Government, Legal Studies, and Philosophy

The Department of Government, Legal Studies, and Philosophy offers programs of study leading to Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in the areas of Political Science, Legal Studies, International Studies, and General Studies.  In addition, the department offers minor programs of study in International Studies, Legal Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, and Public Policy.  A certificate in Environmental Policy is also available.


Political Science

The department offers programs of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science.  These major programs of study will prepare graduates to engage civically at all levels of society and government. Graduates will think critically, write effectively, and research competently, using state of the art technology. Program topics include comparative methodology, international politics, political philosophy, and research methods.  Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts degree take a 14-unit sequence in a foreign language of their choice, while students seeking a Bachelor of Science degree take an equivalent 14-unit sequence in mathematics and statistics.  Students also select from a variety of elective options guided by their concentration in either American Politics, Comparative Politics/International Relations, or the Accelerated concentration leading to the Masters of Public Administration. The Self-Designed concentration is a more flexible option, allowing students to select a broader variety of Political Science electives.  

Program Competencies

Upon successful completion of the Political Science program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Analyze and evaluate political concepts and systems by using the major analytic and theoretical frameworks in several subfields of political science.
  2. Write effectively about significant political processes, events, and concepts; articulate diverse political ideas; and critique the arguments of others using appropriate logic and evidence.
  3. Exhibit a sense of political agency and be able to identify the specific ways in which an individual can participate meaningfully in politics.
  4. Engage competently with the basic tools underlying modern social science research.
Program Concentrations
American Politics concentration

The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in American Politics provides students with a strong foundation in the particular governmental institutions, processes, policies, and political behavior found in the United States.  It is designed for students who want to pursue careers in federal, state, or local government agencies; public administration; military service; non-profit organizations; think tanks; campaign management; public service; or academia.  Students intending to pursue research-based graduate studies after completion of their bachelor's degree are advised to select the Bachelor of Science degree with its extra emphasis on quantitative analytical skills.

Comparative Politics / International Relations concentration

The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a concentration in Comparative Politics / International Relations provides students with a strong foundation in the differences between sovereign governments, political behavior throughout the world, as well as the interactions of different sovereign governments and political communities.   Those students interested in the politics of a particular area of the world are advised to pursue a Bachelor of Arts degree with 14 units of training in a relevant foreign language.  Some foreign languages are offered on campus in Stephenville, and many more can be taken via the A&M system's many study abroad opportunities on various university campuses throughout the world.  Those students interested in the analysis of international political dynamics or issues, however, should consider a Bachelor of Science with its extra emphasis on quantitative analytical skills.

Self-Designed concentration

The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with a Self-Designed concentration allows students the freedom of selecting from a wider variety of Political Science elective options. Students will take the same series of required field of major courses and then may choose an additional 7 or 8 Political Science courses from the 3000 and 4000 levels to expand their knowledge in all the subdisciplines within Political Science.

Accelerated to Non-Thesis MPA concentration

The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree with the Accelerated concentration allows students to complete a Bachelor's degree in Political Science and a Master's degree in Public Administration in just five (5) years. Students will take two courses (6-credit hours) in the Master's in Public Administration during their senior year and then transition to the graduate program to complete the remaining 10 courses (30-credit hours). The graduate courses taken during the bachelor's degree will do double-duty, counting toward both the bachelor's degree and the master's degree credit requirements, saving the student time and money!

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
HIST 1301 [shared] United States History I
HIST 1302 [shared] United States History II
GOVT 2305 [shared] Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics)
GOVT 2306 [shared] Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics)
POLS 2304Introduction to Political Science3
POLS 3308International Politics3
POLS 3311Political Philosophy I3
POLS 3312Political Philosophy II3
POLS 3314Comparative Politics3
POLS 3316 [WI] Political Science Research Methods3
POLS 4390 [WI] Political Science Capstone Course3
Select One:3
Elementary Statistical Methods
Social Science Statistics
Foreign Language 1411, 1412, 2311, 231214
Total Hours80
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
American Politics
American Politics Advanced Electives15
Elections and Political Parties
Comparative State and Local Government and Politics
The Executive
Legislation
The Judiciary
Public Administration
Environmental Policy
Political Communication
Constitutional Law
Constitutional Law II
Religion and Politics
Foreign Policy
US Public Policy
Political Science Seminar
Problems
Internship
Additional Political Science Advanced Electives6
Electives (6 credit hours must be advanced)19
Total Hours40
Comparative Politics/International Relations
Comparative Politics/International Relations Advanced Electives15
Political Economy of Globalization
European Politics
Nationalism
Politics of Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
International Environmental Issues
Religion and Politics
East and South Asian Politics
African Politics
Foreign Policy
Political Science Seminar
Internship
Problems
Political Science Advanced Electives6
Electives (6 credit hours must be advanced)19
Total Hours40
Social Studies Composite Certification/Option 4
General Education MATH requirement [shared]:
College Algebra
Contemporary Mathematics I
Math for Business & Social Sciences I (Finite Mathematics)
Elementary Statistical Methods
Precalculus Math
Calculus I
HIST 3304History of Texas3
HIST 3340 [WI] Historical Methods3
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Human Geography
Economic Geography
ECON 2301 [shared] Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
Advanced ECON Elective3
Sophomore Literature [shared]
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDSP 4361Teaching Strategies for Adolescent Students with Learning Disabilities3
EDUC 4690Clinical Teaching6
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development: Theory, Research, and Practice
READ 3351 [WI] Content Area Literacy3
Total Hours42
Self-Designed
Political Science Advanced Electives21
Electives (6 credit hours must be advanced)19
Total Hours40
Accelerated for students not seeking the Thesis-option
Political Science Advanced Electives15
MPA Graduate Courses - Select two of the following:6
Public Administration
Organizational Behavior in the Public Sector
Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
Budgeting and Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Public Policy Formulation and Analysis
Electives (6 credit hours must be advanced)19
Total40

For more information, contact politicalscience@tarleton.edu.


The Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science

Required Courses
General Education Requirements 142
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
HIST 1301 [shared] United States History I
HIST 1302 [shared] United States History II
GOVT 2305 [shared] Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics)
GOVT 2306 [shared] Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics)
TSU Core Mathematics [shared] select one of the following:
Math for Business & Social Sciences I (Finite Mathematics)
Elementary Statistical Methods
Major Requirements
POLS 2304Introduction to Political Science3
POLS 3308International Politics3
POLS 3311Political Philosophy I3
POLS 3312Political Philosophy II3
POLS 3314Comparative Politics3
POLS 3316 [WI] Political Science Research Methods3
POLS 4390 [WI] Political Science Capstone Course3
Mathematics Requirements
Select one:3
Math for Business & Social Sciences II (Business Calculus)
Social Science Statistics
MATH 2412Precalculus Math4
MATH 2413Calculus I4
Total Hours74
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Social Studies Composite Certification/Option 4
HIST 3304History of Texas3
HIST 3340 [WI] Historical Methods3
GEOG 1303World Regional Geography3
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Human Geography
ECON 2301 [shared] Principles of Macroeconomics 2
ECON 2302Principles of Microeconomics3
Advanced ECON Elective3
Sophomore Literature [shared]
EDUC 3321 [WI] Foundations of Teaching: Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4331Instructional Strategies for Middle and Secondary Classrooms3
EDUC 4335 Issues of Professionalism3
EDSP 4361Teaching Strategies for Adolescent Students with Learning Disabilities3
EDUC 4690Clinical Teaching6
Select one of the following:3
Child Psychology
Educational Psychology
Child Development: Theory, Research, and Practice
READ 3351 [WI] Content Area Literacy3
Electives4
Total Hours46
American Politics
American Politics Advanced Electives15
Elections and Political Parties
Comparative State and Local Government and Politics
The Executive
Legislation
The Judiciary
Public Administration
Environmental Policy
Political Communication
Constitutional Law
Constitutional Law II
Religion and Politics
Foreign Policy
US Public Policy
Political Science Seminar
Internship
Problems
Political Science Advanced Electives9
Electives (6 credit hours must be advanced)22
Total Hours46
Comparative Politics/International Relations
Comparative Politics/International Relations Advanced Electives15
Political Economy of Globalization
European Politics
Nationalism
Politics of Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
International Environmental Issues
Religion and Politics
East and South Asian Politics
African Politics
Foreign Policy
Internship
Problems
Political Science Seminar
Political Science Advanced Electives9
Electives (3 credit hours must be advanced)22
Total Hours46
Self-Designed
Political Science Advanced Electives24
Electives (3 credit hours must be advanced)22
Total Hours46
Accelerated for students not seeking the Thesis-option
Political Science Advanced Elective18
MPA Graduate Electives: Select two of the following:6
Public Administration
Organizational Behavior in the Public Sector
Human Resource Management in the Public Sector
Budgeting and Financial Management for Public and Nonprofit Organizations
Public Policy Formulation and Analysis
Electives (3 credit hours must be advanced)22
Total Hours46

For more information, contact politicalscience@tarleton.edu.


The department also offers a minor in Political Science for students with a different major program of study.  A minor in Political Science can compliment many types of majors with additional knowledge about the ways in which governments and political processes affect such subjects.  Students can also develop valuable analytical skills and enhance their abilities to be knowledgeable and politically engaged citizens at the local, State, and Federal levels.

Minor in Political Science

Required Courses
GOVT 2305Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics)3
GOVT 2306Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics)3
Advanced Electives in Political Science12
Total Hours18

For more information, contact politicalscience@tarleton.edu.


Legal Studies

The department offers a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Legal Studies.  It is designed for students who want to work in the legal profession or in fields that require a deeper understanding of our legal system.  As a result, this program is oriented around the critical job functions of competent and ethical professionals working in the legal services industry. Each course has been strategically selected and designed to deliver the knowledge, skills, and values necessary to enter the workforce upon graduation or to continue studies in graduate or law school.

Program Competencies

At the conclusion of the Legal Studies program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Prepare documents necessary for representation of clients in a legal matter, including correspondence, litigation, transactional, and advisory materials.
  2. Perform legal and factual research, utilizing appropriate resources for locating and communicating findings.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for discipline-specific technology, including, but not limited to case management, time management and billing, legal research, and trial presentation.
  4. Demonstrate civic skills and appropriate civic dispositions and behaviors.
  5. Analyze personal and professional situations, and then evaluate and select the behavioral option which most closely conforms to the ethical rules regulating the legal profession.
Program Concentrations
Pre-Law concentration

Admission to law school is based primarily upon a student’s performance on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) and cumulative grade point average (GPA). Students with any undergraduate major may be admitted to law school; however, the Pre-Law concentration provides a broad-based, interdisciplinary curriculum designed to develop logical reasoning, rhetoric, analysis, critical thinking, and writing skills, which are critical for students planning to pursue continuing studies in law or other graduate areas.  

