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Science/ PUblic Administration (POL)
of Liberal Studies
Department Chair: Curt Reithel
421A Wimberly Hall, (608)785-8436
Bigel, Heim, Manrique, Reithel, Rodgers;
Associate Professors: Freeman, R.;
Assistant Professors: Lindaman, McDougal;
Lecturers: Doyle, Solie.
Political Science Major (All
colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 33 credits, including
POL 101 and either 361 or 495 (three credits), and electives, of which 18
credits must be at the 300 or above level. Students are required to take at
least one course in three of the following subfields of the discipline: (1)
American Politics — POL 102, 201, 205, 300, 301, 302, 303, 304, 305, 307, 342,
365, 410, 472; (2) Legal Studies — POL 221, 222, 306, 325, 326, 329, 370, 371,
372, 373, 374; (3) International Relations — POL 202, 246, 340, 341, 344, 345,
443; (4) Comparative Politics — POL 234, 330, 332, 333, 336, 337, 338, 339;
(5) Political Philosophy — POL 251, 350, 351, 353, 354, 355, 356; (6) Public
Policy/ Public Administration — POL 211, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 317, 318,
420. Each student majoring in political science should consult the current
advising handbook and a faculty member before selecting a course of study.
Political Science Major (Teacher
Certification programs) — 33 credits, including POL 101, 102, 201, 202, 300,
353 or 354, 370 or 371 or 372 or 373 or 374, 495 (three credits) and electives
in political science. GEO 200, EFN 200 and C-I 381 also are required.
Political Science Minor (All
colleges, excluding Teacher Certification programs) — 21 credits, including
POL 101 and either 361 or 495 (three credits) and electives of which nine
credits must be at the senior college level. Each student minoring in political
science should consult the current advising handbook and a faculty member before
selecting a course of study.
Political Science Minor
Certification programs) — 21 credits, including POL 101 or 102, 201, POL 202
or 234, 495 (three credits); one course from: POL 302, 305, 370, 371, 372, 373,
or 374; and electives in political science. (GEO 200, EFN 200 and C-I 381 are
statutory/ administrative code requirements that must be taken in addition to
the courses required for the minor.)
Public Administration Major
colleges) — 36 credits including:
A. Highly recommended General Education and elective courses: C-S 101, MTH 145 or 250, ENG 303, 307, CST 210, 260, 360, ECO 110, 120, PSY 100, SOC 110, and I-S 220.
B. P.A. Required Core (18 credits): POL 211, 312, 450 (six
credits), ACC 235 (or ACC 221), and ECO 120 or 110.
C. Managerial and Organizational Skills Group (three credits): one
course chosen from POL 311, MGT 303, 385, 308, PSY 376, ECO 310 or ECO 402.
D. Policy Analysis Group (3 credits): one course chosen from POL 300,
313, 314 or 495.*
E. Research Tool Group (3 credits): one course chosen from POL
361, 495*, or BUS 230. (Students in psychology or sociology who have completed a
research methods course should discuss POL 495 with a PA adviser.)
F. Areas of Specialization Group (9 credits): three courses
required.** Students may specialize in one area or take upper division courses
in two or three different areas.
courses are in addition to courses taken in sections B, C, D, or E above.
Financial Administration: FIN 355, ACC 435, ECO 310, 402, 447
Urban Management/Planning: POL 300, 314, 315, 410, GEO 307, 309, 409, PSY 341,
3. Health Administration: POL
317, 420, ECO 471, FIN 465, CHE 453, 340, 460, HED 486, SOC 325, 420
4 Personnel: POL 311, MGT 303, 385, 386, 486, PSY 376, 341,
5. American Policy/Implementation/ Evaluation: POL 313, 318, 325,
301, 302, 303, 400, 410, 495*, 499*
Note: Students must possess a cumulative grade point
average of 2.50 or above to declare and remain a PA major, and to graduate.
Public Administration majors in CLS, SAH, and EESHR will be able to complete at
most 30 credit hours in the College of Business Administration (Accounting,
Information Systems, Management, Marketing and Finance courses). Prerequisite
for College of Business Administration upper division courses is junior
standing. However, students are strongly encouraged to take either ECO 110 or
120 prior to enrolling. ACC 221 (three credits) may be substituted for ACC 235
(three credits). Some of the above courses require prerequisites not included as
part of the major. For example, I-S 220 requires C-S 103 and 104 as a
prerequisite. A course can only be used in one category. POL 313, for example,
can be counted only once, in section D or section F5, not both.
