Undergraduate Course Catalog

Political Science

J. Losco, Chairperson

The world and its problems are both the main concern and the principal laboratory of the modern political scientist. Political scientists study the political behavior of people, groups, and nations in an effort to understand why they behave as they do, to predict what they will do next, and sometimes to suggest how they should behave in the future. 
    Students interested in attending law school may declare a pre-law designation and will be advised of the selected courses needed to meet entrance requirements into law school. 
    For information on the major in legal studies (an American Bar Association approved paralegal program) and on the European studies minor, see the listing for Interdepartmental Programs or contact the Political Science department.


BACCALAUREATE DEGREES

Students will be guided by the outline of baccalaureate degrees, the University Core Curriculum, and the concentration areas listed below. 


MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, 42 hours

The political science curriculum incorporates a progression of required, core, elective, and capstone courses. Students are expected to have a foundation of required and core courses before taking elective and capstone courses, including internships. It is the personal responsibility of the student to complete the listed prerequisite of any course before registering for it. Please consult with the undergraduate advisor should there be any questions about the curriculum.

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POLS

130
210

Amer Nat Gov
Pol Sci Res

3
3

Intermediate proficiency in a major modern language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) or a major classical language (Greek or Latin) by enrolling in and passing one course at the 200 level or above. Modern language courses taught in English are excluded.








3

Option 1: Political science, 33 hours
15 hours from

POLS

237
280
293
312
or
313
342
350

Stat Loc Pol (3)
Compar Systm (3)
Intl Relatns (3)
Early W Thot (3)
 
Mod Wst Thot (3)
Publc Policy (3)
Pub Administ (3)








15

3 hours from senior capstone

POLS

369
404
479
499

Prof Exp (3)
Senior Thes (3)
Pract Exp (3)
Senior Sem (3)




3

15 hours from POLS (minimum of 9 hours in 300- and 400-level courses excluding 312, 342, 350)



15

        

42 hrs
Option 2: Economics, 33 hours
15 hours from

POLS

237
280
293
312
or
313
342
350

Stat Loc Pol (3)
Compar Systm (3)
Intl Relatns (3)
Early W Thot (3)
 
Mod Wst Thot (3)
Publc Policy (3)
Pub Administ (3)








15

3 hours from senior capstone

POLS

369
404
479
499

Prof Exp (3)
Senior Thes (3)
Pract Exp (3)
Senior Sem (3)




3

9 hours from any 300- and 400- level political science electives (excluding 312, 342, 350)



9

6 hours from

ECON
  

332
345
346
370

Labr Rel Law (3)
Gov Budgets (3)
Law Econ (3)
Indust Organ (3)




6


42 hrs

A double major in Political Science and Economics may be more appropriate for pre-law students. See Economics, Liberal arts option, for total requirements in this program.

All students will be required to take the Major Field Exam in Political Science before graduation.


Option 3: International studies, 33 hours
15 hours from

POLS

280
281
290
293
312
or
313
345

Compar Systm (3)
Prob Em Nats (3)
Am Fr Policy (3)
Intl Relatns (3)
Early W Thot (3)
 
Mod Wst Thot (3)
Nat Def Poly (3)








15

3 hours from senior capstone

POLS

EURO
POLS


EURO
POLS

369
or
369
404
479
or
479
499

Prof Exp (3)
 
Prof Exper (3)
Senior Thes (3)
Pract Exp (3)
 
Prac Exper (3)
Senior Sem (3)








3

15 hours from

POLS

382
384
385
386
392
394
395
488
490
493
494
495

Westn Europe (3)
Brit Gov Pol (3)
Euro Union (3)
Pol Rus (3)
U N Intl Org (3) 
Int Rln Asia (3)
Pol Glo Econ (3)
Gv Pol China (3)
Intrnatl Law (3)
Wrld Politcs (3)
Pol Terror (3)
F Pol China (3)












15


42 hrs

All students will be required to take the Major Field Exam in Political Science before graduation.


MINOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, 21 hours

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POLS

130
210

Amer Nat Gov
Pol Sci Res

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3

12 hours from

POLS

237
280
293
312
or
313
342
350

Stat Loc Pol (3)
Compar Systm (3)
Intl Relatns (3)
Early W Thot (3)
  
Mod Wst Thot (3)
Publc Policy (3)
Pub Administ (3)








12

3 hours from POLS

3

        

21 hrs

TEACHER EDUCATION

TEACHING MAJOR IN SOCIAL STUDIES, 57-66 hours

(See Teaching Major in Social Studies, College of Sciences and Humanities, for total requirements for this area.)

