Political Science Courses by Area

(Last Updated 10/2016)

Please note that the list below represents a history of courses offered over recent years and these courses will not necessarily be offered each semester or each academic year in the future. Some courses, namely those under 385 or 490 headings may not be offered again.

 

Required Courses

QTM 100: Intro to Stat Inference
100 - National Politics in the U.S.
110 - Intro to International Politics
120 - Intro to Comparative Politics

208 - Political Science Methods (Formerly 308)
*200-Intermediate National Politics
*210-Intermediate International Politics
*220-Intermediate Comparative Politics

*Not all of these courses are required. Only one must be taken to satisfy a concentration.

Political Theory

101 (Oxford Only) - Introduction to Politics
102 - Intro to Political Theory
150 - Foundations of American Democracy
201 - Classical Political Thought
202 - Modern Political Thought
303 - Framing the Constitution
304 - Major Texts in Political Theory
305 - 20th Century Political Ideologies
306 - Contemporary Democratic Theory
307 - Political Thought of Lincoln


190 - Freshman Seminar


385 - Special Topics in Political Science
The American Founding
American Political Thought
Contemporary Political Theory
Commerce & Character in the Modern Rep.
Democratic Citizenship
Economic Freedom
Economic & Political Liberty
Economic & Political Liberty in Latin America
Education & Politics: Plato & Rousseau
Evolution of Constitutional Theory
Feminist Theory & Politics
History of Political Economy
Introduction to American Political Thought
Islamic Political Thought
Justice and War
Liberalism and its Critics
Liberty in the American Political Tradition
Machiavelli's Politics
Marxism and its Critics
Might and Right: Political Theory and International Relations
Nietzsche
Nietzsche vs. Plato on Power & Justice
Plato's Political Philosophy
Political Ambition
Political Conservatism
Political Institutions and Public Choice
Politics of Greek Tragedy
Political Philosophy of Aristotle
Politics-Recognition-Exclusion
Property, Prosperity & Peace
Religion and Political Theory
Socrates on Trial
Socratic Political Philosophy
Science, Technology & Political Philosophy
Spontaneous Order - Politcs & Economy
The Problem of Justice
Utopias and Dystopias

490S - Advanced Seminar
The American Founding
Capitalism and Modernity
Conservatism
Democratic Theory
Human & Divine Law in Pol. Phil.
Justice and War
The Democratic Character
The Idea of Law: Reason vs Revelation
Might and Right: Political Theory and International Relations
Philosophy and Law
Plato and the Challenge of Relativism
Plato's Political Philosophy
Politics in Greek Tragedy
Rights in Conflict
Social and Political Philosophy
Toqueville and American Democracy


RCH/394/494-Research Seminars*
Democratic Theory
Plato's Republic
Political Theory
Nietzsche: Democ & Death of God

*These courses will only satisfy the research course requirement for a concentration if it is taught as a POLS 394/494 or if the course has an RCH prefix in the title section.

International Politics

110 - Intro to International Politics
210 - Intermediate International Politics
311 - International Conflict Resolution
312 - International Law
313 - International Organization
314 - U.S. National Security Policy
315 - Foreign Policies of Major Powers
316 - Foreign Policy of the US
317 - Global Human Rights
318 - U.S. Policy Towards Latin America
319 - International Political Economy
320 - Political Violence
371 - Domestic Politics and International Relations
372 - Strategic Analysis
373 - The Consequences of War
374 - War and Politics
383 - The Arab-Israeli Conflict
384 - International Environmental Policy


190 - Freshman Seminar
Cooperation and Conflict


385 - Special Topics in Political Science
Constitutional Diplomacy
Contemporary Ethnic Conflicts
Domestic Politics & International Relations
Dynamics of State Failure
Ethics and International Relations
Globalization and National Politics
History and Politics of Nuclear Disarmament 1945-Present
Human Rights in Europe
Insurgencies
International Crime and Punishment
International Criminal Law
International Environmental Policy
International Media in Foreign Affairs
Israeli Diplomacy, Hist., Pol.
Issues in Inter-American Relationships
Making of the U.S.-Israeli Relationship
Might and Right: Political Theory and IR
Nuclear Weapons
Origins of the Ukranian Crisis
Origins of Putinism
Political Economy of African Development
The Politics of Oil Dependency
Political Violence (Dr. Davis)
Public Policy and NGOs
Religions in Eastern Europe: History & Politics
Terrorism
Terrorism, Freedom and Security
The United Nations & Human Rights
U.S.-China Relations
War and Politics

