Political Science (POLS)

AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS
POLS 111 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

The institutions, structures, and processes that affect the course of politics and public policy at the national level of American government. [SE, SS]

STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
POLS 131 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

The institutions, structures, and political processes at the state and local levels of government in our federal system. [SE, SS]

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
POLS&203 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

World politics, concepts and theories from the post-World War II period. Processes of power, foreign policy, development and trends in the current international scene analyzed. Conflict and conflict resolution and control. [SE, SS]

THE GEOPOLITICS OF THE MIDDLE EAST
POLS 220 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Geo-political survey of the Middle East, including interrelationships between the physical, economic and political geography of this region, the impact of geography on politics and political issues within the nations of this region, the corresponding impact of politics and political issues on geography and on the lives of the people living in this region, as well as the resulting diversity of cultures, beliefs, perceptions, challenges and issues among the people of this region. This course will also examine the importance and impact of the Middle East on the rest of the world, as well as the impact and influence of the rest of the world on the Middle East. Credit not allowed for both POLS 220 and GEOG 220. [SE]

THE GEOPOLITICS OF AFRICA
POLS 221 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Geo-political survey of Africa, including interrelationships between the physical, economic and political geography of this region, the impact of geography on politics and political issues within the nations of this region, the corresponding impact of politics and political issues on geography and on the lives of the people living in this region, as well as the resulting diversity of cultures, beliefs, perceptions, challenges and issues among the people of this region. This course will also examine the importance and impact of Africa on the rest of the world, as well as examine the impact and influence of the rest of the world on Africa. Credit not allowed for both POLS 221 and GEOG 221. [SE]

THE GEOPOLITICS OF CHINA, JAPAN & EAST ASIA
POLS 222 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Geo-political survey of China, Japan and East Asia, including interrelationships between the physical, economic and political geography of this region, the impact of geography on politics and political issues within the nations of this region, the corresponding impact of politics and political issues on geography and on the lives of the people living in this region, as well as the resulting diversity of cultures, beliefs, perceptions, challenges and issues among the people of this region. This course will also examine the importance and impact of China, Japan and East Asia on the rest of the world, as well as examine the impact and influence of the rest of the world on China, Japan and East Asia. Credit not allowed for both POLS 222 and GEOG 222. [SE]

THE GEOPOLITICS OF SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA
POLS 223 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Geo-political survey of South and Central Asia, including interrelationships between the physical, economic and political geography of this region, the impact of geography on politics and political issues within the nations of this region, the corresponding impact of politics and political issues on geography and on the lives of the people living in this region, as well as the resulting diversity of cultures, beliefs, perceptions, challenges and issues among the people of this region. This course will also examine the importance and impact of South and Central Asia on the rest of the world, as well as examine the impact and influence of the rest of the world on South and Central Asia. Credit not allowed for both POLS 223 and GEOG 223. [SE]

ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS
POLS 231 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

Prerequisite: POLS 111, 131 or POLS 203 (or POSC 111, 131 or 211), or consent of Instructional Unit.

Examines the relationship between industrial civilization and the natural environment by exploring underlying ecological philosophies and the economic and political processes by which environmental decisions are made. Emphasis on critical thinking and evaluating alternative points of view. [SE, SS]

SELECTED TOPICS
POLS 280 5 Credits/Units

55 hours of lecture

This course focuses on selected topics in political science. Topics vary and course theme and content change to reflect new topics. Because the course varies in content, it is repeatable for credit for different topics. [SE]

SPECIAL PROJECTS
POLS 290 5 Credits/Units

Prerequisite: Consent of Instructional Unit.

Opportunity to plan, organize and complete special projects approved by the department. [GE]