405-3 Democratic Theory. (Same as PHIL 405) An examination of various aspects of democratic thought, including the liberal tradition and its impact upon the United States. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement. Prerequisite: POLS 114 or consent of instructor.
POLS406 - American Political Thought
406-3 American Political Thought. This course is an advanced seminar in American political thought. The course focuses on the founding ideals and practices of the American republic and how these ideals functioned in subsequent social movements, political struggles, and ideological conflicts in American political history. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement.
POLS435 - Judicial Process & Behavior
435-3 Judicial Process and Behavior. An examination of the process by which judges in both trial and appellate courts at federal and state levels are selected and of the ways in which they make decisions. Attention to the structure of the courts. Study of the communication and impact of judicial decisions. The course provides some insight into the methods used to study judicial behavior. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement. POLS 114 and 230 recommended prerequisites.
POLS436 - Administrative Law
436-3 Administrative Law. The procedural law of public agencies, particularly the regulatory commissions but also executive branch agencies exercising regulatory functions. The exercise of discretion and its control through internal mechanisms and judicial review. POLS 114 and 230 recommended. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement.
POLS437 - Jurisprudence (Law Theories)
437-3 Jurisprudence (Theories of Law). This course provides an examination of the major schools in legal thinking. We will investigate classic jurisprudential questions, including: theories of how judges decide cases, the role of morality and natural rights in determinations of law, and the role of legislative and judicial actors in the creation of law. POLS 114 and POLS 230 are recommended prerequisites. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement.
POLS438 - Women and the Law
438-3 Women and the Law. (Same as WGSS 438) This course is an advanced seminar in public law with a focus on gender, law and society. The course will engage with issues in feminist legal practice and the development of legal theories regarding gender. We will interrogate the relationship between theory and practice and the ways in which feminist jurisprudence has taken shape in the dynamics of this relationship. POLS 114 and 230 recommended prerequisites.
POLS439 - Comparative Law & Courts
439-3 Comparative Law and Courts. In the United States, topics ranging from abortion to gay rights and government surveillance are inevitably "solved" by the Supreme Court. Yet for many years the Supreme Court stood alone in the world in being able to overturn government policy. Increasingly, courts all over the world-often prodded by social actors-have begun developing their own unique solutions to these constitutional questions, in many cases challenging accepted social values and mores along the way. In this course we will investigate the development of courts and constitutional rights around the world, including both national rights and international human rights.
POLS444 - Policy Analysis
444-3 Policy Analysis. An examination of basic concepts in the policy sciences, approaches to policy analysis, applications to selected areas of policy, and instruments of policy development. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement.
POLS455 - Democratization
455-3 Democratization. An examination of transitions to democracy from authoritarian rule in countries around the world. Emphasis is on understanding from a comparative perspective on the social, economic, institutional, political, cultural and international circumstances that promote, inhibit and even reverse the spread of democratic forms of government. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement.
POLS456 - Gender & Global Politics
456-3 Gender and Global Politics. (Same as WGSS 446) An advanced course examining gender systems and women's situations across cultures and countries. This course also studies the impact globalization has had on gender issues by looking at women's activism at international and transnational levels. Topics covered include women's political representation, gender and culture, women's social movements, gender and development, and gendered policy issues. POLS 250 recommended.
POLS459 - Russia & Post-Soviet States
459-3 Russia and the Post-Soviet States. This course examines political developments in Russia and the other fourteen Soviet successor states that gained (or regained) independence following the demise of the Soviet Union in 1991. Particular attention is paid to the degree to which Soviet legacies of communist political institutions, state socialist economic policies and ethno-federalism continue to shape the politics and economics of these countries in the post-independence period. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement.
POLS460 - European Politics
460-3 European Politics. This course provides students an overview of European integration and a better understanding of the functioning of the European Union. The course opens with a survey of historical developments in both Eastern and Western Europe from 1914 to 1989. After this historical overview, the institutions and policies of the European Union are studied in detail. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement.
POLS466 - Latin American Politics
466-3 Latin American Politics. An in-depth analysis of specific problem areas in Latin American political processes as well as comparative study of selected Latin American nation-states. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement.
POLS467 - Middle East Politics
467-3 Middle East Politics. This course is designed to examine the regional politics and security of the Middle East and North Africa in a historical and comparative context. This course discusses the historical evolution of the modern states in the region, the dynamics of inter-Arab and Arab-Israeli politics and security, the role of ethnicity and religion in domestic and regional politics, and great powers' penetration of the region.
