History & Government

College of Arts and Sciences

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Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

The department requires a double major in History and Political Science with completion of specific courses within the major's elective requirements for all students seeking to meet the Single Subject Matter Standards in Social Science. Completion of the Social Science Single Subject Matter Competency Program will also fulfill the requirements of the History and the Political majors. Students seeking a credential must meet with the designated advisor in the School of Education.

Traditional Program Requirements

Social Science Single Subject Matter Competency Program (72-75 units) BA

Recommended General Education Courses

KIN302 Contemporary Health Issues

KIN302 Contemporary Health Issues

Major areas include personal, family, and community health, including the effects of alcohol, dangerous drugs and narcotics, degenerative and infectious diseases, and tobacco on the human body. Exploration of community resources related to health issues is offered. Meets California Teacher Credential requirements. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 KIN302-B B Miller, Amy 09/02/2014 Monday 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM James Complex
ONLN
Fall 2014 KIN302-A A Hauck, Lauri M. 09/02/2014 Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center
ONLN
Spring 2015 KIN302-A A Hauck, Lauri M. 01/07/2015 Tuesday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
ONLN
Spring 2015 KIN302-B B Hauck, Lauri M. 01/07/2015 Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
ONLN
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PHI213 Intro to Philosophy

PHI213 Intro to Philosophy

This course introduces students to the meaning and basic categories of philosophy such as epistemology and philosophy of religion. This is accomplished through an exploration of the primary issues and central figures within the discipline. Particular relevance is given to the development of a Christian World-view and the role philosophy plays in life and culture. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHI213-B B Mosteller, Timothy 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
B219
Fall 2014 PHI213-E E Stamps, Robert Lucas 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center
B218
Fall 2014 PHI213-D D Mosteller, Timothy 09/02/2014 Thursday 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM Yeager Center
B252
Fall 2014 PHI213-A A Welbaum, Sam 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B218
Fall 2014 PHI213-C C Key, Scott B. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sch Business Building
123
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PHI353 Comparative Religions

PHI353 Comparative Religions

This course is an introduction to the major religious traditions of the world, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The historical development, key figures, as well as major doctrines and practices are explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 PHI353-C C Mosteller, Timothy 09/02/2014 Thursday 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Mission Hall
ONLN
Fall 2014 PHI353-A A Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
204
Fall 2014 PHI353-B B Stumpf, Amy R. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
204
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Lower Division Requirements (18 units)

HIS223 History of US Since Civil War

HIS223 History of US Since Civil War

A continuation of HIS 213. May be taken before HIS 213. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HIS223-C C Glessner, Robyn L. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Sch Business Building
124
Fall 2014 HIS223-A A Davis-Hayes, Kenya 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
203
Fall 2014 HIS223-B B Davis-Hayes, Kenya 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
203
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HUM213 Integrated Humanities I

HUM213 Integrated Humanities I

The course consists of interrelations of history, art, literature, music, and philosophy. It covers the culture-epochs from the Ancient River-Valley Civilizations through the Medieval period. (Meets the Non-US History general education requirement.) (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HUM213-A A Brook, Eric C 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
B112
Fall 2014 HUM213-B B Blincoe, Mark E. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
A110
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HUM223 Integrated Humanities II

HUM223 Integrated Humanities II

The course consists of interrelations of history, art, literature, music, and philosophy. It covers the culture-epochs from the Renaissance to contemporary times. (Meets the Non-US History general education requirement.) (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HUM223-B B Brook, Eric C 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B112
Fall 2014 HUM223-A A Blincoe, Mark E. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B258
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POL213 American Government

POL213 American Government

The course provides an introductory overview of the American political system. It begins with a discussion of the principles of the Declaration of Independence, Constitution, and Bill of Rights and an examination of their impact on the country. It also covers the avenues and means of democratic citizenship and political influence in American politics. The course further examines the major political institutions in the United States: Congress, Presidency, Bureaucracy, and Courts. In order to assess the impact of government on society, the course concludes with an exploration of public policy. (Meets state requirement in United States Constitution and California Government.) (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 POL213-A A Luther, Timothy C. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
A110
Fall 2014 POL213-B B Skubik, Daniel W. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Mission Hall
109
Fall 2014 POL213-D D Hinrichs, Troy 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Sch Business Building
203
Fall 2014 POL213-C C McCarthy, John J. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Mission Hall
124
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POL223 State and Local Government

