Political Science Undergraduate Courses

Some courses may not be offered every year. Check with the college or department office for current information about when specific courses are offered.  

 

For course syllabi, see the departmental website.

 

POS  110 AMERICAN POLITICS (3)

Basic introduction to American national government; constitutional foundations, the structures of government, courts, Congress, the presidency, interest groups, political parties, and major political issues facing the American people.  This course satisfies state teacher certification for teachers in Arizona for federal constitution only.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  SPW

 

POS  120 WORLD POLITICS (3)

Studies the international system, its actors, and their capabilities; ends and means of foreign policy; international tension, conflict, and cooperation.  Letter grade only.  Course fee required.  CU

 

POS  199 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

Foundations of intellectual inquiry.  In-depth study of a substantive problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

 

POS  201 INTRODUCTION TO POLITICS (3)

Issues in contemporary political analysis, human values, and political goals; comparative study of how political systems differ; how nations influence one another.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

POS  210 AMERICAN INDIAN  TRIBAL GOVERNMENT (3)

Provides overview of the development of modern tribal governments, their powers, and the historic and contemporary issues facing tribal governments. Cross-listed with AIS 210.  Letter grade only.  CUE

 

POS  220 FEDERAL AND ARIZONA CONSTITUTION (3)

Basic course in the national and Arizona government designed to meet the requirements for state teacher certification.  Not available for credit to political science majors or minors or for liberal studies credit.  Letter grade only.

 

POS  224 PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3)

Overview of the organization and management of public organizations, with attention to the political setting in which government bureaucracies and public agencies operate.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

POS  230 CURRENT ISSUES POLITICS (3)

Analyzes selected contemporary issues in national and international politics.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit with different content.  SPW

 

POS  230H CURRENT ISSUES IN POLITICS - HONORS (3)

Analyzes selected contemporary issues in national and international politics.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 9 units of credit with different content. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group  SPW

 

POS  231 POLITICS AND THE HUMANITIES (3)

Explores contemporary issues in politics as seen through the lens of drama, novels, film, and popular culture.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content.  AHI

 

POS  241 STATE AND LOCAL POLITICS (3)

Politics and administration of state and local government in the United States; problems, structures, and services.  This course satisfies state teacher certification requirements for teachers in Arizona for Arizona constitution only.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

POS  250 INTRODUCTION TO PUBLIC POLICY MAKING (3)

Policy making in the United States and/or other countries in a political, social, economic, and cultural context.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

POS  254 POLITICAL IDEOLOGIES (3)

Political ideas and belief systems in theory and practice. Includes democracy, liberalism, conservatism, Marxism, democratic socialism, liberation, and green ideologies.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

POS  299 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

 

POS  301W TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (3)

Analyzes contemporary issues in national and international politics, incorporating extensive writing skill instruction.  This course fulfills NAU's junior-level writing requirement.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content. Prerequisite: (6 hours of POS-Political Science coursework and 45 earned hours) or International Exchange Student Group  JWRT

 

POS  303 SOCIAL SCIENCE RESEARCH (3)

Basic techniques of research design, data collection and analysis; contemporary methodologies such as survey design; computer applications.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  312 CAMPAIGNS AND ELECTIONS (3)

Role of polling and political parties and organizations in American political campaigns and elections.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  313 AMERICAN POLITICAL PARTIES AND INTEREST GROUPS (3)

Examines the central role of political parties in American politics especially in elections, partisan identification, and governing.  Letter grade only.

 

POS  314 POLITICAL PARTICIPATION (3)

Examines theory and practice of political participation in the United States.  Content includes elections, grassroots campaigns, protests, and social movements.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  315 THE AMERICAN PRESIDENCY (3)

Surveys the American presidency, including its historical development and current characteristics and functions; examines the executive bureaucracy.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  316 CONGRESSIONAL POLITICS (3)

Studies the U.S. Congress, emphasizing the structure and politics of the legislative process.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  317 JUDICIAL POLITICS (3)

Studies the role of courts in the political system.  Special emphasis on the legal, philosophical, and political factors influencing judicial decision making.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  320 NATIVE AMERICAN POLITICS (3)

Examines development of political and policy relationships between Native American nations and the U.S. government, using a political, social, economic, and cultural context.  Cross-listed with AIS 320.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group  CUE

 

POS  325 PUBLIC PERSONNEL ADMINISTRATION (3)

Theories and practices of public personnel management, from recruitment and selection to retirement, including motivation, evaluation, promotion, career development, organizations and negotiation, grievances and termination.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  326 PUBLIC ORGANIZATION THEORY (3)

Dynamics of decision making in modern, complex organizations including the structure of bureaucratic organization, incremental and rational approaches to decision making, the influence of bureaucratic routines, and various strategies for increasing organizational effectiveness.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  327 GOVERNMENT BUDGETING (3)

Organization, techniques, and politics of budget preparation; legislative appropriation and control systems in budget execution.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  335 POLITICAL ECONOMY (3)

Analyzes questions arising from the complex interaction between state and economy, such as problems of inequity, sustainable growth, globalization, and public accountability.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: POS 120 or POS 201 or ECO 285 or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  344 ENVIRONMENTAL MOVEMENTS (3)

Examines the broad range of environmentalisms existing in the United States today.  Covers varied experiences, motivations, social and political critiques, organizational models, and political tactics.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

POS  345 ENVIRONMENTAL LAW (3)

Role of law in environmental management.  Discusses major federal regulatory actions by examining legal cases.  Letter grade only.

