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Undergraduate Courses
POLS 1101 - American Government

An intensive examination of the Constitution and the three governmental divisions. The course includes a study of the national government in its relation to the states. Examples from the government of Georgia are included.

Hours:
3



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POLS 1101H - American Government - Honors

An intensive examination of the Constitution and the three governmental divisions. The course includes a study of the national government in its relation to the states. Examples from the government of Georgia are included. The course incorporates the academic standards maintained by the honors program.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Must meet Honors Course requirements outlined by UNG

Hours:
3



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POLS 1153 - Global Citizenship

This course will introduce students to regions of the world, global institutions, international politics, and engage students in current debates of global significance. Politics will be emphasized as an important factor influencing the issues studied and as being a part of solutions. Students will be encouraged to place themselves within a global community, and to realize their actions have global impact and to think critically about global issues from multiple perspectives.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989 (when required)

Hours:
3



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POLS 2101 - Introduction to Political Science

The purposes of this course are to define the discipline of political science, to study political and governmental systems, and to develop research skills pertinent to political science.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989 (when required)

Hours:
3



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POLS 2104 - Introduction to Public Administration

An introduction to analysis of public administration and the policy making process within modern American bureaucracies. This course will focus particularly on policy implementation within public administration.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989 (when required)

Hours:
3



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POLS 2105 - Introduction to the Law

Basic concepts and origins of the law and the American legal system are introduced to students. Students will learn fundamentals of briefing cases, legal writing, legal research, and litigation. Civil and criminal law are introduced.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989 (when required)

Hours:
3



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POLS 2201 - Intro State & Local Government

Students are introduced to universal political principles through studying themes, such as democratization, political behavior, and politicized religion, as well as learning about regime types found throughout the world and principles of regime change. Country case studies are examined in the context of these themes and principles.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989 (when required)

Hours:
3



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POLS 2301 - Introduction to Comparative Politics

Students are introduced to countries of the world through studying specific countries from the major regions of the world. Themes, such as democratization, political behavior, and politicized religions, as well as learning about regime types and principles of regime change are introduced using comparative politics' analysis. Variables influencing countries' politics are examined, such as culture, religion, history, economics, geography, natural resources, interests of key individuals and groups, and the global political/economic system.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989 (when required)

Hours:
3



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POLS 2315 - Introduction to Western Political Thought

A first study of the major themes dealing with political theory and the construction of "government." A critical examination of the major views of and approaches to political behavior from the time of Plato through philosophers such as Karl Marx. Included is the examination of the political theory of Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Thomas Hobbes, John Locke, Jean-Jacque Rousseau, and Karl Marx among others. PHIL 2030 is cross-listed with POLS 2315.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989 (when required)

Hours:
3



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POLS 2401 - Global Issues

An analysis of the basic forces which govern the behavior of nations in their relations with one another. This study of world power conflicts, diplomacy and international cooperation is designed to acquaint the student with the basic issues and areas of conflict among the nation-states of the contemporary world.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989 (when required)

Hours:
3



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POLS 2401H - Global Issues - Honors

An analysis of the basic forces which govern the behavior of nations in their relations with one another. This study of world power conflicts, diplomacy and international cooperation is designed to acquaint the student with the basic issues and areas of conflict among the nation-states of the contemporary world. The course incorporates the academic standards maintained by the honors program.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: Must meet the Honors course requirements as outlined by UNG, and ENGL 0989 (when required)

Hours:
3



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POLS 2601 - Introduction to Social Science Research Methods

This course provides an introduction to the diverse research methods used in Social Sciences. Students will acquire skills for applying and critiquing these methods, as well as designing research projects, including both qualitative and quantitative methods. Students are taught how to analyze social and political phenomena in a scientific manner, how to utilize data collections techniques, and how to analyze data for social science research.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: ENGL 0989 (when required)

Hours:
3



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POLS 3020 - Comparative Military Systems

This course's objective is to analyze the defense policies of various countries and the outcomes of those defense policies, to include national security objectives, national military objectives, military doctrine, force structure, and military capabilities. Countries studied will include actual and potential coalition partners and potential adversaries. Students will examine the political, economic, and social influences on each military establishment. Cultural influences on the development and implementation of the defense policies for countries studied will be examined, including the effects each country's culture has on the missions, structure, roles, and capabilities of the military. Students will develop their own framework of analysis to critically analyze the defense polices and cultures of other countries, and will be able to clearly articulate that analysis through written and oral means.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3105 - American Constitutional Law

An examination of the development and nature of the American constitutional system through Supreme Court cases defining interrelationships of the executive, judicial and legislative branches and the relationships of the states to the national government.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3106 - State and Local Government

An examination of the organization and functions of the state and its political subdivisions. Wherever possible, the state government of Georgia will be studies for illustrative purposes.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3122 - Political Parties and Election

A study of U.S. political parties, including their development, functions and significance as democratic institutions and policy making instruments. The election process and voter behavior are also examined.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3123 - The Road to the White House

This course covers the presidential selection and election processes, raising several theoretical questions about elections and examining the empirical evidence available to answer those questions. In particular, the issues of campaign finance, media coverage, and candidate selection will be covered.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3124 - The Road to the Congress

