Fall 2013 Course Listings
POS 101: Intro to American Government
Klotz: M, W 1:15-2:30, Portland
Schmidt: T 4:10-6:40, Portland
This course focuses on the political institutions, processes, behavior, and problems of government in the United States. The national government is emphasized. Key topics include: the Constitution, Supreme Court, Congress, Presidency, political parties, public opinion, and interest groups.
POS 104: Intro to International Relations
Edwards: Online Class
Edwards: M, W 2:45-4:00, Portland
Examination of the relationships of nations in their efforts to deal with each other from differing political, economic, and cultural bases.
POS 203:Intro to Political Science Research
Vassallo: T, R 10:15-11:30, Portland
An introduction to the way political scientists conceive and carry out research projects. Students will learn the scientific method: how to formulate theories, gather data, and test hypotheses. They will be taught how to find political science sources in the library, how to document sources in footnotes and bibliography, and how to conduct legal research in a law library. Students will eventually complete a major research project. This course is required for all political science majors, who are strongly urged to take it during their first or second semester after declaring the Department.
POS 205: Intro to Comparative Politics
Vassallo: T, R 1:15-2:30, Portland
An introduction to the field of comparative politics with a focus on political systems and political participation. The course will examine political institutions, electoral laws, comparative methodologies, political culture, and the problem of establishing and maintaining democratic government. Case studies will be used to highlight major themes.
POS 256 Media & Politics
Klotz: M,W 10:15-11:30, Portland
POS 280: Issues Before the UN
Edwards: T 4:10-6:40, Portland
POS 290: Intro to Political Theory
Schmidt: T,R 2:45-4:00, Portland
A survey of political theory from ancient times to the present. Themes include the nature of democracy, freedom, equality, power, legitimacy, justice, and the use of lying in political life.
POS 380: Topics: African Americans & American Justice
Rowe: T 5:35-8:05, Portland
POS 392 American Political Thought
Schmidt: T,R 11:45-1:00, Portland
Prerequisite: POS 290, or sophomore status, or permission of the instructor.
POS 399 Topics- Transitional Justice
Edwards: M,W 11:45-1:00, Portland
POS 47X: Internships
Klotz: M 4:10-6:40, Portland
Provision may be made to gain professional experience in a number of specialized areas. The course is open only to selected students; contact Internship Director (Professor Klotz) for details. Students will meet for a series of internship seminars, for which readings and reports will be required. Prerequisite: permission of the instructor.
POS 470 Electoral Politics Internship
POS 471 Internship in Private & Semi-Public Organizations
POS 472 Not-for-Profit Internship
POS 473 Municipal Administration Internship
POS 474 Federal Executive Internship
POS 475 Congressional Internship
POS 476 Internship in Washington D.C
POS 477 State Internship
POS 478 State Judiciary Internship
POS 479 State Legislative Internship
POS 480 International Affairs Internship