Course Descriptions

Legal Studies (LGS)  ♦  Political Science (POL)  ♦  Political Science (POL) (undergraduate)


Political Science - POL

POL 717: Politics and Social Change (3) A.
Comparative study of politics in present and past societies to consider the relationship between politics, political change and broader social change. Emphasis on political phenomena especially suited to comparative study.

POL 721: Contemporary International Relations (3) A.
Systematic analysis of major contemporary theories and approaches to the study of international politics and foreign policy.

POL 725: Problems in International Relations (3) A.
Explores major problems in international relations. Covers various areas of the world with reference to significant factors and problems of the people.

POL 733: Seminar in State and Local Politics (3) A.
A topical analysis of the institutions, policies, and administration of American state and local government. May be retaken to a total of six credit hours, provided subject matter differs each time.

POL 741: Politics and Education (3) A.
An examination of the way political decisions and policies are made in the field of education. Special attention is given to educational decision makers and political power at the local level.

POL 751: Classical Political Theory (3) A.
Cross-listed as PHI 751. Examination of Western political thought from Plato to Aquinas. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for PHI 551, PHI 551W, POL 551, POL 551W or PHI 751.

POL 752: Modern Political Theory (3) A.
Cross-listed as PHI 752. Examination of Western political thought from the Renaissance to the midtwentieth century. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for PHI 552 or PHI 752.

POL 753: Contemporary Political Theory (3) A.
Cross-listed as PHI 753. Examination of Western political thought from mid-twentieth century to the present. Credit will not be awarded to students who have credit for PHI 553 or PHI 753.

POL 765: Administrative Law  (3) A.
Nature of the powers vested in administrative agencies; the problems of administration procedure; the methods and extent of judicial control over administrative action.

POL 800: Research Methods (3) A.
An introduction and an overview of theories, methods, and analyses which are used in contemporary political science and public administration research.

POL 801: Administration, Ethics, and Public Policy (3) A.
An analysis and overview of the interplay of ethical considerations, administration, and policy process in the public sector.

POL 810: Seminar in Comparative Politics: ______ (3) A.
Selected topics in the comparative study of politics. May be retaken to a maximum of six credit hours provided topics vary.

POL 820: Seminar in International Relations (3) A.
Study of selected topics in international administration, international organization, international politics and foreign policy.

POL 835: Seminar in Intergovernmental Relations (3) A.
An examination of the institutions, concepts, and problems of intergovernmental relations and the American federal system.

POL 839: Applied Learning in Public Administration and Political Science (1-6) A.
Prerequisite: departmental approval. Work under faculty and field supervisors in cooperative placement related to student’s academic studies. Credit varies with hours of employment. A minimum of eighty hours of work required for each academic credit. May be repeated at the discretion of the department. Credit may be substituted for POL 871 in the M.P.A program provided the requirements of POL 871 are  met completely by the cooperative education assignment. Credit may not otherwise be substituted for any M.A. or M.P.A requirements.

POL 839 A-F: Cooperative Study: Public Administration and Political Science (1-6) A.
Prerequisite: departmental approval. Work under faculty and field supervisors in cooperative placement related to student’s academic studies. Credit varies with hours of employment. A minimum of eighty hours of work required for each academic credit. May be repeated at the discretion of the department. Credit may be substituted for POL 871 in the M.P.A program provided the requirements of POL 871 are  met completely by the cooperative education assignment. Credit may not otherwise be substituted for any M.A. or M.P.A requirements.

POL 843: Seminar in American Political Process (3) A.
Systematic analysis of executivelegislative relationships in the American national political process.

POL 845: Community Development (3) A.
Examines developmental efforts on community level in the United States; relates community development to community organization and examines current efforts, especially those based on the concept of  self-help, to generate and implement community development programs.

POL 846: Non-Profit Organizations (3) A.
Study of non-profit organizations, including an examination of types, leadership styles, management tools, board organization, budgeting and fund-raising.

POL 847: Strategic Planning and Grant Writing (3) A.
The study of strategic planning processes and the techniques of grant writing as they apply to the public and non-profit sector. Focus on federal and foundation grants. Credit will not be awarded for both  POL 847 and POL 847S.

POL 847S: Strategic Planning & Grant Writing (3) A.
The study of strategic planning and grant writing processes involving federal and foundation grants as they apply to the public and non-profit sector, enhanced with a service-learning component. Credit  will not be awarded for both POL 847 and POL 847S.

POL 853: Seminar in Political Theory (3) A.
Examination of major contemporary approaches to understanding and evaluating political phenomena. Authors to be examined may include: Hannah Ahrendt, Arnold Brecht, David Easton, Juergen Habermas, Edmund Husserl, Robert Nozik, John Rawls, Leo Strauss and Eric Voegelin.

POL 863: Seminar in Public Law (3) A.
Prerequisite: instructor approval. Study in depth of selected problems in public law.

POL 870: Internship in Public Administration (3) A.
Prerequisite: departmental approval. An internship in a public or nonprofit organizational setting for M.P.A. students conducted under departmental supervision and resulting in a capstone paper.

POL 871: Field Study Applied Research in Public Administration (3) A.
Prerequisite: Departmental approval. An advanced, directed research project for M.P.A. students under departmental supervision resulting in a graduate-level report.

POL 872: Practicum in Public Administration (3-6) A.
Prerequisite: departmental approval. An experientially based project for MPH students under advisor supervision. Students will be placed in a supervised work environment in public health administration.

POL 874: Public Sector Leadership (3) A.
This course examines theories and practices of leadership in public and nonprofit sector organizations. Emphasis is given to competing theories of leadership and to the examination of leadership through theoretical reference frames.

POL 875: Public Sector Organizations and Management (3) A.
Study of organizational theory and management as applied to government agencies and other not-for-profit organizations. Topics covered include theoretical modeling, research on organizational behavior,  and managerial strategy and technique.

POL 876: Public Human Resources Management (3) A.
Study of strategies and techniques of public human resources management in the public sector and their relationship to pertinent laws, policies, and  institutions, in the context of contemporary theories of organizational behavior.

POL 877: Public Finance Administration (3) A.
An examination of the effects of economic, administrative, legislative and judicial factors on the fiscal operations of government. Study of the budgetary and financial decision-making process at the  federal, state and local levels.

POL 878: Applied Research in Political Science (3) A.
Prerequisite: POL 800. The theory process and techniques used to conduct and present applied empirical research in political science.

POL 879: Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation (3) A.
Prerequisite: POL 800. An introduction to theories and methods of analysis relating to public policy and public program formulation, implementation, and evaluation. Topics include quantitative and  non-quantitative analytical techniques.

POL 891: Directed Research (3-6) A.
Students must have the independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment. Research under the direct supervision of one or more departmental  members. May be retaken to a total of six hours credit.

POL 892: Directed Research in Public Health Administration (3-6) A.
Students must have the independent study form approved by the faculty supervisor and department chair. Research under the direct supervision of faculty advisors. Designed for MPH students  concentrating in Public Administration.

POL 893: Special Topics: ______ (1-3) A.
Seminar in a specialized topic of the discipline. Topics will vary. May be retaken to a total of six hours credit, provided subject matter differs each time.

POL 895: Independent Study (1-3) A.
Student must have the independent study proposal form approved by faculty supervisor and department chair prior to enrollment. Student-initiated directed study. Can include research project or readings  in an area of the discipline. May be retaken to a total of six hours credit, provided subject matter differs each time.

POL 899: Thesis (3-6) A.
May be retaken to a total of six hours credit.

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