This course covers congressional elections, exploring theoretical questions about the process and examining the empirical evidence available to answer those questions. In particular, roles of political parties, interest groups, and electoral rules are among the major items examined in the course.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3125 - Media and Politics

This course provides an overview of the relationship among news media, political leaders and the public. Topics covered in this course include, but are not limited to: how media sources cover politics, the ways politicians communicate through the media, how news affects public opinion, and how governments regulate content and ownership of media organizations.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3201 - Introduction to the European Union

The purpose of this course is to introduce the European Union (EU) from a multi-disciplinary perspective. Aside from substantive knowledge about the EU, students will be challenged to sharpen writing, analytical, and oral communication skills.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 3202 - Introduction to Strategic and Security Studies

Provides students with an introduction to the field of strategic studies, a subset of the broader field of security studies. Strategic studies examines the relationship between politics and the use of military force within the international system. To provide students with the necessary foundations, the course provides an overview of important thinkers and ideas, and an understanding of essential concepts including war, deterrence, terrorism, and counter insurgency.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3203 - East Asian Political Systems

Senior course in the Asian Politics concentration. This course is an introduction to the political systems of East Asia. In the course, students will become acquainted with the domestic politics of many states in East Asia.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 3204 - International Organization

Although the absence of any overarching political authority serves to characterize world politics as anarchical, nation-states and other international actors have increasingly coordinated their actions in world affairs throughout the twentieth century. The study of international organizations is the study of that cooperation.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 3205 - International Law

This course introduces students to the concepts and provisions of international law and their real world applications. Lectures, assigned reading materials, class discussions, legal case briefings and mock trial activities are intended to replicate law school experiences.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 3208 - Politics of Latin America

This is an introductory course that deals with the politics of Latin America. It assumes no prior coursework in the area.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 3209 - Middle Eastern Political Systems

This course introduces students to the political systems of the greater Middle East. The course will analyze, explore, and compare the social, historical, ideological, technological and governmental forces that have shaped this region of the world. The course will also examine the process of political development in the Middle East and assess its progress, both as a region and country-by-country toward a meshing of Islamic society with a pluralist political system.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 3302 - Political Socialization and Public Opinion

Recommended for students in the secondary education program. A survey of political socialization, the process through which a citizen acquires knowledge, opinions and behavior about politics and government. The course explains how public opinion develops and evaluates whether public opinion influences public policy.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3303 - Political Behavior

This course provides an introduction to the foundational theories explaining the behavior of individuals and political leaders, as they relate to both American and international politics. A variety of topics are covered including party identification, voting behavior, political activity, terrorism, and international conflict.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3310 - American Political Theory

An analysis of the ideas underlying government and politics in the United States through a survey of American political thought from colonial times to the present.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3315 - Political Philosophy

An in-depth analysis of political philosophy from ancient to modern political philosophers. Most readings will be taken directly from each philosopher's writings.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3333 - Religion and Politics

This course is designed to analyze the way religion and politics influence one another in America and/or other countries. The course presents a history of religion, outlines major religious traditions and investigates how religious beliefs motivate individual political behavior.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3350 - Contemporary Political Problem

An examination of the major political issues and controversies which are current in domestic and/or world affairs. The course is designed to analyze both the nature of a problem as well as its importance to the political order.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3505 - The Model United Nations

This course will work in conjunction with a student's participation in the UNG Model UN Team. In this course students will be introduced to structures within the United Nations, basics of parliamentary procedures and how particular countries articulate their viewpoints as delegates to the United Nations. Enrollment in this course is only by permission of instructor.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 3600 - Political Science Research Methods

This course provides an introduction to the methods most commonly used in political science research. The primary aim of this course is to provide students with the knowledge to evaluate scholarly research in political science and other social science disciplines. Students will review the theoretical underpinnings and best practices of various approaches to gather and analyze both qualitative and quantitative evidence. Topics to be covered in this course include: surveys, experiments, elite interviews, regression, ANOVA, and longitudinal analysis.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2101

Hours:
3



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POLS 3601 - Research Methods in Social Sciences

This is an introductory research methods course whose purpose is to familiarize students with the language, important concepts, and processes of social science research. Students will acquire skills for understanding and critiquing research, designing a research project, collecting and coding data, and performing elementary computer data analysis.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and MATH 1401 or POLS 2601

Hours:
3



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POLS 3602 - Statistics for Social Sciences

The purpose of this course is to provide an intuitive and computational orientation to the typical statistics that social science professionals encounter. This course presents the foundations of descriptive and inferential statistics, with a concentration on those specific procedures likely to be utilized by practicing social scientists, and a brief overview of multivariate techniques likely to be found in social science publications and research reports. Students will acquire skills for performing both elementary and advanced (computerized) statistical analysis, as well as interpreting and presenting statistical results.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 3601 or CRJU 3601

Hours:
3



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POLS 3721 - Introduction to Intelligence

This course provides an introduction to intelligence studies. In this course students will focus upon the history of intelligence and how intelligence is used to meet national security objectives. This course is cross-listed with CRJU 3721.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3722 - Fundamentals of Intelligence Analysis

This course is an introduction to areas of research, critical thinking, analysis, and production and presentation of intelligence. This course is cross-listed with CRJU 3722.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: CRJU 3721 or POLS 3721

