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Political Science Department

The Department offers two distinct majors: Political Science and International Studies. Political Science fields of study include American government and politics, international relations, political philosophy, and comparative politics. The interdisciplinary concentration that is International Studies provides a broad background in foreign language and culture, politics, history, and economics and may appeal to students interested in journalism, teaching, international business, or government service. For information on preparation for law school, consult the Emory Career Center.  

Faculty

Chair/Director
Clifford Carrubba
P9941891
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Duke University, 1991
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1998

Departments

  • Political Science, Core Faculty
  • Quantitative Theory and Methods, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • comparative political economy
  • Western Europe
  • game theory
Director of Undergraduate Studies
J. Judd Owen
P3251711
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Davidson College, 1990
  • MA, University of Toronto, 1992
  • PhD, University of Toronto, 1998

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • twentieth-century and contemporary political thought
  • liberalism
  • religion and politics
  • American political thought
Core Faculty
Alan Abramowitz
P1454677
Alben W Barkley Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Rochester, 1969
  • MA, Stanford University, 1972
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1976

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • political parties
  • electoral politics
Merle Black
P0367018
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Politics and Government

Education

  • BA, Harvard University, 1964
  • MA, University of Chicago, 1968
  • PhD, University of Chicago, 1972

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • American national government
  • politics of the American South
  • political parties and elections
Courtney Brown
P1835049
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Rutgers University, 1974
  • MA, San Francisco State University, 1979
  • PhD, Washington University, 1982

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • American politics
  • electoral politics
  • methodology and statistics
Joanne Brzinski
P2893335
Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education

Education

  • BA, Utah State University, 1985
  • AM, University of Michigan, 1989
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1994

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • European politics
  • voting and elections
  • political parties
  • European Parliament
  • women's political representation
Clifford Carrubba
P9941891
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Duke University, 1991
  • PhD, Stanford University, 1998

Departments

  • Political Science, Core Faculty
  • Quantitative Theory and Methods, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • comparative political economy
  • Western Europe
  • game theory
Thomas Clark
P3922243
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Rutgers University, 2003
  • MA, Princeton University, 2005
  • PhD, Princeton University, 2008

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty
David Davis III
P7220484
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Maryland, 1985
  • PhD, University of Colorado, 1991

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • international relations
  • defense economics
  • international political economy
  • dynamic modeling and research methods
Richard Doner
P5748549
Professor

Education

  • BA, University of North Carolina, 1967
  • MS, London School of Economics, 1968
  • MA, Stanford University, 1973
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1987

Departments

  • Political Science, Core Faculty
  • East Asian Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • political economy
  • international relations
  • Southeast Asian politics
Jennifer Gandhi
P5523683
Winship Distinguished Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Columbia University, 1996
  • PhD, New York University, 2004

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • comparative politics
  • methodology
  • comparative political regimes
  • development
Michael Giles
P4199720
Fuller E Calloway Professor

Education

  • BA, North Texas State University, 1968
  • MA, University of Kentucky, 1969
  • PhD, University of Kentucky, 1971

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • intergroup politics
  • judicial process and behavior
Andra Gillespie
P4002641
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Virginia, 1999
  • MA, Yale University, 2001
  • PhD, Yale University, 2005

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • American politics
  • political participation
  • racial and ethnic politics in the United States
Danielle F. Jung
P9006900
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, University of California, San Diego, 2012

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty
Harvey Klehr
P5531820
Andrew W Mellon Professor of Politics and History

Education

  • BA, Franklin and Marshall College, 1967
  • PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1971

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • political theory
  • American radicalism
Thomas Lancaster
P6454734
Professor

Education

  • BA, Washington and Lee University, 1975
  • MA, Miami University, 1976
  • PhD, Washington University, St. Louis, 1983

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interest

  • comparative politics, with a specialization in European politics
Gregory Martin
P4179495
Assistant Professor

Education

  • PhD, Stanford University, 2013

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty
J. Judd Owen
P3251711
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Davidson College, 1990
  • MA, University of Toronto, 1992
  • PhD, University of Toronto, 1998

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • twentieth-century and contemporary political thought
  • liberalism
  • religion and politics
  • American political thought
Michael Leo Owens
P5878100
Associate Professor

