Course Descriptions

Political Science

POLS 1113 American Federal Government
A study of the principles, structures, processes, and functions of the United States federal government.
POLS 2033 American Legal System
A general perspective of the legal system and judicial branch of government; introducing legal terminology, survey of practices, and ethics of legal profession. (Formerly POLS 2013 and cross-listed with LA 2033)
POLS 2043 Introduction to Comparative Politics
An introduction to the methods of comparative political science examining the differences in political systems and political cultures. A research paper, exams, and other writing are required. Prerequisite: POLS 1113 or instructor’s permission.
POLS 2123 An Introduction to Political Ideas
This course explores the impact of political ideas and ideological systems of thought, focusing particularly on major ideologies that have emerged in nineteenth and twentieth-century political thought. (Formerly POLS 3043)
POLS 2153 Civil Rights and Liberties
The politics, theory, and jurisprudence of civil rights and liberties in America are examined. A research paper, exams, and other writing are required. Prerequisite: POLS 1113 or instructor’s permission.
POLS 2253 Political Practicum
Monthly seminar structured to involve students in a supervised manner in the political process. No less than 32 additional hours spent in campaign activity verified by an approved campaign manager.
POLS 3013 State and Local Government
This course explores the types of governments within states, municipalities, and other forms of local government as well as the influence of politics and recent trends affecting state, county, and municipal governments. An examination of contemporary issues will include civil rights, education, poverty, welfare, health, corrections, finance, and taxation. Special emphasis will be given to state and local government in Oklahoma. Prerequisite: POLS 1113. (Formerly POLS 2213)
POLS 3023 Introduction to Public Administration
This course covers general concepts of public administration and the significance of administration in the modern state. Course content includes an analysis of administrative theory, structure, and organization; dynamics of management and decision making; and fiscal, personnel, and operational administration. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 3033 Introduction to Public Policy
This course introduces the study of public policy by relating social problems to processes for conflict resolution. Topics include problem identification, policy formulation, institutional decision making, policy implementation and evaluation, and opportunities for reform and change. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 3053 International Relations
This course introduces students to the dynamics of relationships among nation-states. An important element of this course is the introduction of world views including realism, idealism, and the various behaviorist models that have emerged in the last 30 years.
POLS 3063 Constitutional Law
An exploration and analysis of the constitutional foundations of American law and government, the different methods of constitutional interpretation, and the law’s function as a basic medium for resolving conflict in a federal constitutional democracy. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 3143 Introduction to Political Theory
An introduction to the history and tradition of political thinking and thought. This course may be taught alternatively as an introduction to the classics of Western political thought or as an introduction to the tradition of political philosophy. Prerequisite: POLS 1113. (Formerly POLS 2023.)
POLS 3153 Introduction to American Political Thought
A survey course exploring the interaction of ideas and events in the evolution of American political thought. The course will explore the development of American ideas on issues like liberty, equality, and justice from the American Revolutionary period through the Civil War and into the Twenty-first century. Prerequisite: POLS 2123.
POLS 3163 The American Presidency
A study of the constitutional foundations of the presidency, the evolution of presidential power, and the selection process. This course also analyzes the executive branch within the framework of the separation of powers, and explores contemporary issues related to the office. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 3213 Bureaucratic Politics
The purpose of this course is to expose students to various theories of organization, and to explore the impact of bureaucratic culture on policy implementation. Additionally, students will learn about the evolution of various bureaucratic agencies. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS (CJ) 3243 Ethics in Public Service
This course investigates the distinctive ethical dilemmas that face leaders whose work will likely impact the public at large. Case, studies, ethical concepts and terminology are introduced in an effort to seriously analyze the practical application of ethical practices in the public sector. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 3273 Intergovernmental Relations
This course explores the relationships among federal, state, metropolitan, tribal, and local units of government. Students will learn about current trends, issues, judicial interpretations, and administrative actions involving intergovernmental relations (IGR). Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 3553 Public Finance and Budgeting
This course provides an introduction to the politics and methods of modern public finance and budgeting. Topics covered include the budget process and cycle, revenue sources, expenditure analysis, fiscal federalism, budget balancing, budget implementation, budget adaptability, controls, management analysis, procurement, debt management, deficit reduction, capital financing, and the role of budgeting in the overall context of the political economy. Prerequisites: ACCT 2203 and POLS 1113.
POLS 3950 Topics in Politics
A seminar in selected topics in politics. Topics and credits may vary each time course is offered (1–3 credit hours). May be repeated with changes of topic. Prerequisite: POLS 1113. (Formerly POLS 2890)
POLS 4013 Campaigns, Elections, and Voting
This course analyzes factors influencing voting choices, campaign strategies and techniques, changes and trends in U.S. elections, and methods of predicting and interpreting election results.
POLS 4023 Democracy
This course examines the concept of democracy from its historical foundations to current issues challenging democracy in the twenty-first century.
POLS 4033 American Foreign Policy
A survey course in the evolution of American foreign policy. This course will consider the role the United States plays in world affairs, and the relationship between the United States, foreign governments, and the various non-governmental and international organizations that constitute the international community.
POLS 4043 The Media and Politics
A survey of the role the media plays in the governing process. This course will examine the mediating relationship the media plays between governmental actors and citizens: the importance of information, its impact on public opinion, and the quality of news coverage of politics.
POLS 4213 Environmental Policy and Regulation
Political, scientific, social, legal, and economic dimensions of international resource use, pollution, and Environmental Studies development.
POLS 4323 Administrative Law and Regulation
Students will learn about the principles governing federal agencies as well as the constitutional and statutory constraints on the structure of the administrative state and the scope of presidential, congressional, and judicial control over these agencies. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 4511 Grant Writing
The purpose of this course is to teach future municipal and nonprofit managers how to create successful grant proposals. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 4513 Grants and Compliance
This class emphasizes hands-on writing and research for non-profit and educational grants. Instructional areas include understanding grant funder and grant reviewer perspectives, finding funding sources, designing budgets, managing grants, reporting and complying with requirements, auditing, and evaluating. Instructor lectures are supplemented by readings, case studies, guest experts, and discussions. prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 4533 Municipal Government
Public management must face increasing state and federal mandates, high expectations by citizens for quality services jointed to demands for low taxes, growing populations, community revitalization, and conflicts over land and water use. This course offers students an opportunity to explore the realities of municipal management and to understand the necessity for urban planning. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 4623 Nonprofit Administration
This course focuses on issues in the administration and management of nonprofit organizations including relationships between the nonprofit, public, and private sectors. Prerequisite: POLS 1113. (Formerly POLS 4621)
POLS 4643 Public Personnel Administration
This course will examine the processes, policies, procedures, and laws concerning public personnel. Additionally, the course will expose students to issues related to employee protection, motivation, efficiency, and responsibility. Prerequisite: POLS 1113.
POLS 4991 Exit Examination
This course will be taken by BA-PA majors in conjunction with their senior seminar, and will consist of preparation to take and pass a comprehensive, objective examination based on material from the program core courses. Prerequisite: POLS 1113; must be taken concurrently with SBS 4513.
POLS (CJ) 4993 Policy and Program Evaluation
This is a senior-level course in which students will apply knowledge they’ve gained in other courses in their major to develop and execute an evaluation plan. Along the way, students will learn how to interpret and apply various quantitative and qualitative research methods, measurement and data collection techniques, theoretical and practical applications, relevant literature, and cultural and ethical considerations. Prerequisite: ORGL 3333. (Formerly POLS 3503.)