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Political Science Minor

Political Science
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2016
  • Required credits in this minor: 20 to 21
The political science minor can be designed specifically to supplement major programs in related disciplines or more broadly develop the political awareness, background, and critical faculties requisite to responsible citizenship.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Requirements (20-21 credits)
Across the lower division and elective areas a total of 20-21 credits is required. Students are required to take a minimum of 14 credits of POL 3xxx-4xxx. Within these 14 credits, no more than one course may be from the 'Electives From Outside the Department' area. A minimum of 8 credits must be taken at UMD. Students may satisfy this requirement by taking all POL courses at the 3xxx or higher course level.
Lower Division (0-7 cr)
Most POL 1xxx-2xxx courses apply here. If students elect to take a methodology course, POL 2700 is preferred.
Take at most 7 credit(s) from the following:
· POL 1011 - American Government and Politics [LE CAT6, SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 1015 - Introduction to Political Science (3.0 cr)
· POL 1050 - International Relations [LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· POL 1500 - Introduction to Comparative Politics [LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, GLOBAL PER] (3.0 cr)
· POL 1610 - Introduction to Political Theory [LE CAT7, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· POL 1800 - Mock Trial (3.0 cr)
· POL 2700 - Methodology and Analysis [LOGIC & QR] (4.0 cr)
Electives (14 cr)
Most POL 3xxx-4xxx courses apply here. Students are required to take a minimum of 14 credits of POL 3xxx-4xxx within the minor. One course from the 'Electives From Outside the Department' area may apply.
Take 14 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3001 - American Public Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3015 - State and Local Government (4.0 cr)
· POL 3025 - Popular Culture and Politics (4.0 cr)
· POL 3040 - Women and Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3080 - Environment and Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3097 - Government Internship (1.0-12.0 cr)
· POL 3120 - Congress and the Presidency (4.0 cr)
· POL 3131 - Judicial Politics and Policy Making (3.0 cr)
· POL 3141 - Pol Parties & Polarization (3.0 cr)
· POL 3142 - Voting, Campaigning, and Elections (3.0 cr)
· POL 3143 - Political Psychology (3.0 cr)
· POL 3150 - American Constitutional Law I (4.0 cr)
· POL 3151 - American Constitutional Law II (4.0 cr)
· POL 3170 - Political Interest Groups and Individuals (3.0 cr)
· POL 3195 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to Be Assigned) (1.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 3197 - Nongovernmental Internship (1.0-12.0 cr)
· POL 3311 - Public Opinion and Polling Methods (4.0 cr)
· POL 3400 - Contemporary Issues in World Politics (4.0 cr)
· POL 3403 - American Foreign Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3420 - International Organization and Global Governance (3.0 cr)
· POL 3426 - Politics of International Law (4.0 cr)
· POL 3430 - Global Health Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3451 - Theories of International Relations (4.0 cr)
· POL 3456 - International Security: War and More (4.0 cr)
· POL 3511 - Politics of South Asia (4.0 cr)
· POL 3515 - Theories of Comparative Politics (4.0 cr)
· POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems (4.0 cr)
· POL 3518 - Transitional Politics of Asia (3.0 cr)
· POL 3525 - African Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3530 - Comparative Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3570 - Politics of Developing Nations (3.0 cr)
· POL 3575 - Latin American Politics and Development (4.0 cr)
· POL 3580 - Central American Politics (4.0 cr)
· POL 3600 - Political Concepts (4.0 cr)
· POL 3610 - Political Economy: An Introduction (4.0 cr)
· POL 3651 - Classical Political Thought (4.0 cr)
· POL 3652 - Modern Political Thought (4.0 cr)
· POL 4190 - The Senior Seminar (4.0 cr)
· POL 4191 - Independent Study (1.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4910 - Teaching Assistantship in Political Science (1.0-2.0 cr)
Electives From Outside the Department (one course)
Take no more than 1 course(s) from the following:
· AMIN 3206 - Federal Indian Policy [LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 3230 - American Indian Tribal Government and Law [SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· AMIN 4230 - Introduction to Federal Indian Law [SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· BLAW 2001 - The Legal Environment [LE CAT8, HUMANITIES] (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3324 - Sociology of Criminal Law (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 3380 - Death Penalty (3.0 cr)
· ECON 2030 - Applied Statistics for Business and Economics [LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4213 - Mathematical Economics (3.0 cr)
· ECON 4570 - Public Finance (3.0 cr)
· GEOG 4393 - Political Geography (3.0 cr)
· HIST 2365 - Russia in the 20th Century [LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, GLOBAL PER] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3243 - Europe in Crisis in the 20th Century (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3386 - The United States and the World since 1898 (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3465 - Twentieth Century China Politics (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3615 - Modern Africa (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3616 - Society and Culture in 20th-Century Africa (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3726 - Modern Middle East: 18th Century-Present (4.0 cr)
· INTS 4100 - Seminar in International Studies (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3231 - Law and Punishment (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 3291 - Current Social Political Philosophy (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3155 - Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3156 - Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis (4.0 cr)
