Political Science  

POLT 801 - Courts and Public Policy
Credits: 3.00
Impact of judicial decisions on public policy and influences on judicial decision making at the federal, state, and local levels.

POLT 804 - Policy and Program Evaluation
Credits: 3.00
Policy and program evaluation of federal, state, and local governmental enterprise; focuses on the politics, practices, and methods of evaluative investigation. Evaluation as a technique for providing rational information for budgetary and policy-making decisions.

POLT 806 - State and Local Government
Credits: 3.00
Advanced study of powers, politics, political cultures, and constitutional settings of American state and local government.

POLT 808 - Administrative Law
Credits: 3.00
Examines the legal rules governing regulatory agencies, in the U.S. Topics include regulatory adjudication and rulemaking, legislative and executive control over administrative agencies, judicial review and public participation. Course examines federal and state levels of government.

POLT 811 - Public Opinion and Survey Research
Credits: 3.00
Examination of the role of public opinion in democracy. Research, design, implementation and analysis of a public opinion survey.

POLT 812 - Leadership Theory and Practice
Credits: 3.00
Exploration of the major theoretical approaches to leadership, including students' and others' leadership skills, styles, roles, and practices. Students will refine their own conceptual and practical approaches to leadership in a variety of settings.

POLT 815 - Art of Negotiation
Credits: 3.00
Identification, analysis, evaluation and application of effective communication and negotiation skills. Course will include case studies, and simulation/role-playing exercises.

POLT 818 - Special Topics - Public Administration
Credits: 1.00
Selected topics in public administration, emphasis on specific aspects of management in public and non-profit sectors.

POLT #821 - Feminist Political Theory
Credits: 3.00
Exploration of various strands of feminist political theory; taking a specifically political view of the challenges of feminist activism and philosophy. Issues of public space, power, social transformation and democracy addressed.

POLT 825 - Politics and Literature
Credits: 3.00
Seminar: Advanced work in exploring classical and contemporary works of literature to illustrate perennial issues in political philosophy.

POLT 840 - States and Societies in the Middle East
Credits: 3.00
Exploration of changing relationships between states and societies in the Middle East and North Africa from WWII to the present. Analyzes the creation of states and markets, the origins of authoritarian and democratic rule, the politics of environment and development, and the evolution of Islamist movements. Country and case studies vary. Previous coursework in comparative politics (POLT 540-559) or history is strongly recommended.

POLT 851 - Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy
Credits: 3.00
Environmental politics and policy across national boundaries and at different levels of governance. Comparisons of the U.S. and European Union environmental policies to build a foundation for comparisons across national boundaries and sub-national authorities. Students improve their understanding of how and why comparative methods are used to gain insight into politics and policymaking. Central concepts and debates addressed include the roles of expertise, sustainability, precautionary principle, the use of market mechanisms in policy, environmental justice, policy devolution and flexibility, environmental performance assessment, NGO roles, activism, and social movements. A range of theoretical approaches and historical and contemporary events and case studies, evaluating the claims and explanatory power of various concepts and theories. Includes ethical issues emerging from the theory and practice of environmental politics.

POLT 860 - Theories of International Relations
Credits: 3.00
Theoretical approaches of international politics, international organization, and international political economy with particular emphasis on systems theories, domestic determinants of foreign policy, and theories of decision making.

POLT 878 - International Organization
Credits: 3.00
Various forms of cooperation among nations on security, economic, environmental and social issues through international organizations such as the United Nations, NATO, the World Trade Organization and other global and regional bodies. Includes examination of the role and influence of non-governmental international organizations.

POLT 880 - International Environmental Politics, Policy and Law
Credits: 3.00
Explores international/global environmental politics and policymaking, multilateral negotiations, the role of science and technology in policymaking, state capacity, the making of international law, implementation, and compliance. Other issues include climate control, marine pollution, long-range air pollution, United States leadership in the global political arena, North-South divisions in global politics, environmental justice, sustainable development, and the role of the United Nations and other international organizations.

POLT 897B - Seminar in American Politics
Credits: 3.00
Advanced analysis and individual research.

POLT 897C - Seminar in Comparative Politics
Credits: 3.00
Advanced analysis focusing on government and politics in foreign nations or regions. Areas of interest may include: constitutional structures, political parties and interest groups, legislatures, bureaucracy and public policy. Topics address such concerns as: religion and politics, patterns of economic development, ethnic strife, political leadership

POLT 897E - Seminar in International Politics
Credits: 3.00
Advanced analysis focusing on problems of theory and contemporary issues in international politics. Areas of interest may include: democratic norms in international relations; NATO expansion and European security; the peace process in the Middle East, etc. See department listings for semester offerings.

