Course Descriptions

POLS131. Intro to Political Science

The study of political science as a discipline with emphasis on its history, scope, method, and development as well as detailed study of major fields of political science. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

POLS230. Intro to Law & Legal Education

This course will help aspiring law students to know what to expect in law school, to examine potential legal careers, to prepare to take the Law School Aptitude Test (LSAT), and to gain practical knowledge in skills essential to success in law school, including writing briefs, locating and understanding case law, using libraries and Internet legal resources. Various legal landmark cases will be examined and the class will engage in mock trial or moot court. Recommended for juniors and seniors considering law school. Offered fall semesters.

POLS233. American National Government

A study of the structure, functions, and policies of the government of the United States. Credit, 3 hours. Offered every semester.

POLS234. State and Local Government

A study of structures, functions, institutions and policies of state and local governments in the UnitedStates with special attention given to Kentucky government and politics. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semesters, odd years.

POLS235. Intro to International Relations

This course is a survey of both selected classic texts and theories of international relations, and the emerging contemporary post-Cold War world. After discussing enduring issues of war, peace and the search for national security, students will be introduced to the major actors, processes and issues in current international politics. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester.

POLS331. Developing Democracy

This course examines one of the most dynamic areas of political science today: the common challenges facing newly democratizing nations, and the linkage between democracy and peace. Sub-topics that will be treated include: the need for effective leadership, elite and mass political culture, the problem of respecting civil liberties, and the differing varieties of democracy from around the world. Prerequisite: POLS 131. Offered fall semester of odd years.

POLS332. Public Opinion and Voting

A study of the role of public opinion and voting in American democracy. The course will examine several issues, including formation of political opinions and attitudes, how opinions are organized through ideology and partisanship, the content of opinions in relation to specific public policies, and how opinions shape and alter individual voter’s choices and determine election outcomes. Prerequisite: POLS 233 Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester, even years.

POLS334. Congress

A study of the politics of Congress including such topics as representation, congressional elections, party leadership, the committee system, legislative process, floor voting, congressional policy-making, relations with other branches of government, and congressional reform proposals. Prerequisite: POLS 233 or consent of the instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered spring semester, even years.

POLS335. The American Presidency

An examination of the office of President in the American political system including such topics as establishment and development of the office, the presidential selection process, the Vice-Presidency, roles of the President, Presidential power and decision-making, and an evaluation of the Presidency. Prerequisite: POLS 233 or consent of the instructor. Credit, 3 hours. Offered fall semester, odd years.

POLS336. Pol Parties, Int Grps & Media

A description, analysis, and evaluation of how three intermediary agencies- political parties, interest groups, and mediatransmit and convey public demands. An emphasis will be placed on how these agencies attempt to influence election outcomes and shape public policy in American politics. Prerequisite: POLS 233. Offered spring semester of even years.