POLS475 - International Law
475-3 International Law. Rules and practices governing states in their relations in peace and war. Prerequisite: POLS 270 recommended. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement.
POLS477 - American Foreign Policy
477-3 American Foreign Policy. This course surveys the conduct, goals and evolution of American foreign policy since World War II. It analyzes such issues as the role of institutions, culture and individuals in the formulation of American foreign policy, the interaction between domestic and foreign politics, and the debate over American grand strategy. Prerequisite: POLS 270 recommended.
POLS480 - Seminar in Int'l Relations
480-3 Seminar in International Relations. Discussion-based course analyzing empirical and normative (ethical) issues in the study of international relations. Particular emphasis is placed on developing students' critical thinking skills. Fulfills the CoLA Writing-Across-the-Curriculum (WAC) requirement. Prerequisite: POLS 270 recommended.
POLS500A - Political Methodology-Research
500A-3 Political Methodology. Seminars in empirical research methods (A) Research Design. Course covers quantitative and qualitative empirical studies of politics.
POLS500B - Political Methodology-Stats
500B-3 Political Methodology. Seminars in empirical research methods (B) Statistical Data Analysis in Political Science I. Provides a foundation in univariate and bivariate descriptive statistics; inferential statistics including hypothesis testing about population parameters, bivariate and multivariate relationships, measures of association, and correlation; and an introduction to linear regression. Lab fee: $50.
POLS500C - Political Methodology-Stats
500C-3 Political Methodology. Seminars in empirical research methods. (C) Statistical Data Analysis in Political Science II. Provides in-depth instruction in multiple regression including assumptions of linear model, diagnostics and corrections for violation; estimating models using categorical dependent variables, nonlinear relationships, interactions, and extensions to advanced techniques as time allows. Prerequisite: POLS 500B (or permission of instructor). Lab fee: $50.
POLS502 - Research Methods Topics
502-3 to 6 Topical Seminar in Research Methods. Advanced seminar in empirical research methods. Topics will vary by instructor. Lab fee: $50.
POLS503 - Research Methods for PA
503-3 Research Methods for Public Administrators. The course aims to familiarize students with analytical techniques and research methods used currently by public administrators. Provides an introduction to applied statistics and data analysis for problems of interest to public administrators. Restricted to enrollment in MPA graduate program or consent of the department. Lab fee: $50.
POLS513 - Topical Political Behavior
513-3 to 6 Topical Seminar in Political Behavior. Topic will vary with instructor. Student should see director of graduate studies for advanced syllabus.
POLS514 - Sem in Intergovernmental Rels
514-3 Seminar in Contemporary Intergovernmental Relations. An examination of relationships among national, state, and local governments in the American federal system, with emphasis on recent literature and contemporary issues. Prerequisite: POLS 340. Restricted to enrollment in MPA graduate program or consent of department.
POLS516 - Pro-Seminar Political Behavior
516-3 Pro-Seminar in Political Behavior. An overview of the study of political behavior in American and comparative politics.
POLS517 - Political Communication
517-3 Political Communication. Provides an introduction to the academic study of media and politics. The primary objective is to introduce graduate students to seminal theory and research and contemporary contributions in the study of media, politics, and political communication.
POLS519 - Survey Methodology
519-3 Survey Methodology for Political Science. Provides an overview of survey methodology. Students will learn how to administer surveys for use in political science and public administration. Topics include psychology of asking and answering questions; constructing questions and questionnaires; evaluating surveys; criteria for survey modes; sampling frames and sampling designs; and ethics for survey research methods.
POLS522 - NPOs and NGOs
522-3 Rethinking NPOs and NGOs: Doing Good Better. This course examines the question, can NPOs and NGOs do their good works better? In looking for the answer, students consider how perspective shapes reality, the need for a new framework for action, the conflict between limited resources and seemingly unlimited need, importance of local focus, conflicts between donors' demand for short term results with a situation's requirement for a long term program, issues caused by public policy, roles of gender and ethnicity in solving problems and the role of simplicity. Students will do this in anticipation of becoming leaders/managers of NPOs or NGOs.
POLS530 - Pro-Seminar in Public Law
530-3 Pro-Seminar in Public Law. A survey of the major literature in the field of public law at the graduate level.
