2012-14 Academic Catalog

Department of Political Science

(College of Social and Behavioral Sciences)

www.uni.edu/polisci

The Department of Political Science offers the following undergraduate programs and program certificates.  Specific requirements for these programs are listed within this Department of Political Science section in the following order:

  • Undergraduate Majors (B.A.)
    • Political Communication (also listed in Department of Communication Studies)
    • Political Science-Liberal Arts
    • Public Administration
  • Minors
    • International Affairs-Liberal Arts
    • Political Science-Liberal Arts
    • Politics and Law
  • Program Certificates
    • Certificate in International Peace and Security
    • Certificate in State and Local Government

Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs

Political Communication Major

The Political Communication major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours.

Required core
Communication Studies:
COMM 4216/5216 (48C:160g)Political Communication3
or POL AMER 4160/5160 Political Communication
COMM 4211/5211 (48C:123g)Rhetoric and Civic Culture3
COMM 4444/5444 (48C:155g)Communication, Community, and Change3
COMM COR 1010 (48J:002)Mass Communication and Society3
Political Science:
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)Introduction to American Politics *3
POL AMER 3112 (942:112)Campaigns and Elections3
POL AMER 3150 (942:150)Public Opinion and Voting Behavior3
Methodology:
Select one of the following from Communication Studies/Political Science:3
Introduction to Research Methods *
Rhetorical Communication Research Methods *
Analyzing Politics
Internship in Communication Studies/Political Science:3
Internship in Communication
Internship in Politics *
Electives (choose two courses from Communication Studies and two courses from Political Science from the following list):12
Communication Studies:
Argumentation and Debate *
Media Literacy
Organizational Communication *
Freedom of Speech
Persuasion
Communication and Conflict Management *
Intercultural Communication
Social Protest: Performance and Rhetoric
Technology and Human Communication
Electronic Media: Processes and Effects *
Mass Communication Law and Ethics *
Global Mass Communication Systems *
Principles of Public Relations *
Political Science:
American State Politics
Community Politics
Legislative Politics *
Civil Rights and Liberties
Modern Presidency *
Political Parties and Interest Groups *
Citizen Participation and Civic Engagement
Political Psychology
Human Rights
International Law
Total Hours39

 

*

Choice of courses and subsequent prerequisites may increase the length of this program.  These courses have additional prerequisites as follows:

 

POL AMER 1014 (942:014) satisfies Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

COMM COR 2020 (48C:080), COMM 2257 (48C:074), and COMM 3055 (48C:132) have prerequisite of COMM 1000 (48C:001).  COMM 1000 (48C:001) satisfies Category 1B of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

POL GEN 3181 (940:181) has prerequisites of POL GEN 2010 (940:010); 15 hours of political science; Political Science, Political Communication, or Public Administration major.

 

COMM 4023/5023 (48C:189g) has prerequisite of COMM COR 2020 (48C:080) but will be waived for Political Communication majors.

 

COMM 4333/5333 (48C:148g) has prerequisite of COMM 2344 (48C:004).

 

COMM EM 4616/5616 (48E:141g) has prerequisite of COMM EM 1611 (48E:021) or consent of instructor.

 

COMM J 4754/5754 (48J:151g) has prerequisite of COMM COR 1010 (48J:002).

 

COMM PR 1811 (48P:005) has prerequisites of COMM 1000 (48C:001) and ENGLISH 1005 (620:005). COMM 1000 (48C:001) satisfies Category 1B of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

POL AMER 3134 (942:134), POL AMER 3151 (942:151), and POL AMER 3166 (942:166) have prerequisites of POL AMER 1014 (942:014). POL AMER 1014 (942:014) satisfies Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.


Political Science Major-Liberal Arts

The Political Science-Liberal Arts major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours.

Required
Political Science:
POL GEN 2010 (940:010)Analyzing Politics3
POL THRY 1050 (941:050)Introduction to Political Theory: Freedom, Justice and Power3
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)Introduction to American Politics *3
POL INTL 1024 (943:024)International Relations *3
POL COMP 1040 (944:040)Comparative Politics3
Students must take at least one upper-level course in each of the four sub-fields of political science:
Political Theory [POL THRY 3xxx/4xxx (941:1xx)]3
American Politics [POL AMER 3xxx/4xxx (942:1xx)]3
International Relations (POL INTL 3xxx/4xxx (943:1xx)]3
Comparative Politics [POL COMP 3xxx/4xxx (944:1xx)]3
Students must take one Senior Seminar in Political Science:
POL GEN 3184 (940:184)Senior Seminar in Political Science3
Electives in political science (POL AMER, POL COMP, POL GEN, POL INTL, POL THRY)9
Total Hours39

Note: Not more than 9 semester hours of political science taken within the International Affairs minor or Politics and Law minor may also be counted for credit on this major.

