Political Science Options
POLS 3127. The Presidency (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101. 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 2101. An examination of legislative structures, functions and procedures in light of influences, expected outcomes, responsiveness to political context.
POLS 3129. Judicial Process (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101 with a grade of C or better. The functioning of the judiciary in the American political system and its impact on political, social, and economic institutions.
POLS 3148. Religion and Politics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101 with a grade of C or better. For much of the history of human civilization, political problems have been theological problems. The separation of the purely political from the purely theological is a recent development that has only involved a relatively small span of human lives. This course will examine the broad and deep contextual factors affecting political-religious thought and practice as well as the dynamic linking of religion and politics in the United States.
POLS 3161. American Constitutional Law (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101 with a grade of C or better. The effect of Supreme Court decisions on American society and on the development of the American political system.
POLS 3165. Civil Liberties and Civil Rights (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101. This course provides an in-depth examination of American civil rights and civil liberties, focusing on the differences between them and how they have developed over time.
POLS 3195. River Politics (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101 with a grade of C or better. In this class students will be introduced to one of the most strident riparian conflicts impacting the United States. Students will be exposed to a variety of sources addressing this issue (history, geography, economic, engineering, and political) By the end of the course it is hoped that students will have a strong enough background so that they can weigh on how to solve one of the most pressing water conflicts in the United States today.
POLS 3256. Politics in Film (3-0-3) Prerequisite: POLS 2101. A study of the ways by which social and political meanings are generated through motion pictures. Because movies play a unique role in reinforcing and subverting American political culture, it is important to study films as they portray images of politics in America, Americans in politics, and American life relative to politics.