Hours:
3



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POLS 3723 - The Intelligence Cycle and Collection

This course outlines the processes and policies involved in producing intelligence through a detailed analysis of the intelligence cycle, collection assets and collection planning. This course is cross-listed with CRJU 3723.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H

Hours:
3



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POLS 3724 - U.S. Intelligence Community

This course provides an in-depth study of the structure, strategies, and policies of the U.S. intelligence community. This course is cross-listed with CRJU 3724.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4104 - Public Administration

An in-depth analysis of the main principles and practices of public administration in the United States. The course will focus on organizational theory, management principles, budgeting, personnel, and administrative leadership within modern bureaucracies.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4110 - Congress

This course covers the United States Congress as an institution and explores its evolution and its place in the political process.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4111 - American Presidency

An analysis of the role and function of the American presidency, from both a historical and analytical perspective.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4112 - Judicial Processes

Cross-listed as CRJU 4412. A systematic study of the judicial system and its role in the administration of justice.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4113 - The Legislative Process

This course examines the formulation and implementation of legislation and how the structure and dynamics of political institutions affect it. The focus is on how executives and legislatures cooperate and conflict in shaping policy.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4120 - Civil Liberties

An analysis of the case law surrounding the constitutional guarantees of personal and social freedoms derived from the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Pre-requisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4150 - Law & Society

The basic concepts and origins of the law are applied to contemporary legal issues, such as capital punishment, minority issues, crimes without victims and the law as a weapon of social control.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4151 - Legal Research and Moot Court

An introduction to legal research, analysis and writing. The course will culminate with a simulated courtroom exercise.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4160 - Gender & Politics

The study of gender and politics explores concepts of power found in governance. The course will examine how political power, institutions and actions can be gendered by using critical and analytical gender theories. Gender theories will be applied to an examination of gender equality in society, economics, and politics.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4195 - Special Topics in American Politics

This course explores a selected topic in American politics, such as American institutions at the federal, state, or local level, political parties, elections, interest groups, mass media and political communication, regional politics and government (e.g., Southern politics), or similar areas of study. The scheduling and topic of the course will vary depending on instructor and student interest. Students may earn credit for this course more than once as long as the topic is not being repeated.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4201 - Comparative Government

A study of universal political principles and an application of these principles to the study of political systems on a comparative basis.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4202 - Comparative Security Issues

This course is designed as an examination of both traditional and non-traditional security concerns. Issues such as military security, environmental security and resource security will be covered.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4203 - Korea in the World System

The purpose of this course is to introduce the advanced student of politics to the factors that led to South Korea's adoption of democracy, as well as the post-Cold War foreign policy initiatives of South Korea that were a result of the new found legitimacy of the democratic government.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4204 - International Political Economy

This course is an introduction to the major theories of international political economy. International political economy (IPE) examines the mix between government involvement in the economy and economic influence in governmental affairs. Historically, the role of government involvement has ranged from complete control over the economy, as in centrally planned economies, to mercantilist states where economic interests drive governmental policy.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4205 - Eastern European Politics

This course provides a brief history of the entire area, an in-depth study of Eastern Europe's geographical location between the two traditionally ambitious countries of Russia and Germany and its consequences and a study of nationalism and its effects. An examination of the differences between Slovophilies and Westerners in Russian politics, a study of communism, and a look at the disintegration of the Soviet Union.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4206 - Russian Foreign Policy

This course is designed to enable the student to understand the nature of foreign policy in general and Russian foreign policy in particular. The topic will be taught from the point of view that Soviet foreign policy was a continuation of foreign policy goals of pre-Bolshevik Russia.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4207 - Politics of Western Europe

A study of the politics and governing institutions of the principal nations in Western Europe, including an examination of the role of the European Union.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4208 - Politics of Latin American Development

Latin American countries share a common past of colonialism, war, poverty, authoritarianism, political instability and foreign intervention. They differ, however, in the way they have tried to deal with this legacy. Although more attention will be dedicated to understanding their collective experiences since 1945, this course examines the struggle for political and economic development from the time they became independent to the present.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4209 - International Relations of the Middle East

This course investigates the international relationships between the states of the Middle East as well as the global and regional powers that influence day-to-day relations among them. This course uses weekly readings, daily discussion, a course paper and a presentation to explore how theory, history and current foreign policy among major players determine its international relations.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4210 - Politics of Development

This course explores the political, economic, and social challenges of Third World development. It covers a wide range of contemporary issues affecting developing countries, and focuses especially on policies aimed at reducing poverty and underdevelopment. In a world where 840 million people are malnourished, where nearly 1.3 billion people live on less than a dollar per day, and where dozens of countries constitute 'failed states,' the development challenges faced by the Third World are unquestionably one of the most important concerns of our time.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4211 - European Security

This course examines the environment and emerging security structures within Europe. It analyzes the changing nature of the European security environment since creation of NATO, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the development of a separate EU structure. This course will also review the institutional structures along with the internal and external influences which drive European security issues.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4212 - Political Economy of the Middle East

