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Political Science           

College of Business Administration and Public Policy

Department of Political Science, Economics and Labor Studies

Bachelor of Arts

General Political Science Concentration

Global Politics Concentration

Minor

Subject Matter Preparation Program

History/Social Science

 

Faculty

Richard Palmer, Department Chair

Margaret Blue, Lyman Chaffee, Alan Fisher, Linda Groff, Jay Kaplan, Wayne Martin, O.W. Wilson

Department Office:  SBS D-311, (310) 243-3444

Advising Office:  SBS E-306, (310) 243-3561

 

Emeritus Faculty

George Martin Heneghan

 

Program Description

The Political Science Program at CSU Dominguez Hills offers excellent opportunities for the study of government and politics.

Over 40 courses cover all the major aspects of the discipline. Students develop an understanding of human behavior as it relates to politics.  They learn to discuss and analyze critically current public policy issues facing the United States and the world.  They are taught how to critically observe and understand world affairs and comparative politics.  They are trained in appropriate research techniques for the study of political processes.

Students may choose from two concentrations within the major, selected in consultation with a faculty advisor.  The General Political Science Concentration is a relatively “open” one, allowing students to chose from a wide range of courses and subjects within a general framework.  It is designed for students seeking broad exposure to the diverse subjects of the discipline and is recommended for most students.  The Global Politics Concentration is for students with an interest in world affairs, comparative politics and international systems analysis.  Courses provide an interdisciplinary foundation for global political analysis while permitting the student to design a general program of international studies.

A five-course minor in political science also is available. While the minor most often is used in conjunction with such majors as communications, human services, history, economics and sociology, it can be paired with almost any major offered at this  university.

 

Features

The political science faculty is an interesting and diverse group of scholars involved actively in their own research projects.  Most have travelled extensively in this country and abroad.

Political science internships are available.   One opportunity at the state level is the Sacramento Semester Program, which brings students from all 23 California State University campuses to Sacramento for one semester to take advantage of a unique learning experience at the State capital.  Another is The Washington Center program in the nation's capital.  Through the International Education Center, students can participate in study abroad programs.

The department offers annually the Michael O’Hara Memorial Scholarship to outstanding students majoring in political science, sponsors the active Association of Political Science Students, and participates in Model United Nations conferences.

Students who work during the day should know that class scheduling permits completion of a political science major in the late afternoon and evening hours.

 

Academic Advisement

Political Science faculty recommend that new and continuing students visit the College of Business Administration and Public Policy Student Advisement and Service Center for information regarding graduation requirements, transfer of credit, program planning, lifting of academic holds, and graduation approval.  Student records and graduation change of major, add/drop, and other forms are kept in this office.  Regular office hours are held 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon on Friday.  Telephone information is available at (310) 243-3561.

Students needing assistance for more specialized interests should see specific faculty members for supplementary academic advising.  For pre-law preparation contact Richard Palmer or O.W. Wilson, for internship opportunities, see Richard Palmer, for American politics see Margaret Blue, Alan Fisher, Jay Kaplan, Richard Palmer or O.W. Wilson, and for international and comparative politics see Lyman Chaffee, Linda Groff or Wayne Martin.

Preparation

High school students are encouraged to take English composition and social science courses, including civics, economics and history.  Experience in journalism, debating activities and student government are helpful.  A foreign language is not required for the degree.  However, students who plan further study at the graduate level are encouraged to take a foreign language.

Community college transfer students should contact their counseling office or the CSU Dominguez Hills Political Science office to identify appropriate lower division major/minor preparatory courses.  Typically, these would include a basic course in American political institutions, which would fulfill the state code requirements for U.S. Constitution and California state and local government.  Transfer students must take POL 251 (Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis) at CSUDH as community colleges do not offer an equivalent course.  Other lower division courses introducing students to the discipline of political science, international relations and comparative politics also are highly recommended.

