Undergraduate Course Inventory

POLS 1301 Introduction to Political Science
An introductory survey of the concepts, techniques and methods for analyzing the political behavior of individuals, groups and nations.  Offered: Fall, Spring

POLS 2301 Introduction to American Government I
The national and Texas constitutions; federalism; political socialization and participation; public opinion and interest groups; parties; voting and elections.
Prerequisite: Sophomore standing. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

POLS 2302 Introduction to American Government II
The legislative, executive, and judicial branches and the bureaucracy; policy formulation and implementation including civil rights and civil liberties, domestic and foreign policies.
Prerequisite: POLS 2301. Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

POLS 2330 Political and Culture Geography
A survey of the impact of cultural factors on evolving political systems from a global and comparative perspective.
Offered: Fall, Spring

POLS 3302 Introduction to Western Political Theory
Examines the political ideas, philosophers and historical events in Western political thought.  Focuses on political writings from Plato to the twenty-first century.
Offered: Other

POLS 3313 Judicial Process
Examines the theory and structure of the American court system; its personnel and decision-making processes; criminal and civil law processes and procedures; and judicial politics.
Offered: Spring

POLS 3314 Legislative Process
Examines the structure, functioning and political control of legislative bodies.
Offered: Other

POLS 3317 American Presidency
Explores the operations of the presidency in foreign and domestic decision-making, including political social and economic policy areas.  Analyzes the presidential nomination and election processes. 
Offered: Other

POLS 3318 Am Political Parties and Interest Groups
Explores political parties in terms of their theory, history and place in contemporary American politics.
Offered: Other

POLS 3320 International Politics
The concepts underlying the Western State system; nationalism and imperialism; the techniques and instruments of power politics and the foreign policies of selected states.
Offered: Fall

POLS 3321 Politics of American Foreign Policy
Explores United States foreign policy; its domestic sources; the instruments of American diplomacy; United States involvement in world politics; and the limitations and potentials of American foreign policy.
Offered: Summer

POLS 3330 Introduction to Comparative Politics
Provides a general survey of the field of comparative politics.
Offered: Spring

POLS 3332 Politics of Western Democracies
Examines the political institutions, political processes and public policies of western democracies.
Offered: Fall

POLS 3341 Introduction to Public Administration
American public administration with emphasis on modern problems and trends.
Offered: Fall

POLS 3342 Environmental Policy
Surveys the major environmental issues and policies in the United States and the world.  Focuses on issues such as clean air and water, ecosystems and energy production and use including green initiatives.
Offered: Other

POLS 3343 Urban Politics
Examines the organization and development of urban governments in the United States, interrelationships among urban problems, and political behavior and policy in urban government.
Offered: Other

POLS 3351 Statistics for Social Scientists
Provides the basic concepts and techniques of statistics employed in social science research including descriptive statistics; measures of central tendency and dispersion; correlation and regression analysis; and inductive statistics.
Offered:  Fall

POLS 3352 Advanced Research Methods
Examines special problems, topics, cases, models, and theories in political science research.
Prerequisite: POLS 3351  Offered: Spring

POLS 3360 Legal Internship I
Provides practical experience in law office procedure and operation with career related assignments and projects under the guidance of a faculty member.  Prerequisite: Approval of pre-law advisor; junior or senior standing.
Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

POLS 3361 Legal Internship II
Provides practical experience in law office procedure and operation with career related assignments and projects under the guidance of a faculty member.
Prerequisite: Approval of pre-law advisor; junior or senior standing.  Offered: Fall, Spring, Summer

POLS 3_62 (hours vary) Texas Legislative Internship Program
Provides practical experience in operation and decision-making by the Texas legislature with career related assignments under the guidance of a faculty member.
Prerequisite: Approval of the MPA Director or department chair.  Offered: Other

POLS 3363 Public Policy Internship I
Provides practical experience in a governmental or political office with career related assignments under the guidance of a faculty member.  Prerequisite: Approval of the MPA Director or department chair.
Offered: Other

POLS 3364 Public Policy Internship II
Provides practical experience in a governmental or political office with career related assignments under the guidance of a faculty member.
Prerequisite: Approval of the MPA Director or department chair.  Offered: Other

POLS 4312 American Constitutional Law and Development
Development of the U. S. Constitution through judicial interpretations.  Emphasis given to cases dealing with federalism, separation of powers, due process, and civil rights, and liberties.
Offered: Fall

POLS 4322 International Law and Institutions
Explores the political, legal and institutional foundations of the modern international system including the United Nations.  Emphases include peaceful settlements of international disputes and global institutional systems.
Offered: Other

POLS 4331 Politics of Developing Nations
Examines political systems of Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, focusing on ideologies, interest groups, political parties, and problems of political development.
Offered: Other

POLS 4340 Formulation of Public Policy
The demands for public action on policy issues; organization and nature of political support; processes and problems of decision making in the formulation of public policy in the United States. The issues studied will vary.
Offered: Other

POLS 4341 Organization Theory & Behavior
Explores the structural and management aspects of public administration, theory and practice; policy formation processes and techniques.
Offered: Other

POLS 4_61 Directed Study (hours vary)
Students may study individually with an instructor in an area of mutual interest to the student and the instructor.
Prerequisite: Approval of the department chair; junior or senior standing.  Offered: Other

POLS 4362 Special Topics in Political Science
Selected special topics from the subfields of political science.  Course may be repeated for credit when the topic varies.
Offered: Other


GRADUATE COURSE INVENTORY