Education

  • AB, Syracuse University, 1991
  • MPS, State University of New York, 1992
  • PhD, State University of New York, 2001

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • religion and public policy
  • urban politics and policy
  • community building and social change
Shawn Ramirez
P8931795
Assistant Professor

Education

  • Ph.D, University of Rochester, 2013
  • MA, University of Rochester, 2009
  • BA, Boston University,, 2002

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty
Beth Reingold
P2306979
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Rice University, 1985
  • MA, University of California, Berkeley, 1986
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 1992

Departments

  • Political Science, Core Faculty
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • American politics
  • women and politics
  • political behavior
Eric Reinhardt
P4540414
Winship Distinguished Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Virginia, 1990
  • MA, Columbia University, 1992
  • PhD, Columbia University, 1997

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • international relations
  • international political economy
  • trade politics
  • game theory
Dan Reiter
P9921024
Professor

Education

  • BA, Northwestern University, 1985
  • PhD, University of Michigan, 1994

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • international relations
  • world politics
Thomas Remington
P7909493
Goodrich C White Professor

Education

  • AB, Oberlin College, 1970
  • MA, Yale University, 1974
  • PhD, Yale University, 1978

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • comparative politics
  • Russian and post-Soviet politics
Michael Rich
P6477379
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Westminster College, 1976
  • MA, University of Virginia, 1977
  • PhD, Northwestern University, 1985

Departments

  • Political Science, Core Faculty
  • Environmental Sciences, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • federalism
  • public policy
  • urban policy
Holli Semetko
P8668811
Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Media and International Affairs

Education

  • PhD, The London School of Economics & Political Science, 1987

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty
Jeffrey Staton
P4745880
Winship Distinguished Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of Richmond, 1996
  • MA, Washington University, 1999
  • PhD, Washington University, 2002

Departments

  • Political Science, Core Faculty
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • comparative judicial politcs
  • institutional theory
  • politics of law
  • courts in the United States and other countries (Mexico in particular)
  • areas such as human rights protection, citizenship and nationality, and the politics of dictatorship
Randall Strahan
P8440826
Professor

Education

  • BS, University of Houston, 1976
  • MA, University of Houston, 1979
  • PhD, University of Virginia, 1986

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • American politics
  • Congress
Hubert Tworzecki
P1856241
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, University of British Columbia, 1988
  • MA, University of British Columbia, 1989
  • PhD, University of Toronto, 1994

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • comparative politics
  • East European politics
Thomas Walker
P1608094
Goodrich C White Professor

Education

  • BA, St. Martin's College, 1967
  • PhD, University of Kentucky, 1970

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • constitutional law
  • judicial behavior
Carrie Wickham
P3567086
Associate Professor

Education

  • BA, Harvard University, 1984
  • MA, Princeton University, 1989
  • PhD, Princeton University, 1994

Department

  • Political Science, Core Faculty

Academic Interests

  • comparative politics
  • Middle Eastern politics

Courses

Political Science 100-Level Courses
POLS 100: Natl Politics/United States
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Origins, principles, structures, processes, and practices of American national government. Stresses different perspectives on democratic theory and practice, and the adequacy of governmental institutions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 102: Intro to Political Theory
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to select perennial themes in the history of political philosophy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 110: Intro To Intl Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction to analytical concepts, nature of the interstate system, the assumptions and ideas of diplomacy, the determinants of foreign policy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 120: Intro To Comparative Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Political systems of major nations in comparative perspective.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
200
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 150: American Democracy
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Discussion based course on the foundational ideas that underlie American democracy and other major American political debates from the revolutionary era to the present. Readings drawn from classic texts and original documents, speeches and writings of leading American political figures.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Periodic Speaker series
POLS 190: Fresh Sem: Poli Sci
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
FSEM
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

For first-year students only. Entry level seminar focusing on a specific topic. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Political Science 200-Level Courses
POLS 208: Political Science Methods
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
MQR
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Fundamental concepts and quantitative techniques of empirical political inquiry. Introduction to concepts of measurement, parametric, and nonparametric statistics. Basic bivariate and univariate statistics used in political science. [Prior to Fall 2010, this course carried the number POLS 308.]