Students at CSU Dominguez Hills should complete both POL 100 and 101 as a preparation for the major.

 

Career Planning

Graduates with Political Science majors or minors from CSUDH have pursued a broad variety of careers.  These include teaching, law, law enforcement, public administration, business, journalism, and international service.  CSUDH graduates, including those with advanced graduate and law degrees, are employed as attorneys, public administrators, business executives, and teachers in schools and universities.  Others work as labor union officials and a few have been elected to public office.  Graduates from our program are employed both within and outside the United States.

The best undergraduate education for all careers develop critical thinking, communication and research skills.  Course work and extra-curricular activities such as participation in Model United Nations conferences, writing for the campus newspaper and experiential internships will improve these skills.  Some professions require graduate or law school training after the Bachelor's degree.  Faculty advisers in the department will help you select the courses and an academic program most appropriate for your career goals.  They also will explain interesting extra-curricular opportunities supported by the department.

Teaching

An undergraduate degree in Political Science is recommended for entrance to graduate school in Political Science, with the doctorate essential for teaching at the four-year college or university level.  Students may prepare for a career in teaching History/Social Science at the secondary level (junior high or high school) by completing an approved "Subject Matter Preparation Program."  Completion of such a program is the first step in meeting the state requirements for a teaching credential.  As the program requirements for the "Subject Matter Preparation Program" in Social Science have changed recently, interested students should contact Richard Palmer for current information.

Law

Many Political Science majors intend to practice law as a career.  We advise pre-law students to select the General Political Science Concentration and work closely with a pre-law adviser who will explain law school undergraduate preparation, entrance requirements, school choice and career possibilities.

Public Administration

A major in Political Science with a public administration or public policy emphasis can prepare students for civil service careers at international, national, and local levels of government.  These careers require both specialized skills and a general understanding of political processes.  The General Political Science Concentration, internship experience and possibly graduate training are recommended for those interested in public administration.

Journalism

A Political Science major can prepare students for an attractive career in journalism.  Either departmental concentration along with practical experience working on the university newspaper is highly recommended.

Business

Many Political Science graduates have found employment in business.  Preparation for this career involves a broad liberal arts background, combined with knowledge of governmental processes and organization, public administration, finance, decision-making, organizational behavior and the processes by which political decisions are made about economic policy.  Political Science majors interested in business should consider selecting an economics or business minor.

Other

Enterprising individuals can use their Political Science degree to pursue a variety of interests in the field of politics.  These include international and foreign service as well as political campaign management, speech writing, survey research, policy research, public relations, lobbying, fund raising and so forth.  Opportunities result from the initiative of the individual, proper skill development and academic advising.  All students should make a regular habit of discussing their academic and career plans with faculty advisers and fellow students including members of the Association of Political Science Students. The Association maintains a small library of materials on career and internship opportunities, law and graduate school catalogs and courses texts.

 

Graduation With Honors

An undergraduate student may be a candidate for graduation with Honors in Political Science provided the student meets the following criteria:

1.   A minimum of 36 units in residence at CSU Dominguez Hills;

2.   A minimum grade point average of at least 3.5 in all courses used to satisfy the upper division requirements in the major;

3.   Recommendation by the faculty of the Political Science Department.

 

 

Bachelor of Arts in Political Science

Total Course Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree

See the "Requirements for the Bachelor's Degree" in the University Catalog for complete details on general degree requirements.  A minimum of 40 units, including those required for the major, must be upper division. 

 

Elective Requirements

Completion of elective courses (beyond the requirements listed below) to reach a total of a minimum of 120 units.

 

General Education Requirements (55-62units)

See the "General Education" requirements in the University Catalog or the Class Schedule for the most current information on General Education requirements and course offerings.

 

 

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

See the "Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement" in the University Catalog.

 

Minor Requirements

Student completing this major will need to complete a minor in another field.

 

Major Requirements (30 units)

Students must select one of the concentrations listed.  The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this degree.

