Political Science Courses

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Courses that do not have a term notation are not offered on a set rotation.

The number of semester credit hours which a course carries is listed in parentheses following the course title.

PL 101 Founding of American Government (3) Offered Fall. This course discusses the foundational political ideas and institutions that influenced the establishment of American government. Beginning with America’s colonial roots, the student will learn important individuals, ideas, and institutions instrumental in developing the American political system.

PL 207 Political Science (3) Offered Fall, Spring. The student learns the foundational political concepts, institutions, and methods that shape modern political life. The student will compare Western democratic institutions with those found in authoritarian regimes as well as learn about key political ideologies that influenced the modern world. This course may be taken as a social science elective.

PL 303 State and Local Government (3) Offered Spring. This course analyzes the structure and functions of state and local governments. The student will learn about topics such as federalism, police power, political parties, and policymaking as observed from the state level and from their relationship to the federal government. This course may be taken as a history elective by history major, minor, or teaching field; or as a social science elective.

PL 304 American Government (3) Offered Fall, Spring. This course discusses the features of American government, its organizational structure, and the way it functions on a national level. The students will learn the basic construction of the Constitution and the operations of the three branches of government. This course may be taken as a social science elective.

PL 313 Democracy in America (3) Offered Spring odd. Prereq.: HI 201 and 202. Students analyze current political institutions including political parties, elections, campaigns, the media, and special interest groups.

PL 321 American Public Policy (3) Offered Fall even. Prereq.: PL 304. Students examine American foreign and domestic policy at both the national and state level.

PL 402 Political Theory (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: PL 207 and 304. Students learn general questions of political thought concerning the state, power, equality, freedom, and human nature. Such questions and others are addressed from a Christian perspective and are contrasted with political ideologies that have arisen in modern times.

PL 405 Models of Modern Political Leadership (3) Offered Fall even. Prereq.: PL 304. Students examine many of the political leaders that have influenced the modern world. More than just looking at personalities, this course will stress such leadership qualities as vision, initiative, organization, and influence.

PL 407 Political Science Research (3) Offered Fall odd. Prereq.: MA 125 and junior or senior political science concentration. Students learn the logic, design, sampling, and data collection techniques involved in research methods in political science.

PL 413 Political Science Internship (3) Offered Interterm, Summer. Prereq.: Junior or senior, 12 hours of PL courses, and approval from chair of humanities. This internship of at least 120 hours provides an opportunity for the student to gain practical knowledge about a career in government or with an organization that works to affect government policy.

PL 421 The Politics of Great Britain (3) Offered Fall odd. Prereq.: PL 207 and junior or senior. Students learn the governmental institutions as well as the political processes in Great Britain. Topics such as Britain’s unwritten constitution, parliament, political parties, and role in the European Union will be addressed.

PL 425 Public Administration (3) Offered Spring even. Prereq.: PL 304, and junior or senior. Students learn basic concepts and issues of American public administrations. Topics such as budget/finance, decision making, personnel, organization, and government regulation are examined.

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