Course descriptions

International relations courses

INTL 1500 The World System since 1500
Examines the origin and evolution of the current world system. The course explores the political, cultural, technological, social, and economic forces that have shaped world history from 1500 until the present.

INTL 2030 International Law
Introduces public international law, including the law of international institutions. Topics include the sources of international law, questions relating to state jurisdiction and state responsibility, the regulation of the use of force, and the legal aspects of the structure and functions of the United Nations.

INTL 2100 Model UN
Studies the structure, operations, and politics of the United Nations. Attention will focus on current U.N. issues, and students will be required to participate in classroom simulations. Students will attend the Collegiate Midwest Model U.N. and represent a country as U.N. delegates.

INTL 2610 Advocacy, NGO & Civil Society
Studies multilateral activities designed to promote economic, social, and technical progress. Examines international cooperation in such "nonpolitical" fields as trade, economic development, communications, health, humanitarian assistance, and environmental protection.

INTL 2620 Ideological Influences in International Relations
Examines ideologies and value systems such as liberal democracy, pragmatism, materialism, nationalism, racism, and internationalism in light of their influence on foreign policies of the major Western countries and of selected developing nations.

INTL 2630 New States in World Politics
Introduces the political process in the non-Western world and a survey of different methodological approaches to the study of non-Western systems. Emphasizes analysis of foreign policies and the role of new states in world politics.

INTL 2650 The Politics of Peace
Studies issues of war prevention, including social justice, ecological balance, large-scale social change, impacts of science and technology, and political processes relating national and transnational institutions.

INTL 2680 International Relations: Political Theories
Analyzes the nature of international society and of the forces affecting the behavior of states in their relations with one another.

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INTL 2700 Methods of Political Inquiry
Explores the nature of political inquiry and the conceptual approaches to the study of politics and government. Students examine and compare some major modes of political inquiry: discursive, systematic, philosophical, and scientific. Prerequisite: usually sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

INTL 3100 International Political Economy
Explores, historically and conceptually, the theories and practices of international political economy. The course examines the interplay of politics and economics at the global level. It introduces students to ways of understanding the modern world system as a unity of international, political, and economic processes. Prerequisites: sophomore standing or above plus POLT 1050 or 6 credit hours of relevant political science, history, or international relations courses.

INTL 3200 Comparative Politics: Western Europe and the United States
Compares Western European and U.S. political culture, constitutional structure, and governmental development, with particular attention given to contemporary problems. Prerequisite: usually sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

INTL 3220 Current European and American Diplomatic Issues
An overview of post-World War II development; examines issues affecting international politics, using guest lecturers, field trips, and simulations projects. May be repeated for credit with varied content. Prerequisite: usually sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

INTL 3240 United States Foreign Policy
Surveys the constitutional and political factors entering into the formulation, execution, and substance of the U.S. foreign policy, with special emphasis on contemporary problems. Prerequisite: usually sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

INTL 3260 International Communications
Examines the philosophy, process, problems, and potentials of communication across cultural boundaries. Emphasizes interrelationships between communications and social, political, economic, and cultural factors that affect international communications. Prerequisite: usually sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. Cross-listed with MEDC 3260.

INTL 3290 Politics of International Economic Relations
Focuses on the interrelationships between politics and economics within the Western, North-South, and East-West systems. Prerequisite: ECON 2010 or permission of the instructor.

INTL 3300 Governments and Politics of Eastern Europe
Overview of the political and governmental organization of the communist and postcommunist countries of Eastern and Central Europe. Encompasses contemporary social and ethnic structures, institutions, practices, and ideologies; includes interregional relations and the international position of those states that formed the "Soviet bloc" in the decades after World War II. Prerequisite: usually sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

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INTL 3330 International Economic Integration
Examines customs unions, common markets and free trade, capital and labor movement, international economic aid, and development programs. Explores conflict, cooperation, and unification of world economic policies. Prerequisite: usually sophomore standing or permission of the instructor.

INTL 3420 International Relations Practicum
Students will work with a community or public organization in an area related to international studies. Students will be expected to develop their understanding of a foreign culture, particularly in the areas of policy formation, decision making, and communications.

INTL 3700 International Organizations: Structure and Political Conflict
Analyzes the international organization to determine whether it is an effective instrument for achieving peace and security and for the promotion of human welfare. Attention is given to the adjustment of political conflicts by international organizations, and to interactions between different types of multinational enterprises and various levels of government.

INTL 4000 Research Requirement
Required of all international relations majors in conjunction with a designated 3000-level or 4000-level course. Recognizes successful completion of the departmental research requirement.