POL223 State and Local Government

This course studies the place and responsibilities of state and local governments in the United States and how they relate with other units of government. This includes an assessment of the citizenship and participation in state and local politics, both at the individual and collective level; and then an examination of state political institutions, such as governors, state legislatures, state courts, and administration. The course also covers city and county governments, and other local units of government. Although it is comparative, special attention is given to California politics. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 POL223-A A Luther, Timothy C. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sch Business Building
203
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Upper Division Core Requirements (33 units)

BUS217 Microeconomics

BUS217 Microeconomics

This course studies economic behavior at the individual level. Topics include decision-making processes of households and firms, supply and demand, elasticity, and marginal analysis. Market structure and public policy are examined to evaluate their impact on economic welfare and the allocation of scarce resources. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BUS217-A A Keyes-Kimbirk, Wendy R 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
183
Fall 2014 BUS217-B B Namvar, Bob 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
251
Fall 2014 BUS217-C C Keyes-Kimbirk, Wendy R 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Sch Business Building
106
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BUS218 Macroeconomics

BUS218 Macroeconomics

This course offers a common sense approach to economics, covering basic economic laws and how they apply to our world and everyday life. The course focuses on the overall economy and economic theories that offer explanations for its fluctuations and changes. Also, the course is designed to give the student a sufficient grounding in the terminology, basic concepts, and issues of economics to stimulate interest in further study and provide background in business. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BUS218-B B Namvar, Bob 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Sch Business Building
251
Fall 2014 BUS218-A A Namvar, Bob 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sch Business Building
251
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HIS311 Minorities in America

HIS311 Minorities in America

The role of minorities in the development of America. Principal areas of focus are immigration and the immigrant experience and the ethnic experiences of Blacks, Indians, and Hispanics. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HIS311-A A Davis-Hayes, Kenya 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Sch Business Building
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HIS325 Non-Western Culture and History

HIS325 Non-Western Culture and History

The course consists of a historical survey exploring primarily the cultural and intellectual features of specifically non-Western cultures, with emphasis given to East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East, additionally covering Africa, and the pre-Columbian Americas. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HIS325-A A Brook, Eric C 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B111
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HIS393 History of California

HIS393 History of California

The social, economic, and political development of California from its discovery to the present. The latter part of the course is thematic in presentation (i.e., agriculture, transportation, water, etc.). (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HIS393-A A Bishop, Jim 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Mission Hall
124
Fall 2014 HIS393-B B Parker, Jonathan K 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Mission Hall
109
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HIS490 Historiography

HIS490 Historiography

This course is designed to provide the student with knowledge about the history of historical writing and research by analyzing the work of important past historians and various philosophies, theories, and perspectives on the nature of history itself. Emphasis will also be given to understanding history from a Christian perspective. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HIS490-A A Brook, Eric C 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
B111
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POL323 Political Parties/Interest Grps

POL323 Political Parties/Interest Grps

The study of the nature, development, organization, function, and methods of political parties. Also designed to furnish an understanding of the pluralist nature of the American system through the dynamics of group action and their methods and impact. (3 units; Spring odd years)

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POL390 Congress & the Presidency

POL390 Congress & the Presidency

The study of the place, responsibilities, and functions of Congress and the presidency in American politics is covered. This includes congressional organization and behavior, congressional elections, party leadership, congressional rules and procedures, and the committee system, with its effect on policy. The presidency roles, powers, and functions are also examined. The president’s relationship with both the media and public, other branches, presidential character and leadership are included. Both branches are examined in light of checks and balances. (3 units; Spring even years)

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POL395 Political Economy

POL395 Political Economy

This course explores the relationship between the economy and politics and provides both a description and assessment of the economy. This entails an overview of economic theory, macroeconomics, savings, investments, microeconomics and markets, inflation, monetary policy, international economics and globalization, and the role of the private sector and government. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

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POL415 World Geography

POL415 World Geography

This course studies the world's geographic areas and the outstanding human, social, and physical features of realms and regions. In doing so, special attention is given to the more important features of histories, societies, cultures, and religions of the people living in the region. It also examines the relationship between human life and natural environment. The purpose is to help students better understand the world, our relationship with the environment, and human connections around the globe. (This course does not meet the POL general education requirement.) (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

