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POL 100 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

Introduction to Political Science will focus upon political theory and its application to individuals, nations and the international arena. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered fall semester.

POL 101 UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT

An overview of the Constitutional basis, structure, and administrative organization of government in the U.S. Principal focus will be on the national government; various contemporary political problems will be explored. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: none. Offered spring semester.

POL 201 JUDICIAL SYSTEM IN U.S. POLITICS

Introductory survey of the major components of the courts and judicial system at the national, state and local levels. Topics may include criminal justice, factors influencing judicial decision-making and the courts in relation to other government agencies. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: POL 101. Offered as needed.

POL 203 LEGISLATIVE PROCESS IN U.S. POLITICS

An analysis of the nature and functions of U.S. legislative bodies. Some of the topics covered may include politics of lawmaking, oversight and investigations, legislative campaigns, role of lobbying, and the budgetary process. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: POL 101. Offered as needed.

POL 207 THE EXECUTIVE OFFICE IN U.S. POLITICS

A course which covers the evolution and development of the executive function of government at the national, state and local levels. Emphasis will be placed on analyzing leadership, power, and managerial skills. Special attention will be devoted to the U.S. Presidency. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: POL 101. Offered as needed.

POL 210 WORLD POLITICS

This course introduces the study of political science in a global context. Aristotle called political science “the master science” not only because political actors decided a great many practical matters, but because he believed that politics was about attaining justice, arête (human excellence), and eudaimonia (well-being or goodness) for entire societies. We will approach politics as this nexus of practical, moral, and philosophical concerns by investigating enduring political questions, such as: What is justice?, What is the best society?, How should citizens and states interact?, How and where does power operate?, What does it mean to be modern?, and What does globalization portend? We will attempt to answer these questions by reading, analyzing, and discussing political arguments from a wide variety of traditions, times, and places. And we will always consider the relationships between the past and the present, the local and the global, and the theoretical and the practical. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: POL 100. Offered as needed.

POL 217 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION

Analysis of the principles of public administration with an introduction to theories of organization and administration as they apply to government bureaucracy. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: POL 101. Offered as needed.

POL 240 COMPARATIVE STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

Comparative analysis of formal and informal institutions and processes by which state and sub-state governments operate. Various problems and issues confronting state and local governments will be covered. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: POL 101. Offered as needed.

POL 298 SPECIAL TOPIC IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.

POL 300 AFRICAN POLITICAL SYSTEMS

The general stages of African political systems that will be studied include traditional African political systems and European imperialism. Some of the themes that will be examined include: tribalism; the dynamics of nationalism; Pan-Africanism; and the effects of multinational corporations on political, economic, and cultural development of various African countries. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: POL 100. Offered as needed.

POL 310 COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS

A study of political ideologies and systems functioning today; comparison of different political systems. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: HIS 100 and POL 100. Offered as needed.

POL 330 AFRICAN-AMERICAN POLITICS

African-American Politics will examine Blacks’ political attitudes, voting behavior, organizational strategies, ideology, and their influence on public policy. Study and analysis in these areas will be with an eye to how the legal system systematically restricted and expanded the civil and human rights of Blacks in America. Three credit hours. Prerequisites: POL 100. Offered as needed.

POL 398 SPECIAL TOPIC IN POLITICAL SCIENCE

Topic to be specified each semester course offered.