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
  
Course completes the following requirements:
Social Sciences Requirement
  
POLS 1010  - American National Government  
(3 Credits)  
This course is a study of the American political system at the national level. It covers the structure of the U.S. government and its powers and limitations. It also covers policymaking, the governing and electoral processes, the roles of the people, the media, special interests and political parties. Areas of national concern such as economic and foreign policy and national security also are covered.

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

Lecture: 3 hours
  
Course completes the following requirements:
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
  
Course completes the following requirements:
Social Sciences Requirement
  
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:
Social Sciences Requirement