*

 POL AMER 1014 (942:014) and POL INTL 1024 (943:024) satisfy Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

Public Administration Major

The Public Administration major requires a minimum of 120 total hours to graduate. This total includes Liberal Arts Core requirements and the following specified major requirements, plus electives to complete the minimum of 120 hours.

Required
Political Science:
POL GEN 2010 (940:010)Analyzing Politics3
POL GEN 3111 (940:111)Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Political Science3
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)Introduction to American Politics *3
POL AMER 1048 (942:048)Introduction to Public Administration3
POL AMER 3172 (942:172)Public Budgeting3
POL AMER 4153/5153 (942:153g)Public Organizations3
POL AMER 4173/5173 (942:173g)The Public Policy Process3
POL AMER 4188/5188 (942:188g)Seminar in Public Administration3
Internship:
POL GEN 3181 (940:181)Internship in Politics *3-8
Area of concentration: choose one of the following focus areas (below)9
Total Hours36-41

 Focus Area 1 - Economics and Finance (select 3 courses)

Select three from the following:9
Accounting
Principles of Financial Accounting
Principles of Managerial Accounting *
Economics
Principles of Macroeconomics *
Principles of Microeconomics *
Public Finance *
Cost-Benefit Analysis *
Urban and Regional Economics *
Political Science
Iowa Politics
Topics in Public Policy
Total Hours9

 Focus Area 2 - Community and Regional Development (select 3 courses)

Select three from the following:9
Political Science
American State Politics
Community Politics
Iowa Politics
Topics in Public Policy
Geography
Geographic Information Systems I
Regional Analysis and Planning
Transportation Planning and Policy
Geographic Information Systems II *
Criminology
Crime and Public Policy *
Total Hours9

 Focus Area 3 - Human Resources (select 3 courses)

Select three from the following:9
Management
Organizational Management
Organizational Behavior *
Staffing and Employee Development *
Psychology
Organizational Psychology *
Industrial Psychology *
Social Work
Minority Group Relations *
Communication Studies
Organizational Communication *
Political Science
Public Personnel Administration
Iowa Politics
Topics in Public Policy
Total Hours9

 

*

These courses have additional prerequisites as follows: 

 

POL AMER 1014 (942:014) satisfies Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

  

POL GEN 3181 (940:181) has prerequisites of POL GEN 2010 (940:010); 15 hours of Political Science; Political Science, Political Communication, or Public Administration major; junior standing and consent of department.

 

ACCT 2130 (120:031) has prerequisite of C- or better in ACCT 2120 (120:030).

 

ECON 3221/5221 (920:117g), ECON 3229/5229 (920:125g) and ECON 3253/5253 (920:148g) have prerequisites of ECON 1041 (920:053) and ECON 1051 (920:054). Both ECON 1041 (920:053) and ECON 1051 (920:054) may substitute for ECON 1031 (920:024) which will satisfy Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

ECON 1051 (920:054) has prerequisite of ECON 1041 (920:053)

 

GEOG 4320/5320 (970:174g) has prerequisite of gGEOG 3310 (970:164).

 

CRIM 4253/5253 (982:153g) has prerequisites of SOC 1000 (980:001) and CRIM 2022 (982:022)SOC 1000 (980:001) will satisfy Category 5A of the Liberal Arts Core. 

 

MGMT 3965/5965 (150:165g) has prerequisite of MGMT 3153 (150:153), STAT 1772 (800:072) or equivalent, ECON 1011 (920:070). STAT 1772 (800:072) will satisfy Category 1C of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

MGMT 3966/5966 (150:166g) has prerequisite of MGMT 3153 (150:153).

 

PSYCH 3305/5305 (400:157g) and PSYCH 3304/5304 (400:158g) have prerequisite of PSYCH 1001 (400:001). PSYCH 1001 (400:001) will satisfy Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

SW 4163/5163 (450:163g) has prerequisite of SOC 1000 (980:001). SOC 1000 (980:001) will satisfy Category 5A of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

COMM 3055 (48C:132) has prerequisite of COMM 1000 (48C:001). COMM 1000 (48C:001) satisfies Category 1B of the Liberal Arts Core.