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
POLS 227: Environmental Policy
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENVS 227: Environmental Policy
Course Description

Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 131 or POLS 100 or permission of instructor. An introduction to basic concepts of American environmental policy. Topics include: history of federal environmental policymaking, environmental policy tools, controversies in environmental policy, and U.S. environmental policy in the age of globalization. Field trips required. Fulfills ENVS Intermediate Social Science and Policy requirement. May also be used to fulfill an ENVS Elective requirement.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
POLS 227W: Environmental Policy
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENVS 227W: Environmental Policy
Course Description

Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 131 or POLS 100 or permission of instructor. An introduction to basic concepts of American environmental policy. Topics include: history of federal environmental policymaking, environmental policy tools, controversies in environmental policy, and U.S. environmental policy in the age of globalization. Field trips required. Fulfills ENVS Intermediate Social Science and Policy requirement. May also be used to fulfill an ENVS Elective requirement.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
100 - 140
Writing Requirement
Yes
Political Science 300-Level Courses
POLS 301: Classical Political Thought
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Beginnings of the Western political heritage as shaped by such great political thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Thucydides, and Xenophon.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 302: Modern Political Thought
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Political thought in the early modern period, from Machiavelli through the nineteenth century.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 303: Framing Of The Constitution
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 304: Maj Texts In Political Theory
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Intensive analysis of one or more texts of political philosophy or political science, with an emphasis on developing skills of close reading, textual analysis, and independent interpretation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 305: 20th Cent.Political Ideologies
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examination of contemporary political ideologies, focusing primarily on fascism, communism, and democracy. Some attention tom Marxist humanism and the neoconservative revival.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 306: Contemporary Democratic Theory
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HAP
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
IDS 306: Contemporary Democratic Theory
Course Description

An introduction to classical and contemporary political theories of justice, with application to several specific contemporary questions of public policy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 307: Political Thought Of Lincoln
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 309: Survey Rsrch/Politicl Analysis
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
MQR
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 308. Use of SPSS, multivariate analysis, and other computer routines to analyze survey and aggregate data. Special attention to political science data archives.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 310: Statistical Modeling
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
MQR
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the various approaches to using statistics to study social phenomena

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 310W: Statistical Modeling
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
MQRW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the various approaches to using statistics to study social phenomena

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
POLS 311: Intl Conflict Resolution
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. Examines general principles and problems of international conflict resolution, including strategic bargaining, issue linkage, third party involvement, and coalition formation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 312: International Law
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. Procedures and practices regarded by states as constituting international law, with major emphasis on contemporary problems and probable trends.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 313: International Organization
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. Nature and development of international organization, with emphasis on the interaction between international systems and organizations.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 313W: International Organization
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. Nature and development of international organization, with emphasis on the interaction between international systems and organizations.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
POLS 314: U.S. National Security Policy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. Organizations and processes involved in the formulation and execution of United States national security policy. Topics include nuclear strategy, bureaucratic politics, and the programming and budgeting process.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 315: Foreign Policies Of Maj Powers
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Comparison of post-World War II foreign policies of selected states. Primary focus on developing an understanding of the impact of internal influences on external behavior.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 316: Foreign Policy/The U States
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Traditions and assumptions of American foreign policy; analysis of post-World War II policy, including nuclear deterrence, foreign aid, and alliance policies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 317: Global Human Rights
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110. This course delves into the philosophical and contextual underpinnings of human rights in order to create a framework for understanding the increasing importance of human rights in the international system.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 318: US Policy Toward Latin America
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examination of United States foreign policy toward Latin America and the Caribbean from the Monroe Doctrine to the Reagan Doctrine. Emphasis on the evolution and formulation of United States policy, national security, and foreign economic policy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 319: Intl Political Economy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examines interactions between economic developments (domestic and external) and political changes (domestic and external). Begins with general views and then examines particular issues (e.g., trade, monetary, development, environmental).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 320: Political Violence
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110 or 120. Reviews several theories of the causes and dynamics of political violence. Includes an exploration of the ethical and moral issues concerning the proper role of government, the question of ends versus means, and the value of human existence.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 321: Comparative Political Economy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Examination of the theoretical and substantive relationships between politics and economics from a comparative perspective, including macroeconomic policy, economic influence on the vote, and political control of economic behavior.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 322: Politics Of Southeast Asia
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
EAS 322: Politics Of Southeast Asia
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110 or Political Science 120. Introduction to the contemporary politics of Southeast Asia. Specific focus on capitalist developing countries of the region - Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore. Approach is comparative, with focus on democratization, economic growth, and environmental issues.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 323: Comparative Political Parties
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. This course looks at the role of political parties for democracies and at ways parties represent interests in democracies. It combines general literature on parties and detailed study of a few countries.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 324: Sthrn Euro Political System
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 325: Eastern European Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110 or 120. An introduction to the politics and governments of Eastern Europe from World War I to the present.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 326: Western European Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Comparative examination of the contemporary political systems of democratic Europe.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 327: Contemporary British Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Focuses on the breakdown of the postwar consensus and its replacement by Thatcherism in 1979. Three topics receive detailed attention: race relations, territorial politics, and radical critiques of British democracy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 328: Politics Of Japan & East Asia
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
EAS 328: Politics Of Japan & East Asia
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110 or 120. Examines politics of contemporary Japan, with stress on political bases of Japanese economic growth and in comparison with other East Asian economic successes (e.g., Taiwan, South Korea).

