Political Science (POLS)

Department Head: Professor David Yalof

Department Office: Room 409, Oak Hall

Major requirements.

1002. Introduction to Political Theory

Three credits.

Major themes of political theory such as justice, obligation, and equality, and their relevance to contemporary political concerns. CA 1.

1202. Introduction to Comparative Politics

Three credits.

A survey of institutions, politics, and ideologies in democratic and non-democratic states. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

1202W. Introduction to Comparative Politics

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

1207. Introduction to Nonwestern Politics

Three credits.

A survey of institutions, ideologies, development strategies, and the political processes in nonwestern culture. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

1402. Introduction to International Relations

Three credits.

The nature and problems of international politics. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

1402W. Introduction to International Relations

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

1602. Introduction to American Politics

Three credits.

Analysis of the organization and operation of the American political system. CA 2.

1602W. Introduction to American Politics

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. CA 2.

2062. Privacy in the Information Age

Three credits.

Honors course providing a thematic overview of privacy from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Public policy, legal and ethical debates surrounding privacy and the impact of technology and scientific advances on how privacy is conceptualized, valued, enacted, and protected.

2062W. Privacy in the Information Age

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Provides a thematic overview of privacy from a variety of disciplinary perspectives. Public policy, legal and ethical debates surrounding privacy and the impact of technology and scientific advances on how privacy is conceptualized, valued, enacted, and protected.

2072Q. Quantitative Analysis in Political Science

Three credits. Recommended preparation: High school Algebra II and a mathematics course.

Explanation of the quantitative methods used in political science. Application of these methods for the analysis of substantive political questions.

2222. Political Institutions and Behavior in Western Europe

Three credits.

Comparative analysis of the governments and politics of Western Europe.

2222W. Political Institutions and Behavior in Western Europe

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2607. American Political Parties

Three credits. Prerequisite: POLS 1602.

An analysis of the aims, organization, and growth of parties in the United States.

2607W. American Political Parties

Prerequisite: POLS 1602; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

2622. State and Local Government

Three credits.

The practical working of democracy and the role of state and local governments.

2998. Political Issues

Three credits. May be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

An exploration of the fundamental nature of political conflicts on the national and international levels.

2998W. Political Issues

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

3002. Classical and Medieval Political Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

An examination of Greek, Roman and early Judeo-Christian political ideas and institutions, and their relevance to the present.

3012. Modern Political Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Major political doctrines of the contemporary period, and their influence upon political movements and institutions as they are reflected in the democratic and nondemocratic forms of government.

3012W. Modern Political Theory

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3017. Contemporary Political Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Major political writings from 1900 to the present.

3022W. Western Marxist Tradition

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Exploration of the social and political theories of Marx and Engels, and of later interpretations and modifications of their ideas.

3023. Politics and Literature

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; freshmen and sophomores by permission.

An examination of major works of literature that either describe governing systems and institutions, interpret political processes and clashes, or address perennial themes in political philosophy and theory.

3023W. Politics and Literature

Three credits. Two 1 hour 15 minutes seminars per week. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; freshmen and sophomores by permission.

3032. American Political Thought and Ideology

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

American political thought from the colonial to the contemporary period. Political thought discussed as the ideological expression of the larger sociopolitical situation.

3042. Theories of Human Rights

(Also offered as HRTS 3042.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Various theories of human rights, both historical and contemporary. Conceptual arguments both in favor and critical of the theory and practice of human rights will be considered, with literature taken primarily from philosophy and political theory.

3062. Democratic Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002, POLS 3002, or POLS 3012.

Survey of theories of democracy from classical times to the present; analysis of defenders and critics of democracy.

3062W. Democratic Theory

Recommended preparation: POLS 1002, POLS 3002, or POLS 3012; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

3072. Political Protest and Ideology

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Variants of major ideologies such as liberalism, socialism, communism, anarchism, fascism, and feminism in their socio-historical context, as well as alternative visions from the Third World.

3082. Critical Race Theory as Political Theory

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1002.

