2016-17 Catalog

Political Science

Courses

POLS 3301. Political Economy of Globalization. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an overview of the demographic, technological, and economic forces that have come together to shape a more culturally, economically, and politically integrated world. It will also examine the hard political and economic choices that both individuals and governments must make in this more intensely competitive environment.

POLS 3302. Elections and Political Parties. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the electoral process in American national, state, and local political systems. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of the structure and functions of political parties, interest groups, the news media, and other participants in the electoral process. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3303. Comparative State and Local Government and Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Variations and similarities in the practice of politics and in the administration of government in the states. Particular attention is given to local government and state-national relations. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3304. The Executive. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the organization of executive power in American national, state, and local systems. Emphasis will be placed on the evolution of the structure and functions of the Presidency of the United States and national, state, and local bureaucracies, and the role of parties, legislatures, courts, interest groups, and other participants in the executive process. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3305. Legislation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the legislative process in American national, state, and local political systems. Emphasis will placed on the evolution of the structure and functions of the Congress and the state legislatures, and the role of executives, courts, parties, interest groups, and other participants in the legislative process. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3307. Public Administration. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the concepts and practices of American public administration. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3308. International Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The development of the national state system, the problems and issues which have arisen, international agencies created to cope with these problems, and the principles of international conduct. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3309. The Judiciary. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the organization of the judiciary in American national, state, and local systems. Emphasis will be placed on the structure and function of the courts, plus the roles of the executive and legislative branches in selecting judges and checking the power of the courts, and the roles played by interest groups and others in influencing the courts. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of the following courses: POLS 3309, HIST 3309, and RELI 3309. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and 2306.

POLS 3310. Environmental Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An introduction to the politics of environmental protection in America. The focus of the course is upon domestic environmental policy with particular attention paid to the federalism in shaping and implementing environmental policies. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 3320. Terrorism and Political Violence. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the causes of terrorism and other forms of political violence, with particular emphasis on measures of prevention and counter-terrorism.

POLS 4084. Internship. 3-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 16-30 Hours).

Application and integration of academic study and development of skills in a field setting. Field projects include direction of a political campaign, internship in a city or county administrative office, or in a not-for-profit organization for analyzing or carrying out governmental policy. Minimum of 200 hours of work required for 3 hours of credit. Prerequisites: 2.5 overall grade point average, advanced standing, and approval of department head. Field experience fee $50.

POLS 4086. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-3 Hours).

Independent reading, research and discussion. Entry into this course will be arranged with the political science counselor.

POLS 4301. Constitutional Law I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The origin and growth of the constitutional aspects of national power as shown by leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions on commerce, federalism, jurisdiction, money, monopolies, treaties, and war. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306, HIST 1301, 1302.

POLS 4302. Constitutional Law II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

The origin and development of constitutional prohibitions as shown by leading U.S. Supreme Court decisions on civil rights, contracts, due process, economic regulation, eminent domain, labor relations, obscenity, political utterance, and religion. Prerequisite: POLS 4301.

POLS 4303. Political Theory Through 1789. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Philosophical ideas concerning basic political problems from the Greeks to 1789. Credit for both PHIL 4303 and POLS 4303 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 4304. Political Theory Since 1789. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Philosophical ideas concerning basic political problems since 1789. Credit for both PHIL 4304 and POLS 4304 will not be awarded. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 4305. Comparative Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course introduces students to the politics of several nations in Europe, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle east. The course focuses on the analysis of major political developments in the post- World War II era leading to the present. Topics discussed include: the legacy of the past, governing structures and processes, and contemporary political debates. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 4306. European Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Comparative examination of European politics and government, with particular attention to the European Union and policy processes at the nation-state and EU levels. This course may be conducted either as a regular seminar on campus or as part of a study-abroad opportunity. Students who take the course on campus may repeat it once for credit as a study-abroad opportunity, or vice versa.

POLS 4307. Nationalism. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examination of theories of nationalism and national identity, origins of ethno-centric conflict, and impacts of national identity on political issues.

POLS 4308. Politics of Latin America. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an analysis of contemporary political issues, economic development, militarism, and democratization in Latin America. In attempting to explain these phenomena, the course will focus on the shaping influences of such key factors as religion, gender, race, ethnicity, and the impact of external powers in shaping political events in the region. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

POLS 4309. Politics of the Middle East. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course focuses on the history and politics of the Middle East in the 20th century. Specifically, this course will analyze such critical political, social, intellectual, and economic themes as colonialism, Arab nationalism, secular modernism, military conflict, the rise of political Islam, the status of women, and the oil revolution. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

POLS 4310. International Environmental Issues. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An introduction to environmental politics and policy on the international level. The focus of this course is upon international environmental policy with particular attention paid to the agreements and treaties made by nations to shape and implement environmental policy, plus a comparative study of how other nations and states address the environment.Credit will not be awarded for both POLS 4310 and POLS 5310. Prerequisite:GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 4311. Environmental Law. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Focuses on the role of the American judiciary with respect to environmental policy and law, with particular emphasis on judicial review of environmental legislation and regulations, state-versus-federal environmental matters, and judicial review and interpretation of environmental treaties to which the United States is a party. Credit will not be awarded for both POLS 4311 and POLS 5311. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306.

