POLS& 101 5 credits
Introduction to Political Science
Exploration of the concepts and methods of political philosophy. Class will draw on both classical and contemporary writers. Topics include liberty, equality, justice, rights and political obligations along with current topical issues.
POLS& 202 5 credits
Focus is given to the system, process, and organizational functions of the American government. It also puts primary attention on the relationships between citizens and their national government by exploring the key theoretical precepts that shaped the Constitution and its federal structural arrangements. Close attention is paid to the policy making process and its key actors, as well as various public policies.
POLS& 203 5 credits
The study of the interactions among the various actors that participate in international politics, including individuals, states, international organizations, nongovernmental organizations and sub-national entities, and the theories that try to predict their behavior, such as Realism, Liberalism and Constructivism. Includes use of class website and critical analysis of professional articles.
POLS 206 5 credits
State and Local Government
The study of people, institutions and political forces that shape policymaking and policy outcomes in state and local communities. The role of states' politics within the context of the Federalist political system established by the United States Constitution.