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POL 1110 | POL 1120 | POL 2320 | POL 2330 | POL 2464 | POL 2641 | POL 2642 | POL 2900 | POL 3125 | POL 3170 | POL 3320 | POL 3330 | POL 3345 | POL 3410 | POL 3430 | POL 3435 | POL 3440 | POL 3450 | POL 3500 | POL 3550 | POL 3670 | POL 3677 | POL 3780 | POL 4000 | POL 4310 | POL 4450 | POL 4451 | POL 4452 | POL 4641 | POL 4642 | POL 4643 | POL 4899 | POL 4900 | POL 4911 | POL 4920 | POL 4930 | POL 4931 | POL 4940 | POL 4950 | VIEW ALL
POL 1110: Introduction to Politics (5) Offerings
Analyzes the theory and practice of politics by discussing different approaches to the nature of political knowledge and the significance that this knowledge has for political leadership and citizenship. Although the focus is primarily on political behavior in the United States, opportunity will be taken to examine political practices within other countries (comparative politics) and among other countries (international relations).
Attributes:Social Science B, WK Social Sciences
POL 1120: American Government & Politics (5) Offerings
Surveys the founding principles of the American political system and examines the development and operation of major national institutions such as Congress, the presidency, the bureaucracy, the Supreme Court, political parties and the media.
Attributes:Social Science B, WK Social Sciences
POL 2320: Comparative Political Systems (5) Offerings
Analyzes how nations are governed. Democracies, authoritarian systems and developing countries are studied in light of political analysis and with attention to basic questions of human well-being.
Restrictions:Global Development Studies, Political Science Majors only.
POL 2330: International Relations (5) Offerings
Introduces the international political system, contrasting concepts of national interest to increasing global interdependence. Discusses interactions among ideals and realities in national and global policy-making processes, and their relationship to individual citizens.
Attributes:Social Science B, WK Social Sciences
POL 2464: State & Local Politics (5) Offerings
Analyzes contemporary state and local governmental institutions and how they operate within America's federal system. Special emphasis on public policy issues such as health care, crime, education, welfare and land use. Offered alternate years.
POL 2641: Christianity & Amer. Politics (5) Offerings
Explores the benefits and dangers of Christian involvement in American politics from the start of the nation to today. Topics addressed include the role of Christianity in America's founding, the reasons for religious liberty and practical guidelines for Christians seeking to influence public policy. Uses case studies of actual political controversies.
Attributes:Social Science B
POL 2642: Christianity & World Politics (5) Offerings
Explores the role of Christians in world politics from the early church to today. Topics include the changing relationship between church and state, the witness of Christians under totalitarianism, the development of the idea of religious liberty and political conflicts over social justice. Offered alternate years.
POL 2900: Foundations for Leadership (5) Offerings
This course examines the implications of the Christian faith for leadership and statecraft. Of particular focus are issues of personal motivation, character and spirituality as they relate to politics and organizational leadership. Offered alternate years.
POL 3125: Issue Seminar (3-5) Offerings
Current and enduring national and world issues are analyzed in the context of political science methods, concepts and Christian ethical standards. Topic varies. (Example: "Morality and Politics.") Course may be taken again as long as the topic is different. May be repeated for credit 4 times.
Attributes:Upper-Division
POL 3170: Geopolitics (5) Offerings
Current world events are explored, from a variety of social-science disciplines e.g., political science, history, economics and political geography. Topics vary, but always include an examination of Christian views on geopolitical conflicts and the role of international law in solving disputes.
Equivalent Courses:GEO 3170 Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 3320: Pol & Econ Develpmt of Nations (5) Offerings
Studies theories and experiences of "nation-building," both political and economic, primarily in Lesser Developed Countries. Evaluates concepts of authority, economic growth and human well-being, and the policies used to achieve these in different cultures and systems. Offered every year.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Economics, Global Development Studies, Political Science Majors only. Freshman students are excluded.
POL 3330: Global Perspect Women's Issues (3,5) Offerings
Examines global, political, social, and economic issues as they apply to women in global politics. Special focus will be given to geographic factors and how women and feminist theory fit into current political theory, the roles of women in developing countries, and what women can and are doing to change the world around them.
