cross-listed with: GSWS 105.

POLS 121 - Law & Politics

Examination of the U.S. courts focusing on the legal and political factors that influence court action, and judicial action that affects public policy. Prerequisite: POLS 021.

POLS 127 - The Congressional Process

Organization, procedure, and behavior of the chambers of the U.S. Congress. Prerequisite: POLS 021.

POLS 142 - History of Political Thought

Modern political thought from Machiavelli to Nietzsche. Prerequisite: POLS 041.

POLS 167 - D2:Terrorism&Counterterrorism

Overview of scholarly research on terrorism and counterterrorism efforts, engagement with debates on the appropriateness of the term terrorism, information on terrorist movements (both historical and contemporary), and a discussion of policy responses to terrorism. Prerequisite: POLS 051. Cross-listed with: GRS 167.

POLS 172 - Politic&Society in Russian Fed

Examines the nature of politics and the development of post-Soviet social and economic institutions in Russia. Prerequisite: POLS 071.

POLS 176 - D2:Govt & Politics of Japan

Institutions, processes, and problems of government in Japan. Prerequisite: POLS 071.

POLS 181 - Fund of Social Research

Introduction to research methods in social science. Includes examination of research design, measurement, data collection, data analysis, and the presentation and theoretical interpretation of research findings. Prerequisites: STAT 051 or STAT 111 or STAT 141 or higher; three hours of Sociology or Political Science; minimum Sophomore standing. Cross-listed with: SOC 100.

POLS 190 - Teaching Assistantship

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

POLS 196 - Intermediate Special Topics

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POLS 197 - Independent Study

A course which is tailored to fit the interests of a specific student, which occurs outside the traditional classroom/laboratory setting under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

POLS 198 - Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

POLS 228 - Congress & Foreign Policy

Congress's role in foreign policy making, emphasizing congressional action in the post-Vietnam period. Prerequisite: POLS 021, three hours at the 100-level.

POLS 292 - Teaching Assistantship

Undergraduate student service as a teaching assistant, usually in an introductory level course in the discipline, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.

POLS 293 - Senior Honors Seminar I

Examination of major contemporary research topics in political science. Admission by invitation only.

POLS 298 - Undergraduate Research

Undergraduate student work on individual or small team research projects under the supervision of a faculty member, for which credit is awarded. Offered at department discretion.