2018-2019 Catalog

POLS - POLITICAL SCIENCE

POLS 1000 AMERICAN & WYOMING GOVERNMENT

Introduction to the Constitutions and governmental processes of the U.S. and Wyoming.

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Prerequisites

McCann score of 89 or higher, or ACT Reading score of 20 or higher, or SAT score of 1030 or higher, or concurrently enrolled in ENGL 1010

POLS 1200 NON-WESTERN POLITICAL CULTURES

Gives students appreciation of non-western political cultures and how these cultures have created different political institutions and practices.  Non-Western nations of Asia, Africa, and the Middle East are used as case studies.

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POLS 2000 CURRENT ISSUES IN AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

Examines current political topics in the U.S.  Focuses on key public policy problems, policy-making process and the final policy choice.  Students must keep abreast of political events on daily basis and apply basic concepts in American government to current affairs.

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POLS 2128 TERRORISM

This course deals with one of the most distressing problems of modern time: the accomplishment of political objectives by using innocent civilians as hostages - both physically and psychologically. The subject of terrorism will be discussed according to these three questions: What is terrorism and how might its characteristics best be defined? What are its immediate and underlying causes? What approaches have been proposed to bring it under control? Contemporary examples of actual terrorist situations will serve as illustrations.

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POLS 2250 LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES

During this course, students will study the culture, history and politics of Latin America, from the Rio Grande on the U.S.-Mexico border on the north to the Antarctic tundra of Patagonia and the glaciers of Tierra del Fuego on the south. The course will consider historical events and encounters from pre-Colombian times to contemporary occurrences; the box of disciplinary resources for this adventure will include geography, anthropology, history, political economy, literature, language, and cultural studies. Readings, lectures, in-class discussions, films, written and creative assignments will help explore this fascinating region in the context of its own internal dynamics as well as its relationship with the larger world.

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POLS 2310 INTRO TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

Analyzes the nature of international relations, emphasizing various methods of explaining and interpreting the international behavior of nation-states.  Illustrates contemporary problems in world politics.

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POLS 2380 TOPICS IN POLITICAL SCIENCE:

This course provides students with the opportunity to travel to various global destinations.  A variety of topics may be explored, including:  politics and government, anthropology, art, geography, history, international travel logistics, language, and local culture.  It is intended to accommodate various specialized subjects not offered as regular courses.  The goal of the course is to provide students with the opportunity to better understand global societies and cultures.  Specific travel destinations and itineraries may vary from year to year.  This course is approved for S/U grading.

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POLS 2470 INTERNSHIP: POLITICAL SCIENCE

The objective of this course is to integrate practical political experience with academic knowledge. The student is expected to participate in specifically assigned duties and to observe the broader activities of his sponsoring organization. Internship credit can be earned for work in a US Senator's or US Congress- man's office or for work with a Wyoming legislator in Cheyenne during the legislative session. A student can earn no more than 4 credits. Must register by mid-semester to get credit.

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Prerequisites

Instructor Permission

POLS 2471 INTERNSHIP: POLITICAL SCIENCE II

The objective of this course is to integrate practical political experience with academic knowledge. The student is expected to participate in specifically assigned duties and to observe the broader activities of his sponsoring organization. Internship credit can be earned for work in a U.S. Senator's or a U.S. Congressman's office or for work with a Wyoming legislator in Cheyenne during the legislative session. A student can earn no more than 4 credits. Must register by mid-semester to get credit.

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Prerequisites

POLS 2470 and Instructor Permission