Equivalent Courses:GEO 3330 Attributes:Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 3345: Russia,The Caucasus&Cntrl Asia (5) Offerings
Surveys history, geography, politics, and economies of Russia and its southern periphery. Examines impact of tsarist and Soviet legacies on today's Russian federation and eight countries that make up the newly independent states of the Caucasus and Central Asia. Special focus is given to Russia's role in international geopolitics and the global economy.
Equivalent Courses:HIS 3345 Attributes:Social Science B, Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 3410: Moral Foundations of Democracy (5) Offerings
Reviews the classical, modern and Christian contributions to the development of Western democratic thought. Analyzes a wide range of critical political opinion and biblical literature in order to understand the moral foundations of Western democracy. Thinkers reviewed include Plato, Tocqueville, Augustine, Madison, Jefferson, and Lincoln. Offered alternate years.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 3430: Pres & Congress: Pol Leadrshp (5) Offerings
Analyzes executive-legislative relations by reviewing Constitutional principles and the political culture of the Washington community, with emphasis on the presidency as an instrument of national leadership. Offered alternate years.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 3435: Marxism:20thCent Theory & Prac (3) Offerings
Examines the development of varieties of Marxist theory and practice in the 20th century. Compares the Soviet, European, Chinese and Latin American experiences with Marxist thought and practice. Offered alternate years.
Equivalent Courses:ECN 3435, HIS 3435 Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 3440: War, Peace & World Order (5) Offerings
This course explores the issues of war and peace in the international system. It introduces key political science concepts and analytical tools for the study of world affairs, and applies them to explore the conditions and strategies affecting conflict, peace, and their evolution over time.
Equivalent Courses:HIS 3440 Attributes:Social Science B, Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 3450: Pols, Parties & Interest Grps (3) Offerings
Examines the role of political parties in contemporary American government and the implications of weakened parties for governing. The place of interest groups and political action committees is also surveyed, with special attention to the roles PACS play in campaigns and elections. Offered alternate years. Students who are taking the course to fulfill the capstone requirement should enroll in POL 4899.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 3500: Environmental Policy (5) Offerings
Examines environmental problems and public policy choices. Compares notions of wise use, consumption, sustainability and stewardship of earth's resources in relation to Christian tradition. Considers social, political, and economic forces that impact the natural environment.
Equivalent Courses:GEO 3500 Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 3550: Social Darwinism and Politics (5) Offerings
Explores the impact of Darwinism and scientific materialism on such fields as criminal justice, medicine, economics, welfare and education during the past century. Topics include eugenics, the Scopes trial, biological defenses in criminal law and evolutionary theories of morality. Offered alternate years.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging, Writing "W" Course
POL 3670: Hist of Amer Foreign Relations (5) Offerings
Studies the United States as a participant in the international system, from colonial dependency to superpower. Proposes a theoretical model for interpreting American foreign policy and applies this framework to historical events considered chronologically. Considers questions of morality in relation to foreign policy.
Equivalent Courses:HIS 3670 Attributes:Social Science B, Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 3677: The Nature of Cities (5) Offerings
Explores generally from multidisciplinary perspectives the character and content of cities. Topics include attitudes about cities over time, the changing economic base of cities and selected contempary land-use and urban planning problems.
Attributes:Social Science B, Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging
POL 3780: Law & Society (5) Offerings
Studies the role of law in society and provides an introduction to the American legal system. Includes case studies of such issues as product liability, environmental law, civil disobedience and assisted suicide. Features guest speakers from the legal community. Especially recommended for students considering law school. Offered every year.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Ways of Engaging Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 4000: Public Policy & Administration (5) Offerings
A study of public policy-making, with special attention paid to the policy process in its implementation and evaluation stages. Using case studies, analyses of specific policies are undertaken in such areas as budgeting, education, civil rights, energy and social services. Offered alternate years.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 4310: Internationl Political Economy (5) Offerings
Examines the nature and dynamics of the global economy in relation to the economies and political systems of nations and to theories and models of national, regional and global economic growth. International trade, business and government policy are studied in this context.
