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POLS 2301   (3-3-0)   American National Government

A study of the organizations and functions of the American national government with a particular emphasis on the responsibilities and duties Christians hold in the public arena. The course places emphasis on what it means to be politically active and civic minded. Finally, the course encourages students to analyze public service and the public sector from a Christian worldview.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: None.

POLS 2303   (3-3-0)   Statistics for the Social Sciences

Introductory course including elements of probability to support statistical theory. Topics include theoretical distributions, discrete and continuous variables, and tests of hypotheses. Suggested for majors in the social and behavioral sciences. TI-83/84 Plus graphing calculator required. This course may not be used to satisfy any general studies requirements for Social Science.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer, Online.
  • Prerequisite: MATH 1301, 1303, 1307, or 1405.

POLS 2304   (3-3-0)   Fundamentals of Criminal Law

A study of the legal system of the United States as it applies to criminal procedure and due process of law; emphasis on Supreme Court interpretations of constitutional rights and protection of an individual accused of a crime. This course may not be used to satisfy any general studies requirements for Social Science.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: POLS 2301 or CRJS 1301 or CRJS 1302 (S-L).

POLS 3305   (3-3-0)   Constitutional Law

A study of the United States Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court with special attention given to judicial review, theories of constitutional interpretation, federalism, separation of powers, and civil rights and liberties.  

  • Offered: Fall, Spring, Online.
  • Prerequisite: 3 hours in political science or criminal justice.

POLS 4309   (3-3-0)   American Foreign Policy

A study of the events and personalities that have contributed to the development of American foreign policy since 1898 and a study of the factors and agencies involved in the formulation of American foreign policy.  

  • Offered: Fall, Online.
  • Prerequisite: HIST 1301 and 1302, or 6 hours in political science.

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.

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:

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