Minors

International Affairs Minor-Liberal Arts

The International Affairs minor is composed of 21 hours in political science and related disciplines. The requirements are as follows:

Required
Political Science:
POL INTL 1024 (943:024)International Relations *3
POL COMP 1040 (944:040)Comparative Politics3
Select at least two of the following:6
Economics: ^
International Economics ^
Political Science:
International Security
Human Rights
United States Foreign Policy
International Diplomacy and Negotiation
International Law
International Organizations
Politics of the Global Economy
North-South Relations
Terrorism and Insurgency
Nationalism
Select at least one of the following:3
Political Science:
Western European Democracies
Politics of East Asia
Russian and East European Politics
African Politics
Latin American Politics
Select two of the following, any additional electives from the courses listed above, or those listed below: **6
Communication:
Intercultural Communication
Journalism:
Global Mass Communication Systems ^
French:
French Civilization ^
Contemporary France ^
German:
Cultural History of German-Speaking Countries ^
Contemporary Germany and Austria ^
Russian:
Russian Culture and Civilization I ^
Russian Culture and Civilization II ^
Spanish:
Latin American Culture and Civilization ^
Culture and Civilization of Spain ^
Contemporary Hispanic Culture
Portuguese:
Multimedia Studies in Culture ^
Economics: ^
Economic Development ^
International Financial Economics ^
History:
Europe from World War I to the Present
History of Modern France
History of Germany Since 1648
History of Imperial Russia
History of Soviet Russia
Great Power Diplomacy from the Congress of Vienna to the Present
Military History from Napoleon to the Present
Latin American History
Modern African History
Modern South Asia
Modern Chinese History
Geography:
Political Geography
Geopolitics: (Variable Topic) ^
Regional Geography: (Variable Topic)
Sociology/Anthropology:
Language and Culture ^
Crime, Law, and Justice: A Global Perspective ^
Total hours ***21

 

*

 POL INTL 1024 (943:024) satisfies Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

**

This requirement may also be met by an internship approved by the Department of Political Science. Furthermore, students who have successfully completed four semesters at the college level of any foreign language, with at least a 2.00 GPA, or demonstrate an equivalent competency level can apply three credit hours toward the fulfillment of this requirement.

***

 No more than 9 hours of political science for this minor can also be counted toward a teaching or non-teaching major in political science.

^

These courses have additional prerequisites as follows:

 

COMM J 4754/5754 (48J:151g) has prerequisite of COMM COR 1010 (48J:002).

 

FREN 4024/5024 (720:124g) and FREN 4025/5025 (720:125g) have prerequisite of FREN 3001/5001 (720:101g).

 

GER 4023/5023 (740:123g) and GER 4050/5050 (740:150g) have prerequisite of GER 3001/5001 (740:101g).

 

SLAV 4141/5141 (770:141g) and SLAV 4142/5142 (770:142g) have prerequisite of SLAV 3102/5102 (770:103g).

 

SPAN 3020 (780:120) and SPAN 3023 (780:123) have prerequisite of SPAN 3001 (780:101) or SPAN 3050/5050 (780:150g).

 

PORT 3123/5123 (790:123g) has prerequisite of PORT 3101/5101 (790:101g).

 

ECON 1041 (920:053) and ECON 1051 (920:054) are prerequisites to all 100/2000/3000/4000-level economics courses. Either ECON 1031 (920:024) or both ECON 1041 (920:053) and ECON 1051 (920:054) will satisfy Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

GEOG 4140/5140 (970:116g) has prerequisite of one previous 3000/4000-level course in Social Sciences.

 

SOC 3001 (980:177)/ANTH 3001 (990:177) and CRIM 4262/5262 (982:162g)/ANTH 3441/5441 (990:162g) have prerequisite of SOC 1000 (980:001) or ANTH 1002 (990:011), either of which will satisfy Category 5A of the Liberal Arts Core.

Note: Choice of courses and subsequent course prerequisites may increase the length of this program.

Political Science Minor-Liberal Arts

Required
Political Science:
POL GEN 2010 (940:010)Analyzing Politics3
POL THRY 1050 (941:050)Introduction to Political Theory: Freedom, Justice and Power3
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)Introduction to American Politics *3
POL INTL 1024 (943:024)International Relations *3
POL COMP 1040 (944:040)Comparative Politics3
Electives in political science (POL AMER, POL COMP, POL GEN, POL INTL, POL THRY)3
Total Hours18

*

POL AMER 1014 (942:014) and POL INTL 1024 (943:024) will satisfy Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

Note: Not more than 9 semester hours of political science taken within the International Affairs minor or Politics and Law minor may also be counted for credit on a political science major or minor.

Politics and Law Minor

The Politics and Law minor is intended to provide students with a general understanding of American legal institutions and how these institutions interact and influence our policy. The program equips students with a facility in legal reasoning and logic.

