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Political Science Minor

Political Science Department
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 16
Political scientists study topics, such as the exercise of power and influence; sources and resolution of conflicts; the relation of politics to the economy, culture, and other aspects of society; the adoption and implementation of public policies; and the development of political systems. These topics are studied at all levels, from local communities to the global community. The scope of the discipline is reflected in the main areas of specialization that make up the undergraduate curriculum: political theory, comparative government and politics, international relations, and American governmental systems and processes.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Complete a minimum of four courses and 16 credits. POL 3070 & POL 4970 do not count toward the minor. Up to 3 credits of POL 3080 may count toward the minor. Political science minors who major in global studies must complete at least two upper division courses outside of the comparative government and international relations subfields. Global studies majors must take at least two upper division courses from political theory or American government. Students may earn a BA or a minor in political science, but not both.
Minor Courses
Take at least one course in two of the four subfields: political theory, American government, comparative government, and international relations.
Take 16 or more credit(s) from the following:
Lower-Division Courses
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 1026 - U.S. Foreign Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 1201 - Political Ideas and Ideologies [HIS, CIV] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1234 - Citizen U: Building Tomorrow's Citizens Today (3.0 cr)
· POL 1001 - American Democracy in a Changing World [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
POL 1001H - Honors Course: American Democracy in a Changing World [SOCS] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1019 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Perspective [GP] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 1002 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Perspective [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 1025 - Global Politics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
or POL 1025H - Honors: Global Politics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
· POL 1054 - Puzzles in World Politics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
or POL 1054H - Honors: Puzzles in World Politics [SOCS, GP] (4.0 cr)
· Political Theory
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3210 - Topics in Political Theory (3.0 cr)
· POL 3225 - American Political Thought [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3235W - Democracy and Citizenship [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3237 - Practicum: Democracy and Citizenship (1.0 cr)
· POL 3251W - Power, Virtue, and Vice: Ancient and Early Modern Political Theory [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3252W - Revolution, Democracy, and Empire: Modern Political Thought [AH, CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3265 - Ideas and Protest in French Postwar Thought [AH, CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4210 - Topics in Political Theory (3.0 cr)
· POL 4253 - Modernity and Its Discontents: Late Modern Political Thought (3.0-4.0 cr)
· POL 4275 - Domination, Exclusion, and Justice: Contemporary Political Thought (3.0 cr)
· POL 4280 - Topics in Political Theory (3.0-4.0 cr)
· Comparative Government
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3410 - Topics in Comparative Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3451W - Politics and Society in the New Europe [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3464 - Politics of Inequality (3.0 cr)
· POL 3474 - Russian Politics: From Soviet Empire to Post-Soviet State (3.0 cr)
· POL 3475 - Islamist Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3477 - Political Economy of Development [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3479 - Latin American Politics [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3481H - Governments and Markets (4.0 cr)
· POL 3489W - Citizens, Consumers, and Corporations [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4403W - Constitutions, Democracy, and Rights: Comparative Perspectives [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4410 - Topics in Comparative Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 4461W - European Government and Politics [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4463 - The Cuban Revolution Through the Words of Cuban Revolutionaries [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4465 - Democracy and Dictatorship in Southeast Asia [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4473W - Chinese Politics [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4477 - Struggles and Issues in the Middle East (4.0 cr)
· POL 4478W - Contemporary Politics in Africa and the Colonial Legacy [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4481 - Governments and Markets (3.0 cr)
· POL 4485 - Human Rights Policy: Issues and Actors [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4487 - The Struggle for Democratization and Citizenship (4.0 cr)
· POL 4492 - Law and (In)Justice in Latin America (3.0 cr)
· POL 4494W - US-Latin American Relations [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4495 - Politics of Family, Sex, and Children [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4497 - Patronage & Corruption [GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3431 - Politics of India [GP] (4.0 cr)
· American Government
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3308 - Congressional Politics and Institutions [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3309 - Justice in America (3.0 cr)
