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407/507 Seminar: [Topic] (subfield varies by topic)
Offerings vary from year to year, depending on student needs and faculty interests. R when topic changes.

410/510 Experimental Course: [Topic] (subfield varies by topic)
Offerings vary from year to year, depending on student needs and faculty interests. R when topic changes.

411 Honors Thesis Prospectus (1 credit)
Prepares students for writing the senior honors thesis in political science. Provides guidance in framing a suitable topic, conducting preliminary research, and writing a prospectus. Major with honors standing required.

420/520 International Organization (i)
Studies the efforts by states to cooperate, to avoid, or to resolve conflict in the realms of security, trade, human rights, and the environment.

Career Paths: Global Studies

430/530 Political Theory: Ancient and Medieval (t)
Greek, Roman, and medieval political thought covering Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, and Aquinas.

Career Paths:  Ethics, Identity, and Society

431/531 Political Theory: Renaissance, Reformation, and Early Modern (t)
Development of political theory. Primary figures are Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau.

Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society

432/532 Political Theory: Modern and Contemporary (t)
Political theory during the 19th and 20th centuries including utilitarianism and radical, revolutionary, and liberal democratic traditions.

Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society

433/533 Marxism and Radical Thought (t)
Surveys utopian socialist thought, anarchism, Marxism, and Leninism. Central themes include the nature of radical theory, the role of the state, human nature and the new society.

Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society ; Politics and Business

440/540 Causes and Prevention of War (i)
Surveys theories of causes of war; focuses on major theories of prevention; case studies from World War I, World War II, and other wars.

Career Paths: Global Studies

445/545 Methods for Politics and Policy Analysis I (t)
Introduction to quantitative analysis, concepts and methods of empirical research, applied statistical data analysis in political science. Methods include descriptive statistics, bivariate correlation, and regression techniques.

446/546 Methods for Politics and Policy Analysis II (t)
Survey of multivariate model building for political analysis. Multiple regression, discrete-variable techniques, recursive systems, and cross-level analysis. Application of these techniques to concrete political problems. Prereq: PS 445/545.

449/549 Racial Politics in the United States (AC, t)
Considers how race has interacted with political development in the U.S., from the New Deal to the present.

Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society

455/555 Theories of International Politics (i)
Competing theories of international relations and strategies for testing the theories.

Career Paths: Global Studies

458/558 Feminist Political Theories (t)
Examines the relationship between feminism, gender, and the state. Offered alternate years.

Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society

460/560 Political Economy of East Asia (m)
Examines the political economy of East Asia, with a focus on states, markets, and social classes during economic transformation. Offered alternate years.

Career Paths: Global Studies ; Politics and Business

465/565 LGBT Rights in the Courts (u)
Analyzes the role of legal advocates and the courts in advancing and curtailing lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender rights with a focus on relationship recognition, parenting, employment, housing, military, education, and health care. Offered alternate years.

Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society ; Policy Action and Analysis ; Politics, Law, and Justice

466/566 Civil Rights in Post-Warren Era (u)
Analyzes development in civil rights advocacy in the United States since the heyday of the Warren Court. Focuses primarily on developments in race, gender, disability, and sexuality. Offered alternate years.

Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society ; Policy Action and Analysis ; Politics, Law, and Justice

467/567 The United States Presidency (u)
An ambivalent view of the presidency as the key institution in the United States political system: source of great good but also of great harm.

Career Paths: Government and Public Sector

468/568 Congress (u)
Study of Congress as an institution: congressional elections, the committee system, and the internal distribution of influence; relations with the president and the Supreme Court.

Career Paths: Government and Public Sector

470/570 Constitutional Law (u)
Surveys how the U.S. Constitution works as a structure for government. Addresses how the federal courts interact within the U.S. system of government.

Career Paths: Government and Public Sector ; Politics, Law, and Justice

471/571 Intergenerational Justice (t)
Examines the ethical and legal obligations that exist between earlier and later generations within a political society.

Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society ; Politics, Law, and Justice

472/572 Matters of Life and Death (t) Examines the right to life from political, legal, and philosophical perspectives. Considers abortion, capital punishment, assisted suicide, just-war theory, and animal rights.

Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society ; Policy Action and Analysis

475/575 Politics of the European Union (m)
Surveys the historical development and current workings of the European Union’s major institutions and policies. Offered alternate years.

Career Paths: Global Studies ; Government and Public Sector ; Politics and Business

477/577 International Environmental Politics (i)
How nations solve international environmental problems. Explores major problems, processes, and current debates. Evaluates existing treaties through case studies.

Career Paths: Global Studies ; Policy Action and Analysis ; Politics, Law, and Justice

479/579 United States Interventions in Developing Nations (i)
Examines theories of intervention: security, economic imperialism, humanitarian intervention, spreading democracy, domestic politics; over thirty-seven U.S. interventions since 1898 are surveyed.

Career Paths: Global Studies

480 Introduction to Rational Choice (t)
Introduces the paradigm of rational choice and game theory that is of special significance to politics.

Career Paths: Government and Public Sector ; Politics and Business

484/584 United States Supreme Court (u)
The Supreme Court as a political body; the judicial role in the context of the economic, political, social, and psychological factors that influence the court’s decisions.

Career Paths: Government and Public Sector ; Politics, Law, and Justice

485/585 Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (u)
Overview of the role of rights in the United States legal system. Particular emphasis on the role of freedom and equality in a federal system.

Career Paths: Politics, Law, and Justice

491 Politics of Everyday Life (t)
Examines how we try to influence each others behaviors in the course of everyday life. Readings from several disciplines.

Career Paths: Ethics, Identity, and Society

495/595 United States Political Economy (u)
Examines United States political-economic institutions from a comparative and historical perspective. Topics include rise and fall of mass production, labor and the law, and regional development.

Career Paths: Politics and Business



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