Public Administration Minor (All
colleges) — 21 credits, including POL 102, 211 and 450 (six credits) and nine
credits chosen from ECO 402; POL 300 or 314, 311, 312, 313, 315, 317, 318, and
325. POL 101 is a prerequisite to the minor. POL 300, 311, 312, 313, 314, 317,
318, 325 and 450 (six credits) may not be counted toward a major in political
science if they are included as electives for this minor.
Social Studies Major (Broadfield) (Teacher
Certification programs) — See description of this broadfield major on p. 108.
495 and POL 499 must be PA courses consistent with the category used in.
Permission is required to take POL 495/499 in PA major.
** CLS college option of not having a minor allows you to take a variety
of electives in addition to the three required courses. See faculty adviser to
plan your specialization.
school counselors are practically unanimous in suggesting that the best
“pre-law” majors are those in which students are highly interested and
prepared to devote themselves whole-heartedly. Beyond that, there are several
guides: first, select a major which is intellectually rigorous, demanding and
substantial. Second, there are a number of courses which are of special benefit
in subsequent law school work. Accounting will be useful when encountering
courses in corporations, taxes and other business areas. Courses in mathematics
or statistics will acquaint students with quantitative measurement. Logic is
recommended for developing powers of imaginative and incisive reasoning. History
courses will provide valuable backgrounds and content as well as analytical
training. Any and all English courses will improve the ability to read and
write, and speech and debate will improve verbal skills. Third, a choice of a
major may depend upon the kind of law practice envisioned, if such a decision
can be made.
Thus, business and economics obviously provide an excellent background
for those entering corporate practice; sociology, criminology, and social work
relate well to criminal justice work; and political science and/or public
administration (perhaps the most common major) will especially serve the needs
of those who contemplate public service, elective or otherwise. Applicants must
take the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) which covers a broad range of
disciplines and gives no advantage to candidates with particular
Criminal Justice Minor
colleges) — 21 credits, including SOC 324; six credits from: SOC 313, 321,
322, SOC 330 or PSY 341, SOC 325, 326, 429; six credits from: POL 211, 221, 222,
306, 311, 326, 373, 374; three credits from: GEO/ESC 481, PHL 201, 337, PSY 304,
311, 330, PSY 341 or SOC 330, PSY 417, 426, W-S 320; the remaining three credits
are electives and may be selected from any of the courses listed above, or three
credits from SOC 451 or POL 451.
Note: A maximum of three credits may be counted
toward fulfillment of the criminal justice minor and another major, minor or
Political Science and/or Public Administration
Major Honors Program Requirements
The Department Honors Program seeks to provide an opportunity for in-depth research, reading, and writing for majors. The program emphasizes highly personalized student-professor contact and discussion.
A. Junior standing
B. Twelve credits in the major
C. Cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in the major
D. Recommendation of two faculty members from the department
A. Completion of the regular major
B. Completion of POL 361, 496H, and 498H
C. Passing of a terminal examination
A. Cumulative 3.50 grade point average in the major and a cumulative 3.25 overall grade point average at graduation
B. Distinguished performance on a paper or project developed in POL 496H
C. Presentation of paper or project to a colloquium of faculty and students
D. Superior performance on a terminal examination in conjunction with POL 498H
201 Cr. 3
Introduction to Political Science
A general introduction to areas of study in political science. Basic concepts and approaches to the study of politics will be applied to current events. Offered occasionally.
POL 202 Cr. 3
Contemporary Global Issues
This course offers a contemporary multi-disciplinary perspective regarding the major issues and trends confronting the global society in the 21st century. Emphasis will be given to a critical review and assessment of the origin and present condition of the plethora of situations and problems affecting modern global society. The student will also learn to critically evaluate current and future events. The course will incorporate the views and approaches of the following disciplines: sociology/anthropology, economics, geography, political science, and history. (Cross-listed with ANT/ECO/GEO/ SOC/HIS 202; may only earn credit in one department.)