Required
Political Science:
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)Introduction to American Politics *3
POL AMER 3141 (942:141)Constitutional Law3
POL AMER 3146 (942:146)Law and Politics3
Philosophy:
PHIL 1030 (650:045)Elementary Logic3
Select two of the following:6
Management:
Employment and Labor Law ^
Political Science:
Civil Rights and Liberties
Law and the Courts
Criminology:
Criminal Justice System ^
Crime, Law, and Justice: A Global Perspective ^
Select one of the following:3
Management:
Business Law
Psychology:
Psychology and Law ^
Philosophy:
Society, Politics, and the Person
Economics:
Law and Economics ^
Political Science:
American Political Thought
Problems in Juvenile and Family Law
International Law
Criminology:
Juvenile Justice ^
Law and Society ^
Women, Crime and Society ^
Total Hours21

Note: Not more than 9 semester hours of political science for this minor can count toward a teaching or non-teaching major in political science.

Note: Choice of courses and subsequent course prerequisites may increase the length of this program.

*

POL AMER 1014 (942:014)satisfies Category 5B of the Liberal Arts core.


^

 These courses have additional prerequisites as follows:
MGMT 3905/5905 (150:105g) has prerequisite of MGMT 3100 (150:100) or MGMT 3101 (150:101) or equivalent.


CRIM 2022 (982:022) and CRIM 4228/5228 (982:128g) have prerequisite of SOC 1000 (980:001), which will satisfy Category 5A of the Liberal Arts Core.


CRIM 4262/5262 (982:162g) has prerequisite of SOC 1000 (980:001) or ANTH 1002 (990:011), either of which will satisfy Category 5A of the Liberal Arts Core.

 


PSYCH 2302 (400:070) has prerequisite of PSYCH 1001 (400:001), which will satisfy Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.


ECON 3231/5231 (920:128g) has prerequisite of ECON 1041 (920:053) and ECON 1051 (920:054). Satisfactory completion of both ECON 1041 (920:053) and ECON 1051 (920:054) will satisfy Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.


CRIM 4331/5331 (982:131g) and CRIM 2232 (982:132) have prerequisites of SOC 1000 (980:001) and CRIM 2022 (982:022). SOC 1000 (980:001) will satisfy Category 5A of the Liberal Arts Core. 

Program Certificates

The University of Northern Iowa makes available, in addition to traditional programs, the opportunity for students to earn program certificates. Program certificates provide an alternative to programs leading to a degree, a major, or a minor; they certify that an individual has completed a program approved by the university. For information on the following program certificates, contact the Department of Political Science or the Office of the Registrar, which serves as the centralized registry.

Certificate in International Peace and Security

The Certificate in International Peace and Security is designed to provide a specialized and in-depth knowledge of theories, concepts and evidence about issues of conflict and peace in world politics. Students will develop analytical and practical skills on matters of diplomacy and conflict resolution, coupled with a breadth of understanding about contemporary issues, about the different types and forms of international violence that exist, as well as the causes of and solutions to such conflict.

This certificate complements UNI’s Center for International Peace and Security Studies (CIPSS), and is meant to foster interdisciplinary study. If your career goals are in foreign service, public or private sector conflict mediation, international business and risk assessment, homeland security or military service, this certificate program will be an invaluable benefit to your education. Any student seeking advanced study in international security, or who wishes to foster peace and understand war, is eligible and will find this intensive program rewarding.

Required
International Relations core:
POL INTL 1024 (943:024)International Relations *3
POL INTL 3120 (943:120)International Security3
Electives
Select a minimum of 9 hours from the following:9
Communication:
Intercultural Communication
International Relations:
United States Foreign Policy
International Diplomacy and Negotiation
International Law
International Organizations
Comparative Politics:
Terrorism and Insurgency
History:
Great Power Diplomacy from the Congress of Vienna to the Present
Military History from Napoleon to the Present
Geography:
Geopolitics: (Variable Topic)
Sociology:
Conflict Resolution
Total Hours15

*

POL INTL 1024 (943:024) satisfies Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

Certificate in State and Local Government

The Certificate in State and Local Government is designed to provide a specific set of skills to any student at UNI looking to work in state or local government. This certificate blends theoretical and practical knowledge to provide the flexibility to solve some of the problems facing these governments.

If your career goals include public finance, economic development, community development and planning, or state and local politics, a Certificate in State and Local Government will help link your education to your career.

A Certificate in State and Local Government will also help students who want to work in public agencies such as school administration, city management, public health, social services, or public safety.