· WS 3100 - Feminist Thought [HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
· WS 3600 - Ecofeminism: Theories and Sustainable Practices [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
· STAT option
· STAT 1411 - Introduction to Statistics [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
or STAT 2411 - Statistical Methods [LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR] (3.0 cr)
or STAT 3611 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics (4.0 cr)
or STAT 5411 - Analysis of Variance (3.0 cr)
or STAT 5511 - Regression Analysis (3.0 cr)
 
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POL 1011 - American Government and Politics (LE CAT6, SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles of American national government. Survey of American governmental system, structure, operations, and services; constitutionalism, federalism, civil liberties, parties, pressure groups, and elections.
POL 1015 - Introduction to Political Science
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1011, political science majors and minors or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
An introduction to the history, development, scope, and methods of political science as a scholarly discipline. prereq: 1011, political science majors and minors or instructor consent
POL 1050 - International Relations (LE CAT8, LEIP CAT08, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to contemporary international politics: levels of analysis; the international system; nation-state behavior; foreign policy decision making; economic and defense policy issues.
POL 1500 - Introduction to Comparative Politics (LE CAT6, LEIP CAT06, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Survey of the politics of countries selected to reflect alternative styles of politics and forms of government; examples of Western liberal democratic, Communist and post-Communist, and Third World systems.
POL 1610 - Introduction to Political Theory (LE CAT7, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the history of political thought from a thematic perspective such as freedom and citizenship, democracy and its critics, political obligation and justice, diversity and inequality. Close attention to method of interpretation and argument.
POL 1800 - Mock Trial
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Prerequisites: Students may take this course twice for a maximum of 6 credits. Political Science majors and minors may only apply one attempt towards the major or minor. Political Science majors and minors may only take the course once.
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Mock trial covers the procedures, evidentiary rules, and functioning of the judiciary at the trial court level. Students apply their classroom training as attorneys and witnesses in American Mock Trial association sanctioned tournaments. The course increases student skills in critical thinking, analysis, and oral and written expression and argument. prereq: Students may take this course twice for a maximum of 6 credits. Political Science majors and minors may only apply one attempt towards the major or minor. Political Science majors and minors may only take the course once.
POL 2700 - Methodology and Analysis (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Theory and methods of conducting political research: theory construction, concept formulation, survey research and sampling design, basic statistical analysis, and measurement of relationships.
POL 3001 - American Public Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Approaches to policy study, context of policy process, and discussion of policy issues. prereq: 1011, min 45 cr or instructor consent
POL 3015 - State and Local Government
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
State and local governments in the United States; governmental institutions and processes; intergovernmental relations. Special reference to Minnesota prereq: 1011, 45 cr or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for 3020
POL 3025 - Popular Culture and Politics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Evaluation of the presentation of American political institutions, officials, and policy issues in mass entertainment. How accurate are the portrayals? How influential is Hollywood's view of American government? How do Americans know what they think they know about politics? prereq: 45 cr. including 6 cr. social science or instructor consent
POL 3040 - Women and Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Women's political status; implications of women's role in political process; women as political actors; feminist critique and vision of politics. prereq: 45 cr or instructor consent
POL 3080 - Environment and Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
American natural resource problems with special attention to conservation activities on national, state, and local levels; development of conservation agencies in Minnesota. prereq: 1011, 45 cr or instructor consent
POL 3097 - Government Internship
Credits: 1.0 -12.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: 60 cr; 4 cr max from 3097, 3197, 3297 may be applied toward advanced political science major requirements; instructor consent
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Scheduled work assignments with direct supervision in performance of governmental functions; full- or part-time employment. prereq: 60 cr; 4 cr max from 3097, 3197, 3297 may be applied toward advanced political science major requirements; instructor consent
POL 3120 - Congress and the Presidency
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Functioning and structure of the United States Congress and Presidency. Members of Congress and the Presidency: their characteristics, their selection, roles they play, how they interact with each other as well as with others in the policy-making process. prereq: 1011, 45 cr or instructor consent
POL 3131 - Judicial Politics and Policy Making
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
An examination of the characteristics and behavior of judicial institutions, emphasizing the interaction with other policy-makers and social and political problems. Investigates the policy roles of state and lower federal courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.