POLS532 - Nonprofit/Public Grant Writing
532-3 Nonprofit and Public Grant Writing. Examines the theories, skills and practices for writing grants for nonprofit and public organizations. Students practice these skills by actually preparing grants for a nonprofit or a public organization. Prerequisite: POLS 537 with a grade of B or better.
POLS534 - Governance Networks
534-3 Governance Networks in Public Administration. Explores the shifting locus of public service delivery over time, and examines alternative organizational arrangements through which public services are provided to citizens. Emphasis is placed on the environment, structure and management of service delivery networks including combinations of public, private, and not-for-profit actors. Explores joint agreements, public-private partnerships, and contracting regimes as elements that bind network actors in the process of delivering high quality public services. Additional focus is invested in evaluating the leadership and management strategies that can ensure accountable and ethical public policy implementation by non-governmental organizations that act with the authority of government. The factors that facilitate network performance are also explored. Prerequisite: POLS 537.
POLS535 - Administrative Ethics
535-3 Ethical Foundations of Public Service. Examines the ethical dimensions of public service, particularly as it relates to the cultural context of the United States, while emphasizing the responsibility of the public manager to act with integrity. Assesses the virtues necessary for moral leadership in the public sector, as well as managerial strategies that reinforce ethical climates in public organizations and ethical behavior among public employees. Focuses on contemporary cases to explore the practical relevance of theories of morality and ethics. Special attention will be invested in examining the ethical implications of contemporary modes of governance and tensions between managerial and democratic values. Prerequisite: POLS 537.
POLS536 - Comparative Public Law
536-3 Seminar in Comparative Public Law. An examination of legal systems around the world.
POLS537 - Foundations of PA
537-3 Foundations of Public Administration. Introduction to the study and practice of administrative process and public management. Theoretical, political, and practical issues of organizing, staffing, financing and implementing government decisions and other issues are surveyed.
POLS538 - Public Law Topics
538-3 Topical Seminar in Public Law. Advanced seminar in public law. Topics will vary by instructor.
POLS539 - Program Evaluation
539-3 Program Analysis and Evaluation. The analysis and evaluation of governmental programs. Emphasis is placed upon use of analytical techniques to determine program impact and the use of evaluation in governmental decision making. Prerequisite: POLS 503. Restricted to enrollment in MPA graduate program or consent of department. Lab fee: $50.
POLS540 - Seminar Public Management
540-3 Seminar in Public Management. Course is designed for advanced MPA students and examines social, political, legal and managerial constraints on the behavior of public administrators. Issues in ethics and the public's expectations of professional administrators are also examined. Restricted to students who are in the MPA program who have completed at least three required MPA courses, or the consent of the department.
POLS541 - Sem Applied Probs Public Admin
541-3 Seminar in Applied Problems of Public Administration. Study of selected problems in public administration and policy. Emphasis placed on the practitioner's perspective. Prerequisite: POLS 340 or equivalent. Restricted to enrollment in MPA graduate program or consent of department.
POLS542 - Public Budget & Fiscal Mgt
542-3 Public Budgeting and Fiscal Management. An examination of the theory and practice of budgeting in the public sector and of selected elements of fiscal management. The course focuses on administrative aspects of budgeting and is oriented toward preparation of students for careers in the public service. Students utilize primary materials in conducting individual or class projects aimed at development of budgetary skills. Prerequisite: POLS 340 or equivalent. Restricted to enrollment in MPA graduate program or consent of department. Lab fee: $50.
POLS543 - Human Resource Management
543-3 Human Resource Management. A study of the processes and procedures used in contemporary public personnel systems. Emphasis is placed on examination of competing models of personnel administration, application of personnel management strategies to specific case problems and public sector labor relations. Prerequisite: POLS 340 or equivalent. Restricted to enrollment in MPA graduate program or consent of department.
POLS544 - Policy Analysis
544-3 Policy Analysis. This course focuses on the development and analysis of public policy alternatives and how they are used in governmental decision making.
POLS545 - Organization Theory & Behavior
545-3 Organization Theory and Behavior. An examination of various approaches to describing and understanding public organizations and the individuals within them. Emphasis is placed on study of the important theoretical literature in the field and on the applications of the theory of practical management problems in governmental units and agencies. Prerequisite: POLS 340. Restricted to enrollment in MPA graduate program or consent of department.
