POLS 115 - American Government I
An introduction to political science through the study of the American political system: The Constitution, political processes; the structure, powers and procedures of the Presidency, Congress, and the Judiciary.
POLS 116 - State and Local Government
Structure, function, and problems of state and local government; executive, legislative, and judicial processes; federalism and metropolitan government.
POLS 220 - International Politics
An introduction to international politics with emphasis on the international system, the major actors, the struggle for power, and the struggle for order.
POLS 225 - Comparative Politics
An introduction to comparative politics with emphasis on the democratic systems of Europe.
POLS 250 - Politics of Public Administration
Introduction to the development of public administration in the United States and to the concepts and methods used in its practice. The political aspects of the public bureaucracy and contemporary issues are also highlighted.
POLS 300 - Introduction to Research Methods
General consideration of research methods and data analysis in political science and the social sciences.
POLS 305 - American Constitution - Governmental Powers
American Constitution studied in the light of the U.S. Supreme Court decisions and interpretations; focus on governmental powers, federal relationships, and economic regulation.
POLS 306 - American Constitution - Civil Liberties
Analyzes U.S. Supreme Court decisions and interpretations that focus on civil liberties, equal protections, due process, and First Amendment rights.
POLS 308 - Intergovernmental Relations
Analyzes the growing interrelationship of federal, state, and local governments with emphasis on financial aspects.
POLS 309 - Legislative and Executive Processes
A survey of the organization, functions, and interactions of the American legislative and executive branches of government.
POLS 310 - Introduction to Political Thought
Classical political thought from classical times to the 19th century with emphasis on issues raised in the workds of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, Marx and Nietzsche.
POLS 318 - American Political Thought
A historical analysis of the major thinkers and the streams of thought that molded the political life and institutions of the United States from Puritans to the present.
POLS 320 - Foreign Policies
Examination of the roles of major powers in the international system, with emphasis on the foreign policies of the United States and other major powers.
POLS 321 - International Human Rights
Examination of factors that contribute to human rights violations and domestic, multilateral and bilateral efforts to combat such violations with emphasis placed on the changing nature of the international system of states.
POLS 323 - Issues in Comparative Politics
Examination of contemporary issues in comparative politics with particular emphasis on the dynamics of change in political systems.
POLS 324 - Chinese Politics
The course evaluates the politics of China following two underlying themes: assessing the changes that have taken place in China since the death of Mao and China's place of prominence on the global stage. Focus is placed on Chinese politics since the economic reforms in the 1970s and the political implications of these reforms. The course also evaluates Chinese public policy with regard to critical issues facing China today.
POLS 327 - Transitions to Democracy
Based on liberal democratic theory, the course will investigate the different processes and components associated with successful democratization. The course will evaluate multiple case studies, including those found in Southern Europe, Latin America, and post-communist Europe. The course will conclude with an assessment of cases beginning to democratize presently.
POLS 328 - Legislative Processes
Emphasis will be placed on the structure, functions, and duties of Congress, as well as congressional elections, patterns of congressional leadership, policy successes and failures, and the relationship between Congress and the federal court, and Congress and the U.S. Presidency.
POLS 329 - Presidential Institutions and Management
This course focuses on the intersection of politics and management with the executive branch. Special emphasis is placed on the roles of institutions and critical executive branch actors such as the President in the management and execution of public policy.
POLS 351 - Women and Politics
Role of women in politics, including selection of women for political offices; the political attitudes and behavior of women; and the development of public policy initiatives as they affect or are likely to affect women.
POLS 361 - Nonprofit Management
This course is an overview of the management of nonprofit organizations. Content includes the history and legal foundation of nonprofits, leadership, marketing, management of employees and volunteers, and operations management.
POLS 393 - Problems in Political Science
Students study special topics that vary by semester.
POLS 397 - Cooperative Education
Compensated on-the-job experience in various areas of political science. S-U grading only Prereqs: 3.00 GPA; 12 hours in POLS, and course related to cooperative experience; permission of department.
POLS 404 - Urban Politics and Administration
Analysis of the socio-economic context of urban America and its impact on politics, policy, and administration.
POLS 405 - Political Behavior
A review of the role of the public in a democracy, focusing on the formation and content of public opinion, the means of communicating that opinion to government, and the impact of that opinion on policy.
POLS 432 - Public Policy Making Process
Two-thirds of the class is devoted to understanding the stages of the policy process: (1) Problem Identification and Agenda Setting; (2) Policy Formulation; (3) Policy Adoption; (4) Policy Implementation; and (5) Policy Evaluation. The last third applies the model to substantive policy areas such as health, environment, and education.
POLS 433 - The Administrator and Public Affairs
Designed to make students aware of the political and community implications of public administration in a democratic society. Reviews and analyzes the political environment of public administration and considers various techniques for accommodating democratic influences in the administrative process.
POLS 437 - Administrative Processes
Explanation of theoretical and practical aspects of personnel and financial management in the public sector. Spring.
POLS 480 - Administrative Internship
On-the-job training in a governmental position with final report and analysis of the agency by the intern. S/U grading only. Prereqs: 3.00 GPA; 12 hours in POLS, and course related to internship experience; permission of department. Coreqs: Prior approval of instructor required before enrollment.
POLS 491 - Readings in Political Science
Selected readings with oral and written reports. Prereqs: Consent of instructor required.
