Course Descriptions

POLS 101: American National Government
3 Semester Credit 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. Offered every Fall.

POLS 102: Public Policy
3 Semester Credit 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.  Offered every other Spring.

POLS 202: State and Local Government
3 Semester Credit 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.  Offered every Spring. 

POLS 311: Political Parties and Interest Groups
3 Semester Credit 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.  Offered every three years.

POLS 332: International Relations
3 Semester Credit 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 332 is cross-listed with HIST 332.  Offered every three years.

POLS 341: American Diplomatic History
3 Semester Credit 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 111-112 are useful prerequisites or companion courses. POLS 341 is cross-listed with HIST 341. Offered every three years.

POLS 352: Constitutional Law I
3 Semester Credit 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 111 as a prerequisite or companion course is recommended. POLS 352 is cross-listed with HIST 352. Offered every Fall.

POLS 353: Constitutional Law II
3 Semester Credit 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 352 and/or HIST 112 as prerequisite courses are recommended. POLS 353 is cross-listed with HIST 353. Offered every other Spring.

POLS 361: The American Presidency
3 Semester Credit 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 361 is cross-listed with HIST 361. Prerequisite: POLS 101. Offered during the Fall coinciding with the presidential election.

POLS 362: Public Administration
3 Semester Credit 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.  Offered every three years.

POLS 371: Congress and the Legislative Process
3 Semester Credit 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 101. Offered every four years, during the off-year presidential elections.

POLS 380: History of American Political Theory
3 Semester Credit 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 101. Cross-listed with HIST 380. Offered every three years.

POLS 388: The Sixties: A Time of Turmoil
3 Semester Credit 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 388. Offered every three years.

POLS 390: Topics in Political Science
3 Semester Credit 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 391: Comparative Government
3 Semester Credit 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 101 or high school equivalent. Offered every three years.

POLS 400: Senior Seminar
3 Semester Credit Hours

POLS 400 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 408: Internship in Legal Assistance
3 Semester Credit 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. Offered by student request. Cross-listed with LGST 408.

POLS 409: Internship in Governmental Operation or Nonprofit Organization
3 Semester Credit 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. Offered by student request.

POLS 492: Independent Study in Political Science
1-3 Semester Credit 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. Offered by student request.

Internship and independent study courses are limited to a maximum of six (6) 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.