POL 3141 - Pol Parties & Polarization
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Covers the development of political parties in the United States and the role of political parties in government. Examines the causes and consequences of political party polarization in areas like law-making, elections and representation.
POL 3142 - Voting, Campaigning, and Elections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1011, 45 cr
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Covers theories of voting, including how they explain who votes and vote choice. Examines how campaign money, policy issues, the media, and campaign advertising play a role in presidential and congressional elections. prereq: 1011, 45 cr
POL 3143 - Political Psychology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 45 credits
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
How political opinion formation and behavior of citizens and political elites is shaped by psychological factors, including personality, attitudes, values, and emotions. Study opinion formation, mass media, identity, and culture. prereq: minimum 45 credits
POL 3150 - American Constitutional Law I
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Institutional powers and civil rights: judicial review; authority of Congress and President; powers in war and foreign affairs; power of national and state governments; property rights; civil rights and equal protection (race, gender, and other groups); anti-discrimination; affirmative action. prereq: 1011, 45 cr or instructor consent
POL 3151 - American Constitutional Law II
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Civil liberties: incorporation of the Bill of Rights; Due Process clause; freedom of religion; freedom of speech; freedom of press; privacy rights; rights of the accused; search and seizure; rights before the Courts; cruel and unusual punishment. prereq: 1011, 45 cr or instructor consent
POL 3170 - Political Interest Groups and Individuals
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Role of interest groups and individuals who lobby government to influence public policy. Internal dynamics of groups; strategies of lobbying and its regulation. prereq: 1011, 45 cr or instructor consent
POL 3195 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to Be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Detailed examination of contemporary topics in political science. Specific course announced in Class Schedule. prereq: 45 credits including 6 credits in social sciences or instructor consent
POL 3197 - Nongovernmental Internship
Credits: 1.0 -12.0 [max 12.0]
Prerequisites: 60 cr; 4 cr max from 3097, 3197, 3297 may be applied toward advanced political science major requirements; instructor consent
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Supervised, scheduled work assignments in performance of political functions in nongovernmental organizations; full- or part-time employment. Not all outside work is eligible; see department head for requirements. prereq: 60 cr; 4 cr max from 3097, 3197, 3297 may be applied toward advanced political science major requirements; instructor consent
POL 3311 - Public Opinion and Polling Methods
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Formation of public opinion; attitudes and nonattitudes; polls in the media; role of public opinion in democracy; measurement of opinion; survey methods; questionnaire construction; sampling techniques. prereq: 1011 or equivalent, 45 cr
POL 3400 - Contemporary Issues in World Politics
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Prerequisites: 1050, 45 cr; 4 cr may be applied toward political science major requirements
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Detailed examination and analysis of selected contemporary issues in world politics and international relations. Policy recommendations dealing with each issue. prereq: 1050, 45 cr; 4 cr may be applied toward political science major requirements
POL 3403 - American Foreign Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01437 - Pol 3403/3402
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Various influences on the making of American foreign policy; understanding why particular foreign policy choices are made and the effects of a changing international environment on American foreign policy. prereq: 1011 or 1050, min 45 cr
POL 3420 - International Organization and Global Governance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Explores the role of international organizations in world politics and the evolution of global governance systems. Includes examinations of state sovereignty, methods for achieving cooperation, and whether international organizations are effective means for achieving global collective goods. prereq: 1050 and minimum 45 credits
POL 3426 - Politics of International Law
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Investigation of development, operations, and significance of international organization and law in contemporary international politics. prereq: minimum 45 credits, including 8 credits of social science or instructor consent