This course introduces students to the economic systems of the greater Middle East. Rich in oil and gas and yet poorly endowed with water and many necessary foodstuffs, the region faces unique challenges. While this wealth of natural energy reserves should provide ample opportunity for economic development, the reality of its absence forces a student of the region to investigate the political decisions behind the economics. Students will investigate the paths of development chosen by the region as well as the political motives, leadership, and influential contextual factors behind such decisions.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4213 - Chinese Politics

This course examines the main aspects of the political system, processes, and changes in China. Major contemporary issues and policies of China are also surveyed, with particular emphasis on how and in what ways the political system of China enhances its regime's claim to political legitimacy. The course also explores external behaviors and interactions between China and the world.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401/2401H may be taken concurrently)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4220 - Spies and Statecraft

A study of the organization of the U.S. Intelligence Community and selected other national intelligence services, including the People's Republic of China, Russia and Israel.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4244 - Terrorism & Political Violence

An examination of the evolution of terrorism and political violence with emphasis on the new dimensions of terrorism and risks to U.S. national security interests. Topics covered will include: weapons of mass destruction, information-based terrorism, homeland defense, and terrorism as a transnational phenomenon.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4295 - Special Topics in International Affairs

This course explores different aspects of a selected topic in international affairs, such as regional studies, foreign policy, diplomacy and international organizations, economics, natural resources, energy, environment, human rights, health, security studies, geopolitics, or similar areas of study. The scheduling and topic of the course will vary depending on instructor and student interest. Students may earn credit from this course more than once as long as the topic is not being repeated.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4302 - Modern Political Theory

An analysis of modern political thought with an emphasis upon the doctrines of nationalism, national socialism, communism and capitalism.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4310 - Political Leadership

The course will focus on a variety of historical and contemporary figures to determine how their leadership styles and ideas on leadership have influenced and motivated both individuals and groups of people in the political sense. Assignments and discussion will center on what strategies, motivations, tactics, and actions constitute an effective political leader.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4320 - International Relations Theory

The purpose of this course is to introduce the political science student to foundational theories of International Relations. Viewpoints of acceptable behavior and the nature of man have evolved continually in the field of international relations. We will examine this evolution as well as the role of the state as the continuing foundation of world politics.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4330 - Public Policy

An analysis of major policy decisions and the impact of these decisions on the American political system.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4390 - Ethics in Government

The nature of politics that necessitates coalition-building, bargaining, and compromise seems to train political actors to skirt ethical issues, often spilling over into acts of self-aggrandizing behavior and breaches of public trust. This course will present philosophies, models, and analytical approaches to ethics that will help future politicians and public servants to identify ethical problems, to address them methodically, to avoid scandalous incidents, and to provide sound forms of public service.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4395 - Special Topics in Political Theory

This course addresses a special topic related to political theory and behavior, such as political philosophy, political leadership, political socialization, public policy, or contemporary attitudes about religion, ethics, or similar issues. The topic of this course will vary depending on timeliness and instructor and student interest. With a change in the course topic, a student may earn credit for POLS 4395 more than once.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4410 - Seminar in American Politics

This is the senior course in the American Politics concentration. It provides an analytic survey of the major institutions of the American political system. It is designed to focus on the theoretical and empirical work of many of the major political scientists in the American political system. It is designed to focus on the theoretical and empirical work of many of the major political scientists in the American politics subfield. The objective of this course is to familiarize students with the research of these political scientists and to promote intensive reading, writing, and research in this field on the part of students.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4460 - International Affairs Capstone Seminar

This course is a culminating experience whose goal is to link together previous coursework in International Affairs, study abroad, theses and internship experiences. This course will focus on experiential learning and reintegrate those experiences back to their theoretical basis.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4470 - Senior Seminar in Political Science

This course is a capstone experience for political science majors. The course provides an analytic survey of the subfields within the discipline and involves intensive reading, research, and writing on the part of students.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4480 - Independent Study in Political Science

A supervised research project under the guidance of a member of the political science faculty. The topic will be selected with approval of the instructor. The purpose of the course is to enable students the opportunity either to pursue more detailed study of the content of a prior course or to analyze a topic not currently covered in the political science curriculum.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4485A - Internship in Political Science

Three hours of internship can be used toward fulfilling the major requirement in Political Science.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4485B - Internship in Political Science

Three hours of internship can be used toward fulfilling the major requirement in Political Science.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
6



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POLS 4485C - Internship in Political Science

Three hours of internship can be used toward fulfilling the major requirement in Political Science.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
9



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POLS 4490 - Studies of the European Union

The purpose of the course is to provide an in-depth analysis on a selected aspect of the European Union (EU). Prior approval of the instructor is required. The course may be repeated for credit so long as the instructor verifies the topic is not being repeated.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H (POLS 2401 can be taken as a Corequisite as well)

Hours:
3



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POLS 4590 - Special Topics in Political Science

The topic of this course will vary depending on timeliness on instructor and student interest.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4722 - Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

This course is an introduction to the threat posed by terrorism and focuses on how the U.S. intelligence community and other governmental agencies have reacted to the threat through the establishment of an array of counterterrorist programs. This course is cross-listed with CRJU 4722.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4723 - Intelligence Support For Homeland Security

The course discusses intelligence requirements and support needed by the United States to provide Homeland Security to the country. This course is cross-listed with CRJU 4723.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4724 - Special Topics in Intelligence Studies

