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Political Science extends far beyond the immediate concerns of politicians or pollsters; it is essential to the human condition. It involves fundamental choices concerning our life in communities-- whether locally, nationally, or globally. Without politics there could be only chaos and conflict.  These courses listed below offer an extensive study in the disciplinary field of Political Science. The courses list below offers a well-rounded menu for students of Political Science. Introductory courses at the 100-level provide a general sweep of topics and establish the basics. Courses at the 200-level seek to provide rudimentary methods and skills prerequisite to successful completion of upper-division courses. The elective courses at the 300-level concentrate study around a particular theme, skill, or geographic region. Capstone courses at the 400-level help students polish and fine-tune abilities. Students should extend all effort to complete lower division (100 and 200-level) courses before enrolling in upper division (300 and 400-level) courses. Courses with an “R” in their number change syllabi each semester, allowing students to get credit each time they enroll throughout their career.

101. Introduction to Politics (3) (F, W, Term) An introduction to political theories, institutions, and ideologies with instruction in logic and communication.

110. The U.S. Political System (3) (F, W, Term) Systematic inquiry into the national government and politics of the U.S. in the context of American society as a whole.

150. Comparative Government and Politics (3) (F, W, Term) Patterns of select European, Asian, and Pacific Basin political systems.

170. International Relations (3) (F, W, Term) An analysis of modern international politics.

200. Political Inquiry (4) (F) An examination of the methodology of political science.

202. History of Political Philosophy (3) (F) A survey of the great political philosophies.

204. Quantitative Political Research (3) (W) Explores various quantitative methods and research skills related to the field of political science.

230. Governance and Law (3) (F, W) Introduces the basic concepts, institutions, and procedures of governance and law designed to foster effective and legitimate uses of power.

312. U.S. Legislatures (3) (W) Examines the structure, organization, leadership, strategies, and outputs of the United States Congress and Legislatures.

314. State and Local Government (3) (W) Designed to provide a basic understanding of how local governments function.  Federalism, actors, and public policy issues will be examined.

316. Executives & Political Leadership (3) (F) Examines political leadership from the executive's perspective, including philosophy, history, organization, processes, and outputs.

318. Federalism & Intergovernmental Relations (3) (F) Examines federal systems of government and intergovernmental relations as they affect governance, citizen participation, and government outputs.

322. Oceanic Governments (3) (W)  This course examines the governments and politics of the island societies of Oceania. 

325R. Pacific National Politics (3) (F) The study of culture and politics of a Pacific Island country capitalizing on current elections and campaign activities.  Political behavior, economic and social concerns, and historical factors are brought into focus.

330. Introduction to Public Administration (3) (W) Organization and operation of government.  Relationship of administration to other branches of government; type of control over administration; control and local government.

331. Public Policy (3) (W) The decision-making processes by which public policies are reached, and steps of analysis of those policies.

332. Public Personnel Management (3) (F) The nature and development of functions, techniques, and maintenance problems of personnel.  Labor relations philosophy and collective bargaining in the public and private sector.

335. Terrorism (3) (W) Examines the phenomenon of terrorism with a focus on types, causes, effects, and responses. 

338. War and Peace (3) (Spring Term) Explores the causes, structures, and dynamics of war and peace.

340. Asian Governments (F) An examination of the politics and governments of Asian countries.

342. International Relations of Asia (3) (W, Term) Foreign Policy and International Relations of China, Japan, northeast and southeast Asia.  Historical and contemporary review and analysis.

362. International Political Economy and Development (3) (F) Surveys the language, theory, and modern history of international political economy and development.

364. Conflict Bargaining and Management (3) (F) Examines the practices, theories, and culture surrounding conflict bargaining and management.

390R. Special Topics in Political Science (3) (Varies) Studies of special topics in Political Science.

410. The Constitution of the United States (3) (W-even years) This course is a description and analysis of the United States Constitution in its historical and continuing role as the basis of American government and politics.

460R. Pacific Regionalism (3) (Term) The study of international and regional organizations based in the Pacific.  Provides genral understanding of work programs, staffing, procedures, and involvement of Pacific Island governments.

470. International Relations Theory (3) (W) Analysis of major theories and theorists of International Relations: systems, conflict, environment, deterrence, integration, decision-making and special topics.

480. Political Future Studies (3) (F, Spring Term) This course looks at the various methods of futures forecasting, images of the future, and societal theories of social change.

495R. Independent Study (3) (varies) Under faculty supervision, students will read on and research a political science topic selected by the student and faculty member.

498R. Political Internship (3) (F, W, Term) Under faculty supervision, students will work in a private or government agency.

499. Political Research and Writing (3) (W) Under faculty supervision, the student will research and write a major paper on a political topic