D. Wheeler, Chairperson

The world and its problems are both the main concern and the principal laboratory of the modern political scientist. Political scientists study the political behavior of people, groups, and nations in an effort to understand why they behave as they do, to predict what they will do next, and sometimes to suggest how they should behave in the future.

Students majoring in political science have three areas for course concentration: political science (general), economics, and international studies.  In addition, students interested in attending law school may declare a pre-law designation and be advised of the selected courses needed to meet entrance requirements into law school.

For information on the major in legal studies (an American Bar Association approved paralegal program) and on the European studies minor, which are housed in the department, see the listing for Interdepartmental Programs or contact the Political Science department at 765-285-8780.


MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (BA/BS), 42-53 credits 

The political science curriculum incorporates a progression of required, core, elective, and capstone courses. Students are expected to have a foundation of required and core courses before taking elective and capstone courses, including internships. It is the personal responsibility of the student to complete the listed prerequisite of any course before registering for it. Please consult with the undergraduate advisor should there be any questions about the curriculum.

All students will be required to take the Major Field Exam in Political Science before graduation.

PREFIX

NO

SHORT TITLE

CREDITS

POLS

130
210

American National Government
Pol Sci Res Methods

3
3

Language requirement

The major requires intermediate proficiency in a
major language (Chinese, French, German, Japanese, or Spanish) or a major classical language (Greek or Latin)
by earning advanced placement or enrolling in and passing one course at the 200 level or above. Modern language courses taught in English are excluded. To enroll in 200-level language courses, students must
achieve appropriate placement scores or complete prerequisite 100-level courses.

3-11

Concentration 1: Political science, 33 credits
15 credits from    

POLS

 

237
280
293
312
or
313
342
350

State and Local Politics (3)
Comparative Political Systems (3)
International Relations (3)
Early West Pol Thought (3)
 
Mod West Pol Thought (3)
Problems in Public Policy (3)
Public Administration (3)



15

3 credits from senior capstone    

POLS

 

369
404
479
499

Pd Prof Exp Amer Gov and Law (3)
Sr Thes in Gov and Pols (3)
Pract Exp Amer Gov and Law (3)
Sr Seminar in Gov and Pols (3)



3

15 credits from POLS (minimum of 12 credits in 300- and 400-level courses excluding 312, 342, 350)

15

        

42-50 crs
 
Concentration 2: Economics, 33 credits
15 credits from

POLS

 

 

237
280
293
312
or
313
342
350

State and Local Politics (3)
Comparative Political Systems (3)
International Relations (3)
Early West Pol Thought (3)
 
Mod West Pol Thought (3)
Problems in Public Policy (3)
Public Administration (3)



15

3 credits from senior capstone    

POLS

 

369
404
479
499

Pd Prof Exp Amer Gov and Law (3)
Sr Thes in Gov and Pols (3)
Pract Exp Amer Gov and Law (3)
Sr Seminar in Gov and Pols (3)

9 credits from any 300- and 400-level POLS electives (excluding 312, 342, 350)

6 credits from
 

ECON
  

 

311
331
345
346
348
351
370
371

Environmental Economics (3)
Labor Economics (3)
Public Finance (3)
Law and Economics (3)
Health and Economics (3)
International Economics (3)
Industrial Organization (3)
Econ Games Stgy

6





42-53 crs

ECON 201, Elementary Microeconomics, is the prerequisite for each of the above ECON electives.

Concentration 3: International studies, 33 credits
15 credits from

POLS

 

280
281
290
293
312
or
313
345

Comparative Political Systems (3)
Econ Pol Prob of Emerg Ntns (3)
American Foreign Policy (3)
International Relations (3)
Early West Pol Thought (3)
 
Mod West Pol Thought (3)
National Defense Policy (3)



15

3 credits from senior capstone   

POLS

EURO
POLS


EURO
POLS

369
or
369
404
479
or
479
499

Pd Prof Exp Amer Gov and Law (3)
 
Professional Experience (3)
Sr Thes in Gov and Pols (3)
Pract Exp Amer Gov and Law (3)
 
Practical Experience (3)
Sr Seminar in Gov and Pols (3)



3

15 credits from
   

POLS

 