The content and requirements of this course will vary depending on the instructor and the subject of the course. This course is cross-listed with CRJU 4724.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H, and POLS 2401 or POLS 2401H

Hours:
3



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POLS 4950 - Special Topics: European Union-U.S. Relations

The topic of this course will vary depending on timeliness on instructor and student interest.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisite: POLS 1101 or POLS 1101H

Hours:
3



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Graduate Courses
POLS 6104 - Public Administration

An analysis of the theory, basic principles, and practices o public administration in the U.S. through a study of organization, management, budgeting, personnel, administrative leadership, and characteristics of modern bureaucracies.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6106 - State and Local Government

Study of the laws and traditions that determine the structures and operations of state and local governments in the U.S.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6110 - The United States Congress

This course covers the U.S. Congress as an institution and explores its place in the political process. The goal is to provide the student with both a historical perspective asking. 'What was Congress intended to be?' and 'How has it evolved?', as well as a contemporary view asking, 'What is Congress today?'

Hours:
3

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POLS 6111 - The Presidency

This course provides students with both a historical and analytical perspective of the American presidency. The president's roles as chief executive, ceremonial head of the U.S. government, chief diplomat, titular head of his party, and others are examined. The president's relationship and interaction with the legislature are examined. The president's relationship and interaction with the legislative and judicial branches, other governmental institutions, interest groups, and the electorate will be studied.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6112 - The Judicial Sys/Judicial Proc

A systematic study of the judicial system and its role in the administration of justice.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6113 - The Legislative Process

This course examines the formulation and implementation of legislation in the United States Congress and/or American state legislatures. The aim is to gain an insight into the legislative process and how the structure and dynamics of political institutions affect it.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6122 - Political Parties and Election

A study of U.S. political parties, including their development, functions, and significance as democratic institutions and policy making instruments. The election process and voter behavior are also examined.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6150 - Law and Society

A general overview of how laws can affect society and how people's attitudes can affect the law. It will deal with several landmark cases and laws including Brown v. Board of Education (desegregation), Roe v. Wade (abortion), prohibition laws, drug abuse laws, and laws against Homosexuality.

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POLS 6160 - Gender and Politics

The study of gender and politics explores concepts of power found in governance. The course will examine how political power, institutions and actions can be gendered by using critical and analytical gender theories. Gender theories will be applied to an examination of gender equality in society, economics, and politics.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6302 - Pol Socialization/Publ Opinion

A survey of political socialization, the process through which a citizen acquires knowledge, opinions, and behavior about politics and government. The course explains how public opinion develops and evaluates whether public opinion influences public policy.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6310 - Political Leadership

This course will focus on a variety of historical and contemporary figures to determine how their leadership styles and ideas on leadership have influenced and motivated both individuals and groups of people in the political sense. Assignments and discussion will center on what strategies, motivations, tactics, and actions constitute an effective political leader.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6330 - Pub.Policy Planning & Analysis

An analysis of major policy decisions and the impact of these decisions on the American political system.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6380 - Marketing for Nonprofit Organizations

This course examines marketing concepts, methods, and activities as they are applied in public and nonprofit organizations.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6485A - Internship

A part-time professional experience in a government agency, law office, or similar political environment. A research paper on a topic related to the theme of the internship is required.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6485B - Internship

A part-time professional experience in a government agency, law office, or similar political environment. A research paper on a topic related to the theme of the internship is required.

Hours:
6

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POLS 6485C - Internship

A full-time professional experience in a government agency, law office, or similar political environment, possibly for a period exceeding one academic term. A research paper or thesis on a topic related to the theme of the internship is required.

Hours:
9

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POLS 6550 - Studies American Const System

This is a seminar about the institutions established by the U.S. Constitution, the interrelationships among those institutions, and the rules and processes under which they operate.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6560 - Studies in Am Political Inst

This is a seminar about the processes by which U.S. governmental institutions-including executive departments, regulatory agencies, legislative agencies, and the court system-operate. Roles and behaviors of those who manage and staff these institutions will also be examined.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6570 - Studies in Amer Pol Thought

This is a seminar about the political philosophies and ideologies that have predominated in American society from the colonial period to the modern period. The European underpinnings of these ideologies will be examined, with focus on the development of those foundations into a unique American political thought.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6590 - Special Topics in Pol. Science

The topic of this course will vary depending on timeliness and on instructor and student interest.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6600 - Studies in International Relations

This is a seminar about diplomatic and other processes in which sovereign governments interrelate to defend and promote their national interests.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6601 - Research Methods in Social Sci

A basic introduction into the area of research methods. The main areas of social research will be examined. Field survey evaluation, experimentation and content, and pragmatic and theoretical considerations will also be examined. A research project will be required of all students.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6602 - Statistics for Social Sciences

A brief review of the basis for inferential and descriptive statistics; statistical inference and the assumption of causality through specific techniques and procedures including correlation, regression, etc. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the concepts behind the techniques as well as the mechanical skills involved.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6610 - Studies in Eastern European Governments

This is a seminar about the governmental systems and philosophical perspectives in the nations of Eastern Europe.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6620 - Studies in Russian Foreign Policy

This is a seminar about the development of the foreign policy of Russia from the czarist monarchical period, through the era of Soviet communism, to the post- Soviet period.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6630 - Studies in Comparative Government

This is a seminar about the analytical approaches by which the governmental systems of nations can be compared in order to find common denominators and to distinguish their governmental formats.

