POLS 1113 American Federal Government
A study of the principles, structures, processes, and functions of the United States federal government.
POLS 2003 Politics Matters
A survey course exploring the discipline of political science, with an emphasis on introducing students to the broad subdisciplines (American Government, International Relations, Public Administration, and Political Theory) of political science. Students will learn how to approach political issues from a social science perspective, and begin to master the rudimentary aspects of social science methodology.
POLS 2033 American Legal System
A general perspective of the legal system and judicial branch of government; introducing legal terminology, survey of practices, and ethics of legal profession. (Formerly POLS 2013 and cross-listed with LA 2033)
POLS 2043 Introduction to Comparative Politics
An introduction to the methods of comparative political science examining the differences in political systems and political cultures. A research paper, exams, and other writing are required. Prerequisite: POLS 1113 or instructor’s permission.
POLS 2123 An Introduction to Political Ideas
This course explores the impact of political ideas and ideological systems of thought, focusing particularly on major ideologies that have emerged in nineteenth and twentieth-century political thought. (Formerly POLS 3043)
POLS 2253 Political Practicum
Monthly seminar structured to involve students in a supervised manner in the political process. No less than 32 additional hours spent in campaign activity verified by an approved campaign manager.
POLS 3013 State and Local Government
This course explores the types of governments within states, municipalities, and other forms of local government as well as the influence of politics and recent trends affecting state, county, and municipal governments. An examination of contemporary issues will include civil rights, education, poverty, welfare, health, corrections, finance, and taxation. Special emphasis will be given to state and local government in Oklahoma. Prerequisite: POLS 1113. (Formerly POLS 2213)
POLS 3023 Introduction to Public Administration
This course covers general concepts of public administration and the significance of administration in the modern state. Course content includes an analysis of administrative theory, structure, and organization; dynamics of management and decision making; and fiscal, personnel, and operational administration. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 3033 Introduction to Public Policy
This course introduces the study of public policy by relating social problems to processes for conflict resolution. Topics include problem identification, policy formulation, institutional decision making, policy implementation and evaluation, and opportunities for reform and change. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 3053 International Relations
This course introduces students to the dynamics of relationships among nation-states. An important element of this course is the introduction of world views including realism, idealism, and the various behaviorist models that have emerged in the last 30 years.
POLS 3063 Constitutional Law I
An exploration of the constitutional foundations of American government, and contrasting approach to constitutional interpretation. This course will concentrate on issues directly related to constitutional principles touching on the relationship between the federal and state governments, and among the primary institutions of the national government. This course will emphasize the role of the Constitution in resolving political conflicts.
POLS 3083 Intelligence, Politics, and Public Policy
A study of the politics of intelligence policy within the broader framework of public policy, including the means by which governments surveil other governments and international entities, their own citizenry, and how evolving technology and circumstances have significantly increased the capacity of the state to gather intelligence. Prerequisite: POLS 1113 or instructor’s permission.
POLS 3123 Political Terrorism and Violence
A comparative study of political terrorism and other forms of political violence (e.g. revolution, civil war, insurgencies, etc.). It will provide students with analytical tools for understanding why such events occur, focus on policies designed to prevent these sorts of violent political strategies, and will challenge students to analyze the effectiveness of different counter-terrorist and counterinsurgency strategies. Prerequisite: POLS 1113 or instructor’s permission.
POLS 3143 Introduction to Political Theory
An introduction to the history and tradition of political thinking and thought. This course may be taught alternatively as an introduction to the classics of Western political thought or as an introduction to the tradition of political philosophy. Prerequisite: POLS 1113. (Formerly POLS 2023)
POLS (HIST) 3153 Introduction to American Political Thought
A survey course exploring the interaction of ideas and events in the evolution of American political thought. The course will explore the development of American ideas on issues like liberty, equality, and justice from the American Revolutionary period through the Civil War and into the Twenty-first century. Prerequisite: POLS 2123.
POLS 3163 The American Presidency
A study of the constitutional foundations of the presidency, the evolution of presidential power, and the selection process. This course also analyzes the executive branch within the framework of the separation of powers, and explores contemporary issues related to the office. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 3173 The American Congress
A study of the role of Congress in the American political system. This course explores the Framers’ view of legislative power and focuses on the role and meaning of representation in a democratic system of governance. This course also addresses the organization and structure of the two houses of Congress, their distinctive cultures, and the role of leadership in exploring the legislative process.