384
385
392
394
395
482
486
488
490
493
494
495

Politics in British Isles (3)
Politics of the European Union (3)
U N and International Org (3) 
Internatnl Relations in Asia (3)
Politics of the Global Economy (3)
Govs and Politics of W Europe (3)
Pols Russia and Successor Sts (3)
Gov and Politics of China (3)
International Law (3)
World Politics (3)
Politics of Terrorism (3)
Foreign Policy of China (3)







15

     
42-53 crs 

MINOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE, 21 credits

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NO

SHORT TITLE

CREDITS

POLS

130
210

American National Government
Pol Sci Res Methods

3
3

12 credits from
   

POLS

 

237
280
293
312
or
313
342
350

State and Local Politics (3)
Comparative Political Systems (3)
International Relations (3)
Early West Pol Thought (3)
  
Mod West Pol Thought (3)
Problems in Public Policy (3)
Public Administration (3)



12

3 credits from POLS

3

        

21 crs

TEACHER EDUCATION 

TEACHING MAJOR IN SOCIAL STUDIES (BA/BS), 99 credits

(See Teaching Major in Social Studies, College of Sciences and Humanities, for total requirements for this area.) 

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CREDITS

Government area, 15 credits

POLS

 

130
237
312
or
313

American National Government
State and Local Politics
Early West Pol Thought (3)
 
Mod West Pol Thought (3)

3
3


3

6 credits from    

POLS

 

210
280
293
342

Pol Sci Res Methods (3)
Comparative Political Systems (3)
International Relations (3)
Problems in Public Policy (3)

6

        

15 crs


POLITICAL SCIENCE (POLS)

130 American National Government (3)
The examination of the essential elements of our national government. Emphasis on institutions, policies, and processes. Core Transfer Library: Behavioral Sciences/Humanities (ISH 1002)

140 Introduction to the Legal System (3)
Introduction to the operations of the American legal system with respect to legal concepts, judicial philosophies, types of law, and the political environment. 

141 Introduction to Legal Studies (3)
Course exposes students to career options within the legal studies major, builds professional skills, and provides an overview of substantive areas of law. Topics covered include legal ethics, conducting legal research and writing, creating professional resumes, career options in the legal profession, and overview of substantive areas of legal study and practice.
    
Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson or legal studies director.

210 Political Science Research Methods (3)
Introductory study of political science research methods. Examines political science as a systematic empirical discipline concerned with describing and explaining political phenomena. Substantial emphasis is placed on the use of basic statistics and computers as tools in the scientific study of politics.

237 State and Local Politics (3)
Politics, policies, and structures of state and local governments in the United States.

238 Urban Government in the United States (3)
Examines how cities are governed in the United States and what policies have been derived to deal with the problems of the cities. The problems of race and poverty and public policies to address them will be considered.

241 Family Law (3)
The focus of this course is on legal issues that arise in domestic relationships. Topics covered include marriage, divorce, child custody, support, and adoption. Students will complete a number of service-learning hours volunteering with a community partner organization that deals with issues of family law.
    
Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson or legal studies coordinator.

242 Legal Research and Writing (3)
An analysis of court procedures and appeal procedures, an in-depth examination of reference sources available to attorneys, and improvement of research and writing skills.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 141; permission of the department chairperson.

243 Litigation (3)
For the legal studies major focusing on litigation and related areas of paralegal responsibilities such as drafting interrogatories and writing complaints. Special attention given to learning the compilation of a trial notebook in preparation for litigation.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 141 and 242.
    Open only to Legal Studies majors.

250 Access to Justice in the Legal System (3)
Addresses issues of access to justice in the United States civil and criminal court systems. Students will explore access to justice theories, analytical frameworks for addressing access to justice problems, and potential solutions to those problems. Topics for discussion include justice as it relates to poverty, race, class, and gender. Requires students to complete a number of service learning hours with community partners.
    
Open only to legal studies majors.

280 Comparative Political Systems (3)
A comparative introduction to politics and government in major democratic, communist/post-communist, and developing countries of the contemporary world.

281 Economic and Political Problems of Emerging Nations (3)
Historical and contemporary problems of the less-developed nations. Conditions contributing to economic, political, and social change. Problems of economic development policies and programs within the institutional structure. Internal and external pressures that influence patters of development.
    
