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Political Science (POLS)

Students who enroll in Political Science courses must have placed into ENGL 1100 and are encouraged either to have completed ENGL 1100 or be enrolled in that course when scheduling a Political Science course.

Online/Distance Learning (DL) versions of several POLS courses are available. Students taking the Web-based version of these courses must be familiar with computers, have an email address, and access to the Internet. Course content is identical to that presented in a traditional classroom setting. Examinations for online/distance learning courses are administered at the Testing Center.

POLS 1100 Introduction to American Government (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This course introduces students to the nature, purpose and structure of the American political system. Attention is given to the institutions and processes that create public policy. The strengths and weaknesses of the American political system are discussed, along with the role of citizens in a democracy.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 0190 or placement into ENGL 1100
Lab fee: $3.00

POLS 1194 Special Topic: Political Science (on Demand)

1-3 credits
POLS 1194 offers a detailed examination of selected topics of interest in political science.
Lecture: 1-3 hours         Lab fee: $3.00

POLS 1200 Comparative Politics (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This course is designed as an introductory survey class for the student interested in the field of comparative politics. Students will analyze what comparative politics is; explore a theoretical framework that helps the student understand the basic principles found within comparative politics; and will study specific countries by analyzing their history, institutions, political culture, and economy. Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 0190 or placement into ENGL 1100
Lab fee: $3.00

POLS 1250 State & Local Government (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This course introduces the student to the nature, purpose and structure of state and local governments, especially in Ohio. Attention is given to the institutions and processes that create public policy, including fiscal policy and the court system. The strengths and weaknesses of the state and local government system are discussed along with the everyday role of citizens in a democracy - especially at these levels of government.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 0190 or placement into ENGL 1100, minimum grade of “C”

POLS 1300 International Relations (A, SP, SU)

3 credits
This course examines the origin, nature and development of the post- Cold War international system. It explores how individuals, nation- states, nongovernmental and international organizations interact with one another. Basic concepts include knowledge of actors such as nation-states, international organizations like the United Nations, transnational corporations, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and social movements. The course further examines theoretical frameworks for interaction such as idealism, realism, and nationalism. The course considers aspects of foreign policy including political economy, isolationism, and interventionism. It also explores strategies for enhancing international security, conflict resolution, diplomacy, military intervention, and the role of international law.
Lecture: 3 hours
Prerequisite: ENGL 0190 or placement into ENGL 1100
Lab fee: $3.00

POLS 2193 Independent Study in Political Science (On Demand)

1-3 credits
POLS 2193 provides an individual, student-structured course that examines a selected topic in Political Science through intensive reading or research. The independent study elective permits a student to pursue his/her interests within the context of a faculty-guided program.
Lecture: 1-3 hours
Prerequisite: Instructor permission required           Lab fee: $3.00