Course Descriptions – Political Science

POLS 1301 – American National Government – 3 hours. Students will understand the basic legal and political institutions, and mass and political elite behavior of the United States. Students will incrementally improve their writing with a term paper. This course is offered every fall semester.

POLS 1302 – Public Policy – 3 hours. Students will master the basics of public policy formulation and implementation in the context of political institutions and political behavior. Both policy processes and relevant content areas will be stressed. Students will incrementally improve their writing with a term paper. This course is offered every other spring semester.

POLS 2302 – State and Local Government – 3 hours. Students will master the basics of state and local political institutions and attendant political behaviors by masses and political elites. Students will incrementally improve their writing with a term paper. This course is offered every spring semester.

POLS 3311 – Political Parties and Interest Groups – 3 hours. Students will master the basics of American political parties and interest groups within the context of American political institutions. Students will incrementally improve their writing skills with two position papers. This course is offered every three years.

POLS 3332 – International Relations – 3 hours. Students will master the basic theories of the modern state system and national power as they relate to the international community and its organization. Students will incrementally improve their writing skills with two position papers. POLS 3332 is cross-listed with HIST 3332. This course is offered every three years.

POLS 3341 – American Diplomatic History– 3 hours. Students will master the history of the foreign policy of the United States with attention to the institutional and behavioral aspects. Students will incrementally improve their writing skills with two position papers. HIST 1311-1312 are useful prerequisites or companion courses. POLS 3341 is cross-listed with HIST 3341. This course is offered every three years.

POLS 3352 – Constitutional Law I – 3 hours. Students will master major constitutional principles and study decisions and the consequences of rulings within the context of American history, colonial period through 1896. Students will incrementally improve their writing skills with two position papers. HIST 1311 as a prerequisite or companion course is recommended. POLS 3352 is cross-listed with HIST 3352. This course is offered every other fall semester.

POLS 3353 – Constitutional Law II – 3 hours. Students will master major constitutional principles and study decisions, and the consequences of rulings within the context of American history, from 1896 to the contemporary period. POLS/HIST 3352 and/or HIST 1312 as prerequisite courses are recommended. POLS 3353 is cross-listed with HIST 3353. This course is offered every other spring semester.

POLS 3361 – The American Presidency – 3 hours. Students will know the institution of the presidency and presidential roles in American politics: the selection process, popular leadership, development of legislative programs, implementation of public policy and the President’s relations with Congress, the bureaucracy and the courts. Students will incrementally improve their writing skills with two position papers. POLS 3361 is cross-listed with HIST 3361. Prerequisite: POLS 1301. This course is offered during the fall semester coinciding with the presidential election.

POLS 3362 – Public Administration – 3 hours. Students will know the principles of public administration, including a study of administration, administrative-organization, decision making, intergovernmental relations, and administrative responsibilities. Students will incrementally improve their writing skills with two position papers. This course is offered every three years.

POLS 3371 – Congress and the Legislative Process – 3 hours. Students will understand legislative organization and processes, with attention to the institution of Congress, its members, and its relation to parties, interest groups, executive agencies and the courts. Students will incrementally improve their writing skills with two position papers. Prerequisite: POLS 1301. This course is offered every four years, during the off-year presidential elections.

POLS 3380 – History of American Political Theory – 3 hours. Students will analyze American political thinkers and their impact upon our political institutions. Students will incrementally improve their writing skills with two position papers. Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Cross-listed with HIST 3380. This course is offered every three years.

POLS 3388 – The Sixties: A Time of Turmoil – 3 hours. Students will understand the rise and fall of social movements, beginning with the 1950s and ending with the conservative reaction in the second half of the 1970s. Civil Rights, women‘s, gay/lesbian, anti-war and Christian Right movements will all be analyzed. Students will incrementally improve their writing skills with two position papers. Cross-listed with HIST 3388. This course is offered every three years.

POLS 3390 – Topics in Political Science – 3 hours. Subject matter will vary depending on the instructor and student interest. The schedule of course offerings will specify the subject of the course. Popular offerings include: Politics and Ethics and Hollywood and Political Films. Students will improve their writing skills with two position papers.

POLS 3391 – Comparative Government – 3 hours. Students will understand the classification of political systems according to institutional and development characteristics and the causes and costs of political stability and instability. Comparison will relate to contemporary political institutions, processes, and behavior in specific countries. Students will incrementally improve their writing skills with two position papers. Prerequisite: POLS 1301 or high school equivalent. This course is offered every three years.

POLS 4300 – Senior Seminar — 3 hours. POLS 4300 is a team-taught, interdisciplinary capstone experience required for all seniors majoring in history and politics. Students will be expected to attend a major regional or national conference in political science or history, and complete a senior paper or project tied in some way to one of the panels attended. A rubric explaining evaluation expectations will be given to students. Papers and projects will be scholarly in nature and presented at the annual Celebration of Student Achievement in April. Offered every Fall.

POLS 4308 – Internship in Legal Assistance – 3 hours. Students will be assigned to a law firm or court agency for a minimum of 120 hours per semester to discover how law is practiced out of the classroom and to see if law is their calling. Assignments and duties may vary. All students will improve their writing and research skills by completing a 15-20 page paper. .Students must have a 3.00 G.P.A. and instructor permission to enroll. This course is only offered by student request. Cross-listed with LGST 4308.

POLS 4309 – Internship in Governmental Operation or Nonprofit Organization – 3 hours. Students will be assigned to a legislative office, congressional field office, or nonprofit agency for 120 hours per semester. Assignments and duties may vary. All students will improve their writing and research skills by completing a 15-20 page paper. Students must have a 3.00 G.P.A. and instructor permission to enroll. This course is only offered by student request.

POLS 4192, 4292, 4392 – Independent Study in Political Science – 1-3 hours. This course provides opportunities for special research for advanced students in political science. A research paper will be written with a ten page minimum per credit hour. This course may be repeated for credit for a maximum of six credit hours. These courses are only offered by student requests.

Internship and independent study courses are limited to a maximum of six semester hours per student in most cases. Instructor permission is needed for entry into any of these courses. Normally a minimum 3.00 G.P.A. and junior status is required. A term paper is normally required in each of these selections.