POL 240: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS (F)
This course provides an analysis of the basic patterns and major factors underlying international politics. Consideration of current international problems will be addressed. The course is required of all political science majors. In addition, the course requires a minimum of 12 to 15 pages of academic writing.
POL 341: GLOBALIZATION AND INTERNATIONAL DECISION MAKING (S)
This course offers an analysis of the increasing functional obsolescence of the nation state under the pressures of transnational problems such as drugs, AIDS, and the environment. The emergence of regional and international organizations such as the European Community, the Organization of African States, and the Association of South East Asian Nations to meet these challenges are also addressed. The course is required of all political science majors. Prerequisite: POL 240 is recommended. (Formerly titled “Global Village.”) In addition, the course requires a minimum of 15 to 20 pages of academic writing.
POL 342: U.S. FOREIGN RELATIONS (F)
This course is a study of the diplomatic and military instruments of American foreign relations, the formal and informal powers and processes by which policy is made, and the basic patterns of national interest and policy, both prior to World War II and into the present.
POL 344: THE MIDDLE EAST AND THE WORLD (F)
This course offers a study of modern Middle Eastern politics, with emphasis on the origins, issues, and present stage of the Arab-Israeli conflict; an analysis of Western and Soviet foreign policies in the area, with the emphasis on America’s mideast diplomacy.
POL 348: 21ST-CENTURY TERRORISM: UNDERSTANDING THE GLOBAL THREAT (F)
This course will define basic concepts related to terrorism, trace the history of terrorism since 1945, and compare and contrast various terrorist groups and their tactics, with particular emphasis on Islamic terrorist organizations, to equip students with tools for understanding and analyzing modern terrorism. Depending upon the semesters this course is taught, it may focus on different geographic areas as well as on the many variants of terrorism, including those developed since the 1979 Iranian revolution, with emphasis on state-supported terrorism and specific terrorist groups as well as the goals and tactics of terrorism and the causes of terrorism.