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POLS 231 American Political Systems I (3)
Study of the national, state, and local government, including principles of American government, constitutions, public opinion, socialization, interest groups, political parties, and elections. Not counted toward major or minor in Political Science. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as GOVT 2301 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

POLS 232 American Political Systems II (3)
Continuation of national, state, and local government, including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; American foreign policy; rights of the individual. Not counted toward major or minor in Political Science. Three hours of lecture per week. Listed as GOVT 2302 in the Texas Common Course Numbering System.

POLS 250 Introduction to Political Science (3)
Introduction to the history, scope, methods, and approaches to the study of political science and politics. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232. Required of majors. Three hours of lecture per week.

POLS 310 Legislative Process (3)
Structure of the powers and roles of legislatures and legislators, legislative structure, decision making, internal and external pressure upon legislators. Special attention given to the United States Congress. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 311 Judicial Process (3)
Structure, function, and process of the American court systems and related institutions; factors influencing judicial decision-making. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 330 Comparative Government (3)
Introduction to the methods and scope of comparative government; analysis of the institutions and cultures that impact selected governments. Required of majors. Three hours of lecture per week.  Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 340 International Relations (3)
Survey of the major approaches and principles of international relations that affect the members of the international community. Required of majors. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 341 International Organizations (3)
Study of international organizations along with their roles, functions, and objectives in the international community. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 360 Political Systems of Africa (3)
Study of Modern Africa from World War 1, including the different European policies, growth of nationalism, movements to independence, white supremacist bloc, and Africa today. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 361 Political Issues in Africa Today (3)
Study of contemporary events in Africa since the end of World War II, including the growth of nationalism to independence, modernization, economic development, and the emergence of new political systems. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 380 Political Systems of Latin America (3)
Study of the political and economic development of selected Latin American countries with emphasis on the period since World War 11. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 381 Dynamics of Latin America (3)
Study of the major problems of Latin America: democratic government, urbanization, and economic development. Individual countries may be studied. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 390 Development of Political Thought: Classical and Medieval Theory (3)
Political philosophy of early Greek, Roman, and medieval European thinkers. Special concentration on the major political works of Plato and Aristotle. Required of majors. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 391 Modern Political Theory (3)
Political philosophy from the Italian city-state to the twentieth century. Special emphasis on Machiavelli, the Social Contract School, and Marx. Required of majors. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 392 American Political Thought (3)
Study of the development of political thought in the United States from the seventeenth century to the present. Emphasis placed on the historical context in which political thought and movements developed. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 393 African American Political Thought (3)
Analysis of ideas, personalities, relevant ideologies and categories, and the role of theory in African American political thought.

POLS 401 Executive Process (3)
The political dynamics of chief executives and their relationship to the competitive branches and units of government within the American political system. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 403 Policy Formulation and Decision Making (3)
An examination of the forces and constraints involved in making and implementing public policy.  Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 410 Politics in Black America (3)
The study of Blacks’ efforts to participate in the American political system; government and societal responses; present status of Blacks in the political system. Required of majors. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 411 American Political Parties (3)
The study of the American party system, including the functions, activities, development, structure, and organization of political parties. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 412 Civil Rights and Political Judiciary Processes (3)
A study of civil rights and how they have been impacted by the constitutional process of checks and balances; civil rights in party politics; civil rights as seen by American minorities. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 413 Constitutional Law (3)
The development and application of American constitutional law as interpreted by Supreme Court decisions on selected topics, cases, and recent trends. Required of majors. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 414 American Foreign Policy (3)
Factors shaping contemporary American foreign policy; administration and conduct of foreign affairs; the major foreign policy problems; cases in decision making. Three hours of lecture per week.  Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 419 Selected Topics in Political Science (3)
Analysis of selected areas and problems in political science. Subject matter varies from year to year.
Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 420 Urban Politics (3)
Investigation of urban political systems; politics in America’s large cities and their relationship to minorities; analysis of resources, strategies, and tactics in urban areas. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 431 Current International Issues (3)
Seminar focusing on a review of events as they occur using topical events reported in the news media. Three hours of lecture per week. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 440 Seminar on Women’s Political Issues (3)
Analysis of selected topics relevant to women and politics. Subject matters vary from year to year. Prerequisites: POLS 231 and POLS 232.

POLS 498 Capstone Seminar in Political Science (3)
Directed reading, research, and discussion of different sub-fields in the discipline of Political Science.  Includes a significant writing component. Prerequisite: consent of the instructor.