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 329: Democratic Transitions
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Provides a survey and analysis of ways states undergo transitions from authoritarian to democratic regimes. Emphasizes interplay of elite and social factors, and addresses relationship between political and economic reform.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 330: Developmental Democracy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examines those political, social, and economic conditions necessary for the successful implementation of a democratic form of governance.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 331: Latin American Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Overview of the major political systems in Latin America; emphasis on patterns of authority; development of groups; the nature of institutions; political culture; forces of change; and the role of the state.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture and Related Component
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Scheduled Related Component
Community engaged learning
Weekly Contact Minutes in Related Component
50 - 90
POLS 332: Latin American Revolutions
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An analysis of the Mexican, Cuban, and Nicaraguan revolutions, with emphasis on the sources and consequences of political change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 333: Politics In The European Union
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Institutions and processes of the European Union including issues of membership, federalism, regional cohesion, effectiveness, accountability, and identity.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 334: Contemporary African Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AFS 334: Contemporary African Politics
AAS 334: Contemporary African Politics
Course Description

Politics of sub-Saharan Africa are examined, with emphasis on the major issues of social and political analysis as well as the African economic predicament and its political implications.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 335: Nations And Nationalism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Surveys the main contemporary theories of ethnic mobilization and nation building. Discusses the relationship between ethnicity and nationalism, and examines ethnic conflict and ways of resolving and preventing it.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 336: Politics In Russia
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. This course discusses the contemporary Russian political system, including major institutions and processes. Reviews development and collapse of the U.S.S.R. and briefly examines developments in other newly independent successor states.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 337: Islam And Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

A broad introduction to the relationship between Islam and politics in twentieth-century Iran, the Middle East, and North Africa.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 338: Politics Of The Middle East
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Political Science 120 is recommended but not required. Introduces students to critical issues in Middle East politics. Central themes include the colonial encounter, the rise of the authoritarian state, Israel and Palestine, and the rise of political Islam.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 339: Politics & The Environment
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENVS 339: Politics And The Environment
Course Description

Examines the connection between political activity and environmental management. Focus ranges from regulatory activity to the environmental consequences of particular electoral forms of democratic governance.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 341: The Presidency
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An introduction to the structure and behavior of the American presidency. Examines presidential elections, the organization of the office, and its relations with the other national political institutions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 342: Congressional Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Constitutional responsibilities of the federal legislature. Effects of internal procedures and organization, external links, and member goals on congressional decisions.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 343: Federalism&Intergovrnl Relatns
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examination of how and why national, state, and local governments in the American federal system interact (or fail to interact) to resolve important public policy problems.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 344: American Political Leadership
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Theories of leadership. Cultural and structural factors that influence leadership in the American political system. Leadership in American political institutions (national, state, and local), interest groups, and social movements.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 345: American Political Parties
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Party organization, candidate recruitment, political campaigning, and legislative parties as facets of the total political system. Effect of parties in differing national and cultural contexts in fostering or inhibiting democratic values and practices.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 346: African American Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
AAS 346: African American Politics
Course Description