Equivalent Courses:ECN 4310 Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 4450: Constitutional Law:Powers (5) Offerings
A study of the U.S. Constitution and the Supreme Court, and the role of "constitutional" law in American government and society, with special attention given to cases dealing with federalism and separation of powers. Recommended for students interested in law school. This course is offered every other year, alternating with POL 4451.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
POL 4451: Constutional Law:Liberties (5) Offerings
A study of the U.S. Constitution and Supreme Court and the role of "constitutional" law in American government and society, with special attention given to cases dealing with civil liberties and civil rights. Recommended for students interested in law school. This course is offered every other year, alternating with POL 4450. It may be taken as a stand-alone course or in sequence with POL 4450.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
POL 4452: International Law (3,5) Offerings
An exploration of the intricacies of international law including its creation, different legal processes, and institutions that deal with international law as well as some of the main legal issues, pivotal cases, customs, laws and treaties that form the body of international law.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 4641: Theories of Poltcl Sys:Ancient (5) Offerings
Explores major themes of normative political thought by reviewing key works of such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle and Augustine. Reviews the nature of justice and governance, of citizenship and obedience, and examines a variety of Christian perspectives on these issues.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 4642: Theories of Politcl Sys:Modern (5) Offerings
Explores major themes of normative political thought by reviewing the key works of such thinkers as Aquinas, Machiavelli, Locke and Rousseau. Reviews the nature of justice and governance, of citizenship and obedience, and examines a variety of Christian perspectives on these issues.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 4643: Methods of Political Analysis (5) Offerings
Explores approaches and methods by which political scientists work with empirical evidence to develop knowledge and theory about the nature of political behavior in society. Students are strongly encouraged to take this course during their junior year whenever possible.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Political Science Majors only. Freshman students are excluded.
POL 4899: Political Science Capstone (3) Offerings
Provides an in-depth exploration of a specific issue or topic so that graduating seniors can synthesize and apply the knowledge and skills they have acquired while studying political science. For specific course and topic information, see Catalog and Online Time Schedule descriptions of POL 3450, POL 4911 and POL 4950. Political Science majors who are taking this course to meet the capstone graduation requirement should enroll in POL 4899; all other students should enroll in the equivalent course number.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Political Science Majors only. Post-Baccalaureate, Senior students only.
POL 4900: Independent Study (1-5) Offerings
Prerequisites: Junior standing; at least 15 credits in political science. Designed to develop intensive examination of selected areas of interest in political thought, institutions or behavior through a program of directed readings and/or research approved by a political science faculty member. (Maximum of 10 credits applicable to POL major.) May be repeated for credit up to 15 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman, Sophomore students are excluded.
POL 4911: Advanced Seminar: (1-5) Offerings
Prerequisite: Upper-class standing. Seminars studying theoretical and/or practical issues in politics, government and political science. See current Time Schedule for topics. Students who are taking this course to fulfill the capstone requirement should enroll in POL 4899. May be repeated for credit up to 25 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division, Writing "W" Course Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 4920: Directed Readings (1-5) Offerings
Directed readings to be arranged with the instructor of the course. Consists of a bibliography compiled with assistance of instructor and a corresponding number of critical review essays of the readings. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 4930: Leadership Minor Practicum (1-5) Offerings
Prerequisite: Admission to minor. Provides faculty/staff oversight of co-curricular experience in campus leadership positions (defined as those advised within Office of Student Life or Campus Ministries). Instruction via learning contract, readings, assignments and meetings with instructor. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits.
Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 4931: Political Science Practicum (1-5) Offerings
Political Science Practicum May be repeated for credit up to 5 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division
POL 4940: Political Internships (1-15) Offerings
Prerequisites: Junior standing and at least 15 credits in political science. Provides opportunities for practical experience in national, state or local governmental bodies and agencies or political organizations. Available with a program designed in advance and approved by a political science faculty member. (Maximum of 10 credits applicable to POL major.) May be repeated for credit up to 30 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.
POL 4950: Special Topics (1-5) Offerings
Students who are taking this course to fulfill the capstone requirement should enroll in POL 4899. May be repeated for credit up to 10 credits.
Attributes:Upper-Division Restrictions:Freshman students are excluded.



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