Not open to students who have credit in ECON 279.

290 American Foreign Policy (3)
An introduction to the process of making United States foreign policy, American strategic doctrines, and major foreign policy issues.

293 International Relations (3)
A survey of the formal relations among sovereign states in the international system, emphasizing diplomacy, the elements of power, and the procedures for conflict resolution. May include computer simulation exercises. Core Transfer Library: Behavioral Sciences/Humanities (ISH 1003)

312 Early Western Political Thought (3)
Analysis of political thought in the early Mediterranean and medieval worlds that became foundational to modern political theories, ideas, ideologies, and institutions in the West. Emphasizes the classical Greek and Roman periods.

313 Modern Western Political Thought (3)
Review and analysis of selected writings of theorists in the modern era from the age of reason to the beginning of the post-modern age.

320 Tort Law (3)
Provides a detailed overview of tort law in the United States. Topics covered include intentional torts, personal injury, negligence law, remedies, products liability and strict liability. Students will learn to analyze legal conflicts by applying methods used by legal professionals in order to identify and discuss tort law issues. Students will also prepare legal pleadings and discovery materials. Other topics include ethics and client relations.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 141 and 242.
    Open only to Legal Studies majors.

342 Problems in Public Policy (3)
A systematic examination of the institutions and processes central to understanding and evaluating domestic public policies in the United States. Emphasizes the theoretical and political aspects of policy making at the national level and implementation within a federal system.

344 Advanced Legal Research and Writing (3)
Builds upon knowledge and skills acquired in legal research and writing and litigation courses. Develop and refine research skills, work with reference sources, be expected to complete research assignments and prepare legal documents and memoranda.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 243; permission of the department chairperson.
    Open only to legal studies majors or by permission of the legal studies program coordinator.

345 National Defense Policy (3)
An analysis of the cultural, historical, and political forces that shape American defense policy. Emphasizes the relationships between the military services; between the Congress, the President and the Courts; the role of the media; and the larger international strategic environment.

347 Environmental Law and Policy (3)
Study of the American political and legal system’s response to environmental problems. Politics of environmental policy making, problems of policy implementation, environmental law cases, and trends toward global environmental governance are considered.

350 Public Administration (3)
Describes theories and practices of public administration in the United States and the development, implementation, and evaluation of government policies and programs. Surveys topics such as political structures, personnel, budgets, and administrative laws and regulations.

369 Paid Professional Experience in American Government and Law (3)
Paid part- or full-time experience for one or more semesters in the office of a public official; a political party; or private firm or organization. Assignments depend upon the interest of the student and convenience of the sponsors.
    
A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

370 Public Opinion and Political Behavior (3)
Patterns and trends in public opinion and political behavior; processes leading to those patterns and trends; and the consequences for democratic theory, public policies, and political patterns in the United States and other countries.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 210 or permission of the department chairperson.

372 Political Campaigns (3)
Considers political campaigns from theoretical and practical perspectives as the link between citizens and the government in a representative democracy. Designed to answer questions on the theory, strategies, and techniques of political campaigns.
    
Prerequisite recommended: POLS 130.

375 Media and Politics (3)
Examines the impact of the media (particularly the news media) on American politics and policies. Areas of inquiry include media effects on political campaigns, public deliberation, policy formation, and political leadership.

384 Politics in the British Isles (3) A comparative multi-level study of the governance of the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) and the Republic of Ireland; their political cultures, party systems, political institutions, and policy problems with specific reference to the prospects of UK disintegration and of European integration.

385 Politics of the European Union (3)
Study of the development of the European Union as an evolving political entity – its politics, institutions, policies – and the prospects for European unification.

390 Honors Colloquium in Political Science (2)
Exploration of selected issues and topics in political science, emphasizing individualized study.
    
Prerequisite: permission of Honors College or the department chairperson.
    Open to students in the Honors College and to other students by permission of the department chairperson.

392 The United Nations and International Organization (3)
Concentrated study of the United Nations and other international organizations focusing on the structure, functions, and current issues facing the United Nations.

394 International Relations in Asia (3)
A survey of contemporary international relations in Asia and the Pacific, emphasizing the roles of major powers in this area.

