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Graduate Course Descriptions

POLS 5304   (3-3-0)   American Diplomatic History

An in-depth study of the personalities, issues, and events that have shaped American foreign policy since 1898. This study includes such issues as U.S. Relations with Latin America, U.S. involvement in the world wars, American involvement in Asia, and the Cold War. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered: Fall, odd-numbered years, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: HIST 4308, HIST 5304, POLS 4309

POLS 5311   (3-3-0)   Political Communication

A study of new-style American political campaign tactics with an emphasis on how political consultants inform and persuade voters. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.  

  • Offered:
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: COMA/POLS 4315

POLS 5313   (3-3-0)   Religion and Politics in the United States

A study of the interaction of religion and politics in the United States. Historical developments and contemporary issues, including major U.S. Supreme Court decisions, will be examined. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall, even-numbered years.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: POLS 4306

POLS 5314   (3-3-0)   International Relations

An overview of the power structures that govern international relations including international organizations and politics. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Spring, odd-numbered years.
  • Prerequisite: None.
  • Cross Listed Courses: POLS 4310

POLS 5315   (3-3-0)   Municipal Government and Urban Development

A study of the development of cities and their organization and government. It includes a discussion of the functions, problems, and nature of municipal politics. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall, odd-numbered years.
  • Prerequisite: 6 hours in political science or instructor approval.
  • Cross Listed Courses: POLS/SOCI 4311

POLS 5316   (3-3-0)   Study of Public Administration

A study of the theory and basic principles of public administrative organization. It includes a discussion of such issues as communication, personnel management, the budgetary process, and both the internal and external politics of public administration. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Fall, even-numbered years.
  • Prerequisite: 6 hours in political science or instructor approval.
  • Cross Listed Courses: POLS 4312

POLS 5317   (3-3-0)   Comparing Government Structures and Political Systems

The study and application of theories and concepts related to the scope of comparative politics and methods of comparing various aspects of political systems. The principles, structure, and operation of selected contemporary federations will be compared to each other and the federations of the North American continent. Special attention will be paid to the impact of contrasting cultures, geography, rule of law, and topography in the development of different governmental systems.   

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite:
  • Cross Listed Courses: MAIS 5317

POLS 5318   (3-3-0)   American Political Tradition

A study of American political ideas from colonial times to the present with special emphasis placed on the political thought of the nation's founders, the political party system, and contemporary ideological debates. This 5000-level course is cross-listed with a 4000-level course and includes specific graduate course requirements which reflect appropriate deeper learning experiences and rigor in the higher-level course.   

  • Offered: Spring, odd-numbered years.
  • Prerequisite: 6 hours in political science or instructor approval.
  • Cross Listed Courses: POLS 4305

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