Political Science (POLS)

POLS 1000  - Introduction to Government and Politics  
(3 Credits)  
An introduction to the field of political science, covering each area of the discipline, including comparative government and political systems, political economy, political ideology, international and global politics and methods of political analysis. Recommended as a first course for those pursuing further study in political science. Also recommended as a single course for those not taking other political science courses.

Lecture: 3 hours
  
POLS 1010  - American Government and Politics  
(3 Credits)  
This course is a study of American government and politics at the national level. It covers the theoretical underpinnings and structure of the U.S. government, as well as the nature and scope of its powers. It also covers the governing and electoral processes, including the roles of public opinion, the mass media, political parties, and interest groups. Areas of national policy concern will be addressed in discussions of current events. NOTE NEW COURSE NAME: American Government and Politics

Lecture: 3 hours
  
Course completes the following requirements:
Gen.Ed. Ability 2A
Gen.Ed. Ability 4B
Social Sciences Requirement
  
URI/RIC Transfer General Education Transfer Opportunity: Yes  
POLS 1030  - State and Local Government  
(3 Credits)  
This course is a study of politics and government at the state and local level, including governmental structures, powers and limitations and governing and electoral processes. Areas of state and local concern such as urban and regional planning, most of the legal system and everyday matters ranging from public works to education are covered.

Lecture: 3 hours
  
POLS 2010  - International Relations  
(3 Credits)  
This course studies international and global politics. It includes the study of diplomatic history, theoretical approaches, international political economy, international law and organization, and issues of war, peace, and political stability.

Lecture: 3 hours
  
Course completes the following requirements:
Gen.Ed. Ability 2A
Gen.Ed. Ability 4A
Social Sciences Requirement
  
URI/RIC Transfer General Education Transfer Opportunity: Yes  
POLS 2040  - American Political Parties  
(3 Credits)  
This course studies political parties, politics and elections in the United States. It covers the political history of elections, voting patterns and party alignments, as well as the roles of special interests and the media in the electoral process.

Lecture: 3 hours
  
Prerequisite(s): POLS 1010
  
POLS 2110  - Modern Political Ideologies  
(3 Credits)  
In this course, students study modern and contemporary political ideologies in terms of their development and applications. This course involves intensive reading and interpretation of original works.

Lecture: 3 hours
  
Course completes the following requirements:
Gen.Ed. Ability 2A
Gen.Ed. Ability 4B
Social Sciences Requirement
  
URI/RIC Transfer General Education Transfer Opportunity: Yes