 

General Political Science Concentration   (30 units)

Lower Division Required Course  (3 units)

POL 251.      Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis (3)

 

Upper Division Requirements

A.  History of Political Thought:  Select one course from the following (3 units):

POL 350.        History of Political Ideas (3)

POL 351.        Modern Political Thought (3)

POL 354.        American Political Thought (3)

B.  American Government:  Select one course from the following   (3 units):

POL 310.        Current Issues in American Government (3)

POL 312.        State and Local Government:  Organization and Problems (3)

POL 314.        American Political Parties and Elections (3)

POL 315.        Congress and the President (3)

POL 318.        Public Policy Choices:  Distribution of Wealth (3)

POL 320.        Urban Government and Policy Choices (3)

POL 360.        American Constitutional Law:  Distribution of Power (3)

POL 361.        American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights (3)

C.  Comparative Government:  Select one course from the following  (3 units):

POL 340.        Political Change in First and Third World Countries (3)

POL 341.        Government and Politics of East Asia (3)

POL 342.        Government and Politics of the Middle East (3) [I]

POL 343.        Political Behavior in Latin America (3)

POL 344.        Latin America:  The Revolutionary Tradition (3)

POL 346.        Government and Politics of Russia/Commonwealth (3) [I]

POL 349.        Government and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa (3)

D.  International Relations and Foreign Policy:  Select one course from the following  (3 units):

POL 332.        International Security Studies (3)

POL 334.        American Foreign Policy (3)

POL 335.        International Politics (3)

POL 336.        Theories of International Relations (3)

POL 337.        European International Relations  (3) [I]

POL 338.        Global Planning and the Future (3)

E.   Select five additional upper division political science courses with departmental advisement.

 

Global Politics Concentration (30 units)

Lower Division Required Course  (3 units)

POL 251.      Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis (3)

 

Upper Division Requirements

A.  Required Courses  (12 units):

POL 334.        American Foreign Policy (3)

POL 335.        International Politics (3)

POL 336.        Theories of International Relations (3)

POL 340.        Political Change in First and Third World Countries (3)

B.  Select one course from the following  (3 units):

ECO 341.        International Finance (3)

ECO 345.        Economic Development (3)

POL 332.        International Security Studies (3)

C.  International and Comparative Politics:  Select four courses from the following (12 units):

POL 337.        European International Relations (3) [I]

POL 338.        Global Planning and the Future (3)

POL 339.        Model United Nations (3)

POL 341.        Government and Politics of East Asia (3)

POL 342.        Government and Politics of the Middle East (3) [I]

POL 343.        Political Behavior in Latin America (3)

POL 344.        Latin America: The Revolutionary Tradition (3)

POL 346.        Government and Politics of Russia/Commonwealth (3) [I]

 

Minor in Political Science (15 units)

Upper Division Requirements  (15 units)

1.   Select three courses from three of the categories A, B, C, D of the General Political Science concentration  (9 units).

2.   Select any two additional courses in political science.  No course may be repeated for credit toward the minor  (6 units).

 

Subject Matter Preparation Program in History/Social Science

The History/Social Science Subject Matter Preparation Program is designed for students interested in a career teaching history/social science at the secondary school level.  The program satisfies the requirements set by the State Commission on Teacher Credentialing for demonstrating substantive preparation in the subject matter field of social science.  Completion of an approved subject matter preparation program or passing comprehensive examinations in the subject matter field fulfills one part of the requirements leading to the Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science.  While the subject matter program in history/social science is not an academic major, credits earned toward the student’s major and minor can be used to meet many of the requirements of the subject matter program.  Students interested in pursuing a teaching career at the secondary level should meet regularly with a designated social science subject matter preparation program advisor.