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Government area, 15 hours

POLS

130
237
312
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313

Amer Nat Gov
Stat Loc Pol
Early W Thot (3)
 
Mod Wst Thot (3)

3
3


3

6 hours from

POLS

210
280
293
342

Pol Sci Res (3)
Compar Systm (3)
Intl Relatns (3)
Publc Policy (3)




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15 hrs

POLITICAL SCIENCE (POLS)

130 American National Government. (3)
The examination of the essential elements of our national government. Emphasis on institutions, policies, and processes.

140 Introduction to the Legal System. (3)
Introduction to the operations of the American legal system with respect to legal concepts, judicial philosophies, types of law, and the political environment.

141 Introduction to Paralegalism. (3)
Explores concepts of paralegalism with emphasis on legal ethics and values, the development and future of the paralegal function in our present legal environment, and a presentation of the concepts of litigation and legal procedure. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson or legal studies coordinator.

210 Political Science Research Methods. (3)
Introductory study of political science research methods. Examines political science as a systematic empirical discipline concerned with describing and explaining political phenomena. Substantial emphasis is placed on the use of basic statistics and computers as tools in the scientific study of politics.

229 Information Technology for Paralegals. (3)
Designed to introduce applications and legal office communications for law office and government. Applications include case management, document scanning and production, time and billing, word processing, spreadsheet, e-mail, voice mail, and CD-ROM and online Internet research for law office professionals. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 242.

237 State and Local Politics. (3)
Politics, policies, and structures of state and local governments in the United States.

238 Urban Government in the United States. (3)
Examines how cities are governed in the United States and what policies have been derived to deal with the problems of the cities. The problems of race and poverty and public policies to address them will be considered.

241 Family Law. (3)
Acquaints students with legal problems in domestic relations. Covering problems such as separation, divorce, child custody, adoption, and nonsupport.

242 Legal Research and Writing. (3)
An analysis of court procedures and appeal procedures, an in-depth examination of reference sources available to attorneys, and improvement of research and writing skills. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 141; permission of the department chairperson.

243 Litigation. (3)
For the legal studies major focusing on litigation and related areas of paralegal responsibilities such as drafting interrogatories and writing complaints. Special attention given to learning the compilation of a trial notebook in preparation for litigation. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson or legal studies coordinator.

280 Comparative Political Systems. (3)
A comparative introduction to politics and government in major democratic, communist/post-communist, and developing countries of the contemporary world.

281 Economic and Political Problems of Emerging Nations. (3)
Historical and contemporary problems of the less-developed nations. Conditions contributing to economic, political, and social change. Problems of economic development policies and programs within the institutional structure. Internal and external pressures that influence patterns of development. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 280. 
    Not open to students who have credit in ECON 279.

290 American Foreign Policy. (3)
An introduction to the process of making United States foreign policy, American strategic doctrines, and major foreign policy issues. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130.

293 International Relations. (3)
A survey of the formal relations among sovereign states in the international system, emphasizing diplomacy, the elements of power, and the procedures for conflict resolution. May include computer simulation exercises.

312 Early Western Political Thought. (3)
Analysis of political thought of the early Mediterranean and medieval worlds that became the foundation of modern political theories and systems of the West. Emphasis on the writings of Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and Machiavelli.

313 Modern Western Political Thought. (3)
Review and analysis of selected writings of theorists in the modern era from the age of reason to the beginning of the post-modern age. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 312.

340 Introduction to Law and Enforcement. (3)
Survey of the criminal justice system as a political entity in the United States. Special attention given to the actors in the system, their interrelationships, and purposes. Includes discussion of the media, elites, and the public. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130.

342 Problems in Public Policy. (3)
A systematic examination of the institutions and processes central to understanding and evaluating domestic public policies in the United States. Emphasizes the theoretical and political aspects of policy making at the national level and implementation within a federal system. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130.

344 Advanced Legal Research and Writing. (3)
Builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in legal research and writing and litigation courses. Develop and refine research skills, work with reference sources, be expected to complete research assignments and prepare legal documents and memoranda. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 243; permission of the department chairperson. 
    Open only to legal studies majors or by permission of the legal studies program coordinator.

345 National Defense Policy. (3)
An analysis of the cultural, historical, and political forces that shape American defense policy. Emphasizes the relationships between the military services, between the Congress, the President and the Courts, the role of the media, and the larger international strategic environment. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130.

347 Environmental Law and Policy. (3)
Study of the American political and legal system’s response to environmental problems. Politics of environmental policy making, problems of policy implementation, environmental law cases, and trends toward global environmental governance are considered. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130.

350 Public Administration. (3)
Describes theories and practices of public administration in the United States and the development, implementation, and evaluation of government policies and programs. Surveys topics such as political structures, personnel, budgets, and administrative laws and regulations. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130.

