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, W, S) Systematic inquiry into the national government and politics of the U.S. in the context of American society as a whole.

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

190. Foundations of Critical Thinking (3) (F, W, S) Introduces the fundamentals of logic and reason, fallacies, argumentation, and other 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 Systems 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.

280. Professionalism in the Political Environment (1) (F, W, S) Practical skills to enable success in a political workplace environment: personal branding and presentation, resume building, interpersonal relations, memorandum writing, current events analysis, office and institution protocols, interviewing and networking skills.

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. (Prerequisite: POSC 300, or Permission of Instructor)

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

322. Oceanic Governments and Politics (3) (W) 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. (Same as PMGT 300)

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

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

340. Asian Governments and International Relations (S) Illuminates the governments, politics, and international relations of East Asia, focusing on internal and external challenges.

343R. Asian Empires and Societies (3) (S) Examines the rise, expansion, and decline of Asia's primary empires, emphasizing systems of political power, cultural connectivity, and social influence.

345. Power in the Vietnam War (3) (W) Explores the complex confluence of economic interests, military force, poltiical agendas, ideological visions, technical and organizations systems, understandings, theories and perspectives that comprise the Vietname War.

350. International Law (3) (S) Showcase the fundamentals of international law, the foundations of good governance, and the judicial and political applications of law in the international setting.

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. (Same as BUSM 342)

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, research using print sources, and objective writing.

356. International Legal Drafting and 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) (F) 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 (3) (W) Surveys the language, theory, and modern history of international political economy and development.

364. Conflict Bargaining and Management (3) (F) 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).

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) (F) 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)

392R. Field Study (3) (Variable) Prepares students selected for participation in a specified Political Science department field study, such as the Washington DC Practicum.

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.

440. Nationalism and Globalization (3) (W) Explores the emergence of the modern nation-state and identifies within a global context, the impact of globalization, and the theories driving both processes.

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 Science Internship (3) (F, W, S) Under faculty supervision, students will work in a private or government agency. (Prerequisites: POSC 202 and 300, or Permission of Instructor)

499. Political Science Research and Writing (3) (W) Under faculty supervision, the student will research and write a major paper on a political topic. (Prerequisites: POSC 202 and 300, or Permission of Instructor)