Comprehensive examination of African American politics and its critical influence upon the American political system. Civil rights and black power movements; the voting rights act and redistricting; African American political participation, attitudes, and governance.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 347: The South In National Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The changing roles of the South in national politics since World War II, with attention to presidential elections, the two-party system, and the United States Congress.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 348: American Elections & Voting
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Voter and candidate decision-making during primary and general elections, patterns of partisan support in the electorate, and factors affecting campaign strategy in American elections.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 349: Politics Of Race In The U.S.
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Comprehensive examination of the significance of race in the development of the American political system. Topics include Reconstruction, the civil rights movement, and the contemporary political attitudes and behavior of black and white Americans.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 350: American Legal System
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 100. Basic concepts of American law, judicial selection, the legal profession, court systems, and judicial behavior.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 351: United States Supreme Court
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Course focuses on the Supreme Court as an institution. Legal, attitudinal, and strategic models are employed to examine the court's history and processes, and its role in the political system.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 352: Constitutional Law
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 100. Basic principles of the Constitution and powers of the national and state governments, examined through Supreme Court decisions and secondary works.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 353: Civil Liberties
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Personal liberties guaranteed by the United States Constitution, including freedom of speech, religion, assembly, petition; the right of privacy; the right against age, sex, race, or economic discrimination.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 354: Criminal Justice
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examination of the various stages of the criminal justice process in the United States and the constitutional rights accorded to the criminally accused.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 355: Nonprofits and Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 356: Politics Of Budgetary Process
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 357: Gender Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
WGS 357: Gender Politics
Course Description

Overview of the role of gender in defining and shaping politics, political systems, political beliefs, political behavior, and public policy in the American and/or international context.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 358: Women And The Law
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
WGS 358: Women And The Law
Course Description

Comprehensive analysis of legal issues relevant to women's status in society. Constitutional and statutory law addressed.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 359: American Radicalism
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

History, ideas and personalities of American radicalism, including utopianism, socialism, the Industrial Workers of the World, communism, and the New Left. American reactions to radicalism, including McCarthyism.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 360: Public Policy Process
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
SOC 377: Public Policy
Course Description

How national public policies develop. Focus on who American governing actors and elites are, what they control, how they work together, and how issues thereby develop, recur, and evolve into policy.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 361: Public Administration
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 362: Executive Branch Governance
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Examines how American executive branch agencies behave as organizations and how they relate in practice to the rest of the people in government and the nation.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 363: Public Opinion
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The nature, sources, and consequences of Americans' political preferences and beliefs. Topics include public opinion research methods, political socialization, self interest, reference groups, and voting behavior.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 364: Interest Group Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Focusing primarily on politics in the United States, this course examines the important roles played by organized interest groups and broader social movements in democratic politics.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 365: State & Local Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Structures and political processes of state and local governments. Emphasis on the roles of state and local governments in the American federal system.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 366: Southern Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

The politics of the South since 1960, with emphasis on the following topics: Southern political culture, the civil rights movement, and the rise of two-party competition.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 367: Urban Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Introduction and overview to the politics and governance of American cities. Emphasis is on understanding the relationships among governing structures, decision-making processes, and policy outcomes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 368: Urban Public Policy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Overview of major public policy problems confronting American urban areas today and the responses city, state, and national governments have made to address these problems. Policy areas covered include poverty, education, crime, housing, and community development.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 369: Public Policy Analysis
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Overview of the quantitative and qualitative methodologies employed by analysts in determining whether public programs and policies work. Attention is also given to research utilization and the role of analysis in the policymaking process.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 370A: Community Bldg & Soc Change I
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CBSC 370A: Community Bldg & Soc Change I
ENVS 370A: Community Bldg & Soc Change I
SOC 370A: Community Bldg & Soc Change I
Course Description

Open only to undergraduate students by permission of the instructor. Additionally, this course is required for all students seeking to apply for the fellowship in Community Building and Social Change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CBSC 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
ENVS 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
SOC 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
Course Description

Open only to students admitted as fellows in the program in Community Building and Social Change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
POLS 370BW: Planning Community Initiatives
General Information
Credit Hours
5
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CBSC 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
ENVS 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
SOC 370B: Planning Community Initiatives
Course Description

