Course Catalog

Political Science Course Descriptions

POL 153 United States Government

3 Hours

This course is an introductory survey of principles, organization, processes and functions of government and politics in theUnited States. General Education: Social, Psychological and Political Thought - Institutional. (effective by 2009)

POL 351 American Foreign Policy

3 Hours

This course examines the history of U.S. foreign affairs since World War I, and the institutions, political forces and emerging issues shaping current foreign policy. Particular topics will be emphasized, including the foreign policy record of recent presidents, Chinese-American relations and the international goals of the United States in the wake of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11. (effective by 2009)

POL 352 Political Thought

3 Hours

This course is a survey of the leading western philosophers from Plato to present authorities concerning their political theories and the impact of those ideas. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions. General Education: Philosophical/Theological Conceptions (Prior to Fall 2009)

POL 353 Congress and the Presidency

3 Hours

Students will examine the foundations, forces, processes, relationships and issues shaping the legislative and executive branches of the national government. The course combines an overview of Congress and the presidency with a deeper analysis of the culture and operations of these institutions.

POL 355 The US Constitution

3 Hours

This course is a survey of the U.S. Constitution from its foundations to the present. The course will examine the creation of the U.S. Constitution and the major interpretations of it by the U.S. Supreme Court and their significance to the American political and legal systems.

CRJ 250 American Legal System

3 Hours

This course examines all aspects of the judicial process, including the law, courts and policies of the American legal system. Both the criminal and civil processes will be investigated with attention focused on the major participants in the entire process. This course will also examine various current and major issues within the legal system. General Education: Civic Values and Engagement

CRJ 350 Terrorism

3 Hours

Students are introduced to the historical, political, organizational and methodical aspects of terrorism, as well as responses to terrorism. Students investigate the definitions of terrorism, the particulars of various terrorist organizations, and questions of security versus civil liberty. Students also complete a federal training certification in incident command.

POL 450 Internships

1 Hours

POL 460 Independent Study

3 Hours

SOC 312 Methods of Social Research

3 Hours

This course is an introduction to theresearch process as applied to social andpsychological subjects. Students will studyproblem formulation, research design,instrument design, project administration,data analysis and interpretation, reportwriting and issues in research. A researchproject is required. Students interested inobtaining a social work license in SouthDakota or graduate study in sociology needthis course.

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