POL 205 Cr. 3
Women and Politics
An examination of the positions and roles of women in the political arena. This course discusses the nature and extent of women’s political involvement, both in the United States and abroad, with particular emphasis on the cultural and racial diversity of women political participants in the United States. Additional topics will include the legal status of women, differences between male and female political behavior, factors that influence women’s political participation and current political issues related to women. Offered Sem. II.
211 Cr. 3
Introduction to Public Administration
An introduction to the principles of bureaucracy, decision-making organization theory, individual and group behavior, personnel and budgetary policies, and the regulatory process within public agencies at all levels of government in the United States. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102.
221 Cr. 3
The American Legal System
An introductory survey of the American legal system in operation; utilizing case materials, class discussion, and hypothetical conflict situations to illustrate and study the range of problems, proceedings, actions, and remedies encountered.
222 Cr. 3
Law, Governance and Politics
An examination of the numerous factors and influences acting upon and within the formal legal process, including: judicial interpretations and statutes and constitutions, litigation as a political strategy, legislation and litigation as an instrument of social change, law as a system of values, and law as a mechanism of political power and oppression. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered every two years.
POL 234 Cr. 3
Comparative Political Systems
The course is devoted to the comparison and the critical analysis of selected topical global societies and regions. A general comparative framework will be utilized to develop a critical assessment of a representative sample of developed and developing contemporary societies. Emphasis will be given to a comparative study of institutions and their functions, various administrative and decision-making processes, and contemporary problems and issues. Finally, implications in the 21st century will also be discussed. Offered Sem. I.
246 Cr. 2-3
Model United Nations
An introductory level course requiring participation in a regional or national Model United Nations. Students will be required to study countries to be represented, learn basics about how the United Nations works, and research Model UN topic agendas.
250 Cr. 1
Applied Practical Governance
Provides practical experience in the various styles and techniques of consensual governance. Open to any university student who serves in the UW-L Student Association, Student Senate or the Residence Hall Association Council. Pass/Fail Grading. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4.
POL 251 Cr. 3
The Individual and the State: Values and Power
An examination of some historically and currently important issues in political philosophy concerning the relationship between the individual and the power of the state. The course focuses on a range of perennial questions in political thought. Topics addressed include the following questions: By their nature, are humans good, evil, both or neither? What is the nature and purpose of state power? Is it properly addressed only to enforce order or may it be employed to promote equality or enforce morality? Who should rule and why? What are the limits, if any, of political obligation? Can it be right to break the law? And, are there human rights beyond the reach of government power? The course emphasizes development of the intellectual skills necessary to understand and analyze the assertions of some important political philosophers on these questions. The course also strongly emphasizes the value, to both society and the individual student, of thoughtfully confronting these issues.
300 Cr. 3
An in-depth analysis of the forms, functions, and problems of urban governments with special attention to metropolitan areas. Field work and the materials of contemporary urban politics will be used. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. II.
301 Cr. 3
The American Presidency will emphasize the development of the office, selection and institutional relations with Congress coupled with an assessment of presidential power in the modern era in domestic and foreign policy making. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. I.
302 Cr. 3
Study of the organizations and behavior of legislatures and their membership at both the national and state levels. Legislative influence on the administration of the law and effect of pressure groups on the legislative process will also be studied. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered every two years.
303 Cr. 3
Wisconsin Government and Politics
An in-depth study of the governmental institutions and political system in the State of Wisconsin. Included are an examination of Wisconsin political parties, interest groups, and electoral behavior as well as institutions such as the state legislature, judiciary, governmental structures and administration. Both state and local aspects are discussed. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered occasionally.
304 Cr. 3
Politics and the Media
A critical examination of the media in its capacity as the 4th Estate. The course will assess the special relationship that has evolved and its implication for American democracy. Special topics to be examined include: role of the media in the democratic process, limits on the media, the role of bias and opinion, the impact of distortion and propaganda, the media and the electoral process, the media’s role in creating news events, and an examination of the media/political relationship in other political systems. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. II.
305 Cr. 3
An analysis of political parties and their role in the American political system. Organization, principles and practices of parties are discussed. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered every two years.
306 Cr. 3
A detailed examination of the participants in American courts and the procedures encountered by litigants at different stages in the judicial hierarchy. Among the topics covered are the role of juries and grand juries, plea bargaining, and the manner in which judges attempt to decide cases. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered every two years.
