POLI: Political Science (Undergraduate)

POLI 1005  Introduction to Political Science  (4 Credits)  

Students will be introduced to the methods and basic principles of political science. This course will cover the major subfields of political science: national government, comparative politics, international relations, and political theory.

Attributes: *Social Sciences Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 1996  Special Topics in POLI  (4 Credits)  

The content of this course will vary by term and section. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic differs. Please refer to the Term Guide for course topic offerings.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 1998  Individualized Studies in Political Science (POLI)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Political Science (POLI). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

POLI 2005  New York State & Local Government  (4 Credits)  

New York State and Local Government is an introductory level course that explores the political system of New York State and the diverse and complex relationships between the state government and the various municipalities. The course examines the extraordinary history of New York government and the interaction between the branches of government and the state agencies that deliver services and programs to citizens of the state. The course examines the policy process and the influence of federalism on state and local governments. This course was previously SOC-262224 New York State and Local Government.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 2010  The U.S. Political System  (4 Credits)  

This course explores the principles, institutions and processes of U.S. government and politics and the methods political scientists use to study them. Topics, such as the following, will be addressed: the structure and operation of U.S. government and political systems; a recognition of the avenues available to individuals and groups for effective political involvement; an appreciation of the role of the media in influencing politics and public policy; detailed comprehension of key decision making and implementing political institutions with particular attention to the budgetary process. This course was previously POLI 3100/SOC-261204 The American Political System

Attributes: Social Science Gen Ed, *Social Sciences Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 2013  Race in United States Politics  (4 Credits)  

The student will examine the issue of race in contemporary US politics. Students will examine issues relating to white supremacy/white nationalism, immigration and demographic/cultural change, and how racial resentments connect to economic issues, among others. Students will explore how these issues affect electoral politics, campaigns, and how office-holders govern. We will learn how politicians and partisan media use these issues to move public opinion, and how mainstream media cover these issues. This course is cross listed with HIST 2013.

Cross-listed with HIST 2013.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 2100  Politics and Military Strategy in Western Civilization  (4 Credits)  

This course will examine the evolution of politics and military strategy in the history of Western civilization by engaging with classic texts and contemporary political and strategic thinking. Students will be asked to study how politics and strategy intersect with other distinctive features of the history, institutions, economy, society, and culture of Western civilization. The course will relate the development of this particular Western intellectual tradition to other regions of the world.

Attributes: Western Civilization Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 2998  Individualized Studies in Political Science (POLI)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Political Science (POLI). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

POLI 3005  America's Founding Ideas  (4 Credits)  

The founding of the United States of America is one of the defining events of world history, and the political ideas of the founding generation continue to be invoked all manner of political debate. But questions about the founding generation remain: How did the American founding generation understand terms like 'liberty,' 'democracy,' and 'freedom'? How did diverse individuals and communities interpret the ideas associated with the American founding? What were the intellectual and historical contexts that made the founding possible? Students in this course will read primary and secondary texts, and apply contemporary and historical evidence, to gain a fuller appreciation of the complexity of the founding period and U.S.’s founding ideas in order to better understand some of today’s political contests, challenges, and ideas.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, *US History & Civ Engmt Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3020  Comparative Politics  (4 Credits)  

Comparative Politics is the study of domestic political systems around the world. Specifically, students will consider various approaches to the comparative study of political systems, institutions, forms of government, ideologies and practices. Possible themes include: globalization, political economy, political violence, and the characteristics of developed and developing countries. Students will gain an understanding of global studies and be able to analyze and evaluate past, present and future geopolitical issues from a comparative perspective and their impact on wellbeing and sustainability. This course was previously SOC-263414 Comparative Politics.

Attributes: Social Science Gen Ed, *World Hist & Glb Awnss Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3030  Cultural Differences & Politics  (4 Credits)  

The course explores the concept of culture and cultural differences with a specific focus on how differences impact international relations. In this current period of globalization, it is more important than ever to be informed about international affairs and the impact of cultural differences as illustrated, for example, by the growing nationalistic fervor of mainland China. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Intro to Sociology and/or Psychology, or Intro to Cultural Anthropology and, preferably an introductory course in international relations.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3040  Ethnic Conflict: The Balkans & Beyond  (4 Credits)  

The Balkans is a region where power has changed hands as rapidly as ethnic and national boundaries. This course examines the complexity of the regional and ethnic conflicts in the Balkans, especially since the collapse of the Soviet Union. It reviews major political events, international relations and foreign policies between Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Yugoslavia, and Albania. Comparing and contrasting ethnic conflict in the Balkans with similar conflicts in other regions, students will formulate practical insights about the diverse nature of ethnic conflict and the possibility of either defining universal approaches to manage them, or building a strong locally defined approach to ethnic conflict resolution. Finally, it examines questions related to nationalism and the impact of globalization. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Intro to Sociology and/or Psychology, Intro to Macroeconomics, European History, and/or a course in US foreign relations.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3045  Foreign Policy Analysis  (4 Credits)  

