Political Science (POLSC)

POLSC 101  American National Politics  3(3-0)  

Basic processes in American politics. Principles and structure of national governments. (F, S) (Gen Ed: SS, GT-SS1)

POLSC 102  State and Local Government  3(3-0)  

Behavioral aspects, government organization and inter-relationships of state and local politics, relations with federal government and other states. Special attention to Colorado government. (F)

POLSC 201  International Relations  3(3-0)  

Introductory study of world affairs. Topics include: international economics, institutions, war, human rights, and the environment. Designed for students with no background in international relations. (F, S) (Gen Ed: SS, GT-SS1) (CC)

POLSC 202  Comparative Politics  3(3-0)  

Studies politics, political systems, and governance in various countries, from the UK and France to Mexico and China. The course emphasizes comparative analysis and understanding. (S) (Gen Ed: SS) (CC)

POLSC 230  War and Film  3(3-0)  

Exploration of the relationship between war, film, and political culture. Emphasizes portrayal of war through film and popular interpretation of historical events given this medium. (S, E)

POLSC 231  Politics and Film  3(3-0)  

Exploration of the relationship between politics, film, and political culture. Emphasizes portrayal of politics through film and popular interpretation of historical events given this medium. (F, O)

POLSC 250  Research Methods in Political Science  3(3-0)  

Introduction to the basic methods and tools of research in political science, including the scientific method, research design, data collection and qualitative and quantitative analysis. (F)

POLSC 270  Introduction to Homeland Security  3(3-0)  

An overview of homeland security, key threats, challenges and potential responses. (F)

POLSC 271  Terrorism  3(3-0)  

An examination of extremist groups and private violence in the context of monitoring, prevention, and responses. (S)

POLSC 272  Critical Incident Management  3(3-0)  

The policies and practices of local first responders, inter-agency relationships, political violence and unconventional weapons. (S)

POLSC 291  Special Topics  (1-3 V)  

Study of Political Events. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (99).

POLSC 305  International Conflict  3(3-0)  

Introductory study of arguments related to the outbreak of violent international warfare. Emphasis on coercive bargaining, diplomacy, arms races, and contentious issues. Prerequisite: POLSC 201 or permission of instructor. (S, O)

POLSC 306  Peace Studies  3(3-0)  

Introductory study of arguments related to violent conflict prevention, mitigation, and resolution. Emphasis on international law, peacekeeping, peace building, ethics, and non-violent organization. Prerequisite: POLSC 201 or permission of instructor. (F)

POLSC 321  American Constitutional Development  3(3-0)  

Political context of the origin of the U.S. Constitution, Supreme Court procedures, court decisions defining uses and scope of the powers of the court, the Congress and the presidency. Prerequisite: POLSC 101 or permission of instructor. (F)

POLSC 322  American Constitutional Law  3(3-0)  

Survey of American constitutional law; emphasis on Supreme Court decisions defining the extent and limits and of governmental authority and the rights and liberties of individual citizens. Prerequisite: POLSC 321 or permission of instructor. (S)

POLSC 323  Criminal Law and Procedure  3(3-0)  

Content and characteristics of criminal law and procedures. Roles and functions of persons and agencies involved in judicial administration. Prerequisite: POLSC 101 or permission of instructor. (F)

POLSC 330  Introduction to Public Admin.  3(3-0)  

Role of public bureaucracy in modern society. Principles and processes of public administration, personnel management and administrative responsibility. Prerequisite: POLSC 101 or permission of instructor. (F, E)

POLSC 340  Public Policy  3(3-0)  

Introduces the process of formulation, implementation, and evaluation of public policy. Examines program development and execution in the context of political, economic, and institutional environments. Prerequisite: POLSC 101 or permission of instructor. (F, O)

POLSC 350  Political Attitudes and Behavior  3(3-0)  

This course studies mass political attitudes, behavior, and psychology, including party identification and opinion formation. It also studies the effects of public opinion on democracy, and methods of survey research. (F)

POLSC 360  Media, Politics, and Power  3(3-0)  

Assesses the role U.S. media plays in holding power accountable in the digital age. Topics include agenda setting and issue framing, the impact of media on public opinion, and how political actors shape media narratives. (S)

POLSC 370  Western Political Thought  3(3-0)  

