Academics

Course Descriptions

POS 121. American Government. (3)

A comprehensive study of basic institutions, processes, problems and developments in American national government. Special attention is given to international and domestic issues.  Required for political science majors and minors. Partially satisfies Core Curriculum, Area E-2. Offered fall and spring semesters.

POS 122. State and Local Government. (3)

An in-depth study of the operation of state and local governments. Particular attention is paid to the areas of problem recognition, policy formulation, and administration, as governmental units seek to relate to 21st century America.  Required for political science majors and minors. Offered spring semester.

POS 225. Comparative Political Systems. (3)

A survey of the constitutions, structure, function, and policies of Western and non-Western political systems. Particular attention is given to governments of Western and Eastern Europe, Russia, China, Middle East, and African governments.  Required for political science majors and minors. Offered spring semester, odd-numbered years.

POS 228. Introduction to Public Administration. (3)

The process of policy formulation and implementation, theories of organization, personnel administration, financial administration, and administrative responsibility.  Offered spring semester, odd-numbered years.

POS 260. Introduction to the Principles and Practices of Urban Planning. (3) Concepts, emerging trends, and methods and techniques in urban planning will be studied. Offered spring semester, odd-numbered years.

POS 295. Political and Legal Internships. (3)

Prerequisites: POS 121 or POS 122

Internships or practical experience in an approved program of study. Legal and political internships give students an opportunity to work in local, state, and national government; in political campaigns; and in law firms. Offered with the approval of the department. Subject to regulations and restrictions on page 62. Offered every semester.

POS 300. World Politics. (3)

An introduction to the nature of the global political system and the forces underlying actions of state and non-state actors.  Required for political science majors and minors. Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.

POS 340. Public Personnel Management. (3)

Prerequisites: POS 122 or POS 228.

This course is designed as a study of the fundamental principles of personnel organization and administration. The focus of this course is primarily at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Offered fall semester, even-numbered years, evenings.

POS 341. Public Budgeting. (3)

Prerequisites: POS 122 or POS 228.

This course is designed as an in-depth study of budgeting in the public sector. The purpose of this course is to expose the student to both theory and to the practical aspects of budgeting in the public sector.

Offered spring semester, even-numbered years, evenings.

POS 343. Constitutional Law and Civil Liberties. (3)

A survey of important Supreme Court decisions, their background and significance from 1789 to present. Particular attention is given to civil liberties and civil rights.  Political Science 343 is accepted as credit for a History major. Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.

POS 348. International Law and Organization. (3)

The development of international law and organizations and their impact on contemporary world politics.  Offered spring semester, even-numbered years.

POS 350. Political Parties and Elections. (3)

A study of elections and the structure and operation of political parties and the legal framework within which they operate in the United States: the nature of voter participation in politics; electoral problems; and democratic systems of government.  Offered fall semester, even-numbered years.

POS 430. Area Studies in Politics and Policies. (3-12)

Contemporary domestic politics of selected nations with special attention paid to their socio-political

and modernization problems. Areas to be studied include: Africa, Latin and South America, Asia, and the

Middle East.  Offered fall semester, odd-numbered years.

POS 461, 462. History of Political Theory. (3, 3)

A survey of political ideas and ideologies beginning with the Jewish heritage and extending into the 21st century. Special attention is given to how Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Martin Luther, John Calvin, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Georg W. F. Hegel, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, John Stuart Mill, and John Rawls can help us think about the good life and making personal choices. POS 461, 462 required for political science majors and minors. POS 461 offered fall semester, even-numbered years. POS 462 offered spring semester, odd-numbered years.

POS 475. Advanced World Politics. (3)

Open to senior social sciences majors after consultation with the professor.

Features the techniques and substance of a graduate seminar with themes attuned to student preferences and professional futures. The course is designed to cover internationally oriented problems.

Offered at departmental discretion.

POS 476. Advanced American Government. (3)

Open to upper division social sciences majors after consultation with the professor.

Features the techniques and substance of a graduate seminar with themes focusing on national political institutions: Congress, the President, interest groups or the media. The course is designed to dwell primarily on American problems.  Offered at departmental discretion.

POS 480. Topics in Political Science. (1-3)

Prerequisite: POS 121 or POS 122

Selected topics in American government, comparative politics, political theory, public law, public administration, world politics, and public policy. Offered at departmental discretion.

POS 491, 492. Independent Study. (1-3, 1-3)

Independent study in a selected field, or problem area, of Political Science. Topic, or problem, to be chosen in consultation with the Political Science staff member under whose guidance the study will be conducted. Open to majors of demonstrated ability in the social sciences. Subject to rules and regulations on page 62 of the Catalog.

POS 495 or 496. Political and Legal Internships. (1-3)

Prerequisite: POS 121 or POS 122

Internships or practical experience in an approved program of study. Legal and political internships give students an opportunity to work in local, state, and national government; in political campaigns; and in law firms. Offered every semester with the approval of the department. Subject to regulations and restrictions on page 62 of the Catalog.

Course Descriptions