US Government and Politics Courses

POLS 120 The Government of the United States
Professors Hora & Old
Cr. 3
An introduction to the American national government, with special emphasis on the basic structure, functions and policies of the system.

POLS 220  State and Local Politics in the United States
Professor Hora
Cr. 3
Comparative analysis of state and local Political systems in the United States. Emphasis is placed on the contemporary role of states and localities in the development and implementation of public policies.

POLS 270 Political Behavior
Professors Baas & Old
Cr. 3
An exploration of the sources and consequences of individual and group political behavior. The course will include an extensive consideration of the methods necessary to examine political behavior, including computer-aided analysis of survey data.

POLS 320/520  Politics of Urban and Metropolitan Areas
Professor Hora
Cr. 3
Examines the politics and policy making of urban and metropolitan governments and will include special emphasis on issues such as the nature of local decision making, racial and ethnic politics, education housing, law enforcement, economic development, and the prospects for regional government.
Prerequisite: POLS 120 or consent of the Chair of the Department  

POLS 325/525 Problems in American Politics
Professors vary
Cr. 3
An intensive study of topics in the process policies and functions of the American political system.
Prerequisite: POLS 120 or consent of the Chair of the Department.

POLS 326/526 The Presidency
Professor Baas & Hora
Cr. 3
An examination of the American Presidency with specific emphasis on the President's constitutional position, the process of nominating and electing a President, Presidential power and behavior, and the President's relations with the public and coordinate branches of government.
Prerequisites: POLS 120 or consent of the Chair of the Department.

POLS 327/527 Congress
Professor Hora
Cr. 3
A study of the legislative processes in which emphasis is placed on the congress of the United States and its policy-determining and directing roles.
Prerequisite: POLS 120 or the consent of the Chair of the Department.

POLS 340/540 Constitutional Law I
Professor Baas
Cr. 3
An analysis of Supreme court decisions relating to judicial review, the power of national and state governments, federalism, the separation of powers, Presidential and Congressional power, and related topics.
Prerequisite: POLS 120 or consent of the instructor.

POLS 341/541 Constitutional Law II
Professor Baas
Cr. 3
A continuation of POLS 340. This course will concentrate on civil liberties, specifically, freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and equal protection.
Prerequisite: Political Science 120 or consent of the instructor. POLS 340 is not required.

POLS 345/545 Problems in the Judicial Process
Professor Baas
Cr. 3
An examination of law and courts as part of the political process with specific emphasis on factors that influence judicial decisions and the impact of court decisions.
Prerequisite: POLS 120 or consent of the Chair of the Department.

POLS 360/560 Public Administration
Professor  Hora
Cr. 3
An introduction to the basic principles of administrative organization and management in government.
Prerequisite: POLS 120 and junior standing.

POLS 361/561 Public Policy
Professor Hora
Cr. 3
An introduction to the study of the public policy processes, focusing on the Politics and science of policy formulation, execution and evaluation.
Prerequisite: POLS 120 or consent of the Chair of the Department.