Political Science (POLS)


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1301. [GOVT 2305] American Government, Organization (3). Constitutions and organization of the governments of the United States, the states in general, and Texas in particular. Partially fulfills core Government/Political Science requirement.



2107. Federal and Texas Constitutions (1). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. A study of the United States and state constitutions with emphasis on Texas. Ensures compliance with TEC 51.301.

2302. [GOVT 2306] American Public Policy (3). Completion of POLS 1301 not required but strongly recommended before enrolling in POLS 2302. The policy-making process in the governments of the United States, the states in general, and Texas in particular. Partially fulfills core Government/Political Science requirement.



3300. Selected Topics in Political Science (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Topics of contemporary interest, varying from semester to semester. Consult the department for current topic. Repeatable up to 12 hours with different topics. Note that to grade replace this course, the topics must be the same.

3301. Selected Topics in International Relations (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Varying global and international topics of current interest. Consult department for current topic. Repeatable for up to 12 hours with different topics. Note that to grade replace this course, the topics must be the same.

3312. Game Theory (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Introduces students to positive political theory through games of strategy so students can discuss the problems of contemporary democracy and international relation.

3317. Campaigns and Elections (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Examines what candidates and campaigns think and do to attract the support of voters.

3318. Public Opinion (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Examines the origins, stability, and meaning of public opinion.

3319. Political Behavior (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Examines the actions of political citizens as they interact with the political world through voting, joining political parties, and consuming mass media.

3323. Legislation (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Factors involved in the framing and enactment of statutory law with emphasis upon the work of the Congress of the United States.

3325. Political Parties (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Party history, functions, organization, finance, nominations, campaign methods, and elections.

3326. Women in Politics (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. A study of female political participation in the United States, including voting, campaign activity, interest group activity, and office holding. (WS 3326)

3327. The American Presidency (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. The presidency, its constitutional basis, structure, powers, functions, and responsibilities.

3328. Energy Politics and Policy (3). Students will learn traditional and untraditional energy-related politics and law and the challenges associated with energy resource develop-ment in the United States and foreign countries.

3329. Environmental Politics and Policy (3). Examines American environmental policy from the perspective of political science and the influence of theory, history, and politics on domestic environmental policymaking processes.

3334. Sustainability: Energy, Environment, and Society (3). Students will learn the key concepts of sustainability and the challenges with energy resource management, climate change, and environ-mentalism in developed and developing countries.

3339. Religion and Politics (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Exploration of various aspects of the relationship between major world religions and politics, including questions of church and state.

3341. The Administrative Process (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. A survey of the field of public administration. Principles of administrative organization; distribution of administrative functions together with the structure of government charged with the carrying out of public policy.

3346. Public Policy Analysis (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. The study of public policy formulation, implementation, and evaluation at various levels of government. Particular focus on health, social, and development policies. Attention to policy analysis skills and approaches used in government and consulting.

3351. The Judicial Process (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Analysis of the judicial process as part of the political process; judicial personnel and organization; sources and instruments of judicial power; judicial reasoning and behavior; and impact of judicial activity.

3352. Constitutional Law–Powers (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. A case study of American constitutional law emphasizing constitutional bases of governmental power. Leading cases demonstrating the principles of separation of powers, judicial review, taxation, commerce, and implied powers.

3353. Constitutional Law–Limitations (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Primarily a case study of American constitutional law emphasizing the constitutional limitations on government, with particular emphasis on personal, civil, and political liberties. The administrative process with particular emphasis on public law relating to the powers and procedures of administrative agencies having powers of adjudication and rule making.

3360. United States Foreign Policy (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Examines the patterns and processes that shape U.S. foreign policy.

3361. International Politics (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Introduction to global issues, actions and processes: north-south relations, post-cold war issues, the role of the state, and leading theories of international relations.

3363. International Organization (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. A comparative study of the major organizations of the League of Nations and the United Nations; approaches to peaceful settlement of disputes, collective security, disarmament, regional organizations, and the future of world order.

3364. Comparative Foreign Policy (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Surveys theories that connect domestic politics with foreign policy and applies them to a variety of countries.

3365. War and Security (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Considers the basic problem in international relations; how to survive. How do countries attempt to secure themselves against foreign threats?

3366. International Political Economy (3). Explores interaction of politics and economics in trade, investment, finance, and development.

3368. Transnational Issues (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Survey of current politics of human rights, migration, environment, and technological change.

3371. Comparative Politics (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. The primary institutions (e.g., parties, groups, executives, legislatures) and processes (e.g., voting, instability) of politics as well as relevant social structures are viewed in various national settings. Questions of how and why to compare also are considered.

3372. Post-Communist Politics (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Examination of the politics and governments of post-Communist states.

