Foundational Courses

Introductory  

QTM 100: Introduction to Statistical Inference

An introduction to descriptive and inferential statistics. It is designed as a gateway course, with emphasis on practice and implementation. The course introduces probability, sampling distributions, interval estimation, hypothesis testing, and regression.

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POLS 100: Introduction to National Politics

Origins, principles, structures, processes, and practices of American national government. Stresses different perspectives on democratic theory and practice, and the adequacy of governmental institutions.

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POLS 110: Introduction to International Politics

Introduction to analytical concepts, nature of the interstate system, the assumptions and ideas of diplomacy, the determinants of foreign policy.

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POLS 120: Introduction to Comparative Politics 

Political systems of major nations in comparative perspective.

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Intermediate 

POLS 200: Intermediate National Politics of U.S.

This intermediate course in American politics examines how the public, elected officials and political institutions interact to govern and make public policy.

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POLS 208: Research Design Methods

Fundamental concepts and quantitative techniques of empirical policital inquiry. Introduction to concepts of measurement, parametric, and nonparametric statistics. Basic bivariate and univariate statistics used in political science.

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POLS 210: Intermediate International Politics

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POLS 220: Intermediate Comparative Politics

This intermediate course in comparative politics examines two core challenges of democratic and autocratic governance- how power is constructed and maintained, and how public policy is constructed and implemented.

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