The purpose of this course is to familiarize students with the processes of formulating foreign policy. This includes the main theoretical approaches that will shed some light on the most significant agents in the policy-making process. It addresses the subject from the perspective of levels of analysis and different approaches of studies that illustrate the differences of the behavior of states in an interactive international system. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: This course assumes grounding in relevant theories related to international relations.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3050  Human Rights & International Humanitarian Law  (3 Credits)  

The course provides a comprehensive understanding of international human rights and international humanitarian law and how both bodies of law complement each other. The course examines in great detail the various aspects and controversies in the human rights debate and considers the obstacles to the implementation of human rights as universal norms. It traces the evolution of international humanitarian law from the beginning of the 19th century to the present. Moreover, the course examines the concept of war and how it has changed since the end of World War II; the threat posed by terrorist and extremist groups; the difficulty of distinguishing civilians from combatants on the battlefields; and the role and contribution of the United Nations and its successes and failures in developing and enforcing human rights norms. The course ends by examining the role of international tribunals in enforcing international humanitarian law and its prosecution of individuals who violated the law. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: Ethics or U.S. History, familiarity with the United Nations.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3055  International Law  (3,4 Credits)  

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to the core themes of international law. It covers a wide array of topics: from diplomatic immunity to the United Nations charter provisions, and from the recognition of governments to international law as it applies to war crimes. After an introduction presenting the historical development of the theory and practice of international law, the course then examines the sources of international law such as treaties, customs, general principles, and judicial decisions. Moreover, the course examines various forms of jurisdiction as they relate to institutions under international law, including states and governments as they relate to international organizations, individuals, companies, and groups. Prerequisites: The course assumes prior coursework related to international relations.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3060  International Organizations  (4 Credits)  

This course examines international organizations, their origins, purpose, function, and their role in international politics. The course will examine the birth of major international organizations and institutions such as the League of Nations, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the World Bank, and the International Monetary Fund, among others. In addition, the course will examine the role of international organizations in conflict avoidance, containment, and resolution. Prerequisites: Previous studies including International Relations theory

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3065  International Politics & Relations  (4 Credits)  

In this course students will learn about how nation states, international organizations, and non-state actors interact with one another through governance structures and other means. Students will be introduced to different theories of international relations, including, but not limited to realism, idealism, dependency, and interdependency theory. Particular attention will be given to international organizations and regimes that have emerged in the governmental and non-governmental arenas of international relations. Using the social science methods addressed in the course, each student will be able to develop a major research project based on international relations theories and his or her specific interests and goals. This course was previously SOC-264454 International Politics and Relations.

Attributes: Social Science Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3075  Modern Diplomacy  (3 Credits)  

This course focuses on the goals and practices of modern diplomacy beginning with French and Italian conventions that emerged during the Renaissance to the rise of the new diplomacy of the 20th century and the challenges it faces in the present era. In addition, students examine how politicians and diplomats use diplomacy to secure the interest of their states or groups they represent. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: The course assumes background in history and knowledge related to international relations.

POLI 3080  Modern Political Theory  (4 Credits)  

The course will examine some of the most important contributions to political theory in the history of Western Civilization with a focus on the modern period, roughly from 1500-1900 C.E.. Students will explore questions about the proper role of government, the nature of political and moral obligation, the role of economics in political life, and the importance of personal, political and religious liberty.

Attributes: Humanities Gen Ed, Western Civilization Gen Ed, *Humanities Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3085  Political Parties & Interest Groups  (4 Credits)  

This course examines in depth the ways citizens participate in setting the public policy agenda and influence policy making. Students will evaluate two dominant institutions through which American citizens communicate their political demands to policy makers: the political parties and interest groups. This includes the debate over the future of political parties and the mechanics of political party involvement in nominations, campaigns, campaign finance and the formation of public policy. They will also study interest groups and their activities and the growing influence of political action committees. This course was previously SOC-263214 Political Parties and Interest Groups.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3090  Post-Soviet Russia  (4 Credits)  

The course examines central trends in the domestic and foreign policy of the Russian Federation since the collapse of the USSR in 1991. The course explores the historical and philosophical legacies informing the foreign policy of the successive Yeltsin and Putin regimes as a basis for understanding the post-Soviet relationships with the West, including the United Sates and three other regions: The countries of the former Soviet Union, the Caspian Region and Central Asia, and East Asia. In this context, the course focuses on the critical analysis of Russia’s contemporary international situation. Prerequisites: Prerequisites: US History II and courses in the social sciences.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3095  Power & the American Presidency  (3 Credits)  

This course provides students a comprehensive understanding of the nature of the American system of government, in particular the Office of President. Students examine how the President is elected and how she/he governs in a system of checks and balances provided by the co-equal branches of Congress and the Supreme Court. In this regard, the course examines how the domestic powers of the office are both defined and constrained, while the powers of the presidency in foreign affairs are less so. In addition, the American system of government is viewed in the larger context of the European parliamentary system. Prerequisites: U.S. History I or II, preferably the latter.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3105  The American Presidency  (4 Credits)  

This course will examine the office of the American presidency and the operation of the executive branch of the American federal government from a historical perspective. We will analyze the office of the presidency throughout the history of the Republic, identifying patterns of change as well as continuities in presidential power. We will consider the presidency’s design in the Constitution and what factors have led to departures from that framework. This course was previously SOC-263314 The American Presidency.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3110  The United States Congress  (4 Credits)  