3373. Governments of Western Europe (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Political culture, party systems, institutions, and behavior in selected countries of Western Europe. Primary attention paid to France, Germany, and Italy. Comparison between European and American political systems will be emphasized.

3375. South American Governments (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. The government and politics of countries such as Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, and Peru. Includes consideration of special problems such as land tenure and terrorism.

3376. Asian Governments and Politics (3). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Political culture, party systems, political structure, policy-making, and foreign policy in selected Asian countries. Primary attention focused on Japan, China, and South Korea.

3410. Introduction to Political Analysis (4). Prerequisite: POLS 1301. Survey of methods of and approaches to the study of politics and their underlying assumptions as they apply to the major concepts of the discipline.

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4000. Active Learning in Political Science (V1-9). Prerequisites: POLS 1301 and consent of instructor. Encompasses various forms of participatory learning, including internships and service learning. May be repeated for credit.

4001. Practicum in Politics: Public Service Systems and Policies (V1-9). Supervised internship with government offices and agencies, including primarily congressional and legislative offices in Washington, D.C.; Austin, Texas; and Lubbock, Texas. Requires approval for participation in university program by the TTU Office of the President.

4397. Practicum in Politics (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Practical experience integrated with academic study of politics through study programs or work experience. Credit or no credit. May be repeated once for credit.

4399. Individual Studies (3). Prerequisites: 15 hours of political science and consent of instructor. Independent research under the guidance of a staff member. May be repeated once for credit.



5100. Colloquium in Political Science (1). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Presentations of current research and discussions of the political science profession by department and visiting faculty. Credit-no credit. May be repeated.

5321. Seminar in Political Behavior (3). Current research on mass political behavior, including public opinion, political socialization, and voting behavior. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for credit.

5322. Pro-Seminar in American Politics (3). Advanced study in subjects relevant to an understanding of how the political process is affected by the environment of politics.

5324. The Executive (3). Study of the executive branch of government in the United States, with particular emphasis on the presidency.

5325. The United States Congress (3). An examination of the Congress, from formal organization, member recruitment, and theories of representation, to Congressional reform, policy-making, and interbranch relations.

5327. Selected Topics in American Government and Politics (3). Problems in American government and politics. Varying topics from semester to semester.

5339. Seminar in Political Theory (3). Examination of ideas and concepts such as liberty, authority, justice, equality, and nationalism.

5356. Judicial Behavior (3). Political analysis of actors in the judicial decision-making arena.

5360. Pro-Seminar in International Relations (3). Survey of contending theories of world politics, focusing on those that emphasize the role of power and interest in shaping state behavior.

5361. Interdependence and World Order (3). Survey of contending theories of world politics focusing on those that emphasize interdependence, democratization, transnationalism, nonstate actors, and the potential for system transformation.

5363. International Organization (3). Theoretical examination of the rise of global, regional, and functional international organizations and their role in the solution of economic, social, environmental, and political problems.

5365. Special Topics in International Relations (3). Intensive research on topics in international relations. Subjects vary.

5367. International Political Economy (3). An exploration of the interaction of international politics and international economic trends. The course surveys the theories in the field, particularly as they relate to the political economy of trade, foreign investment, finance, and development.

5369. International Security Studies (3). Examines how states maintain their security in a dangerous world.

5370. Pro-Seminar in Comparative Politics (3). Critical survey of the major theories and literature in comparative politics, the logic of cross-national and cross-cultural inquiry, and the major concepts and approaches.

5371. Area Studies in Comparative Politics (3). The culture and political system of a major geographical area like Western Europe, Latin America, or Asia. Topics vary each semester. May be repeated for credit.

5376. Selected Topics in Comparative Government (3). Studies in comparative politics, with topics varying from semester to semester.

5381. Research Design (3). Design and execution of political research.

5382. Data Analysis (3). Techniques of analyzing political data, including descriptive and inferential statistics and computer applications. (PUAD 5320)

5383. Advanced Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science (3). Extensions of the least squares model to such techniques as regression and diagnostics, structural equations, factor analysis and/or time series, and computer programs applicable to political data.

5384. Advanced Political Analysis (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Examination of contemporary methods for investigating selected political topics. Topics may vary from semester to semester. May be repeated for credit.

5395. Practicum in Survey Research (3). Prerequisites: POLS 5381, 5382, 5383, and consent of instructor. Introduces students to the operation and management of a survey research lab.

5396. Research Practicum in International Relations (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Organized professional research on major issues in international relations. May be repeated twice for credit.

5397. Research Practicum in Comparative Politics (3). Prerequisite: Consent of instructor. Organized professional research on major issues in comparative politics. May be repeated twice for credit.



6000. Master's Thesis (V1-6).



7000. Research (V1-12).



8000. Doctor's Dissertation (V1-12). 

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