Political Science (POLS)

Political Science is the systematic study of all aspects of collective decision making in human society. This includes questions of right and wrong, law, power, and justice. Political scientists explore and analyze politics in the United States (American politics and policy), politics in other societies around the world (comparative politics), interactions and processes at the global level (international politics), and questions of political fairness (political theory).

For undergraduates, the study of Political Science, like other programs for the Bachelor of Arts degree, is intended to contribute to the acquisition of skills and knowledge that form the foundation of a liberal arts education. The study of Political Science provides a background for careers in public service, law, journalism, international organizations, political consulting, teaching, or business.

Course Areas

Core Courses (Required for Major)
POLS 140American Politics1
POLS 170International Politics1
POLS 205Comparative Politics1
POLS 210Political Theory1
Comparative
POLS 211Third World Politics1
POLS 219Latin American Politics1
POLS 221Political Economy of the European Integration1
POLS 222Russian Politics1
POLS 223European Politics1
POLS 224Government and Politics of the Middle East1
POLS 225Chinese Politics1
POLS 226East Asian Politics1
American
POLS 231American Public Policy1
POLS 234State and Local Internship Program1
POLS 235Media and Politics1
POLS 236Campaigns and Elections1
POLS 238Women and Politics1
POLS 239Latino Politics in the United States1
POLS 240The American Congress1
POLS 241Constitutional Law: Civil Rights1
POLS 242Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties1
POLS 243The American Presidency1
POLS 244American Judicial Politics1
POLS 246Race Ethnicity and American Politics1
POLS 248Political Behavior1
Political Theory
POLS 254Sex and Social Order1
POLS 256Topics in Social and Political Ethics1
POLS 258States of Nature1
POLS 261Twentieth-century American Legal Thought1
POLS 263Race and Ethnicity in American Legal Thought1
POLS 266Nationalism East and West1
POLS 268Contemporary Democratic Theory1
International
POLS 271American Foreign Policy1
POLS 272U.S. National Security Policy1
POLS 273The Atlantic Alliance1
POLS 274Race, Nation-state and International Relations1
POLS 275Global Governance1
POLS 276Comparative Foreign Policy1
POLS 277International Political Economy1
POLS 278International Law1
POLS 279Government and the Economy1
POLS 280War1
POLS 281Peace Studies1
POLS 282European Security1
POLS 283East Asian International Relations1
POLS 284International Relations of Europe1
POLS 285The International Relations of Latin America in the 21st Century1
POLS 286Nonstate Actors in International Relations1
POLS 287United States and the Middle East1
POLS 288French Foreign Policy Since 19451
POLS 289The Arab-Israeli Conflict1
Seminars
POLS 350Seminar in Comparative Politics1
POLS 351Social Policies in Rich Democracies1
POLS 352Politics of Economic Development1
POLS 360Seminar in Political Theory1
POLS 362American Constitutional Theory1
POLS 370Seminar in American Politics1
POLS 371Minority Politics1
POLS 373Public Opinion1
POLS 375Analyzing Legislatures1
POLS 380Seminar in International Politics1
POLS 381Arab-Israeli Conflict, Peace Studies1
POLS 382U.S.-China Relations1
POLS 389Human Rights1
POLS 393International Environmental Aid1
General and Cross-Subfield
POLS 290Topics in Politics1
POLS 291Environmental Policy and Politics1
POLS 292Political Economy of Growth1
POLS 295Internship1
POLS 395Independent Study1
POLS 396Independent Study.5-1
POLS 397Honor Thesis1

Major in Political Science

A major in Political Science consists of a minimum of eight courses. A core of four courses is required to provide a grounding in the traditional subfields of the discipline, and so should be taken at the outset of study in the major: 

POLS 140American Politics1
POLS 170International Politics1
POLS 205Comparative Politics1
POLS 210Political Theory1
At least three electives3
A 300-level seminar 11
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Normally taken during the senior year. Note that POLS 395 Independent Study, POLS 396 Independent Study, and POLS 397 Honor Thesis are not seminars and do not fulfill the 300-level seminar requirement for the major.

Upon declaration of a major in Political Science, during the sophomore year, students consult with the chair to determine assignment of an appropriate faculty adviser.

