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

Fall 2016 Course Information

Office Hours:  MF 2-3, W 1-4, TR 2:30-4

POL 110: American Politics
 9:00am, MWF

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 482: Western Political Theory
 Druien 1
 11:00am - 12:30pm TR

An examination and discussion of European and American political doctrines with emphasis on the forces producing the doctrines.

POL/CJ 431: Civil Liberties
 TTC 205

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 affirmative action efforts.

POL 495: Senior Seminar
 Druien 4

 8:00am-9:15am TR

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.