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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Government Courses

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GOVT 196
Introduction to the Study of Government
Government Core, Social Science Elective
3

Explores some of the main fields within the discipline of government (e.g., comparative politics, political theory) as well as some of the main approaches to the study of government (e.g., interpretivism, behavioralism, institutionalism). Various theories of integration for the study and understanding of government are also introduced.

GOVT 200
Contemporary Global Problems
International Relations and Foreign Policy
3

Investigates the global problems that influence and shape contemporary and future government decision-making. Attention is given to such important problems as terrorism, poverty, human trafficking, disease, the digital revolution, the global economy, immigration as well as to how governments are responding to such challenges.

GOVT 210
Introduction to Public Policy and Administration
American Government and Politics, Criminal Justice Elective
3

Analyzes the basic principles and practices of American public administration and policy, with an emphasis on the politics of administration and the relationship between the bureaucracy, special interest groups, Congress, the President, and the public as related to the creation and implementation of public policy.

GOVT 220
Comparative Politics
Government Core, International Studies
3

Offers a systematic exploration and comparison of the world's political systems. Investigates key trends, patterns, and relationships that may offer explanations regarding the similarities and differences of those systems. As such, emphasis is placed on such topics as political economy, ethnic conflict, democratization, political corruption, and state and nation building.

GOVT 240
American Government and Politics I
Government Core
3

Provides an analysis of the founding of the United States through an investigation of the important philosophical, constitutional, and political questions surrounding the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, and the creation and development of the U.S. Constitution. Attention is given to federalism, and the Constitutional institutions of the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court.

GOVT 245
American Government and Politics II
Government Core
3

Investigates such issues as political participation, public opinion and voting behavior, interest groups and political parties, and civil rights and liberties.

GOVT 290
Economic Development and Political Economy
International Relations and Foreign Policy, International Studies
3

Considers the economic and political behavior of states. Focuses on the relationship between political institutions, political culture, and economic arrangements and how the interaction of these fosters or inhibits the economic development and growth of states.

GOVT 300
The Legislative Process
American Government and Politics
3

Evaluates the internal processes of the House and Senate as well as the place of Congress in the American political system. Some of the topics studied include the Congressional functions of representation, law-making, and policy-making as well as Constitutional and historical responsibilities.

GOVT 301
The American Presidency
American Government and Politics
3

Examines the Constitutional and historical responsibilities of the Presidency. Attention is given to the administrative, domestic, and diplomatic functions of the Presidency as well as to the growth of presidential power over time and the relationship of the Presidency to the other U.S. political institutions.

GOVT 302
The American Judicial System
American Government and Politics
3

Analyzes the U.S. judicial system with a concentrated emphasis on the internal processes of the federal judiciary and the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the Constitutional and historical responsibilities of the U.S. Supreme Court.

GOVT 303
State and Local Government
Government Elective, Criminal Justice Elective
3

Analysis and investigation of the operations of U.S. state and local governments within the federal structure of American government with an additional emphasis on becoming active and knowledgeable citizens.

GOVT 304
International Relations
Government Core, International Studies
3

Evaluates the conduct of foreign affairs, policy, and relationships between nation-states in the international political community. Students are introduced to the history of the international order as well as to the leading international relations' theories of realism, liberal internationalism, neo-conservatism, human rights, and Marxism.

GOVT 327
Ancient Political Philosophy
Government Core, Humanities
3

Explores the political philosophy and political thought of important thinkers such as Sophocles, Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Augustine, and Thomas Aquinas through the reading and analysis of their works. Emphasis is given to understanding the foundations of the ancient and medieval era and the political writings composed therein.

GOVT 329
Modern Political Philosophy
Government Core
3

Investigates the political philosophy and political thought of such important thinkers as Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, J.S. Mill, Rousseau, Kant, and Nietzsche through the reading and analysis of their works. Emphasis is given to understanding the foundations of modernity and the political writings composed therein.

GOVT 330
Political Ideologies
Government Core
3

Considers the concepts of ideology (worldview or weltanschauung) and philosophy as applied to government and politics. Attention is given to such dominant political ideologies as communism, socialism, fascism, liberalism, and conservatism.

GOVT 340
Foreign Policy and Administration
International Relations and Foreign Policy
3

Examines the history of U.S. foreign policy up until the present era with special attention to topics such as U.S. military, economic, and human rights policy. Course also examines the changing concepts of power, the national interest, and grand strategy and learning in U.S. foreign policy as these relate to various world regions.

GOVT 345
Comparative Foreign Policy
International Relations and Foreign Policy, International Studies
3

Provides a comparative analysis of foreign policy through the key concepts of power and national interest. Students analyze case studies of foreign policy making of various nation-states. Theories of war and international diplomacy are also addressed.

GOVT 382
Constitutional Law
Pre-Law
3

Examines key U.S. Supreme Court decisions in such areas as presidential and congressional power as well as civil rights and liberties.

GOVT 387
Research Methods
Government Core, International Studies
3

Examines major approaches to research including both quantitative and qualitative methods. Students will explore the difference between historical case studies and statistical research, such as opinion polling. Emphasizes the skills necessary for differentiating between good and bad research and developing hypotheses.

Prerequisites: MATH 201

GOVT 390
Independent Study
Government Elective
3

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty, in a directed area of scholarship. Study is administered according to a learning contract between a chosen faculty member and the student.

GOVT 490
Advanced Independent Study
Government Elective
3

An approved independent study option, supervised by faculty, in a directed area of scholarship. Study is administered according to a learning contract between a chosen faculty member and the student.

GOVT 493
Senior Seminar in Government
Government Core
3

Involves the research, writing and defense of an undergraduate thesis. Course emphasizes integration of faith and disciplinary interest.

Prerequisites: GOVT 387 and Senior Standing

GOVT 495
Internship
Government Elective
1 to 6

Approved internship in a field of the student's specialty. This guided learning experience is a culminating experience in which the student applies the principles and skills learned, demonstrating competency under the guidance of a specialist in the field.

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