 

POS  347 ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS OF THE COLORADO PLATEAU (3)

This course will introduce students to some of the major environmental politics issues of the Colorado Plateau region, including water, forests, fire, restoration, development, tourism, and sacred sites.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  Enrollment in Grand Canyon Semester 

 

POS  351 CLASSICAL AND MEDIEVAL POLITICAL THOUGHT (3)

Ideas of classical and medieval political philosophy.  The natural law conception of politics is studied by examining selected philosophers' views of authority, justice, obligation, democracy, and other political issues.  Letter grade only.

 

POS  351H CLASSICAL AND MEDIEVAL POLITICAL THOUGHT - HONORS (3)

Ideas of classical and medieval political philosophy.  The natural law conception of politics is studied by examining selected philosophers' views of authority, justice, obligation, democracy, and other political issues.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group 

 

POS  352 MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT (3)

Origins and development of modern political ideas as expressed by major political theorists, including Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, and Marx.  Letter grade only.

 

POS  352H MODERN POLITICAL THOUGHT - HONORS (3)

Origins and development of modern political ideas as expressed by major political theorists, including Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Mill, and Marx.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group 

 

POS  353 CONTEMPORARY POLITICAL THOUGHT (3)

Examines postmodern, liberal, communitarian, conservative, and feminist approaches.  Centers on such philosophers as Friedrich Nietzsche, John Rawls, Michael Walzer, Allan Bloom, and Luce Irigaray.  Letter grade only.

 

POS  355 WOMEN, POWER AND POLITICS (3)

Studies gender, politics, and power from historical, theoretical, comparative, and public-policy perspectives.  Content varies.  Letter grade only.  CU

 

POS  356 RACE, POWER AND POLITICS (3)

Studies of race, power, and politics from historical, theoretical, comparative, and public-policy perspectives.  Particular attention given to U.S. ethnic group experiences, including African American, Asian American, Latinos, and Native Americans.  Content will vary.  Cross-listed with ES 356.  Letter grade only.  CUE

 

POS  357 TOPICS IN CULTURAL DIVERSITY (3)

Analyzes contemporary issues in diversity as viewed in the political context.  Diversity viewed primarily through US ethnic, gender, and class differences.  Content will vary.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.  CUE

 

POS  358 CRITICAL RACE THEORY (3)

Examines theoretical perspectives on race in the United States, with an emphasis on how race is defined and reproduced through politics and law.  Letter grade only.  CUE

 

POS  359 ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY (3)

Political aspects of environmental problems, policy responses to those issues, and their impact on the human and natural environment.  Letter grade only.  SPW

 

POS  360 COMPARATIVE POLITICS (3)

Comparative analysis of selected foreign governments: democratic, totalitarian, and those in the process of developing.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: POS 120 or POS 201 or International Exchange Student Group  SPW

 

POS  361 POLITICS OF DEVELOPING NATIONS (3)

Investigates the political dynamics of nations undergoing rapid social change and economic development.  Focuses on problems endemic to the nations of Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: POS 120 or POS 201 or International Exchange Student Group  SPWG

 

POS  362 STUDIES IN WESTERN EUROPEAN POLITICS (3)

Structures and behavior of governmental institutions and political processes in selected countries of western Europe; the significance of the European Union.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content. Prerequisite: POS 120 or POS 201 or International Exchange Student Group  SPW

 

POS  362H STUDIES IN WESTERN EUROPEAN POLITICS - HONORS (3)

Structures and behavior of governmental institutions and political processes in selected countries of western Europe; the significance of the European Union.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content. Prerequisite: POS 120 or POS 201 or Honors Student Group  SPW

 

POS  364 STUDIES IN RUSSIAN AND CENTRAL EUROPEAN POLITICS (3)

Structures and behavior of governmental institutions and political processes in Russia and the central European states.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content. Prerequisite: POS 120 or POS 201 or International Exchange Student Group  SPW

 

POS  366 STUDIES IN LATIN AMERICAN POLITICS (3)

Historical and comparative perspectives on the political economies in Latin America.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content. Prerequisite: POS 120 or POS 201 or POS 361 or International Exchange Student Group  CUG

 

POS  370 STUDIES IN ASIAN POLITICS (3)

Cultural and historical backgrounds; traditional patterns in conflict with modernization; present forms of government.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content. Prerequisite: POS 120 or POS 201 or POS 361 or International Exchange Student Group  CUG

