Political Science


I.  Western Political Thought II (POL 2093.01)           

            Instructor: Thomas Horne            

            Time: Tuesday and Thursday—2:00-3:15 PM            

            Location: Chapman Hall, 123

“Western Political Thought” studies how western modernity arose in the 16th-19th centuries, and pursues changes in the idea of the individual and of the political community from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment and from the democratic revolutions to the rise of industrial societies.  This course is also cross listed as PHIL 2093.   

II.  Introduction to Comparative Politics (POL 2333.01)            

            Instructor: Ryan Saylor            

            Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays—11:00 AM-12:15 PM            

               Location: Phillips Hall, 211

This course surveys the subfield of political science known as comparative politics, which focuses on the domestic politics of  countries other than the United States.  The course is a broad overview that examines the rise of the European states, the extension of the global economy to the non-European world, and politics in contemporary post-colonial societies.  

III.  Understanding American Politics (POL 2363.01)            

            Instructor: Matthew Hindman            

            Time: Mondays and Wednesdays—3:30-4:45 PM            

            Location: Chapman Hall, 122

This course introduces students to the institutions that govern American political life as well as the approaches and perspectives that political scientists use to evaluate the United States’ political system.  Topics include the legislature, the presidency, the judiciary, civil liberties, civil rights, public opinion, and interest groups.  

IV.  Environmentalism (POL 3243.01)            

            Instructor: Thomas Horne            

            Time: Mondays and Wednesdays—2:00-3:15 PM            

            Location: Chapman Hall, LL017

“Environmentalism” explores the impact and history of the environmentalist movement.  

V.  Politics & Culture of Japan (POL 3353.01)            

            Instructor: Michael Mosher            

            Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays—2:00-3:15 PM            

            Location: Kendall Hall, 112

Students will study the cultural experience of the Japanese in times of war, economic prosperity, and political stalemate as revealed in texts and film.  The course will consider Japan’s developmental state, its foreign relations, its status as the number two economic power, and its role in Asia and the world.