Paralegal Studies concentration

The Paralegal concentration is designed for students who have logical and analytical minds, possess organizational skills, and thrive on attention to detail.  Paralegals may not provide legal services directly to the public, except as permitted by law; however, working as part of a legal team under the supervision of an attorney, paralegals perform tasks vital to the success of a case, including drafting legal documents, interviewing witnesses and clients, preparing trial exhibits, and analyzing documents.

Program Policies

Students must have a minimum of 21-credits of legal specialty courses taken either at Tarleton State University or by approved credit transfer. A legal specialty course is a LEGL course that covers substantive law or legal procedures or process, has been developed for paralegals, emphasizes practical paralegal skills, and meets the American Bar Association's instructional methodology requirements. The following courses have been designated as legal specialties:

  • LEGL 2330, Introduction to Legal Studies
  • LEGL 3332, Legal Ethics
  • LEGL 3340, Legal Research & Writing
  • LEGL 3350, Professional Practices in Law
  • LEGL 3388, Civil Procedure
  • LEGL 4084/4382, Internship/Virtual Internship
  • LEGL 4390, Legal Studies Capstone

Credit for equivalent LEGL courses considered legal specialties under the ABA Guidelines is accepted for students transferring from paralegal programs, whether the transferring institution is ABA-approved or not. If a student has earned credit from an institution that is not ABA-approved, the Legal Studies coordinator will review the course description, course syllabus, and contact the program coordinator of the transferring institution, if needed, before approving the credit transfer for equivalent LEGL courses. A maximum of 21-credit hours will be accepted for equivalent LEGL courses.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
Choose one of the following [shared]:
Introduction to Speech Communication
Public Speaking
Business and Professional Speaking
Choose one of the following [shared]:
College Algebra
Math for Business & Social Sciences I (Finite Mathematics)
Contemporary Mathematics I
Elementary Statistical Methods
Precalculus Math
Calculus I
ECON 2301 [shared] Principles of Macroeconomics
GOVT 2305 [shared] Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics)
GOVT 2306 [shared] Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics)
Foreign Language 1411, 1412, 2311, 231214
Major Required Courses
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical Writing and Document Design3
LEGL 2330Introduction to Legal Studies3
LEGL 3332Legal Ethics3
LEGL 3340 [WI] Legal Research & Writing3
LEGL 3388Civil Procedure3
LEGL 4301 [WI] Constitutional Law3
LEGL 4390 [WI] Legal Studies Capstone Course3
LEGL 3350Professional Practices in Law3
Choose one of the following:3
Rules of Criminal Evidence
Criminal Procedure
Business Law II
Employment Law
International Business Law
Tort Law
LEGL 4350Family Law
Texas Wills, Estates, and Probate
Sports and Entertainment Law
Legislation
The Judiciary
Environmental Law
Electives (9-hours must be advanced)22
Total Hours105
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Pre-Law Concentration
PHIL 2303Introduction to Logic3
COMM 3303Debate3
ENGL 4311Studies in Rhetoric and Language3
POLS 3311Political Philosophy I3
POLS 3312Political Philosophy II3
Total Hours15
Paralegal Studies Concentration
LEGL 4084Paralegal Internship3-6
or LEGL 4382 Virtual Paralegal Internship
Select four:12
Rules of Criminal Evidence
Criminal Procedure
Business Law II
Employment Law
International Business Law
Tort Law
Texas Wills, Estates, and Probate
Sports and Entertainment Law
LEGL 4350Family Law
Legislation
The Judiciary
Environmental Law
Total Hours15

For more information, contact legalstudies@tarleton.edu.


The department also offers a minor in Legal Studies for students with a different major program of study.  The minor in Legal Studies can add value to your degree by 1) supplementing studies in another discipline, 2) providing an introduction to the skills and knowledge needed in law school, and 3) enhancing your understanding about legal issues that impact our nation, state, and communities.

Minor in Legal Studies

Required Courses
PHIL 2303Introduction to Logic3
LEGL 2330Introduction to Legal Studies3
LEGL 3332Legal Ethics3
LEGL 3340 [WI] Legal Research & Writing3
LEGL 3388Civil Procedure3
Select one:3
Rules of Criminal Evidence
Criminal Procedure
Business Law II
Employment Law
International Business Law
Legislation
The Judiciary
Constitutional Law II
Environmental Law
Total Hours18

For more information, contact legalstudies@tarleton.edu.


General Studies

The Department of Government, Legal Studies, and Philosophy coordinates the Bachelor of Science in General Studies. This program is designed for students who seek a flexible degree program which will maximize credits already earned at Tarleton or at another institution. The general studies degree allows students to plan, with advisement, an individualized program with access to a wide range of academic disciplines and fields of professional study.   

Program Competencies

Upon successful completion of the General Studies program, graduates will be able to:

  1. Write effectively in accordance with one of their concentration disciplines
  2. Apply interdisciplinary perspectives to real-world problems
  3. Conduct skillful interdisciplinary presentations
  4. Utilize interdisciplinary research methodologies
  5. Utilize spreadsheet graphing technology and discipline-specific research databases
  6. Analyze ethical dilemmas to make appropriate decisions
  7. Work in groups to research multidisciplinary perspectives 
Program Concentrations

General studies provides students with the flexibility to pursue a variety of interests. Students may select two concentrations from disciplines across the university. Each concentration consists of 18-credit hours (at least six of which must be advanced) in the student's chosen field. Popular concentrations include education, mathematics, psychology, sociology, kinesiology, communication studies, English, and more!