Required
American Politics:
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)Introduction to American Politics *3
POL AMER 2131 (942:131)American State Politics3
Electives
Select minimum 9 hours from the following:9
Communication:
Political Communication
Political Communication
Economics:
Urban and Regional Economics *
American Politics:
Community Politics
Public Budgeting *
Public Organizations
The Public Policy Process *
Criminology:
Crime and Public Policy *
Total Hours15

 

*

These courses have additional prerequisites are as follows:

 

POL AMER 1014 (942:014) satisfies Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

ECON 3253/5253 (920:148g) has prerequisites of ECON 1041 (920:053) and ECON 1051 (920:054), or consent of instructor. ECON 1041 (920:053) and ECON 1051 (920:054) are prerequisites to all 100/2000/3000/4000-level economics courses. Either ECON 1031 (920:024) or both ECON 1041 (920:053) and ECON 1051 (920:054) will satisfy Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

POL AMER 3172 (942:172) and POL AMER 4173/5173 (942:173g) have prerequisites of POL AMER 1014 (942:014) and POL AMER 1048 (942:048). POL AMER 1014 (942:014) satisfies Category 5B of the Liberal Arts Core.

 

CRIM 4253/5253 (982:153g) has prerequisites of SOC 1000 (980:001) and CRIM 2022 (982:022). SOC 1000 (980:001) will satisfy Category 5A of the Liberal Arts Core.


 

B.A. Degree - Political Communication Major (Major Code 94C)

 

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts9Liberal Arts12
COMM 1000 (48C:001)3ENGLISH 1005 (620:005)3
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)3 
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts12Liberal Arts3
COMM COR 1010 (48J:002)3University Electives6
 POL INTL 1024 (943:024)3
 15 12
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
University Electives3University Electives9
COMM 4216/5216 (48C:160g)3 
GEOG 4130/5130 (970:114g)3 
HISUS 4180/5180 (961:116g)3 
 12 9
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Capstone Experience2University Electives9
University Electives9 
 11 9
Total credit hours: 98

 

B.A. Degree - Political Science-Liberal Arts Major (Major Code 940)

 

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts Core12Liberal Arts Core12
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)3POL INTL 1024 (943:024)3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts Core9American Politics Requirement3
POL COMP 1040 (944:040)3Liberal Arts Core9
POL GEN 2010 (940:010)3POL THRY 1050 (941:050)3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Comparative Politics Requirement3Major Electives3
International Relations Requirement3Political Theory Requirement3
University Electives9University Electives9
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Capstone Experience3Major Electives3
Major Electives3University Electives9
University Electives9POL GEN 3184 (940:184)3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

 

B.A. Degree - Public Administration: Economics and Finance Major (Major Code 94E)

 

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts Core12Liberal Arts Core12
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)3POL GEN 2010 (940:010)3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts Core9University Electives3
POL AMER 1048 (942:048)3Liberal Arts Core9
POL GEN 3111 (940:111)3POL AMER 3172 (942:172)3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Economics & Finance Requirement3Economics & Finance Requirement3
University Electives6University Electives12
POL AMER 4153/5153 (942:153g)3 
POL AMER 4173/5173 (942:173g)3 
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Economics & Finance Requirement3Capstone Experience3
University Electives9-4University Electives9
POL GEN 3181 (940:181)3-8POL AMER 4188/5188 (942:188g)3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

 

B.A. Degree - Public Administration: Community and Regional Development Major (Major Code 94G)

 

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts Core12Liberal Arts Core12
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)3POL GEN 2010 (940:010)3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts Core9University Electives3
POL AMER 1048 (942:048)3Liberal Arts Core9
POL GEN 3111 (940:111)3POL AMER 3172 (942:172)3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Community & Regional Development Requirement3Community & Regional Development Requirement3
University Electives6University Electives12
POL AMER 4153/5153 (942:153g)3 
POL AMER 4173/5173 (942:173g)3 
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Community & Regional Development Requirement3Capstone Experience3
University Electives9-4University Electives9
POL GEN 3181 (940:181)3-8POL AMER 4188/5188 (942:188g)3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

 

B.A. Degree - Public Administration: Human Resources Major (Major Code 94H)

 

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts Core12Liberal Arts Core12
POL AMER 1014 (942:014)3POL GEN 2010 (940:010)3
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Liberal Arts Core9University Electives3
POL AMER 1048 (942:048)3Liberal Arts Core9
POL GEN 3111 (940:111)3POL AMER 3172 (942:172)3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
Human Resource Requirement3Human Resource Requirement3
University Electives6University Electives12
POL AMER 4153/5153 (942:153g)3 
POL AMER 4173/5173 (942:173g)3 
 15 15
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
Human Resource Requirement3Capstone Experience3
University Electives9-4University Electives9
POL GEN 3181 (940:181)3-8POL AMER 4188/5188 (942:188g)3
 15 15
Total credit hours: 120

 

Political Theory Courses

POL THRY 1050 (941:050). Introduction to Political Theory: Freedom, Justice and Power — 3 hrs.

