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1310: Introduction to Politics
Prerequisites: None. A required course for majors and minors. An introductory course to the discipline of political science that examines significant issues in politics from a variety of discipline-specific perspectives. Students, for example, will study the different governing institutions in developed and developing states, how these institutions promote or hamper political freedoms and civil rights, and how different political cultures shape political ideologies. (Fall, Spring)

2310: American National Government
Prerequisites: none. A required course for majors, minors, and students in teacher education programs. Optional for the General Education Requirement in Personal and Global Perspectives. An introductory course which surveys the historical origin, the constitutional basis, the forms, powers, and functions of the federal government. (Fall, Spring)

2320: State Government
Prerequisites: none. However, students in teacher education programs are advised to take PSC 2310 first. Optional for majors and minors, and for the general education requirement in Personal and Global Perspectives. An introductory course on state and federal relations. An intensive study of the government of Texas. (Fall, Spring)

2350: Contemporary Global Issues
Prerequisites: none. This course will satisfy the General Education (Global Societal and Personal Perspectives) World section requirement. In this course, students will learn about key contemporary global issues, such as human rights, globalization, and democratization, and examine how these issues impact countries across the globe. Students also will analyze the extent to which these issues have changed different countries’ understanding of how they fit into the larger global community. (Fall, Spring)

3305: Campaigns and Elections
Prerequisite: PSC 2310. Optional for majors and minors. This course is offered every other fall semester coinciding with the federal election cycle. It will examine the elections as they unfold, studying historical trends and the current political situation. How candidates campaign for office will be an important focus of this class. (Fall even years)

3310: Political and Cultural Geography
Prerequisite: none. Cross listed as GEOG 3310. Optional for majors and minors. A required course for students in the composite social science teaching field. A study of the interaction between human culture and its environment, and including urban growth, national development, regions, economic development, and influence of geography on history. Focus at local, state, national, and global levels. (Fall)

3350: Comparative Politics
Prerequisites: PSC 2310 or PSC 2350. A required course for majors and minors; optional for students in the composite social studies teaching field. This survey course analyzes similarities and differences across a variety of governing systems, through a survey of two countries within each of the following categories: established democracies (e.g., UK and France), communist and post-communist countries (e.g., Russia and China), and less developed countries. The US is used as a reference for comparison across all three categories. (Fall)

3355: International Relations
Prerequisites: PSC 2310 or PSC 2350. A required course for majors and minors; optional for students in the composite social studies teaching field. This survey course analyzes various perspectives on inter-state behavior in the international system, with particular emphasis placed on understanding conditions under which war, or peace and cooperation, are more likely to occur. Topical issues also analyzed include: redefining security in the 21st century; the role of non-governmental entities in influencing inter-state behavior (e.g., terrorist organizations, or the UN); and conventional and nuclear weapons arms control. (Spring)

3360: Modern Political Philosophy
Prerequisite: PSC 2310. A required course for majors and minors. This course surveys the contributions to modern political philosophy made by major political philosophers, political leaders, as well as noteworthy intellectuals from Machiavelli to Mill. The course focuses on the political theories of liberalism, conservatism, communism, and fascism. (Fall odd years)

3375: Model United Nations
Prerequisite: Permission of the Instructor. Intended for majors, minors, and all other students interested in Model UN program. This course also may be used as a major elective for Multidisciplinary Studies I, II, III. This course is designed to introduce students to the structure and functions of the United Nations, and to prepare students to role-play specific countries at local and national Model UN conferences. Students in this course are expected to attend the National Model UN in New York. (Spring)

4330: Congress
Prerequisite: P SC 2310. Optional for majors and minors. A study of the power, roles, and institutional constraints of the legislative branch of the federal government. This course will examine how the Senate and the House of Representatives operate both as individual chambers and in tandem with other branches of government. (Fall odd years)

4335: The Presidency
Prerequisites: P SC 2310. Optional for majors and minors. This class is a study of the roles, powers, and institutional constraints of the chief executive of the federal government. This class will study the history of the presidency and how its powers have evolved since George Washington. Special attention will be paid to its relationship with other branches of government. (Spring even years)

4340: American Foreign Policy
Prerequisite: PSC 2310 and junior or senior standing. Optional for majors and minors. This course uses simulations and creations of alternative histories to convey the opportunities and costs associated with internationally focused and isolationist foreign policies. Particular emphasis is placed on historical and current US policies toward its neighbors in the Western Hemispheres, the rise and decline of the US as a global hegemon, the Cold War and the US - UN relationship. This is the capstone course for political science. (Fall odd years)

4350: The Supreme Court and Constitutional Law
Prerequisite: PSC 2310 and junior or senior standing. Optional for majors and minors. The study of the Supreme Court as an equal and independent branch of government with a focus on its members, both past and present, and its role as final interpreter of the Constitution. This is the capstone course for political science. (Spring odd years)

4360: International Political Economy
Prerequisites: P SC 2310. Optional for majors and minors. This course examines the philosophical origins of and alternatives to economic and political liberalism, with particular emphasis on the creation and evolution of the international trading and monetary system established by the US immediately following World War II. Contemporary topics include the WTO and regional trading blocks, and their impact on the global economy. (As needed)

4370: Environmental Politics
Prerequisite: PSC 2310. Optional for majors and minors. This course will introduce students to the conceptual and practical interrelationships between politics and environmental degradation and management. It will also address environmental regulations at both the domestic and international policy levels. (Fall even years)

4388: Internship
Prerequisite: PSC 2310. A work-study program open to advanced majors in political science. This course fulfills the department’s experiential learning requirement. Students are required to work a total of 150 hours, keep a daily journal, and write a feed-back report assessing their internship experience. Can be taken only once for credit towards the major, but can be repeated once for elective credit. With the approval of the instructor. (Fall, Spring)

4X96: Honors Tutorial
Prerequisites: fifteen hours in political science and admission to the departmental honors program. Designed for the honors student in political science; includes intensive reading on a selected topic, analysis, and research. (Fall, Spring)

4X97: Senior Thesis
Prerequisites: eighteen hours in political science, admission to the departmental honors program, and approval of the research project by department and Honors Committee. Designed for the honors student in political science. An independent research project on a topic approved by the political science faculty; findings reported in writing and orally to the faculty of the department. Successful completion is required for graduation with honors in political science. (Fall, Spring)

XX99: Special Topics
Prerequisites: none. Optional for majors and minors. A course of study offered occasionally to groups of students to broaden departmental curriculum, to meet student demand, or to observe special events. May be repeated for credit towards the major when topics vary.