369 Paid Professional Experience in American Government and Law. (3)
Paid part- or full-time experience for one or more semesters in the office of a public official; a political party; or private firm or organization. Assignments depend upon the interest of the student and convenience of the sponsors. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

370 Public Opinion and Political Behavior. (3)
Patterns and trends in public opinion and political behavior, processes leading to those patterns and trends, and the consequences for democratic theory, public policies, and political patterns in the United States and other countries. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 210. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130.

371 Public Interest Groups and Government. (3)
Overview of the power and impact interest groups have on public policy in the United States. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130.

372 Political Campaigns. (3)
Considers political campaigns from theoretical and practical perspectives as the link between citizens and the government in a representative democracy. Designed to answer questions on the theory, strategies, and techniques of political campaigns. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130.

373 Survey Research Methods. (3)
Methods by which information is obtained on the voting behavior and attitudes of the electorate. Emphasizes producing a working knowledge of polling techniques. Includes such topics as sampling, interviewing, and questionnaire construction. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 210. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 370.

375 Media and Politics. (3)
Examines the impact of the media (particularly the news media) on American politics and policies. Areas of inquiry include media effects on political campaigns, public deliberation, policy formation, and political leadership. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130.

382 Governments and Politics of Western Europe. (3)
A comparative analysis of the political processes, governmental institutions, and policy performances of Britain, France, Germany, and Italy. Their roles as national actors in the process of European integration are also considered. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 280.

384 British Government and Politics. (3)
Study of the political system of the United Kingdom—its political culture, parties and groups, governmental institutions, and policy problems. Comparisons with the United States and Canada are considered. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 280.

385 Politics of the European Union. (3)
Study of the development of the European Union as an evolving political entity—its politics, institutions, policies—and the prospects for European unification. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 280.

386 Politics of Russia and the Successor States. (3)
Evaluation of political, economic, and social change and performance in Russia and other successor states of the former Soviet Union. Historical and geographical factors are also treated. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 280.

390 Honors Colloquium in Political Science. (2)
Exploration of selected issues and topics in political science, emphasizing individualized study. 
    Prerequisite: permission of Honors College or the department chairperson. 
    Open to students in the Honors College and to other students by permission of the department chairperson.

392 The United Nations and International Organization. (3)
Concentrated study of the United Nations and other international organizations focusing on the structure, functions, and current issues facing the United Nations. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 293.

394 International Relations in Asia. (3)
A survey of contemporary international relations in Asia and the Pacific emphasizing the roles of major powers in this area. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 293.

395 Politics of the Global Economy. (3)
Historical and theoretical introduction to the politics of international trade and payments, including barriers to trade, exchange rates, multinational corporations, financial crises, international economic institutions, and the problems of economic development. 
    Prerequisite recommended: POLS 293.

403 Issues in Political Science. (3-6)
Investigation of a particular topic, problem, or issue in the field with emphasis on subfields, specialties, and materials not covered in established courses. The topic is announced before each semester. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or 293 or permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open only to juniors and seniors.

404 Senior Thesis in Government and Politics. (3)
A senior thesis consisting of an undergraduate research paper written under the direction of a faculty member. Required of all majors who do not have credit in POLS 369 or 479 or 499. 
    Not open to students who have credit in POLS 369 or 479 or 499. 
    Open only to political science majors with senior standing and permission of the department chairperson.

405 Reading and Special Study. (3-6)
Topics selected and investigated in consultation with a professor and department chairperson. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned. 
    Open to juniors and seniors with special aptitude and interests which qualify them for conducting independent study and research.

407 Workshop in Political Science. (3)
Intensive study of selected problems in political science. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

408 Topics in Legal Studies. (3- 6)
Topics in legal studies selected and investigated in consultation with departmental faculty and the department chairperson. 
    Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term. 
    Open only to legal studies majors.

411 American Political Thought. (3)
American political thought from the colonial period to the present. Includes the study of Puritanism, nature of rights, constitutionalism, federalism, democracy, liberalism, and conservatism. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

431 Legislation. (3)
Analysis of the legislative process with focus on the United States Congress. The process of legislative decision making will be highlighted. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

432 The American Chief Executive. (3)
Analysis of the power and roles of the American president. Problems of jurisdiction, leadership, authority, and communication are examined. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

433 The American Judicial System. (3)
Analysis of the nature and functions of state and federal judicial systems. Emphasizes the United States Supreme Court and the opinions and behavior of the justices. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

434 State Legislatures. (3)
Legislative systems in American state government. External influences (constituencies, political parties, interest groups), internal influences (organizational structure, staff, norms, decision making), issues confronting state legislatures, and reform proposals. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 237 or 431 or permission of the department chairperson.

435 Intergovernmental Relations. (3)
Analysis of relations among national, state, and local governments. Considerations of constitutional and legal bases and the nature of relations, such as grants-in-aid, tax immunity, education, and interstate compacts. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 237 or permission of the department chairperson.

