POLS 155C • United States Government (3 units)
Designed to acquaint the student with the United States political system, including constitutional developments of the United States and of California, and stimulate reflection on the intersection of Christianity and citizenship. Strongly recommended as a prerequisite for upper-division U.S. Government classes.

POLS/HIST 262 • Research Methods in History and Political Science (3 units)
Prerequisite:  ENGL 120C and, when required, a passing grade in CORE 102C.  Writing intensive class which will teach students proper research techniques and the different aspects of History and Political Science scholarship. Class will focus on how to write a major research paper, book reviews, and other scholarly works. Prerequisite for upper-division History and Political Science courses. Satisfies ENGL 220C requirement.  Must be passed with a “C” (not a “C-”) or better to fulfill the core curriculum requirement.

POLS 303 • Classical Political Thought (3 units)
Examines perennial questions and diverse responses to political dilemmas such as liberty, equality, power, authority, justice, and law. Looks at thinkers from Plato to the present to evaluate their insights on “the good life.”

POLS 325 • Religion and Politics (3 units)
Focuses on the nexus of religion and politics in contemporary life. Themes include political questions religion attempts to answer, theoretical explanations for the impact of religious beliefs on politics, and examples of religion/politics interstices.

POLS 345 • United States Foreign Policy (3 units)
Principles, practice, and ethical issues of United States foreign policymaking. Particular emphasis on the policymaking process.

POLS/HIST 355 • Immigration History and Policy (3 units)
Explores the history of immigration in the United States as well as traces the development of national immigration policy over time. In addition, the course will explore current policy issues or debates over immigration.

POLS 362 • Constitutional Law I: National Powers (3 units)
Explores Supreme Court case law with regard to the U.S. government’s exercise of national powers such as judicial, legislative, and executive power, as well as takings clause and commence clause power. In addition, competing theories of interpretation will be examined as frameworks for analyzing Constitutional cases.

POLS 364 • Constitutional Law II: Civil Rights and Civil Liberties (3 units)
Explores Supreme Court case law with regard to civil rghts and civil liberties such as the right to vote, freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion among others. In addition, competing theories of interpretation will be examined as frameworks for analyzing Constitutional cases.

POLS 420 • Modern Political Thought (3 units)
A survey of political philosophy from Hegel to the present. This course will examine the philosophical origins of Marxism, fascism, and democracy and explore common themes such as the relationship of the state to the individual and modern conceptions of liberty and justice.

POLS/HIST 437 • The Christian Right and American Politics (3 units)
Seminar on the history and political ideology of the Christian Right from its first appearance in the 1930s until today.

POLS 440 • Contemporary American Thought (3 units)
Critical examination of selected contemporary works of social theory that have interdisciplinary perspectives. Books are selected for their significance in recent intellectual discourse about American life.

POLS 445 • Problems in Political Science (3 units)
Explores the practical and theoretical dilemmas of contemporary society. Possible questions to address include why some countries fail to successfully democratize, how to conceptualize and practice security in international relations, how public opinion is formed and its consequences for political participation, and how can societies and ethnic groups overcome hatred and peacefully co-exist.

POLS 450 • Political Science Teaching Internship (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Senior standing with GPA of 3.0 or above with approval of the department chair. Regular hours each week for classes and/or meetings are established at the beginning of the semester. The intern assists an instructor in planning and conducting a course and/or laboratory sessions. Maximum three units. (Maximum six units of HIST/POLS 450, 454 and 457.)

POLS/HIST 454 • History/Political Science Internship (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Internship with VU, local museum, archives, government office, or political campaign. Maximum three units. (Maximum six units of HIST/POLS 450, 454 and 457.)

POLS 456 • United States Congress (3 units)
Explores the development and operation of Congress as an institution. It also explores the nature of the members and their behavior in office. Important and timely issues relating to Congress will also be explored.

POLS/HIST 457 • Research Assistantship (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor. Advanced work in research in History and/or Political Science in an on-going project with the cooperation and supervision of a faculty member. Students will meet with instructor weekly to discuss findings and progress. Maximum three units. (Maximum six units of HIST/POLS 450, 454 and 457.)

POLS 460 • Problems of the Third World (3 units)
An examination of the challenge and prospects of political, economic and social development in the Third World. Critical analysis of theories of underdevelopment and strategies for promoting development.

POLS/SOC 468 • Law and Society (3 units)
Prerequisite: SOC 100C or consent of instructor. Examines law and the legal structure in its social context. Explores the nature, sources, dimensions, and impact of law from social scientific perspectives. Analyzes the uses and limits of law in maintaining order and promoting social change.

POLS 469 • Special Topics: U.S. (1-3 units)
Experimental or occasional courses not offered on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit.

POLS 470 • Special Topics: Non-U.S. (1-3 units)
Experimental or occasional courses not offered on a regular basis. May be repeated for credit.

POLS 472 • United States Presidency (3 units)
Explores the historical development and operation of the Presidency as an institution. The performance of individual presidents and issues such as presidential electronics, rhetoric, war powers, secrecy, and executive-congressional relations will also be explored.

POLS 480 • Individual Studies (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor and department chair. May be repeated for credit.

POLS 482 • International Politics (3 units)
Examination of the concepts and principles of the international political system.

* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.