Hours:
3

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POLS 6660 - Religion and Politics

This course is designed to analyze the way religion and politics influence one another in America and/or other countries. The course presents a history of religion, outlines major religious traditions and investigates how religious beliefs motivate individual political behavior.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7000 - Readings & Research in American Political System

This is a seminar in which students study influential monographs in the subfield of American government and conduct related research.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7010 - Readings & Research in State and Local Government

This is a seminar in which students study influential monographs in the subfield of state and local government and conduct related research.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7011 - Theory of International Relations

This seminar will provide an introduction to the theories of international relations. This course will serve as one of your foundational courses on which the rest of the program will be built. It will introduce students to the major theoretical areas including an overview of the role of theory, realism, liberalism, constructivism, the democratic peace, deterrence, cooperation, and domestic sources of international relations.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7012 - Theory of International Political Economy

This is one of the core seminars in the M.A. in International Affairs program. The course focuses on the theories, analytical approaches, historical evolution, and issues of international political economy (IPE). Economic theories of international trade and finance tell us that there are numerous benefits to be had from international economic exchange. Such exchange, however, creates 'winners and losers' internationally and domestically. Those actors that are hurt seek redress through political channels. Thus, we also need to use political theory to understand and explain the patterns of global economic activity that we observe.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7013 - Research Methods for International Affairs

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the methods used by scholars of international affairs to study political events. This course will teach the student to properly frame a research question and create an effective research design to carry out original research.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7014 - Foreign Policy Process

Foreign policy is a historically based, dynamic process with many individual actors, global causes and overlapping concepts. We will study the Presidency and Congress, the State Department and Intelligence Community, the Economic Bureaucracy. Public Opinion and the Media, and issues such as the theoretical bases of policy-making and the tension between national security and democracy. This course explores how each of these operates and contributes to the making of U.S. foreign policy.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7015 - International Affairs Capstone

This course is designed a capstone experience for the international affairs masters degree. The course will require the student to adopt an in-depth focus regarding their particular regional or policy focus in the field of International Affairs.

Hours:
6

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POLS 7020 - Readings & Research in American Political Thought

This is a seminar in which students study influential monographs in the subfield of American political thought and conduct related research.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7030 - Readings & Research in Constitutional Studies

This is a seminar in which students study influential treatises and cases concerning constitutional development and constitutional law and conduct related legal research.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7040 - Readings & Research in Latin American Studies

This is a seminar in which students study influential monographs in the subfield of Latin American politics and conduct related research.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7050 - Readings & Research in Comparative Government

This is a seminar in which students study influential monographs in the subfield of comparative government and conduct related research.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7060 - Readings & Research in International Relations

This is a seminar in which students study influential monographs and original sources in the subfield of international relations and conduct related research.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7070 - Readings & Research in Political Thought

This is a seminar in which students study influential monographs and original sources in the subfield of political philosophy and conduct related research.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7080 - Readings & Research in East European Studies

This is a seminar in which students study influential monographs in the subfield of Eastern European politics and conduct related research.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7100 - Theories of Comparative Politics

This course is designed to introduce students to the main concepts, topics, and theoretical perspectives in comparative politics-one of the major sub-disciplines of political science. It provides the basis for subsequent coursework and research in comparative politics. The course also reviews major topics within comparative politics, such as elections and political parties, regime types, democratization, and political participation.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7105 - Global Governance

Although the absence of any overarching political authority characterizes world politics as anarchical, states and other international actors have coordinated their actions over the centuries. This course focuses on such cooperative efforts. It assesses different theories of international relations and discusses why states succeed or fail at creating institutions and rules for global governance and what effects those institutions and rules have. The course examines how international organizations attempt to accomplish cooperation. The major emphasis will be on the experience of the United Nations system. Yet it also takes a closer look at regional and specialized agencies and analyzes a broad range of issue-areas with which these organizations try to deal: collective security, economics, environment, social welfare, and human rights.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7200 - Leadership & Organizational Theory

This course examines how people behave in organizations and how organizations function. We assume that the behavior of people in an organization ultimately determines the success or failure of that organization.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7201 - International Security Issues

This course is designed as an examination of both traditional and non-traditional security concerns. The course will highlight the importance of context and the development of decision-making skills by those that craft foreign policy and military missions. All elements of security will be examined: military security, environmental security and resource security. The graduate portion of this course will expand discussions beyond traditional national borders to examine regional and global trends in security studies. The graduate student will be expected to synthesize the activities of their particular state within both regional and international security structures.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7202 - Foundations of Public Administration

This course is an introduction to the profession of public administration. Topics covered in the course include the historical development of public administration, the role of politics and administration, and the central concepts and major theoretical orientations in the field of public administration.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7210 - European Security Issues

The purpose of this course will examine the environment and emerging security structures within Europe. It will examine the changing nature of the European security environment since creation of NATO, the fall of the Soviet Union, and the development of a separate EU structure. This course will look at the institutional structures along with the internal and external influences which drive European security issues.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7220 - Politics and Bureaucracy