307 Cr. 3
Political Language and Communication
A critical examination of the language of politics and power in American society, including how political language shapes perceptions and understandings about government and politics; deception as a method of governance; symbolism, ideology, popular political culture and campaign rhetoric as sources of political power. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. I.
311 Cr. 3
Public Personnel Administration
The study of principles and problems of public personnel management and behavior. Prerequisite: POL 211. Offered Sem. I.
312 Cr. 3
Public Budgetary Process
An examination of the public budgetary process. Included are studies of the various approaches to taxation, decision-making and policy evaluation. Prerequisite: POL 211. Offered Sem. II.
313 Cr. 3
An intensive, in-depth analysis of selected public policies — their development, administration, effects and relationship to the broader political system from the perspectives of the policy maker and policy analyst. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. I.
314 Cr. 3
Urban Administration and Politics
An examination of the politics and policy problems facing urban administrators. Emphasis will be placed on policy formulation and implementation, particularly the systematic approaches to urban service delivery. Prerequisite: POL 211. Offered Sem. II, every other year.
315 Cr. 3
Special Topics in Public Administration
An introduction and study of selected topics in public administration. Local officials, visiting lecturers, or persons specializing in a particular sub-area of public administration will be invited to present a course focusing on a particular topic. To be offered on an ad hoc basis. Prerequisite: POL 211. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.
317 Cr. 3
An intensive, in-depth analysis of health policies — their development, administration, effects and relationship to the broader political system. The perspectives of the policy maker and public policy analyst are emphasized. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. II.
318 Cr. 3
Environmental Politics and Policymaking
An in-depth exploration of environmental politics and policy making beginning with American environmentalism in the 1960s and concluding with global environmental politics in the 21st century. Environmental issues, ethics, institutional problems, philosophical approaches, economic analyses and implementation problems will be studied. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered Sem. I.
325 Cr. 3
An introduction to the field of administration regulation in the United States and its relation to the constitutional foundations, the political structures and the policies of our various governmental units. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 211 or 221. Offered every third semester.
326 Cr. 3
Mock Trial I: Trial Advocacy
Mock Trial is part of an intercollegiate competition run by the American Mock Trial Association. The class consists of two parts: Mock Trial I covers trial skills (opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination, and closing arguments) and modified evidentiary objections. Students will participate as lawyers and witnesses in practice trial problems and in the Tournament trial case. Regular classroom participation and a trial book will be required. Offered Sem. I.
329 Cr. 2
Mock Trial II: Preparation
Mock Trial II is an intense period of preparation before the Competition itself. The Team will compete at a Regional Tournament and, if successful, the Intercollegiate National Championship. Individual Team members will compete for “All American” honors. Prerequisite: POL 326. Repeatable for credit — maximum 4. Offered Sem. II.
330 Cr. 3
Politics of Developing Areas
An introduction to a wide range of issues and problems impacting political development in developing nations. The focus is on political systems of selected countries, the relationships between political processes and other aspects of development and on the factors which accelerate or impede development. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/ SOC/HIS 202. Offered occasionally.
333 Cr. 3
Asian Government and Politics
Comparison and analysis of contemporary governments and politics of the major Asian nations such as Japan, China, and India as well as the Philippines, Korea, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Vietnam. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/ SOC/ HIS 202. Offered every two years.
336 Cr. 3
Middle Eastern Government and Politics
An examination of Middle Eastern political systems and practices. General topics covered will include: political institutions, electoral practices, political parties, policy formation, leadership selection and critical contemporary issues. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/ SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.
337 Cr. 3
African Government and Politics
A study of political evolution and practice on the African continent. Emphasis will be given to a regional assessment of political behavior as well as the impact of current problems on selected countries. Special focus will be given to contemporary issues and developments. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.
338 Cr. 3
European Government and Politics
A critical comparative assessment and study of the political institutions and practices of the political systems of Europe and the European Union. All countries in Europe will be discussed, but special emphasis will be given to the political systems of the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Russia. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/GEO/ POL/SOC/HIS 202 or junior standing. Offered every two years.
339 Cr. 3
Contemporary Latin America
An examination of the historical interplay between cultural and developmental factors in the politics of Latin America. Issues of development and underdevelopment are examined and related to regional and international political forces. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 234 or ANT/ECO/ GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202 or SOC 110 or 120 or 200 or ANT 203. Offered every two years.