In putting together their academic program, students intending to major in Political Science should plan to complete the core courses in each subfield before electing other 200-level courses within the same subfield. A core course may be prerequisite for some courses. Successful completion of the appropriate core course is also a prerequisite for all seminars. In addition, permission of the seminar instructor may be required at the time of registration. The Political Science Department encourages study abroad and participation in other approved off-campus programs. Up to two course credits earned off campus may be used to meet the major’s elective requirements. (This limit does not apply to courses offered by Bucknell-administered programs.) Students planning to undertake off-campus or nontraditional study should consult closely with their adviser. Students seeking transfer credit toward the major for off-campus internship or other nontraditional programs must get departmental approval in advance. On-line courses will not count toward the major.

Qualified juniors are invited to pursue Honors in Political Science by writing and defending an honors thesis in their senior year. Interested juniors should consult with their adviser, with the department chair, or with another member of the department no later than the spring of the junior year. The University Honors Council established the basic requirements and procedures for honors theses. Interested students also may pursue independent study (POLS 395 Independent Study or POLS 396 Independent Study) under a plan worked out with a member of the department and approved by the department chair.

The College Core Curriculum requires that all students in the College of Arts and Sciences receive instruction in writing, speaking, and information literacy in their major discipline. Students majoring in Political Science receive instruction in these areas through the required core courses, electives, and/or a seminar. The College Core Curriculum also requires students to complete an approved Culminating Experience in the major. Political Science majors will meet this requirement by taking at least one 300-level seminar in the senior year or second semester of the junior year.

Subfield coursework is distributed as follows:

American Politics

POLS 140American Politics1
POLS 231American Public Policy1
POLS 234State and Local Internship Program1
POLS 235Media and Politics1
POLS 236Campaigns and Elections1
POLS 238Women and Politics1
POLS 239Latino Politics in the United States1
POLS 240The American Congress1
POLS 241Constitutional Law: Civil Rights1
POLS 242Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties1
POLS 243The American Presidency1
POLS 244American Judicial Politics1
POLS 246Race Ethnicity and American Politics1
POLS 247Religion and Constitutional Law1
POLS 248Political Behavior1
POLS 370Seminar in American Politics1
POLS 371Minority Politics1
POLS 373Public Opinion1
POLS 375Analyzing Legislatures1

Comparative Politics

POLS 205Comparative Politics1
POLS 211Third World Politics1
POLS 220British Political System1
POLS 221Political Economy of the European Integration1
POLS 219Latin American Politics1
POLS 222Russian Politics1
POLS 223European Politics1
POLS 224Government and Politics of the Middle East1
POLS 225Chinese Politics1
POLS 226East Asian Politics1
POLS 350Seminar in Comparative Politics1
POLS 351Social Policies in Rich Democracies1
POLS 352Politics of Economic Development1
POLS 356Nationalism, Conflict and Nature1

International Politics

POLS 170International Politics1
POLS 271American Foreign Policy1
POLS 272U.S. National Security Policy1
POLS 273The Atlantic Alliance1
POLS 274Race, Nation-state and International Relations1
POLS 275Global Governance1
POLS 276Comparative Foreign Policy1
POLS 277International Political Economy1
POLS 278International Law1
POLS 279Government and the Economy1
POLS 280War1
POLS 281Peace Studies1
POLS 282European Security1
POLS 283East Asian International Relations1
POLS 284International Relations of Europe1
POLS 285The International Relations of Latin America in the 21st Century1
POLS 286Nonstate Actors in International Relations1
POLS 287United States and the Middle East1
POLS 288French Foreign Policy Since 19451
POLS 289The Arab-Israeli Conflict1
POLS 380Seminar in International Politics1
POLS 381Arab-Israeli Conflict, Peace Studies1
POLS 382U.S.-China Relations1
POLS 389Human Rights1

Political Theory

POLS 210Political Theory1
POLS 250History of Western Political Thought I1
POLS 254Sex and Social Order1
POLS 256Topics in Social and Political Ethics1
POLS 258States of Nature1
POLS 260Topics in Legal Thought1
POLS 261Twentieth-century American Legal Thought1
POLS 263Race and Ethnicity in American Legal Thought1
POLS 266Nationalism East and West1
POLS 268Contemporary Democratic Theory1
POLS 360Seminar in Political Theory1
POLS 362American Constitutional Theory1

General and Cross-subfield

POLS 290Topics in Politics1
POLS 291Environmental Policy and Politics1
POLS 292Political Economy of Growth1
POLS 295Internship1
POLS 393International Environmental Aid1
POLS 395Independent Study1
POLS 396Independent Study.5-1
POLS 397Honor Thesis1

Minors in Political Science

Five minors are available in Political Science.