A survey of the political relationships that permeate bureaucratic organizations, especially government bureaucracies. The course will focus on relationships among levels and branches of government, government agencies, political parties, news media, and interest groups. Uses of power by government agencies, the role of expertise in enhancing administrative influence, the implications of governmental organization and reorganization, and ethical and unethical behavior in public service will be examined.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
POLS 7200 with C or greater

Hours:
3

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POLS 7230 - National Security Policy of the United States

The aim of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the U.S. national security process and how it develops, executes and implements policy for the issues that face America in the 21st century. We will spend significant amounts of time discussing the major actors in the National Security Establishment (the Presidency, National Security Council, Congress, the Military, the Intelligence community, the judiciary, public and media) and how they participate in a process your textbook author Sam Sarkesian calls "somewhat of a mystery or `muddling through'" (181). Structure and theory are applied to organize, clarify and understand this process, and historical and modern-day examples are used in extensive class discussion to connect process to policy. A semester-long research project affords the student an opportunity to apply this process to a topic of specific interest in U.S. national security policy.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7240 - Special Topics in Regional Security Issues

The course focuses on security issues of a particular region of the world (Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Central, Asia, East Asia, Middle East, etc.). The course content is variable. The course is designed to investigate sources and causes of security issues of a particular region of the world, the factors that influence them, and what policy responses can be proposed to address them. The course addresses the theoretical perspectives concerning security issues of a region of the world. The course focuses on political violence, civil war, insurgency, terrorism, drug trafficking, nuclear proliferation, or related security issues.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7241 - Special Topics in Regional Political Systems

The course is a survey of the political systems of a particular region of the world (Latin America, Eastern Europe, Western Europe, Central, Asia, East Asia, Middle East, etc.). The course content is variable. The course will consider the unique political issues affecting a region of the world, but also explain how and why countries within that region differ from each other in significant ways. Some sections of the course will compare and contrast a region's political systems in general, whereas others may be more specialized topically. Theoretical foci include political economy, institutions, policymaking, development, foreign policy, and political culture.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7244 - International Political Violence

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the impacts of terrorism and political violence on the world system. The pressures of globalization have caused significant changes in the abilities of terrorists to take on action of global importance.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7250 - Government and Business

A study of the impact that the public and private sectors exert on one another. The seminar will focus on governmental regulation of business, government's role as referee of commercial disputes, business's influence on public policy making, and the opportunity for the rank and file of the public and labor to influence decision making by elected officials and management.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7290 - Ethics for Public Service

A study of ethical and unethical behavior in the public service. Topics will include legal standards, mores affecting ethical behavior, corruption, whistle-blowing, privacy, equity, and the countervailing demands for government activism and individualism.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
POLS 7200 with C or greater

Hours:
3

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POLS 7300 - Public Budgeting

An examination of the development and structure of the public financial sectors, the principles and roles of operating and capital budgets in public organizations, and the relationships between funding mechanisms and public policy. The course includes an introduction to public economics and financial reporting.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
POLS 7200 with C or greater

Hours:
3

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POLS 7320 - Public Policy Analysis

A study of models explaining the development of public policies and of empirical methods of analyzing and evaluating public policy. The course includes discussions of principles of strategic planning and public economics, designs for conducting policy research, and ethics as a criterion of sound public policy.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7350 - Grand Strategy and Strategic Thought

This course examines strategic thinking in the international system from both a security and policy standpoint. Students will be exposed to such classic strategic thinkers as Clausewitz, Sun-Tzu, Mahan, and Jomini along with modern strategists as Colin Gray and Edward Luttwak. This course will also focus on how states create and use statements of grand strategy and the role of strategic culture for influencing how states act in the system

Hours:
3

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POLS 7360 - The Legal and Ethical Environment of Public Administration

This course introduces the basic legal framework of administration organization and the rules governing administrative powers and their exercise. The legal procedures for the enforcement of bureaucratic responsibility in the democratic state will be examined. The course examines the ethical theories and applications in the public sector and values in the context of public administration.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7380 - Public Personnel Administration

Study of systems of employee recruitment, appointment, career development, reductions in force, and termination of employment in the public service. Employee-management relations, including public-employee unions, will be examined. Fair employment practices will be discussed.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
POLS 7200 with C or greater

Hours:
3

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POLS 7400 - Research Methods for Public Administrators

This course is an introduction to research methods and techniques used by public administrators. The course covers descriptive statistics, contingency tables, and other statistical procedures such as simple regression that are commonly found in applied research and frequently used by public managers. This course emphasizes methods, design, analysis and application rather than calculation of statistics.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7410 - Capstone Seminar in Public Administration

This course provides an examination and critical analysis of important theories, concepts, and current issues relevant in the field of public administration. The course is design as a culmination of the topics and issues covered in the MPA core curriculum.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 7202 and approval of MPA Coordinator

Hours:
3

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POLS 7420 - Seminar in Intergovernmental Administration

Seminar examining the laws, regulations, processes, and results that are involved in administering programs jointly involving the various levels of government in the United States.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
POLS 7200 with C or greater

Hours:
3

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POLS 7460 - Local Government Administration