Program Policies

Admission requirements vary depending upon the student's selected campus:

  • Fort Worth, Midlothian, Waco, and Online students must have a minimum of 30 transferable credit hours, a 2.0 GPA, and be TSI complete.
  • Stephenville students must have 60 credit hours of existing course work prior to submitting a degree plan for general studies (not including developmental courses).

Bachelor of Science in General Studies

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
ENGL 1301 [shared] [WI] Composition I
ENGL 1302 [shared] [WI] Composition II
COMM 2302 [shared] Business and Professional Speaking
ENGL 3309 [WI] Technical Writing and Document Design3
COMM 4304Organizational Communication3
BUSI 3312 [WI] Business Communication3
or COMM 3332 Intercultural Communication
GSTU 3398Career Skills3
GSTU 4398 [WI] General Studies Capstone Course3
Concentration One (at least 6 hours advanced) 118
Concentration Two (at least 6 hours advanced) 118
Advised Electives (at least 18 advanced)27
Total Hours120

for more information contact generalstudies@tarleton.edu


International Studies

The department offers a program of study leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies. The Bachelor of Arts degree in International Studies is designed for students who seek an interdisciplinary social science training in either a geographic area of the world or a pervasive global issue.  Students take relevant courses in a variety of social science disciplines, including history, political science, sociology, geography, and religious studies.  Students also complete foreign language coursework relevant to their regional interests.  Some foreign languages are offered on campus in Stephenville, and many more can be taken via the A&M system's many study abroad opportunities on various university campuses throughout the world.  The major program also allows students to efficiently incorporate a minor program of their choice into their undergraduate studies and engage in study abroad opportunities in preparation for a variety of exciting career opportunities.

The Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Studies

Required Courses
General Education Requirements42
Foreign Language: 1411, 1412, 2311, 231214
Program requires 6 hours of the 120 hours needed to graduate to be completed as part of a study abroad program
Major Requirements
GEOG 1303 [shared] World Regional Geography
GOVT 2305 [shared] Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics)
GOVT 2306 [shared] Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics)
HIST 1301 [shared] United States History I
HIST 1302 [shared] United States History II
HIST 4331 [WI] World Since 19193
POLS 3308International Politics3
INTL 4390 [WI] International Studies Capstone3
Select one:3
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
Economic Geography
Select one:3
World Religions
World Religions
Select one:3
Political Economy of Globalization
Comparative Politics
International Environmental Issues
Select one:3
Political Science Research Methods
Methods of Social Research
Select one:3
Social Stratification and Inequality
Globalization 1
Migration and Society
History Elective (Choose one)3
British History from 1603 to Modern Times
Latin America After Independence
History of Mexico
United States and the World
National Histories
European Intellectual and Cultural History
Any Advanced HIST course offered via study abroad
Political Science Elective (Choose two)6
Political Economy of Globalization
Comparative Politics
European Politics
Nationalism
Politics of Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
East and South Asian Politics
African Politics
International Environmental Issues
Foreign Policy
Political Science Seminar
Any Advanced POLS course offered via study abroad
Social Science Elective (Choose two)6
Geography of Latin America
British History from 1603 to Modern Times
Latin America After Independence
History of Mexico
United States and the World
National Histories
European Intellectual and Cultural History
Social Science Statistics
Globalization
Sociology of Contemporary Japan
Sociology of Foreign Culture
Migration and Society
Any Advanced GEOG, HIST, PHIL, or SOCI course offered via study abroad
Non-Social Science Elective (Choose one) *3
Mexican Agricultural Relations
International Trade and Agriculture
Introduction to International Business
International Business Law
Homeland Security
International Economics
Cultural Studies
International Management
Global Management Practices
International Marketing
International Social Work
Human Rights
Survey of Spanish-America Literature
The Caribbean Experience
Culture and Civilization of Spain and Latin America
Southern African Ecology and Culture
Study Abroad
Any Advanced course offered via study abroad
General Electives4
Minor (Required) 218
Total Hours120

For more information, contact internationalstudies@tarleton.edu.


The department also offers a minor in International Studies for students with a different major program of study.  The minor in International Studies offers students an opportunity to couple their major program of study with an interdisciplinary understanding of foreign regions and global issues.  It is ideal for students who intend to seek career opportunities abroad or to gain a better understanding of the world while here at Tarleton State University.

Minor in International Studies

Required Courses
Select four:12
GEOG 3312Economic Geography
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
World Since 1919
International Studies Capstone
World Religions
Political Economy of Globalization
International Politics
Comparative Politics
Political Science Research Methods
International Environmental Issues
Social Stratification and Inequality
Methods of Social Research
Globalization
Migration and Society
Select two:6
International Trade and Agriculture
Mexican Agricultural Relations
International Business Law
Introduction to International Business
Homeland Security
International Economics
Cultural Studies
Geography of Latin America
Intro to Travel, Cultural Experience, & Study Abroad
British History from 1603 to Modern Times
Latin America After Independence
History of Mexico
United States and the World
National Histories
European Intellectual and Cultural History
International Management
Global Management Practices
International Marketing
European Politics
Nationalism
Politics of Latin America
Politics of the Middle East
East and South Asian Politics
African Politics
Foreign Policy
Political Science Seminar
Social Science Statistics
Sociology of Contemporary Japan
Sociology of Foreign Culture
International Social Work
Human Rights
Survey of Spanish-America Literature
The Caribbean Experience
Culture and Civilization of Spain and Latin America
Southern African Ecology and Culture
Study Abroad
Any courses offered via study abroad
Total Hours18

For more information, contact internationalstudies@tarleton.edu.


