Graduate Course Offerings

Graduate Course Schedule (Spring 2017) and Graduate Course Catalog

POLS 5000. Independent Study in Political Science

1 – 6 credits, Independent Study. Instructor consent required.

POLS 5010. Investigation of Special Topics in Political Science

3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5100. Proseminar in Political Theory

Historical survey and analysis of fundamental concepts in political theory.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5105. Political Theory

Historical and conceptual analysis of selected political ideas such as justice, liberty, rights, political obligation, or the state; including an examination of one or more major schools or bodies of political thought from ancient to contemporary times.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5110. Seminar in American Thought and Ideology

3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5115. Theories of Human Rights

Debates about the meaning of human rights and their importance.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5200. Proseminar in Comparative Government

Political institutions and processes compared. Derivation of generalizations.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5205. West European Politics

Contending approaches to the political systems of West European nations. Comparative analysis of industrialization, institutional structure, and political economy.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5210. Seminar in Latin American Politics

3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5215. Comparative Political Development

Development of political systems in relation to socio-economic level and other conditioning factors. Political stability and change.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5220. Seminar in African Politics

Focus on the rise of nationalism in post-war Africa, the process of decolonization, and the problems of economic growth and national integration. Attention will also be given to the role of ideology as a determinant in the choice of development policies.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5225. East European Politics

Comparative analysis of the political development, economic modernization, social stratification, and indigenous ideologies of post-Communist Eastern Europe.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5230. Development Administration

Strategies of implementing development in Latin America, Asia, and Africa; social, political, and cultural obstacles to administrative reform in developing nations; problems of technical assistance in overseas administration; theories of development administration.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5235. Comparative Democratization

Democratization and major approaches to regime change away from authoritarianism.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5240. Seminar in Comparative Politics

3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5300. Proseminar in International Relations

Current theories of and methodological approaches to international relations.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5305. Foreign Policy Analysis

Analysis of foreign policy processes from a comparative, theoretical perspective.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5315. International Security

Political and military issues as they intersect at the international level, such as war, terrorism, alliances, and intervention.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5320. International Conflict and Cooperation

Examination of theories and methodologies relating to the study of international conflict and cooperation. Topics include deterrence, negotiation and bargaining, theories of conflict and war, and approaches to conflict resolution.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5325. International Political Economy

Major problem areas in which politics, economics, and business intersect at the international level – trade, foreign investment, and monetary relations. The politics and mechanisms of U.S. foreign economic policy.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5330. International Organization and Law

International cooperation to resolve economic, social, and political transnational problems.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5335. U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East

Examination of U.S. political, economic and strategic interests and aims in the Middle East.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5340. Politics and Security in the Middle East

Examination of security issues in the Middle East and the responses of regional actors and external powers.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5345. Foreign Policies of the Russian Federation and the Former USSR

Regional and global roles of the former USSR and post-Communist Russia.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5400. Proseminar in American Politics

Theory and practice of American government and politics, with an emphasis on various theoretical and methodological perspectives.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5406. Seminar in the American Political System

Examination of empirical research in American politics, including institutions and processes.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5407. Special Topics in American Political Institutions and Policy

The institutions and policy-making process of American Government.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5408. Special Topics in American Political Behavior

The political behavior of the American public, including public opinion, voting behavior, and other forms of participation.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5409. Special Topics in American Race, Gender and Ethnic Politics

The politics of American race, gender and ethnicity, with focus on disadvantaged groups and their influence on the political process.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5410. Black Feminist Theory and Politics

Major debates at the core of black feminist theory, emphasizing the ways in which interlocking systems of oppression uphold and sustain each other in contemporary U.S. politics.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5415. Administrative Ethics

Examination of models and standards of ethics in public administration, decision-making techniques and tools, and analyses of selected, contemporary dilemmas confronting public administration and public policy.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5420. Public Opinion and American Democracy

Theories of democracy and what they imply about the public’s capabilities and role; empirical research on the American public and public opinion in the context of democratic theory.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5425. American Political Parties

The development, organization, and role of political parties in the United States, with implications for public policy.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5430. Politics, Society, and Educational Policy

The analysis of the interactions among educational policy, politics and other social forces. In-sights and concerns from politics and other social sciences disciplines will be applied to different levels and types of schooling.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5435. Proseminar in Public Policy

Major works in U.S. public policy, with comparative illustrations of general principles.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5440. Proseminar in Public Administration

Theory and structure of administration and the public service.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5445. Public Budgeting

An examination of the development and structure of the public financial sectors; the principles and roles of operating and capital budgets in public organizations; and introduction to the relationships between funding mechanisms and public policy.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5450. Politics of Organization and Bureaucracy

3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5455. Public Opinion and Public Policy

Theoretical and empirical study of public opinion and its role in policy formation.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5460. Social Policy

Examination of the concepts and principles of public policy analysis, with applications to important social issues.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5505. Seminar in Public Law

Selected topics in public law, the administration of justice, and jurisprudence.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5510. Judicial Decision-Making

The judicial decision-making process in terms of methods and models developed in the framework of the behavioral sciences.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5515. Constitutional Interpretation

An exploration of the theories and process of constitutional interpretation in the United States, with an emphasis on the role the Supreme Court plays in defending and enforcing civil liberties.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5600. Nature of Political Inquiry

The scope of political science, modes of inquiry, the role of concepts and theory. Graduate students are urged to take the course in their first semester.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5605. Seminar in Quantitative Methods of Political Science

Introduction to the data analysis techniques most often used by political scientists. Requires no previous background in statistics.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5610. Research Design in Political Science

Introduction to quantitative and non-quantitative empirical research design in political science.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 5615. Seminar in Qualitative Methods of Political Science

A survey of qualitative research methods. Training in use of case studies, comparative historical approach, interviewing and focus groups, ethnography and interpretive methods.

POLS 6100. Research Seminar in Political Theory

Investigation of special topics in political theory, with emphasis on the preparation and completion of original research projects.
3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 6400. Research Seminars in American Politics

3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 6500. Research Seminar in Judicial Process

3 credits, Seminar.

POLS 6610. Research Seminar in Quantitative Methods

Research in quantitative applications to political data.
1 – 6 credits, Seminar. Prerequisite: POLS 5605.