 

Core Requirements in Subjects Commonly Taught (42 units)

A.  History (18 units)

1.   World History (6 units)

HIS 120.         World Civilizations I (3)

HIS 121.         World Civilizations II (3)

2.   U.S. History (9 units)

HIS 101.         History of the United States (3)

One of the following courses in pre-modern American History (3 units):

HIS 330.         United States:  Colonial Period (3)

HIS 331.         United States:  Revolutionary and Constitutional Period (3)

HIS 332.         United States:  Early National Period (3)

HIS 333.         United States:  Civil War and Reconstruction (3)

One of the following courses in modern American History (3 units):

HIS 334.         Emergence of Modern America (3)

HIS 335.         United States:  War and Depression (3)

HIS 336.         United States:  Recent Period (3)

3.   California History (3 units)

HIS 341.         California (3)

B.  Citizenship and Politics (9 units)

POL 101.      American Institutions (3)

One of the following courses in American political process (3 units):

POL 314.      American Political Parties and Elections (3)

POL 315.      Congress and President (3)

POL 354.      American Political Thought (3)

POL 360.      American Constitutional Law:  Distribution of Power (3)

POL 361.      American Constitutional Law:  Civil Rights (3)

One of the following courses on the international political system (3 units):

POL 100.      General Studies Political Science: World Perspectives (3)

POL 334.      American Foreign Policy (3)

POL 335.      International Politics (3)

POL 338.      Global Planning and the Future (3)

 

C.  Geography (6 units)

GEO 100.      Earth, the Human Home (3)

GEO 360.      North America (3)

 

D.  Economics (6 units)

ECO 210.      Economic Theory 1A Microeconmics (3)

ECO 211.      Economic Theory 1B Macroeconomics (3)

 

E.   Behavioral Science (3 units)

One course from Anthropology, Psychology or Sociology

 

Requirements for Breadth and Perspectives (28 units)

A.  Cultural Diversity (3 units)

SBS 318.       Cultural Pluralism (3)

(Students are to select a section from those approved by the History/Social Science Program Coordinator which study three or more ethnic groups/cultures in the American Context)

B.  Integrative Studies (3 units)

One of the following courses:

ECO 315.      American Economic History (3)

GEO 350.      World Geography (3)

HUM 310.    Key Concepts (3)

HUM 312.    Key Movements (3)

HUM 314.    Key Issues (3)

SMT 310.     Science and Technology (3)

 

C.  Breadth in California Studies (6 units)

GEO 359.      Geography of California (3)

POL 312.      State and Local Government:  Organization and Problems (3)

 

D.  Gender Perspectives (3 units)

One of the following courses:

CHS 460.      La Latina (3)

HIS 380.       Women in History (3)

IDS 320.       Interdisciplinary Topics in Human Studies (gender theme only)

POL 325.      Women and Politics (3)

PSY 376.       Psychology of Gender (3)

SOC 334.      Women in Society (3)

 

E.   Historical Breadth (6 units)

One course in U.S. Ethnic History from the following:

APP 301.      Asian-Pacific Populations in Contemporary American Society (3)

HIS 343.       The Afro-American from Africa through Reconstruction (3)

HIS 344.       The Afro-American from Reconstruction to the Present (3)

HIS 345.       History of the Mexican American People I (3)

HIS 346.       History of the Mexican American People II (3)

One course in world regional or thematic history from the following:

HIS 305.       World History for Teachers (3)

HIS 310.       The Ancient World (3)

HIS 311.       Early Middle Ages (3)

HIS 312.       The High Middle Ages (3)

HIS 313.       Renaissance and Reformation (3)

HIS 314.       Emergence of Modern Europe (3)

HIS 315.       Twentieth Century Europe (3)

HIS 316.       Tudor-Stuart England (3)

HIS 317.       Modern England (3) [I]

HIS 318.       Russia Under the Tsars (3)

HIS 319.       Twentieth Century Russia (3)

HIS 360.       Africa:  Pre-colonial Period (3)

HIS 361.       Africa:  Colonialism to Independence (3)

HIS 362.       Traditional China (3)

