POL 171: Political Analysis
This course surveys the theoretical foundations, approaches, and methodologies of political analysis, introducing students to the "science of politics" and providing a basic grounding in the social scientific study of political behavior and phenomena. The course equips students with the tools of inquiry (such as the description and analysis of quantitative data and the systematic use of case studies) most commonly used in the discipline of political science.
POL 260: SURVEY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT I: THE FOUNDATIONS (F)
This course focuses on an analysis of the major political writers from Plato to approximately 1550. Emphasis on each author’s concept of the state and its function and end, as well as their solution to the problem of the reconciliation of the common good with individual freedom, 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 361: SURVEY OF POLITICAL THOUGHT II: LIBERAL DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRITICS (S)
This course is an analysis of modern liberal democratic thought and the various criticisms of it from both the left and the right are topics to be addressed in this course. Emphasis is on the reading of original sources by Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, J.S. Mill, Rousseau, Burke, Marx, Nietzsche, etc. This course is required of all political science majors. Prerequisite: POL 260 is recommended. The course requires a minimum of 15 to 20 pages of academic writing.
POL 363: THE AMERICAN POLITICAL TRADITION (S)
This course provides an inquiry into various religious and philosophical threads, from the Puritan “city on a hill” to the 1960s counter-culture, which combine to form the fabric of American political thought. Analysis of original source material is stressed.