Political Science Options

POLS 3133. Introduction to Political Theory (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101 with a grade of "C" or better. This class is designed to critically examine the writings of major Western political theorists such as Plato, Machiavelli, Locke, Mill, and Marx from an historical perspective, and analyze their relevance to contemporary political issues and concerns.

POLS 3134. Feminist Political Thought (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101. This course will enable students to identify the social interaction processes that seem to maintain continuity in gender-related behavior, identify the contemporary norms associated with hegemonic masculinity and analyze the consequence of those norms for men and their families, and explain how women from different racial or ethnic groups or economic classes differ in their perceptions and attitudes on feminist issues.

POLS 3137. American Political Thought (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101. 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 2101. 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 2101. A study of the philosophical and religious beliefs which have shaped Asian development, including those of Confucius, the Buddha, Sun Tzu, Mao Zhedong, and Kim Il Sung, as well as Hindu philosophy.