Political Science

POLS 5304 (3-3-0) American Diplomatic History

(HIST 4308/5304; POLS 4309)

An in-depth study of the personalities, issues, and events that have shaped American foreign policy since 1898. This study includes such issues as U.S. Relations with Latin America, U.S. involvement in the world wars, American involvement in Asia, and the Cold War. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.

Requisites: None.

Offered:  Fall, Online.

POLS 5311 (3-3-0) Political Communication

(COMA 4315; POLS 4315)

A study of new-style American political campaign tactics with an emphasis on how political consultants inform and persuade voters. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.

Requisites: None.

Offered: Periodically, Online.

POLS 5313 (3-3-0) Religion and Politics in the United States

(POLS 4306)

A study of the interaction of religion and politics in the United States. Historical developments and contemporary issues, including major U.S. Supreme Court decisions, will be examined. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.

Requisites: None.

Offered:  Fall, even-numbered years.

POLS 5314 (3-3-0) International Relations

(POLS 4310)

An overview of the power structures that govern international relations including international organizations and politics. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.

Requisites: None.

Offered:  Spring, odd-numbered years.

POLS 5315 (3-3-0) Municipal Government and Urban Development

(POLS 4311; SOCI 4311)

A study of the development of cities and their organization and government. It includes a discussion of the functions, problems, and nature of municipal politics. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.

Requisites: 6 hours in political science.

Offered:  Fall, odd-numbered years.

POLS 5316 (3-3-0) Study of Public Administration

(POLS 4312)

A study of the theory and basic principles of public administrative organization. It includes a discussion of such issues as communication, personnel management, the budgetary process, and both the internal and external politics of public administration. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.

Requisites: 6 hours in political science or instructor approval.

Offered:  Fall, even-numbered years.

POLS 5317 (3-3-0) Comparing Government Structures and Political Systems

(MAIS 5317)

The study and application of theories and concepts related to the scope of comparative politics and methods of comparing various aspects of political systems. The principles, structure, and operation of selected contemporary federations will be compared to each other and the federations of the North American continent. Special attention will be paid to the impact of contrasting cultures, geography, rule of law, and topography in the development of different governmental systems.

Requisites: None.

Offered:  Fall, Online.

POLS 5318 (3-3-0) American Political Tradition

(POLS 4305)

A study of American political ideas from colonial times to the present with special emphasis placed on the political thought of the nation's founders, the political party system, and contemporary ideological debates. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.

Requisites: 6 hours in political science or instructor approval.

Offered:  Spring, odd-numbered years.