Politics and International Affairs

114 – Comparative Government and Politics (3 credit hours)

An analysis of political institutions, processes, and policy issues in selected countries. Case studies will be drawn from Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. (CD, D)

First Session Course:

  • 51761 – 12:15PM-1:30PM – KRBY 109, DeVotta

115 – Political Theory (3 credit hours)

Introduces the major concepts, questions, and ideas from across the history of political thought, to examine the nature of politics and the moral and ethical aspects of political life. (D)

First Session Course:

  • 52036 – 10:50AM-12:05PM – KRBY 102, Browers

252 – Topics in International Politics (3 credit hours)

An intensive study of one or more major problems of contemporary international politics. Course may be retaken for credit if topic varies.

Second Session Course:

  • 52038 – Globalization – 10:50AM-12:05PM – KRBY 102, Brister
  • 52039 – Baseball and Politics – 12:15PM-1:30PM – KRBY 109, Kennedy

263 – U.S. Foreign Policy in the Middle East (3 credit hours)

A critical analysis of U.S. foreign policy with respect to the Middle East since the Second World War. This course utilizes a case study method of instruction.

Second Session Course:

  • 52040 – 9:25AM-10:40AM – KRBY 109, Kennedy

269 – Topics in Political Theory (3 credit hours)

An intensive study of one or more major topics in political theory. Course may be retaken for credit if topic varies.

First Session Course:

  • 52037 – Race, Gender, and Social Justice – 12:15PM-1:30PM – KRBY 102, Browers

Second Session Course:

  • 52041 – Justice – 9:25AM-10:40AM – KRBY 102, Galisanka

    We want to live in a society that is just to its own members and to humans and nonhumans outside it. But what does justice require? The course is divided into three parts: justice in domestic society, justice in the international world, and justice to nonhumans. First, it asks how we should reconcile the two important values – liberty and equality – and what this reconciliation implies for society’s obligations to its poorest members. Second, it studies the topics of national borders and immigration, global inequality in resources and wealth, and war. Third, it asks whether we have an obligation of justice to animals and examines what this obligation implies for agriculture, medicinal research, and entertainment.


280 – Research Methods (3 credit hours)

Overview of the qualitative and quantitative methods prominent in studying political science. Attention is given to the relationships between theory, method, and findings by focusing on the need to make systematic empirical observations. P-MST 109 must be taken before or concurrently with this course.

First Session Course:

  • 52066 – 9:25AM-10:40AM – KRBY 102, Dahill-Brown

287 – Individual Study (2- 3 credit hours)

Intensive research leading to the completion of an analytical paper conducted under the direction of a faculty member. Students initiate the project and secure the permission of an appropriate instructor. May be repeated for a maximum of six hours, only three of which may count toward the major. P-POI.

Full Summer Course:

  • 50007 – POI only

288 – Directed Reading (2-3 credit hours)

Concentrated reading in an area of study not otherwise available. Students initiate the project and secure the permission of an appropriate instructor. P-POI.

First Term Course:

  • 50008 – POI only

289 – Internship in Politics (2-3 credit hours)

Field work in a public or private setting with related readings and an analytical paper under the direction of a faculty member. Students initiate the project and secure the permission of an appropriate instructor. Normally one course in an appropriate subfield is taken prior to the internship. P-POI.

Full Summer Course:

  • 51411– POI only, Walldorf

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