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The Department of Criminal Justice and Political Science offers a variety of courses across the entire spectrum of the field.

Undergraduate Courses

POLS 110 Introduction to Political Science: Problems of political science as a discipline, political systems, and political behavior. Includes causes and consequences of individual and group political behavior. (3 credits)

POLS 115 American Government: Principles of American government, political behavior, and institutions. (3 credits)

POLS 120 Terrorism: Examination of problems of terrorism. Includes its historical perspectives; terrorist motivations, organizations, tactics, strategies; role of media; government responses; future trends, prospects. (3 credits)

POLS 210 Current Politics: Study of current national and state political issues. (3 credits)

POLS 215 Problems and Policies in American Government: Study of the functioning of American government focusing on the policy process. (3 credits)

POLS 216 Campaigns and Elections: Examination of political campaigns and elections with special emphasis for voting behavior, history and theory of political advertising, and effectiveness/ethics of negative advertising. Prereq: POLS 115. (3 credits)

POLS 220 International Politics: Concepts, theories, and issues in international relations. (3 credits)

POLS 225 Comparative Politics: Comparative analysis of contemporary political systems, practices, institutions, and actors. (3 credits)

POLS 230 Judicial Process: Role of lawyers, judges, and courts in the political system. Special emphasis on judicial decision making and the ideas behind law. (3 credits)

POLS 240 Political Ideologies: Study of ideas, belief systems, and basic principles of ideologies. (3 credits)

POLS 325 Applied Research Methods: This course provides an overview of the scientific method, the philosophy and goals of science, and a detailed study of qualitative and quantitative methodologies. Lecture, laboratory.   Co-req or Prereq: STAT 330.  Cross-listed with COMM and CJ. (4 credits)

POLS 350 Gender Issues and the Law: This course examines gender differentiations reflected in the U.S. law from both the historical and contemporary perspectives and the impact of that differentiation, particularly on women, in the areas of employment, education and family law. (3 credits)

POLS 351 Women and Politics: Study of women leaders; their roles and perspectives within a national and international framework. (3 credits)

POLS 360 Principles of Public Administration: Empirical study of public administrators in their diverse roles and functions. (3 credits)

POLS 379 Study Tour Abroad. (1-6 credits)

POLS 420 Political Behavior—Executive-Legislative Process: Behavioral study of executives and legislators with emphasis on examination of empirical data. (3 credits)

POLS 421 Political Behavior—Political Parties: Behavioral study of political leaders with emphasis on examination of empirical data. (3 credits)

POLS 422 State and Local Politics: This course is designed to guide students through a discovery of American politics at the sub-national level. From a comparative perspective, students examine differences between states in terms of their political structures, behavior, and environments. Prereq: POLS 110 or POLS 115 and at least junior standing. (3 credits)

POLS 430 Constitutional Law—Civil Liberties: Examination of First Amendment rights including freedom of speech, press, religion, association, and assembly. Due process and equal protection concerns are also addressed. (3 credits)

POLS 431 Constitutional Law—Criminal Justice: Study of Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendment rights. Emphasis on the law of arrest, search and seizure, self-incrimination, and right to counsel. (3 credits)

POLS 442 Global Policy Issues: Analysis of the impact of planetary limits to growth, increasing globalization of the world economy, and changing control over resource systems on global politics. (3 credits)

POLS 444 International Law: Examines the history and foundation of the international legal system, including custom, treaties, jurisdiction, and the relationship between international and municipal law. Prereq: POLS 220. (3 credits)

POLS 445 Ethnic Conflicts: Explores numerous topics and cases related to ethnic conflicts, including the nature of ethnic identity, the causes of ethnic conflicts, and ethnic conflict prevention/resolution. (3 credits)

POLS 450 Politics of the Developing Countries: Comparative examination of the government and politics of developing countries. Attention is given to special economic and cultural circumstances facing the political systems of these countries. (3 credits)

POLS 451 Politics of the Industrialized Countries: Comparative study of government and politics in the industrialized countries including the analysis of legislative and executive branches, parties, bureaucracies, constitutions, policies, and voting behavior. (3 credits)

POLS 452 Comparative Political Economy: Comparative study of the relationship between politics and the economy in industrialized and developing countries. Topics include elections, trade, development, investment, redistribution, and the political business cycle. (3 credits)

POLS 453 Environmental Policy/Politics: Course is designed to provide students with both a general and advanced understanding of environmental issues. Will examine philosophical underpinnings informing environmental policy-making as well as analyze various substantive environmental issues in the US. (3 credits)

POLS 489 Senior Seminar: Capstone experience. Emphasis on integrative skills needed to interrelate the concepts of the discipline. (3 credits)

 


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