Select 6 credits from the following courses:
HIST 3010 - Constitutional History I (3 credits)
A study of the origin and development of the American constitutional system from the colonial period to 1870. The course will examine seminal decisions of the United States Supreme Court during this period in their political, social, and economic context. Prerequisites: one HIST course; and COMP 2000, COMP 2010, or COMP 2020 or COMP 2000H.
HIST 3020 - Constitutional History II (3 credits)
Continuation of the study of the constitutional system of the United States. The course covers the period 1870 to the present with special emphasis on Supreme Court decisions in the areas of federal-state relations, individual liberties, and civil rights. Prerequisite: HIST 3010.
HIST 3400 - U.S. Foreign Relations (3 credits)
This course will examine the emergence of the United States as the dominant political, economic, and military power on the world stage in the twentieth century. Students will attempt to identify reasons for this development and endeavor to come to a fuller understanding of the nature and scope of America's global commitments. The course will trace the development of American foreign relations from the Spanish-America War of 1898 through the Cold War, concluding with an examination of the evolution of American foreign policy in the post-Cold War and the ramifications of recent developments at home and abroad. Prerequisite: one HIST course and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
LGST 4100 - The First Amendment (3 credits)
This course focuses on study of the First Amendment, emphasizing freedom of speech and religion and how those rights have been exercised and interpreted both historically and in the modern era. Prerequisites: LGST 2500 and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
LGST 4310 - Individual Rights and the Law (3 credits)
A study of the crucial role the Supreme Court has played in the expansion and diminution of the rights of individuals. This course focuses on civil rights issues (discrimination on the basis race, sex, etc.) and the rights of the individual to privacy. Prerequisites: LGST 2500 and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
POLS 2400 - Model United Nations (3 credits)
In this course students will learn about the United Nations through the experiential exercise of The Model United Nations. Students will learn how its institutions function and achieve a historical overview of its formation. Students will also analyze pressing issues in global politics by researching country positions and backgrounds and simulating the experience of the United Nations in attempting to solve vexing world problems. The experience culminates in students competing in the Florida Model United Nations Conference (FMUN) in late October every year (or in a residential Model UN event).
POLS 3011 - Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science (3 credits)
Political scientists ask questions about the behavior of political actors like voters and elected officials, the operations and policies of government institutions like the U.S. Congress or the Supreme Court, or the interactions of political entities like states or NGOs in the international arena. To answer these questions they develop theories and compare their theoretical expectations to real-world data observations. While many social science courses teach a great deal of this conceptual material, in this course students will learn how we derive these paradigms in the discipline of political science. The purpose of this course is to help students understand statistics and develop practical skills for summarizing, describing, and analyzing the data in the context of public policy. The focus is on the presentation and interpretation of quantitative data. Since a basic background in statistics is necessary to understand academic, media, and governmental reports, this course attempts to strike a balance between a theoretical and practical understanding of statistical concepts. It is assumed that students have little or no statistical training – and while a background in mathematics is always helpful – our focus is to explore the empirical process from question to conclusion. Prerequisite: POLS 1200 or INST 1500.
POLS 4200 - Latin American Politics (3 credits)
This course will examine the politics of Latin America. Emphasis will be placed on the political, economic, and social developments that have contributed to Latin America?s current state of development. The course will also examine the political development of Latin American states, the impact of the Cold War, internal political conflict and the role of the military in these conflicts, and democratization and social movements. Some of the aspects that will be highlighted are the effect of colonization on the region?s economic development, the impact of revolution, and the effects of migration. Prerequisites: POLS 1200 and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
POLS 4300 - Middle Eastern Politics (3 credits)
This course will examine the politics of the Middle East. Emphasis will be placed on the political, economic and social developments that have contributed to current tensions in the Middle East. The course will also examine the political development of Middle Eastern states, the phenomenon of Arab nationalism, Islamism, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, democratization, oil and economic development and regional security. Some of the aspects that will be highlighted are an understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict, events surrounding Iraq, and changing patterns in other countries such as Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. Prerequisites: POLS 1200 and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.
POLS 4400 - Applied Quantitative Analysis (3 credits)
In this course we will examine the meaning of ”explanation” and ”causal reasoning,” and provide an overview of the methods of inquiry in political science through the use of elementary descriptive and inferential statistics. By broadening analytical proficiency and developing critical thinking skills, this course will enhance the students’ ability to evaluate politics and policy using the basic principles of scientific methodology. Students will also be introduced to LATEX, the high-quality typesetting system, and learn the R language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. Prerequisite: POLS 1200 or INST 1500.
POLS 4900 - Special Topics in Politics and Public Affairs (3 credits)
An advanced course in selected topics in politics/public affairs. Specific focus to be announced. May be repeated once for credit, if content changes and with written consent of division director. Prerequisites: one POLS course and COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.