Philosophy 

Philosophy courses foster improved analysis and problem solving skills while teaching clear writing and critical thought. Philosophy focuses on training students to ask the right questions, and some philosophy courses will satisfy the Language, Philosophy, and Culture or Social and Behavioral Sciences components of the core curriculum. 

The minor in Philosophy is designed for students who want to supplement their academic major with a program that develops breadth of understanding and clarity of thought. Made up of 18-credit hours of philosophy (PHIL) course work, this minor makes an excellent supplement for students interested in the humanities or those seeking careers in law, medicine, military service, and pastoral ministry.

Minor in Philosophy

Required Courses
PHIL 1301Introduction to Philosophy3
PHIL 2303Introduction to Logic3
Choose 12 hours from the following (6 hours must be advanced):12
Ethics in the Professions
World Religions
History of Christianity and Christian Thought to the Reformation
Political Philosophy I
Political Philosophy II
Problems in Philosophy
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy Seminar
Total Hours18

For more information, contact philosophy@tarleton.edu.


Public Policy

The study of public policy is about understanding the coordination of laws, regulations, programs, and funding priorities utilized by governmental entitles and other bodies to achieve goals and better the lives of citizens. Having this critical knowledge will allow students to engage more effectively with the issues that impact them and their communities.  

The minor in Public Policy is an 18-credit hour course of study for students who are interested in the public policy facets of their chosen major, prospective vocation, and career.  Students have access to a wide-range of policy and policy-related courses taught across all colleges and programs at Tarleton State University.

Minor in Public Policy

Required Courses
POLS 4340US Public Policy3
Elective Options (9 advanced hours required) 115
Criminal Justice
Correctional Systems and Practices
Juvenile Delinquency
Comparative Criminal Justice
Community Corrections
Homeland Security
Crime, Justice, and Social Diversity
Social Work
Social Welfare in America
Social Welfare Policy
Social Work with Aging Populations
International Social Work
Child Welfare
Human Rights
Death and Dying
Women's Issues
Political Science
Environmental Politics
Terrorism and Political Violence
International Environmental Issues
Environmental Law
Religion and Politics
Foreign Policy
Weapons of Mass Destruction
Civil Wars and Military Intervention
Administration of Justice
Economics
Money And Banking
Environmental Economics
Economics of Financial Markets
Political Economy
International Economics
Sociology
Race and Ethnic Relations
Criminology
Rural Sociology
Social Stratification and Inequality
Gender in Society
Medical and Health Care Policy
Age and Ethnic Stratification
Migration and Society
Business
Employee and Labor Relations
Business Law I
Business Law II
Employment Law
International Business Law
Communications
Communication Law
Agriculture
Public Agricultural Food Programs
International Trade and Agriculture
Commodity Futures Markets
Recreation and Tourism Economics
Formulation of Agriculture & Food Policy
Mexican Agricultural Relations
Principles of Wildlife Conservation and Management
Sustainability
Population, Pollution, and Resource Depletion
Fish and Wildlife Laws and Administration
Water Resources Policy and Management
Public Health
Introduction to Health Management and Policy
Public Health Law
Nursing
Policy, Politics, and Ethics
Engineering
Occupational Safety and Health
Education
Policies and Ethical Standards
Total Hours18

For more information, contact Dr. Nathaniel Cogley at cogley@tarleton.edu.


Environmental Policy

The Certificate in Environmental Policy will help students establish their readiness to work in jobs dealing with environmental law and policy, including advocacy.  It also allows students to develop their own worldview and ethics relating to environmental sustainability.

Certificate in Environmental Policy

Required Courses
ECON 3304Environmental Economics3
POLS 3310Environmental Politics3
GEOL 1407Introduction to Environmental Science4
Choose one of the following electives:3
Environmental Communication
Environmental Ethics
International Environmental Issues
Environmental Law
Environmental Sociology
Water Policy
Total Hours13

For more information, contact Dr. Anne Egelston at egelston@tarleton.edu.

General Studies Courses

GSTU 3398. Career Skills. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is the prerequisite to the General Studies Capstone course (GSTU 4398) and focuses on developing core skills to prepare students for their respective future careers. The course will teach interview skills, resume writing, research methods, teamwork skills, personal marketability, and communication skills. For General Studies majors.

GSTU 4398. General Studies 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 courses within the students' degree concentrations including research and analysis of real-world phenomena and problems. Students will work in teams, and students will present written reports on their research, supplemented by appropriate internet and multimedia materials, as well as portfolios documenting their research. This is a writing intensive course for General Studies majors. Prerequisite: GSTU 3398, approved degree plan for Bachelor of Science in General Studies program.

Government Courses

GOVT 2305. Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics). 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the American national governmental system. This course with POLS 202 satisfies the legal requirement for graduation from state colleges and universities.

GOVT 2306. Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics). 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the constitution of the state of Texas and of the state and local governmental units created by the constitution. This course satisfies the TEA requirement for out-of-state teacher certification and, when taken with GOVT 2305, the legal requirement for graduation from state colleges and universities.

International Studies Courses

INTL 4390. International Studies Capstone. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course requires students to integrate and use fundamental concepts learned in previous program courses to research and analyze real-world phenomena and issues. Students will conduct research and present a final project that will integrate discipline related methods with developed writing and presentation skills. The project will be coordinated with the minor and will be supervised by faculty in International Studies and the minor.

