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Political Science (POSC)


101. Introduction to Politics (3) (F, W, S) An introduction to political theories, institutions, and ideologies with instruction in logic and communication.

110. The U.S. Political System (3) (F, S) Systematic inquiry into the national government and politics of the U.S. in the context of American society as a whole.

110H. The U.S. Political System (3) (F, W) Same as above, but for mature and honor students.

170. International Relations (3) (W, S) An analysis of modern international politics.

170H. International Relations (3) (F, W, S) Same as above, but for mature and honor students.

190. Foundations of Critical Thinking (3) (W, S) Introduces the fundamentals of logic and reason, fallacies, argumentation, and others aspects of critical thinking to improve oral and written persuasion.

202. History of Political Philosophy (3) (F, W) A survey of the great political philosophies.

220. Historical Structures of Power (3) (F, S) Examines historical patterns, themes, and forces which have shaped the political structures, systems, and ideologies of our world today.

230. Fundamentals of  Good Governance (3) (F, W, S) Explores the foundations of effective government, administrative systems, and governing methods that foster effective and legitimate uses of power.

300. Political Inquiry and Writing (3) (F, W) An examination of the methodology of political science.

304. Quantitative Political Research (3) (W, S) Explores various quantitative methods and research skills related to the field of political science. (Prerequisites: POSC 300, or approval of the instructor.)

318. Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations (3) (W) Examines federal systems of government and intergovernmental relations as they affect governance, citizen participation, and government outputs.

320. Government and Policy Analysis (3) (W) Develops vision, understanding, skills and techniques required to engage in effective analysis of government policy and structure.

322. Oceanic Governments and Politics (3) (F) Explores the governments and politics of the island societies of Oceania, focusing on elections, political issues, social concerns, and historical backdrop.

330. Introduction to Public Administration (3) (W) Organization and operation of government.  Relationship of administration to other branches of government; type of control over administration; control and local government.

331. Public Policy (3) (W) The decision-making processes by which public policies are reached, and steps of analysis of those policies.

335. Issues of Terrorism (3) (W) Examines the phenomenon of terrorism with a focus on types, causes, effects, and responses.

338. Poverty and Civil Conflict (3) (S) Explores the causes, structures, and dynamics of war and peace.

340. Asian Government and International Relations (F) Illuminates the governments, politics, and international relations of East Asia, focusing on internal and extrernal challenges.

352. Ethics and the Legal Environment (3) (F,W,S) Examination of ethical foundations and the legal environment related to corporate, environmental, anti-trust, government regulations, and property issues.

354. Legal Research and Writing (3) (S) Introduction to tools and techniques essential to international law practice, international issues and organizations, and legal scholarship, including legal analysis, resarch using print sources, and objective writing.

356. International Legal Drafting & Transactions (3) (W) This course teaches students how to ready documents for submission to court and how to write and format a paper for submission to Law Review.

358. Comparative Law (3) (S) Compares and contrasts common law with civil and Sharia law while also examining the structure and role of the courts, the judicial process, the legal profession, constitutional law, and administrative law in Europe, the Pacific, and Asian contexts.  

362. International Political Economy and Development (3) (S) Surveys the language, theory, and modern history of international political economy and development.

364. Conflict Bargaining and Management (3) (W) Examines the practices, theories, and culture surrounding conflict bargaining and management.

366. Politics and Economics of the Developing World (3) (F) Introduces the economic and political foundations of international development and the expanding world of international organizations (IOs), inter-government organizations (IGOs) and non-government organizations (NGOs).

380. Political Future Studies (3) (W) This course looks at the various methods of futures forecasting, images of the future, and societal theories of social change.

384. The United Nations and Intergovernmental Organizations (3) (F) Investigates the structure, purpose, function, politics, and aims of the United Nations as well as other major intergovernmental organizations.

386. Pacific Regionalism and Conflict (3) (W) The study of international and regional organizations based in the Pacific.  Provides general understanding of work programs, staffing, procedures, and involvement of Pacific Island governments.

390R. Special Topics in Political Science (3) (Variable)

410. The Constitution of the United States (3) (F) This course is a description and analysis of the United States Constitution in its historical and continuing role as the basis of American government and politics.

420. Complexity and Public Policy (3) (W) Examines and employs complexity theory to assess public policy and examine how governments and societies can be better ordered.

470. International Relations Theory (3) (S) Analysis of major theories and theorists of International Relations: systems, conflict, environment, deterrence, integration, decision-making and special topics.

495R. Independent Study. (3) (Variable)

498R. Political Internship (3) (F, W, S) Under faculty supervision, students will work in a private or government agency. (Prerequisite: POSC 200 and 202, or approval of the instructor.)

499. Political Research and Writing (3) (W) Under faculty supervision, the student will research and write a major paper on a political topic. (Prerequisite: POSC 200 and 202, or approval of the instructor.)