Political Science Courses
This course constitutes an introduction to the fundamental questions of political inquiry-What is justice? How ought we to live our lives? What is the best regime?-through a detailed study of books written by thinkers who offer very different answers to these questions. This course is required for all political science majors and minors.
We learn about government and politics outside the United States. We do this by debating big questions and the theories scholars have put forward to answer them, e.g., Why is there so much conflict in the Middle East? Why is democracy failing in Russia? Why are some countries so rich and others so poor? This course is required of all political science majors and minors.
An introduction to world politics covering the problems of war and peace, power politics, global economic issues, human rights, diplomacy, and recent crises. A prime objective is to develop students' capacity to critically analyze international behavior. This course is required for all political science majors and minors.
This introductory course surveys the central issues of American political thought from the founding of the Republic to the present. The focus will be on selected critical periods in American history characterized by heightened conflict over America's operative ideals, including revolutionary America and the struggle over the Constitution, the Civil War, Depression and New Deal, and the Vietnam era.
Special Topics courses include ad-hoc courses on various selected topics that are not part of the regular curriculum, however they may still fulfill certain curricular requirements. Special topics courses are offered at the discretion of each department and will be published as part of the semester course schedule - view available sections for more information. Questions about special topics classes can be directed to the instructor or department chair.