Political Science (POLS)

Although applications are not being accepted for the graduate program in political science, the following courses are available for graduate credit.

Courses numbered 500 to 799 = undergraduate/graduate. (Individual courses may be limited to undergraduate students only.); 800 to 999 = graduate.

POLS 523.  Government and Politics of Latin America   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. An examination of the political institutions and processes that currently exist in the Latin American republics. Emphasizes the social, economic and psychocultural factors affecting these institutions and processes.

POLS 524.  Politics of Modern China   3 credit hours

General education advanced further study course. Studies China's political system since 1949 in terms of non-Western goals and ideas of social organization. Uses themes of political integration and political development to minimize distortion or cultural bias. Encompasses the roots of the political system, the system as it is now, and the goals China is striving to realize. Some assessment about the future development of communism in China. Includes Chinese communism and the ideological heritage, political culture, political leadership, leadership succession, political participation, the Chinese Communist Party, political communications and socialization, legal developments, policy choices, and major events, such as the Hundred Flowers Campaign, Great Leap Forward, and the Proletarian Cultural Revolution.

POLS 570.  International Political Economy   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as ECON 570. Examination of policy decisions regarding exchanges of trade, money and labor that span national boundaries. Studies the interaction of politics and economics at the international level, as well as the modern history of the global economy. Economics often studies the material benefits and costs of different policies. Political science asks why these policies exist in the first place with a focus on who gets the benefits, who pays the costs, and how decisions about allocating benefits and costs are made. Course includes diversity content.

POLS 580.  Administration and the Policy-Making Process   3 credit hours

The problems of government encountered in the administration of public policy. Analytical approach rather than descriptive. Repeatable for credit.

POLS 600.  Senior Thesis   3 credit hours

Capstone course for political science majors designed to pull together many of the themes and concepts covered in introductory and upper-division courses. The main component is writing a senior thesis in which students conduct in-depth research about a topic of their interest. The topic should be related to one of the main areas of political science: American politics, international relations or comparative politics. In exceptional cases, students may write a paper related to political theory. Course professor provides guidelines and a schedule of activities, supervises and grades the overall research process; however each student works closely with a faculty member in order to develop his or her research projects. For undergraduate students only.

POLS 655.  Urban Government Finance   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as ECON 655. Analysis of urban government expenditure and revenue systems. Introduction to urban financial administration.

POLS 687.  Introduction to Urban Affairs   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as ECON 687 and SOC 687. Introduction to the study of the metropolis as a social, political and economic system.

POLS 687H.  Introduction to Urban Affairs - Honors   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as ECON 687H and SOC 687H. An introduction to the study of the metropolis as a social, political and economic system. Honors section.

POLS 700.  Advanced Directed Readings   1-3 credit hours

Repeatable for credit. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

POLS 710.  Public Sector Organizational Theory and Behavior   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as PADM 710. Review of the scope of the field of public administration including a survey of key concepts and schools of thought underlying the field and identification of issues shaping the future development of the field.

POLS 725.  Public Management of Human Resources   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as PADM 725. Surveys the major areas of management of human resources in the public sector. Includes hiring, training, evaluation and pay promotion policies. Emphasizes the laws governing public personnel management and the unique merit, equal employment opportunity, productivity, unionization and collective bargaining problems found in the public sector.

POLS 750.  Workshop   2-4 credit hours

Prerequisite: instructor's consent.

POLS 760.  Local Government Finance   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as ECON 760. An analysis of state and local government expenditure and revenue systems with an introduction to state and local financial administration. Prerequisites: ECON 202Q and a course in statistics or instructor's consent.

POLS 761.  State and Local Financial Systems   3 credit hours

Deals with selected aspects of state and local government financial management. Introduction to fund accounting, costing of government services, capital budgeting and asset management.

POLS 810.  Seminar in Comparative Government   3 credit hours

The comparative study of selected aspects of the politics and institutions of foreign governments.

POLS 835.  Seminar in International Relations   3 credit hours

Analysis of special problems in, and approaches to, the study of international relations. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

POLS 855.  Seminar in Public Finance Systems   3 credit hours

An analytical study of selected topics in the politics and administration of revenue, expenditure and borrowing policies of governmental organizations. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

POLS 856.  Seminar in American Politics and Institutions   3 credit hours

Analytical study of selected topics in American political behavior emphasizing individual research. Repeatable for credit when content differs substantially. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

POLS 865.  Public and Nonprofit Financial Management   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as PADM 865. Introduction to state local government financial administration. Topics include: government accounting systems, budgeting, government financial statement and financial condition analysis, internal financial control systems, debt management and policy, and government cash management and pension investment management systems. Prerequisite: PADM 765 or instructor's consent.

POLS 867.  State and Local Government Budgeting   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as PADM 867. Analysis of the development and use of the budgetary process in government administration emphasizing the budget in relation to its role in policy formulation and management. Prerequisite: PADM 865 or instructor's consent.

POLS 868.  Seminar in Public Finance Systems   3 credit hours

Cross-listed as PADM 868. An analytical study of selected topics in the politics and administration of revenue, expenditure, and borrowing policies of governmental organizations. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

POLS 873.  Seminar Paper Option   3 credit hours

Requires students to extensively revise a seminar paper they wrote within their area of emphasis. Paper is written under the direction of a faculty member and orally defended before a committee of three or more faculty, including a chairperson. Prerequisite: departmental approval.

POLS 874.  Internship   1-6 credit hours

An intensive applied learning experience supervised by a university department or committee. To receive credit, a student must secure approval of a written report from his or her own department. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

POLS 875.  Research Design   3 credit hours

Requires the development of a research design for the thesis. The design must be submitted to a departmental committee for evaluation and approval. Graded S/U. Prerequisite: departmental consent.

POLS 876.  Thesis   1-3 credit hours

Thesis preparation.