Interdisciplinary scholarship on racial identity, legal decisions, and political action from the perspective of political science and political theory. Topics include interactions between states and social movements, the intersections of race, class, gender, and membership, and the problems with both post-racialism and identity politics.

3202. Comparative Political Parties and Electoral Systems

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

A focus on political party and electoral systems around the world, including advanced industrial nations, transitional nations, and less developed nations. Issues such as the relationship between electoral and party systems, democratic reform, voting behavior, and organization of political parties are examined.

3202W. Comparative Political Parties and Electoral Systems

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3203. Environmental Policy and Institutions

(Also offered as PP 3203.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors and higher, others by instructor consent.

Development of environmental policies and institutions and their effects on the motivations and the actions of individuals and groups with implications for questions of equity, justice, and sustainability. Draws on approaches from comparative politics, public policy, and international relations.

3205. Voting Behavior and Public Opinion Around the World

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

How voting behavior differs across countries. Topics may include turnout, class voting, the electoral role of religion, accountability for the economy, vote buying, ethnic politics, attitudes toward welfare, support for democracy, and anti-Americanism.

3206. Comparative Political Economy

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Introduction to overlapping themes in economics and political science including the substantive and empirical relationship between these two in advanced industrial democracies.

3208. Politics of Oil

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Historical and contemporary role of oil in comparative politics and international relations. CA 2.

3208W. Politics of Oil

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207. CA 2.

3209. Sustainable Energy in the 21st Century

(Also offered as ENGR 3209 and HRTS 3209.) Three credits. Open to juniors or higher.

Political, socioeconomic, environmental, science and engineering challenges of energy sources; comparison of feasibility and sustainability of energy policies around the world.

3210. Ethnic Conflict and Democracy in Comparative Perspective

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Conflicts among ethno-national groups in democratic and democratizing states and conflict management strategies. Theoretical approaches to understanding origin-of-identity conflicts.

3210W. Ethnic Conflict and Democracy in Comparative Perspective

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

3211. Politics of Water

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

The role of water in state building, state-society relations, and economic and political development. Draws on approaches from comparative politics and international relations. CA 2.

3211W. Politics of Water

Three credits. Two 1 hour 15 minute lectures/seminars per week. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; freshmen and sophomores by permission. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207. CA 2.

3212. Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights

(Also offered as HRTS 3212.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Cultural difference and human rights in areas of legal equality, women’s rights, political violence, criminal justice, religious pluralism, global security, and race relations.

3214. Comparative Social Policy

Three credits. Prerequisites: POLS 1202 or 1207 or instructor consent; open to sophomores or higher.

Institutional structures of modern welfare states, including systems of social insurance, healthcare, and education. Assessment of leading political explanations for their growth and cross-national differences among them.

3214W. Comparative Social Policy

Three credits. Prerequisites: POLS 1202 or 1207 or instructor consent; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: Coursework in economics and sociology.

3216. Women in Political Development

(Also offered as WGSS 3216.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; others by consent.

How women and gender circumscribe political life and generate relationships of inequality and justice on a global scale. Topics may include conflict and security, development, human rights and legal systems, labor and migration, nation building, political economy, and transnational justice.

3218. Indigenous Peoples’ Politics and Rights

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Governments, political behavior, human rights and constitutional rights of indigenous peoples of North America and Latin America. Impact of international law and globalization on indigenous peoples.

3218W. Indigenous Peoples’ Politics and Rights

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

3228. Politics of Russia and the Former Soviet Union

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The social and political structure of the former Soviet Union, the causes and outcome of efforts to reform it, and the development of democratic politics in Russia and other former Soviet republics.

3235. Latin American Politics

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Theories and institutions of Latin American politics, with emphasis on issues of stability and change.

3237. Democratic Culture and Citizenship in Latin America

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The development of democratic attitudes, norms, and behavior in Latin America. CA 2.

3237W. Democratic Culture and Citizenship in Latin America

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. CA 2.

3239. Politics of the Environment and Development

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors and higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

Politics of the environment and development with a focus on environmental issues in developing countries.