POLS546 - Leadership Public Admin
546-3 Leadership in Public Administration. An examination of contemporary theories of leadership and their applicability on the public and non-profit sectors. The course emphasizes the range of behaviors and actions relevant to leadership in contemporary governmental organizations and the analysis of factors resulting in leadership success or failure. Restricted to enrollment in MPA graduate program or consent of the department.
POLS547 - Nonprofit Fundraising
547-3 Nonprofit Marketing and Fundraising. This course examines the unique resource development needs of nonprofit organizations and public organizations and looks at the principles and practical sides of meeting those through relationship management, marketing and fundraising. Time will be taken to look at all the aspects of a successful relationship, fundraising and marketing management plan. Students will be expected to participate in at least one fundraiser for a local nonprofit during the semester.
POLS549 - Admin Nonprofit Organizations
549-3 Administration of Nonprofit Organizations. Examines the characteristics of nonprofit organizations that distinguish them from the public and for-profit sectors. Explores social and economic functions of nonprofits and such administrative issues as fundraising, working with volunteers and governing boards, satisfying tax codes and service distribution. Prerequisite: POLS 340 or equivalent. Restricted to enrollment in MPA graduate program or consent of department.
POLS550 - Pro-Seminar in Public Admin
550-3 Pro-Seminar in Public Administration. A survey of the major literature in the field of public administration. The course will synthesize and integrate the literature and provide an overview of topics to be covered in greater detail in other seminars. Required of M.A. and Ph.D. students offering public administration as a graduate area before enrolling in more advanced subject-matter seminars.
POLS551 - Aviation Policy Law Reg
551-3 Aviation Policy, Law and Regulation. (Same as AVM 551) Examination of the history of American aviation policy, law and regulation. The course focuses primarily on the development, implementation and enforcement of aviation policies and regulations at the federal level. Special attention is paid to the interaction of various government agencies and constituency groups, such as the aircraft industry, airport authorities, airlines, private pilots and passengers. In addition to the historical survey, students will analyze current policy and regulatory trends and identify future problems and opportunities for American aviation policy. Restricted to enrollment in MPAA graduate program or consent of instructor.
POLS552 - Adv Airport Administration
552-3 Advanced Airport Administration. (Same as AVM 552) This course will address the role and function of the airport administrator, especially related to the tasks of developing, operating and maintaining various airport services to meet the needs of key airport users. This course will study key airport administration cases at primary, commercial service, reliever and general aviation airports. Meeting key airport regulations concerning operations and security will be a focus of the course. Restricted to enrollment in MPAA graduate program or consent of instructor.
POLS553 - Adv Airport Safety Admin
553-3 Advanced Airport Safety Administration. (Same as AVM 553) The Aviation Safety Administrator's job function and responsibility for safety and accident prevention within an aviation organization is examined using the case study method. The relevant theory, concepts, procedures and techniques of resource allocation, organizational design, decision modeling, task assignment, delegation of authority and responsibility, establishment of organizational goals and priorities and risk management as they relate to Aviation Safety are included. The job functions of an Aircraft Accident Investigation Team and of an Aviation Safety Inspector will be studied. Aviation safety administration literature will be reviewed. Restricted to enrollment in MPAA graduate program or consent of instructor.
POLS554 - Aviation Planning
554-3 Aviation Planning. (Same as AVM 554) This course fulfills a need for a semester length course on aviation planning for students concentrating in aviation administration. Airports and the aviation industry are rapidly expanding, and aviation is growing in importance on the nation's transportation agenda. Broader issues of law and regulation will be covered in an existing course, POLS 551. Restricted to enrollment in MPAA graduate program or consent of instructor.
POLS557 - Public Financial Admin
557-3 Public Financial Administration. The seminar provides a basic understanding of the public budgeting decision-making processes and financial management practices. It provides students with knowledge and hands-on experience of collecting and analyzing governmental data, generating financial reports, and presenting findings. It also provides students with an understanding of revenue sources and different factors that could potentially influence collections. Moreover, it gives students the opportunity to acquire experience in revenue forecasting and budget decision-making through homework assignments and in-class exercises. Prerequisites: POLS 542 and POLS 503 with grades of B or better. Lab fee: $50.
POLS560 - Pro-Sem in Comparatve Politics
560-3 Pro-Seminar in Comparative Politics. Survey of the major literature in comparative politics at the graduate level.
POLS569 - Top Sem in Comparatve Politics
569-3 to 9 (3,3,3) Topical Seminar in Comparative Politics. Advanced seminar in comparative politics. Topics will vary by instructor.