Open-topic courses (POLS 290 Topics in Politics) may be counted toward a minor where the topics are appropriate. Off-campus and nontraditional courses in Political Science may be used as one of the non-specified courses in a minor.

American Politics Minor

Five courses in Political Science including:

POLS 140American Politics1
Select at least two of the following:
American Public Policy
State and Local Internship Program
Media and Politics
Campaigns and Elections
Women and Politics
Latino Politics in the United States
The American Congress
Constitutional Law: Civil Rights
Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
The American Presidency
American Judicial Politics
Race Ethnicity and American Politics
Religion and Constitutional Law
Political Behavior
Seminar in American Politics
Minority Politics
Public Opinion
Analyzing Legislatures

Comparative Politics Minor

Five courses in Political Science including:

POLS 205Comparative Politics1
Select at least two of the following:
Third World Politics
Latin American Politics
British Political System
Political Economy of the European Integration
Russian Politics
European Politics
Government and Politics of the Middle East
Chinese Politics
East Asian Politics
Seminar in Comparative Politics
Social Policies in Rich Democracies
Politics of Economic Development
Nationalism, Conflict and Nature

International Politics Minor

Five courses in Political Science including:

POLS 170International Politics1
Select at least two of the following:
American Foreign Policy
U.S. National Security Policy
The Atlantic Alliance
Race, Nation-state and International Relations
Global Governance
Comparative Foreign Policy
International Political Economy
International Law
Government and the Economy
War
Peace Studies
European Security
East Asian International Relations
International Relations of Europe
The International Relations of Latin America in the 21st Century
Nonstate Actors in International Relations
United States and the Middle East
French Foreign Policy Since 1945
The Arab-Israeli Conflict
Seminar in International Politics
Arab-Israeli Conflict, Peace Studies
U.S.-China Relations
Human Rights

Political Theory Minor

Five courses in Political Science including:

POLS 210Political Theory1
POLS 250History of Western Political Thought I1
POLS 254Sex and Social Order1
POLS 256Topics in Social and Political Ethics1
POLS 258States of Nature1
POLS 260Topics in Legal Thought1
POLS 261Twentieth-century American Legal Thought1
POLS 263Race and Ethnicity in American Legal Thought1
POLS 266Nationalism East and West1
POLS 268Contemporary Democratic Theory1
POLS 360Seminar in Political Theory1
POLS 362American Constitutional Theory1

General Political Science Minor

Five courses in Political Science, including one course from each of the four subfields/minors listed above.

Courses

POLS 140. American Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
A critical examination of the principles, structures, and processes that shape American politics. An emphasis on political behavior and institutions with applications to contemporary political issues.

POLS 170. International Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
Introduction to major dynamics of international politics; the international system, decision making, perceptions, cooperation, conflict, and policy instruments, such as diplomacy and war. Analysis is linked to specific international events and issues.

POLS 1NT. Political Science Non-traditional Study. .5-2 Credits.

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:Varies
Non-traditional study in Political Science. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

POLS 205. Comparative Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
Politics and policy outside the United States; concepts for the comparison of political systems. Democracy, Third World politics, revolution, political stability and change, international effects on political processes.

POLS 210. Political Theory. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:3
Examination of the moral dimensions of politics. Authors include Plato, Aristotle, Milton, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Marx. Major concepts include justice, freedom, rights, and authority.

POLS 211. Third World Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Politics in Latin America, Africa and Asia. The Third World in the modern world system. Politics and economic development. Instability, militarism, and democracy.

POLS 219. Latin American Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The dynamics of politics in Latin American social, economic, and cultural context, with use of general comparative concepts of politics.

POLS 220. British Political System. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
Structure and functioning of Britain's political institutions, and the social and constitutional contexts in which they operate. For Bucknell in London.

POLS 221. Political Economy of the European Integration. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Introduction to core issues and theories related to the economic and political processes of European integration. Offered through Bucknell in London.

POLS 222. Russian Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The politics of transition in Russia, from authoritarianism toward democracy with a market economy.

POLS 223. European Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
Comparative analysis of institutions and policy-making in European political systems, including the European Union.

POLS 224. Government and Politics of the Middle East. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course provides the student with an understanding of the internal political process of the area. Topics include political institutions/groups, the state, culture, Islam, and revolution.

