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Political Science Minor

The political science minor is designed to provide students with an understanding of political concepts and the organization and functioning of political systems. The curriculum focuses on the nature of both the American political system (the context within which it operates, the forces that seek to influence it, and the consequences for our nation) and international political systems.

Political Science Minor Requirements (18 credits)

POLS 1010 - American Government and Politics (3 credits)

An introduction to the processes of the American national and local forms of government. Included are the nature and structure of government, its characteristics and functions, and the intimate relation of government to other interests.

POLS 1200 - Introduction to Political Science (3 credits)

This course will provide the student with an overview of political science with an emphasis on such topics as: the formation and evolution of government institutions and structures; the evolution of political participation, culture and ideology in both a domestic and international context; and policy formation and implementation (both domestic and foreign); and international relations. In doing this, students will be introduced to the basic vocabulary of the discipline, learning about the different ways that political issues and processes are studied. Experiential Education and Learning (ExEL): Successful completion of this course satisfies 1 ExEL unit.

POLS 2300 - International Relations (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to various theories and concepts used by scholars in the field of international relations and demonstrate their practical application to understanding major issues in contemporary international politics such as war, globalization, international trade and finance, the role of international organizations, ethnic conflict and peacekeeping, proliferation of nuclear weapons, migration and poverty, and the role of international organizations and NGOs. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

POLS 2100 - Comparative Government (3 credits)

This course is designed to provide a basic knowledge of how state and local governments operate, and how political decisions are made by these governments. The course will also address how federalism impacts these units of government. It will examine the political actors--legislators, governors, interest groups--that affect state and local politics, as well as specific local/state policy issues. Prerequisite: COMP 1500 or COMP 1500H.

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POLS 3100 - Political Theory (3 credits)

This course is designed to familiarize students with major authors and concepts in political theory. Emphasis is placed on both historical and contemporary debates surrounding important political concepts such as authority, justice, liberty, and democracy. The course will also consider major political theories and political ideologies that influenced past societies and continue to shape the world. Prerequisites: POLS 1200 and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

PHIL 3670 - Social and Political Philosophy (3 credits)

This course will examine significant philosophical contributions to an understanding of politics and society. Among the questions it will address are: What is the nature and basis of the state? Which form of government is best? How do we determine whether political institutions are just? What conceptions of human nature underlie various political philosophies? How are social goods and burdens justly divided? This course will draw from classical, modern, and contemporary sources in political philosophy. Prerequisite: COMP 2000, 2010, or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

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POLS 4200 - Latin American Politics (3 credits)

This course will examine the politics of Latin America. Emphasis will be placed on the political, economic, and social developments that have contributed to Latin America?s current state of development. The course will also examine the political development of Latin American states, the impact of the Cold War, internal political conflict and the role of the military in these conflicts, and democratization and social movements. Some of the aspects that will be highlighted are the effect of colonization on the region?s economic development, the impact of revolution, and the effects of migration. Experiential Education and Learning (ExEL): Successful completion of this course satisfies 1 ExEL unit. Prerequisite: POLS 1200 and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

POLS 4300 - Middle Eastern Politics (3 credits)

This course will examine the politics of the Middle East. Emphasis will be placed on the political, economic and social developments that have contributed to current tensions in the Middle East. The course will also examine the political development of Middle Eastern states, the phenomenon of Arab nationalism, Islamism, the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, democratization, oil and economic development and regional security. Some of the aspects that will be highlighted are an understanding of the Arab-Israeli conflict, events surrounding Iraq, and changing patterns in other countries such as Iran, Syria, Lebanon and Egypt. Prerequisite: POLS 1200 and COMP 2000 or 2020 or COMP 2000H.

The academic program and curriculum requirements listed on this page are from the NSU Undergraduate Student Catalog. Students are bound by policies and curricula published in the catalog in effect the semester they enter the university, unless an agreement is made with appropriate NSU administration officials allowing them to abide by policies published in a later catalog.

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