COURSE INFORMATION

​Course Number ​Title ​GE
POLS100 Intro to Political Science Y
This course will introduce students to the discipline of political science. The various subfields and related fields will be reviewed: political theory, methodology, American politics, comparative politics, international relations, and public administration. Also, students will gain perspective on the historical development of this field of study, be introduced to various research methodologies, and learn the basics of accepted writing in politics and political science.
POLS110 American Politics Y
This course provides analysis of the context of national politics in the United States and the institutions of American national government.
POLS111 State and Local Politics Y
This course offers analysis of state, metropolitan, and community politics with special emphasis on problems of public policy in education, transportation, urban development, and social welfare.
POLS202 Comparative Politics Y
This course is an introduction to comparative political analysis with special attention devoted to politics in Western Europe, Russia, China, and selected developing states.
POLS203 International Relations Y
This course offers an introduction to the analysis of international relations with case studies of current problems in world politics.
POLS301 Pol. Parties & Pressure Groups Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course involves a study of the history, organization, and functions of political parties and pressure groups. It provides an examination of the methods of political action with emphasis on nomination, election, campaign finance, and interest articulation.
POLS328 Internship in Political Science
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206, approval of the instructor, minimum 2.75 GPA and have earned a minimum of 30 semester hours at The University of Findlay. This course involves guided work-study experiences. While most opportunities are available in Findlay and Hancock County, many off- campus learning experiences are also provided throughout Ohio and other parts of the United States. Internships through The Washington Center are also appropriate for political science internship credit. This course will be graded S/U and may be repeated with a maximum of 15 semester hours applying toward a degree.
POLS333 Contemp. Political Ideologies Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course provides an analysis of political belief systems such as fascism, communism, socialism, liberalism, conservatism, and anarchism.
POLS335 American Constitutional Law Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course is a study of Supreme Court cases relating to American governmental structure and process.
POLS350 Political Philosophy
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 This course explores the fundamental questions of politics through a close reading of classic philosophic texts. Are human beings by nature political animals or is the political community an artificial construct designed to help us escape from nature? What is the relationship of wisdom to consent? What is the source for what we call natural rights? These are some of the questions that will be addressed in a course that will ultimately seek to understand the development of the modern state.
POLS365 Judicial Process Y
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and POLS 110. This course offers a survey of the nature, function, and characteristic procedures of Anglo-American course of law. Development and types of law, jurisprudence, judicial selection, structure, and decision-making processes of the courts are discussed. The dynamics and operation of the American court system are analyzed within a historical and contemporary context.
POLS401 Top: Contemp. Int'l. Pol Issues Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course involves study of relevant and current issues in the world arena, such as foreign policy, disarmament, alliances, energy, environment, and international law. Emphasis on one significant topic each time the course is offered. The course may be repeated, if topic is different.
POLS404 The Politics of Terrorism Y
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and POLS 203 or permission of instructor. Low-intensity conflict is a significant characteristic of the contemporary international system. In the post-World War II period, scholars have accorded renewed attention to the study of terrorism as one form of this type of conflict. This course will provide an overview of the academic literature that addresses the following aspects of political terrorism: history, causes, theories, strategies and tactics, methods of prevention, and the future of the phenomenon.
POLS420 Topics: Amer Pol Issues & Instit Y
Prerequisites: ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and POLS 110. This course will allow students to explore in more detail topics and political institutions introduced in the American Politics course, for example: Congress, the presidency, public opinion, political socialization, political culture, or women in American politics. This is a repeatable course, as long as the topics are different. This course may not be taken more than twice.
POLS455 Area Studies Y
Prerequisite: ENGL 106, 107, or 206. This course offers an examination of contemporary political, social, and economic issues and problems in world regions, such as the Middle East, Latin America, Africa, and Western Europe. The course may be repeated, if topic is different.
POLS495 Seminar in Political Science
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 106, 107, or 206 and senior status or permission of the instructor. The course is designed and required as a capstone experience for all criminal justice, law, and the liberal arts, and political science majors. Students are asked to narrow their focus to a significant area of research in their discipline relating to interests developed during previous course work, internships, etc. After determination of this area of interest, students are then tasked with the completion of a project relating to this narrowed topic. The project can be a research paper (utilizing either qualitative or quantitative methodology) or some other creative and useful endeavor agreed upon by the course instructor and student (e.g., development and implementation of high school workshops, development of course lesson plans, case study creation, etc.).