340 Cr. 3
The Making of American Foreign Policy
This course will cover the institutions and actors important to the making of foreign policy, the tools or instruments used in foreign policy, and defense policy. This course will feature simulation exercises in foreign policy decision making. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or ANT/ECO/GEO/ POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.
341 Cr. 3
America and the World
This course will address current issues in American relations with other countries and regions of the world and with the United Nations and other international organizations. Both bilateral and/or regional and global issues will be addressed in the context of U.S. relations with particular countries and regions. Students will be required, through a variety of exercises, to critically evaluate options and alternatives for American foreign policy. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or ANT/ECO/GEO/ POL/SOC/HIS 202. Offered every two years.
342 Cr. 3
Ethnic Politics in Contemporary America
This course examines social class and racial and ethnic divisions in the United States with a focus on who gets what, when and how in this political system. The political, social and economic implications of segregation, political socialization, participation, voting behavior and mobilization patterns of African Americans, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and immigrant groups are studied. Offered occasionally.
344 Cr. 3
International Organization and Administration
An introduction and study of the United Nations, U.N. specialized agencies and selected other international governmental organizations (IGOs) and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs). This course will study structure and organization, voting procedure, budget and personnel practices, and political, administrative and economic issues facing international organizations in general and those selected for study in this course. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102, ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202, or junior standing. Offered every two years.
345 Cr. 3
Public International Law
Examination of contemporary public international law utilizing case studies and including study of the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Case studies will focus on the norms of international law as they may apply to current international conflicts and controversies. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221 or 222 or ANT/ECO/GEO/POL/SOC/HIS 202, or junior standing. Offered every two years.
350 Cr. 3
Early American Political Philosophy
A survey of American political thought from the early colonial period to the Civil War, including the ideas implicit in law, literature, and philosophy which underlie American institutions, public policy and administration, and the issues of American politics. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every two years.
351 Cr. 3
Classical Political Philosophy
A survey of the great social and political philosophies of the western world and from ancient Greece to the Age of Reason: Plato, Aristotle, the Roman Lawyers, the Church Fathers, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Voltaire. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every other year.
353 Cr. 3
Modern Political Philosophy
A survey of some major political philosophies of the western world from the French Revolution through the 20th century: Burke, Mill, Bentham, Marx, Shaw, Ford, Camus, Leary, et al. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every other year.
354 Cr. 3
Recent American Political Philosophy
A survey of American political thought from the Civil War to the present, including the ideas implicit in law, literature and philosophy which underlie American institutions, public policy and administration and the issues of American politics. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every two years.
355 Cr. 3
A survey of some major ideologies which have impacted political consciousness and behavior in the 20th century: communism, socialism, capitalism and Social Darwinism, Naziism and fascism, anarchism, liberation ideologies, protest and reform movements. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every other year.
356 Cr. 3
A survey of some utopian political thinkers through the ages and the imagined political cultures and systems they created: Harrington, More, Huxley, Lytton, Bellamy, Butler, Skinner, Callenbach, Orwell, Zamyatin, et al. Students will participate in a utopia design exercise. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 251. Offered every other year.
361 Cr. 3
Research Methods in Politics and Government
An analysis of politics, public policy and government administration utilizing contemporary research methods. Special emphasis is placed on the scientific method and the basic elements of research, research design, measurement, and data analysis utilizing SPSS. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102, MTH 145 or 250, 15 credits in political science and junior standing. Offered Sem. I.
365 Cr. 3
Political science as a “behavioral science.” A study of human behavior in political situations and the techniques for observing, measuring and classifying such behavior. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered occasionally.
370 Cr. 3
Constitutional Law I: Powers of Government
An examination of the United States Constitution, and the role of the judiciary in elaborating its fundamental principles: Judicial Review, the Federal System, the range of National Power, and Presidential-Congressional relations. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered every two years.
371 Cr. 3
Constitutional Law II: The First Amendment
The First Amendment protects freedom of speech, press, religion and assembly. This course will carefully examine U.S. Supreme Court opinions in these areas. Among the topics to be covered are the constitutional relationship between speech and conduct, separation of religion and government, definition of obscenity and pornography, and the latitude available to those who use the media and newspapers to communicate ideas. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered every two years.