3239W. Politics of the Environment and Development

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors and higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 or 1207.

3245. Chinese Politics and Economy

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: a 1000-level course in economics.

Chinese political structure and policymaking process, attempts at democratization, process and outcome of economic reforms, development challenges in contemporary China.

3247. Gender and War

(Also offered as WGSS 3247.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Gender aspects of war. Masculinities and militaries; gender-based war violence; laws of war and post-war conditions for male and female soldiers and civilians.

3249. Gender Politics and Islam

(Also offered as WGSS 3249.) Three credits.

Construction of gender in Islamic texts and history, the religion’s interaction with other patriarchal cultures and systems, western interventions and their impact, male leaders’ reform efforts, women’s movements.

3250. The Political Economy of East Asia

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors and higher. Recommended preparation: 1000-level courses in political science and economics.

Economic, political, and social development of East Asia.

3250W. The Political Economy of East Asia

Three credits. Two 1 hour 15 minute lectures/seminars per week. Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; freshmen and sophomores by consent of instructor. Recommended preparation: 1000-level courses in political science and economics.

3252. Politics in Africa

(Also offered as AFRA 3252.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The political systems in contemporary Africa; the background of the slave trade, imperialism, colonialism, and the present concerns of nationalism, independence, economic development and military rule. Emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa.

3255. Politics of South Africa

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Internal development of the South African state and the external response to apartheid policies, with special attention to both white and African politics, U.S. policy, and other selected topics.

3256. Politics and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

(Also offered as HRTS 3256.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 and 1402 and POLS/HRTS 3212.

Political and human rights implications of regulating contemporary global supply chains: official regulatory frameworks; non-regulatory approaches to rule-making (such as voluntary corporate codes of conduct and industry standards); social responses to the dilemmas of “ethical” sourcing of goods and services.

3256W. Politics and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

(Also offered as HRTS 3256W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to Political Science or Human Rights majors and minors; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 and 1402 and POLS/HRTS 3212.

3402. Contemporary International Politics

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Problems in international relations with emphasis on changing characteristics of international politics.

3406. Globalization and Political Change

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Origins and contested definitions of globalization, and its impact on national, regional and international institutions and political processes. Designed for upper-level undergraduate students with a solid grounding in comparative politics and international relations.

3406W. Globalization and Political Change

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3410. International Political Economy

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Politics of international economic relations: trade, finance, foreign direct investment, aid.

3412. Global Environmental Politics

(Also offered as EVST 3412.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Politics of how humans and natural systems interact. Managing the global environment, regulating resource commons, and coordinating to solve environmental problems.

3414. National and International Security

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Key American national security issues as integral parts of the larger problem of global security.

3418. International Organizations and Law

(Also offered as HRTS 3418.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The role of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations and international law in world affairs with special attention to contemporary issues.

3418W. International Organizations and Law

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3422. International Negotiation and Bargaining

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

A comparative study of foreign policy making. Use of computer-assisted simulation provides realistic experience in foreign policy decision making and international negotiation.

3426. Politics, Propaganda, and Cinema

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Lectures and films from several nations serve to illustrate techniques and effects of propaganda, analyzing the pervasive impact that propaganda has on our lives. The course concentrates on the World War II era.

3428. The Politics of Torture

(Also offered as HRTS 3428.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Examination of the usage of torture by state and non-state actors. Questions include, “Why is torture perpetrated?” “What domestic and international legal frameworks and issues related to the use of torture?” “How effective are existing legal prohibitions and remedies?” “Who tortures?” and “How does torture affect transitional justice?”

3429. Political Violence

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1402.

Nature and origin of violence, including torture, genocide, terrorism, and civil war, on the part of individuals, non-state groups, and states.

3429W. Political Violence

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1402.

3430. Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries

(Also offered as HRTS 3430.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Examination of the ways in which governments, businesses, NGOs, IGOs, and scholars assess which human rights are being respected by governments of the world. Hands-on experience in rating the level of government respect for human rights in countries around the world.

3432. American Diplomacy

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

A chronological examination of the foreign relations of the United States from 1776 to the First World War.