437 Government and Politics of Indiana. (3)
Survey of Indiana’s political culture and tradition as compared to other states. Critical examination of Indiana’s contemporary political processes and governmental policies. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or 237 or permission of the department chairperson.

438 Metropolitan Problems. (3)
Analysis of the problems of cities and metropolitan areas. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or 238 or permission of the department chairperson.

443 American Constitutional Law. (3)
Constitution of the United States, its development and interpretations through United States Supreme Court opinions and political developments. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

444 Constitutional Liberties. (3)
Relations between the individual and the government as revealed through cases in constitutional law. Content includes cases involving the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

445 Advanced Litigation: Trial Simulation. (3)
Serves as a capstone course for legal studies students going beyond the introductory litigation class to immerse students in the trial process by conducting client interviews, depositions, mock trials, motion hearings, discovery conferences, and creating trial exhibits. Class emphasizes concrete application of classroom theories and concepts to real world situations. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 141, 242, 243, or permission of the program coordinator.

454 Politics and Administration of Local Government Budgets. (3)
An analysis of local government budgeting emphasizing political and administrative issues in budget preparation and accountability. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 237 or permission of the department chairperson.

455 Administrative Law. (3)
Legal and political study of independent regulatory agencies; their powers, functions, and roles. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

457 Alternative Dispute Resolution. (3)
Study of processes and techniques used to settle disputes without court adjudication, including theoretical and practical application such as negotiation, mediation, arbitration, summary jury trials, mini-trials, and settlement week. Classroom simulations will be augmented by presentations by attorneys and paralegals. 
    Open only to legal studies majors, peace and conflict studies minors or by permission of the department chairperson.

461 Community Planning and Its Administration. (3)
Planning and development of improved land use and service activities of cities and predominantly urban communities. Consideration of scope, legal basis, implementation, and problems of planning for streets, utilities, education, recreation, transportation, zoning, and related community services. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 237 or 238; or permission of the department chairperson.

465 Labor-Management Relations in Government. (3)
Examines public employee unionization, legal provisions for collective bargaining, determination and recognition of bargaining units, bilateral negotiation, and third-party involvement procedures, administration of agreements, and the processes and strategies in collective bargaining negotiations in public organizations. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 350 or permission of the department chairperson.

466 Administrative Problems in State Government. (3)
An analysis of administrative procedures and organizational behavior at the state level. Special emphasis is given to the provision of government services and functions in the major areas of budgeting and taxation, education, environmental protection, public health, and public works. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 237 or 350 or permission of the department chairperson.

473 American Political Parties. (3)
Organization and functions of political parties in the United States and their role in a representative democracy. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

474 Women and Politics. (3)
National survey of women and the political process, with an emphasis on women and contemporary public policy issues. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

475 Minority Group Politics. (3)
Deals with political impact of minority groups on American politics. Emphasizes both legal and extralegal means by which minority groups become involved in and influence public policy. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

479 Practical Experience in American Government and Law. (3)
Unpaid part- or full-time assignment for one or more semesters in the office of a public official in national, state, or local government, a candidate for political office; a political party; or private firm or organization. Assignments depend upon the interest of the student and convenience of the sponsors. 
    Prerequisite: political science majors and minors, POLS 130, 237, and one from 342, 350, 431, or 473. For legal studies majors, POLS 344; permission of department chairperson or program coordinator. 
    A total of 6 hours of credit may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

488 Government and Politics of China. (3)
A comprehensive survey of the government and politics of both the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 280 or permission of the department chairperson.

490 International Law. (3)
A survey of the Law of Nations by analyzing decisions of international tribunals, examining legal principles, and the development of international law. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 293 or permission of the department chairperson.

493 World Politics. (3)
Theories of contemporary interactions among states, especially the major powers. Particular attention given to conflict resolution. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 293 or permission of the department chairperson.

494 Politics of Terrorism. (3)
Study of the various aspects of terrorism in both the international and domestic communities, from its origins, causes, and scope to its effectiveness and growth. Exploration of terrorism as a political and social phenomenon, as well as the current and future threat of terrorism, both foreign and domestic. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 293 or permission of the department chairperson.

495 Foreign Policy of China. (3)
A comprehensive analysis of China’s role in international politics, emphasizing the effects of the foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China. 
    Prerequisite: POLS 293 or permission of the department chairperson.

499 Senior Seminar in Government and Politics. (3)
A senior research seminar on one of the major themes in political science. Students explore in-depth topics of particular interest. Required of all majors who do not have credit in POLS 369 or 404 or 479. 
    Not open to students who have credit in POLS 369 or 404 or 479. 
    Open only to political science majors or minors with senior standing and permission of the department chairperson.