· POL 3310 - Topics in American Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3310H - Topics in American Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 3317 - Food Politics: Actors, Arenas, and Agendas [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3319 - Education and the American Dream [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3321 - Issues in American Public Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3323 - Political Tolerance in the United States (3.0 cr)
· POL 3325 - U.S. Campaigns and Elections (3.0 cr)
· POL 3327 - Suburbs, Stadiums, and Scandals: The Politics of American Cities (3.0 cr)
· POL 3365 - Government and Medicine (3.0 cr)
· POL 3701 - American Indian Tribal Governments and Politics [HIS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3733 - From Suffragettes to Senators: Gender, Politics & Policy in the U.S. [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3739 - Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity (3.0 cr)
· POL 3766 - Political Psychology of Mass Behavior [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3767 - Political Psychology of Elite Behavior [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3769 - Public Opinion and Voting Behavior [SOCS] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3785 - Persuasion and Political Propaganda (3.0 cr)
· POL 3785H - Persuasion and Political Propaganda (3.0 cr)
· POL 4310 - Topics in American Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 4315W - State Governments: Laboratories of Democracy [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4317 - Becoming Stupid: Anti-Science in American Politics (3.0 cr)
· POL 4322 - Rethinking the Welfare State (3.0 cr)
· POL 4501W - The Supreme Court and Constitutional Interpretation [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4502W - The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4737W - American Political Parties [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4766 - America, the Unusual?: American Political Culture in Comparative Context [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4771 - Race and Politics in America: Making Sense of Racial Attitudes in the United States [DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4773W - Advocacy Organizations, Social Movements, and the Politics of Identity [DSJ, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3752 - Chicana/o Politics [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
or CHIC 3852 - Chicana/o Politics [SOCS, DSJ] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4507 - Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 4501 - Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights (3.0 cr)
· POL 4525W - Federal Indian Policy [WI] (3.0 cr)
or AMIN 4525W - Federal Indian Policy [WI] (3.0 cr)
· International Relations
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3810 - Topics in International Relations and Foreign Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3833 - The United States and the Global Economy (3.0 cr)
· POL 3835 - International Relations [SOCS, GP] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3872W - Science, Industry, and Social Change: The Political Economy of Global Environmental Cooperation [WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3873W - Global Citizenship and International Ethics [CIV, WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4810 - Topics in International Politics and Foreign Policy (3.0 cr)
· POL 4867W - United States Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4878W - Israeli-Palestinian Situation [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4883W - Global Governance [WI] (3.0 cr)
· POL 4885W - International Conflict and Security [GP, WI] (4.0 cr)
· POL 4887 - Thinking Strategically in International Politics [MATH] (3.0 cr)
· Electives
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· POL 3065 - Political Engagement Careers: Planning and Preparing For Your Future [CIV] (3.0 cr)
· POL 3080 - Faculty-Supervised Individual Internships (3.0-13.0 cr)
· POL 4010 - Topics in Methods (4.0 cr)
· POL 5xxx
· POL 3085 - Quantitative Analysis in Political Science [MATH] (4.0 cr)
or POL 3085H - Honors Course: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science [MATH] (4.0 cr)
 
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POL 1026 - U.S. Foreign Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Contemporary foreign policy issues; how the United States makes foreign policy in a global era; historical background. How two regions (such as the Middle East and China) affect and are affected by U.S. policy.
POL 1201 - Political Ideas and Ideologies (HIS, CIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of key concepts and ideas (e.g., freedom, equality, democracy) as they are constructed by major theories and ideologies (liberalism, conservatism, socialism, etc.).
POL 1234 - Citizen U: Building Tomorrow's Citizens Today
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Questions of public engagement and higher education. Focuses on U as public space for citizen action/discussion. Hisotry of U, its ongoing initiatives in public engagement. Core concepts of public achievement. Model of public engagement practiced at U.
POL 1001 - American Democracy in a Changing World (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: (Select a set)
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to politics/government in the United States. Constitutional origins/development, major institutions, parties, interest groups, elections, participation, public opinion. Ways of explaining politics, nature of political science. Emphasizes recent trends.
POL 1001H - Honors Course: American Democracy in a Changing World (SOCS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01246 - Pol 1001/Pol 1001H
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to politics/government in the United States. Constitutional origins/development, major institutions, parties, interest groups, elections, participation, public opinion. Ways of explaining politics, nature of political science. Emphasizes recent trends.
