(College of Arts and Sciences)
POL 101 Introduction to Political Science Three hours
An introduction to the fundamental methodological and theoretical concepts of political science: ideologies, political power, political behavior, political/governing institutions, and the social and economic needs of individuals in society.
POL 110 American Government Three hours
This course studies the development and interrelation of American national, state, and local governments; and public opinion, political parties, civil rights, duties of citizenship, and present governmental trends.
POL 122 State and Kentucky Government Three hours
This course studies the development of state constitutions and governments; and role of state government in the nation; interrelations of state, national, and local governments. Special attention is given to the constitution and government of Kentucky. Prerequisite: POL 110 or consent of instructor.
POL 282 Western Political Philosophy Three hours
An examination and discussion of the development of European and American political doctrines with emphasis on the forces producing the doctrines. Prerequisite: POL 110 or consent of instructor.
POL 315 World Geography Three hours
This course highlights the topography, climate, natural resources, and demography of the seven continents and further emphasizes map, and political status of major world powers and other global considerations.
POL 330 Public Administration Three hours
A study of the administration in private and public organizations. It is an interdisciplinary course and is taken for credit in the fields of political science, sociology, and psychology.
POL 331 Municipal Government Three hours
This course covers the structure and functions of municipal government, and its relation to state government. Special government problems of towns, small cities, and expanding metropolitan areas are emphasized. Prerequisite: POL 110 or consent of instructor.
POL 334 Introduction to Criminal Law Three hours
See CJ 334 for course description.
POL 336 Modern Presidency Three hours
This course covers the executive branch of government and its relation with Congress, the courts, and the bureaucracy. The historical evolution of the office will be included. May be taken as history credit.
POL 341 Comparative Government Three hours
Monarchic, republican, democratic, constitutional, and dictatorial forms of government will be studied along with the historical, economics, social, and cultural forces influences the modern governments of leading countries. Prerequisite: POL 110 or consent of instructor.
POL 351 American Diplomacy Three hours
This course covers American foreign relations from the Revolution to the present, principles of successful diplomacy, and diplomatic service and careers. Prerequisite: POL 110 or consent of instructor.
POL 352 International Relations Three hours
This course covers the development of modern international relations, factors shaping foreign policies of nations, war, pacific settlements of disputes, and the United Nations. Prerequisite: POL 110 or consent of instructor.
POL 361 Social Statistics Three hours
This course is designed to acquaint the political science student with the logic and method of statistics, covering frequency distribution, measures of central tendency and variation, random sampling, and testing of hypotheses. Students planning to enter law school or to take graduate study in political science or business should take this course. Fall semester.
POL 362 Methods of Research Three hours
This course is to be an interdisciplinary course in the fields of political science, sociology, and psychology. Recitation and lectures will be three hours a week and introduction to the scope and methods of inquiry into the area of the social sciences. Emphasis will be placed on the historical developments and on recent developments of social science methodology and research techniques.
POL 382 American Constitutional Development Three hours
Covers the making of the Constitution: its interpretations through statutes, judicial decisions, governmental practice, amendments; and civil rights. Recent decisions, interpretations, and developments included. Prerequisite: POL 110 or consent of instructor. May be taken as history credit.
POL 405 Terrorism Studies Three hours
This course offers a variety of conceptual tools and frameworks for students to think strategically about key issues in the contemporary security environment. Specifically, it examines the unique challenge terrorism poses to the international and domestic system, while developing an understanding of terrorist motivations, strategies, means, and ends. This course will seek to educate the students for a world of uncertainty by drawing extensively on research in the field of terrorism, counterterrorism, and weapons of mass destruction. Writing or research intensive.
POL 415 Human Geography Three hours
See GEG 315 for description of course.
POL 421 Corrections Three hours
See CJ 421 for description of course. Writing or research intensive.
POL 431 Civil Liberties Three hours
In this course, the student is confronted with the fact that the Constitution defines our freedoms in cursory language, thus leaving it to the courts to flesh out the document’s skeletal guarantees. Special emphasis will be placed on the affirmative action efforts. Writing or research intensive.
POL 442 Political Geography Three hours
See GEG 442 for description of course. Writing or research intensive.
POL 451 Political Parties Three hours
The development nature, composition, tactics, and changing ideologies of political parties are emphasized, as well as the role of parties and pressure groups in a democracy. Writing or research intensive. Prerequisite: POL 110 or consent of instructor.
POL 453 Public Opinion Three hours
This course studies the nature, formation, role, and change in public opinion; modern mass communication which shapes public opinion; and problems of enlightened public opinion in a democracy. Writing or research intensive. Prerequisite: POL 110 or consent of instructor.
POL 472 Government and Industry Three hours
Government stimulation, regulation, and control of industry; antitrust laws and their enforcement; price controls in war and peace times; and government projects and ownership are emphasized. Prerequisites: ECO 110; POL 110; or consent of instructor.
POL 480 Selected Topics Three hours
A survey and discussion of selected advanced topics in contemporary political science, including such subjects as new administrative theory, political poling, constitutional changes, political gridlock, etc. Topics will be selected on the basis of their relevancy to current breaking events. Writing or research intensive.
POL 485 Independent Study Three hours
Requires a research paper using primary source materials and an oral presentation to the division faculty. Limited to students majoring or minoring in political science or social science area in senior year. Enrollees must have an overall 3.25 standing, 3.5 in political science, show promise in the field of political science and be able to travel to do research if necessary. Writing or research intensive.
POL 495 Practicum in Political Science Three hours
Internship or practical field application of political science. Arranged by individual appointment with the instructor. Writing or research intensive. Prerequisites: Junior or Senior standing or consent of instructor.
POL 499 Senior Seminar Three hours
Students will apply research skills and acquired political science knowledge to a specific topic of instruction, with the intention of producing a senior thesis suitable for public presentation. Students will be exposed to seminal and major academic literature in the topic area. Topics may vary among section and semesters offered, and the course may be repeated once for credit. Writing or research intensive.