POL 215: MANAGING THE PUBLIC AND NON-PROFIT SECTORS (F, S)
This course is an introduction to different concepts and aspects of public administration from a variety of theoretical viewpoints. Topics include: bureaucratic organization and leadership styles, program evaluation and productivity, budgeting, civil service, and public policy making. (Formerly titled “Public Administration.”)
POL 301: STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT (S)
This course is a study of the state as a partner in the federal system; the states’ constitutional development; and principles underlying state governmental organization, reorganization, and functions.
POL 302: AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW I (F)
A case study approach utilizing Supreme Court decisions provides an analysis of the governmental structure of the United States. Principal topics include: judicial review, separation of powers, federalism, extent and limit of Congressional and Presidential authority, and the commerce and fiscal clauses of the Constitution.
POL 303: AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL LAW II (S)
A case study approach utilizing Supreme Court decisions provides an analysis of the individual’s relationship to the government under our Constitution. Principal topics include rights under the early Constitution, the incorporating process, First Amendment rights, procedural rights of the accused, and equal protection and political rights. (Strongly recommended: Constitutional Law I)
POL 304: CONGRESS AND THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS (S)
Topics of this course address the role of Congress in the legislative process; its internal operations and external political relations, especially with the President. Comparison of the characteristics of Congress with those of state legislatures and European legislative bodies.
POL 305: THE PRESIDENT AND THE EXECUTIVE BRANCH (S)
This course examines the growth, both in size and power, of the Executive Branch of the national government. Topics covered include: the mechanics and significance of presidential elections, the institution of the presidency, presidential-congressional relations, and the limits of presidential power.
POL 310: POLITICAL PARTIES AND ELECTIONS (F)
This course provides a view of the political problems of the United States as revealed in the major and minor political parties that have arisen during the country’s history.
POL 311: WOMEN IN POLITICS (S)
This course is an introduction to the history and issues associated with the movement for women’s political equality. Topics include: women’s suffrage, equal protection and the ERA, job discrimination, and women in political campaigns and elected offices.
POL 314: MASS MEDIA AND POLITICS (F)
This course examines the influence of the mass media upon the American political process. Emphasis is on the role of the media in campaigns and elections.
POL 316: ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND POLICY (F)
This course examines an introduction to the rise of environmentalism in the United States. Addresses the major environmental statutes from the Clean Air and Clean Water Acts to the Endangered Species Act, RCRA and Superfund, and also integrates case studies and collaborative learning to evaluate the impact of scientific uncertainty on environmental planning while emphasizing the difficult choices faced in developing environmental policy.
POL 319: COURTS, JUDGES, AND JUDGING (S)
This course offers an introduction to the development of the Common Law, tracing the rise of courts and the expanding role of judges in England and the United States from Magna Carta to the Constitution of 1789, discussing the rise of Judicial Review in the United States, and concluding with an exploration of the competing ways in which current Supreme Court Justices (Scalia, Roberts, Breyer, Ginsburg) view their role and their power in a democratic society.
POL 385: ETHICS IN GOVERNMENT (S)
The purpose of this course is to examine the role of ethics and the problems caused by a lack of ethics at the federal, state, and local government levels. This course will underscore the importance of ethics in government by looking at a variety of sources, ranging from Codes of Ethics to the U.S. Constitution and state constitutions, and reviewing various case studies, including Watergate and Interngate. Required of all Public Administration majors.