2017-2018 Catalog

Political Science (Pols)


Hand, Harsell, Jendrysik, Jensen, Kassow, Sum (Chair), Urlacher and Wood

The BA in Political Science

Students pursuing a BA in Political Science will find a rigorous, dynamic, and intellectually demanding program that will promote academic excellence and civic engagement while preparing students for a wide range of career options.

Political Science students must complete challenging and thought-provoking courses culminating in a capstone. Each course, as well as the entire major sequence, will broaden and deepen student knowledge and build a set of core skills and competencies. The core curriculum includes courses in the major subfields of political science: American Government, Comparative Politics, International Relations, Political Theory, and Public Law. Students will use elective coursework to develop a “curricular pathway.” A student’s curricular pathway may explore one of the prime subfields more deeply; alternatively, the curricular pathway may be applied to more narrowly defined areas of political science. Many of students use elective credit to create a pre-law pathway. Other examples include, Human Rights, Political Behavior, the Politics of Gender or Race, or Public Policy. Another option open to students is to form a generalist concentration by purposefully selecting courses from different subfields to fulfill the elective coursework requirement. Students are encouraged to work closely with their faculty adviser to determine a pathway that is appropriate and desirable. Political Science majors must follow 36 credit hours plus external department requirements.

College of Business and Public Administration

B.A. in Political Science

Required 125 credits (36 of which must be numbered 300 or above, and 60 of which must be from a 4-year institution) including:

 I.  Essential Studies Requirements (see University ES listing).

II.  BA in Political Science Program Requirements:

    a.  At least a 2.50 GPA overall

    b.  At least a 2.50 GPA for courses required within the major

III. Core Curriculum:

Introductory-level coursework
Select two of the following:6
POLS 115American Government I3
POLS 116State and Local Government3
POLS 120Global Perspectives3
Intermediate-level coursework
Select two of the following:6
POLS 220International Politics3
POLS 225Comparative Politics3
POLS 250Introduction to Public Administration3
Advanced-level coursework
POLS 300Introduction Research Methods3
POLS 310Introduction to Political Thought3
POLS 405Political Behavior3
or POLS 432 Public Policy Making Process
A Capstone experience
POLS 495Senior Colloquium in Political Science and Public Administration3
Political Science students also will take 12 hours of electives, normally at the 300-level or above. Up to three (3) credits at the 200-level may be counted towards this elective requirement without prior departmental approval. Majors may take up to six (6) hours of these electives, at the 300-level or above from relevant courses outside the department with prior departmental approval.12
Total Credits54

Students may substitute POLS 308 Intergovernmental Relations with departmental approval.

Political Science students also will meet the following requirements based on courses offered in other departments:

  1. Level II proficiency in a foreign language
  2. ECON 202 Principles of Macroeconomics or equivalent (3 credits)
  3. ECON 210 Introduction to Business and Economic Statistics or equivalent undergraduate statistics course such as PSYC 241 Introduction to Statistics or SOC 326 Sociological Statistics


Minor in Political Science

Students who minor in political science will complete 21 hours of coursework, including 15 hours of Core courses and at least 6 hours of electives. The minor’s Core normally will include the following courses:

Introductory-level coursework
Seclect one of the following:
POLS 115American Government I3
POLS 120Global Perspectives3
Intermediate-level coursework
Select two of the following:6
International Politics
Comparative Politics
Introduction to Public Administration
Advanced-level coursework
Select two of the following:6
Introduction Research Methods
Introduction to Political Thought
American Political Thought
American Constitution-Governmental Powers
American Constitution-Civil Liberties
Political Behavior
Electives (intermediate level or above)6
Total Credits24

POLS 115. American Government I. 3 Credits.

An introduction to political science through the study of the American political system: The Constitution; the political processes; the structure, powers and procedures of the Presidency, Congress, and the Judiciary. F,S.

POLS 116. State and Local Government. 3 Credits.

Structure, function and problems of state and local government; executive, legislative, and judicial processes; federalism and metropolitan government. F,S.

POLS 220. International Politics. 3 Credits.

An introduction to international politics with emphasis on the international system, the major actors, the struggle for power, and the struggle for order. S.

POLS 225. Comparative Politics. 3 Credits.

An introduction to comparative politics with emphasis on the democratic systems of Europe. F.

POLS 250. Introduction to Public Administration. 3 Credits.

Introduction to the development of public administration in the United States and to the concepts and methods used in its practice. The political aspects of the public bureaucracy and contemporary issues are also highlighted. Prerequisite: POLS 115. F.

POLS 300. Introduction Research Methods. 3 Credits.

General consideration of research methods and data analysis in political science and the social sciences. F.

POLS 305. American Constitution-Governmental Powers. 3 Credits.

American Constitution studied in light of U.S. Supreme Court decisions and interpretations; focus on government powers, federal relationships, and economic regulation. F.

POLS 306. American Constitution-Civil Liberties. 3 Credits.