Introductory course that explores some of the ideals that guide political practice, addressing questions such as: How do we know what is just, and how can justice be achieved? What does it mean to be free? What is the nature of power? Can we avoid it? If not, what can be done to control it? (Fall, Spring)

POL THRY 3122 (941:122). Theories of Democracy — 3 hrs.

Philosophical foundations of various forms of democracy, including ancient Athens' direct democracy, the liberal representative democracy, and radical democratic movements. Considers critiques of and threats to democracy. (Variable)

POL THRY 3129 (941:129). American Political Thought — 3 hrs.

Founding theories of American political practice (Jefferson, Madison, and others); analysis of fundamental American political ideals including rights, freedom, and equality. (Variable)

POL THRY 3160 (941:160). Classical Political Theory — 3 hrs.

The nature of justice, arguments for and against democracy, the foundations of political knowledge, and the nature of political communities, as understood by the thinkers of classical Greece. (Variable)

POL THRY 3161 (941:161). Modern Political Theory — 3 hrs.

Western political thought from Machiavelli to Nietzsche, including the philosophical foundations for the American system of government (liberal and civic republican thought). (Variable)

Politics, American Courses

POL AMER 1014 (942:014). Introduction to American Politics — 3 hrs.

Examination of the structure, organization, and powers of the institutions of American government and how citizens are linked to government through such things as political parties, interest groups, and elections. (Fall, Spring)

POL AMER 1048 (942:048). Introduction to Public Administration — 3 hrs.

Role of bureaucracy in policy making and implementation in a representative government. Theories, concepts, and selected case studies in public administration. (Fall, Spring)

POL AMER 2131 (942:131). American State Politics — 3 hrs.

Analysis of organization, functions, and operation of state and local governments. (Fall)

POL AMER 3112 (942:112). Campaigns and Elections — 3 hrs.

Systematic examination of structure and functions of modern electoral campaigns for national, state, and local offices. (Even Falls)

POL AMER 3132 (942:132). Community Politics — 3 hrs.

Introduction to structure, functions, and policies of American local government in context of economic, social, and intergovernmental forces. Prerequisite(s): sophomore standing or consent of instructor. (Variable)

POL AMER 3134 (942:134). Legislative Politics — 3 hrs.

Introduction to the legislative process emphasizing the United States Congress. Focus on how Congress makes policy, and legislators' relations with constituents, parties, interest groups, and the executive and judicial branches. Prerequisite(s): POL AMER 1014 (942:014). (Odd Falls)

POL AMER 3141 (942:141). Constitutional Law — 3 hrs.

Analysis of U.S. Supreme Court decisions and changes in doctrine over time and the political forces affecting these changes. Emphasis on the powers and constraints of the federal government, separation of powers, and federalism. Prerequisite(s): POL AMER 1014 (942:014) or POL AMER 3146 (942:146) or POL AMER 3147 (942:147). (Fall)

POL AMER 3144 (942:144). Civil Rights and Liberties — 3 hrs.

Examines the Supreme Court's role in establishing and protecting individual rights and liberties from government intrusion. Emphasis on the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. Includes issues of free speech, freedom of religion, discrimination, and privacy. (Spring)

POL AMER 3146 (942:146). Law and Politics — 3 hrs.

Theoretical and empirical examination of the role of appellate courts, especially the U.S. Supreme Court, within the American political system. Examination of theories of judicial decision making, the influence of politics on law and judges, and the impact of court decisions on public policy. (Spring)

POL AMER 3147 (942:147). Law and the Courts — 3 hrs.

Examination of federal and state trial courts, both civil and criminal. Exploration of normative and empirical theories about the nature of the legal system and the roles of judges, lawyers, and litigants. Addresses political issues related to the civil and criminal justice systems. (Fall)

POL AMER 3150 (942:150). Public Opinion and Voting Behavior — 3 hrs.

Theoretical and empirical analyses of public opinion, political attitudes, political socialization, as well as voting behavior and political participation. (Spring)

POL AMER 3151 (942:151). Modern Presidency — 3 hrs.

Examination of constitutional, electoral, administrative, and political aspects of the modern American presidency as they have evolved from FDR to the present. Prerequisite(s): POL AMER 1014 (942:014). (Spring)

POL AMER 3166 (942:166). Political Parties and Interest Groups — 3 hrs.

Rise of interest groups and decline of parties in American political system; role of interest groups in policy process; organization and maintenance of political parties and interest groups. Prerequisite(s): POL AMER 1014 (942:014); junior standing. (Variable)

POL AMER 3172 (942:172). Public Budgeting — 3 hrs.