Open only to students admitted as fellows in the program in Community Building and Social Change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
Writing Requirement
Yes
POLS 370L: Planning Comm Initiatives-Lab
General Information
Credit Hours
1
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CBSC 370: Planning Comm. Iniatives-Lab
ENVS 370L: Planning Comm. Iniatives-Lab
SOC 370L: Planning Comm. Initiatives-Lab
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lab
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 372: Strategic Analysis
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 373: Consequences of War
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 110 or 120. Describes the manifold consequences of war to the individual, the state, and the international system; reviews a variety of theories of war consequences and explores the possible political and moral implications.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 374: War and Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 374W: War and Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
POLS 375: Contemp. Chinese Politics
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
EAS 375: Contemp. Chinese Politics
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 376: Compar Representative Instit
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 377: Politics Of Democratic Spain
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Political Science 120. Analysis of the contemporary Spanish political system, including its transition to democracy, political institutions, and governmental processes.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 378: Compar State & Stratification
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
SOC 378: Compar State & Stratification
Course Description

Suggested prerequisite: Sociology 214 or 311 or Political Science 321, 324, 326, or 327. Comparative sociology of state social and economic politics in advanced industrial democracies, 1880 to present.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 379: Politics in Music
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

An examination of political information as it is conveyed through music and music video/film art forms. Course fulfills an elective requirement for the political science major.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 380: Pol. Economy of Development
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 381: Comparative Political Regimes
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 382: Dictatorship and Development
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
HIST 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
JS 383: The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Course Description

No Course Description Available.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 384: Int'l Environmental Policy
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENVS 377: Int'l Environmental Policy
Course Description

Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 131 or Political Science 110, or permission of instructor. An advanced course designed to introduce students to the complexity of policy problems surrounding international environmental issues. We begin with the difference between national and international policy issues, and why international environmental issues present unique challenges. The class will then address the fragility of international environmental institutions and the history of this topic. The second half of the course will focus on specific policy problems such as: free trade, sustainable development, population growth, climate change, and endangered species. Students will also develop an expertise in the positions and problems of one nation outside the United States. Fulfills an ENVS Elective requirement.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 384W: Int'l Environmental Policy
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
ENVS 377W: Int'l Environmental Policy
Course Description

Prerequisite: Environmental Studies 131 or Political Science 110, or permission of instructor. An advanced course designed to introduce students to the complexity of policy problems surrounding international environmental issues. We begin with the difference between national and international policy issues, and why international environmental issues present unique challenges. The class will then address the fragility of international environmental institutions and the history of this topic. The second half of the course will focus on specific policy problems such as: free trade, sustainable development, population growth, climate change, and endangered species. Students will also develop an expertise in the positions and problems of one nation outside the United States. Fulfills an ENVS Elective requirement.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
POLS 385: Spec Tops: Political Science
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Selected topics and problems in political science. Content will vary in successive offerings of this course. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 385W: Spec Tops: Political Science
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Selected topics and problems in political science. Content will vary in successive offerings of this course. May be repeated for credit when topic varies.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
POLS 386: Special Topics
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This is a variable credit course; special topics in Political Science.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 386W: Special Topics
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This is a variable credit course; special topics in Political Science.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
Political Science 400-Level Courses
POLS 403: Theories Of Justice
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 486: Washington Semester
General Information
Credit Hours
16
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, sixteen satisfactory/unsatisfactory hours. Special course for students selected by the department to study for one semester in the nation's capital, with an occasional abroad component.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 487: Internt'l Studies at Bard (NY)
General Information
Credit Hours
16
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, sixteen satisfactory/unsatisfactory hours. Special course for students selected by the department to study for one semester in New York City.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 490R: Advanced Seminar
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Open only to senior and junior majors and others by permission of instructor. Selected topics in political science.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 490RW: Advanced Seminar
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Open only to senior and junior majors and others by permission of instructor. Selected topics in political science.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
POLS 491: Special Topics - Senior Seminar
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This is a variable credit course; special topics class in Political Science that will be a variation of a senior seminar.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 491W: Special Topics - Senior Seminar
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 4
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