POLS 495 - Senior Colloquium
A capstone course in Political Science and Public Administration designed to integrate the subareas of the discipline. The development of the discipline, its great thinkers, and current directions will be examined. Prereqs: Senior standings. This course is designed for majors only.
Graduate (MPA) Courses
POLS 500 - Research Methods
This course will first focus on various approaches to analyzing political phenomena with the goal developing students' ability to think analytically and to distinguish between empirical and normative analysis. The course will then introduce techniques of empirical research including research design, measurement, data gathering, and data analysis. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 501 - Political and Public Policy Analysis
This course focuses on the use of empirical data both to develop empirical theory and to make policy choices. Topics to be discussed include hypothesis testing, public choice, and policy evaluation. Students will be required to complete an original research project. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 502 - Seminar: Problems in State and Local Government
Directed in-depth inquiry into contemporary structural and policy problems of state and local governments. During the course, each student will prepare a research paper relevant to a current problem suitable for publication and distribution to an identifiable body of public officials and citizens for problem-solving purposes. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 503 - Government and Business
This course is designed to make students aware of the interrelationship of business and government in our society and the importance of this interrelationship in an era of globalization. A component of the course involves travel to Washington, D.C. to meet with political officials, e.g., the Congressional delegation; Legislative staff; government regulatory agencies, government advocacy agencies, and national and international business representatives. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor, on-campus only.
POLS 508 - Seminar: Legislative and Executive Processes
Description, analysis, and evaluation of the structures, processes, procedures, and positions of the legislative and executive offices in government. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 511 - Seminar: Political Theory
Study of major political theories and the methodologies employed in their formulation. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 531 - Seminar: Public Administration
An extensive overview of Public Administration stressing the basic concepts and trends in the discipline as well as the classic scholars. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 532 - Public Policy
A discussion of the initiation, formulation, adoption, implementation, and evaluation of American public policy. Various policy areas such as agriculture, education, environment, and welfare will be analyzed. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 533 - Administrative Ethics in the Public Sector
This course examines the challenges faced by public administrators in establishing personal standards of conduct in the administrative environment. Issues such as moral versus political accountability, social justice, and whistle blowing are among the topics that will be explored in this course. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 535 - Public Organizations
Description and analysis of bureaucratic organizations with particular emphasis on concepts and characteristics common to public bureaucracies. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 536 - Public Personnel Administration
This course is designed to help managers in all positions of an organization to understand the fundamental nature of public personnel administration, also known as human resource management. Topics to be covered include basic functions such as position classifications, wage and salary administration, and performance appraisal. It will also examine merit systems and contemporary reforms and techniques including TQM and conflict resolution. Attention will be given to contemporary issues such as sexual harassment, affirmative action, privacy, and unionization. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 538 - Public Budgeting and Financial Administration
This course will encompass the normative and descriptive budgetary question in public administration. Orthodox prevailing and alternative budget theories are presented in generalized and applied settings. Prereqs: MPA students only or constent of instructor.
POLS 539 - Administrative Law
Study of the legal dimension of public administration. Study of requirements for rule-making and adjudication and of judicial review of administrative decisions. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 551 - Health Administration and Organization
The evolution of health systems and their organizational challenges of administration from human resources to management in times of scarce resources are explored. Specific attention is devoted to Financial Management, Managerial and Fund Accounting, Medicare, Medicaid, Fiscal Intermediaries, and Managed Care, and Organizations in Decline. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 552 - Health Policy
This course examines historic and contemporary trends in health care delivery in the United States. Emphasis is placed on addressing health care cost-containment issues, access to health care, and recent efforts to invoke broadly based systemic reforms of the U.S. health care system. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 561 - Creation and Management of Social Enterprises
This course is an overview of social entrepreneurship and the management of social enterprises, often nonprofit organizations. The objective of the course is to expose students to content related to these topic areas, including methods and techniques of entrepreneurship for social purposes, strategic selection of an organizational form to advance a mission, the legal foundation of social enterprises in the U.S., and management topics such as leadership, strategic management, business planning, management of employees and volunteers, and operations management, and program evaluation.
POLS 562 - Political Advocacy and Social Entrepreneurship
The primary purpose of the course will be to explore all facets of building an advocacy campaign. We will consider our expectations, and the likely consequences, of collective action in fulfilling our social entrepreneurial objectives through advocacy.
POLS 580 - Administrative Internship
Students are employed on a full-time or part-time basis in on-the-job learning situations in federal, state, or local government. Students are required to make an analytical report on some facet of their work. Arranged. Prereqs: MPA students only and prior approval of instructor required before enrollment.
POLS 591 - Readings in Political Science and Public Administration
Selected reading with oral and written reports. Arranged. Prereqs: MPA students only and prior approval of instructor required before enrollment.
POLS 593 - Problems in Political Science and Public Administration
Students study special topics under the direction and supervision of a member of the staff. Arranged. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 595 - Professional Development in Public Administration
Specific issues will vary, but topics will focus on the latest issues, trends, and problems facing administrators, especially those in public and not-for-profit agencies. Prereqs: MPA students only or consent of instructor.
POLS 599 - Master of Public Administration Capstone
Seminar course intended to assist students in strengthening and developing essential skills of research and formal presentation (written and oral) for both academic and professional audiences, and applying these skills to the completion of their individual Independent Study Project. Enrollment is restricted to MPA students to have presented a satisfactory Independent Study proposal to their review committee at the conclusion of the previous fall semester. Prereqs: POLS 997.
POLS 997 - Independent Study
Description coming soon.