Shawn Williams

Dr. Shawn H. Williams, Associate Professor of Political Science

Shawn WilliamsB.A. Lees-McRae College
M.A. Angelo State University
Ph.D. University of Texas at Dallas

Dr. Williams is the lead professor for the political science program and the advisor to the CU chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Dallas in 2010. His doctoral dissertation examined the weakness of using rational choice approaches to collective decision making in American and eastern European political parties, as well as in decision making on the U.S. Supreme Court. His current work focuses on electoral decision making and authentic learning

Phone: (270) 789-5264
Office: Druien Hall 223

Spring 2015 Course Information

Office Hours:  M-F 2:00pm-3:30pm

POL 110: American Politics
9:00am, 11am, 1pm* MWF
*The 1 pm course is a hybrid class that does not meet on Friday.

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.

The course uses an e-book that includes video and audio assignments, as well as multiple study tools.

POL 330: Public Administration
Admin 24
9:30am - 10:45am TR

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.

This course uses a case study approach where students must read and present case studies, as well as constructing one of their own.

POL 480: Politics and Film
TTC 105

This course will explore some important topics and themes relevant to politics by discussing how they are explored in major motion pictures.  This course will examine the political messages communicated in various 
films from 1930s to present

Class time will be spent watching and discussing movies; students will then be expected to write and critique each others reviews on the course website.

POL 495: Senior Seminar
By Appointment

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.

Students in this class will be responsible for developing a course blog that analyzes a range of important topic of the day.  They will also be responsible for participating in a number of on-air discussions using a news/talk show format that will be streamed live via Google+ Hangouts.