A description of the Politics and Government Program 2012-2013

POLITICS AND GOVERNMENT (POLS)

 

The Politics and Government curriculum presents different and often conflicting points of view on a variety of important political ideas in the Western political tradition (for example: democracy, freedom, equality, development, and power). Study of how different individuals have looked at these ideas, as well as how such ideas have been practiced in the contexts of real institutions and political controversies, enlarges the mind, develops the tools necessary for effective citizenship, and serves to cultivate critical reasoning. Students are encouraged to find ways to address problems, such as the loss of biodiversity, disparities between neighboring communities and personal responsibility, global gender and social inequalities, foreign policy decision making and international security, and

the relationship between private and public life in a democracy. As political scientists we seek to understand the causes of wars, social injustices, economic disparities, and uneven technological growth for the purpose of alleviating suffering and providing sustainable solutions. Students study these questions through an engagement with historical texts as well as case studies and ongoing contemporary debates. The faculty is committed to teaching students how to effect social change through active citizenship —whether in local, state, national or international communities. By learning from different people and situations in internships and service learning, Western students are prepared for graduate or professional school or to better understand and prepare for careers in business, journalism, government service, or public life. Such internships have ranged from working in local law offices or offices at the state capitol to interning in United States Senate offices in Washington, D.C. The Politics and Government Program offers a standard major, a pre-law emphasis, a secondary licensure emphasis, a standard minor, and a pre-law minor.

 

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROGRAMS

 

Politics and Government Major: Standard Program

A minimum of 36 credits is required including the following:

 

POLS 117 Introduction to Political Ideas   3 cr

POLS 180 Introduction to American Politics  3 cr

POLS 255 Introduction to Comparative Politics  3 cr

POLS 260 Introduction to World Politics    3 cr

POLS 309 Political Theory I–Ancient to Early Modern   3 cr

POLS 310 Political Theory II–Late Modern and Contemporary   3 cr

Five of the following electives:

POLS 250 Politics of the Environment  3 cr

POLS 282 Issues in State and Local Government  3 cr

POLS 300 Constitutional Law I   3 cr

POLS 301 Constitutional Law II  3 cr

POLS 331 Politics of the Presidency   3 cr

POLS 355 Politics of Development   3 cr

POLS 360 American Foreign Policy   3 cr

POLS 376 American Political Thought I   3 cr

POLS 476 American Political Thought II-American Capitalism and Democracy  3 cr

 A statistics course may be used to meet the POLS elective requirement.

One of the following capstone courses:

POLS 485 Studies in Political Theory:   3 cr

POLS 486 Studies in American Politics:  3 cr

POLS 487 Studies in International Relations:  3 cr

POLS 488 Studies in Comparative Politics:  3cr

POLS 355 Politics of Development   3 cr

POLS 360 American Foreign Policy   3 cr

POLS 376 American Political Thought I  3 cr

POLS 476 American Political Thought II  3 cr

A statistics course may be used to meet the POLS elective requirement.

One of the following capstone courses:

POLS 485 Studies in Political Theory:  3 cr

POLS 486 Studies in American Politics: 3 cr

POLS 487 Studies in International Relations:  3 cr

POLS 488 Studies in Comparative Politics: 3 cr

 

Politics and Government Major: Comprehensive Programs

 

PRE-LAW EMPHASIS

 

 

A minimum of 57 credits is required including the following:

POLS 117 Introduction to Political Ideas  3 cr

POLS 180 Introduction to American Politics  3 cr

POLS 255 Introduction to Comparative Politics  3 cr

POLS 260 Introduction to World Politics   3 cr

POLS 300 Constitutional Law I   3 cr

POLS 301 Constitutional Law II  3 cr

POLS 309 Political Theory I–Ancient to Early Modern  3 cr

POLS 310 Political Theory II–Late Modern and Contemporary 3 cr

Four of the following:

POLS 250 Politics of the Environment  3 cr

POLS 282 Issues in State and Local Government  3 cr

POLS 331 Politics of the Presidency  3 cr

POLS 355 Politics of Development  3 cr

POLS 360 American Foreign Policy  3 cr

POLS 376 American Political Thought I–From Puritans to Slaveholders  3 cr

POLS 476 American Political Thought II–American Capitalism and Democracy  3 cr

Six of the following courses in at least four disciplines:

