Upcoming Courses
Below are the undergraduate Political Science courses we tentatively anticipate offering in Fall 2022, though these plans are subject to change. Please contact the department or the specific course’s instructor with any questions.

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Pol S 101
Pol S 101: Introduction to Political Science
Prof. Shaw • MWF 1:10–2:00

Find out what political science is all about, and develop the skills needed to start making sense of what happens in politics, policy, and government.

Pol S 111
Pol S 111: Introduction to American Government
Prof. Deam • MWF 9:55–10:45
Prof. Laehn • TR 12:40–1:55
Prof. Shaw • Online

Learn about how American democracy works, or doesn’t work, from its policymaking institutions to the public’s political behavior. There are presidential elections, but also so much more!

Pol S 121
Pol S 121: Introduction to International Politics
Prof. Mansbach • TR 9:30–10:45
Prof. Ren • MWF 12:05–12:55

War, globalization, and the national interest drive events in the world today, as they have throughout history. Explore the dynamics underpinning everything from terrorism to international cooperation on climate change. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

Pol S 125
Pol S 125: Democracy and Dictatorship: Introduction to Comparative Politics
Prof. Hassid • MWF 8:50–9:40
Prof. Ren • MWF 9:55–10:45

How do different societies choose their leaders, run their governments, and regulate their economies and societies? This introduction will show you examples and ideas from around the world. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

Pol S 235
Pol S 235: Introduction to Ethics and Politics
Prof. Laehn • TR 9:30–10:45

Politics implicates so many moral issues: violence, deceit, corruption, civil disobedience, justice, freedom, and more. See what guidance classic and contemporary thinkers have offered on doing right.

Pol S 301
Pol S 301: Introduction to Empirical Political Science Research
Prof. Peterson • TR 9:30–10:45

Human interactions are complicated; how do we make sense of them? Hone your critical-thinking and data-analysis skills while learning about how politics works in the real world.

Pol S 318
Pol S 318: Campaigns and Elections
Prof. Shaw • MWF 11:00–11:50

It’s always campaign season in the United States, with elections having consequences for all aspects of society. Get hands-on experience in electoral activities and go behind the scenes in these pivotal events for politics and policy.

Pol S 319
Pol S 319: Law and Politics
Instructor TBD • MWF 3:20–4:10

What are the roles of the judicial system in American politics? How do judges work with the rest of government to establish what the law is?

Pol S 333
Pol S 333: Democracy and Diversity in America
Prof. Tuckness • TR 3:40–5:00

How does a democracy work when its people differ in so many attitudes and characteristics, as in the modern United States? Different thinkers have offered different views, which we’ll explore in the context of major issues like immigration, affirmative action, multicultural education, religion, and minority representation. Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement.

Pol S 338X
Pol S 338X: Dictatorship
Prof. Hassid • MWF 9:55–10:45

Dictatorial regimes govern huge portions of the world. Where do such regimes come from, and how do they work? Learn about the wide-ranging and colorful world of dictators and despots. Meets International Perspectives requirement.

Pol S 339
Pol S 339: Liberty and Law in America
Prof. Laehn • TR 2:10–3:25

Debates about what it means to be free (and who gets to be free) means have raged throughout American history. Join the conversation as it roves across topics from marijuana, to guns, to speech, to sex. Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement.

Pol S 344
Pol S 344: Public Policy
Prof. Wang • Online

Policy shapes outcomes in criminal justice, the environment, social equality, and much else besides. Learn how policymakes set the agenda, and the causes and consequences of their choices.

Pol S 346
Pol S 346: European Politics
Prof. Pirro • TR 9:30–10:50

Europe is on the front lines of many political trends, from the transnational cooperation of the European Union to social-welfare states and the turn towards populism. Learn more about how these societies have faced these challenges. Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

Pol S 353
Pol S 353: Immigration Policy
Prof. Gabiam • MW 3:20–4:35

Immigration policy confronts political threats and economic imperatives. Deciding who gets into the country and how best to integrate those who have come in are hot-button issues around the world; learn how immigrants, refugees, and natives are affected by policy choices. Meets U.S. Diversity Requirement.

Pol S 355
Pol S 355: War and Politics
Prof. Mansbach • TR 12:40–1:55

War is famously “the continuation of politics by other means,” but how do the two relate? How has the recourse to war changed over time, and when is it justified? Meets International Perspectives Requirement.

Pol S 358
Pol S 358: United States Foreign Policy
Prof. McCormick • MWF 12:05–12:55

The United States is immersed in world politics whether it wants to be or not. How has it responded in recent decades? Who makes American foreign-policy choices, what values drive them, and how are the choices implemented in practice?

Pol S 360
Pol S 360: American Institutions: Congress
Prof. Shelley • 2:10–3:25

Congress is central to American law and politics. Explore its inner workings, how its members are selected and work, and the ways that the body develops policy outcomes.

Pol S 363
Pol S 363: American Institutions: Media
Prof. Deam • MWF 12:05–12:55

The mass media crucially affects almost every element of American politics, yet it probably barely came up in your high-school civics and government class. Gain insight into how traditional journalism, propaganda, campaign ads influence political outcomes.

Pol S 407
Pol S 407: Proseminar in Public Policy
Prof. Shelley • Online

Dive deep into the study of public policy, including its major theories and writers as well as the methods used to analyze and understand policymaking. How do policies form and evolve?

Pol S 420
Pol S 420: Constitutional Law
Prof. Deam • MWF 2:15–3:05

The interpretation of the United States Constitution develops one legal ruling at a time judicial action. How do judges make these rules, and what do their decisions about Constitutional mean for government and society?

Pol S 443
Pol S 443: Energy Policy
Prof. Wang • MWF 8:50–9:40

Energy policy is key to environmental justice and climate change, as well as to a broad swath of the economy: recent controversies over pipelines and blackouts have erupted around the world. Find out how policy connects with energy transitions as technologies and societies change.

Pol S 460
Pol S 460: American Political Institutions
Prof. Peterson • TR 12:40–1:55

The mechanics of checks and balances play out in every corner of American government, from the maneuverings of Congress to the creation of independent school boards. Learn more about how institutional designs affect policy and politics in the United States.