3437. Recent American Diplomacy

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The foreign relations of the United States from the First World War to the present.

3438W. Writing Seminar in Recent American Diplomacy

One credit. Corequisite: POLS 3437. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

3442. The Politics of American Foreign Policy

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Instructions, forces and processes in the making of American foreign policy. Emphasis will be on contemporary issues.

3447. American Diplomacy in the Middle East

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The strategic, political, and economic interests that have shaped U.S. policy in the Middle East. U.S. responses to regional crises, peace efforts, arms transfers, covert operations and military intervention.

3457. Foreign Policies of the Russian Federation and the Former USSR

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The Soviet Union’s role in world affairs as background for studying the international consequences of the breakup of the USSR; the foreign policies of the former soviet republics among themselves, and of Russia and selected other republics.

3462. International Relations of the Middle East

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The foreign policies and security problems of Middle Eastern States; sources of regional conflict and competition – oil, water, borders, religion, ideology, alliances, geopolitics, refugees, and superpower intervention.

3464. Arab-Israeli Conflict

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Political relations between Arabs and Israelis with an emphasis on war and diplomacy.

3464W. Arab-Israeli Conflict

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

3472. South Asia in World Politics

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Relations among countries of South Asia and between this region and the rest of the world. Problems of development and security confronting South Asian countries. CA 4-INT.

3472W. South Asia in World Politics

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. CA 4-INT.

3476. World Political Leaders

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Theory and practice of political leadership. Comparison of leaders in different political systems. Leadership in foreign and domestic politics. Case studies of great leaders.

3602. The Presidency and Congress

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The contemporary Presidency and its interactions with the Congress in the formation of public policy.

3604. Congress in Theory and Practice

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

In-depth analysis of the U.S. Congress, including representation, elections, policy formation, law making, and organization.

3604W. Congress in Theory and Practice

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher with consent of instructor.

3612. Electoral Behavior

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Explaining elections and the basis for voters’ decisions.

3613. Congressional Elections

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; freshmen and sophomores by permission. Recommended preparation: POLS 1602.

Campaign organization, strategy, and election outcomes in Congressional elections. Topics include candidates and nominations, the roles of political parties and interest groups, campaign communications, campaign finance, and electoral reform.

3613W. Congressional Elections

Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; freshmen and sophomores by permission; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: POLS 1602.

3615. Electoral Realignment

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open only to juniors and seniors.

Theoretical and empirical examination of electoral realignment in the United States. CA 2.

3615W. Electoral Realignment

Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to juniors and seniors. CA 2.

3617. American Political Economy

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Theoretical foundations of the American political economy. Examination of selected public policy issues, including interaction between economic factors and incentives, and democratic institutions and processes.

3618. Politics of Inequality

Three credits. Open to juniors or higher.

Relationship between democracy and inequality. Economic inequality and its causes, poverty, public opinion, inequalities in political voice and representation, public policy, the role of money in politics.

3622. American Political Leadership

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Study of American political leadership as it relates to political culture, institutions and democratic principles.

3625. Public Opinion

(Also offered as PP 3030.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Concepts, theories, structure, and substance of public opinion.

3627. Connecticut State and Municipal Politics

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

An examination of contemporary Connecticut politics on the state and municipal levels.

3632. Urban Politics

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Political systems and problems confronting urban governments.

3632W. Urban Politics

(Also offered as URBN 3632W.) Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3633. Race and Policy

(Also offered as AFRA and PP 3033.) Three credits.

Examination of contemporary public policy through the lens of race.

3642. African-American Politics

(Also offered as AFRA 3642.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Political behavior, theory, and ideology of African-Americans, with emphasis on contemporary U.S. politics. CA 4.

3647. Black Leadership and Civil Rights

(Also offered as AFRA 3647.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Black leadership, emphasizing the principles, goals, and strategies used by African-American men and women to secure basic citizenship rights during the civil rights era.

3652. Black Feminist Politics

(Also offered as AFRA 3652 and WGSS 3652.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

An introduction to major philosophical and theoretical debates at the core of black feminist thought, emphasizing the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression uphold and sustain each other.