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POL453 Administrative Law & Bureaucracy

POL453 Administrative Law & Bureaucracy

This course examines the place and impact of executive agencies on the formation and implementation of administrative law and regulation in the United States. This includes an overview of the administrative process, a discussion of administrative power, and bureaucratic organization. The course then examines the steps, stages, and participants of the administrative process, such as delegation of authority, administrative rulemaking, agency adjudication, and judicial review. The course concludes with a discussion of tort liability and sovereign immunity, the relationship between the bureaucracy and the other branches, and administrative reform. (3 units; Spring even years)

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POL484 Constitutional Law I

POL484 Constitutional Law I

The course facilitates an understanding of the Constitution and its relationship to the three branches of government and their functions and a greater appreciation of the role of the court in affecting their balances. Included aspects of study are the court system, judicial review, presidential power, Congress and commerce, Federalism, contracts, due process, and civil liberties. (3 units; Fall even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 POL484-A A Skubik, Daniel W. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
B221
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SSC394 Social Science in the Classroom

SSC394 Social Science in the Classroom

The course introduces classroom pedagogical issues specific to teaching social science at the secondary level as an orientation to a teaching career. Emphasis will be given to fieldwork, teaching methods, administrative expectations, and professional exposure in the content area. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural)

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European History Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following

HIS333 Nineteenth Century Europe

HIS333 Nineteenth Century Europe

This course is a survey of European history from the French Revolution to World War I. The course focuses on the following themes of the long nineteenth century: nationalism and nation-building, industrialization and social change, Marxism and liberalization, colonialism and imperialism. Of particular importance is the growing tension between Christianity and secularization. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HIS333-A A Blincoe, Mark E. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center
B258
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HIS343 Twentieth Century Europe

HIS343 Twentieth Century Europe

This course is a survey of European History from the outbreak of World War I to the end of the Cold War. Special attention will be given to the study of conditions that produced Fascism, Nazism, and Communism, as well as to the factors that brought about World War II and shaped the development of the post-war world. (3 units; Spring odd years)

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HIS353 Renaissance & Reformation Europe

HIS353 Renaissance & Reformation Europe

This course is a survey of European history during the period of the Renaissance and the Reformation (ca. 1350-1600). Special attention will be given to the conditions influencing the development of Renaissance culture, such as the Black Death and Italian Humanism, as well as the religious and political changes prompted by Reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin. (3 units; Fall odd years)

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HIS360 Enlightenment Europe

HIS360 Enlightenment Europe

This course is a survey of European history during the “Age of Absolutism,” from the Thirty Years War to the French Revolution (17th-18th centuries). This period is characterized by the development of royal absolutism, European colonialism, and the Enlightenment. The course focuses on key changes in European culture, including the growth of mercantilism, development of liberalism, and challenges to traditional political and religious authorities. (3 units; Spring even years)

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United States History Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following

HIS472 Colonial America, 1607-1787

HIS472 Colonial America, 1607-1787

This course will examine the thirteen English colonies in North America from the founding of Jamestown through the ratification of the Constitution. Topics such as the establishment of colonial corporate power, religious controversy and freedom, the entrenchment of African slavery, wars with Native communities and the emergence of modern political thought will define this course. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

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HIS474 Early American Rpblic, 1787-1848

HIS474 Early American Rpblic, 1787-1848

This course will examine the establishment of the new United States under the Constitution. Topics such as internal development, westward expansion, social and religious movements, democratization and sectional crises leading to the Civil War define this course. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

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HIS476 The Emergence of Modern America

HIS476 The Emergence of Modern America

This course will examine American life between the end of the Civil War and WWI. It will emphasize national reconstruction post-Civil War, westward expansion, the rise of industry, urbanization and immigration as well as the US experience in global imperialization and world war. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HIS476-A A Davis-Hayes, Kenya 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
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HIS478 Modern America, 1920-1989

HIS478 Modern America, 1920-1989

This course will trace the national experience from the post-WWI era through the fall of the Berlin Wall. By emphasizing changes in the nation’s modern political, cultural and social fabric, students will understand the history of the 20th Century. (3 units; Multicultural; As offered)

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World History Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following

HIS305 History of China

HIS305 History of China

The course acquaints and familiarizes students with historical inquiry centered upon the entire breadth of Chinese civilization. Students will engage in a study of the dynastic period to the Republican era with the advent of communism in China, focusing upon political, intellectual, economics and social factors. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring even years)