490S - Advanced Seminar
American Foreign Policy: Middle East
Consequences of War
Dynamics of State Failure
The European Union
From Hegemony to Partnership/Problems in Inter-American Relations
Genocide and Ethnic Cleansing
Globalization and Human Rights
Globalization: Its Discontents
Governing the Use of Force
Human Trafficking 
Human Rights and International Institutions
Illicit Organizations
Insurgency
International Crime & Punishment
International Environmental Policy
Interveners and Intermediaries in International Conflict
Issues in Israel's National Security, 1949 - Present
Justice and War
Labor and Development
Might and Right: Political Theory and International Relations
A North American Union?
Nuclear Weapons 
Politics of Human Trafficking
Political Economy of the Middle East
Politics & History of the Arab/Israeli Conflict
The United Nations
U.S. - China Relations since W.W. II


RCH/394/494-Research Seminars*
International Political Economy
Illicit Organizations
International Organizations
U.S. Foreign Policy 
War and Politics

*These courses will only satisfy the research course requirement for a concentration if it is taught as a POLS 394/494 or if the course has an RCH prefix in the title section. 

Comparative Politics

120 - Intro to Comparative Politics
320 - Political Violence
321 - Comparative Political Economy
322 - Politics of Southeast Asia
323 - Comparative Political Parties
325 - Eastern European Politics
326 - Western European Politics
327 - Contemporary British Politics
328 - Politics of Japan and East Asia
330 - Developmental Democracy
331 - Latin American Politics
332 - Latin American Revolutions
333 - Politics in the European Union
334 - Contemporary African Politics
335 - Nations and Nationalism
336 - Politics in Russia
337 - Islam and Politics
338 - Politics of the Middle East
339 - Politics and the Environment
375 - Contemporary Chinese Politics
376 - Comparative Representative Institutions
377 - Politics of Democratic Spain
378 - Comparative State and Stratification
384-  International Environmental Policy


190 - Freshman Seminar
Comparative Politics and Literature
Political Leadership in the U.S. & U.K.
Postcommunism & Everyday Life


385 - Special Topics in Political Science
Africa: Rule of Law & Pol. Development
African "Exceptionalism"
Comparative Constitutional Law
Comparative Health Care Policy
Comparative Judicial Behavior
Comparative Parties and Elections
Comparative Political Behavior
Comparative Political Institutions
Comparative Political Regimes
Contemporary Ethnic Conflicts
Contemporary French Politics
Deep Democratization in the Arab World 
Democratic Discontents: Challenges/;iberal Dem. Europe
Dictatorship and Development
Econ Challenge/Opportun-Africa
Elections in Developing World
The EU and the Politics of Economic Decision-Making in Europe
German Political System
(History of) Israeli Politics / Institutions and Society
Inequality & Social Policy/Comparative Perspective
India Today: Economics, Politics, Innovation & Sustainability
Koreas in the World
Labor and Development
Labor, Democracy and Development
Latin American Politics
Media & Politics in Comparative Perspectives
Political Change and Democracy in South Korea
Political Economy of African Development
Political Economy of Development
Politics and Culture of Dictatorship in Latin America
Politics and Culture of Dictatorship
Politics of Economic Development
Politics in the Andes
Politics of Health and Education
Politics of Health Care Policy
Political Mobilization-Hybrid Regimes
Repression/Control-Dictatorships
Social Movements in East Asia
South Asian Politics since 1945
Zionist/Israeli Pol. Leadership


490S - Advanced Seminar
Arab Spring
Citizen Politics (in Europe)
Civil Wars
Comparative Environmental Politics
Comparative Mass Behavior
Comparative Political Behavior
Comparative Political Parties
Comparative Political Participation
Comparative Public Opinion
Constitutional Engineering
Contemporary Issues in Israeli Politics
Crimes Against Humanity
Democracy in Latin America
Democracy and Market Reform
Democracy and the Market
Democracy and Markets in Russia and China
Democratization and Economic Reform
Dictatorship and Development
Egypt: Politics, Society, and Culture
European Political Parties
The European Union
External Relations to the EU
Gender, Islam and Politics
Government and Opposition
Government and Opposition in Elections
History of Israeli Foreign Policy
Identities, Organizations and Political Action
Identity Politics in the Middle East
Islamist Parties in Comparative Perspectives
Islamists at the Ballot Box
Israeli Parties and Elections
Judicial Politics
Logic of Comparative Inquiry
Open Economy Politics
Parties and Elections in New Development
Politics of Inequality
Political Communication/Comparative and International Perspectives
Political Economy of Development
Political Exposure: Monitoring & Accountability in Political Affairs
Political Institutions in Latin America
Political Monitoring
Political Participation in Comparative Perspectives
Politics of Education and Development
Politics of Inequality
Politics of the Nation-State
Public Opinion in Advanced Industrialized Democracies
State Collapse and Internal Security in Sub-Saharan Africa
Transitions in Eastern Europe
Women's Representation in Europe


RCH/394/494-Research Seminars*
Comparative Con. Law-Latin America
Comparative Political Economy
Contemporary Chinese Politics
Elections in Developing World
Politics of Labor and Development
Politics of Inequality
Politics of SE Asia 
Political Monitoring

*These courses will only satisfy the research course requirement for a concentration if it is taught as a POLS 394/494 or if the course has an RCH prefix in the title section. 

