POLS 101 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
Fall/Spring 3 credit hours GER 3
This course introduces students to the study of politics and government and examines the impact of politics in our lives. Students learn about the fundamentals of political theory and American government, examine the differences between forms of government and politics around the world, and analyze the relations between countries in the international community. Students consider contemporary issues of civil and human rights, political violence, globalization, and the workings of democracy in light of the theories and systems presented throughout the semester.
POLS 105 INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
Fall/Spring, 3 credit hours GER 3
This course examines the fundamental components of American government and politics, including political culture, interest representation, political participation, government institutions, and government policymaking. Students develop a basic knowledge of American politics and the tools for careful and critical evaluation of current events and political phenomena. Through the framework of the Constitution, this course considers governmental and political issues from the founding until now, including federalism, civil liberties and rights, political processes such as campaigns and elections, and the checks and balances between branches of government.
POLS 120 INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE POLITICS
Spring, 3 credit hours
This course presents a comparative analysis of key political institutions, operations, leadership, policy-making process, and change. It evaluates political systems in selected countries, including democratic, socialist, authoritarian, and totalitarian states, and compares political processes and systems in the developing and developed world.
POLS 201 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW AND CIVIL LIBERTIES
Fall, 3 credit hours
An examination of the principles and Processes of the American judicial system, constitutional issues defining the relationship between law enforcement and civil rights and liberties will be discussed to acquaint the student with the special problems of justice in a democratic society.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Government and Politics (POLS 101) or permission of the instructor.
POLS 291-295, 391-395 OR 491-495 SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE
Fall/Spring, 1 - 4 credit hours
An introductory or more advanced exploration of subjects not covered or only partially covered by other courses in politics.