An examination of the characteristic managerial problems of the several functions of local government such as police, fire, health, social services, transportation, traffic, public works, parks, recreation, and zoning.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
POLS 7200 with C or greater

Hours:
3

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POLS 7500 - Research Practicum

Students will conduct research to address a specific public administration issue within their respective organizations or a public organization that the student and the MPA program coordinator choose for the research practicum.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Prerequisites: POLS 7202 and POLS 7400

Hours:
3

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POLS 7580 - Raising Funds & Attracting Grants

A survey of methods and strategies of implementing a fund-raising program and applying successfully for grants. Students are encouraged to complete POLS 6380 before or while taking POLS 7580.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7600 - Statistics for Public Management

Study of quantitative methods oriented toward decision- making in the public sector. Probability and statistical inference will be introduced. Methods for determining associations between interval-, ordinal-, and nominal- level variables will be presented, including chi-square, gamma, lambda, and linear regression. Research methods and forecasting will be discussed.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7640 - Information Technology for Public Management

Study of the use of computer technology in public management. Topics include operating systems, word processing, spreadsheet applications, statistical applications and the role of computers in such public-management functions as capital and human resource management. The impact of computers on management, labor and clients will be examined.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7650 - Public and Private Partnerships

This course examines the linkages that have developed between the public and private sectors in the delivery of goods and services in the United States. The course examines the context of privatization and the different forms of public-private partnerships practiced in the United States. Topics covered in this course include the public-private dichotomy, the provisions of public goods, market and government failures, models of privatization and the future of public-private partnerships.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7660 - Information & Operations Management

This course presents two approaches to operating a public or nonprofit agency productively. One approach involves the use of information technology with such software as Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access. The other approach involves the application of operations management for optimizing the efficiency of the agency. Operations- management methods include linear programming, computer simulation, job design, facility location, forecasting, aggregate planning, inventory control, scheduling and quality assurance.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7670 - Collaboration

This course examines the fundamental concepts of intra-sectoral and cross-sectoral collaboration. Students examine issues pertaining to collaboration as practiced in, and by, the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Topics include distinctions between cooperation, coordination, collaboration, issues of public management within these arrangements, governance, accountability, and outcomes.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7680 - The Role of Nonprofits in Society

This course focuses on the purpose of nonprofit organizations, the impact that nonprofits have on society, the functions of nonprofit governance and management, and the relationship of nonprofit organizations with other entities in their environment. Topics include the management of paid and volunteer staff members, nonprofit marketing, public relations, fund-raising, and international nonprofit activity.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7700 - Perspectives on Military Leadership

This course examines the leadership skills and styles that provide direction to military personnel during peacetime, crimes, and warfare. The course provides perspectives from experienced military officers and scholars about leadership. Topics include internationalization, management of operations, leadership approaches to turbulent environments, and delegation of authority.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7710 - Military Policy and Administration

This course explores policy made for and by military organizations and the manner in which military organizations administer the policies. Topics include the military's relationships with the political branches of government, decision-making, information and operations management, human-resource management, financial resources, accountability, and adaptation to changing environments. Readings and assignments will guide the student in assessing the appropriate management of civilians, troops, and resources in peacetime and combat situations.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7720 - Comparative Analysis of Military and Civilian Public Management

This course explores the comparison between the two modes of professional activity. Students will explore the elements of military leadership that are transferrable to civilian public management and evaluate what an experienced military leader must do to transition to service as an administrator on the civilian side of national, state, or local government.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7730 - Political Science Seminar

A seminar on a contemporary topic or a topic of specialized interest. The topic varies in light of current political events and literature.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7800 - Readings Civil Lib&Jud Process

This course is designed to further a student's knowledge of constitutional law and judicial processes. It assumes a basic understanding of these areas. Most work is conducted on an independent basis with guidance from the instructor.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7810 - Administrative Law

Study of the basic legal framework of administrative organization and the rules governing administrative powers and their exercise. The legal procedures for the enforcement of bureaucratic responsibility in a democratic state will be examined.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
POLS 7200 with C or greater

Hours:
3

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POLS 7890 - Public Management

Completion of other core courses and courses in concentration. A capstone course which integrates the study of managerial techniques to develop professionals who are capable of managing public service organizations effectively and ethically. Discussion and practice in strategic planning and financial reporting are included.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7900 - Special Topics in Public Administration

Determined by course content. A seminar on topics which will vary according to instructor and student interest. With a change in topic, this course may be repeated for credit.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7940 - Independent Study in Public Administration

Research conducted by a student under the supervision of a faculty member, with regular conferences between instructor and student. A written research report is required; a copy must be filed in the office of the MPA Program Coordinator before a final grade is recorded.

Hours:
1 - 9

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POLS 7950 - Independent Study

The student will conduct original research in an area of inquiry in political science under the supervision of a faculty member. An analytical, comprehensive research paper is required.

Hours:
3

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POLS 7980 - Internship in Public Service

The advanced MPA student once obtaining a placement in a public service organization, will gain on-site experience and utilize skills obtained in the academic setting. The placement will involve a minimum of 10 weeks of full-time activity under supervision by a qualified manager.

Prerequisite/Corequisite:
Corequisite: POLS 7890

Hours:
3

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