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Areas of Study | Political Science - 9 courses
POLI130 Principles of Political Science (As Needed) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: An introduction to the principles and methods of political science, focusing on the nature and development of political science as a discipline, and the various ways of analyzing the political process and institutions.
  Notes [ T] IAI: S5 903

POLI150 American Government (Fall and Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Historical development and organization of the United States government and the federal system. Course meets requirement for Constitution test.
Notes [ T] IAI: S5 900 PLS 911

POLI160 International Relations (Fall and Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Introduction to basic principles and problems of international relations through a global politics approach. Through key concepts of order, welfare, and legitimacy, aims for the student to become aware of how events and processes at work throughout the world impact upon the student's own personal existence.
Notes [ T] IAI: S5 904N PLS 912

POLI170 American Judicial Process (Fall and Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This class is an overview of the judicial system of the United States of America. In this course, we will discuss the structure of the American judiciary, its function, and the participants within it. These discussions will cover the following topics: civil v. criminal cases; trial courts v. appellate courts; differences in jurisdiction among courts; the recruitment of judges; how judges make decisions; how cases come to the courts and how they find their way to the Supreme Court; the impact of the courts on society; the implementation of decisions; public opinion about the courts; the relationship between the various levels of courts; and the success of litigants and interest groups in court.
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POLI231 State and Local Government (Fall and Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: The practice of government and politics at the state, county, and local level, including areas of taxation and finance, law enforcement, commerce, and social and economic welfare.
Notes [ T] IAI: S5 902 PLS 914

POLI238 Comparative Government (Fall and Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Analysis of the structure and function of the political systems of the United Kingdom, France, the Federal Republic of Germany, and Russia. Examination of political parties within their cultural environment and institutional framework.
Notes [ T] IAI: S5 905 PLS 914

POLI240 Non-Western Comparative Government (Fall and Spring) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Comparative examination of the political institutions, electoral systems, principles of governance, causes of political instability and revolution, and techniques of political analysis. The purpose is to provide an understanding of the major problems confronting non-Western nations and to give insight into the various tools and strategies that their political leaders can use in dealing with those problems. The course will also investigate some of the major implications of the rise of the changing Non-Western world on global politics.
Notes [ T] IAI: S5 906N

POLI250 Internship in Government (As Needed) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: Students will have the opportunity to work in the state representatives’ local or Springfield offices, or in the executive, legislative, or judicial branches of city or county government, depending on applicant interest and needs of the participating entities. Requires 45 contact hours per semester.
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POLI270 International Terrorism (As Needed) – 3.0 hours
Course Description: This course will examine the history, causes, effects, and successes of international terrorism and the international community's efforts to confront it. Students will understand what terrorism is, why terrorism occurs, what factors lead to terrorist group formation and individual actions, how states and multinational organizations have responded, as well as understand the structure and abilities of modern terrorism.
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