University Catalog

POL 101. Political Ideas and Institutions

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Comparative analysis of the major philosophies, institutions, and processes of government.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES


POL 111. American National Government

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Understanding of U.S. institutions of government and the role of the citizen in the democratic process in the United States.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 5: HISTORY AND THE SOCIAL AND BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES| GOAL AREA 9: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND ETHICS


POL 191 [Goal 2]. Introduction to Political and Legal Reasoning

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Introduction to critical reasoning, types of argumentation, and the proper use of authorities and evidence in the American political and legal system. Examine the differences between theoretical, policy, and legal argumentation.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 2: CRITICAL REASONING


POL 192 [Goal 2]. Critical Reasoning: Issues and Events in American Politics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Critical reasoning, types of reasoning, argumentation and proper use of authorities and evidence to understand contemporary issues and current events relevant to the American political and governing systems.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 2: CRITICAL REASONING


POL 201. Political Science Research Methods

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Introductory concepts and methods for studying government, planning research, accessing sources, presentation of research, and term papers. Integrated.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring


POL 251. Introduction to World Politics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The nation-state: national power and restraints on national power such as international law and organization.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES


POL 291. Pre-Law Studies

Credits: 2 View Details
Description: American legal system for students considering a law-based course of study or career. Can be taken P/F or for grade.
Semester Offered: DEMAND


POL 311. Minnesota Politics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examination of formal structures, citizen participation, and major decision-making bodies. Some attention to local government.
Prerequisites: POL 212
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring


POL 312. State and Local Government

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Sub-national politics in its social, ideological, and federal setting. Covers both formal structure and political process. Focuses on the individual's role.
Prerequisites: POL 111
Semester Offered: Spring


POL 313. Metropolitan Area Government

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Government forms and political activities in large urban areas. Shows relationship between politics and such problems as transportation, crime, race, metro reform.
Semester Offered: Odd Fall


POL 314. Political Parties and Interest Groups in the U.S.

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Role and behavior of political parties and interest groups in American politics, elections and governance.
Semester Offered: Odd Spring


POL 315. Campaigns and Elections

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Campaigns and elections at the national, state, and local government levels. Theoretical and applied generalizations about factors affecting elections and voting, role of political parties and interest groups, campaign finances, and campaign strategy and tactics.
Semester Offered: Even Fall


POL 320. Women in Politics (Diversity)

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Politics and governments affects women's lives today, women's participation in the political process in order to influence the course of public policy.
Prerequisites: POL 111
Semester Offered: Even Fall
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 9: CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND ETHICS


POL 331. Governments of Western Europe

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Comparison of governmental organization and processes in nations of Western Europe, United Kingdom, France, West Germany and Italy.
Prerequisites: POL 101
Semester Offered: Fall


POL 332. Politics of Russia and the Successor States

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: National integration, political culture, government institutions and patterns of administration along with the foreign policy of the nations of the former Soviet Union.
Prerequisites: POL 101
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer


POL 333. Latin American Government and Politics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Dilemmas of political development in Latin America with an emphasis on Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Mexico, and Cuba.
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring| Summer
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES


POL 334. Middle East Government and Politics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Political behavior and institutions in countries of the Middle East.
Prerequisites: POL 101
Semester Offered: Fall
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES


POL 335. African Government and Politics (Diversity)

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Political behavior and institutions of Africa with emphasis on Sub-Saharan Africa.
Prerequisites: POL 101
Semester Offered: DEMAND
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES


POL 336. Asian Government and Politics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Political behavior and institutions in countries of East and South Asia with emphasis on Communist China, Japan and India.
Prerequisites: POL 101
Semester Offered: Fall


POL 337. Emerging Political Issues in the Nonwestern World (Diversity).

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Analysis of political implications of emerging issues in the nonwestern world.
Prerequisites: POL 101
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring
Goal Area: GOAL AREA 8: GLOBAL PERSPECTIVES


POL 338. Politics of Eastern Europe

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Political development, national integration, political culture, government institutions and patterns of administration of the countries of East Central and South Eastern Europe.
Prerequisites: POL 101
Semester Offered: Even Fall


POL 339. Canadian Government and Politics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The government of Canada: its political structure, theories of politics, and political culture. Comparison with similar institutions, theories, and culture in the U.S. Special attention will be focused on the operation of the respective federal systems.
Prerequisites: POL 111
Semester Offered: Even Spring


POL 351. U.S. Foreign Policy

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: The formulation of U.S. foreign policy. Trends in foreign policy and the effects these decisions have on domestic politics.
Semester Offered: Spring


POL 353. Theories of International Politics

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Theories and research methods relating to international politics and behavior. Major theoretical themes in current research and scholarship.
Prerequisites: POL 251
Semester Offered: Fall| Spring


POL 354. International Organizations

Credits: 3 View Details
Description: Examines the role of international organizations in world affairs.
Prerequisites: POL 251
Semester Offered: DEMAND


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