POLT 897F - Seminar in Public Administration
Credits: 3.00
Advanced analysis and individual research, including opportunities for direct observation of governmental administration.

POLT 897I - Seminar in Political Thought
Credits: 3.00
Advanced treatment and individual research.

POLT 898B - Seminar in American Politics
Credits: 3.00
Advanced analysis and individual research.

POLT 898C - Seminar in Comparative Politics
Credits: 3.00
Advanced analysis focusing on government and politics in foreign nations or regions. Areas of interest may include: constitutional structures, political parties and interest groups, legislatures, bureaucracy and public policy. Topics address such concerns as: religion and politics, patterns of economic development, ethnic strife, political leadership

POLT 898E - Seminar in International Politics
Credits: 3.00
Advanced analysis focusing on problems of theory and contemporary issues in international politics. Areas of interest may include: democratic norms in international relations; NATO expansion and European security; the peace process in the Middle East, etc. See department listings for semester offerings.

POLT 898F - Seminar in Public Administration
Credits: 3.00
Advanced analysis and individual research, including opportunities for direct observation of governmental administration.

POLT 898I - Seminar in Political Thought
Credits: 3.00
Advanced treatment and individual research.

POLT 899 - Master's Thesis
Credits: 3.00 to 6.00
Each student carries out original research that culminates in a master's thesis. Permission Required. Cr/F.

POLT 900 - Political Science Pro-Seminar
Credits: 3.00
Familiarizes students with political science as a profession. Briefly surveys the scope of the discipline in terms of the substantive fields and methodological approaches. Examines the logic of research design and explores diverse methods of inquiry (i.e., archival, experimental, case study, comparative analysis, field study, survey, etc.), including the process of generating a presentable research paper.

POLT 905 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis
Credits: 3.00
Quantitative research, design and analysis methodology and techniques for political science and public policy and administration.

POLT 906 - Foundations and Theories of Public Administration
Credits: 3.00
Introduction to essential aspects of public and non-profit administration. Critical concepts and theoretical bases; operational nature of public and non-profit administration; contributions of key scholars and practitioners to the study and understanding of public and non-profit administration.

POLT 907 - Legal and Policy-Making Environment on Public and Non-Profit Sectors
Credits: 3.00
Though the use of case studies, analysis and assessment of legal, institutional, social, political and economic settings within public and non-profit sectors.

POLT 908A - Capstone in Public Administration
Credits: 3.00
In-Service.

POLT 908B - Capstone in Public Administration
Credits: 6.00
Pre-Service.

POLT 909 - Organization and Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors
Credits: 3.00
Introduction to key actors, theories and concepts in the fields of organizational theory and behavior.

POLT 911 - Public Management Techniques
Credits: 3.00
Introduction to analytic decision-making and planning techniques applicable to public sector management.

POLT 912 - Human Resource Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors
Credits: 3.00
Examination of the administration, politics, and strategies of effective public human resource management.

POLT 914 - Financial Management and Budgeting in Public and Non-profit Sectors
Credits: 3.00
Analysis, goal setting, and strategic planning in a governmental setting, with particular emphasis on budgetary processes as a means for controlling policy effectiveness.

POLT #915 - Collective Bargaining and Labor Relations
Credits: 3.00
Introduction to theory and practice of labor relations and collective bargaining. Emphasis is on the public sector, although elements of private sector bargaining are included.

POLT 918 - Non-Profit Management
Credits: 3.00
Introduction to governance and management in the non-profit sector: finance, development, personnel management, strategic planning, and risk management.

POLT 995 - Reading and Research
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
A) American Politics; B) Comparative Politics; C) International Politics; D) Political Thought; E) Public Administration; F) Public Policy. The graduate student engages in independent study under the direction of one of the members of the department. Requires approval of the graduate committee. MPA candidates who have been exempted from the administrative internship are required to complete a 4 credit independent research project in lieu of POLT 970.

POLT 996 - Reading and Research
Credits: 1.00 to 3.00
A) American Politics; B) Comparative Politics; C) International Politics; D) Political Thought; E) Public Administration; F) Public Policy. The graduate student engages in independent study under the direction of one of the members of the department. Requires approval of the graduate committee. MPA candidates who have been exempted from the administrative internship are required to complete a 4 credit independent research project in lieu of POLT 970.