2014-15 Undergraduate Catalog

Political Science

Program Coordinator 

Dr. Jynette Larshus | email:  jynette.larshus@minotstateu.edu

Political Science Concentration

Total of 12 credits in Political Science.

Required12
POLS 115American Government3
Additional Credits in Political Science9

Courses

POLS 115. American Government. 3 Hours.

Principles of American government, political behavior, institutions.

POLS 116. State and Local Government. 3 Hours.

Structures, politics, and behavior in state and local governments.

POLS 220. International Politics. 3 Hours.

Re-Activated 11-21-04.

POLS 275. Contemporary Community Issues. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to develop your understanding of the different communities you are a member of and the issues facing them in the 21st century. Drawing on theories and concepts from various disciplines, we will expand on how communities and the issues associated with them are defined, constructed and addressed at multiple levels of society. Specifically, we will examine various political and social issues facing our communities including but not limited to: crime, ecology, inequalities, health care and the family. We will also set those issues in their larger state, national and global context, address the impact of that context and the proposed possible outcomes for the future.

POLS 299. Special Topics. 1-6 Hour.

POLS 306. Constitutional Law. 3 Hours.

Analyzes US Supreme Court decisions and interpretations which focuses on civil liberties, equal protections, due process and first amendment rights.

POLS 375. Contemporary Political Issues. 3 Hours.

This course is designed to develop your understanding of the larger political world and the issues facing it in the 21st century. Drawing on theories and concepts from various disciplines, we will expand on how political issues are defined, constructed and addressed at multiple levels of society. Specifically, we will look at various political issues and policies facing the United States, including but not limited to: crime, ecology, inequalities, health care and the family. We will also set those issues in their larger global context, address the impact of that context and the proposed possible outcomes for the future.

POLS 394. Independent Study General Ps. 1-4 Hour.

POLS 451. Political Sociology. 3 Hours.

Political sociology broadly conceived is the study of power and domination in social relationships to include the relationship between state and society. The course draws upon comparative history to analyze socio-political trends and thereby includes the analysis of the family, the mass media, universities, trade unions, etc. A typical research question might, for example, be: what factors explain why so few American citizens choose to vote.

POLS 494. Independent Study Honors Ps. 1-8 Hour.

POLS 499. Special Topics In Political Sci. 1-6 Hour.

Faculty

Program Coodinator

Jynette Larshus