Undergraduate Catalog 2019-2021


POLS 3000 Research Design

Prerequisite: POLS 2101. An overview of the writing process and research methodologies in political science.


POLS 3235 Political Parties & Elections

A study of the origins, development and contemporary roles, structures, and problems of parties. The recruitment of candidates and the conduct of campaigns and elections are examined.


POLS 3241 Urban Government & Administrat

Prerequisites: POLS 2201 or permission of instructor. A study of political structures, processes, and trends in American urban life and local government. Attention is given to those factors shaping political issues and governmental response in the metropolis.


POLS 3315 The American Judicial System

Prerequisite: POLS 2350 or permission of instructor. A study of the federal process concentrating on the role of the Supreme Court as the judicial policy making institution in the American political system. Required for the legal studies concentration. (Cross-listed with CRJU 3315.)


POLS 3338 Principles of Public Admin

Prerequisite: POLS 1150 or permission of instructor. A general survey of the field of Public Administration, including coverage of the executive branch, executive-legislative interactions, administrative procedures, and classical and contemporary bureaucratic problems. Required for the public administration concentration.


POLS 3361 Legal Research & Writing

Prerequisite: POLS 2350 or permission of instructor. The source and technique of legal research, its application to specific legal problems, and the use of legal authority to construct a written legal argument. Required for the legal studies concentration.


POLS 3363 Civil Law & Civil Practice

Prerequisite: POLS 2350 or permission of instructor. The legal foundation and practice of civil law, including torts, real estate, and family law.


POLS 3365 Selected Topics/Legal Studies

Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor. A study of major issues confronting the study and practice of law.


POLS 3501 Comparative Government

A study of the ways in which people structure their societies, with emphasis on the defining characteristics of democracies and autocracies. Other topics include different models of the welfare state, causes of nationalism, and types of political party systems.


POLS 3601 International Conflict & War

Prerequisite: POLS 2401. An in-depth examination of the causes of conflict between countries. Covers the democratic peace, bargaining theory, and diversionary theory. Emphasis on the scientific study of war.


POLS 3635 National Security Policy

A study of contemporary American defense policy. Emphasis is placed on how and why national military policy is generated and its employment in international relationships.


POLS 3651 International Security

This course provides an overview of the dominant threats to international security today. International security threats covered in this course include cyber warfare, nuclear proliferation, drone warfare, and private security firms.


POLS 3801 Model United Nations

This course is repeatable for credit.