395 Politics of the Global Economy (3)
Historical and theoretical introduction to the politics of international trade and payments, including barriers to trade, exchange rates, multinational corporations, financial crisis, international economic institutions, and the problems of economic development.

403 Issues in Political Science (3-6)
Investigation of a particular topic, problem, or issue in the field with emphasis on subfields, specialties, and materials not covered in established courses. The topic is announced before each semester.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or 293 or permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned.
    Open only to juniors and seniors.

404 Senior Thesis in Government and Politics (3)
A senior thesis consisting of an undergraduate research paper written under the direction of a faculty member. Required of all majors who do not have credit in POLS 369 or 479 or 499.
    
Not open to students who have credit in POLS 369 or 479 or 499.
    Open only to political science majors with senior standing and permission of the department chairperson.

405 Reading and Special Study (3-6)
Topics selected and investigated in consultation with a professor and department chairperson.
    
Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned.
    Open to juniors and seniors with special aptitude and interests which qualify them for conducting independent study and research.

407 Workshop in Political Science (3)
Intensive study of selected problems in political science.
    
Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.

408 Topics in Legal Studies (3)
Topics in legal studies selected and investigated in consultation with departmental faculty and the department chairperson.
    
Prerequisite: permission of the department chairperson.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.
    Open only to legal studies majors.

411 American Political Thought (3)
An investigation of fundamental ideas and ideologies within American political thought – from the colonial period to the present – like classical republicanism, the English constitution, Puritanism, the Founding, federalism, Manifest Destiny, the Union, the frontier, democracy, capitalism, liberalism, conservatism, progressivism, individualism, and the American vision of international order.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

431 Congress (3)
Analysis of the legislative process with focus on the United States Congress. The process of legislative decision making will be highlighted.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

432 The Presidency (3)
Analysis of the power and roles of the American president. Problems of jurisdiction, leadership, authority, and communication are examined.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

433 The Judiciary (3)
Analysis of the nature and functions of state and federal judicial systems. Emphasizes the United States Supreme Court and the opinions and behavior of the justices.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

434 State Legislatures (3)
Legislative systems in American state government. External influences (constituencies, political parties, interest groups), internal influences (organizational structure, staff, norms, decision making), issues confronting state legislatures, and reform proposals.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 237 or 431 or permission of the department chairperson.

435 Intergovernmental Conflict and Cooperation (3)
Analysis of the role of conflict, cooperation, dependence, and interdependence among federal, state, and local governments in shaping political relationships and public policy in the American federal system. Examine major conflicts and controversies related to federalism and intergovernmental relations and identify the constitutional principles underlying them.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 237 or permission of the department chairperson.

437 Government and Politics of Indiana (3)
Survey of Indiana’s political culture and tradition as compared to other states. Critical examination of Indiana’s contemporary political processes and governmental policies.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or 237 or permission of the department chairperson.

438 Metropolitan Problems (3)
Analysis of the problems of cities and metropolitan areas.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or 238 or permission of the department chairperson.

443 American Constitutional Law (3)
Constitution of the United States, its development and interpretations through United States Supreme Court opinions and political developments.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

444 Constitutional Liberties (3)
Relations between the individual and the government as revealed through cases in constitutional law. Content includes cases involving the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

445 Advanced Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution (3)
Serves as a capstone course for legal studies students going beyond the introductory litigation class to immerse students in the trial and alternative dispute resolution processes. Students will conduct mock trials, motion hearings, discovery conferences, negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations, as well as create trial exhibits. Class emphasizes concrete application of classroom theories and concepts to real world situations.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 141 and 242 and 243, or permission of the program director.
    Open only to legal studies majors.

450 Masculinity and Politics (3)
Introduces students to the discipline of masculinity studies and shows how the discipline can enhance our understanding of politics in different historical periods. Particularly emphasizes how influential political thinkers – like Plato, Machiavelli, and Nietzche – impacted the mutual development of masculinity and politics in the classical Greek and Roman and modern European and American worlds.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 312 or 313 or permission of the department chairperson.

454 Politics and Administration of Local Government Budgets (3)
An analysis of local government budgeting emphasizing political and administrative issues in budget preparation and accountability.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 237 or permission of the department chairperson.