POL 1019 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Perspective (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00283 - AmIn 1002/Pol 1019
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Colonial experiences of selected indigenous peoples in Americas, Euroasia, Pacific Rim.
AMIN 1002 - Indigenous Peoples in Global Perspective (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00283 - AmIn 1002/Pol 1019
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Colonial experiences of selected indigenous peoples in Americas, Euroasia, Pacific Rim.
POL 1025 - Global Politics (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02151 - Pol 1025/Pol 1025H
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Study of international relations and issues in contemporary world affairs. Forms of state interaction from violent conflict to cooperation and integration; activities of international institutions; transnational relations involving non-state actors such as international businesses, human rights networks, and environmental movements.
POL 1025H - Honors: Global Politics (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02151
Prerequisites: Honors student
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to international relations/issues in contemporary world affairs. War, peace, nuclear proliferation. Politics of humanitarian intervention. Global monetary/trading systems. Activities of international institutions/non-governmental organizations. prereq: Honors student
POL 1054 - Puzzles in World Politics (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Political life. Repression, democracy, rights, corruption, gender, political change. Guest lectures by political science professors.
POL 1054H - Honors: Puzzles in World Politics (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01665
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Political life. Repression, democracy, rights, corruption, gender, political change. Guest lectures by political science professors who are experts on different parts of world. prereq: Honors student
POL 3210 - Topics in Political Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 18.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics in Political Theory, as specified in the Class Schedule.
POL 3225 - American Political Thought (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Puritans, American Revolution, Constitution, pro- and anti-slavery arguments, civil war/reconstruction, industrialism, westward expansion, Native Americans, immigration, populism, socialism, social Darwinism, women's suffrage, red scares, Great Depression, free speech, pluralism, multiculturalism. prereq: Suggested prerequisite POL 1201
POL 3235W - Democracy and Citizenship (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Democracy based on individual rights. Pluralism. Civic republicanism. Community activism. Dilemmas of democratic government/citizenship in race, class, gender-stratified society. prereq: Suggested prerequisite 1201
POL 3237 - Practicum: Democracy and Citizenship
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Prerequisites: & POL 3235W, #
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Students complete at least 2 hours/week of a community service-learning or individual civic engagement project. prereq: concurrent registration is required (or allowed) in POL 3235W, instr consent
POL 3251W - Power, Virtue, and Vice: Ancient and Early Modern Political Theory (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 3251/5251
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Ancient and early modern political thinking confronts basic questions of political order.
POL 3252W - Revolution, Democracy, and Empire: Modern Political Thought (AH, CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Thinkers, discourses, events that craft understanding of revolution, democracy, empire. Emergence of democracy/democratic institutions alongside problems of religious zealotry, political hierarchy/exclusion, market economies, cultural marginalization. prereq: Suggested prerequisite 1201
POL 3265 - Ideas and Protest in French Postwar Thought (AH, CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examine events, political/ethical challenges, intellectuals who shaped France in its century of politics/protest. Historical documents, cultural media, philosophical texts. Thinkers range from film-maker Gillo Pontecorvo to philosopher-playwright Jean-Paul Sartre to philosopher Michel Foucault.
POL 4210 - Topics in Political Theory
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Topics in political theory, as specified in Class Schedule.
POL 4253 - Modernity and Its Discontents: Late Modern Political Thought
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 4253/5253
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Theoretical responses/interpretations of Western economy, society, politics, democratic culture. Theories of history. Class struggle. End of metaphysics, death of God. Technology/bureaucracy. Psychology of culture in Hegel, Marx, Tocqueville, Mill, Nietzsche, Weber, Freud. prereq: Suggested 1201, [3225 or 3235W or 3251 or 3252]
POL 4275 - Domination, Exclusion, and Justice: Contemporary Political Thought
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Urgent political debates in major works of contemporary political thought from World War II to present. Relationships between force/freedom. Ideology/truth. Authority/resistance. Ideas may include communitarianism, feminism, postcolonialism, postmodernism, socialism. prereq: 1201 recommended
POL 4280 - Topics in Political Theory
Credits: 3.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02218 - Pol 4280/Pol 5280
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics in historical, analytical, or normative political theory. Topics vary.