POLS 4312. Religion and Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of the major theories of the relationship of religion and politics and a survey of this relationship in the United States with a focus on religious liberty, church-state relations, and religious advocacy. Additional focus on Christian-majority states in Europe and the Americas and Muslim-majority states and the relationship of Islam and government, as well as critical contemporary issues. Students cannot receive credit for both POLS 4312 and RELI 4312. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

POLS 4313. Governments and Politics of East and South Asia. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

Government organization and functions, political processes, and major developments in the political systems of Japan, China, Korea, India, Pakistan, and other states in East and South Asia from the 20th century to the present. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

POLS 4315. Foreign Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of America's role in the modern world. Particular emphasis is placed on the policy makers, for example, the President, Congress, the State Department, and the Department of Defense, and on external factors such as other nations. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, 2306.

POLS 4316. Conflict Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the causes of international and civil conflict, historical changes in the nature of war, and predictions of future conflicts.

POLS 4317. Peace Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A seminar on the causes of peace, covering bargaining and war termination, social conflict resolution, international cooperation, and the ethics of peace.

POLS 4320. Weapons of Mass Destruction. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Examines the physical and political effects of chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons, with emphasis on issues of deterrence and arms control.

POLS 4321. Civil Wars and Military Intervention. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the causes, characteristics, and effects of civil wars, with particular emphasis on preventing the resumption of warfare after peace agreements. The effect of military intervention on the outcome and recurrence of civil war is studied in detail.

POLS 4340. US Public Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an overview of the development of public policy in the United States and offers students the opportunity to understand this process in relation to their research interests. A major research project on a specific policy issue is developed over the course of the term. Credit will not be awarded for both POLS 4340 and POLS 5340. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

POLS 4380. Administration of Justice. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Analyzes the structure, function, and interrelationship of the components of the criminal justice system at the federal, state, and local levels. The history and philosophy of criminal justice in a democratic society will be included. Credit for both POLS 4380 and CRIJ 4380 will not be awarded.

POLS 4385. Political Science Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Independent reading, research, discussion, and paper writing, under personal direction of instructor. Prerequisites: Senior classification, 18 hours POLS, or approval of department head. May be taken more than once for credit.

POLS 4390. Political Science Capstone Course. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course requires students to integrate and use fundamental concepts learned in previous political science courses to research and analyze real-world political phenomena and problems. Students will present oral and written reports on their research, supplemented by appropriate internet and multimedia materials, as well as portfolios documenting their research.

POLS 5086. Problems. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Conference course. Independent reading, research, discussion, under supervision of senior professor.

POLS 5310. International Environmental Issues. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A seminar on environmental politics and policy on the international level. The focus of this course is upon international environmental policy with particular attention paid to the agreements and treaties made by nations to shape and implement environmental policy, plus a comparative study of how other nations and states address the environment.

POLS 5311. Environmental Law. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Focuses on the role of the American judiciary with respect to environmental policy and law, with particular emphasis on judicial review of environmental legislation and regulations, state-versus-federal environmental matters, and judicial review and interpretation of environmental treaties to which the United States is a party. Credit will not be awarded for both POLS 4311 and POLS 5311.

POLS 5330. Public Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The practical application of theories of public administration, the study of problems of administrative management in public organizations, and the use of law for administrative decision-making.

POLS 5340. US Public Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an opportunity to review theory and elements of the development of public policy in the United States and to analyze this process in relation to research interests. A major research project on a specific policy issue is developed over the course of the term. Credit will not be awarded for both POLS 4340 and POLS 5340. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 and GOVT 2306.

POLS 5360. Political Culture. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of political culture as it forms and is formed by public policy. Examples may include the culture of environmental policy, bureaucratic policy, foreign policy, and others.

POLS 5361. Politics of Education. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the relationship between politics and education in America including K-12 and post-secondary systems.

POLS 5362. Environmental Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of the politics of the natural environment with emphasis on the role of government in environmental protection.

POLS 5385. Political Science Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Contents vary according to the needs and desires of students. Independent reading, research, discussion, and writing under personal direction of instructor. May be repeated once for credit when topic varies.

POLS 5388. Thesis. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when student is ready to begin thesis. No credit until thesis is accepted.

POLS 5399. Practicum, Field Problem, or Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in school administration, counseling, supervision, college or public school teaching, or other public service professions. Major emphasis is placed on the student's involvement in successful practices in the area of professional interest. May be repeated once for credit. Field experience fee $50.