This is a variable credit course; special topics class in Political Science that will be a variation of a senior seminar.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Seminar
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
Writing Requirement
Yes
POLS 492R: Practicum:Comm Bldg & Soc Chng
General Information
Credit Hours
2
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
CBSC 492R: Practicum:Comm Bldg & Soc Chng
ENVS 492R: Practicum:Comm Bldg & Soc Chng
SOC 492R: Practicum:Comm Bldg & Soc Chng
Course Description

Open only to students admitted as fellows in the program in Community Building and Social Change.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
175
POLS 495: Honors Tutorial
General Information
Credit Hours
3
GERs
HSC
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Open only to students selected to participate in the department's Honors Program. Basic social science research methods and preparation of an honors thesis on some previously uninvestigated or insufficiently investigated area of political science. This course is required for completion of the Honors Program in political science.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
POLS 495W: Honors Tutorial
General Information
Credit Hours
4
GERs
HSCW
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Open only to students selected to participate in the department's Honors Program. Basic social science research methods and preparation of an honors thesis on some previously uninvestigated or insufficiently investigated area of political science. This course is required for completion of the Honors Program in political science.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Lecture
Weekly Contact Minutes
150
Writing Requirement
Yes
POLS 496R: Internshp In Political Science
General Information
Credit Hours
4 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, four to twelve hours. Supervised participation in a government/political internship approved by the department.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 496RW: Internshp In Political Science
General Information
Credit Hours
4 - 12
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, four to twelve hours. Supervised participation in a government/political internship approved by the department.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Experiential
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 497R: Directed Study
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, one to twelve hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 497RW: Directed Study
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 12
GERs
WRT
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, one to twelve hours. Prerequisite: consent of instructor. Independent reading and research under the direction of a faculty member. May be repeated for credit.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Directed study
Weekly Contact Minutes
variable
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable
POLS 499: Honors Research
General Information
Credit Hours
1 - 8
GERs
None
Variable GER
None
Pre-Requisites
None
Co-Requisites
None
Cross-Listed
None
Course Description

Credit, one to eight hours. Independent research course for students selected to participate in the department┬┐s Honors Program. This course is required for completion of the Honors Program in political science.

Contact Hour Information
Course Type
Independent Honors research
Weekly Contact Minutes
300
Additional Course Plus Component
Not Applicable

Honors Program

See “Honors Program” under the curriculum section of the catalog and consult the department for further details.

Outstanding students majoring in political science or international studies are invited by the department in the spring semester of their junior year to submit materials for consideration for the political science honors program the following year. Invitations are extended to students selected from this group. The program is a yearlong curriculum in which students successfully complete a political science graduate or senior seminar, conduct original research on a topic of their own choosing, and write an honors thesis under the direction of a political science faculty member. Honors students also must enroll in the honors tutorial seminar in the fall semester. Consult the department or director of undergraduate studies for more details.

For more information, see Honors Program | Academic Policies & Regulations.

Study Abroad

The Department strongly encourages its majors to consider studying abroad at some point in their studies.  For specifics, consult CIPA and the director of undergraduate studies.

For more information, see Study Abroad.

Advising

Students who declare a major are assigned a faculty advisor in the department who may be consulted on any matter pertaining to a student's progress. It is the student's responsibility to seek out his or her advisor as needed in the course of the academic year.

Language Study

The International Studies major requires two years of college-level study of a modern foreign language, or the equivalent.

Internship

Students who have sufficient background in political science courses are eligible to apply for government/political internships approved by the Department of Political Science. Students have served as interns in the White House; the offices of members of Congress, governors, and lieutenant-governors; in state legislatures; and in other state, county, and city offices. Students also may serve as interns in programs at The Carter Center. Students may earn up to twelve semester hours of political science internship credit, but a maximum of four semester hours may be used to satisfy the requirements of the political science major and a maximum of four semester hours may be used to satisfy the requirements of the international studies major.

Awards and Honors

Outstanding students majoring in political science and international studies are invited by the department to join Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society. In addition, the Elliott Levitas Award for outstanding accomplishment in political science is presented annually to a senior major who exemplifies excellence in political science or international studies.

Independent Research and Study

Independent research with faculty is available through the department's Directed Study course, and from time to time other research opportunities with faculty are available.