Historical development of current budgeting practices; politics of budgetary process at federal, state, and local levels; current methods of budgeting for public agencies, focusing on integration of budgeting into program planning. Prerequisite(s): POL AMER 1014 (942:014); POL AMER 1048 (942:048). (Spring)

POL AMER 3174 (942:174). Public Personnel Administration — 3 hrs.

Development of current government personnel practices; contemporary issues in personnel administration; techniques of job analysis; recruitment and selection of employees; and problems of supervision and evaluation. Prerequisite(s): POL AMER 1014 (942:014); POL AMER 1048 (942:048). (Spring)

POL AMER 4130/5130 (942:130g). Iowa Politics — 3 hrs.

Emphasis placed on the origins of Iowa's governmental structure, the three branches of government, and its unique role in presidential politics. Will examine some of the perennial issues facing the state. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

POL AMER 4142/5142 (942:142g). Problems in Juvenile and Family Law — 3 hrs.

Aspects of juvenile and family law; how legislature and courts have developed juvenile and family law, including marriage and divorce, adoption, and competency of minors. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Fall, Spring)

POL AMER 4143/5143 (942:143g). Citizen Participation and Civic Engagement — 3 hrs.

Introduces the key issues and problems affecting citizen participation and engagement at the community and national levels. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

POL AMER 4153/5153 (942:153g). Public Organizations — 3 hrs.

Theories and models of internal dynamics of public organizations and their role in the political milieu; characteristics and operation of American public organizations. Prerequisite(s): POL AMER 1014 (942:014); POL AMER 1048 (942:048); junior standing. (Fall)

POL AMER 4160/5160. Political Communication — 3 hrs.

Study of the elements of national and/or local political communication, including the rhetoric of political campaigns, and/or the rhetoric of elected officials. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Same as COMM 4216/5216 (48C:160g))(Fall)

POL AMER 4173/5173 (942:173g). The Public Policy Process — 3 hrs.

Theories and models of policy process in the United States, including agenda setting, formulation, adoption, implementation, and evaluation. Application of theories and models to case studies of major policy issues. Prerequisite(s): POL AMER 1014 (942:014); POL AMER 1048 (942:048); junior standing. (Fall)

POL AMER 4176/5176 (942:176g). Topics in Public Policy — 3 hrs.

Explores the latest developments in the field of public policy research. Ongoing policy issues may be used as examples to illustrate theoretical developments or to introduce applications of course material. The main topic explored may vary each time it is offered. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

POL AMER 4177/5177 (942:177g). Political Psychology — 3 hrs.

Explores the connections between psychology and political phenomena, including leadership, decision making, intergroup relations, and persuasion. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)

POL AMER 4188/5188 (942:188g). Seminar in Public Administration — 3 hrs.

Advanced topics in public administration, such as essential and nonessential service delivery, fiscal administration, and community development. Introduces students to issues not covered in other public administration courses. Prerequisite(s): POL AMER 1048 (942:048); junior standing. (Spring)

Politics, Comparative Courses

POL COMP 1040 (944:040). Comparative Politics — 3 hrs.

Examination of theory, methods, and problems of comparative politics with emphasis on cross-regional analysis. Use of case studies to look at such issues as political culture, parties, participation, dictatorship and democracy, economic policies and class, and racial, ethnic or religious conflict. (Fall, Spring)

POL COMP 3121 (944:121). Terrorism and Insurgency — 3 hrs.

Focus on terrorism, insurgency, and guerrilla warfare. Examination of theoretical, practical, and policy issues related to the law, ethics, motivations, conduct, and resolution of conflict between unequal and unlike groups. (Variable)

POL COMP 3123 (944:123). Nationalism — 3 hrs.

Analysis of causes, forms, and consequences of nationalist movements. Consideration of experiences of nation-states and multi-national states. Evaluation of major theoretical approaches to study of nationalist movements and application to several specific cases. (Variable)

POL COMP 3125 (944:125). Politics of Nonviolence — 3 hrs.

Analyzes theories and concrete examples of nonviolence in politics. Examines nonviolent power as a part of daily politics in most political systems and as a component of many successful movements for political change. (Variable)

POL COMP 3135 (944:135). Western European Democracies — 3 hrs.

Examination of the development of West European political institutions, issues, and policies. Social democracy, the European Union, and challenges to democracy are addressed. (Variable)

POL COMP 3162 (944:162). Politics of East Asia — 3 hrs.

Comparative analysis of major East Asian countries; examination of state and nation-building processes, political institutions, and processes and policies, with emphasis on China and Japan. (Variable)

POL COMP 3164 (944:164). Russian and East European Politics — 3 hrs.

