Courses

Forging the American Nation: The United States from 1820-1914

Course Prefix: 
HI
Course Number: 
311
Course Credits: 
3

This course traces the growth of the United States during the 19th century. Major themes to be explored include expansion, slavery and sectionalism, reconstruction, industrialism, and imperialism through the Progressive Movement. Prerequisite: sophomore or departmental permission.

From Colonies to Nation: American History from 1600-1820

Course Prefix: 
HI
Course Number: 
310
Course Credits: 
3

An examination of the emergence of the American nation, from the colonial experience through the revolutionary period and the early national period. Prerequisite: sophomore or departmental permission.

History and Themes of the Women’s Movement

Course Prefix: 
HI/WS
Course Number: 
301
Course Credits: 
3

A course aimed at exploring how women have shaped and are shaping their own lives and the world. It begins with an overview of the role of women in Western culture since Paleolithic times. Then writers in the First Wave of Feminism (1840-1920) and from the Second Wave (1970 to the present) are surveyed. The course will focus on themes relevant to students and to important current developments for women. Teaching is marked by collaboration, a key element in feminist methodology. Prerequisite: sophomore or departmental permission.

Intelligence and National Security

Course Prefix: 
IP
Course Number: 
353
Course Credits: 
3

An introduction to the process of national security decision-making in the United States with a special emphasis on the role of intelligence in formulating policy. Included is an historical overview of national security politics and practices since World War II, a description of major institutions and processes in national security policy-making, and a survey of significant national security problems and their changing nature in the 21st century. Prerequisite: sophomore or departmental permission.

International Law

Course Prefix: 
PO
Course Number: 
411
Course Credits: 
3

This course examines the evolution of international law and its role in international relations. The historical development of systems of international law will be traced and major facets of international law, including treaties, maritime law, the rules of war and human rights issues will be examined. Prerequisite: sophomore or departmental permission.

International Relations

Course Prefix: 
PO
Course Number: 
312
Course Credits: 
3

This course examines the basic factors which motivate nations in their contact with one another, including the modern state system, nationalism and militarism. Problems are discussed arising from conflicting national policies, international institutions and implications for war and peace. Prerequisite: sophomore or departmental permission.

Intro. to World Geography

Course Prefix: 
GO
Course Number: 
200
Course Credits: 
3

This course studies the physical, political and economic aspects of the geography of three major regions of the world.

Introduction to Political Thought

Course Prefix: 
PO
Course Number: 
220
Course Credits: 
3

This course examines the field of political science through an introduction to the major ideas and concepts of political thought. Topics covered include: western political theory from pre-Socrates through the enlightenment and modern times. Relationship of various thinkers to current political climate will also be explored.

Introduction to Social Science Research

Course Prefix: 
PO
Course Number: 
350
Course Credits: 
3

This course examines the research process through the logic of social science inquiry and contemporary techniques of analysis. Prerequisite: sophomore or departmental permission.

Introduction to US Intelligence

Course Prefix: 
IP
Course Number: 
150
Course Credits: 
3

An overview of the scope, elements and history of intelligence activities, with special emphasis on the American experience. Particular attention is paid to the role of intelligence in a democratic society.

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