Systematic survey of political thought from beginnings in Ancient Near East to present. Emphasis on contributions relevant to contemporary political theory. Prerequisite: POLSC 101 or permission of instructor. (S)

POLSC 373  Intelligence and National Security  3(3-0)  

Examines inter-agency relations as well as practical and political elements of domestic intelligence gathering. (S)

POLSC 374  Homeland Security and the Law  3(3-0)  

Explores the legal and constitutional aspects of homeland security and homeland defense. (F, E)

POLSC 375  Threat and Strategic Planning  3(3-0)  

Topics include the development of threat assessment and planning, public-private sector resource partnering and crisis communication. (S)

POLSC 376  Cyber Law  3(3-0)  

Explore domestic and international law and policy governing cyber-related issues such as cybercrime, cyberwar, and the balance between civil liberties and national security in an electronic age. (F, O)

POLSC 395  Independent Study  (1-3 V)  

Independent study involving specialized reading and research. Prerequisite: Permission of instructor. (*) Repeatable (6).

POLSC 405  The American Presidency  3(3-0)  

Analysis of the powers and politics of the American presidency and those who have held the office. Presidential decision making, legislative and judicial relationships, elections. Prerequisite: POLSC 101 or permission of instructor. (S)

POLSC 411  The U.S. Congress  3(3-0)  

Study of the U.S. Congress structure, law-making, politics and reforms. Prerequisite: POLSC 101 or permission of instructor. (F)

POLSC 430  War and Film  3(3-0)  

Exploration of the relationship between war, film, and political culture. Emphasizes portrayal of war through film and popular interpretation of historical events given this medium. (S, E)

POLSC 431  Politics and Film  3(3-0)  

Exploration of the relationship between politics, film, and political culture. Emphasizes portrayal of politics through film and popular interpretation of historical events given this medium. (F, O)

POLSC 440  Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict  3(3-0)  

Ethno-nationalist conflict characterizes many of the world's most intractable and violent conflicts. This course studies ethno-nationalist conflict and identity formation in countries around the world. (S, E)

POLSC 445  Economic Development  3(3-0)  

What explains economic development and inequality? How does political economics vary between rich and poor countries? The course studies the political economy of development in both developed and developing nations. (F, O)

POLSC 450  Democracy and Dictatorship  3(3-0)  

How do dictators and one-party regimes stay in power? Why do some democracies fail? This course studies comparative dictatorship, comparative democracy, and regime change. (S, O)

POLSC 455  States, Citizens and Human Rights  3(3-0)  

Some states respect human rights; others violate them. This course studies the politics of human rights and state-citizen relationships in countries around the world. (F, E)

POLSC 460  U.S. Foreign and Security Policy  3(3-0)  

Investigate ongoing contemporary issues, and explore arguments related to strategic policy, political leadership, military development and application, and policy evolution. Prerequisite: POLSC 201 or permission of instructor. (F, E)

POLSC 480  Practicum in Politics and Public Service  (1-6 V)  

For advanced students. Practical experience as interns in governmental agencies, political parties or legal offices. Prerequisite: Departmental permission. (*) Repeatable (12).

POLSC 491  Special Topics  (1-3 V)  

Special topics in political science. Prerequisite: Lower division courses in political science are recommended. (*) Repeatable (99).

POLSC 492  Research  (1-3 V)  

Original research with a faculty member resulting in a thesis. (*) Repeatable (6).

POLSC 493  Seminar  (1-3 V)  

Application of research methods and materials. Emphasis on in-depth study of specific political topics. Involves writing and discussion of research papers at advanced level. Prerequisite: POLSC 250 and 370 or permission of instructor. (S)

POLSC 495  Independent Study  (1-3 V)  

An individualized program of study designed by a ranked faculty member in the political science program and approved by the program coordinator. (*) Repeatable (99).

POLSC 591  Special Topics  (1-3 V)  

Special topics in political science. Prerequisite: Permission of program coordinator. Corequisite: None (*) Repeatable (99).

POLSC 595  Independent Study  (1-3 V)  

An individualized program of study designed by a ranked faculty member in the political science program and approved by the program coordinator. Prerequisite: Permission of program coordinator. Corequisite: None. (*) Repeatable (99).