ACC 201 Introduction to Financial Accounting   3 cr

ACC 350 Income Tax   3 cr

BUAD 210 Legal Environment of Business  3 cr

BUAD 315 Business Law   3 cr

COTH 271 Small Group Communication  3  cr

COTH 371 Argument and Conflict Management  3 cr

COTH 372 Issues Management  3 cr

ECON 201 Macroeconomics  3 cr

ECON 476 American Economic Development  3 cr

ENG 237 Women and Literature  3 cr

ENG 238 Literary Culture of the American West  3 cr

ENG 255 Ancient World Literature  3 cr

ENG 331 Literature and Ethnicity   3 cr

HIST 333 The Revolutionary Era and Early National Period  3 cr

HIST 336 Antebellum, Civil War and Reconstruction, 1830-1877 3 cr

HIST 340 Reform and Reorganization in American Society   3 cr

HIST 343 Depression and World War II   3 cr

PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3 cr

PSY 368 Abnormal Psychology  3 cr

SOC 259 Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 cr

SOC 349 Law Enforcement   3 cr

SOC 367 Corrections 3 cr

One of the following capstone courses:

POLS 485 Studies in Political Theory  3 cr

POLS 486 Studies in American Politics  3 cr

POLS 487 Studies in International Relations  3 cr

POLS 488 Studies in Comparative Politics  3 cr

 

SECONDARY LICENSURE EMPHASIS

This emphasis qualifies students for State of Colorado Licensure in Social Science Education. Students interested in pursuing this comprehensive program should consult with the Teacher Education Program advisor in addition to the advisor in their major as soon as possible. A minimum of 72 credits is required. In addition, students must fulfill the Secondary Licensure Option described under Education. The following courses are required:

 

 

ECON 201 Macroeconomics   3 cr

ECON 202 Microeconomics  3 cr

ECON 303 International Economics and Globalization  3 cr

ECON 476 American Economic Development  3 cr

GEOG 110 World Regional Geography  3 cr

GEOG 120 Human Geography   3 cr

GEOG 250 Geography of North America  3 cr

GEOL 101 Physical Geology  3 cr

HIST 101 World History to 1500  3 cr

HIST 102 World History Since 1500  3 cr

HIST 126 U.S. History to 1865  3 cr

HIST 127 U.S. History Since 1865 3 cr

HIST 327 Colorado History  3 cr

POLS 117 Introduction to Political Ideas  3 cr

POLS 180 Introduction to American Politics  3 cr

POLS 255 Introduction to Comparative Politics   3 cr

POLS 282 Issues in State and Local Government  3 cr

POLS 309 Political Theory I—Ancient to Early Modern   3 cr

POLS 310 Political Theory II—Late Modern and Contemporary 3 cr

POLS 376 American Political Thought I  3 cr

POLS 476 American Political Thought II   3 cr

One of the following:

POLS 260 Introduction to World Politics  3 cr

POLS 360 American Foreign Policy  3 cr

One of the following:

POLS 300 Constitutional Law I  3 cr

POLS 301 Constitutional Law II  3 cr

One of the following capstone courses:

POLS 485 Studies in Political Theory:  3 cr

POLS 486 Studies in American Politics: 3 cr

POLS 487 Studies in International Relations:  3 cr

POLS 488 Studies in Comparative Politics: 3 cr

 

Politics and Government Minor

A minimum of 18 credits is required including a three-credit, upper-division Politics and Government elective chosen in consultation with an advisor and the following:

POLS 117 Introduction to Political Ideas   3 cr

POLS 180 Introduction to American Politics  3 cr

POLS 255 Introduction to Comparative Politics   3 cr

POLS 260 Introduction to World Politics   3 cr

One of the following:

POLS 309 Political Theory I–Ancient to Early Modern  3 cr

POLS 310 Political Theory II–Late Modern and Contemporary  3 cr

 

Politics and Government Pre-Law Minor

 

A minimum of 21 credits is required including a three-credit elective chosen from the courses listed for the Politics and Government major: Pre-Law Emphasis chosen in

Consultation with an advisor and the following:

 

 

BUAD 210 Legal Environment of Business  3 cr

BUAD 315 Business Law   3 cr

POLS 117 Introduction to Political Ideas   3 cr

POLS 180 Introduction to American Politics  3 cr

POLS 300 Constitutional Law I  3 cr

POLS 301 Constitutional Law II  3 cr

Capstone Course Requirement. The following courses in the Politics and Government Major fulfill the capstone course requirement: POLS 485 Studies in Political Theory; POLS 486 Studies in American Politics; POLS 487 Studies in International Relations POLS 488 Studies in Comparative Politics.