POL (Political Science)

 

 

POL 2013 American Government

Three hours

A study of the origins, institutions, and policies of national, state, and local government in the United States. The course promotes better citizenship through understanding and appreciation of American self-government. A Biblical assessment of the various aspects of American government is offered.

Offered each semester

 

POL 2093 Honors: American Government

Three hours

A study of the origins, institutions, and policies of the national government in the United States, incorporating Biblical assessments of various facets of the American system of government. Students formulate their own political views as informed by the principles and practices presented in course readings and class discussion. The course promotes better citizenship through understanding and appreciation of American self-government. Prerequisite: admission to the Honors Program or permission of the Honors Committee.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

 

POL 2163 Irish Politics and Society

Three hours

A study of contemporary political and social development in Ireland, with special attention given to the political-religious conflict in Northern Ireland. Focus is on the application of Christian principles of peacemaking to political and social conflict. Activities include academic course work, guest lectures by Irish political leaders, and visits to important political/social sites in Ireland.

Offered summer, Irish Studies Program

 

POL 2213 Comparative Politics

Three hours

A comparative study of major political systems focusing on the principles, institutions, and customs that constitute the various regimes of the world.  Meets the Global Studies requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

POL 2473 Methods of Political Analysis

Three hours

This course introduces students to the logic and techniques of quantitative and qualitative analysis in political science. Special attention is given to survey research, computer applications and data analysis (using SPSSX).

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

POL 3003 Political Philosophy

Three hours

A study of ancient and modern political philosophies, utilizing primary texts. The course addresses the place of political philosophy in the broader field of philosophy, emphasizing a worldview approach as a means of understanding human existence. Topics include nature, reason, freedom, justice, political rights, property, law, religion, will, passions, power, customs, and community. (Same as RPH 3013.)  Meets the Philosophy requirement of the Core Curriculum.

Offered each semester

POL 3093 Honors: Political Philosophy

Three hours

A study of ancient and modern political philosophies that incorporates Biblical assessments of political themes and Christian critiques of classical and modern political thought. Students formulate their own political views as informed by the principles and practices presented in course readings and class discussion. (Same as RPH 3093.) Meets the Philosophy requirement of the Core Curriculum. Prerequisite: admission to the Honors Program or permission of the Honors Committee.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

POL 3133 Politics of Social Policy

Three hours

An examination of the origin, logic, structure, and function of America's social welfare state. Areas explored include income support, poverty and welfare, social security, health care, and affirmative action. Particular emphasis is placed upon evaluating the competing goals of social policy from a Christian perspective. Students will learn how to apply their faith to matters of public policy.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

 

POL 3143 The American Presidency

Three hours

A study of the American presidency focusing on its origin, development, and modern practice. The executive branch is examined in the context of its relationship to the other two branches of the national government and its general role in the federal constitution. Prerequisite: POL 2013.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

POL 3213 Faith and Politics

Three hours

A study of the relationship between faith and politics with particular attention devoted to understanding the role of Christians in the democratic process. Specific topics discussed include the normative role of faith and politics, religion and political behavior, religion and the Constitution, and the historical and current role of religious individuals and organization in the public square.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

 

POL 3353 International Relations

Three hours

An examination of the development of international relations and international organizations and how Christians have responded to the issues of war and peace. Prerequisites: HST 1013 or 1023, and POL 2013.

Offered fall semester (odd-numbered years)

 

POL 3413 Selected Topics

Three hours

Special topics in Political Science are considered.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

POL 3423 Selected Topics in American Politics

Three hours

An investigation of contemporary issues in American politics.  Content for this course will vary by semester.  Areas of study may include political parties, elections and voting behavior, and Congress.  Prerequisite: POL 2013.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

 

POL 4113 Latin American Politics

Three hours

A study of the constitutional development of Central and South American nations, with special attention given to the political principles and practices of contemporary Latin America. Prerequisite: POL 2213 or 3353; POL 2473 recommended.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

POL 4243 Constitutional Law

Three hours

A seminar on the origin, development, and contemporary practice of American constitutionalism as expressed through interpretations of the U.S. Constitution by the U.S. Supreme Court. Topics addressed include the institutional structure of federal government, checks and balances, federalism, the commerce power, the Bill of Rights, and the Fourteenth Amendment. Prerequisites: POL 2013 and junior standing or consent of instructor.

Offered fall semester (even-numbered years)

 

POL 4313 Christianity and the Law

Three hours

An examination of how Christian principles have influenced law in the West, both historically and in the present day. Students will also interact with current practitioners in the fields of law and politics in order to gain insights into how faith can be integrated into a legal or political career. Prerequisites: junior/senior standing.

Offered spring semester (odd-numbered years)

 

POL 4511, 4512, 4513 Independent Study

One to three hours

Supervised exploration of topics of special interest to the student. The course consists of large assignments of supervised reading, regular consultation with the supervising professor, and written analysis of readings, as assigned by the professor. Prerequisites: 15 hours of Political Science or History.

Offered upon sufficient request

 

POL 4613 Seminar in United States Politics

Three hours

An introduction to methods of political research, philosophies of political science, and the relationship between the study of political science and a Christian worldview. Students research a particular topic in U.S. politics. Prerequisites: POL 2473 and nine additional hours of Political Science.

Offered spring semester (even-numbered years)

 

POL 4711, 4712, 4713 Internship

One to three hours

Fieldwork in politics or law combined with reading and writing assignments that explore the theory and practice of these fields. One credit hour is earned for each 45 hours of experience. Prerequisite: consent of supervising instructor.

Offered upon sufficient request