INTL 4280 International Economics
A policy-oriented course that covers both international financial relations and international trade relations and includes such topics as international monetary policies, international regional trade organizations, trade problems of developing countries, and international mobility of productive factors. Prerequisite: ECON 2010 or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

INTL 4600 International Relations Seminar
In-depth analysis of international relations. Prerequisites: usually senior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

INTL 4610 Reading Course: Advanced
Prerequisites: usually junior standing and filing of official form. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

INTL 4700 Senior Thesis
Allows senior students to pursue significant independent research/ writing projects in international relations. Prerequisites: senior standing and approval of the department.

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Political Science courses

POLT 1000 Topics in Politics
Introduces the study of contemporary politics, focusing on understanding current events or enduring themes (power, war, justice, etc.) of politics. Students practice oral skills or writing needed to effectively engage in political discourse and communication.

POLT 1050 Introduction to International Relations
Examines the nature and uses of power. Covers development of the nation-state system in history, international relations and diplomatic usage, international law and organization, and specific problems in international relations in the world today.

POLT 1060 Introduction to American Politics
Presents the basic concepts, structures, and functions of the United States political system and an analysis of the role of individuals in the practice of American politics.

POLT 1070 Introduction to Political Theory
Studies the nature of the political community, with attention given to concepts of the state, justice, freedom, authority, and law. Selected classics of political theory are read and discussed. Cross-listed with PHIL 2300.

POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics
Examines the way other peoples and nations of the world are ruled. Focuses on political institutions, ideologies, revolutionary movements, types of political parties, and the relationship between state and society.

POLT 1550 Introduction to Political Argumentation and Debate
Introduces students to the basic principles of debate, emphasizing the development of research, critical thinking, and oral presentation skills. Students research one or more contemporary public policy issues and are expected to attend and participate in campus debates on those issues. The course is open to students of all majors.

POLT 2050 Contemporary American Politics
Examines various issues and processes in American politics, with the subject matter varying from semester to semester. May be repeated once for credit if content differs.

POLT 2060 Politics and Gender
Interdisciplinary examination of women in the public sphere. Draws on studies in history, political science, sociology, and psychology in order to understand more fully the role of women in politics and society.

POLT 2070 Politics of Race and Ethnicity
Interdisciplinary examination of race relations and associated political issues. May be broadly focused on a variety of racial relations or on two or more historical contexts, or may adopt a more specific focus: e.g., black/white relations within the context of history and politics in the United States.

POLT 2100 Model UN
Studies the structure, operations, and politics of the United Nations. Attention will focus on current U.N. issues, and students will be required to participate in classroom simulations. Students will attend the Collegiate Midwest Model U.N. and represent a country as U.N. delegates.

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POLT 2250 Politics in the Industrialized World
Examines the politics of those countries customarily considered part of the affluent north. Topics may include evolution of political party systems, the evolution of communist systems, environmental and peace movements, economic integration of countries, planning and market mechanisms, trade policies, ethnic conflicts, governmental influence in collective bargaining systems, the welfare state, and tax revolts. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

POLT 2400 Introduction to Law
(Cross-listed with LEGL 2400) Overview of the history and functioning of the American legal system. Covers such topics as the substantive law of torts, contracts, and criminal procedure and terminology, the court system, and the nature of legal reasoning.

POLT 2500 Interdisciplinary Approach to Politics
Integrates the contributions of other disciplines—history, psychology, sociology, economics, literature, media, philosophy—into the study of politics and the role politics plays in the nongovernmental arena. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

POLT 2550 The Politics of the Developing World
Focuses on how the majority of the world's people, those living in the poorest nations, are governed. Topics include colonialism and neocolonialism, tradition and modernity, dependency, and the nature of contemporary revolution in the Third World. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

POLT 2600 Research Methods and Approaches in Political Science
Introduces the student to the research methods, models, and frameworks of contemporary political analysis. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

POLT 2610 Reading Course: Introductory
Content and methodology are at an introductory level. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and filing of official form. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

POLT 3310 Conduct of Foreign Policy
Examines the techniques and problems of foreign policy decision making in the contemporary nation-state system. Prerequisite: POLT 1050 or POLT 1060.

POLT 3400 Comparative Politics
Examines political institutions and issues in two or more political systems, or focuses in-depth on the politics of a country or geographic area. Prerequisite: POLT 1080, POLT 2250, POLT 2500, POLT 2550, or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

POLT 3550 Competitive Political Argumentation and Debate
Prepares members of the debate team for participation in intercollegiate debate. Students research and debate topics selected by the College Educational Debate Association. Students are required to attend regional and national debate tournaments. Prerequisites: POLT 1550 and permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit.

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POLT 3590 Theories of Human Rights
Examines the historical development of theories of human rights and their relation to civil liberties, international law, social organization, and different conceptions of community, individualism, and the state. Also examines the most significant human rights documents in their historical context. May focus on specific cases and questions of current concern. Prerequisite: POLT 1070, PHIL 2300, or GNST 1600. Cross-listed with PHIL 3590.