372 Cr. 3
Constitutional Law III: Racial, Gender and Targeted Group Discrimination
A careful examination of U.S. Supreme Court rulings on racial and gender discrimination. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered every two years.
373 Cr. 3
Constitutional Law IV: Rights of the Accused
In recent years the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a large number of opinions dealing with the rights of the accused. This subject is primarily addressed in the 4th, 5th and 6th amendments. This course will examine Court rulings in the areas of police searches and arrests, coercion in criminal proceedings, empaneling and deliberation of juries, right to counsel, and the protection against self-incrimination. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 or 221. Offered Sem. II.
374 Cr. 3
Constitutional Law V: Right to Life
A careful examination of the U.S. Supreme Court’s opinions on capital punishment, abortion, and mercy killing, as well as other issues affecting the constitutional right to life. Prerequisite: POL 370 or 371 or 372 or 373. Offered every two years.
400 Cr. 2-3
Academicians and practicing politicians will be invited to address the students and lead discussion sessions on the important political questions of the time. Reading assignments, lectures and audio-visual presentations will be used to provide background information. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6.
410 Cr. 3
Community Service and the Wisconsin Idea
The study of the Wisconsin Idea of Community Service and late twentieth century communitarian and service learning philosophies are examined. The course includes service learning work in non-profit and local governmental agencies as well as the study of the meaning of democracy, citizenship, personal political efficacy, leadership and political culture. Lect. 1, Lab. 4. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102. Offered every other spring semester.
420 Cr. 3
Examination of the policy, political and management problems facing health administrators and policy analysts. Emphasis will be placed on policy formulation and implementation. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 and 211. Offered every other year.
443/543 Cr. 3
Introduction to International Political Risk
An introduction to the international political, social, economic, and cultural environment for international operations. The approach is multidisciplinary, focusing on the nature of the international system, analysis of the nation-state, and the problems of operations in this environment, focusing on political risks to operational success. Prerequisite: POL 101 or 102 and junior standing. Offered occasionally.
446 Cr. 3
Advanced Model United Nations
This is an advanced level Model UN course for juniors and seniors. The course requires participation in a regional or Model United Nations. Students will be expected to research their countries, the U.N., and Model UN agenda topics and issues, and to write papers and make oral presentations appropriate for an upper division course. Prerequisites: POL 246 or junior/senior standing.
450 Cr. 1-12
Internships in Government and Politics
An academically relevant work experience within the federal, state, or local government structure, or within other political organizations such as political parties, as arranged by the department. The experience will be supervised closely both by the local internship coordinator and the departmental staff. A written report relating the field experience to academic training will be required. Prerequisite: 15 credits in political science and/or departmental consent. Repeatable for credit — maximum 12.
451 Cr. 3
Internship in Criminal Justice
An academically relevant field experience for minors in criminal justice. Prerequisite: SOC 324 and junior standing. Open only to criminal justice minors.
472 Cr. 3
Interest Group Politics
This course will first examine why interest groups arise, how they maintain their existence, and what sorts of interest groups exist in the United States. It will go on to investigate the strategies used by interest groups to influence public policy and the extent to which they are successful in doing so. Prerequisite: 101 or 102. Offered Sem. II.
495/595 Cr. 1-3
Discussion and reading in the student’s area of concentration in a seminar situation. Prerequisite: senior standing, and 15 credits in political science. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Each repetition is to be with a different instructor.
496/596 Cr. 2-3
Discussion and reading in a seminar format and writing of a superior paper or project. Prerequisite: 21 credits in political science or public administration, senior standing, and either a political science honors program candidate or a cumulative grade point average of 3.25 in political science or graduate standing.
498/598 Cr. 2-3
Honors/Graduate Reading and Research in Political Science
Directed honors or graduate reading and research from reading lists under the supervision of the candidate’s faculty adviser. Designed to prepare the honors candidate for the terminal examination. Prerequisite: senior standing and an honors program candidate or graduate standing.
499 Cr. 1-3
Reading and Research in Political Science
Directed readings and research under the supervision of an instructor. Prerequisite: junior standing or 15 credits in political science and consent of instructor. Repeatable for credit — maximum 6. Only one registration per semester. Each repetition is to be with a different instructor.
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