As defined in Article I of the Constitution, the Congress occupies a central role in the U.S. federal governmental system. The legislative processes of the U.S. Congress, however, have evolved in form and complexity since the first Congress, 1789-1791. While taking account of historical developments that influenced the evolution of the Congress, current congressional organization will be the major focus of study, including committee structures, rules and informal practices, elections, and the role of lobbyists and interest groups. Checks and balances in relation to the two other branches of the national government will be highlighted, in addition to consideration of the impact of state governments and actors on the national legislative process. This course was previously SOC-263324 The United States Congress.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3115  The United States Constitution  (4 Credits)  

Students in this course will learn about the history, structure, interpretation, and evolution of the American Constitution. Substantial portions of the course will be dedicated to the issues of constitutional rights, constitutional interpretation, the interplay between the American constitutional system and the environment, and major judicial decisions about how, when, and where certain parts of the Constitution are applicable. This course was previously SOC-263344 The United States Constitution: A Survey.

Attributes: American History Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 3130  Women & American Politics  (4 Credits)  

This course explores the participation and roles of women in U.S. politics as citizens, voters, activists, and office holders and the impacts of gender in U. S. politics. The historical roles of the suffrage and women’s movements in shaping women’s engagement in political activities and parties, as well as differences by race and class, will be emphasized. The impact of women officeholders on public policy, at both nationally and at the state level, will be discussed. Other topics may include gender and political behavior; the intersection of race, class and gender in women’s political engagement and attitudes; media treatment of women candidates for office, and public attitudes toward women in office.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3135  US Foreign Policy and Foreign Relations Law  (3 Credits)  

The purpose of this course is to give students a comprehensive understanding of American foreign policy and foreign relations law. The course further looks at how the Constitution influences the foreign policy making process and how it limits the choices available to the President and Congress in asserting their authority in foreign affairs. Part I of the course examines the legal authority of the United States Government to conduct foreign affairs and whether the Constitution helps or hinders that authority. Secondly, the course examines how the Constitution allocates foreign affairs power to the President and to Congress and whether checks and balances operate in the same manner in foreign affairs as it does in domestic politics. Particular attention will be given to the rivalry between the Executive and Legislative Branches over which branch has prominence in foreign affairs, and attempt by Congress to assert greater oversight authority in foreign affairs than the President believes is constitutionally mandated. In addition, the course examines the judicial review role of the Federal Courts in overseeing how the President and Congress exercise their respective authority in foreign affairs. Finally, the course focuses on the relationship between the Constitution and International Law, and the limitations International Law imposes on the Federal Government's ability to conduct foreign affairs. The course will address such controversial issues as the President's authority to send American troops into combat without Congressional authorization; Executive Agreements; U.S. participation in multinational military operations; U.S. violation of International Law; Congressional authority to declare war in light of the ban on the use of force in Article 2 (4) of the United Nations Charter; and the President's obligation to disregard U.S. treaty obligations.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3996  Special Topics in POLI  (3,4 Credits)  

The content of this course will vary by term and section. Students may repeat this course for credit as long as the topic differs. Please refer to the Term Guide for course topic offerings.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 3997  Special Topics in POLI  (2-8 Credits)  
POLI 3998  Individualized Studies in Political Science (POLI)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Political Science (POLI). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.

POLI 4005  European Integration  (4 Credits)  

This course focuses on theoretical approaches addressing various aspects of European integration as it relates to EU policies and politics. European integration theory is the field of systematic reflection on the process of political cooperation in Europe and the development of common political institutions. Challenges to integration such as the unanticipated fiscal consequences of the monetary union, the growing power of the European Central Bank, the Syrian refugee crisis, and the impact of 'Brexit' are viewed in the larger context of sustaining or reversing the momentum of European integration. Prerequisites: Economic Policies of the European Union and familiarity with the formation, function, and crises regarding the European Union.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 4010  Global Perspectives on Political Theory  (4 Credits)  

In this course students will explore the history and controversies associated with the idea of human rights; different theories of cosmopolitanism (i.e. the idea that a common thread of humanity ought to influence how we think about politics in a globalized world); and a range of cultural perspectives on endearing political questions. This course was previously SOC-263444 Global Perspectives on Political Theory.

Attributes: Western Civilization Gen Ed, Liberal

POLI 4015  Race Law & Politics  (4 Credits)  

This course examines how race continues to influence law and politics in the U.S., despite claims of a 'post-racial' society. Through the study of such topics as the history of discrimination, policing, voting, and hate speech, students will investigate how legal and political institutions and rules have disparate impacts on different segments of American society - and how those impacts in turn inform and affect identity, law, and politics. This course will offer students the opportunity to analyze the interrelatedness of law, race, and society, and explore how the law is used as a tool for social change.

Attributes: Liberal

POLI 4998  Individualized Studies in Political Science (POLI)  (1-8 Credits)  

Students have the opportunity to develop individualized studies with their mentor in Political Science (POLI). Please contact your mentor/advisor for more details.