POL 3410 - Topics in Comparative Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics of current analytical or policy importance to comparative politics. Topics vary, as specified in Class Schedule.
POL 3451W - Politics and Society in the New Europe (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Changing politics/society of Europe. Generational change/values, political parties, welfare state, future of European integration, political stability, democratization.
POL 3464 - Politics of Inequality
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Causes/consequences of economic inequality in the USA and Europe. America and European countries in contrast to one another. What differences there are and whether they matter.
POL 3474 - Russian Politics: From Soviet Empire to Post-Soviet State
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Twenty five years ago, Russia appeared to be democratizing and was even on friendly relations with the US and NATO. Now Vladimir Putin runs the state with the FSB (KGB), and US-Russian relations are at their worst point since the 1970s. This course examines major themes and periods in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russian politics. It begins with the Russian Revolution of 1917, and continues with a study of the creation of the USSR and Soviet rule under Lenin, Stalin, and later decades. We look in depth at the economic and political system set up by the Communist Party, and at the causes of its collapse in 1991, which has had profound legacies for the post-Soviet development of Russia. Then in the second half of the course we turn to themes of political, economic, social and civic development under Yeltsin and Putin. We will pose the following questions: Why does democratization begin and why does it fail? How is economic reform undermined? What type of state and regime is Russia now? What caused the Chechen wars and the massive bloodshed in the Caucasus during this period? Is Putin trying to recreate the Soviet Union and retake control of its neighbors? Are US-Russian relations improving as a result of Obama's "Reset," or are we now in an era of a new Cold War? What is Russia's goal in Syria, Iran, or Central Asia? Is Putin rebuilding Russia, or driving it to disaster, and how will this impact the West?
POL 3475 - Islamist Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Islamic faith and its historical relationship to politics. Rise of Islamist politics in the Middle East and North Africa and south central Asia from the 1950s-80s. Failure of many Islamist revolutions. Spread/rebirth of Islam in less traditional areas of the Muslim world. Rise of global jihadists. New jihad being waged in Iraq, implications for Middle East. Possibility of synthesizing Islam and democracy.
POL 3477 - Political Economy of Development (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Political processes/problems associated with economic development. Political economy of underdevelopment/development. Problems of state building, development of political institutions.
POL 3479 - Latin American Politics (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: LAS 4479/Pol 4479/5479
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Latin American politics/political economy. Authoritarianism, human rights, redemocratization. Development/economic policy. Social movements. Ethnicity, race, religion. Revolution. U.S.-Latin American relations.
POL 3481H - Governments and Markets
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02294 - Pol 3481H/Pol 4481
Prerequisites: 1054 or #
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Connection between democracy and markets. Experiences of countries in North America and Europe. prereq: 1054 or instr consent
POL 3489W - Citizens, Consumers, and Corporations (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
How ordinary people can act collectively to hold corporations accountable for effects their activities have on communities/nations. Mobilizing as citizens through mass protests, lobbying politicians, and pursuing claims through court system. Mobilizing as consumers through purchasing decisions.
POL 4403W - Constitutions, Democracy, and Rights: Comparative Perspectives (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02505
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Theory/practice of constitutionalism in different countries. Conceptual/normative inquiry between constitutionalism, rule of law, and democracy. Origins/role of constitutions. Relevance of courts with constitutional review powers: U.S., Germany, Japan, Hungary, Russia, South Africa, Nigeria.
POL 4410 - Topics in Comparative Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topics of current analytical or policy importance to comparative politics. Topics vary, as specified in Class Schedule.
POL 4461W - European Government and Politics (GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 4461W/5461
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
European political institutions in their social settings; power and responsibility; governmental stability; political decision making, government and economic order. prereq: 1054 or 3051 or non-pol sci grad or instr consent
POL 4463 - The Cuban Revolution Through the Words of Cuban Revolutionaries (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Cuban Revolution. Leadership/strategy. Perspectives of Cubans/leaders. prereq: 1025 or 1054 or equiv
POL 4465 - Democracy and Dictatorship in Southeast Asia (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02436
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Southeast Asia's increasingly important role in global political/economic affairs. U.S. involvement in region. Progress toward and resistance to democratic political systems. Economic development.
