Undergraduate Degree Program

Courses

PO 113 Introduction to Political Science
An exploration of the nature of the human being as citizen and of the political community, and an introduction to the basic concepts, theories, and approaches to the study of politics. General education choice for Part B. 3 credits

PO 121 Introduction to American Politics
A one-semester course designed to introduce students to the academic study of politics in its American variation. The first part of the course is devoted to posing questions of value and exploring the nature of the American polity. This leads to a study of the nature of groups and their role in the evolution of the polity. The last part of the course is devoted to exploring the nature of the institutions and processes, such as parties and elections, that Americans have established to assist them in determining the direction of the polity. General education choice for Part B. 3 credits

PO 122 American Government
A one-semester course devoted to the description, analysis, and evaluation of the major American governmental institutions: the Congress, the President and the executive branch, the bureaucracy, the courts, and the complex world of state and local government. Major emphasis is also given to the nature and quality of the policies these institutions develop. General education choice for Part B. 3 credits

PO 231 Constitutional Law
An introduction to the constitutional doctrines and political role of the U.S. Supreme Court, focusing on its evolving constitutional priorities and its response to basic governmental and political problems. The course examines the nature of the Constitution and various theoretical approaches to interpreting it. Special emphasis is given to close textual analysis of various Supreme Court decisions. P: Sophomore standing. General edu­cation choice for Part C. 3 credits

PO 252 Topics in Political Science
A course in any area of Political Science that will focus on a single topic or theme. 3 credits

PO 253 Topics in Political Science
A course in any area of Political Science that will focus on a single topic or theme. 3 credits

PO 257 International Relations
An introduction to the political interaction of nations and non-national actors on the global stage. The course focuses on strategies nations employ in pursuit of national security, economic development, and global influence. Attention is given both to theories of international relations such as realism, idealism, and neo-realism as well as specific case studies. P: Sophomore standing. General education choice for Part C. 3 credits

PO 259 American Foreign Policy
This course will focus on the American tradition in foreign policy with particular attention to the post-World War II era, including the Cold War and the post-Cold War era. Study includes the role of economic, social, scientific, and cultural aspects of foreign policy as well as diplomatic and national security concerns. P: Sophomore standing. General education choice for Part C. 3 credits

PO 273 Classical Political Theory
An introduction to political philosophy through the writings of major political thinkers of the classical period. The primary focus is a critical analysis of Plato and Aristotle. The course is concerned with the enduring issues of political life: the nature of freedom, the proper relationship of the individual to the state, the nature of justice, the nature and function of law, the rightful use of power, and the relative value of different forms of government. P: Sophomore standing. General education choice for Part C. 3 credits

PO 274 Modern Political Theory
An examination of Western political thought through the writings of important modern political theorists: Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, and Marx. A central focus of the course is the nature of liberalism, and the meaning of concepts such as rights, justice, freedom, equality, and democracy. P: Sophomore standing. General Education Choice for Part C. 3 credits

PO 322 Politics Through Film
This course focuses on film as a medium for the presentation of political events and ideas and as a means of shaping political opinion. P: Sophomore standing. General Education Choice for Part C. 3 credits

PO 328 The American Presidency
An analysis and evaluation of the office of president and the men who have occupied it. Topics include presidential nominations and elections; the powers of the office; the nature of presidential policy making; the relationship between the president and congress, the courts, bureaucracy, the media and the mass public; the impact of presidential personality on performance; and, the role of the president as world leader. P: Sophomore Standing. 3 credits

PO 341 World Revolution in the Twentieth Century (same as HI 341)
A study of the major revolutions of the twentieth century with special attention to the theoretical approaches to the nature of revolution. Primary attention will be given to the Mexican Revolution of l9l0, the Russian Revolution of 1917, the Chinese Revolutions of 1911 and 1949, and the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution. P: Sophomore standing. General education choice for Part C. 3 credits

PO 342 Nationalism
This course will explore a variety of questions regarding the origins and nature of nationalism and its continued relevance in the contemporary world. What are the forces that shape the formation of nationalism? When and why do a group of people develop a distinctive cultural identity? What is the relation between nationalism and language, religion, race, a sense of place, and historical experience? What is the relation between nationalism and the emergence of the nation state? Does every group that has a distinctive cultural identity have the right to separate nationhood? Why is the attachment to the nation so strong that people are willing to kill and be killed in its defense? And if nationalism emerged under a specific set of circumstances, will other circumstances bring about its disappearance? The course will combine theory with specific case studies from around the globe. P: Sophomore standing. General education choice for Part C. 3 credits

PO 343 Imagining Heaven and Hell: Utopias and Dystopias in Theory and Practice (same as HI 343)
An examination of conceptions of utopia and dystopia throughout history and of efforts to bring utopian visions into practice. Utopian visions read and discussed will be both literary and political. In examining efforts to create ideal worlds, focus will be on what worked, what didn’t, and why. P: Sophomore standing. General education choice for Part C. 3 credits

PO 380 Internship
Fieldwork experience initiated with permission of the Department Chair. Hours and credits to be determined.

PO 390 Independent Study
An opportunity for students to work independently and in-depth on a special topic or area of interest. Permission of Department Chair required. 3 credits

PO 391 Political Science Seminar
This course provides the political science major an opportunity for creative research. The goal is to expose students to the various ways of acquiring knowledge of politics and to philosophical problems involved in social inquiry, as well as to train them in the use of the scientific method. This course is required of political science majors and is to be taken either in the junior or senior year. It is open to any junior or senior social science major. 3 credits