3662. Latino Political Behavior

(Also offered as LLAS 3270.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Latino politics in the United States. Political histories of four different Latino populations: Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central American. Different forms of political expressions, ranging from electoral behavior to political art. CA 4.

3667. Puerto Rican Politics and Culture

(Also offered as LLAS 3667.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Legal and political history of the relationship between Puerto Rico and the United States with an emphasis on the question of United States empire and the politics of cultural resistance.

3672. Women and Politics

(Formerly offered as POLS 3052.) (Also offered as WGSS 3052.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

An introduction to feminist thought, the study of women as political actors, the feminist movement and several public policy issues affecting women.

3802. Constitutional Law

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The role of the Supreme court in expounding and developing the United States Constitution. Topics include judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, and due process.

3807. Constitutional Rights and Liberties

(Also offered as HRTS 3807.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.

3812. Judiciary in the Political Process

Three credits. Prerequisite: POLS 1602; open to juniors or higher.

The Supreme Court in the Political Process.

3817. Law and Society

(Formerly offered as POLS 254.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. When students intend to take several courses in the Judicial Process field, it is recommended that 3817 be taken first.

Leading schools of legal thought, fundamental principles and concepts of law, the basic framework of legal institutions, and judicial procedure. Particular attention is devoted to the general features of American law as it affects the citizen, and primary emphasis is placed on the function of law as a medium for attaining a balance of social interests in a politically organized society.

3822. Law and Popular Culture

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Exploration of themes in the study of law and courts by contrasting scholarly work against representations of such themes in movies, television, and other media of popular culture.

3822W. Law and Popular Culture

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3827. Politics of Crime and Justice

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Criminal justice in the United States, with emphasis on the links between law, politics, and administration.

3832. Maritime Law

(Also offered as MAST 3832.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

International and domestic legal concepts concerning jurisdiction in a maritime setting.

3834. Immigration and Transborder Politics

(Also offered as LLAS 3271.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

U.

S. immigration policy, trans-border politics, and the impact diasporas and ethnic lobbies have on U.

S. foreign policy, with emphasis on Latino diasporas.

3837. Civil Rights and Legal Mobilization

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Strategies used by interest groups to achieve civil rights recognition through the legal system and legislative process.

3837W. Civil Rights and Legal Mobilization

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3842. Public Administration

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

The politics of public administration. Role of administrative agencies and officials in American national, state, and local governments.

3847. The Policy-making Process

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Introduction to the study of policy analysis. Consideration of description and prescriptive models of policy-making. Examination of several substantive areas of national policy in the United States.

3850. Politics and Ethics

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Relationship between power and ethics in political life. Examination of ethical perspectives on political decisions and issues.

3850W. Politics and Ethics

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

3852. Politics of Budgeting

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Examination of the decision-making processes and role of the budget in public bureaucracies and policy implementation. Contemporary controversies in budgeting are used to illustrate and apply basic principles.

3857. Politics, Society, and Education Policy

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

Analysis of interactions among educational policy, politics, and other social forces. Insights and concerns from politics and other social sciences disciplines applied to different levels and types of schooling.

3991. Supervised Field Work

Credits up to 12. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of the department head. Students taking this course will be assigned a final grade of S (satisfactory) or U (unsatisfactory)

3993. Foreign Study

Credits (up to a maximum of 15) and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of Department Head required, normally to be granted before the student’s departure. May count toward the major with consent of the advisor. May be repeated for credit.

Special topics taken in a foreign study program.

3995. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3999. Independent Study

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with consent of instructor and department head. This course may be repeated for credit with a change in subject matter.

4994. Senior Seminar

Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher; open only with consent of instructor.

Required for students in the Honors Program. Weekly seminar on selected topics in political science. Students must complete this course prior to their final semester.

4997W. Senior Thesis

Three credits. Hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher; open only by instructor consent. All honors students writing an honors thesis in Political Science must take this course in each of their last two semesters. Course may be repeated once for credit.

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