POL 4473W - Chinese Politics (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00286
Typically offered: Every Fall
Focuses on fundamental conflicts in Chinese society; the democracy movement, human rights, class divisions, gender struggles, environmental issues, and capitalist vs. socialist development strategies. Secondary topics include Chinese foreign relations and domestic and foreign political issues in Taiwan.
POL 4477 - Struggles and Issues in the Middle East
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Turkey, Iran, Israel, and selected Arab states. Domestic politics of religious/secular, ethnic, economic, environmental, and other policy/identity issues. Regional politics of water access, Israeli/Palestinian/Arab world relationships, oil and the Persian/Arabian Gulf, and human rights. prereq: 1054 or 3051 or non-pol sci grad or instr consent
POL 4478W - Contemporary Politics in Africa and the Colonial Legacy (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00707 - Afro 4478W/Afro 5478/Pol 4478W
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examines how current politics in mainly, though not exclusively, sub-Saharan Africa have been shaped by the pre-colonial and colonial processes. Reality of independence; recurrent political and economic crises, global context and prospects for effective democracy. prereq: 1054 or 3051 or non-pol sci grad or instr consent
POL 4481 - Governments and Markets
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02294 - Pol 3481H/Pol 4481
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Connection between democracy and markets. Experiences of countries in North America and Europe. prereq: 1054 or instr consent
POL 4485 - Human Rights Policy: Issues and Actors (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00864
Typically offered: Every Fall
Politics of human rights issue emergence; relevant international, regional, and domestic norms; correlates of state repression; measurement of human rights abuse and remedies; human rights promotion by states, political parties, international organizations, NGOs, social movements, faith-based organizations, and providers of international development assistance.
POL 4487 - The Struggle for Democratization and Citizenship
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Origins of democratic process. Emphasizes how disenfranchised fought to become included. History of democratic movement from its earliest moments to present. Attempts to draw a balance sheet.
POL 4492 - Law and (In)Justice in Latin America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02449
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
How law and justice function in contemporary Latin America. Similarities/differences within/between countries and issue areas. Causes behind varied outcomes. Effectiveness of different reform efforts. Transitional justice, judicial review, judicial independence, access to justice, criminal justice (police, courts, and prisons), corruption, non-state alternatives. Issues of class, race/ethnicity, and gender.
POL 4494W - US-Latin American Relations (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
US foreign policy toward Latin America. Immigration, trade policy, relations with Cuba, drug war, relations with Venezuela.
POL 4495 - Politics of Family, Sex, and Children (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Political fights over volatile issues of family, sex, and children. Diversity of family life in the United States as a source of disharmony and inequality. Same-sex couples, interracial families, polygamous communities, reproductive equality for people with disabilities, targeting of immigrant children, teen sex & pregnancy, working mothers, ⿿childfree⿝ advocates. Citizen efforts aimed at reconciling communities with harshly clashing beliefs.
POL 4497 - Patronage & Corruption (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Examines dysfunction within state apparatus in specific forms of patronage, corruption, clientalism. Why such dysfunction persists/what factors drive it to change.
POL 3431 - Politics of India (GP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
The course introduces students to the politics of India; a non-Western, parliamentary political system that stands out as a bastion of democracy in the developing world, despite underdevelopment & significant ethno-religious divisions. By focusing on India, we offer an understanding of the problems of democratization, underdevelopment, governance & political violence. We examine Indias political institutions & challenges confronting the institutions such as socio-economic inequalities, social exclusion, social divisions, ethno-religious & ideological insurgencies, criminalization of politics & rampant corruption. The course enables students to answer important questions: Why did democracy endure in post-colonial India when much of the developing world endured authoritarian regimes? What accounts for the persistence of ethno-religious conflict & violence? What determines a countrys approach to socio-economic development? What accounts for Indias economic development over the last few decades? How do we explain the existence of political democracy and rampant corruption?
