Course descriptions are listed alphabetically by subject prefix.  Each course description begins with a three letter subject prefix followed by a three – digit course number and the course title. The number on the right of each course description gives the semester credit hours for that course. If a course includes laboratory or other special activities, that information is contained in the course description. Prerequisites are also listed.  A prerequisite is a course, experience, or other required preparation that must be completed before the student is permitted to enroll in the course.

Subject Prefix and Course Number
Course Name
Semester Credit Hours
Course Description
Cross Listed Course
Prerequisite
POS 101American Government3A study of the formal and informal institutions of American national government and politics, including
the Constitution, the presidency, Congress, the federal court system, etc.
Not ApplicableNot Applicable
POS 160State and Local Government3An examination of the structure and function of state and local political institutions, the forms of political participation, and various policy issues.Not ApplicablePOS 101 or consent of instructor
POS 201Metropolitan Government3A study of municipal government and metropolitan
problems, including politics, the role of the city council, the mayor, and the city manager.
Not ApplicablePOS 101 or consent of instructor
POS 211Introduction to Political Science3An introduction to the study of behavior in a political context, including an analysis of behavioral concepts such as political roles, groups, and powerNot ApplicablePOS 101 or consent of instructor
POS 291Political Science Internship I3 - 12A semester or session of supervised practical experience to complement classroom
instruction. Final grade, placement, and number of semester credit hours determined by student’s advisor.
Not ApplicablePolitical Science major or minor and consent of instructor
POS 300Statistics for
the Behavioral and Social Sciences
3This course serves as an introduction to the use of statistics as a method of describing and analyzing data from research in the behavioral and social sciences.PSY 300, SOC 300MAT 115
POS 301Research Methods for
the Behavioral and Social Sciences
3This course introduces the basic logic, knowledge, and skills of research design and methodology
in the behavioral and social sciences.
PSY 301, SOC 301POS 300, PSY 300, SOC 300 or consent of instructor
POS 311Comparative Government3An analysis of the major political systems of Europe, with
emphasis on Great Britain, France, the German Federal
Republic, and the Soviet Union.
Not ApplicablePOS 211 or consent of instructor
POS 322Legislative Process3A comprehensive study of legislative organization,
procedures and problems governing the
legislative power structure, the selection of legislators, and the roles they play.
Not ApplicablePOS 101 and POS 160, or consent of instructor
POS 331American Constitutional Law3An analysis of the constitutional
development of separation of powers, federalism,
the regulation of commerce, contracts, taxing and spending, and the state police power.
Not ApplicablePOS 160
POS 355Classical Political and Sociological Theory3An examination
of western political philosophy from Plato to Marx with emphasis on Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli,
Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, and Marx.
Not ApplicableConsent of instructor
POS 361World Politics3An examination of the dynamics of world politics, international tension, conflict, and resolution.Not ApplicableNot Applicable
POS 363International Organizations3An analytical examination
of the origins and character of the various
international organizations, especially the United Nations.
Its importance, relevance, and roles as instruments for solving conflicts in the global system will be
explored.
Not ApplicableConsent of instructor
POS 391Political Science Internship II3 - 12A semester or session of supervised practical experience to complement classroom
instruction. Final grade, placement, and number of semester credit hours determined by student’s advisor.
Not ApplicablePolitical Science major or minor and consent of instructor.
POS 431The Constitution and Civil Liberties3An examination
of constitutional development: the definition of
American rights in the areas of freedom of speech, press, assembly, association, and religion.
Not ApplicablePOS 160 and POS 211
POS 446American Political Executives3An analytical examination of the
powers, duties, and functions of American political executives in national, state, and local governments.
Not ApplicablePOS 201, POS 211, and POS 331 or consent of instructor
POS 461American Politics3An advanced political science course that addresses the
American political heritage. Specific emphasis is
placed on the Constitution, political behavior, and
electoral systems.
Not ApplicablePOS 160 or consent of instructor
POS 462Politics of Developing Nations3A comparative analysis of political culture, processes, and problems of selected nations, the majority of which have become independent since World War II.Not ApplicablePOS 211
POS 464African Politics3A survey course
designed to introduce students to African political structure, its historical background, the impact of colonization, recent trends, and ideologies.
Not ApplicableConsent of instructor
POS 491Political Science Internship III3 - 12A semester or session of supervised practical experience to complement classroom
instruction. Final grade, placement, and number of semester credit hours determined by student’s advisor.
Not ApplicablePolitical Science major or minor and consent of instructor
POS 495Directed Study in Political Science3Course content,
instructional activities, and student assignments are
tailored to specific needs.
Not ApplicableConsent of instructor
POS 499Senior Colloquium3This course is designed
to develop analytical skills, interpretation and
research; and to nurture intellectual self-reliance and critical thinking.
Not ApplicableSenior Classification
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