List of Courses:
  • 020 - Model Illinois Government
    Model Illinois Government is the annual intercollegiate simulation of the Illinois General Assembly, held each winter in the State Capitol. Students serve as the various elected officers of the executive and legislative branches of the state government.
  • 021 - Moot Court (Model IL Govt)
    Teams of students prepare and argue appellate cases before mock state or U.S. Supreme Courts in the annual collegiate judicial simulations at state or national levels.
  • 052 - Model United Nations
    Students simulate the actions of the various bodies of the United Nations - the General Assembly, the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council - in annual intercollegiate competition.
  • 111 - Intro to Political Behavior
    Course considers how U.S. citizens form values, beliefs, and preferences toward politics and public policies. Sources of knowledge explored include family, the media, and political elites. The impact of participatory and deliberative processes that may contribute to or detract from tolerance of others is also examined. Specific attention is devoted to political ramifications of attitudes concerning race, ethnicity, and gender.
  • 120 - American Government & Politics
    Study of the American political system and formation of public policy, primarily at the national level: political culture, constitutions and constitutionalism, democratic theory, federalism, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, the electoral system, Congress, the presidency, and the judicial system.
  • 125 - Moot Court: Reason & Argument
    Students prepare legal briefs and argue appellate cases before mock Illinois or U.S. Supreme Court in the intercollegiate judicial simulations at state or national levels. Students learn legal reasoning and analysis, learn to think under intense pressure, and develop oral argumentation skills. Prerequisite: POLS 120.
  • 152 - Politics Among Nations
    Introduction to international politics, with emphasis on what causes conflict between nations, why nations cooperate, and how contemporary forces influence international politics.
  • 215 - Soc Science Research Methods
    Explores qualitative and quantitative research methods used in the social sciences. Students conduct social science research projects to learn various research designs, their strengths and weaknesses, and their applications. Students collect, analyze, and interpret data, as well as test hypotheses and develop theories. Also listed as SOAN 215.
  • 220 - American Parties & Elections
    Theoretical study of political parties, elections, and public opinion, supplemented with case studies, guest speakers, and field research. Students attend political rallies and conduct surveys. Taught in election years. (A student may receive credit for only one of the courses POLS 220 and POLS 221.)
  • 225 - Dynamics of U.S. Federalism
    The study of the dynamics of intergovernmental relations among the national, state, and local governments, as practiced within the constitutional structure of federalism in the United States.
  • 231 - American Congress
    Study of the representational nature, institutional structures, and deliberative processes of the United States Congress. Topics addressed include member goals and political resources, party organizations, the committee structures, legislative rules and procedures, and interbranch relations.
  • 232 - American Presidency
    Study of the constitutional and prerogative powers, institutional arrangements, public dimensions, and policy-making roles of the modern presidency. The institution's relationships with the legislative and judicial branches as well as the federal bureaucracy are considered along with the impact individual presidents make on the exercise of power and authority.
  • 240 - Women in Politics
    Examination of the experience of women in U.S. politics, particularly at the federal and state level. Considers the impact of gender on political participation, political attitudes, policy preferences, voting behavior, campaign styles, and institutional norms.
  • 252 - U.S. Foreign Policy
    Values, process, and governmental institutions involved in the formulation of American foreign policy. In-depth analysis of American foreign policy since 1945 dealing with Cold War and post-Cold War challenges, the developing nations, and international organizations including the United Nations.
  • 254 - Latin American Politics
    Study of the historical, economic, and social forces influencing the politics of Latin America as a whole with special focus on the most politically significant countries.
  • 255 - Contemporary European Politics
    Comparative survey of the political process and issues in Britain, France, and Germany: organization of political interests, decision-making processes, governmental bureaucracies, and political responses to social and economic change.
  • 261 - Politics of China
    Study of the cultural, historical, and ideological origins of the People's Republic of China, the role of the Chinese Communist Party and its leaders, the structure and processes of its political institutions, and the nature of issues facing contemporary China, from rapid economic growth to human rights.
  • 263 - Topics in Asian Politics
    Focuses on government, politics, and public policies of one or more countries in Asia. Designed to deepen the student's work in political science, international relations, or Asian studies. Specific topics vary, from Southwest Asia to the Vietnam War to the politics of Japan. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ.
  • 264 - Russia and the FSU
    Study of the cultural and historical origins of post-Soviet Russia and the various former Soviet republics, the person and rule of Vladimir Putin, the structure and processes of Russia's political institutions, and the nature of issues facing contemporary Russia, from reassertion of a global presence to the decline of democratic institutions.
  • 265 - Contemporary Issues
    Focuses on one or more current political issues. Designed to deepen the student's previous political studies. May focus on either domestic or international topics. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ.
  • 280 - Classics of Political Thought
    Exploration of the most important writings of authors who have had a profound impact on the West's conception of politics. The emphasis is on original texts by authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Hobbes, Rousseau, Machiavelli, and Marx. Also listed as PHIL 280.
  • 300 - Rev:Politics of Violent Change
    Study of violent political change: its causes, frequency, varieties, process. Various revolutions and their leaders considered at length, including the classic revolutions (English, American, French, Bolshevik), Mao Zedong's Chinese Revolution, Che Guevara in Latin America, and Eastern Europe in the post-cold war era.
  • 311 - Political Behavior
    Seminar examines the nature of both political socialization and political participation of United States citizens. Influences on socialization studied include family, education, socioeconomic status, political elites and the media. Forms of participation include voting and membership in both interest groups and voluntary civic organizations. Prerequisite: POLS 120.
  • 325 - The Legal Process
    How the nature of law, including its history, development, and efficient administration, affects our political system. Modern American legal system is studied with the idea of understanding law as ongoing process - how the process works and its political ramifications. Useful for students considering law school.
  • 330 - American Constitutional Law
    Study of the politics and law of the U.S. Supreme Court. Selected Supreme Court cases are analyzed to show how court decisions shape the American constitutional system of government. Useful for students considering law school.
  • 332 - Presidential Leadership
    Seminar examines personal, public, constitutional and institutional sources of power modern presidents utilize in their attempts to lead their various constituencies - the public, the legislative branch, and the federal bureaucracy. In addition to the critical analysis of various models of modern presidential leadership, students also conduct case studies of presidential leadership during the modern presidency (1945-present). Prerequisite: POLS 120.
  • 340 - Public Policy Analysis
    Survey of the policy process (agenda setting, adoption, implementation, and evaluation) and conceptual approaches to policy analysis. Seminar addresses specific policy topics and broader theoretical concerns. Prerequisite: POLS 120 and POLS 215.
  • 348 - U.S. and Global Security
    Explores traditional and non-traditional threats in a globalized world and the options for response; how the concept of security is evolving to take into account global technological, social, and political developments; the role of the military in U.S. political culture.
  • 352 - International Relations Theory
    Advanced study of the means and methods of theory construction in the field of international relations. Prerequisite: POLS 152.
  • 354 - Globalization: Theory/Practice
    Explores globalization and its many facets from both practical and theoretical viewpoints, including the processes and institutions that cause and advance globalization; evaluating the utility of current theories to explain globalization; debating the effects of globalization.
  • 365 - Advanced Issues
    Advanced study and analysis of one or more current political issues. Designed to deepen the advanced student's previous political studies. May focus on domestic or international topics. The title will be extended to describe the current topic. May be taken more than once provided the topics differ.