HIS 363.       Modern China (3)

HIS 364.       Traditional Japan (3)

HIS 365.       Modern Japan (3)

HIS 366.       Latin America:  Colonial Period (3)

HIS 367.       Latin America:  National Period (3)

HIS 368.       Mexico:  Colonial Period (3)

HIS 369.       Mexico:  National Period (3)

HIS 379.       The Family in History (3)

 

F.   Religious Ethical Perspectives (3 units)

PHI 383.       Comparative Religions (3)

 

G.  Social Science Theory/Methods (3 units)

One of the following courses:

ECO 327.      Public Finance (3)

ECO 380.      The Economics of Urban Areas (3)

GEO 346.      Political Geography (3) [I]

HIS 300.       Research and Writing Skills (3)

HIS 304.       Theory and Practice of History (3)

HIS 376.       Film as History (3)

POL 251.      Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis (3)

 

H.  Classroom Observation and Participation (1 unit)

TED 305.      Introduction to the Urban/Multicultural Classroom (1)

Course Offerings

The credit value for each course in semester units is indicated for each term by a number in parentheses following the title.  For course availability, please see the list of tentative course offerings in the current Class Schedule.

 

Lower Division

POL 100   General Studies Political Science: World Perspectives (3).

An introduction to world affairs and the role of the individual in an increasingly complex and interdependent international system.  Both the conceptual and practical aspects of problem solving and decision making are examined as they relate to international cooperation and conflict. 

POL 101   American Institutions (3).

A study of contemporary political institutions, with emphasis on the philosophy, structure, and behavior of the American political system, including the State of California.   Meets State requirement in U.S. Constitution and California State and Local government.

POL 251   Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis (3).

An introduction to the techniques of quantitative political analysis, including the design, execution, and analysis of research. 

Upper Division

American Institutions

POL 305   Basic Concepts of Law: Procedural (3).

A basic course in understanding the legal system with a focus on basic procedural law.  Emphasis will be placed on civil procedure, evidence, and litigation, probate and corporation, partnership and agency. 

POL 310   Current Issues in American Government (3).

Analysis and critical evaluation of recent major issues, conflicts and problems in American government and institutions.  Current issues might include social and health services, energy, environment, multinational corporations, military spending, taxation, political economy, criminal justice, and civil rights. 

POL 312   State and Local Government: Organization and Problems (3).

Analysis of functions of state and local government with particular emphasis on California.  Examination of state-federal and state-local relations and the policy choices available for solving current problems.  The course meets the statutory requirement for state and local government.

POL 313   Introduction to Public Administration (3).

A study of the development and practice of public administration in the United States and abroad, focusing on the theoretical and practical concerns of administration, with special attention to the relationship of public administration and democratic government. 

POL 314   American Political Parties and Elections (3).

A study of the dynamics of American political behavior, including the legal regulation of parties and of elections.  Analysis of voting behavior and public opinion.  Study of political party organization, membership, and leadership in the context of the contemporary political scene. 

POL 315   Congress and the President (3).

An analysis of development and operation of the elected decision-making structures of the United States government.  Particular focus on the interrelationships between the Congress and the President.

POL 318   Public Policy Choices: Distribution of Wealth (3).

Political analysis of the distribution of wealth in the U.S. Attention to the political influence of special interest groups, political parties, and public opinion on policies relating to the tax structure; government subsidies, credits, and controls; the Social Security system and income problems of the aged; and the welfare system.  Public policy reforms of the process of wealth distribution. 

POL 320   Urban Government ­and Policy Choices (3).

A survey of the structures of American municipal, county, and special districts within the context of a systematic evaluation of the public policy choices facing these units of government.

POL 323   Black Politics (3).

An analysis of the structure of power within the black community and political interaction between “activists,” “moderates,” and “conservatives.” Evaluation of styles within the black sub-political culture and manipulative aspects and tactics; e.g., coalition, confrontation, “establishment” politics. 

