Political Science

Courses

POL 200     United States Government
Credit Hours: 3
Fundamentals of the United States federal system of government; governmental organizations; processes and functions at national, state, and local levels with emphasis on national. This course satisfies teacher certification and statute requirements. [S5 900]

POL 220     Intro To Non-Western Political Systems
Credit Hours: 3
A comparative survey of the political and economic dilemmas of Less Developed Countries. Problems and theories concerning political development, colonialism, aid, and credit will be addressed as well as the impact of LDC’s on the U.S. and vice versa. [S5 906N]

POL 231    Research and Writing in Political Science
Credit Hours: 3
Selecting a topic, constructing the thesis, using resources, format for citations and bibliographies, writing assignments in Political Science from essays to major research papers.

POL 236     International Relations
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of contemporary international affairs with an emphasis upon relations among states, national power, foreign policy, international conflict, and competition and cooperation in the legal, political, economic, and social fields.

POL 260     American Judicial Process
Credit Hours: 3
Analysis of the American judicial system. Information about the major structures and processes of the American judiciary and courthouse dynamics. Covers organization and procedures of the various courts to the current applications of specific laws and rules, legal history, and legal education. A practical and comprehensive look at the conduct of the judicial system. Includes an interactive experience as students take on roles as lawyers and witnesses in a mock trial exercise.

POL 261    Mock Trial I (Criminal)
Credit Hours: 2
A course on trial procedures designed especially for pre-law students. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree.

POL 262  Mock Trial II (Criminal)
Credit Hours: 1
A course on trial procedures designed specially for pre-law students. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree. Prerequisite: POL 261.

POL 263  Mock Trial I (Civil)
Credit Hours: 2
A course on trial procedures designed especially for pre-law students. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree.

POL 264  Mock Trial II (Civil)
Credit Hours: 1
A course on trial procedures designed especially for pre-law students. Prerequisite: POL 263. No more than 3 credit hours of Mock Trial may apply towards pre-law degree. Prerequisite: POL 263.

POL 270-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics of current interest depending upon demand and staff.

POL 310     Current Affairs and Contemporary Issues
Credit Hours: 3
A course covering the major issues we face in American society and the approaches we take to address these issues.

POL 316     The American Presidency
Credit Hours: 3
A study of the origin and background of the American presidency. The powers and functions of the office, the processes of selection and tenure, and the organization of and policy-making within the executive branch of the federal government. Prerequisite: POL 200.

POL 319     International Conflict Management
Credit Hours: 3
This course examines the structure and functions of international organizations and their role in the resolution of international conflicts. It is through the management of conflict situations that international policies are derived. For the purpose at hand, conflicts embody a wide range of competitive situations which range from the physical to the economic to the purely symbolic. Consequently, negotiation, diplomacy, and strategy will be examined in light of their theoretical and practical applications. We also examine game theory as a method of analysis and prediction.

POL 324     Comparative Politics: Developed Political Systems
Credit Hours: 3
This course is a comparative study of the historical background, development, and functions of developed political systems.  Although the focus will of necessity be on European systems, the addition of similar non-western systems such as Japan will also be included in order to demonstrate the nature of structure and function of successful political development.

POL 325     Comparative Politics: Developing Political Systems
Credit Hours: 3
This course is an examination of the historical background, cultural, and economic challenges that confront the development of political systems through a regional analysis.  The region under consideration will shift from year to year based upon student interest and world events.  The regional sub-topic will be the focus of the unique factors that determine the nature of the process of political development.

POL 330     American Foreign Policy
Credit Hours: 3
A survey and analysis of the institutions and issues involved with the formulation, conduct, and content of U.S. foreign policy.

POL 363     American Constitutional Law
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of Constitutional Law in the United States with an emphasis upon the basic structure and power relationships in the American Constitutional system. Prerequisite: POL 200.

POL 364     Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Credit Hours: 3
An examination of Constitutional Law in the United States with an emphasis upon civil rights and liberties. Prerequisite: POL 200.

POL 370-9  Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics and problems of current interest to the advanced student depending upon demand and staff.

POL 384    Political Theory: Ancient Greece to 1500
Credit Hours: 3
Major political ideas of the Greeks, Romans, and Early Christians on the role of government in the pursuit of justice, wisdom, happiness, and salvation.

POL 385     Political Theory: 1500-Present
Credit Hours: 3
Ideas of the major political thinkers from Machiavelli to Marx on the attempt to balance the desire for order and stability with the desire for freedom and liberty.

POL 421     International Law
Credit Hours: 3
Nature, sources, and development of international law; leading principles defining the rights of states in times of peace, war, and neutrality. Mediation, arbitration, international courts, maritime and aviation law will be covered. Prerequisite: POL 236.

POL 470-9 Special Topics
Credit Hours: 1-3
Special topics of current interest to the advanced student depending upon demand and staff.

POL 480-1  Practicum In Political Science
Credit Hours: 1-6
An assignment involving the practical application of political science knowledge. Interns will work with one of several governmental offices or governmental-related private agencies located within the nearby tri-state area. Approximately 50 hours of practicum required per credit hour. Graded on A/F scale. Only 3 hours may count toward Political Science Pre-law concentration.

POL 497     Seminar In Political Science
Credit Hours: 3
Research and discussion in depth on scholarly periodicals and books in the field; interpretation and integration of specialized areas of political science, awareness of present day authorities and scholars in the field; preparation of scholarly oral and written reports. Prerequisite: POL 231 and senior standing.

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