POLT 3650 Internship
Students are placed in private or public service organizations. Such experience is designed to augment a student's knowledge of political organization, policy formation, decision making, paralegal practices, and related areas. A total of 6 credit hours of internship may be used to satisfy departmental degree requirements, with a maximum of 3 credit hours counting as upper-level coursework. Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of department chair; specific prerequisites will vary according to topic.

POLT 4000 Research Requirement
Required of all political science majors in conjunction with a designated 3000-level or 4000-level course. Recognizes successful completion of the departmental research requirement.

POLT 4100 Advanced Studies in International Politics
Allows students to pursue advanced studies in international politics or one of its subfields. Specific subject matter varies from semester to semester. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of political science (international or comparative focus) or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

POLT 4200 Advanced Studies in Political Theory
Allows students to pursue in-depth study in political theory. Specific subject matter varies from semester to semester. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of political science, including a prior course in political theory, or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

POLT 4400 Advanced Studies in Comparative Politics
Allows students to do advanced-level work in comparative politics. Specific topics vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of political science, including a prior course in comparative politics, or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

POLT 4600 Political Science Seminar
Offered periodically when specific expertise is available. Topics of interest to students of contemporary politics are studied. Prerequisite: usually senior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

POLT 4610 Reading Course: Advanced
Prerequisites: permission of instructor and filing of official form. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

POLT 4620 Senior Overview
Designed to improve students' skills in analysis and oral communication within the disciplines of history and political science. Consists of a series of informal discussions with department faculty, culminating in a formal oral examination. Subject matter varies yearly. Prerequisites: senior standing and major in history-political science, international relations, or legal studies.

POLT 4700 Senior Thesis
Allows senior students to pursue significant independent research/ writing projects in political science (including legal studies). Prerequisites: senior standing and approval of department chair.

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History courses

HIST 1010 Topics in History
Introductory courses of a survey nature covering various topics. Recent topics have included the American West, American history through folk song and story, historians and the American experience, and religion in America. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 1100 World Civilizations before 1500
Examines the evolution of ancient and premodern cultures throughout the world with a focus on the development of the ideas, values, and social, cultural, and political institutions that have shaped the civilizations and the subsequent history of the world. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 1150 History of Popular Culture
Survey of social, psychological, political, and economic themes that are recurrent in the literature and entertainment of the common person. Particular emphasis is given to twentieth-century media influences.

HIST 2000 Social History
Course concentrates on the way ordinary people lived in different times and places and their values, customs, beliefs, and social institutions. Content varies (e.g., the social history of war, crime, labor, popular ideas). May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 2060 Gender and Family
Devoted to the history of gender roles and the ideas and values associated with the creation of those roles in different times and places. Possible topics include the history of women, the family, men and masculinity, etc. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 2080 History of Disease and Medicine
Examines the impact of epidemic diseases on human history and the ideas and strategies humans have adopted to understand and combat their diseases.

HIST 2130 Refugee and Migration Movements
Studies the historical evolution of migration and refugee flows; examines their psychosocial impacts on peoples, states, and regions. Sometimes focuses on a particular region or people. May be repeated if content differs.

HIST 2200 History of Medieval Society
Overview of European history from the breakup of the Roman world to the fifteenth century. The course focuses on the political, religious, and economic institutions that defined medieval civilization, as well as the distinctive philosophical, literary, and artistic contributions of the age.

HIST 2210 Renaissance and Reformation
Survey of European history in the early modern era, ca. 1300-1650. The course focuses on the artistic, literary, philosophical, and scientific contributions associated with the cultural "rebirth" of the Renaissance and the religious ferment that led to the Protestant Reformation.

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HIST 2220 Modern Europe
Overview of the political, social, and cultural history of Europe from the Reformation to the present. Chronological periods or themes vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 2250 History of Russia
Overview of Russian history with varied chronological emphasis. Includes Norse, Byzantine, and Tartar influences, the rise of Moscow, absolutism of the czars, and development of the Soviet Union and post-Soviet regimes. Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 2280 History of England
Overview of the political, social, and cultural history of England from the medieval period to the present. Specific period covered varies from semester to semester (e.g., the medieval period, the Tudor-Stuart era, modern England). Prerequisite: sophomore standing or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 2310 Encounters with History
A topics course devoted to an in-depth examination of chronological subperiods or distinctive themes in history. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 2320 African-American History
Survey of the African-American experience from colonial times to the present.

HIST 2340 History of American Business and Management
Traces the rise of business as a major American cultural institution, with consideration given to its impact on government, law, education, and social customs. Special emphasis is given to the changes in managerial thought and practice in the twentieth century, and the rise of big management and bureaucracy. Cross-listed with MNGT 2340.

