Political Science

POL SCI 10 – UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT
This course is an introductory survey of the institutions and processes of government in the United States. Although we examine the basic structure of state governments, the major emphasis is on the Federal Government. The course includes a close reading of the United States Constitution. Building knowledge of the Constitution, we look at the most important political institutions as they work in the world. Institutions studied include Congress, the Presidency, the courts and the national security apparatus. We also try to identify the interaction between political structure, ideology, public opinion, the press, money and of external events. (3 units)

POL SCI 15 – INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE
This course is an introduction to basic political thought and how thought has influenced political action. Much of the course will deal with interpretations of democracy. We examine the basic ideas of democracy and citizenship in Greece and Rome. Also, analyzed will be the writings of classic political thinkers such as Hobbes, Locke, Burke, Adam Smith, Rosseau and James Madison. The course will also cover the major alternatives to democracy in modern times such as Marxism, fascism and military rule.  (3 units)

POL SCI 180 – INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS
This course examines the changes inside the US and in the world arena that transformed America from isolationism to deep involvement throughout the world in military, diplomatic and economic affairs. We identify motives, the way policy has been made, the relationship between foreign and domestic affairs, the dynamics of the arms race and potential alternatives to the course taken. The students compare and explain political systems and judge their strengths and weaknesses. (3 units) Prerequisite: POL SCI 15

POL SCI 286 – SPECIAL TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE / DIRECTED READINGS
Students in this course may be required to read one or more important works in the field of political science and write an original analytical paper on the books assigned. This project will be undertaken under the close supervision of the instructor. This course can be given in the form of special studies. (1-4 units) Prerequisite: Instructor's permission