Courses

POLS 5300. Sem In Quant Rsrch Methods I.

Seminar in Quantitative Research Methods I (3-0) Basic introduction to principles of scientific inquiry, research design, and quantitative methodological techniques used in political analysis. Required of all graduate Political Science majors. The seminar must be taken during the first semester of graduate study. .

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5301. Sem in Qual Resrch Methods.

Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods (3-0) The study of qualitative research methods, including case studies and the comparable cases strategy. Issues and themes used to illustrate these methods will vary according to the instructor's interests.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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3 Lecture Hours
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Prerequisite(s): (POLS 5300 w/B or better)

POLS 5302. Sem Quant Research Methods II.

Seminar in Quantitative Research Methods II (3-0) This course further explores methods of quantitative analysis and hypothesis testing, including data management, various regression estimation methods, diagnostic techniques, and other topics.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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3 Lecture Hours
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Prerequisite(s): (POLS 5300 w/B or better)

POLS 5310. Seminar in Am. Pol. Behavior.

Seminar in American Political Behavior (3-0) The study of theories and research about how and why people act politically. Areas of study include: political participation, gender, public opinion, political communication, and race and ethnicity. Course content will vary based on which area of study is highlighted.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5315. Sem. In Am. Inst. & Proc..

Seminar in American Institutions and Processes (3-0) This course is designed to study the various theories and research about the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government in the United States. Course content will vary based on which branch of government is highlighted.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5320. Seminar In Public Law.

Seminar in Public Law (3-0) Covers a wide range of substantive and/or procedural topics in public law and/or the sociological analysis of the function of law. .

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5330. Seminar-International Politics.

Seminar in International Politics (3-0) Examines the structures and the interactions that characterize the politics of the international system. Attention is paid to various theoretical perspectives of international relations scholarship and other topics of world politics.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5331. Semina-Intn'l Organ/Intn'l Law.

Seminar in International Organization and International Law (3-0) Focuses on the creation and operation of international organizations, both state and non-state based, and on the continuing evolution of international law. May be repeated for credit when the topic varies.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5332. Sem-Foreign Policy Dec Making.

Seminar in Foreign Policy Decision Making (3-0) Examines in detail the process of decision making within individual international actors and the cumulative effects of such decisions. .

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5334. Seminar-Comparative Pol. Dev..

Seminar in Comparative Political Development (3-0) The comparative analysis of socioeconomic development, regime transitions, and political culture. Topics may include democratization political economy, social movements, ethnic conflict, gender politics, civil society, and corruption.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5336. Sem-Southwestern Border Politi.

Seminar in Southwestern Border Politics (3-0) United States-Mexico relations as they effect the international frontier, with emphasis upon political leadership, ethnicity, and institutions. .

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5338. Sem. In Int. Pol. Econ..

Seminar in International Political Economy (3-0) Examines the political and economic effects of the interaction of national policies in the global economy, with special attention paid to theory, evidence, and national policies. Topics include: trade policies, monetary policies, financial crises, multinational corporations, intergovernmental economic organizations and treaties, free trade areas, and other issues of economic development.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5339. Sem. Comp. Pol. Institutions.

Seminar in Comparative Political Institutions (3-0) The comparative analysis of political institutions, such as electoral systems, party systems, legislatures, judiciaries, parliamentary vs. presidential systems, cross-border institutions, system of interest representation, and intergovernmental relations.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5343. Seminar in Border Politics.

Seminar in Border Politics (3-0) Comparative study of selected international borders in their multifaceted transnational, local, regional, and national complexities.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5344. Seminar in Border Theory.

Seminar in Border Theory (3-0) Course examines theoretical explanations for the political behavior and events on international borders from a comparative perspective. Special attention is paid to explaning border politics and various issues including bilateral cooperation, geopolitics, territoriality, culture, demographic migrations, and economic flows across borders.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5346. Sem in Pol Econ of Developmt.

A survey of theories and research on the political economy of development. Topics may include global and national inequalities, development strategies, and the role of politics and political institutions in shaping policy choices and outcomes.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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3 Lecture Hours
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POLS 5347. Sem in International Security.

Examines classical and contemporary topics of security studies, particularly how the security of countries is affected by the behavior of other countries and non-state actors, with an emphasis on security policy. Topics may include geopolitics, insurgency, terrorism, failed states, genocide, disease and ecological disaster, human security, international crime networks, weapons in space, arms races, nuclear weapons policies, and the proliferation of conventional weapons and weapons of mass destruction.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5348. Sem in Politics of Latin Amer.

Examines contending theories and research on Latin American politics. Focuses on such topics as democratic, semi-democratic, and non-democratic regimes; popularism' electoral and party systems; political institutions; the role of the military; economic development; and public policy. Topics and countries may vary by instructor.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5349. Seminar in Political Thought.

Seminar in Political Thought (3-0) This course investigates topics of political thought ranging from ancient to modern/contemporary time periods. The subject matter will vary according to the instructor's choice but will familiarize students with relevant literature and contemporary scholarly discussions of political thought.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5364. Seminar-Public Policy Analysis.

Seminar in Public Policy Analysis (3-0) The study of the politics of the policy-making process. Emphasis is on the actors involved in public policy-making, their interactions, and the outputs of the policy process. .

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5368. Seminar in Conflict Analysis.

Examines processes of conflict and cooperation between and within countries. War and peace is studied both as a cause and outcome of interactions between states and peoples within states. Topics may include interstate war, civil war, conflict resolution techniques, military alliance, economic factors, the role of international organizations, ethnic conflicts, terrorism, and other forms of low-intensity conflict.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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3 Lecture Hours
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POLS 5380. Selected Problems-Government.

Selected Problems in Government (3-0) Independent study, research and writing on a topic agreed upon by student and professor.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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POLS 5393. Final Paper Project.

This course is to be taken the last semester by students following Degree Plan II. Students will extend and refine a paper from a seminar taken during their first 27 credit hours.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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3 Lecture Hours
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Prerequisite(s): (POLS 5300 w/B or better ) AND (POLS 5301 w/B or better ) OR (POLS 5302 w/B or better)

POLS 5398. Thesis.

Thesis (0-0-3) As part of this course, the student will successfully prepare and defend a prospectus for the MA thesis. The prospectus must be approved by the student's thesis committee, and failure to meet this requirement within two long semesters will preclude continuation of the student in the MA program.

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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3 Other Hours

POLS 5399. Thesis.

Thesis (0-0-3).

3 Credit Hours
3 Total Contact Hours
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3 Other Hours

Prerequisite(s): (POSC 3598 w/P or better ) OR (POLS 5398 w/P or better)