Courses

The Department of Political Science offers a wide range of courses and various means of attaining specialization in the field. Political Science courses are divided into five areas of concentration:
  • American Politics & Public Policy
  • Comparative Government
  • International Affairs
  • Political Theory/Methodology

Students are urged to develop a broad understanding of the field by taking courses from several of these areas of concentration.

Note that courses are subject to change without notice. Please see the Schedule of Classes for current offerings

American Politics and Public Policy

  • 1100 American Government
  • 1100H American Government, Honors
  • 2100 State Government 
  • 2200 The Judicial Process
  • 4100 Political Parties and Election Campaigns 
  • 4110 Political Behavior 
  • 4120 Media and Politics 
  • 4130 African American Politics 
  • 4140 Congress and Legislative Policy 
  • 4150 The American Presidency 
  • 4160 Interest Groups 
  • 4170 Politics of the American South 
  • 4180 Politics and Hollywood
  • 4200 The American Constitution 
  • 4210 Constitutional Rights
  • 4230 Constitution and Civil Liberties 
  • 4310 Comparative State Politics 
  • 4320 Public Policy 
  • 4370 The Administrative State, Public Policy, and Constitutional Democracy
  • 4380 Politics of Criminal Justice

Comparative Politics

  • 2600 Canadian Politics and Government 
  • 2700 Comparative Political Systems 
  • 2700H Comparative Political Systems
  • 2710 Politics and the Military 
  • 2720 European Democracies 
  • 4600 Latin American Politics 
  • 4605 Latin American Politics through Film 
  • 4610 European Political Systems 
  • 4630 The Politics of Modern Europe
  • 4640 African Politics
  • 4660 Canada in North America
  • 4670 The Political System of the European Union 
  • 4690 North and South Korea
  • 4700 America’s Wars in Asia
  • 4710 Terrorism: Religious, Ethnic & Ideological Politics 
  • 4720 Politics of Development 
  • 4730 Women and Politics 
  • 4740 Comparative Political Culture
  • 4750 Power and Money 
  • 4760 Comparative Political Parties 
  • 4770 Comparative Political Behavior 
  • 4780 Comparative Political Behavior
  • 4790 The Age of Democratization

International Relations

  • 1400 International Relations 
  • 1400H International Relations 
  • 4400 Theories of International Relations
  • 4410 Politics and War (
  • 4411 Genocide, Terrorism & Civil War 
  • 4412 Strategy and Warfare 
  • 4415 Peacekeeping and Intervention 
  • 4420 Politics of International Economic Relations 
  • 4430 Global Human Rights
  • 4440 International Organization 
  • 4500 The European Union in the Global System
  • 4540 American Foreign Policies 

Political Theory

  • 2800 Introduction to Political Theory 
  • 2860 American Political Thought
  • 4800 Classical Political Theory
  • 4810 Modern Political Theory
  • 4820 Contemporary Political Theory
  • 4830 Democracy in America (and Elsewhere) 
  • 4840 Developing Dynamics of Democracy
  • 4850 Scots and the Making of America
  • 4850H Scots and the Making of America
  • 4890 Contemporary Political Analysis

Methodology

  • 3000 Introduction to Political Research (
  • 4000 Introductory Statistics for Political Science 
  • 4010 Computing Methods
  • 4030 Formal Political Analysis 

Cross-listed from Other Departments

  • 2445 American Constitutional Democracy (History)
  • 3164 Nation Building Through the Barrel of a Gun (Military Studies)
  • 3165 “Chasing Ghost,” The History of Irregular Warfare (Military Studies)

Special Topics

  • 4900 Beltway History and Politics: American Constitutional Democracy in Theory and Practice
  • 4940 Political Science Internship 
  • 4985 Special Problems in Political Science
  • 4986 Special Readings in Political Science
  • 4996 Honors Thesis-Capstone