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    POL 100 Ideas, Ideals, and Ideologies  

    3 credits
    Reading and research in the humanities and political science designed to give students the general ideas and specific concepts essential to success in the major of political science.

     
    POL 101 The Great Issues of Politics  

    3 credits
    Introduction to the study of politics and government; survey of the discipline, the structure of the United States system of government and the major issues of political science including: the theory and function of government and the political process, public law, international politics, comparative government and foreign relations, and political development. Emphasis is on issues, approaches, methodologies, democracy and citizenship.


    POL/CRJ 230 The Law, Society, and Polity  

    3 credits
    An introduction to the notion of law, its function in society, its place in a political system. Examination of the relationship of law to economic, social and political reality; the role of the judicial process in policymaking. Consideration is given to Common Law and Civil Code legal systems; substantive and procedural aspects of civil and criminal law with emphasis on understanding the nature of the law.

     
    POL/CRJ 231 The History of the Constitution of the United States of America
     

    3 credits
    An examination of the nature, scope, and history of U. S. government as embodied in the U. S. Constitution. Special emphasis on the constitutional limits to and extent of federal power as developed since 1787 through the history of leading constitutional Supreme Court decisions: judicial review, federalism, commerce and taxation, the contract clause, due process, equal protection, and civil liberties. Prerequisites: POL 101 or POL/CRJ 230. Not open to students with credit in POL/CRJ 261.


    POL/CRJ 236 The Judicial Process  

    3 credits
    Treatment of the workings and problems of the U.S. judicial system with emphasis on the structure and function of the federal and state court systems; criminal procedure and pertinent legal aspects of corrections.


    POL/CRJ 279A CORE: Environmental Values and Policymaking  

    3 credits
    This course explores how the 'common good' might be considered a way of judging government‘s actions with respect to the natural environment. Some environmentalists wonder if conventional thinking—even democracy itself—is up to the challenge. Course will illustrate real-world technical complexities and uncertainties, and the existence of competing worthy (and costly) common objectives besides environmental protection, stand in the way of any easy solutions to environmental problems. This course is necessarily interdisciplinary since neither nature nor policymaking is organized by academic departments. Pre- or Co-requisite: ENG-102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in POL-258.


    POL 279B CORE: Political Philosophy and Western Tradition  

    3 credits
    Consideration of past and present attempts to develop a comprehensive understanding of politics: Plato-Aquinas, Machiavelli-Hegel, Marx-present. Pre- or Co-requisite: ENG-102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in POL/PHL-348D.


    POL/ART/HST 279C CORE: American Political Thought and the Common Good  

    3 credits 
    A study of the concept of nature as used in Anglo-American thought and how these usages influence an understanding of the natural, social, and political environments of the United States. Special emphasis given to American political theory, its illustration through the 19th century American landscape movement, and the inability of U.S. thinkers to appreciate the common good. Not open to students with credit in POL/HST/ART-335 or POL-348F.

     
    POL 290 Politics and Government: Process and Issues  

    3 credits
    An overview of Congress, the Presidency, and the Supreme Court; consideration of the political process and the ideas that inform, modify, and alter the United States political system. Emphasis on citizenship, political culture, socialization, public opinion, voting patterns, political parties and competing ideologies. Not open to students who have taken POL 268.


    POL 348C Interpreting Civilization  

    3 credits
    Comparative considerations of the religious, artistic, literary, historical-political-economic-governmental components of world civilizations through selected areas of study. Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111.


    POL/HST 348E A History of U.S. Foreign Relations  

    3 credits

    An exploration of the relationship between major expressions of U.S. foreign policy and the American ethos in the context of historic foreign policy challenges. Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111.


    POL/ART 348G Art, Politics, and the Pursuit of Truth  

    3 credits
    An interdisciplinary study of the influences politics has on art and the question of how art and politics inform the human search for truth through an investigation of artistic masterworks from the Middle Ages through the twentieth century. Selected images of masterworks will be discussed and annotated. Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111; or consent of instructor. This course partially fulfills Arts and Ideas requirement.


    POL/ART 348H Modernism in its Time  

    3 credits
    An interdisciplinary study of the social, political, and intellectual culture of Modernism through the lens of the visual arts. Selected examples of visual art of the Western World will be studied in the context of their specific artistic movements as well as in conjunction with contemporaneous events in Western society such as the Great War, the American Depression, WWII, the Holocaust,and the dropping of the Atomic Bomb. This course partially fulfills Arts and Ideas requirement.. Prerequisites: ENG 101-102 or 110-111.


    POL/SOC/CRJ 352 Research Methods  

    3 credits
    This course examines research design and measurement techniques useful for understanding social science research. The course is skill based involving students in designing and carrying out an original research project, tabulating and analyzing the data, and writing a research report. Of particular interest are issues of problem definition, conceptualization and operationalization of research questions, sampling, and application of various methodologies from experimental designs to evaluation research. Prerequisites: MTH 140; junior standing or consent of the instructor.