455 Administrative Law (3)
Legal and political study of independent regulatory agencies; their powers, functions, and roles.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

460 Public and Social Entrepreneurship and Social Change (3)
Designed to provide students with an understanding of the basic theories and concepts of public and social entrepreneurship in creating social change in our community. The course will focus on roles, structures, strategies and tactics that public and not-for-profit organizations can and do use to make change at individual, policy, and societal levels.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 237 or 342 or 350 or permission of the department chairperson.

466 Administrative Problems in State Government (3)
An analysis of administrative procedures and organizational behavior at the state level. Special emphasis is given to the provision of government services and functions in the major areas of budgeting and taxation, education, environmental protection, public health, and public works.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 237 or 350 or permission of the department chairperson.

471 (371) Public Interest Groups and Government (3)
Provides an overview of the power and impact that interest groups have on public policy in the United States.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

473 American Political Parties (3)
Organization and functions of political parties in the United States and their role in a representative democracy.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

474 Women and Politics (3)
National survey of women and the political process, with an emphasis on women and contemporary public policy issues.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

475 Minority Group Politics (3)
Deals with political impact of minority groups on American politics. Emphasizes both legal and extralegal means by which minority groups become involved in and influence public policy.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 130 or permission of the department chairperson.

479 Practical Experience in American Government and Law (3)
Unpaid part- or full-time assignment for one or more semesters in the office of a public official in national, state, or local government; a candidate for political office; a political party; or private firm or organization. Assignments depend upon the interest of the student and convenience of the sponsors.
    
Prerequisite: political science majors and minors, POLS 130, 237, and one from 342, 350, 431, or 473. For legal studies majors, POLS 344; permission of department chairperson or program coordinator.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.

480 Access to Justice Clinic (3)
For legal studies majors, the ATJ Clinic allows students to work with community partners in order to provide legal services to underserved populations. Students will work directly with attorneys and clients to address the legal needs of the client. Student activities may include interviewing clients and witnesses, researching, and drafting court documents, conducting investigations, attending judicial hearings, and testifying in court.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 141 and 242 and 243 and 250.
    A total of 6 credits may be earned, but no more than 3 in any one semester or term.
    Open only to legal studies majors.

482 (382) Government and Politics of Western Europe (3)
A comparative analysis of the governmental institutions, electoral systems, political parties, and policy problems of the United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Italy. Their roles as national actors in the process of European integration are also considered.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 280 or permission of the department chairperson.

486 (386) Politics of Russia and the Successor States (3)
Examines the rise and decline of the Soviet empire and evaluates the challenges facing the current Russian government. The focus is primarily upon Russian politics, although comparisons are made with other countries in the region, in order to investigate and evaluate the political processes that are developing throughout the area.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 280 or permission of the department chairperson.

488 Government and Politics of China (3)
A comprehensive survey of the government and politics of both the Republic of China and the People’s Republic of China.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 280 or permission of the department chairperson.

490 International Law (3)
A survey of the Law of Nations by analyzing decisions of international tribunals, examining legal principles, and the development of international law.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 293 or permission of the department chairperson.

493 World Politics (3)
Theories of contemporary interactions among states, especially the major powers. Particular attention given to conflict resolution.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 293 or permission of the department chairperson.

494 Politics of Terrorism (3)
Study of the various aspects of terrorism in both the international and domestic communities, from its origins, causes, and scope to its effectiveness and growth. Exploration of terrorism as a political and social phenomenon, as well as the current and future threat of terrorism, both foreign and domestic.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 293 or permission of the department chairperson.

495 Foreign Policy of China (3)
A comprehensive analysis of China’s role in international politics, emphasizing the effects of the foreign policy of the People’s Republic of China.
    
Prerequisite: POLS 293 or permission of the department chairperson.

499 Senior Seminar in Government and Politics (3)
A senior research seminar on one of the major themes in political science. Students explore in-depth topics of particular interest. Required of all majors who do not have credit in POLS 369 or 404 or 479.
    
Not open to students who have credit in POLS 369 or 404 or 479.
    Open only to political science majors or minors with senior standing and permission of the department chairperson.