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PL 101 American Political Heritage (3) Offered Fall. Students examine America's political ideals from their English roots up to the culminating principles of freedom in the Declaration of Independence and review primary documents to learn about the development of America's political heritage and the foundational concepts of its future government.
PL 207 Introduction to Political Science (3) Offered Fall, Spring. Students examine the major subfields of political science by evaluating nation-state politics and by contrasting the intricacies of Western democracy and authoritarianism as systems of government. This course may be taken as a social science elective. Required for PL 381, 402.
PL 280 American Government (3) Offered on campus: Fall, Spring; online: Interterm, Summer. Students analyze the constitutional foundation for America's system of government and evaluate its institutional and behavioral politics. This course may be taken as a social science elective. Required for PL 321, 402, 405, 425; SE 306.
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 313 Democracy in America (3) Offered on campus: Spring odd; online: Interterm, Summer. Prereq.: HI 201, 202, and sophomore or above. 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 280 and sophomore or above. Students examine American foreign and domestic policy at both the national and state level.
PL 381 International Relations (3) Offered Fall even. Prereq.: PL 207. Students learn various paradigms of international relations, applying a biblical worldview to geopolitical events and examining the impact of international issues on American politics.
PL 402 Political Theory (3) Offered Spring. Prereq.: PL 207 and 280. 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 odd. Prereq.: PL 280. 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 425 Public Administration (3) Offered Spring even. Prereq.: PL 280 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.