POL 3308 - Congressional Politics and Institutions (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00860 - Pol 4308/5308
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Origin/development of U.S. congressional institutions, parties, committees, leaders, lobbying/elections, and relations between Congress/executive branch. Relationship of campaigning/governing, nature of representation, biases of institutional arrangements.
POL 3309 - Justice in America
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01344 - Pol 3309/Pol 4309/Pol 5309
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
American judiciary. Selection of judges. How/why these individuals/institutions behave as they do. What influences judicial decisions. What impact decisions have. Why people comply with them. prereq: 1001 or 1002 or instr consent
POL 3310 - Topics in American Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 15.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Topic in American politics, as specified in Class Schedule.
POL 3310H - Topics in American Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Topics in American politics.
POL 3317 - Food Politics: Actors, Arenas, and Agendas (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How food is grown, transported, processed, consumed. Examine how various political actors interact in complex policy arena that is food. Explore various resources, arguments, evidence used by participants in food politics. Investigate institutional, cultural, moral rules of engagement that provide structure in which political contenders attempt to advance economic interests/ideological agendas.
POL 3319 - Education and the American Dream (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to politics and education in the United States. Equality of educational opportunity, educating democratic citizens, school finance, role of political institutions in making educational policy. Efforts to reform/remake American education, including charter schools and private school vouchers.
POL 3321 - Issues in American Public Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Politics of policy process. Agenda formation, formulation, adoption, implementation, evaluation. Attention to selected policy areas.
POL 3323 - Political Tolerance in the United States
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
Political importance of civil liberties in American society. Tolerance as a political phenomenon. Issues such as free speech, privacy, religion, race, gender.
POL 3325 - U.S. Campaigns and Elections
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Presidential/congressional campaigns/elections in the United States. How political scientists study electoral politics. Theoretical generalizations about candidates, voters, parties, and the media. Ways electoral context and "rules of the game" matter.
POL 3327 - Suburbs, Stadiums, and Scandals: The Politics of American Cities
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1001, non-pol sci grad major or equiv or #
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Study of politics and policy in the contemporary American city; role of local government in a federal system; evolution of cities in the United States; forms and structures of local government; local politics and patterns of power and influence; special topics in Minnesota local politics. prereq: 1001, non-pol sci grad major or equiv or instr consent
POL 3365 - Government and Medicine
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Why is the United States the only industrialized nation that lacks national health insurance? Should the government regulate health care? Who should address these issues? Introduction to American government. Health care policy, constitution, elections, congress, the presidency.
POL 3701 - American Indian Tribal Governments and Politics (HIS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: AmIn 3501/Pol 3701
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
History, development, structure, politics of American Indian Governments. North American indigenous societies from pre-colonial times to present. Evolution of aboriginal governments confronted/affected by colonizing forces of European/Euro-American states. Bearing of dual citizenship on nature/powers of tribal governments in relation to states and federal government.
POL 3733 - From Suffragettes to Senators: Gender, Politics & Policy in the U.S. (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Overview to field of gender/politics. Examine role women play in U.S. policy process. How public policies are "gendered." How policies compare to feminist thinking about related issue area. Theories of role(s) gender plays in various aspects of politics.
POL 3739 - Politics of Race, Class, and Ethnicity
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
How race/ethnicity/class interact in political process. Political conflict through comparative analysis of United States, South Africa, Brazil.
POL 3766 - Political Psychology of Mass Behavior (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
How political behavior of citizens and political elites is shaped by psychological factors, including personality, attitudes, values, emotions, and cognitive sophistication. Political activism/apathy, leadership charisma, mass media, group identifications, political culture.
POL 3767 - Political Psychology of Elite Behavior (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Intersections of politics, personality, and social psychology. Focuses on political leaders and elites. Usefulness of psychological theories for conducting political analysis. Role of individual, of group processes, of political/social cognition, and of context in political decision-making.
POL 3769 - Public Opinion and Voting Behavior (SOCS)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 4767/5767
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Major factors influencing electoral decisions/political attitude formation/change.
POL 3785 - Persuasion and Political Propaganda
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01925 - Pol 3785/Pol 3785H
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to persuasion and political propaganda. Persuasion theories relevant to designing effective political propaganda. Applying theories to analyze WWI/WWII propaganda posters, films, and political campaign commercials. Use of fiction as propaganda tool.
