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Undergraduate Political Science Courses


PO 101 Principles of Political Science
LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes
An introduction to political analysis; study of the concepts of power, legitimacy, natural law, justice and liberty.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

PO 102 Constitutions: US and Massachusetts
LASC—Constitutions; United States and Its Role in the World
Examines the origins and development of the United States and Massachusetts Constitutions. Meets Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 73, Sec 2A requirement.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

PO 103 Fundamentals of Legal Research
Locating the text of statutes, regulations and court decisions (state and national) for a particular date and on specific subjects.
Offered every 3 years. 1 credit.

PO 193 Special Topics in Political Science for First-Year Students
Introductory level course covering topics of special interest to first-year students. Offered only as a First-Year Seminar.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

PO/HI 201 International Relations I
LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World; Writing Across the Curriculum
Theory and practice of international security (realism and internationalism) and international political economy| (liberalism and protectionism) in their historical context.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

PO/HI 202 International Relations II
LASC—Global Perspectives; United States and Its Role in the World; Writing Across the Curriculum
Prerequisite: PO 101 or HI 103 or HI 104
The promise and problems of globalization (spread of free market capitalism and political democracy).
Offered every year. 3 credits.

PO 210 American Government
LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World
Examines our national government and politics.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

PO/HI 211 History of US Foreign Policy I
LASC—United States and Its Role in the World
Prerequisite: HI 111 or HI 112
Colonial origins to the era of the Spanish-American War. The sources and development of US foreign policy in that period.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

PO/HI 212 History of US Foreign Policy II
LASC—United States and Its Role in the World
Prerequisite: HI 111 or HI 112
From 1900 to recent times; US foreign policy traditions and the challenges of great power status.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

PO 213 The Modern Presidency
LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World
This course will examine the evolution of the presidency. Special attention is given to those presidents who have expanded the office.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

PO 215 State and Local Government
LASC—Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World
Examines sub-national governments and politics in the United States; the structure and problems of these governments.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

PO 216 Political Parties and Pressure Groups
Examines the organization, functions, and methods of political parties; the role of interest groups in the American political process.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

PO 217 The Legislative Process
The nature and function of the US Congress, including legislative campaigns, politics, and major problems of Congress.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

PO/HI 218 US Constitutional History I
The development of constitutional history as seen in decisions of the US Supreme Court and their effects from 1789 to 1921.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

PO/HI 219 US Constitutional History II
LASC— Constitutions; Human Behavior and Social Processes; United States and Its Role in the World
Supreme Court decision-making from 1921; federal-state relations, civil liberties, civil rights, loyalty program, labor, rights of defendants.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

PO 220 Comparative Politics I
LASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes
A comparative study of the politics and governments of Great Britain, Germany, and Russia.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

PO 221 Comparative Politics II
LASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes
A comparative study of the political and social systems of South Africa and India, including recent trends in their political development.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

PO/HI 241 English Constitutional History
LASC—Global Perspectives; Human Behavior and Social Processes
Development of English Constitution from Magna Carta through revolution, supremacy of Parliament, reform acts, entry into European Union, and devolution.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

PO/HI 259 Crisis Management
A study of the decision making process regarding crisis situations, i.e., the role of the President, Congress, Intelligence Community and the Military.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

PO/HI 320 Citizen Nation
LASC—Constitutions; Thought, Language and Culture; United States and Its Role in the World; Diversity Across
the Curriculum; Writing Across the Curriculum
Prerequisites: HI 111 or HI 112
Explores the history and meaning of citizenship in the United States, including discrimination, rights struggles and changing citizenship criteria.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

PO/HI 330 Politics of the Middle East I
Prerequisite: PO 101 or HI 261 or HI 314
Discusses governments and politics of eastern Arab countries, Turkey, Iran, and Israel. International rivalries in the area are also discussed.
Offered every year. 3 credits.

PO 350 The Government and Politics of the Soviet Union and the Russian
Federation
Prerequisite: PO 101
An analysis of the forces and institutions which have influenced political developments in the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation since 1917.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

PO 355 Foreign Policy of the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation
Prerequisite: PO 101
An analysis of the instruments and developments of the Soviet Union's and the Russian Federation's foreign policies since 1917.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

PO 370 Crisis Politics
Prerequisite: PO 101
Analysis of theories regarding the roots of violence, revolution, and terrorism. Special attention will be devoted to violence in America.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

PO/HI 380 American Foreign Policy Since the Cold War
LASC—Constitutions; United States and Its Role in the World
Prerequisite: PO 101 or HI 112 or HI 212
Instruments of American foreign policy; major foreign policy developments since 1989.
Offered every 2 years. 3 credits.

PO 400 Independent Study in Political Science
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Special topics for advanced research and study under the guidance of a faculty member.
Offered every year. 1 - 3 credits.

PO/HI 440 Internship in American Studies
Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor
Internships in museums, archives, government agencies, etc. Performing a variety of tasks at beginning professional level in cooperating institutions.
Offered every year. 3 - 6 credits.

PO 450 Special Topics in Political Science
Selected areas of interest to students and instructors.
Offered every 3 years. 3 credits.

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