POLS 225. Chinese Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course examines China's rich political history, its dynamic economic and social changes, its lasting political culture, its enduring struggle for modernization, and its evolving relations with the rest of the world. Crosslisted as EAST 269 and IREL 225.

POLS 226. East Asian Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course surveys political history, political institutions, economy, and society of major countries in East Asia, with focus on the continuity and changes in politics and policies of China, Japan, and Korea. Crosslisted as EAST 226 and IREL 226.

POLS 231. American Public Policy. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Course introduces students to theories of the policy-making process in America, and also provides an overview of the major policy areas in American politics.

POLS 234. State and Local Internship Program. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Participants explore politics and policy at the state and local level through integrated class work, independent research, and real world work experiences. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

POLS 235. Media and Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the role of the news media in American politics. Ideas to be discussed include: the relationship between elected officials and the media, campaign advertising and media coverage of elections, and the role of the media in shaping public opinion and public policy.

POLS 236. Campaigns and Elections. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
This course will describe, explain, and evaluate the impact of elections on American politics. It is focused on three central objectives: to improve each student's understanding of the American electoral process; to familiarize each student with the current electoral cycle; and to improve each student's ability to analyze the role of elections in American politics.

POLS 238. Women and Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
An analysis of women and politics generally with specific focus on feminism and its relationship to political discourse and political action. Crosslisted as WMST 238.

POLS 239. Latino Politics in the United States. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course focuses on the electoral and non-electoral political participation and behavior of Latinos, as well as to some key policy issues of relevance to Latinos at all levels.

POLS 240. The American Congress. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Examination and evaluation of representative government in America. Detailed investigation of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate. Prerequisite: POLS 140 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 241. Constitutional Law: Civil Rights. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An introduction to civil rights under the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, focusing on discrimination based on race, sex, sexual orientation, class, and alien status.

POLS 242. Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Examination of civil liberties policy in the US through a study of US Supreme Court decisions.

POLS 243. The American Presidency. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Origins and development of the presidency and an analysis of the sources and nature of executive power in American national government.

POLS 244. American Judicial Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Survey of the process and substance of policymaking in the Federal court system, with an emphasis on Supreme Court decision making and on the policy impact of court decisions.

POLS 246. Race Ethnicity and American Politics. 1 Credit.

Lecture hours:3
Looks at the connections between race, ethnicity and power through various forms of political behavior including electoral, policymaking, and citizen participation. Explores mutually constitutive relationship between politics and race.

POLS 247. Religion and Constitutional Law. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the developing relationship between religion and American constitutional law, focusing on historic documents and Supreme Court decisions relating to the First Amendment.

POLS 248. Political Behavior. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Analysis of the ways in which citizens form, update, and act on political preferences. Topics include: political psychology, voting, civic participation, and social movements.

POLS 250. History of Western Political Thought I. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Western political thought in its historical context from Greek and Hebrew antiquity to the end of the Middle Ages.

POLS 254. Sex and Social Order. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Analysis of connections between sex and social structure to determine how our understanding of sexuality is implicated in our political system, economy, and cultural ideology. Crosslisted as WMST 254.

POLS 256. Topics in Social and Political Ethics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Study of the types of arguments and analysis used in social and political ethics, in part through an examination of social issues.

POLS 258. States of Nature. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
Study of the conceptual connections between understandings of nature, society, and the good in historical and contemporary contexts.

POLS 260. Topics in Legal Thought. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
Subjects will vary, e.g., morality and the legal process; religion and law; contemporary jurisprudence.

POLS 261. Twentieth-century American Legal Thought. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Analysis of dominant and critical trends through the century including legal realism, liberalism, law and morality, feminist legal theory, law and economics, and critical race theory.

POLS 263. Race and Ethnicity in American Legal Thought. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
An examination of legal theories on race and ethnicity, including race-based citizenship, affirmative action, school desegregation, busing, voting rights, racial gerrymandering, tribal sovereignty, and immigration.

POLS 266. Nationalism East and West. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Examination of the theory and practice of nationalist movements in Europe, the United States, India, and the Middle East.

POLS 268. Contemporary Democratic Theory. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Analysis of the moral foundations of democracy and the institutional means for achieving it, including voting systems, political parties, alternative representation and workplace democracy.

POLS 271. American Foreign Policy. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Analysis of American foreign policy institutions and decision-making processes; examination of the history and of current issues and problems of U.S. foreign policy.