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HIS315 Latin American History

HIS315 Latin American History

This course is a survey of Latin American history from the Spanish discovery of the Americas through the Cold War in the twentieth century. The course focuses on the impact of Spanish and Portuguese colonialism, the wars of Latin American Independence, the development of Latin American republics, and the impact of US intervention in the region. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HIS315-A A Blincoe, Mark E. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Building 36
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HIS415 The Ancient World

HIS415 The Ancient World

Four great ancient civilizations are surveyed: Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman. Special attention is given to the Christian and Greco-Roman origins of Western culture. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 HIS415-A A Brook, Eric C 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
B112
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HIS423 Medieval Civilization

HIS423 Medieval Civilization

This course is a survey of European history from the end of the Roman Empire to the emergence of the Renaissance. The course focuses on the creation of the Germanic kingdoms, the spread of Roman Christianity, and the development of Christendom. Special attention is given to the emergence of the institutional Church and its relationship with “feudal” Europe. (3 units; Spring odd years)

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Political Philosophy Requirement

Complete six (6) units from the following

POL423 Classical Political Philosophy

POL423 Classical Political Philosophy

This course examines the origin of Western political, social, and legal thought in order to understand the present through the great political works of the past. It begins in ancient Greece in early democratic Athens and moves through Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. From there, the course explores classical Rome, focusing on Polybius and Cicero. Since the advent of Christianity shapes the development of medieval political thought, the political thought of St. Augustine, John of Salisbury, St. Thomas Aquinas, Marsilio of Padua, Dante, and Thomas More are discussed. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

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POL425 Modern Political Philosophy

POL425 Modern Political Philosophy

This course entails a comparative study of modern social, legal, and political philosophy, from the Renaissance toward the present by focusing on the great works of the Western traditions, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesqueie, Kant, Hegel, Bentham, Marx, Mill. The course examines the relationship between these various political philosophers and the modern political world. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring even years)

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POL427 American Political Theory

POL427 American Political Theory

This course provides an exploration of the founding of the American Republic. It begins with the colonial period, noting the relationship between religion, liberty, and politics, and then moves to ideas that shaped the American Revolution. From there it analyzes the discussions on the Constitution by both the Federalists and the Antifederalists. The course also examines the discussions surrounding the new Republic and the growth of the nation, including the struggles regarding individualism, liberty, equality, race, gender, wealth, economic regulation, and community responsibility. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 POL427-A A Luther, Timothy C. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Mission Hall
127
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POL429 Critic Pol Phil & Postmodrnsm

POL429 Critic Pol Phil & Postmodrnsm

This course examines 20th century responses to modernity and its political and social theories. It focuses on continental philosophers and relates their ideas to contemporary society and politics. It begins with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and its criticisms of modern culture, and then moves from Nietzschean and Heideggerian thought to the hermeneutic theory of Gadamer and Ricoeur. After this, the course assesses the political relevance of the poststructuralism of Foucault, Derrida, and Lyotard. It concludes with Habermas' discourse ethics and deliberative democracy. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring odd years)

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International Politics Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following

POL350 International Relations Theory

POL350 International Relations Theory

This course begins with an in-depth examination of the dominant and alternative theories found within the international relations literature. Having established a solid theoretical foundation, the course will consider important disagreements between the dominant theories (e.g., the structure of the international system) and the corresponding predicted outcomes (e.g., conflict or cooperation within the international system). The course concludes with an examination of several contemporary international relations issues, such as globalization and terrorism. (3 units; Fall even years)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 POL350-A A McHorney, Chris A. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center
B251
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POL443 Diplomatic Hist. of the U.S.

POL443 Diplomatic Hist. of the U.S.

This course is a history of the diplomatic relations of the United States and the development of the leading principles of foreign policy set within the context of an analysis of various geo-political models. (3 units; Spring odd years)

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Senior Project Requirement (3 units)

POL499 Senior Project

POL499 Senior Project

A senior capstone course designed to demonstrate the competence of Political Science majors in the discipline and showcase their research and writing skills. The portfolio produced by the student in completion of this project must conform to the departmental guidelines for Senior Projects. Prerequisite: POL 450 and Senior status. (3 units; Spring)

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