POLI U399. Independent Study (1-6)
POLI U400. Terrorism and Political Violence (3) Forms, causes, and
consequences of political violence with special attention to terrorism.
POLI U403. History of Western Political Thought (3) A survey of
political theories propounded by western political philosophers from Plato
POLI U408. Democratization (3) Essential principles, theories, conceptual
tools, and cases relating to the process and problems of democratic transition
and consolidation around the world.
POLI U409. Politics of Non-Democracies (3) Essential principles, theories,
conceptual tools, and cases relating to the governance of non-democratic
POLI U420. Women and Politics: A Global Perspective (3) Women's status
and political activism around the globe. The focus is on similarities and differences
and the bases for them. Prerequisite: POLI U320 or consent of instructor.
POLI U445. Public Policy Seminar: K-12 School Reform (3) Examination
of current K-12 school reform efforts as public policy initiatives. Analysis of
various models and approaches as appropriate methods of stabilizing and
changing public schools as institutions fundamental to American society.
POLI U450. Constitutional Law (3) The evolution of governmental
powers focusing on the judiciary, the presidency, congress, the states, and
POLI U451. Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3) Freedom of religion,
freedom of speech and association, due process, equal protection, and
POLI U452. The Judicial Process (3) The growth of law, the lawmaking
of the courts, the structure and organization of federal and state courts,
the procedures involved in civil and criminal cases, and the problems and
proposals for reform in the administration of justice.
POLI U460. International Law (3) History and basic principles of law
among nation-states. Emphasis is upon the scope of international law and
the extent to which law shapes the behavior of international actors.
POLI 461. Comparative Political Behavior (3) Theories, practices, and
patterns of mass political behavior and opinion formation across countries;
social and psychological influences on opinion and behavior in comparative
POLI U462. The Legislative Process (3) Structure, organization, powers,
functions and problems of legislative bodies.
POLI U463. The American President (3) The constitutional powers and
political roles of the president with lesser emphasis upon state governors.
Emphasis is placed on the chief executive and administration, executive relationships
with legislatures, and party and popular leadership by the executive.
POLI U481. The Politics of Inequality (3) The progress made by, and relationship
between, the struggles for racial, gender, and economic equality in
America. Topics include theories of justice, the nature of oppression, political
participation, and the philosophical and legal development of equal rights.
POLI U491. Topics in Political Science (1-3) May be repeated as topics
POLI U495. Political Science Internship (1-6) Supervised work experience
in a political or governmental environment. A minimum of three hours
work per week is required for each credit hour. Students are required to meet
periodically with the supervising faculty member. Prerequisites: junior or
senior standing and consent of the instructor. Students are limited to a
maximum of six hours combined from POLI U495 and U496.
POLI U496. Public Administration Internship (1-6) Supervised work
experience in a public administration environment. A minimum of three
hours work per week is required for each credit hour. Students are required
to meet periodically with the supervising faculty member. Prerequisites:
junior or senior standing and consent of the instructor. Students are limited
to a maximum of six hours combined from POLI U495 and U496.
POLI U500. Senior Seminar (3) Exploration, at an advanced level, of issues,
topics and dilemmas in both the subject matter and the profession of
political science with emphasis on research and oral presentation of research
findings. The specific topics covered in the course vary . Prerequisites: 12
hours of POLI at the 300-level or above, or consent of instructor.
POLI U571. Public Financial Administration (3) Principles and practices
of financial administration including organization, budgeting, assessment,
treasure management, and debt.
POLI U572. Public Personnel Management (3) Fundamental principles
of personnel organization and administration, including an analysis of
Note: Psychology 101 is a prerequisite for all other psychology courses
unless otherwise specified.
PSYC U101. Introduction to Psychology (3) Survey of major topics in
psychology (learning, perception, motivation, intelligence, etc.), and an
introduction to methods used in psychological investigation.
PSYC U225. Psychological Statistics (3) Statistical principles, including
measures of central tendency, variability, relative standing, probability,
techniques of regression and correlation, statistical hypothesis testing,
analysis of variance and nonparametric statistics with applications in
the social sciences. Prerequisites: PSYC U101, placement in MATH U121
PSYC U300. Topics in Psychology (3) Survey of a selected topic planned
around an area of faculty interest. Prerequisite: PSYC U101.
PSYC U302. Developmental Psychology (3) Introduction to life span
developmental psychology providing an overview of cognitive, social,
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