POL 3430 - Global Health Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Examination of the political effects of health and disease globally, how health influences relations among states, and the role of national and international actors in addressing global health concerns. Topics may include HIV/AIDS, financing for health programs, the role of trade and the military in facilitating the spread of diseases, noncommunicable diseases, and global health governance. prereq: 1050 or 1500 or instructor consent
POL 3451 - Theories of International Relations
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 45 cr including 8 cr social science or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Historical and contemporary theories of international relations. Views of contending theorists are analyzed and assessed. prereq: 45 cr including 8 cr social science or instructor consent
POL 3456 - International Security: War and More
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Introduction to a variety of different aspects of International Security, including warfare, terrorism, human rights, environmental justice, and women and violence worldwide. Includes discussion of efforts to ensure and barriers to achieving international security in its various forms. prereq: Minimum 45 credits
POL 3511 - Politics of South Asia
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1500, 45 cr including 8 cr social sciences or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Comparative study of five South Asian countries (namely India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal). It analyzes the history and impact of colonialism in South Asia; state formations in South Asia; and controversies in recent South Asian politics over issues like globalization, democratization, religious fundamentalism, nuclearism, and gender. Policy solutions to these problems will be considered. prereq: 1500, 45 cr including 8 cr social sciences or instructor consent
POL 3515 - Theories of Comparative Politics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1500, 45 cr including 8 cr social sciences or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Introduces the theoretical, methodological, and substantive debates in the discipline of Comparative Politics. prereq: 1500, 45 cr including 8 cr social sciences or instructor consent
POL 3517 - Western European Political Systems
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 45 cr including 8 cr social sciences or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Comparative analysis of development and operation of political-governmental institutions and processes in selected Western European countries: political and ideological patterns and trends; problems of democratic politics; policy issues in advanced industrial societies; and the future of the "welfare state." prereq: 45 cr including 8 cr social sciences or instructor consent
POL 3518 - Transitional Politics of Asia
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
This class is a comparative study of the states in Asia namely India, China, Japan, and others. The class will explore the historical trajectories of these states; will study how these histories have given rise to different forms of their current state formations; will explore their contemporary political systems; economies; their socio-cultural and gender dynamics; and contemporary policy issues faced by these states. The class will also analyze the geo-strategic significance of Asia to the West/United States in the contemporary eras of globalization. pre-req: POL 1500 or instructor's consent
POL 3525 - African Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
A survey of politics in Africa, with an emphasis on sub-Saharan Africa. Includes discussions of pre-colonial history, colonialism and its effects, the politics of independence movements, contemporary political systems, and the forces influencing politics on the continent. prereq: 1050 or 1500, 45 cr including 8 social science credits or instructor consent
POL 3530 - Comparative Constitutional Law and Judicial Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 45 credits or permission of instructor
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
A cross-national examination of the intersection of law and politics in the development of constitutional law, especially in newly emerging democracies. Includes an investigation of the relationship between globalization and constitutional development and the role that law plays in social control, dispute resolution, protection of minority rights, social change, and economic development. prereq: minimum 45 credits or permission of instructor
POL 3570 - Politics of Developing Nations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1050 or 1500 or 8 cr social sciences, 45 cr or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Nature of political development; individual and institutional causes and consequences of development; political economy of the Third World. prereq: 1050 or 1500 or 8 cr social sciences, 45 cr or instructor consent
POL 3575 - Latin American Politics and Development
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
A comparative examination of politics and development in the Latin American region. Topics of this course include transition to democracy, democratic consolidation, rule of law, human rights, the military and politics, women and politics, executive-legislative relations, civil society, and economic development. prereq: Minimum 45 credits