POL 325   Women and Politics (3).

Examination of the expanding role of women in politics and the legal, cultural, and socio-psychological difficulties encountered therein.  This course will also look at leading female political figures. 

 

Global Politics

POL 332   International Security Studies (3).

Analysis of the theory and practice of international conflict, crisis, and war management.  Special emphasis on the contemporary concerns of deterrence, limited war, guerrilla warfare, foreign commitments, arms races, and arms control. 

POL 334   American Foreign Policy (3).

The formulation and execution of foreign policy in the United States, including an analysis of competing ideological concepts, the role of President and Congress, and the influence of public opinion. 

POL 335   International Politics (3).

Study of basic international political theories, principles, and practices including the examination of international system characteristics, foreign policy decision-making, nationalism, security and defense, alliances, law and organization, and war.

POL 336   Theories of International Relations (3).

Analysis of action and interaction of states, decision-making, capability analysis, balance and imbalance, systems analysis, communication, crisis, and game theory. 

POL 338   Global Planning ­and the Future (3).

Examination of assumptions, concepts, and models for monitoring, forecasting, speculating, and predicting events and conditions affecting public policy in the international arena. Evaluation of the human and nonhuman issues and interactions that will affect both industrial and nonindustrial societies. 

POL 339   Model United Nations (3).

Examination of the role of international organizations and the issues addressed by these international actors while preparing students to participate in intercollegiate Model United Nations simulations. May be repeated for credit too a maximum of 9.0 units.

Comparative Politics

POL 340   Political Change in First and Third World Countries (3).

Study of the sources and patterns of political continuity and change in selected  countries of the First World (Western Democracies) and selected newly emergent states of the Third World.  Cross-national comparisons within and between each world will be made. 

POL 341   Government and Politics of East Asia (3).

China, Japan, and Korea: political behavior, ideas, and institutions of societies of East Asia.  Political parties and organizations, role of competing ideologies and systems of behavior, interaction of domestic and foreign policies.

POL 343   Political Behavior in Latin America (3).

Analysis of political and cultural behavior in South America with a focus on Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Colombia, and Venezuela.  Their sociopolitical institutions, elites, and interest groups; and the impact of national and cross-national cultural pluralism upon political life in the region. 

POL 344   Latin America: The Revolutionary Tradition (3).

A comparative analysis of the revolutionary process in Mexico, Central America and Cuba, encompassing the dimensions of the socio-political, cultural and economic characteristics.  An emphasis on post-revolutionary developmental politics in Mexico, Nicaragua, Cuba, and on the current social unrest in Central America, including an analysis of ideas, institutions, groups and economic conditions. 

POL 349   Government and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa  (3).

A study of the dynamics of government and politics in Africa south of the Sahara Desert with special emphasis on South Africa. Imperialism and colonial administration, nationalism, and decolonization treated as background to the problems of modernization and nation-building in the region. 

 

Political Thought

POL 350   History of  Political Ideas (3).

A critical analysis of the major political philosophies and schools of thought from Plato to the sixteenth century.  Examination of the political concepts of Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, and Machiavelli. 

POL 351   Modern Political Thought (3).

A study of principal political philosophers from the seventeenth century to the present.  Special emphasis  is given to writers such as John Stuart Mill and Karl Marx, whose concepts of political criticism have become predominant in the modern world. 

POL 354   American Political Thought (3).

A critical analysis of the political ideas that have emerged within the United States. Special attention is given to twentieth century political theories that aim to achieve social justice and/or alternative life styles through a restructuring of the economy. 

 

Public Law

POL 360   American Constitutional Law: Distribution of Power (3).

An examination of the nature and development of the United States constitutional system.  Emphasis on the role of the courts in interpreting the concepts of separation of powers, federalism, the police power, and the commerce clause. 

POL 361   American Constitutional Law: Civil Rights (3).

