Political Science Courses



POL101- Introduction to Political Science (3)

A comprehensive introduction to the principal concepts, terminology and divisions of political science. In surveying the major political ideas, ideologies, political systems and institutions, the promise and limits of political analysis are examined.

POL 215-American Government (3)

American democratic system of government; ideological background; constitutional system; structure and problems.

POL 339-International Law (3)

A study of the nature of international law: state jurisdiction; the individual legal system; statehood and recognition of states; diplomatic and consular immunity; international agreements; the use of force and an overview of various international organizations.

POL 343-History of Social & Political Thought (3)

Critical analysis of selected readings in political and social thought from the Greeks to the present.

POL 359-International Politics (3)

Analysis of state behavior and international political relations: how things happen in the international state system and why. Emphasizes the issue of war and how and in what circumstances states engage in violence. Topics include different historical and possible future systems of international relations, imperialism, game theory and deterrents, national interests, and world organization.

POL 410-Comparative Politics (3)

Major concepts, approaches, problems, and literature in the field of comparative politics. Methodology of comparative politics, classical theories, and the more recent behavioral revolution. Reviews personality, social structure, socialization, political culture, and political

parties. Major approaches. such as group theory, structural-functionalism, systems analysis, and communications theory and evaluation of the relevance of political ideology; national character; elite and class analysis; and problems of conflict, violence, and internal war.

POL 439- Political Theory (3)

This course is an introduction to political theory as a mode of thinking about politics. It is designed to demonstrate how theory can enhance the understanding of politics and to connect political theory to political science more generally. Using selected works of classical and contemporary political thinkers, the course explores the meaning of justice, morality, nature, force, fear, freedom, and rationality as foundations of the political association.