Political Science

Understand Politics and Law

Fascinated by policy and government?  

Embrace your interest in politics. Pursue a career in law, government or education with a minor in political science. Study human behavior through the lens of government rules, law and order. Gain understanding of our political systems, parties and platforms, policies and trends.  

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Political Science Courses

Courses focus on issues that range from philosophy to terrorism to leadership.

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.

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 141 U.S. Government and Constitution

3 Hours
This course is an introductory survey of founding principles, organization, processes and functions of government and politics in the United States. This course is a breadth of knowledge course as designated by Dakota Wesleyan’s general education program. Breadth of knowledge courses expose students to knowledge and concepts that Dakota Wesleyan University believes all its graduates should possess.

POL 250 Introduction to International Relations

3 Hours
This course provides an introduction to major theoretical approaches and fundamental concepts in international relations. The course will examine contemporary international issues and events through these theoretical and conceptual lenses and from a perspective informed by history.

POL 351 American Foreign Policy

3 Hours
Refer to HIS 351

POL 352 Political Thought

3 Hours
This course is a survey of the leading Western philosophers from Plato to present. The course examines original political ideas and how those ideas have shaped modern political thought. Readings include selections from the Federalist Papers.

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 and 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. Cross listed as HIS 355

POL 386 Modern Asia

3 Hours
This course surveys the history of the Asia-Pacific region from the 19th century to the present. The course will be particularly focused on political developments and international relations in the region during this time period. Cross-listed as HIS 386

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 the research process as applied to social and psychological subjects. Students will study problem formulation, research design, instrument design, project administration, data analysis and interpretation, report writing and issues in research. A research project is required. Students interested in obtaining a social work license in South Dakota or graduate study in sociology need this course.

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Become a knowledgeable citizen and learn from our fabulous teachers. Our low student-to-teacher ratio offers valuable one-on-one interaction.

Sean Flynn, Ph.D.

Professor in the Department of History

The Experience

Political science is the study of human behavior as it relates to government and politics. Taking a course in political science can meet a General Education requirement. Courses in political science provide electives in the social sciences or support criminal justice majors. Courses in political science are also beneficial to students interested in law school. 

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