POL 3785H - Persuasion and Political Propaganda
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01925
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Persuasion theories relevant to designing effective political propaganda. Applying theories to analyze WWI/WWII propaganda posters, films, and political campaign commercials. Use of fiction as propaganda tool.
POL 4310 - Topics in American Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 9.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
See Class Schedule for description. prereq: 1001 or equiv or instr consent
POL 4315W - State Governments: Laboratories of Democracy (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 4315W/5315
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Political behavior, governmental institutions, and public policies in American states; comparison among states, between state and national government, with special attention given to Minnesota. prereq: 1001 or equiv, non-pol sci grad major or instr consent
POL 4317 - Becoming Stupid: Anti-Science in American Politics
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
(1) Political attacks on basic science, including climatology & global warming, vaccines, the Big Bang, evolution, human reproduction, sexuality, and much more. (2) Pseudoscience and anti-intellectualism in American political culture. (3) Money, political interests, and propaganda that drive attacks on science.
POL 4322 - Rethinking the Welfare State
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02219 - Pol 4322/Pol 5322
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Discuss competing arguments about welfare states in advanced industrial countries. Are welfare states the result of sectional interests, class relations, or citizenship rights? Compare American social policy with policies in other western countries.
POL 4501W - The Supreme Court and Constitutional Interpretation (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical/analytical approaches to Court's landmark decisions. Theory/techniques of judicial review. Relates Court's authority to wider political/social context of American government.
POL 4502W - The Supreme Court, Civil Liberties, and Civil Rights (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Supreme Court's interpretation of Bill of Rights, 14th amendment. Freedom of speech, press, religion; crime/punishment; segregation/desegregation, affirmative action; abortion/privacy.
POL 4737W - American Political Parties (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 4737/5737
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
The American two-party system; party influence in legislatures and executives; decline of parties and their future. prereq: 1001 or equiv or instr consent
POL 4766 - America, the Unusual?: American Political Culture in Comparative Context (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02216
Typically offered: Fall Even, Spring Odd Year
Empirical analysis of basic political values. Individualism, freedom, equality. Democratic principles, materialism, capitalism, citizenship, patriotism, heroism. prereq: suggested 1001 or equiv
POL 4771 - Race and Politics in America: Making Sense of Racial Attitudes in the United States (DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
In this course, we look at what Americans believe about race and politics, how racial attitudes differ across racial groups, and how racial attitudes have changed over time. We also explore the deeper social and psychological sources of peoples racial attitudes, with an eye to how political science can confront the problem of racism.
POL 4773W - Advocacy Organizations, Social Movements, and the Politics of Identity (DSJ, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Advocacy organizations/social movements as agents of democratic representation/political change in American politics/policy-making. Organizations/movements that represent racial/ethnic minorities, women, religious conservatives, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender people, low-income people.
POL 3752 - Chicana/o Politics (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01223 - Chic 3852/Pol 3752
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theory/practice of Chicana/o politics through analysis of Mexican American experience, social agency. Response to larger political systems/behaviors using social science methods of inquiry. Unequal power relations, social justice, political economy.
CHIC 3852 - Chicana/o Politics (SOCS, DSJ)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01223 - Chic 3852/Pol 3752
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theory/practice of Chicana/o politics through an analysis of Mexican American experience, social agency, and response to larger political systems and behaviors using social science methods of inquiry. Unequal power relations, social justice, and the political economy.
POL 4507 - Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01844 - AmIn 4501/Pol 4507
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
History of American Indian law and the post-contact effects of colonial and U.S. law on American Indians through the 20th century.
AMIN 4501 - Law, Sovereignty, and Treaty Rights
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01844 - AmIn 4501/Pol 4507
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
History of American Indian law and the post-contact effects of colonial and U.S. law on American Indians through the 20th century. prereq: 1001
POL 4525W - Federal Indian Policy (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 4525/AmIn 4525
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Formulation, implementation, evolution, comparison of Indian policy from pre-colonial times to self-governance of new millennium. Theoretical approaches to federal Indian policy. Major federal Indian policies. Views/attitudes of policy-makers, reactions of indigenous nations to policies. Effect of bodies of literature on policies.
