POLS - Political Science
POLS 1101. American Government (3-0-3) The constitutional framework, political processes, structures, and functions of the national government with reference to the state level. Satisfies state legislative requirements concerning United States and Georgia Constitutions.
POLS 2101. Introduction to Political Science (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 1101. Introduction to the field of political science. Includes approaches to the study of politics, political ideologies, and the functions of law. Does not substitute for POLS 1101. Required of all political science majors.
POLS 2150. Law School: Methods and Tactics (3-0-3) A comprehensive
overview of the procedures and techniques essential for success in law
school. Essential skills and strategies with be emphasized including
writing skills, time management, the Socratic methodology, and trial
tactics. Special emphasis is placed on inductive and deductive reasoning.
POLS 2201. State and Local Government (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 1101. The organization and functions of political power at the state and local level. Required of all Political Science majors. Satisfies state legislative requirements concerning Georgia Constitution.
POLS 2401. Global Issues (3-0-3) This courses introduces students
to contemporary issues in global affairs. It assumes no prior knowledge of
international relations. The course examines problems facing the global
community, as well as the prospects for governments, individuals, and
international groups to address those problems. Issues include population
and demographics, natural resources and the environment, the globalization
of the economy, terrorism and threats to security, development and
technology, global security, ethics, human rights, and the role of the
United States and other regional powers in world affairs.
POLS 3115. Methods of Political Analysis (3-0-3) Prerequisite: MATH 1127. Examination of the development of the discipline. Focuses on analytical techniques. Required of all Political Science majors
POLS 3126. Political Parties and Interest Groups (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. The nature and role of political parties and of interest groups as
central actors in the political process.
POLS 3127. The Presidency (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 1101. An
examination of the American presidency within the context of the political
process, with reference to the historical development of the office, and
to the domestic and international roles of the office.
POLS 3128. The Legislative Process (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. An examination of legislative structures, functions and procedures
in light of influences, expected outcomes, responsiveness to political
POLS 3129. Judicial Process (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 1101. The
functioning of the judiciary in the American political system and its
impact on political, social, and economic institutions.
POLS 3135. History of Political Thought to 1500s (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. A study of Western political thought from the Hellenic era
(Socrates) to the Modern era (Machiavelli), with consideration of both
content and mode of theorizing.
POLS 3136. History of Political Thought from the 1500s to Marx (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 1101. A study of major political thinkers from the 1500s to the 1800s. A continuation of POLS
POLS 3137. American Political Thought (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. Major currents of political thought which have justified, guided, or challenged the growth of the American Republic.
POLS 3138. Contemporary Political Thought (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. Contemporary modes and currents of political thought, including
modern ideologies and adaptations of classical theories.
POLS 3139. Asian Political Thought (3-0-3) Prerequisites: POLS 1101 and PHIL 2106. A study of the philosophical and religious beliefs which have shaped Asian development, including those of Confucius, Lao Tsu, Buddha, Sun Tzu, Mao Zhedong, and Kim Il Sung, as well as Hindu philosophy.
POLS 3145. European Comparative Government (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 3115. A comparative analysis of governmental institutions, political processes, and legal systems of selected European countries.
POLS 3146. Latin American Comparative Government (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 3115. A comparative analysis of governmental institutions, and political processes, and legal systems of the major nations of Latin America.
POLS 3147. Comparative Asian Politics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
3115. A study of the recent history, political systems, and international
relations of Asian nations. Primary focus is on the governmental
institutions of these nations and on the origins of these institutions.
POLS 3161. American Constitutional Law 1 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. The effect of Supreme Court decisions on American society and on the
development of the American political system.
POLS 3162. American Constitutional Law 2 (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
3161. The Supreme Court as a policy-making body with particular emphasis
on civil liberties.
POLS 3185. Public Administration (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 1101.
A study of the American bureaucracy with particular emphasis on the public
POLS 3255. Southern Politics (3-0-3) Prerequisite:
POLS 1101. Course focuses on the politics of the American South both
historically and contemporarily. Special attention will be given to the
politics of individual Southern states as well as the role that race and
religion play in the politics of the region.
POLS 3555. Selected Topics In Political Science (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. This course will examine issues related to government and
institutions in the public sector. Topics will vary with the instructor.
Course may be taken three times for credit only if the topic varies.
POLS 4155. International Relations (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. A study of the nature of interaction among states with specific
reference to contemporary international issues of major importance.
POLS 4166. International Law and Organizations (3-0-3) Prerequisite:
POLS 1101. A study of various attempts by the United Nations and other
organizations to bring about peaceful settlement of international
disputes. Disarmament and worldwide coordination of economic and social
activities through efforts of international organizations are examined as
well as legal settlement of international disputes and restraint of force
in contemporary world problems. Course will also focus on international
endeavors to develop law and order in interstate relations.
POLS 4175. Public Policy (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 1101. A study
in selected policy areas and the process and impact of policy formulation.
POLS 4176. American Foreign Policy (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. Foreign policy of the United States with focus on procedures and
resources used for the development and execution of America's foreign
policy with particular emphasis on contemporary era.
POLS 4177. American Defense Policy (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. Evolution, formulation, and implementation of American defense
policy to include such topics as arms control, nuclear strategy, guerilla
warfare, and terrorism.
POLS 4178. U.S. Foreign Policy in East Asia (3-0-3) Prerequisite:
POLS 1101. The development of U.S. relations, conflicts, and alliances with Japan, the Koreas, and the nations of southeast Asia from the early 1800s to the present.
POLS 4356. Workshop in International Organizations (0-4-2) Prerequisite:
Approval of Department Chair. The workings of international organizations
via participation in model competitions or simulations. May be taken three
times for credit.
POLS 4698. Internship (3-6 hours) Prerequisite: Approval of Department Chair. May be repeated for a maximum of
6 credit hours. Experience in the field with an approved agency or company
under the supervision of the instructor. (S/U grading.)
POLS 4795. Seminar in the American Political Process (1-0-1) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. In-depth study of an aspect of the American political process.
Required of all Political Science majors.
POLS 4796. Seminar in Global Affairs (1-0-1) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. In-depth study of an aspect of global affairs. Required of all
Political Science majors.
POLS 4797. Seminar in Public Policy (1-0-1) Prerequisite: POLS
1101. In-depth study of an aspect of public policy. Required of all
Political Science majors.
POLS 4899. Directed Study (1-3) Prerequisites:
21 hours in POLS courses and Approval of Department Chair. May be taken a
maximum of 3 times for credit and may not substitute for any required POLS
POLS 7167. American Political Process and Policy-making (3-0-3) Institutions and processes of the American political system.
POLS 7177. National Security Policy (3-0-3) Evolution, formulation, and implementation of American national security policy.
POLS 7187. State and Local Government and Intergovernmental Relations (3-0-3) Interaction of American governments at the national, state, and local levels, including relations between governments at different levels.
POLS 7197. Comparative Administration (3-0-3) Structures and processes of government administration in differing social, cultural, and political environments.
POLS 7899. Independent Study (1-3 hours) Prerequisite: Permission of the chair of the Department of Political Science. May be repeated under different topics for a total of six credit hours.