POLS 272. U.S. National Security Policy. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The evolution of U.S. national security policy since World War II. Topics include defense in the nuclear area, strategic doctrine, arms control, WMDs budgeting, policy making.

POLS 273. The Atlantic Alliance. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course concerns North Atlantic political and security relations and uses of NATO alliance as its vehicle. The course examines binding and dividing intra-alliance issues during and after the Cold War.

POLS 274. Race, Nation-state and International Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The course examines the processes by which states as expressions of social relations that are embedded in political institutions have been used by social forces, nationally and transnationally, to racialize nations, societies, and global politics. Crosslisted as HIST 260 and IREL 245.

POLS 275. Global Governance. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the rationales, processes, and institutions of multilateral governance in a globalized world. We examine the U.N. nongovernmental organizations, conflict resolution, economic development, environment, human rights, and international law. Not open to first-year students. Crosslisted as IREL 275.

POLS 276. Comparative Foreign Policy. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course has two over-arching objectives. Introduce students to the various ways foreign policy can be explained. The second objective is to acquaint students with the substantive foreign policies of specific international actors, notably the EU, Japan, India, Israel, United Kingdom, Brazil, China, and others. Crosslisted as IREL 276.

POLS 277. International Political Economy. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the politics of international economic relations including trade, finance, and development. Crosslisted as IREL 277.

POLS 278. International Law. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The nature, historical development, and sources of international law; substantive and procedural international law and its role in international relations. Crosslisted as IREL 255.

POLS 279. Government and the Economy. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course studies the government and economy with special topics including history, analysis and critique of capitalism and democracy.

POLS 280. War. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course focuses on the causes of wars. Theories from many disciplines are examined in relation to interstate and civil or internal wars. Applying these theories to different wars, through the use of case studies, will comprise a large part of the course.

POLS 281. Peace Studies. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course provides an introduction to the field of peace studies. A number of topics are examined including pacifism, conflict resolution techniques and approaches, and finally actual case studies to illustrate peacemaking in two contexts: interstate wars and internal or civil strife. Crosslisted as UNIV 219.

POLS 282. European Security. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
European security issues, including NATO enlargement, the military campaigns in the Balkans, the Iraq War, terrorism, and ballistic missile defense. For Bucknell in London. Crosslisted as IREL 282.

POLS 283. East Asian International Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course offers an overview of international relations in East Asia, with focus on political, economic, and social interactions among major states in the region. Crosslisted as EAST 248 and IREL 283.

POLS 284. International Relations of Europe. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course will examine the foreign policies of European countries, individually and collectively through the European Union, toward each other, regional and global intergovernmental organizations and other regions/countries. Crosslisted as IREL 218.

POLS 285. The International Relations of Latin America in the 21st Century. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course will examine the emergence of the New Left, the production of regional spaces, the impact of the BRICS and South-South cooperation in Latin America. Crosslisted as IREL 285.

POLS 286. Nonstate Actors in International Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the role nonstate actors (such as nongovernmental organizations, multinational corporations, violent nonstate actors, and individuals) can and do play in various substantive areas of international relations. Crosslisted as IREL 286.

POLS 287. United States and the Middle East. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternating Spring Semester; Lecture hours:3
This course examines U.S. foreign policy towards the Middle East. The focus is on the economic, security, and political interests of the United States in the region.

POLS 288. French Foreign Policy Since 1945. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Analysis of French foreign policy, institutions, and decision-making processes in the Fourth and Fifth Republics. Current issues and problems of French foreign policy. Offered through Bucknell en France.

POLS 289. The Arab-Israeli Conflict. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course examines the roots and transformation of the conflict, role of outside actors, and how it can be resolved.

POLS 290. Topics in Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Attention will focus on specific thinkers, problems, concepts, or issues of recurring and continuing significance in political analysis. Topics will vary.

POLS 291. Environmental Policy and Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
An introduction to understanding the role of political institutions, stakeholders, and policy processes (in the U.S. and internationally) in addressing environmental problems. Crosslisted with ENST 245.

POLS 292. Political Economy of Growth. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
We will study how institutions affect the immediate determinants of economic growth. Topics include population growth, microfinance, democracy, geography, international trade, culture, and foreign aid.

POLS 295. Internship. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Reserved for non-traditional study.

POLS 2NT. POLS Non-traditional Study. 1-2 Credits.