AMIN 4525W - Federal Indian Policy (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00285 - Pol 4525/AmIn 4525
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Formulation, implementation, evolution, comparison of Indian policy from pre-colonial times to self-governance new millennium. Theoretical approaches to federal Indian policy. Major federal Indian policies. Views/attitudes of policy-makers, reactions of indigenous nations to policies. Effect of bodies of literature related to policies.
POL 3810 - Topics in International Relations and Foreign Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of selected issues in contemporary international relations. Topics vary, as specified in Class Schedule.
POL 3833 - The United States and the Global Economy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Domestic and international politics of the United States, foreign economic policy (trade, aid, investment, monetary, and migration policies). Effects of policies and international economic relations on the U.S. economy and U.S. politics.
POL 3835 - International Relations (SOCS, GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Introduction to theoretical study of international relations. How theoretical perspective shapes one's understandings of structure/practices of global politics.
POL 3872W - Science, Industry, and Social Change: The Political Economy of Global Environmental Cooperation (WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Emergence of environment as key aspect of global political agenda. Non-governmental/governmental international organizations. Politics of protection of atmosphere, rain forest, seas, other selected issues. International security, environment.
POL 3873W - Global Citizenship and International Ethics (CIV, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Case studies of ethics in intervention, war, weapons, foreign aid, environmental practices, and human rights are used to examine the global ethical responsibilities of individual citizens and public officials; effectiveness of transnational social movements in influencing policy at domestic and international levels.
POL 4810 - Topics in International Politics and Foreign Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 6.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Analysis of selected issues in contemporary international relations. Topics vary, as specified in Class Schedule.
POL 4867W - United States Foreign Policy Toward the Middle East (GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
U.S. foreign policy toward Israeli-Palestinian issue in Turkey, Iran, Iraq, etc. Mideast polities, debates, actions. Rationales for U.S. engagement with region. Readings of Middle East authors. prereq: Jr or sr
POL 4878W - Israeli-Palestinian Situation (GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02163
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Situation as clash of two communities. History, politics, respective narratives of each community. Divisions within each community that are consequential for reconciliation. Examples of reconciliation literature from both communities.
POL 4883W - Global Governance (WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02217
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Seminar discussions and class simulations examine the rise and role of inter-governmental organizations such as the United Nations and non-governmental organizations. Topics include peacekeeping, trade, development, human rights, security and arms control, self-determination, refugees, health, and the environment. prereq: 3835 or non-pol sci grad or instr consent
POL 4885W - International Conflict and Security (GP, WI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Pol 4885/5885
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
An examination of alternative theories of the sources of militarized international conflict. Apply these theories to one or more past conflicts and discuss their relevance to the present.
POL 4887 - Thinking Strategically in International Politics (MATH)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 02215 - Pol 4887/Pol 5887
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Fall Odd, Spring Even Year
Survey of applications of game theory to international politics; conflict and cooperation, global environmental commons, deterrence and reputation.
POL 3065 - Political Engagement Careers: Planning and Preparing For Your Future (CIV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Exploration of careers in public service or political engagement; theories of political engagement; case studies of challenges and opportunities in public service careers; ethics of political engagement; development of resume, cover letter, informational interview, and networking skills; development of individual public service career plan.
POL 3080 - Faculty-Supervised Individual Internships
Credits: 3.0 -13.0 [max 15.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Internship with government or community organizations arranged by the department and awarded competitively each spring semester. prereq: instr consent, dept consent
POL 4010 - Topics in Methods
Credits: 4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Advanced undergraduate course is statistical methods for political research. Topics vary as specified in class search. It is recommended students take POL 3085 or equivalent before enrolling in POL 4010.
POL 3085 - Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Empirical research techniques. Testing a political hypothesis using data. Topics such as setting up research question in political science, research design, and techniques of data analysis.
POL 3085H - Honors Course: Quantitative Analysis in Political Science (MATH)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Empirical research techniques/how one tests a political hypothesis using data. Topics such as setting up a research question in political science, proper research design, and basic techniques of data analysis. prereq: Honors student