 

POS  372 STUDIES IN MIDDLE EASTERN POLITICS (3)

Historical, cultural, and political patterns in Middle Eastern countries with special attention to the internal political dynamics of selected nations, regional tensions, and foreign policies of the region.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content. Prerequisite: POS 120 or POS 201 or POS 361 or International Exchange Student Group  GLB

 

POS  374 STUDIES IN AFRICAN POLITICS (3)

Political, economic, and cultural analysis of selected African countries addressing internal national dynamics, regional relations, and foreign policies.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content. Prerequisite: POS 120 or POS 201 or POS 361 or International Exchange Student Group  CUG

 

POS  380 ADVANCED INTERNATIONAL POLITICS (3)

Analyzes international political relations emphasizing major theoretical approaches and their contributions to the search for solutions to particular issues and cases.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: POS 120 or POS 201 or International Exchange Student Group  SPW

 

POS  389 COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (1-12)

Individualized preplanned cooperative employment experience related to your field of study or career objectives.  Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for credit.  Fee required.

 

POS  399 SPECIAL TOPICS (1-3)

In-depth study of an aspect, concept, or problem within a program of study.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit.

 

POS  408 FIELDWORK EXPERIENCE (1-12)

Individualized supervised field experience in an appropriate agency or organization.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for credit.

 

POS  409C FIELDWORK CAPSTONE (3)

Field experience in an organization or agency with classroom component that includes course readings, speakers, and discussions to develop oral and writing skills through seminar discussion.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite:  75 units of completed coursework  Corequisite:  POS 408  CAP

 

POS  421C TOPICS IN PUBLIC POLICY (3)

This capstone seminar analyzes selected contemporary policies and policy issues in national and international politics.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 75 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group  CAP

 

POS  428 TOPICS IN PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION (3)

Analyzes selected contemporary public administration issues in national and international politics.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content. Requirement: Sophomore or greater status or International Student Group 

 

POS  445 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW:  SEPARATION OF POWERS AND FEDERALISM (3)

Inquiry into the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Constitution concerning the powers of the court, congress, and the president.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  446 CONSTITUTIONAL LAW:  CIVIL LIBERTIES AND RIGHTS (3)

Examines Supreme Court decisions relating to the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: 15 earned hours or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  450 AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT (3)

Practical and theoretical development of American political thought from its English and colonial roots, through the founding of a new government, to current commentary and criticism.  Letter grade only.

 

POS  450H AMERICAN POLITICAL THOUGHT - HONORS (3)

Practical and theoretical development of American political thought from its English and colonial roots, through the founding of a new government, to current commentary and criticism.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group 

 

POS  453 TOPICS IN POLITICAL THEORY (3)

Examines selected issues in contemporary political theory, such as power, identity/difference, pluralism, feminist theory, and political culture.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content.

 

POS  453H TOPICS IN POLITICAL THEORY - HONORS (3)

Examines selected issues in contemporary political theory, such as power, identity/difference, pluralism, feminist theory, and political culture.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for up to 6 units of credit with different content. Prerequisite: Honors Student Group 

 

POS  455 POLITICAL ECOLOGY (3)

Analyzes various green political theories and their positions on the nature of the ecological crisis, environmental ethics, ideology, policies, institutions, and political culture.  Letter grade only.

 

POS  456 TOPICS IN GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS (3)

This course examines global environmental politics from an international and comparative perspective.  The main objective is to orient students to the major issues, theoretical frameworks, institutions and actors involved in GEP.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated from up to 6 units of credit with different content.

 

POS  466 LEGISLATIVE INTERNSHIP (1-12)

Supervised internship in the Arizona Legislature during spring term.  Students are selected on a competitive basis, and you must apply during the fall term.  (To be eligible, you must be a candidate for a bachelor's degree, have completed all lower-division requirements, and have attained senior status at the end of the fall term preceding the internship.)  Course enrollment is handled by the associate provost for academic administration after the legislature has made its final selection.  Department consent required.  Pass-fail only.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.

 

POS  480 INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS (3)

Examines global and regional organizations with emphasis on their political contribution to world order.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: POS 120 or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  482 AMERICAN FOREIGN POLICY (3)

Structure and functions of American foreign policy machinery; problems facing American foreign policy and prospects for their solution.  Letter grade only. Prerequisite: POS 110 or POS 120 or International Exchange Student Group 

 

POS  485 UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH (1-6)

Original research under the supervision of a research adviser.  Department consent required.  Letter grade or pass-fail.  May be repeated for up to 12 units of credit.

 

POS  497 INDEPENDENT STUDY (1-6)

Individualized approach to selected topics by guided reading and critical evaluation.  Department consent required.  Letter grade or pass-fail.  May be repeated for credit.

 

POS  499 CONTEMPORARY DEVELOPMENTS (1-3)

Examines recent trends and investigations in a selected area of a particular major field of study.  Letter grade only.  May be repeated for credit.