POLS570 - Pro Seminar Intl Relations
570-3 Pro-Seminar in International Relations. Survey of the major literature in international relations at the graduate level.
POLS576 - Religion and Politics
576-3 Religion and Politics. Examines empirical studies of religion and politics, including research on behavior, institutions, and movements. Topics include theories of religion, case studies of religious traditions, church and state relations, measurement of religion, and other topics on the intersection of religion and politics.
POLS580 - IR Topics
580-3 to 9 (3,3,3) Topical Seminar in International Relations. Advanced seminar in empirical international relations. Topics will vary by instructor.
POLS590 - Readings
590-1 to 6 Readings. Supervised readings in selected subjects. Prerequisites: POLS 592A-D for specific field, or POLS 545 or POLS 500A.
POLS591 - Individual Research
591-1 to 9 Individual Research. Selection, investigation and writing of a research paper under the personal supervision of a member of the department graduate staff. Prerequisite: completion of the appropriate pro-seminar for the field in which readings or individual research is to be done.
POLS592A - Found Pol Sci-Pol Behavior
592A-3 Foundations of Political Science-Political Behavior. Supervised readings in "classics" of the discipline.
POLS592B - Founds Poli Sci-Comp Politics
592B-3 Foundations of Political Science-Comparative Politics. Supervised readings in "classics" of the discipline.
POLS592C - Founds Poli Sci-Intl Relations
592C-3 Foundations of Political Science-International Relations. Supervised readings in "classics" of the discipline.
POLS592D - Founds Poli Sci-Public Law
592D-3 Foundations of Political Science-Public Law. Supervised readings in "classics" of the discipline.
POLS593 - Preprofessional Sem Pol Sci
593-1 Preprofessional Seminar in Political Science. Designed to give the student an introduction to the major professional roles in the discipline. The requirements of teaching, research, publication and service are covered with discussion of where each fits into the professional role requirements and examples of how each is accomplished. Required of all Ph.D. and M.A. students in political science and other teaching assistants in political science. Graded S/U only.
POLS594 - Preprofessnl Sem Public Admin
594-1 Preprofessional Seminar in Public Administration. Guides new students in preparing for the Comprehensive Exam and Professional Portfolio displaying competencies developed through their course work. Assists students writing a Research Paper through the proposal and committee process. Preparation of resume, conducting job searches and other professional development topics are also addressed. Required of all MPA students. Graded S/U only. Restricted to enrollment in MPA graduate program or consent of department.
POLS595 - Internship in Public Affairs
595-1 to 6 Internship in Public Affairs. Fieldwork in the office of a governmental or quasi-governmental agency. The internship is arranged by the field representative of the M.P.A. degree program. A paper in which the student correlates academic knowledge with practical internship experience is required. Mid-career M.P.A. students may receive credit upon completion of a paper relating previous work experience to public administration literature and theory. Restricted to enrollment in M.P.A. graduate program or consent of department. Graded S/U only.
POLS596 - Research Paper-Public Affairs
596-3 Research Paper in Public Affairs. Upon successful completion of core courses, the student expands and develops a previously written MPA graduate program paper. The project involves an issue or problem in public administration and is written with the approval and under the supervision of the student's committee chair. Restricted to enrollment in MPA graduate program or consent of department.
POLS598 - Dissertation Prospectus
598-1 Dissertation Prospectus. Workshop in dissertation topic selection and prospectus writing; enrollment required prior to completing preliminary examinations.
POLS599 - Thesis
599-1 to 6 Thesis. Maximum of six hours to be counted toward a degree. Special approval needed from the instructor.
POLS600 - Dissertation
600-1 to 40 (1 to 12 per semester) Dissertation. Minimum of 24 hours to be earned for the Doctor of Philosophy degree.
POLS601 - Continuing Enrollment
601-1 per semester Continuing Enrollment. For those graduate students who have not finished their degree programs and who are in the process of working on their dissertation, thesis, or research paper. The student must have completed a minimum of 24 hours of dissertation research, or the minimum thesis, or research hours before being eligible to register for this course. Concurrent enrollment in any other course is not permitted. Graded S/U or DEF only.
POLS699 - Postdoctoral Research
699-1 Postdoctoral Research. Must be a Postdoctoral Fellow. Concurrent enrollment in any other course is not permitted.