Analyzes U.S. Supreme Court decisions and interpretations which focus on civil liberties; equal protections, due process, First Amendment rights. Prerequisite: POLS 115. S.

POLS 308. Intergovernmental Relations. 3 Credits.

Analyzes the growing interrelationship of federal, state and local governments with emphasis on financial aspects.

POLS 310. Introduction to Political Thought. 3 Credits.

Political thought from classical times to the 19th century with emphasis on issues raised in the works of Plato, Aristotle, St. Agustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx and Nietzsche. F.

POLS 318. American Political Thought. 3 Credits.

A historical analysis of the major thinkers and of the streams of thought which molded the political life and institutions of the United States from the Puritans to the present. F.

POLS 320. Foreign Policies. 3 Credits.

Examination of the roles of major powers in the international system, with emphasis on the foreign policies of the United States and other major powers. S.

POLS 321. International Human Rights. 3 Credits.

Examination of factors that contribute to human rights violations and domestic, multilateral and bilateral efforts to combat such violations with emphasis placed on the changing nature of the international system of states.

POLS 324. Chinese Politics. 3 Credits.

The course evaluates the politics of China following two underlying themes: assessing the changes that have taken place in China since the death of Mao and China's place of prominence on the global stage. Focus is placed on Chinese politics since the economic reforms in the 1970s and the political implications of these reforms. The course also evaluates Chinese public policy with regard to critical issues facing China today. S, odd years.

POLS 328. Legislative Processes. 3 Credits.

Emphasis will be placed on the structure, functions, and duties of Congress, as well as congressional elections, patterns of congressional leadership, policy successes and failures, and the relationship between Congress and the federal courts and Congress and the U.S. Presidency. S, even years.

POLS 329. Presidential Institutions and Management. 3 Credits.

This course focuses on the intersection of politics and management with the executive branch. Special emphasis is placed on the roles of institutions and critical executive branch actors such as the President in the management and execution of public policy. S, odd years.

POLS 351. Women and Politics. 3 Credits.

Role of women in politics, including selection of women for political offices, the political attitudes and behavior of women; and the development of public policy initiatives as they affect or are likely to affect women. S,SS.

POLS 361. Nonprofit Management (Undergrad). 3 Credits.

This course is an overview of the management of nonprofit organizations. Content includes the history and legal foundation of nonprofits, leadership, marketing, management of employees and volunteers, and operations management. F, even years.

POLS 393. Problems in Political Science. 1-3 Credits.

Students study special topics under the direction and supervision of a member of the staff. Repeatable when topics vary. Repeatable to 9 credits. On demand.

POLS 397. Cooperative Education. 1-2 Credits.

Compensated on-the-job experience in various areas of political science. Prerequisites: GPA of 3.0, 12 hours in POLS, course related to cooperative experience, and permission of department. Repeatable to 6 credits. S/U grading. On demand.

POLS 404. Urban Politics and Administration. 3 Credits.

Analysis of the socio-economic context of urban America and its impact on politics, policy, and administration. Prerequisite: POLS 115. S.

POLS 405. Political Behavior. 3 Credits.

A review of the role of the public in a democracy focusing on the formation and content of public opinion, the means of communicating that opinion to government, and the impact of that opinion on policy. Prerequisite: POLS 115. F.

POLS 432. Public Policy Making Process. 3 Credits.

Two-thirds of the class is devoted to understanding the stages of the policy process: (1) Problem Identification and Agenda Setting; (2) Policy Formulation; (3) Policy Adoption; (4) Policy Implementation; and (5) Policy Evaluation. The last third applies the model to substantive policy areas such as health, environment, education. Prerequisite: POLS 115. S.

POLS 433. Public Administration Behavior and Theory. 3 Credits.

Designed to make students aware of the political and community implications of public administration in a democratic society. Reviews and analyzes the political environment of public administration and considers various techniques for accommodating democratic influences in the administrative process. F.

POLS 437. Administrative Processes. 3 Credits.

Explanation of theoretical and practical aspects of personnel and financial management in the public sector. Prerequisite: POLS 250. S.

POLS 480. Administrative Internship. 1-3 Credits.

On-the-job training in a governmental position with final report and analysis of the agency by the intern. Prior approval of instructor required before enrollment. Prerequisites: GPA of 3.0, 12 hours in POLS, course related to cooperative experience, and permission of department. S/U grading. F,S.

POLS 489. Senior Honors Thesis. 1-15 Credits.

POLS 491. Readings in Political Science. 1-3 Credits.

Selected readings with oral and written reports. Consent of instructor required prior to enrollment. Prerequisites: GPA of 3.0 or higher , 12 hours in Pols, course related to readings, and consent of department. F,S.

POLS 495. Senior Colloquium in Political Science and Public Administration. 3 Credits.

A capstone course in Political Science designed to integrate the subareas of the discipline. The development of the discipline, its great thinkers, and current directions will be examined. This course is designed for majors only. Prerequisite: Senior standing and 21 hours of POLS credit or consent of the instructor. S.

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