    POL 358 Public Policy for Peace and Justice  

    3 credits
    Analysis of the public policy formation process at the national and international levels. Special emphasis is given to current policy in the areas of conflict, development, environment, human rights, immigration, and global trade. The course when taught in the May two-week term includes a one-week trip to Washington, D. C. to visit organizations and government offices involved in policy formation and advocacy. An examination of international organizations such as the United Nations, the World Bank, and the Organization of American States is included.


    POL 360 Seminar: International Politics  

    3 credits
    Investigation of the major issues and concepts that inform world politics with special emphasis on developments since 1945; consideration of United States foreign policy and domestic political culture in light of World War II, the Shoah, the war in Vietnam; the development of international organization and international law. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


    POL/HST 365 The United States Presidency  

    3 credits
    A study of the American Presidency – often described as 'the most powerful political office in the world'- and the men who have occupied it. An analysis of the continuity and change in the institution since it was created by the Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention. The historical focus will be on the emergence of the Modern Presidency during the twentieth century. Prerequisite: POL 290.

     
    POL 366 The United States Congress and Policymaking  

    3 credits
    This course explores the operations of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives: the partisan organization of both houses, the voting patterns to be found there, committee structures, legislative and oversight functions, representational styles in Washington and at home, and the means available to Congress to shape economic policy, especially through tax legislation and the federal budget process. Prerequisite: POL 290.


    POL 368 Parties and Elections  

    3 credits
    This new course is an introduction to the study of American political parties and elections. The emphasis is on national politics, with less attention to state and local parties. Interest will be in the origins and development of American party politics and in the role that parties play in American policymaking. The course will follow presidential and congressional campaigns closely. Prerequisite: POL 290.


    POL 379A CORE: War and Peace: International Law and Organization  

    3 credits
    A study of the quest for a just international order through the development of international law and organization and their importance to an understanding of issues of war and peace. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students who completed POL-361. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement and fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


    POL/PJU 379B CORE: Peace and Justice: Catholic Social Teaching  

    3 credits

    The study of justice and peace through the application of the social teaching of the Catholic Church and the findings of social and political science. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students who have completed POL/THL/SJU/PJU 278. This course partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement.


    POL/CRJ/SOC 379C CORE: Causes of Collective Violence: Terrorism, Genocide, War  

    3 credits
    This is an introduction to theories of conflict and war from the inter-group to the international level. Included are causes of terrorism, ethnic conflict and genocide, revolution, and interstate war. This includes an analysis of causes of conflict at four levels: individual, small group, the nation/state, and the international system. This course is interdisciplinary, drawing on theories from biology, psychology, sociology, economics, and political science. Case studies of contemporary conflicts are utilized to explain and test various theoretical perspectives and to examine the consequences of war. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. Not open to students with credit in POL/CRJ/SOC 347.


    POL 379D/CRJ/HST 379A CORE: Justice, Rights, Liberty  

    3 credits
    The search for justice in terms of the development of civil rights in the United States. Readings, discussions, and debate on the concept of justice; examination of history, substance, and value of civil rights—with special attention paid to the Bill of Rights; focus on the Civil Rights Movement (race and gender) as a case study. Prerequisite: CORE 179 or appropriate transfer status; ENG 102 or ENG 111. This course fulfills the Arts requirement (HST) or partially fulfills the Social and Behavioral Science requirement (POL/CRJ). Not open to students with credit in POL/CRJ 232. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.


    POL 479 CORE: Courage and Prudence in Modern Politics  

    3 credits
    This capstone course will consider in depth 18th and 20th century examples of political courage and prudence or their absence. Along with justice and moderation, a consideration of these virtues was traditionally considered part of any adequate political analysis. Contemporary political science substitutes terms like character and leadership while tending to focus more on interests and incentives. The classic questions are thereby evaded, but new ones emerge. Through the analysis of specific cases, the seminar will invite students to compare and contrast traditional and modern points of view and the distinct questions they bring to the fore. In that way the seminar aims to deepen students‘ understanding of political science as the 'architectonic science' among allied disciplines. Prerequisite: Completion of junior core seminar.


    POL 1/2/3/485 Special Topics  

    3 credits
    Intensive reading and class discussion of selected topics in political science not covered in regular courses.


    POL 2/3/486 Independent Study  

    3 credits
    Intensive reading or special research projects for students with advanced standing. Includes Honors Program research. Prerequisites: Consent of instructor, academic advisor, division chairperson.


    POL 497 Internship  

    3 or 9 credits
    Supervised internship of 50 hours of activity for each hour of credit in an approved agency setting. Placements are arranged in cooperation with the student and agency representative. Regularly scheduled seminar meetings with academic advisor are required. Opportunities to study in Washington D.C. should be discussed with an advisor. Prerequisites: junior standing and four courses in area of concentration; successful completion of application requirements for internship. No more than 8 hours of internship credit allowed.


    POL 498 Seminar: Political Theory and Ideology  

    3 credits
    An analysis of issues of sexism, gender, racism, ethnocentrism and diversity in their historical and contemporary contexts: consideration of influential contemporary theories and problems. Prerequisite: Open only to seniors. This course fulfills the diversity, global, and multicultural requirement.