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:3
Non-traditional study in Political Science. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

POLS 350. Seminar in Comparative Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Selected topics. Prerequisite: POLS 205 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 351. Social Policies in Rich Democracies. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Application of comparative analysis to social policies and policymaking in established democracies, on such issues as income supports, health care, education, reproductive rights, etc. Prerequisite: successful completion of POLS 205.

POLS 352. Politics of Economic Development. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course critically engages the tools, concepts, and theories that are used to examine the politics of economic development in poorer countries. Prerequisite: POLS 205 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 356. Nationalism, Conflict and Nature. 1 Credit.

Offered Occasionally; Lecture hours:3
This course explores the ways in which nature is politicized in nationalist discourse, and the role of nationalized nature ideas in social movements and environmental conflicts. May be crosslisted as ENST 356 or IREL 356. Prerequisite: POLS 205.

POLS 360. Seminar in Political Theory. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Selected topics. Prerequisite: POLS 210 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 362. American Constitutional Theory. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
A careful analysis of theories of American constitutional democracy, focusing on the role and legitimacy of judicial review within the democratic political system. Prerequisite: POLS 210 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 370. Seminar in American Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Selected topics.Prerequisite: POLS 140 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 371. Minority Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course is designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of how minority groups operate within the U.S. political system.

POLS 373. Public Opinion. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
Theoretical and quantitative approaches to the study of public attitudes in the United States. Prerequisite: POLS 140 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 375. Analyzing Legislatures. 1 Credit.

Offered Alternate Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
An in-depth examination of American legislative politics through empirical social-science research methods. Prerequisite: POLS 140.

POLS 380. Seminar in International Politics. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3; Repeatable
Selected topics. Prerequisite: POLS 170 or permission of the instructor.

POLS 381. Arab-Israeli Conflict, Peace Studies. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
This course is devoted to examining the failures and successes of the peace process between Israel and the Arab States. Exploring the roots of the conflict dating back to the late 1800s and conclude with the Oslo peace process and the involvement of outside actors. Prerequisite: POLS 170 or permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as IREL 381.

POLS 382. U.S.-China Relations. 1 Credit.

Offered Spring Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
Through tracing the evolution of U.S.-China relations from the 19th century to the 21st century, this course discusses major issues and challenges between the two countries today. Future trends of the bilateral relationship will also be explored. Prerequisite: POLS 170. Preference given to POLS, IREL and EAST seniors. May be crosslisted as EAST 382 and/or IREL 482.

POLS 389. Human Rights. 1 Credit.

Offered Fall Semester Only; Lecture hours:3
The seminar will study human rights, primarily from an international perspective, including self-determination, cultural rights, ethnic and racial rights, women's rights, religious rights, and lesbian and gay rights. Preference given to international relations majors. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as IREL 415.

POLS 393. International Environmental Aid. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This advanced seminar on international environmental politics focuses on applied examination of international and bilateral aid for solving environmental problems. It explores discussion topics including: theories of international environmental relations and development, roles of international organizations and non-governmental actors, and environmental problem-solving case studies. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor. Crosslisted as ENST 393.

POLS 395. Independent Study. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:3; Repeatable
Open to qualified students who wish to pursue individual programs of advanced study in political science. Prerequisite: approval of a proposal submitted to the department normally at least two weeks prior to registration.

POLS 396. Independent Study. .5-1 Credits.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:3; Repeatable
Open to qualified students who wish to pursue individual programs of advanced study in political science. Prerequisite: approval of a proposal submitted to the department, normally at least two weeks prior to registration.

POLS 397. Honor Thesis. 1 Credit.

Offered Both Fall and Spring; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:3; Repeatable
Independent research on some topic approved as honors work by the department and Honors Council. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

POLS 3NT. POLS Non-traditional Study. 1-2 Credits.

Offered Fall, Spring, Summer; Lecture hours:Varies,Other:Varies
Nontraditional study in Political Science. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.

POLS 425. Topics Seminar. 1 Credit.

Offered Either Fall or Spring; Lecture hours:3
This course will examine the causes and the international consequences of human displacement. It will consider the economic, political, social, and cultural components of international migration.

Faculty

Professor: Gregory S. Sanjian

Associate Professors: Michael R. James (Chair), Tansa G. Massoud, Amy Reed McCready, Scott R. Meinke, David Mitchell, Andrea Stevenson Sanjian, Atiya Stokes-Brown, Zhiqun Zhu

Assistant Professors: John A. Doces, Christopher Ellis, R. Douglas Hecock