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Spring 2024 Advising Guide


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The course list for Spring 2024 is shown below. Classes marked with an asterisk have a topic, which are listed below the course list.




Spring 2024 Course List

Course Title Day Time Room Instructor Subfield
POL 110 01 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT M-TH 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM SOCI225 Willse,Cadence American
POL 110 02 AMERICAN GOVERNMENT M-TH 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SOCI223 Willse,Cadence American
POL 130 01 INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS M-TH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM SOCI225 Cho,Hyun-Binn International
POL 150 01 COMPARATIVE POLITICS T 5:30 PM - 8:20 PM SOCI223 Holom-Trundy, Brittany Comparative
M-TH: 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM
W: 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM
SOCI225 Morell, Sara
POL 215 01 GENDER AND POLITICS M-TH 3:30 PM - 4:50 PM SOCI225 Morell, Sara American
POL 275 01 WESTERN POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY M-TH 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM SOCI223 Toloudis,Nicholas Theory
POL 322 01 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II: Civil Rights and Liberties T-F 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM SOCI225 Dumas,Tao American
POL 330 01 US FOREIGN POLICY M-TH 2:00 PM - 3:20 PM SOCI225 Cho,Hyun-Binn International
POL 358 01 LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS M-TH 12:30 PM - 1:50 PM SOCI223 Chartock, Sarah Comparative
POL 390 01 TUTORIAL IN POLITICAL SCIENCE* T-F 11:00 AM - 12:20 PM SOCI241 Dumas,Tao
POL 498 01 SEMINAR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE* M 3:30 PM - 6:20 PM SOCI241 Cho,Hyun-Binn


Spring 2024 Graduate Course List

If you meet the course requirements (24 or more completed units and a 3.0 GPA or better) and would like to enroll in one or two courses, please complete this form. The Political Science Department will register you for the class.

Course Title Faculty Day Time Room
PUBG 501 01 THE POLICY PROCESS IN THEORY AND PRACTICE Willse, Cadence M 5:30 PM - 8:20 PM SOCI 131 Policy Core
PUBG 503 01 MICROECONOMICS AND PUBLIC POLICY O'Grady, Trevor W 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM SOCI 241 Policy Core
PUBG 512 01 QUANTITATIVE METHODS FOR POLICY RESEARCH II Bowen, Daniel TH 2:00 PM - 4:50 PM SOCI 241 Quantitative Methods
PUBG 696 01 PUBLIC POLICY THESIS independent course Policy Core
ISTG 640 TEXT MINING Huang, Ziyue T - online
Two Saturdays in person
T: 6:00 PM - 8:50 PM (online)
March 9 & April 20, 9:00 - 12:00 PM in person Business 123
Methods Elective


Course Descriptions

Major Requirements and Program Planner


Special Topics & Seminars

POL 390-01: Judicial Politics: Judicial Decision-Making & Selection

Dr. Tao Dumas
Judicial politics scholars examine how judicial institutions and external pressures and constraints impact judges’ behaviors and legal outcomes. This tutorial prepares students to conduct independent research related to the study of law and courts with an emphasis on judicial selection and decision-making. Students will become familiar with existing judicial politics scholarship related to various levels of courts and social science research design and techniques.

POL 498-01: International Security

Dr. Hyun-Binn Cho

This Senior Topics Seminar examines a subfield of International Relations: International Security. It explores topics such as the causes of war and peace, the ¿rise¿ of China, terrorism, covert conflict, nuclear security, and coercive diplomacy and crisis bargaining. With close consultations with the instructor, students will develop an independent research paper on a topic of their choosing. This capstone project requires students to employ political science research methods, including qualitative methods such as case studies.


Course Descriptions


POL 110: American Government

Examines the strengths and weaknesses, problems and promise of representative democracy in the United States. Surveys the relationships of citizens to Congress, the president and the courts through political parties, elections, interest groups, and the media. Considers the constitutional framework of government and the rights of the individual against governmental intrusion.

POL 130: International Relations

An examination of contemporary patterns of international interaction and their historic roots with attention to competing theoretical perspectives. Topics studied include foreign policy, international law and organization, and international political economy.

POL 150: Comparative Politics

Introduces students to some of the most important concepts, themes and approaches in the comparative study of politics. Comparative Politics is the study of the domestic or internal politics of particular countries. By comparing the processes, institutions and other political phenomena of one country in relation to others, those engaged in the study of comparative politics isolate the primary causes and consequences of these political phenomena and are thus able to create and test theories of politics around the world.

POL 200: Political Analysis

The course familiarizes students with the basic statistical, conceptual, and technical skills needed for research in political science. Topics include research design, hypothesis testing, statistical methodology common in the social sciences, and practical experience examining and analyzing quantitative data. This course provides students hands-on training with Stata, a commonly used statistical software package. Should normally be completed by the end of the sophomore year prior to taking POL 390.

POL 215: Gender and Politics

The role of gender in politics is examined in a lecture/discussion format. Topics include research on gender, differences and similarities in political socialization and electoral behavior, gender-related issues in public policy, the role of gender in the decision making of public officials, and the relationship between theories of gender and the actual practice of politics.

POL 275: Western Political Philosophy

Selected political questions that have intrigued Western society from time immemorial and theoretical solutions presented by some of the great political philosophers from classical Greece to the modern era.

POL 322: Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Liberties

An analysis of how the U.S. Supreme Court interprets the Constitution, focusing on the rights of the individual, including freedom of expression, freedom of religion, the right of privacy, due process of law, and equal protection of the laws.

POL 330: US Foreign Policy

Examines the formulation and execution of American foreign policy in the context of American politics and of the United States’ historic role in the world; some themes considered include the domestic sources of foreign policy and the conditions under which the United States uses force abroad.

POL 358: Latin American Politics

Why did Cuba’s revolution result in Communism while Chile’s election of a socialist president ended in a military coup? Why is Costa Rica a relatively stable democracy while Guatemala has been so unstable? Why have drug cartels moved into Ecuador, where that country was a relatively peaceful one for decades? Why have social movements successfully pushed for affirmative action in Brazil but Colombia’s movements have had less success? What role has the US played in various policies across the region? These are the types of questions we examine in this introduction to Latin American Politics. Students will gain in depth knowledge of the region and its politics and will also learn theories that help to explain politics across the globe.