Legal Studies Courses

LEGL 2330. Introduction to Legal Studies. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides an introduction to the study of law and the many opportunities available within the legal services industry. Emphasis is placed on the judicial system and its role within the state and federal governments, the importance of judicial opinions including how to read, understand, and summarize case law, an introduction to legal research and writing, and an overview of the ethical obligations, regulations, professional trends, and skills required of those working in this field. This course is a legal specialty. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301.

LEGL 3330. Fundamentals of Jurisprudence. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study of the dependence of the law on the political regime. Review of classical and modern conceptions with emphasis on the modern. Prerequisite: GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306.

LEGL 3331. Legal History. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to the Anglo-American legal tradition. Particular attention paid to legal documents such as Magna Carta, The English Bill of Rights, and the Organic Laws of the United States, and jurists such as Blackstone, Marshall, and Holmes. Prerequisite: GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306.

LEGL 3332. Legal Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course is designed to expose students to the major ethical problems they may face as part of a legal team. The focus of the course is the ABA Model Code and Model Rules of Professional Conduct. The course also addresses the role of non-lawyers in the delivery of legal services and the various professional codes of ethics which provide guidance to non-lawyers. Emphasis will be placed on related codes of civility, the attorney-client privilege and work product doctrine, proper handling of legal fees and client property, as well as the disciplinary process. This course is a legal specialty.

LEGL 3340. Legal Research & Writing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course provides an introduction to the fundamentals of legal research and writing. After an overview of the various primary and secondary sources, students will invest significant time in hands-on practice using the most common legal sources in print and electronic form. Emphasis will also be placed on properly evaluating, communicating, and attributing findings within the legal genre. This course is a legal specialty. Prerequisite: ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, LEGL 2330.

LEGL 3350. Professional Practices in Law. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will continue to develop the professional skills and dispositions necessary for students to be competitive in a changing legal profession. Course topics will include emerging technology, critical interpersonal skills, formation of a professional identity, and the positive role that members of the legal profession have played, and continue to play, in our neighborhoods, towns, and communities. Prerequisite: LEGL 2330.

LEGL 3388. Civil Procedure. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course examines the theory and practical aspects of basic civil litigation, including preliminary investigation, pleadings, motions, discovery, trials, and appeals. Emphasis will be placed on the requirements and restrictions of the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure which apply throughout the United States; however, individual distinctions of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure will be raised. Prerequisite: LEGL 2330, ENGL 1302.

LEGL 4084. Paralegal Internship. 3-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides students with an external learning experience. Students will work in law offices, corporations, and other industries involved in the delivery of legal services. Students are required to work approximately forty (40) hours for each credit attempted for a minimum of 120-140 hours per 3-units. This course is a legal specialty. Prerequisites: LEGL 2330, LEGL 3332, LEGL 3340, LEGL 3388 and junior or senior status.

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

An introduction to the principles of American constitutionalism, specifically, the prerogatives of American political institutions. The subject is approached by close study of the documents which outline these principles, the four Organic Laws of the United States, Supreme Court cases, and political speeches. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, HIST 1301, and HIST 1302; or approval of the instructor.

LEGL 4330. Legal Research and Writing. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to legal research and writing. Emphasis on legal sources, case analysis, and legal citation. Prerequisite: LEGL 3330, LEGL 3331, POLS 3309.

LEGL 4331. Law Office Management. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Introduction to law office management. Emphasis on law office organization, accounting, and legal computing programs. Prerequisite: LEGL 3330, LEGL 3331, LEGL 4330.

LEGL 4344. Tort Law. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course provides a comprehensive overview of civil wrongs (torts). Students will learn the three major categories of torts: intentional torts, negligence, and strict liability. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the elements of various civil claims (causes of action) within each category as well as common defenses. Students will also gain practice at legal analysis, the skill of evaluating the evidence to determine what, if any, claims would be supported. Prerequisite: LEGL 2330.

LEGL 4346. Texas Wills, Estates, and Probate. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course deals with transfers of property, including intestate succession, probate administration, execution and revocation of wills, the use of trusts in estate planning, and rules of construction that affect will and trust drafting. The course also will cover community property laws and basic estate tax and gift tax principles. Relevant Texas Estates Code and Uniform Probate Code statutes will be used in addition to a textbook. This course is a legal specialty. Prerequisite: LEGL 2330.

LEGL 4348. Sports and Entertainment Law. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course deals with an introduction to many fields of law. These are copyright law, publicity and privacy law, First Amendment law, trademark law and contract law. Sports and Entertainment law impacts many different business types such as film, television, music, professional sports, and live theatre. While there are many similarities, the differences can be overwhelming and an introduction to these business types will be covered. Relevant Universal Commercial Code, Title 17 of the United States Code, and the Lanham Act will be used in addition to the textbook. Prerequisite: LEGL 2330.

LEGL 4350. Family Law. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course introduces students to the procedural and substantive law affecting the family and domestic relations. The law affecting prenuptial agreements, separation, divorce, annulments, spousal support, alimony, spousal abuse, custody, child support, and adoption is also discussed. Emphasis is placed on the preparation of relevant legal documents and procedures for various court filings. Prerequisite: LEGL 2330, LEGL 3340.

LEGL 4382. Virtual Paralegal Internship. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 3 Hours).