American Government and Politics

227 - Environmental Policy
340 - Nomination Politics
341 - The Presidency
342 - Congressional Politics
343 - Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations
344 - American Political Leadership
345 - American Political Parties
346 - African American Politics
347 - The South in National Politics
348 - American Elections and Voting
349 - Politics of Race in the U.S.
350 - American Legal System
351 - United States Supreme Court
352 - Constitutional Law
353 - Civil Liberties
354 - Criminal Justice
355 - Nonprofits and Politics
356 - Politics of the Budgetary Process
357 - Gender Politics
358 - Women and the Law
359 - American Radicalism
360 - Public Policy Process
361 - Public Administration
362 - Executive Branch Governance
363 - Public Opinion
364 - Interest Group Politics
365 - State and Local Politics
366 - Southern Politics
367 - Urban Politics
368 - Urban Public Policy
369 - Public Policy Analysis
370 - Planning Community Initiatives
384 - Environmental Policy
386 - Guerilla Political Videography

190 - Freshman Seminar
Race and the 2008 Election
Race and the 2012 Election
Struggles of Political Leaders


385 - Special Topics in Political Science
The American Founding
The American Legal System
American Political Thought
Comparative Constitutional Politics
Conservatism & the 2012 Election
Criminal Law & Public Policy
Economic & Political Liberty
Evolution of the Supreme Court
Gender and Human Rights Law
Guerrilla Political Videography
Introduction to American Political Thought
Labor, Deomocracy and Development
Liberty in the American Political Tradition
New Black Political Leadership
Nonprofits in Urban America
Political Economy of the City
Political Participation
Political Regions of America
Poverty in America
Presidential Nomination Politics
Psychology of the American Electoral Process
Race and Political Development
Separation of Powers
Social Movements in American Politics
The Supreme Court and Conflict
The Supreme Court in Pres. Elections
Urban Problems and Faith-Based Solutions


490S - Advanced Seminar
21st Century African-American Politics
Advanced Civil Liberties
African-Americans and Urban Policy
The American Founding
American Political Development
Choosing the President, 2012
Cities, Power, and Cinema
Congressional Elections
Constitutional Theory
Courts, Politics and Public Policy
Courts and Policymaking
The Democratic Character
Elections in the Two-Party South
Gender and the Law
Gender, Race, and Representation in the U.S.
Judicial Politics
Judicial Policy Making
Law & Legal Institutions
Media and Politics
New Black Political Leadership
Obama Presidency, Race & Substantive Policy
Polarization in American Politics
Politics & Punishment 
Politics of Race and Gender
Political Regions in the United States
Political Regions of America
The Politics of Presidential Elections
The Politics of Presidential Nominations
The Politics of US Congressional Elections
Practical Political Videography
U.S. Presidential Campaigns
Race, Gender and Political Representation in the U.S.
Race, Politics, and the "Atlanta Paradox"
Readings in Black, Latino, and Asian-American Politics
Religion and Social Welfare Policy
Representation in Urban Politics
Research in Southern Politics
Rights in Conflict
Tocqueville and American Democracy
The Two Party South

RSCH/394/494-Research Seminars*
American Elections and VotingCollaborative Gov. & Env. Problems
Courts, Judges, Controversies
Modeling Complex Systems
Polarization
Politics & Punishment
The American Legal System

*These courses will only satisfy the research course requirement for a concentration if it is taught as a POLS 394/494 or if the course has an RCH prefix in the title section.

Methods

(All Methods courses, other than 208 or 308, can be used as electives)
208 - Political Science Methods (Required Course, formerly 308)
309 - Survey Research and Political Analysis
310 - Statistical Modeling
471 - Collaborative Research Methods Tutorial
472 - Collaborative Methods Tutorial
498 - Writing Political Science

385 - Special Topics in Political Science
Political Institutions and Public Choice


490S - Advanced Seminar 
Experiments in Methodology 
Experimental Methods in Political Science
How to Do Experiments in Political Science
Modeling Complex Systems
Modeling Social Phenomena

Electives

379 - Politics in Music
385 - International Organizations
385 - Political Psychology
387 - Independent Research (CLSS)*

*only 3 credit hours may count towards the major


190 - Freshman Seminar
How to Rule the World
Loyalty
Modeling Politics
Modern Israel
Political Biographies
Post-Communism and Everyday Life
Science Fiction and Politics


385 - Special Topics in Political Science
Sports, Policy, and Politics

490S - Advanced Seminar
Politics in Biographies and Novels


Other Electives
WGS 232-Sex, Power, & Politics