POL 3580 - Central American Politics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1050, minimum 45 credits or instruction permission
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Explores the history, politics, culture, and modern problems in Central America. Includes examination of the differences and similarities in colonial history among Central American countries, the role of U.S. influence on Central American politics and the economy, and legacies of civil wars. Then, it focuses on modern problems of violence against women, gangs, violent crime, and governance, and how international and local organizations and individuals can (or cannot) contribute to alleviating these problems. prereq: 1050, minimum 45 credits or instruction permission
POL 3600 - Political Concepts
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Fundamental political themes and concepts in political theory, including but not limited to justice, liberty, equality, power, democracy, political obligation, and community. Perspectives of diverse political philosophies and cultures may be addressed. prereq: 45 credits or instructor consent
POL 3610 - Political Economy: An Introduction
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 45 credits including 6 credits social sciences or economics or business or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Relationship between politics and economics and ways they affect each other, focusing on political and economic values/goals and their role in shaping public policy; policies and policy making in selected national systems; and the international economy. prereq: 45 credits including 6 credits social sciences or economics or business or instructor consent
POL 3651 - Classical Political Thought
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1610 or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Advanced survey of classical political thought, from ancient Greece to the rise of medieval Christianity and Islam to early Renaissance Italy. Major themes include the tensions between individuality and community, morality and politics, utopia and reality, and politics and literature. Major thinkers include Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, al-Farabi, Aquinas and Machiavelli. prereq: 1610 or instructor consent
POL 3652 - Modern Political Thought
Credits: 4.0 [max 12.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced survey of political thought from Enlightenment to the present; course topic may include one or more of the following traditions of political theorizing: English (e.g. Hobbes, Locke, Burke, Bentham, Mill, Wollstonecraft), German (e.g. Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche, Habermas) or French (e.g. Montesquieu, Rousseau, Tocqueville, Foucault, Derrida). prereq: 1610 or instructor consent, course is repeatable with instructor consent only.
POL 4190 - The Senior Seminar
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 6 cr in relevant upper division political science courses, instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Supervised research and writing in current areas or issues of politics and political science, subject matter varying with instructor. prereq: 6 cr in relevant upper division political science courses, instructor consent
POL 4191 - Independent Study
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 6.0]
Prerequisites: 8 cr in political science, 6 cr in other social sciences, instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Advanced study and research under supervision of a staff member. Student must consult with instructor before registration. prereq: 8 cr in political science, 6 cr in other social sciences, instructor consent
POL 4910 - Teaching Assistantship in Political Science
Credits: 1.0 -2.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 90 cr, political science major, instructor consent; 3 cr max may be applied to upper division political science major requirements and between Pol 3109 and 4910; no grad credit
Grading Basis: S-N or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience in teaching beginning courses in the department. Students serve as intern teachers assisting the instructor in administration of the course. Application deadline is one week before the beginning of registration for the following semester. prereq: 90 cr, political science major, instructor consent; 3 cr max may be applied to upper division political science major requirements and between Pol 3109 and 4910; no grad credit
AMIN 3206 - Federal Indian Policy (LE CAT8, LECD CAT08, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: (Select a set)
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of the formulation, implementation, evolution, and comparison of Indian policy from pre-colonial to self-governance. Introduces students to the theoretical approaches structuring research of federal Indian policy, views, and attitudes of the policy-makers and reaction of indigenous nations. Discussion of the policies and the impact related to those policies. prereq: minimum 30 credits; this course previously titled: Indian-White Relations; credit will not be granted if already received for 3106.