This course provides students with a series of simulated, experiential learning environments which give students an interactive law office environment suitable for the development and refinement of competencies needed for the real-world legal workplace. The simulation modules are supplemented with exercises and instruction geared toward preparing students for the transition from the academic environment to the workplace. Prerequisite: LEGL 2330, LEGL 3332, LEGL 3340, LEGL 3388.

LEGL 4385. Legal Studies Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Specialized legal studies course on topics such as natural law, legal positivism, or Roman constitutionalism. May be taken more than once as topics will vary. Prerequisite: POLS 3309, LEGL 3330 or permission of program coordinator.

LEGL 4386. Problems: Paralegal Specializations. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Specialized paralegal course on topics such as probate, real estate, or litigation. Prerequisite: LEGL 4330, LEGL 4331 or permission of program coordinator.

LEGL 4390. Legal Studies Capstone Course. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course will serve as a culminating experience where students will demonstrate proficiency in legal analysis and expand their repertoire of documents within the legal genre to include more sophisticated and complex documents such as appellate briefs, multi-issue legal office memoranda, and memoranda in support of a motion. This course is a legal specialty. Prerequisites: LEGL 2330, LEGL 3332, LEGL 3340, LEGL 3388.

Philosophy Courses

PHIL 1301. Introduction to Philosophy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the writings of major philosophical authors.

PHIL 2303. Introduction to Logic. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will introduce the student to the basic principles and concepts of formal logic, formal and informal fallacies, deductive and inductive reasoning, truth tables, symbolic notation, Venn diagrams, and the logic of scientific method. It will also include consideration of the philosophical foundations of logic.

PHIL 3301. Ethics in the Professions. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

This course will consider both the responsibilities inherent in a profession as such and some of the specific ethical dilemmas that arise in particular professions: business, science, engineering, military, education, medicine, etc. Prerequisite: Junior classification.

PHIL 3304. World Religions. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the philosophical, ethical, and social dimensions of the religions of the world. Focuses on major religions but lesser known ones may be included. The course will emphasize the diversity of religious experience and traditions. Credit for both PHIL 3304 and RELI 3304 will not be awarded.

PHIL 3309. History of Christianity and Christian Thought to the Reformation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An overview of the history of Christianity and Christian thought from founding to the beginnings of the Reformation with particular attention to major themes, movements, events, leaders, and developments within their social, cultural and political contexts. The course also offers an introduction to the central ideas and debates that have shaped the historical development of Christian theologies, practices, and institutions. Credit for PHIL, RELI, and HIST 3309 will not be awarded.

PHIL 3311. Political Philosophy I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Philosophical ideas concerning basic political problems from the Classical Period through the Renaissance. Credit for both PHIL 3311 and POLS 3311 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: PHIL 1301 or GOVT 2305 or POLS 2304 or approval of the instructor.

PHIL 3312. Political Philosophy II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Philosophical ideas concerning basic political problems since the Early Modern period. Credit for both PHIL 3311 and POLS 3312 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: PHIL 1301 or GOVT 2305 or POLS 2304 or approval of the instructor.

PHIL 4086. Problems in Philosophy. 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 instructor and department head.

PHIL 4305. Environmental Ethics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An inquiry into how humans ought to relate to nature, including questions about the moral standing of animals and other non-human beings, environmental justice, and what we may owe to future generations. In addition to exploring universal ethical issues concerning our relationships with the environment, the course will also consider exemplary American and Texan nature writers.

PHIL 4385. Philosophy Seminar. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An examination of major philosophical issues and theories. May be repeated for credit as topic varies. Prerequisite: Junior classification or approval of department head.

Political Science Courses

POLS 2304. Introduction to Political Science. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

An introduction to the discipline of political science, with particular emphasis devoted to its development in the modern era. Topics include degree concentrations available in the program, types of political institutions, uses of political science, participation by political scientists in public affairs and public policy, an introduction to research and writing in the discipline, political theory and other discipline theories, and career options available to political science majors. Prerequisites: ENGL 1301 or approval of the instructor.

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

This class introduces students to the political system that manages the global economy. The class looks at theoretical approaches to economic conflict and cooperation, global trade, and global finance. Students will also study problems associated with the global economic system including poverty, inequality, and environmental externalities. Prerequisite: GOVT 2305 or GOVT 2306 or POLS 2304 or ECON 1301 or ECON 2301 or ECON 2302 or approval of the instructor.

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. Prerequisite: GOVT 2305 or approval of the instructor.

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. Prerequisite: GOVT 2306 or approval of the instructor.

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. Prerequisite: GOVT 2305 or approval of the instructor.

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. Prerequisite: GOVT 2305 or approval of the instructor.

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

A survey of the concepts and practices of American public administration. Prerequisite: GOVT 2305 or approval of the instructor.

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

This course introduces students to concepts and theories of international politics. It covers the evolution of the contemporary nation-state system, the role of international governmental institutions, and conflict and cooperation among states. Prerequisites: POLS 2304 or Junior standing or approval of the instructor.

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. Prerequisite: GOVT 2305 or approval of the instructor.

POLS 3310. Environmental Policy. 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 traditional media - air, water, and hazardous waste. Prerequisite: GOVT 2305.

POLS 3311. Political Philosophy I. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Philosophical ideas concerning basic political problems from the Classical period to the Renaissance. Credit for both PHIL 3311 and POLS 3311 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: PHIL 1301 or GOVT 2305 or POLS 2304 or approval of instructor.