Analysis of regimes and regime changes in Russia and Eastern Europe. Examination of institutions, contemporary issues, and processes in comparative context. (Variable)

POL COMP 3165 (944:165). African Politics — 3 hrs.

Examination of African politics from a political economy perspective. (Variable)

POL COMP 3167 (944:167). Latin American Politics — 3 hrs.

Analysis of democracy, authoritarianism, economic development, and social movements in the region. Emphasis on Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, Peru, and Cuba. Examination of influence of U.S. hegemony and the prospects for economic integration. (Variable)

Politics, General Courses

POL GEN 1020 (940:020). Contemporary Political Problems — 3 hrs.

Analysis of selected contemporary political issues. Focus may be on local, state, national, or international level. (Variable)

POL GEN 2010 (940:010). Analyzing Politics — 3 hrs.

Political issues can be divisive, but it is necessary to develop the skills and habits of rigorous analysis in order to understand the political phenomena around us. In this course students will explore various approaches to the scientific study of politics. (Fall, Spring)

POL GEN 3111 (940:111). Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Political Science — 3 hrs.

Introduction to basic statistical methods appropriate to data analysis in political science and public administration. (Fall)

POL GEN 3181 (940:181). Internship in Politics — 3-8 hrs.

Student serves as intern with government official or in public or private agency: (1) Federal; (2) State; (3) Local; (4) Intergovernmental; (5) Legal; (6) Interest Group; (7) International; and (8) Electoral. Prerequisite(s): POL GEN 2010 (940:010); 15 hours of political science; Political Science, Political Communication, or Public Administration major; junior standing and consent of department. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

POL GEN 3184 (940:184). Senior Seminar in Political Science — 3 hrs.

Examination of specific topics through application of theories and methods of political science analysis. Research papers required. Prerequisite(s): 24 credit hours of Political Science. (Fall, Spring)

POL GEN 3188 (940:188). Seminar in Political Science — 3 hrs.

Undergraduate seminar covering selected advanced topics in political science. Prerequisite(s): junior standing; completion of a minimum of 12 hours in major. (Variable)

POL GEN 4189/5189 (940:189g). Readings in Political Science — 1-3 hrs.

May be repeated only with consent of department. Prerequisite(s): 12 hours in political science; junior standing; consent of department. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

POL GEN 4198 (940:198). Independent Study.

(Fall, Spring, Summer)

POL GEN 6285 (940:285). Individual Readings — 1-3 hrs.

May be repeated. (Fall, Spring, Summer)

POL GEN 6299 (940:299). Research.

(Fall, Spring, Summer)

Politics, International Courses

POL INTL 1024 (943:024). International Relations — 3 hrs.

Survey of various approaches to international relations with special emphasis on application to historical and contemporary cases. (Fall, Spring)

POL INTL 3120 (943:120). International Security — 3 hrs.

Survey of the nature and causes of war, and the methods states use to achieve security. Examination of such issues as arms races, alliances, military technology, and military strategy and their relation to the politics of international relations. Analysis of methods for resolving conflicts and promoting peace. (Variable)

POL INTL 3126 (943:126). Human Rights — 3 hrs.

Examination of the origins and development of the concept of Human Rights. Review of the major challenges to global human rights, including genocide, racism, political repression, national/religion oppression, and gender discrimination. Emphasis on the international institutions, norms, and policies of states and non-state actors to define and promote human rights. (Variable)

POL INTL 3127 (943:127). United States Foreign Policy — 3 hrs.

Historical and theoretical examination of the individual, domestic, and systemic factors which affect formulation of United States foreign policy. (Spring)

POL INTL 3129 (943:129). International Diplomacy and Negotiation — 3 hrs.

Examination of causes of mistrust between countries, the use of coercive diplomacy to advance national interests and international negotiation. (Variable)

POL INTL 3143 (943:143). International Law — 3 hrs.

Survey of international law from its development to contemporary issues. (Variable)

POL INTL 3145 (943:145). International Organizations — 3 hrs.

Description of international governmental and nongovernmental organizations, and analysis of their roles in international politics. (Variable)

POL INTL 4119/5119 (943:119g). Politics of the Global Economy — 3 hrs.

Analysis of how the pursuit of power and the pursuit of wealth interact in international relations. Emphasis on trade policy, monetary and financial policies, economic development, and the politics of globalization since 1945. Prerequisite(s): POL INTL 1024 (943:024); junior standing. (Variable)

POL INTL 4125/5125 (943:125g). North-South Relations — 3 hrs.

Analysis of political, social, and economic disparities and mutual interdependence between developing and developed nations. Examination of need for a new international economic order, and issues of energy, food, raw materials, population, and transfer of technology. Prerequisite(s): junior standing. (Variable)