POLS 3213 Bureaucratic Politics
The purpose of this course is to expose students to various theories of organization, and to explore the impact of bureaucratic culture on policy implementation. Additionally, students will learn about the evolution of various bureaucratic agencies. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS (CJ) 3243 Ethics in Public Service
This course investigates the distinctive ethical dilemmas that face leaders whose work will likely impact the public at large. Case studies, ethical concepts, and terminology are introduced in an effort to seriously analyze the practical application of ethical practices in the public sector. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 3273 Intergovernmental Relations
This course explores the relationships among federal, state, metropolitan, tribal, and local units of government. Students will learn about current trends, issues, judicial interpretations, and administrative actions involving intergovernmental relations (IGR). Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 3553 Public Finance and Personnel Management
A study of two of the fundamental functions of modern public administration. The first portion of the course focuses on the various approaches used in formulating budgets for local, state and national governments, with an emphasis on viewing the budget as reflecting goals of public policy. The second portion of the course provides a survey of the unique legal demands of human resource management in the private sector.
POLS 3950 Topics in Politics
A seminar in selected topics in politics. Topics and credits may vary each time the course is offered (1–3 credit hours). May be repeated with changes of topic. Prerequisite: POLS 1113. (Formerly POLS 2890)
POLS 4013 Campaigns, Elections, and Voting
This course analyzes factors influencing voting choices, campaign strategies and techniques, changes and trends in U.S. elections, and methods of predicting and interpreting election results.
POLS 4023 Democracy
This course examines the concept of democracy from its historical foundations to current issues challenging democracy in the twenty-first century.
POLS 4033 American Foreign Policy
A survey course in the evolution of American foreign policy. This course will consider the role the United States plays in world affairs, and the relationship between the United States, foreign governments, and the various non-governmental and international organizations that constitute the international community.
POLS 4043 The Media and Politics
A survey of the role the media plays in the governing process. This course will examine the mediating relationship the media plays between governmental actors and citizens: the importance of information, its impact on public opinion, and the quality of news coverage of politics.
POLS 4063 Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties
This course explores the expansion of the Bill of Rights through incorporation, and the evolution of legal interpretations of both civil rights and civil liberties. This course will focus on the legal limitations on government power, and on the relationship between law and society, and historical attempts to insure a more equitable political and legal regime. Issues such as affirmative action, free speech, freedom of religion, same-sex marriage, privacy and the surveillance power of the state will challenge students to
critically evaluate the role of the law in securing personal liberties.
POLS 4103 National Security Strategies
An overview of the various challenges, threats, and opportunities that exist within the sphere of national security. It will provide a historical overview of the evolving nature of U.S. national security. Students will critically analyze theories of national security, and the challenges related to securing an open society in a world characterized by a variety of serious threats such as terrorism, regional conflicts, and nuclear proliferation. Prerequisite: POLS 1113 or instructor’s permission.
POLS (SOC) 4213 Environmental Policy and Regulation
Political, scientific, social, legal, and economic dimensions of international resource use, pollution, and Environmental Studies development.
POLS 4323 Administrative Law and Regulation
Students will learn about the principles governing federal agencies as well as the constitutional and statutory constraints on the structure of the administrative state and the scope of presidential, congressional, and judicial control over these agencies. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 4513 Grant Writing
This class emphasizes hands-on writing and research for nonprofit and educational grants. Instructional areas include understanding grant funder and grant reviewer perspectives, finding appropriate funding sources, designing budgets, building an evaluation, and complying with requirements. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 4533 Municipal Government
Public management must face increasing state and federal mandates, high expectations by citizens for quality services jointed to demands for low taxes, growing populations, community revitalization, and conflicts over land and water use. This course offers students an opportunity to explore the realities of municipal management and to understand the necessity for urban planning. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 4623 Nonprofit Administration
This course focuses on issues in the administration and management of nonprofit organizations including relationships between the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Prerequisite: POLS 1113. (Formerly POLS 4621)
POLS 4643 Public Budgeting and Personnel Administration*
This course is a study of two of the fundamental functions of modern public administration. The first part emphasizes how financial management is used to achieve policy goals and establish accountability. The second part reviews the history of public personnel management and its dual emphasis on politics and performance. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 4991 Exit Examination
This course will be taken by BA-PA majors in conjunction with their senior seminar, and will consist of preparation to take and pass a comprehensive, objective examination based on material from the program core courses. Prerequisite: POLS 1113; must be taken concurrently with SBS 4513.
POLS 4993 Policy and Program Evaluation
This course provides students with a basic understanding of how evaluations can provide rational information for policy-making decisions. This is accomplished by studying different processes involved in formal and informal evaluations, their political dimension, good report writing, basic research design, sponsor relationships, and ethical considerations. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.