POLS Political Science

POLS   5630G   Seminar in American Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A systematic focus on major themes and issues in American public policy and their roots in American politics. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5630.

POLS   5631G   Seminar in Political Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A seminar focusing on selected theoretical topics. Emphasis will be placed on normative theory and the history of political thought. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5631.

POLS   5632G   Seminar in Urban Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on the political development of urban areas in the United States from colonial to modern times, including the growth of cities, urban political machines, post-war suburbanization, the structure of urban governments, and the challenges of urban development today. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5632.

POLS   5633G   Seminar in International Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to familiarize students with the theories which guide the conduct and analysis of international relations. These theories are examined in both their classical and contemporary context and used to evaluate and assess international relations' phenomena. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5633, INTS   5633, INTS   5633G.

POLS   5634G   Seminar in Comparative Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides a systematic review of the empirical and theoretical literature concerning the structure, function, and problems of contemporary governments in industrializing and industrialized countries. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5634, INTS   5634, INTS 5634G.

POLS   5635G   Seminar in International Organizations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An analytical study of the organization, powers, and problems of global and regional international agencies with particular emphasis upon the European Union. Graduate students will be given an extra assignment determined by the instructor that undergraduates will not be required to do.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   5635, INTS   5635, INTS   5635G.

POLS   7030   Selected Topics in Political Science

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An opportunity for instructors to teach special topics within the discipline.

POLS   7130   Ethics in Government

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Focuses on experiences, approaches, and strategies for confronting and solving problems, accountability and responsibility of public officials for appropriate behavior, and ethical decision-making.

POLS   7131   Constitutional Law

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the political and social context in which Constitutional Law is made and interpreted, the legal reasoning that undergirds Constitutional lawmaking, and the impact on public administration in the U.S.

POLS   7132   Administrative Law

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Development, present status, and trends in American Administrative Law. Explores administrative actions by focusing on the legal authority and responsibilities of private parties relative to such agencies.

POLS   7133   Public Law & Administration

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the legal framework in which public managers must operate in the 21st century. Particular attention is given to understanding the implication of constitutional law on administrative behavior and decisions and on administrative laws designed to ensure due process and equal treatment for all citizens. The interrelationship of law and ethics for public managers is also examined.

POLS   7231   U.S. Foreign Policy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Designed to familiarize students with the principles underlying and the process undertaken in the formulation and execution of United States foreign policy. Special attention is given to the role of the United States in the post-World War II period.

POLS   7232   Comparative Foreign Policy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An in-depth comparative study of the foreign policy of the United States, the European Union, Russia, the People's Republic of China, Japan, and other significant actors in global politics, emphasizing comparative methodology and theoretical framework.

POLS   7234   International Political Economy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the politics of international economic relations. Systemic and domestic explanations of international economic policy will be applied in various issue areas such as international wealth acquisition and transfer, strategies and the politics of development, trade, investment, exchange rates, debt, aid, and relief assistance. The dynamics that give rise to asymmetric wealth distributions and hegemonic transmutations will be given emphasis.

POLS   7330   Intergovernmental Relations

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the interaction between the federal, state, and local levels of government in the United States. Special attention is given to the constitutional and fiscal relationships between these levels of government and the historical evolution of the nature of the relationships.

Cross Listing(s): PBAD   7330.

POLS   7332   State Government

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A systematic study of the growing role of the states in the development and administration of domestic social policy in the United States. Special attention is given to the capacity building in state government and the devolution of power to the states. Specific policy areas in state government including education, crime control, and economic development are examined in-depth.

POLS   7337   Environmental Politics and Policy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

An overview of environmental and natural resource management in the United States. Particular attention will be paid to issues of regional importance, including water quality and availability, regulation and monitoring compliance, sustainable growth, and management within overlapping jurisdictions.

Cross Listing(s): PBAD   7337.

POLS   7434   Quantitative Research Design

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Study of the role of theory, research design, sampling, measurement and instrumentation, data collection, and ethical issues related to social scientific research.

POLS   7436   Qualitative Research Design

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Analysis and practice of qualitative methodology in social science. Topics may include participant observation, ethnographic methods, interviews, case studies, content analysis, archival research and other innovative techniques.

POLS   7437   Statistics for Social Science

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Study of the techniques and statistics necessary to design and interpret quantitative social scientific research.

POLS   7532   Public Policy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A systematic study of how public policy is developed, implemented, and evaluated. Attention is given to the skills of policy analysis, as well as, the social problems and cultural interpretations that lead to public policy. Illustrations from domestic policy in the United States are supplemented with insights from other nations.

Cross Listing(s): PBAD   7532.

POLS   7533   Qualitative Research Methods

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Explores the techniques useful in political science research involving case studies, ethnographic data, content analysis, elite surveys, and problems encountered when crossing disciplinary boundaries. Issues of research design, execution, the role of theory, sampling, measurement, instrumentation, data collection, and ethical quandaries will be addressed in the course.

POLS   7630   Seminar in American Government

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A graduate introduction to the basic structures, processes, and patterns of behavior of American national government, emphasizing the interfacing of politics, economics, and public policy.

POLS   7631   Empirical Political Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A survey of the prominent theoretical approaches used in empirical political inquiry. The philosophies of the social sciences and the construction of political explanation provide the foundation for embarking on original research necessary for the thesis stages of the program.

POLS   7632   Comparative Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A systematic review of the empirical and theoretical literature concerning the structure, function, and problems of contemporary governments in developed and developing countries.

Prerequisite(s): POLS   1101.

POLS   7633   International Politics

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Provides graduate students with in-depth coverage of particular themes in international relations. Topics may include issues pertaining to international politics and theory, including international political economy, security studies, foreign policy decision making, international law and organization, international environmental issues, and a wide variety of regional issues.

POLS   7636   Seminar in International Law and Diplomacy

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the body of literature, concepts, and historical perspectives of international law and diplomacy as related to the critical problems of the Post-Cold War era. The focus of the course will be on the legal, moral, and strategic dimensions of several past, present, and proposed means of conflict resolution.

POLS   7637   Social Welfare Management

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

Examines the issues involved in administering social welfare programs at the local, state, and federal levels of government. Particular attention is paid to problems faced by social welfare service delivery organizations and the question of welfare reform strategy in the United States.

POLS   7638   Social Theory

3 Credit Hours.   3 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

This course examines the role of theory in the scientific endeavor and explores a number of theoretical perspectives, including structural-functionalism, conflict, feminist, exchange, rational choice, symbolic interaction, and the current debates over modernity and postmodernity.

POLS   7860   Internship in Political Science

6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

The internship allows students pursuing their M.A. degree to work in a professional setting relating to their chosen concentration in Political Science. Students will be required to complete a final paper detailing the experience of their internship, and defend their paper and experiences before a faculty committee.

POLS   7890   Directed Reading

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A structured, individualized research focus to be mutually designed by instructor and student.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   7890S.

POLS   7890S   Directed Reading

1-3 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A structured, individualized research focus to be mutually designed by instructor and student.

Cross Listing(s): POLS   7890.

POLS   7999   Thesis

1-6 Credit Hours.   0 Lecture Hours.   0 Lab Hours.

A major research project structured jointly by the student and instructor.