AMIN 3230 - American Indian Tribal Government and Law (SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02189
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
American Indian tribal governments and leadership, historically and today, have aimed at the promotion and protection of the nation, overseen domestic and foreign affairs, and provided for the basic needs and desires of their citizens. This course provides students a general background of the history, development, structure, and politics associated with indigenous governments, analyzing how these institutions have been modified to meet ever-changing internal needs and external pressures. prereq: minimum 30 credits
AMIN 4230 - Introduction to Federal Indian Law (SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02191
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Federal Indian law has had a profound effect on our lives, liberties, and properties of indigenous peoples. At times, U.S. policy and Supreme Court ruling shave worked to protect aboriginal rights, while at other times they have had devastating consequences. This course examines the role of the U.S. Supreme Court as a policy-making institution in their dealings with Indigenous nations, requiring us to ask about the origins of federal judicial power and their application indigenous peoples. prereq: minimum 60 credits; credit will not be granted if already received for AMIN 3333; no grad credit
BLAW 2001 - The Legal Environment (LE CAT8, HUMANITIES)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to U.S. legal system and its impact on modern business operations. Ethical, economic, social, and political perspectives of legal environment. Constitutional law, administrative regulation, torts and products liability, contracts, business organizations, employment/labor law. prereq: Minimum 30 credits
CRIM 3324 - Sociology of Criminal Law
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Nature, goals, and problems in administration of the American criminal judicial process. prereq: 30 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 3324
CRIM 3380 - Death Penalty
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course provides students with a broad survey of the death penalty as a penal sanction and the controversies and issues which surround it. Key topical areas covered are history and foundations, legal landscape, execution and death penalty processes, contemporary issues including innocence, cost, discrimination and deterrence, and perspectives and voices surrounding the death penalty. prereq: minimum 30 credits
ECON 2030 - Applied Statistics for Business and Economics (LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: minimum 30 credits, LSBE student, pre-business or pre-accounting or Econ BA major or Graphic Design and Marketing major or Econ minor or Accounting minor or Business Admin minor; credit will not be granted if already received for Econ 2020, Stat 1411, Stat 2411, Stat 3611, Soc 3151, Psy 3020
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to modern business statistics, emphasizing problem solving through statistical decision making using case studies. Topics include organization and presentation of data, summary statistics, probability theory, distributions, statistical inference including estimation, hypothesis testing, introduction to regression and correlation, introduction to use of computers in statistical analysis. prereq: minimum 30 credits, LSBE student, pre-business or pre-accounting or Econ BA major or Graphic Design and Marketing major or Econ minor or Accounting minor or Business Admin minor; credit will not be granted if already received for Econ 2020, Stat 1411, Stat 2411, Stat 3611, Soc 3151, Psy 3020
ECON 4213 - Mathematical Economics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Application of fundamentals of differential and integral calculus and linear algebra to static, comparative static, and dynamic topics in microeconomics and macroeconomics. prereq: 1022, 1023, Math 1160 or Math 1296
ECON 4570 - Public Finance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Theory and practice of determining governmental expenditures and revenues, including consideration of public goods, welfare economics, raising of revenues, debt policy, and economic stabilization. prereq: 1022, 1023
GEOG 4393 - Political Geography
Credits: 3.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course examines the geography of social power from international geopolitics, to protest politics in public space, to theories of hetero-normativity and patriarchy. The central focus of this course is the spatial organization of politics, i.e., how people organize themselves into groups, and how those groups police themselves and vie with each other in various places and at multiple scales. prereq: Minimum 60 credits including or instructor consent
HIST 2365 - Russia in the 20th Century (LE CAT7, LEIP CAT07, GLOBAL PER)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Revolutions of 1917, the Soviet period, collapse of the Soviet Union and evolution of Soviet successor states; 1900 to present. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for HIST 2265
HIST 3243 - Europe in Crisis in the 20th Century
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Causes, conduct, and consequences of World Wars I and II from European perspective. Offered during day school and in Individualized Learning Program.
HIST 3386 - The United States and the World since 1898
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examines United States foreign relations--political, economic, social, and cultural--since 1898. prereq: students will receive credit if 3384 (only) or 3385 (only) were taken; credit will not be granted if already received for 3384 and 3385.
HIST 3465 - Twentieth Century China Politics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examines Chinese history from the late Qing to the present with a particular attention on the Chinese political, legal, social, and diplomatic history. Teaches the various factors that gradually influenced the historical course of China, the important roles that the West and Japan played in shaping modern China, the causes and consequences of the numerous political movements in the early stage of the People's Republic of China, and China's recent massive reform efforts to prosperity.
HIST 3615 - Modern Africa
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Africa, 1800 to present. Colonial conquest and domination, African resistance, nationalism, and problems of independence. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for HIST 3515
HIST 3616 - Society and Culture in 20th-Century Africa
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Generational, class, and gender conflicts in the wake of European occupation, impact of colonial and neocolonial domination, and African responses to that occupation and to the world economy in the 20th century; selected films and literary sources. prereq: credit will not be granted if already received for HIST 3516
HIST 3726 - Modern Middle East: 18th Century-Present
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course delivered partially online through MOODLE focuses on Middle Eastern history from the eighteenth century to the present. Nineteenth-century reform informs the course's major theme; the rise of the nation state in the Modern Middle East. Geographically, the course covers the Arabic-speaking regions, Turkey, Iran, and Israel.