HIST 2400 Modern Asia
Studies the cultures and the political-social development of major Asian nations, with an emphasis on the period since the impact of Western civilizations on ancient cultures. Content varies: e.g., Japan, China, Far East, Pacific World. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 2420 History of Africa
Introduces students to the history of politics, culture, and society in Africa. Chronological periods of themes may vary. Topics include traditional heritage, slavery and its consequences, colonial experience, nationalism, and independence. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 2440 History of Latin America
Introduces students to the history of culture, politics, and society in Latin America. Chronological periods and themes will vary. Topics could include Meso American civilizations, the colonial era, modern Mexico, and overviews of South and/or Central American history. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 2450 Third World
Series of courses that focuses on the history of developing areas of the world: e.g Southeast Asia, India. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

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HIST 2550 History of the Consumer Society
Examines the development of and debates concerning modern institutions associated with consumption, such as department stores, shopping malls, and advertising.

HIST 2600 Methods of Research
Introduces students to the methods of research and to the nature of scholarly enterprise. Historical methods are emphasized as the basis of research in numerous disciplines in the humanities and social sciences. Prerequisite: sophomore standing.

HIST 2610 Reading Course:Introductory
Content and methodology are at an introductory level. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and filing of official form. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 3000 Ideas in History
Examines the history of ideas and the role played by ideas in the social, cultural, and political evolution of nations and peoples. Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of history or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 3050 Economic History
Studies the genesis and development of economic institutions within societies, with attention to economic theories, productivity factors, and wealth distribution. Prerequisite: 3 credit hours of history or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 3060 History Roundtable
A course allowing for in-depth examination of distinctive themes and topics in history in a seminar setting. There will be a special emphasis on the various ways in which events have been interpreted and reinterpreted by historians and by society. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of history or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 3100 Diplomatic History
Studies the foreign affairs of the major developed areas of the world: e.g., Europe, the United States, Japan. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of pertinent history or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 3150 International Affairs
Employs regional or topical approach to selected international periods and issues, with attention given to knowledge of historical events preceding and influencing the topic under analysis. Content varies. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of pertinent social studies or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 3650 History Practicum
Students will work with a community, private, or public organization in an area related to history. Focus is the application of historical methodology, research, writing, and/or historical knowledge. A total of 6 credit hours of practicum may be used to satisfy departmental degree requirements, with a maximum of 3 credit hours counting as upperlevel coursework. Prerequisites: junior standing and permission of the department chair; specific prerequisites will vary according to topic.

HIST 3800 Introduction to Methods of Teaching Social Studies
Introductory course in methods and techniques of teaching social studies, with the emphasis on organization of teaching units and classroom procedures. Prerequisite: acceptance to the Teacher Certification Program or permission of the director of teacher certification and field experiences.

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HIST 3810 Methods of Teaching Social Studies
A continuation of HIST 3800. Prerequisites: student teaching simultaneously with this course and acceptance to the Teacher Certification Program or permission of the director of teacher certification and field experiences.

HIST 4000 Research Requirement
Required of all history majors in conjunction with a designated 3000level or 4000-level course. Recognizes successful completion of the departmental research requirement.

HIST 4100 Advanced Studies in International Affairs
Allows students to pursue advanced studies in a wide variety of subfields in international affairs. Subject matter varies from semester to semester. Prerequisite: 9 credit hours of history or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 4200 Advanced Studies in European History
Allows students to pursue advanced studies in a wide variety of subfields of European history. Subject matter varies from semester to semester. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of European history or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 4300 Advanced Studies in U.S. History
Allows students to study topics and eras in the United States in some depth. Subject matter varies from semester to semester. Prerequisite: 6 credit hours of American history or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 4400 Advanced Studies in Non-Western History
Investigates in-depth topics in the history of the non-Western world: e.g., Africa, Latin America, Asia. Specific topics vary from semester to semester. Prerequisite: 9 credit hours of history or permission of the instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 4600 History Seminar
Examines carefully specific topics or chronological periods, with an emphasis on historiography and research. Prerequisite: usually senior standing or permission of instructor. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 4610 Reading Course: Advanced
Content and methodology at advanced level. Prerequisites: permission of instructor and filing of official form. May be repeated for credit if content differs.

HIST 4620 Overview
Designed to improve students' skills in analysis and oral communication within the disciplines of history and political science. Consists of a series of informal discussions with department faculty, culminating in a formal oral examination. Subject matter varies yearly. Prerequisites: senior standing and major in history-political science, international relations, or legal studies.

HIST 4700 Senior Thesis
Allows senior students to pursue significant independent research/ writing projects in history. Prerequisites: senior standing and approval of the department chair.

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