POLS 3312. Political Philosophy II. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Philosophical ideas concerning basic political problems since the Early Modern period. Credit for both PHIL 3312 and POLS 3312 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: PHIL 1301 or GOVT 2305 or POLS 2304 or approval of instructor.

POLS 3314. 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: POLS 2304 or Junior standing or approval of the instructor.

POLS 3315. Sustainability. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Explore the varied perspectives of sustainability and analyze factors that contribute to or decrease system sustainability. Investigation of the social, economic, and environmental barriers to achieving sustainable systems and options for overcoming these barriers. Credit will be awarded only for POLS 3315, ENVS 3315, or WSES 3315. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305 or GOVT 2306 or POLS 2304 or approval of the instructor.

POLS 3316. Political Science Research Methods. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course introduces students to the process of conducting research in the social sciences. Material will focus on developing research questions and extrapolating hypotheses from them, correctly and accurately reviewing prior relevant literature and how/when to cite it, applying qualitative and quantitative methods, finding sources of data and developing a case study, understanding the IRB process, and preparing a research proposal that can be reviewed and refined in preparation for a Capstone project. Prerequisites: POLS 2304 (Political Science majors) or Junior standing (all other majors) or approval of the instructor.

POLS 3323. Political Communication. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Analysis of political campaigns in modern society, including history, design and effects of campaigns. Students will study the uses of different media for campaign purposes, working in teams to achieve common goals.

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. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An introduction to the principles of American constitutionalism, specifically, the prerogatives of American political institutions. The subject is approached by close study of the documents which outline these principles, the four Organic Laws of the United States, Supreme Court cases, and political speeches. Prerequisites: GOVT 2305, HIST 1301, and HIST 1302; or approval of the instructor.

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 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. Prerequisites: POLS 2304 or Junior standing or approval of the instructor.

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. Prerequisite: POLS 2304 or Junior standing or approval of the instructor.

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: POLS 2304 or Junior standing or approval of the instructor.

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: POLS 2304 or Junior standing or approval of the instructor.

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

An introduction to environmental politics and policy at the international level. The focus of this course is upon global environmental policy with particular attention paid to the processes that create and shape global environmental policy. Prerequisites: POLS 2304 or Junior standing or approval of the instructor.

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

Focuses on US environmental law and regulations including administrative law and common law. Major laws dealing with air, water, and hazardous waste will be assessed, including citizen participation within the legal process Prerequisite: GOVT 2305 or GOVT 2306 or POLS 2304 or approval of the instructor.

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

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: POLS 2304 or PHIL 3304 or RELI 3304 or Junior standing or approval of the instructor.

POLS 4313. East and South Asian Politics. 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: POLS 2304 or Junior standing or approval of the instructor.

POLS 4314. African Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

This course introduces students to the major political issues and dynamics in sub-Saharan Africa, including traditional political systems, the effects of colonialism, political culture, public policy, the role of the military, domestic conflict, corruption, institutionalization, democratization, development, foreign aid, and regional integration. Prerequisite: Junior or Senior status or POLS 2304.

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. Prerequisite: GOVT 2305 or POLS 3308 or approval of the instructor.

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. Prerequisite: GOVT 2305 or approval of the instructor.

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. Prerequisite: POLS 2304 or GOVT 2305 or approval of the instructor. 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. Prerequisite: POLS 3316 or SOCI 4302 or permission of the instructor.

Religious Studies Courses

RELI 1301. Survey of the Old Testament. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the historical background and basic teachings of the Old Testament and its influence in the ancient world.

RELI 1302. Survey of the New Testament. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A survey of the historical background and basic teachings of the New Testament and its influence in the ancient world.

RELI 3304. World Religions. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the philosophical, ethical, and social dimensions of the religions of the world. Focuses on major religions but lesser known ones may be included. The course will emphasize the diversity of religious experience and traditions. Credit for both PHIL 3304 and RELI 3304 will not be awarded.

RELI 3309. History of Christianity and Christian Thought to the Reformation. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

An overview of the history of Christianity and Christian thought from founding to the beginnings of the Reformation with particular attention to major themes, movements, events, leaders, and developments within their social, cultural and political contexts. The course also offers an introduction to the central ideas and debates that have shaped the historical development of Christian theologies, practices, and institutions. Credit will not be awarded for more than one of the following courses: PHIL 3309, HIST 3309, and RELI 3309.

RELI 4312. Religion and Politics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours). [WI]

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.

Department of Government, Legal Studies, and Philosophy
Tarleton State University
Box T-0685
Stephenville, Texas USA 76402
(254) 918-7609
tarleton.edu/glsp

Department Head

  • O'Dell, Dr. Amy

Professors

  • Clifford, Dr. Craig
  • Cross, Dr. Malcolm
  • Margolis, Dr. Larry

Associate professors

  • Cogley, Dr. Nathaniel
  • Hallgarth, Dr. Matthew
  • Morrow, Dr. Eric
  • Velasco, Dr. Jesus

Assistant professors

  • Aho, Dr. Karl
  • Egelston, Dr. Anne
  • O'Dell, Dr. Amy
  • Reynolds, Dr. Marcie
  • Thompson, Dr. Casey

Instructor

  • Forman, Dr. J. Rhett

Adjunct Instructor

  • Anderson, Mr. Andrew
  • Closen, Ms. Marla
  • Jasieniecki, Ms. Carol
  • Kabala, Dr. Boleslaw
  • Nicholas, Mr. Marc
  • Ruiz, Mr. Richard
  • Snyder, Mr. Gregory
  • Wright, Dr. C. Daniel