A study of fundamental rights as protected by the U.S. Constitution and other legal provisions.  The role of the courts in interpreting freedom of expression and conscience, due process, and equal protection of the laws. 

POL 366   Criminal Law and Procedures (3).

Materials and cases treating Criminal Law and procedures within the context of the American policy. Systematic analysis of the role of the citizen in relationship to operational legal principles and procedures of Criminal Law.  An emphasis on contemporary problems and recent court decisions. 

Other Courses

POL 370   Public Opinion and Propaganda (3).

The nature of public opinion and its manipulation by propaganda in modern society. Relations between government and other social institutions and the opinions of groups and individuals; the press, pressure groups. 

POL 371   Conflict, Violence, and Nonviolence (3).

Examination of relevant theories and instances of aggression, sociopolitical conflict and conflict resolution, various types of political violence (as terrorism,  revolution, urban riots) and nonviolence.  Course will present an overview of all these topics, or focus on one topic in detail, such as terrorism, revolution, or nonviolence. 

POL 375   Technological Policy and the Future (3).

Various humanistic, ethical, legal, and political-economic policy issues surrounding the use and future development of technology, in such areas as energy, food production, transportation, computers, communications, electronic surveillance, medicine, weaponry, and space.  The issue of high technology vs. appropriate technology also global restructing trends from technological change.  Course will focus on one or more such technological topics depending upon the instructor. 

POL 494   Independent Study (1-3).

Prerequisites:  Consent of instructor and department chair.

Independent study of a particular problem under the direction of a member of the Political Science Department.  Course is not repeatable for credit in the Political Science major or minor.

POL 495   Special Topics in Political Science (1-3).

An intensive study of an issue or a concept in political science that is of special interest to both the faculty member and the students. Repeatable course.  Three hours of seminar per week.

POL 496   Internships in Political Science (3).

Practical application of coursework in political science through supervised work and field experience in politics, government administration, public and private paralegal agencies such as offices of lawyers and judges, and community agencies.  Repeatable course.

Infrequently Offered Courses

The following courses are scheduled only on a "demand" basis.  Students should consult the department office for information about the next scheduled offering.

POL 304   Basic Concepts of Law: Substantive (3).

An examination of conflict situations which arise in contemporary life and the way in which the law and legal institutions address these conflicts.  Statutory law and common law will be studied with an emphasis on case analysis, torts, crimes, property, contracts, and landlord-tenant. 

POL 328   Cultural Pluralism­ in American Politics (3).

Discusses the issues of political socialization and cultural differences in the American political arena.  Analyzes the political orientations of various ethnic groups in the United States, their cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds, and their levels of political participation and interaction with American political institutions. 

POL 330   Cultural Pluralism in Global Politics (3).

Discusses from an international perspective the issues facing various national, racial, tribal and religious groups—power, ideology, political socialization, integration, nationalism, cultural differences and separatism.  Analyzes the problems of resolving conflict among different cultural groups. 

POL 333   Asian International Relations (3).

Analysis of the international political behavior, foreign policies and conflicts of Asian nations — China (Peoples Republic of China), Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Philippines, India, Pakistan and Indonesia. Regional and foreign policy conflicts and wars such as the Vietnam War, the India-Pakistan-Bangladesh War, and the Philippine Civil War will be analyzed. 

POL 337   European International  Relations (3).

An analysis of European international relations and foreign policies including the impact of Western European economic integration, the foreign policies of the Russian Commonwealth with Eastern and Western Europe, and the changing role of NATO. 

POL 342   Government and Politics of the Middle East (3).

Analysis and explanation of political processes, governments, political issues and foreign relations of the Middle East. Discussion of influence of religion, oil, revolutions and conflicts on Middle East politics. 

POL 346   Government and Politics of Russia/Commonwealth (3).

Analysis of Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States, their political history, the legacy and impact of Communist Party rule, the political economy, and the major political, social, and economic problems currently facing Russia and the Commonwealth leadership.