INTS 4100 - Seminar in International Studies
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of and supervised research and writing on selected topics. prereq: Pol 1050, 60 credits including 8 upper division credits approved IntS courses and instructor consent
PHIL 3231 - Law and Punishment
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Nature of law, natural law theory, and legal positivism and their relationship to traditional and contemporary theories of punishment; deterrence, reform, retribution, rehabilitation, social defense, restitution. prereq: 1001 or SOC 1301 or CRIM 1301
PHIL 3291 - Current Social Political Philosophy
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Detailed philosophical analysis of recent writings about social and political concepts such as freedom, democracy, socialism, communism, fascism, and anarchy. prereq: 1001 or 1003 or instructor consent
SOC 3155 - Quantitative Research Methods and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Descriptive statistics. Measures of central tendency, deviation, association. Inferential statistics focusing on probability and hypothesis testing. T-tests, Chi-square tests, analysis of variance, measures of association, introduction to statistical control. Statistical software (SPSS) used to analyze sociological data. Lab. prereq: 2155, crim major or soc major or URS major, min 30 cr
SOC 3156 - Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of qualitative research methods to study of social structures. Emphasizes field techniques, secondary data analysis, and interpretation. Lab prereq: (2155 or anth major or urs major or cst minor), at least 60 cr or instructor consent
WS 3100 - Feminist Thought (HUMANITIES, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examination and analysis of central ideas and concepts within diverse feminist theories - liberal, socialist, radical, multicultural, postcolonial, ecofeminist, lesbian, maternalist, and others - historical and contemporary. Theoretical debates surrounding issues of the bases of women's liberation and oppression; the nature and construction of gender, sexuality, and the body; feminist epistemologies; and ethical issues within feminism. prereq: 1000 or 2101, 45 cr or instructor consent
WS 3600 - Ecofeminism: Theories and Sustainable Practices (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
In-depth study of ecofeminist theories that explore the interlocking oppressions of women, the earth/nature/other animals, and colonized Others. Scientific, economic, religious, philosophical issues examined. Applied ecofeminist analysis of individual, local, regional, national and transnational ethical, social and environmental issues, such as food and farming, animals, toxins, birthing and reproductive technologies, water quality, and privatization, etc. prereq: 1000 or 2101 or instructor consent
STAT 1411 - Introduction to Statistics (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Statistical ideas involved in gathering, describing, and analyzing observational and experimental data. Experimental design, descriptive statistics, correlation and regression, probabilistic models, sampling, and statistical inference. prereq: Math ACT 21 or higher or a grade of at least C- in SSP 0103 or department approval
STAT 2411 - Statistical Methods (LE CAT2, LOGIC & QR)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Graphical and numerical descriptions of data, elementary probability, sampling distributions, estimations, confidence intervals, one-sample and two-sample t-test. prereq: Math ACT 24 or higher or a grade of at least C- in Math 1005 or higher or department approval
STAT 3611 - Introduction to Probability and Statistics
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Basic probability, including combinatorial methods, random variables, mathematical expectation. Binomial, normal, and other standard distributions. Moment-generating functions. Basic statistics, including descriptive statistics and sampling distributions. Estimation and statistical hypothesis testing. prereq: A grade of at least C- in Math 1290 or Math 1296
STAT 5411 - Analysis of Variance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 2411 or 3411 or 3611; a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
Typically offered: Every Fall
Analysis of variance techniques as applied to scientific experiments and studies. Randomized block designs, factorial designs, nesting. Checking model assumptions. Using statistical computer software. prereq: 2411 or 3411 or 3611; a grade of C- or better is required in all prerequisite courses
STAT 5511 - Regression Analysis
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 3611, Math 3280 or Math 4326, a grade of C- or better in is required in all prerequisite courses
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Simple, polynomial, and multiple regression. Matrix formulation of estimation, testing, and prediction in linear regression model. Analysis of residuals, model selection, transformations, and use of computer software. prereq: 3611, Math 3280 or Math 4326, a grade of C- or better in is required in all prerequisite courses