Political Science

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Option 1: Politics and Government

Option 1: Politics and Government offers a variety of courses in domestic and global politics and policy. The curriculum may be selected by students who:

  1. wish a liberal arts education, or
  2. who desire to pursue graduate education in political science or other fields, such as law, or
  3. who wish to enter government, or
  4. who intend to teach in secondary schools
BASIC REQUIREMENTS (12 units)
  • POLS 372 Principles and Methods of Political Science (1 unit)
  • POLS 372L Laboratory in Principles and Methods of Political Science (2 units)
  • Choose one of the following:
    • POLS 350 Great Questions in Politics (3 units)
    • POLS 411 Greek, Roman & Medieval Political Theory (3 units)
    • POLS 412 Modern Western Political Theory (3 units)
    • POLS 414 Western Political Theory in the 20th Century (3 units)
  • Chose one of the following*:
    • POLS 155 American Political Institutions (3 units)
    • POLS 355 American National, State and Local Government (3 units)Upper division students should take POLS 355. Students will receive credit for either POLS 155 or POLS 355, not both.
  • Choose one of the following:
    • POLS 156 European and Comparative Government (3 units)
    • POLS 225 Elements of International Relations (3 units)
 ADVANCED REQUIREMENTS IN UPPER DIVISION (36 units)
  • Choose 3 courses in Domestic Politics and Policy (9 units)
  • Choose 3 courses in Global Politics and Policy (9 units)
  • Choose 6 courses in Domestic, Global, or General Electives** (18 units)
**Courses in the Advanced Requirements Electives must include 2 proseminars, or one proseminar and one internship.

Domestic Politics and Policy

  • POLS 360 Public Administration (3 units)
  • POLS 380 Los Angeles: Past Present, Future (3 units)
  • POLS 403 State and Local Government (3 units)
  • POLS 404 Urban Politics (3 units)
  • POLS 405 Public Policy Formation (3 units)
  • POLS 406 Fundamentals of Policy Analysis (3 units)
  • POLS 407 Policy Implementation and Program Evaluation (3 units)
  • POLS 413 American Political Thought (3 units)
  • POLS 440 Political Parties (3 units)
  • POLS 441 Interest Groups (3 units)
  • POLS 442 Government and Business (3 units)
  • POLS 443 Legislative Process (3 units)
  • POLS 444 Election and Voting Behavior (3 units)
  • POLS 445 Political Behavior (3 units)
  • POLS 446 Presidency (3 units)
  • POLS 447 The Judicial Process (3 units)
  • POLS 448 Women and Politics (3 units)
  • POLS 449 Politics of Community Organizations (3 units)
  • POLS 450 Jurisprudence (3 units)
  • POLS 455 Criminal Procedures (3 units)
  • POLS 457A Constitutional Law I (3 units)
  • POLS 457B Constitutional Law II (3 units)
  • POLS 458 Administrative Law (3 units)
  • POLS 460 Public Policy: Welfare (3 units)
  • POLS 461 Environmental Policy (3 units)
  • POLS 462 Ethics in Politics and Administrations (3 units)
  • POLS 463 Public Personnel Administration (3 units)
  • POLS 465 Administrative Behavior (3 units)
  • POLS 466 Politics of Public Spending (3 units)
  • POLS 467 Urban Administration (3 units)
  • POLS 469/L City Planning and Law (3 units)
  • POLS 471A Proseminar in American Government (3 units)
  • POLS 471E Proseminar in Public Policy and Administration (3 units)
  • POLS 471F Proseminar in Public Law (3 units)

 

Global Politics and Policy

  • POLS 310 Problems in Political Economy (3 units)
  • POLS 321 Comparative Socialism (3 units)
  • POLS 330 Approaches to Comparative Government (3 units)
  • POLS 332 Politics of Latin America (3 units)
  • POLS 420A International Relations: Latin America (3 units)
  • POLS 420B International Relations: Western Europe (3 units)
  • POLS 420C International Relations: Eastern Europe (3 units)
  • POLS 420D International Relations: Middle East (3 units)
  • POLS 420E International Relations: Africa (3 units)
  • POLS 420F International Relations: South Asia (3 units)
  • POLS 420G International Relations: Southeast Asia (3 units)
  • POLS 420H International Relations: Northeast Asia (3 units)
  • POLS 421 Politics of Development (3 units)
  • POLS 422 International Politics (3 units)
  • POLS 424 Russian Foreign Policy (3 units)
  • POLS 426 International Law (3 units)
  • POLS 427A Model UN I/Lab (3 units)
  • POLS 427B Model UN II/Lab (3 units)
  • POLS 428 International Organizations (3 units)
  • POLS 429 U.S. Foreign Policy (3 units)
  • POLS 430 Politics of Selected Nations (3 units)
  • POLS 431 Government and Politics: Russia (3 units)
  • POLS 432A Government and Politics: Mexico & Caribbean (3 units)
  • POLS 432B Government and Politics: South America (3 units)
  • POLS 433A Government and Politics: Central America (3 units)
  • POLS 433C Church and Politics in Latin America (3 units)
  • POLS 434A Government and Politics: South Asia (3 units)
  • POLS 434B Government and Politics: South East Asia (3 units)
  • POLS 435A Government and Politics: China (3 units)
  • POLS 435B Government and Politics: Japan (3 units)
  • POLS 436A Government and Politics: Europe (3 units)
  • POLS 438 Government and Politics: Middle East (3 units)
  • POLS 439A Government and Politics: Sub-Saharan Africa (3 units)
  • POLS 439B Government and Politics: Southern Africa (3 units)
  • POLS 448 Women and Politics (3 units)
  • POLS 471B Proseminar in Comparative Government (3 units)
  • POLS 471C Proseminar in International Relations (3 units)
  • POLS 480 The Politics of Globalization (3 units)
  • POLS 481 Globalization, Gender, and Democratization (3 units)

 

General Electives

  • POLS 303 Political Socialization Through Films/TV (3 units)
  • POLS 321 Comparative Socialism (3 units)
  • POLS 350 Great Questions in Politics (3 units)
  • POLS 372/L Principles and Methods of Political Science/ Lab (3 units)
  • POLS 411 Greek, Roman & Medieval Political Theory (3 units)
  • POLS 412 Modern Western Political Theory (3 units)
  • POLS 414 Western Political Theory in the 20thCentury (3 units)
  • POLS 415 Comparative Political Ideologies (3 units)
  • POLS 471D Proseminar in Political Theory (3 units)
  • POLS 486SOC Social Science Career Internship (3 units)
  • POLS 490CA Supervised Individual Project: California Government (3 units)
  • POLS 494SOC Social Science Career Internship (3 units)
  • POLS 496A-Z Selected Topics In Political Science (3 units)
  • POLS 498A Field Assignments and Reports (3 units)
  • POLS 498B Field Assignments and Reports (3 units)
  • POLS 498C Field Assignments and Reports (3 units)
  • POLS 499A Independent Study (1-6 units)
  • POLS 499B Independent Study (1-6 units)
  • POLS 499C Independent Study (1-6 units)
  • POLS 499RIA