Course Descriptions

Looking for political science courses for next semester? Do you need upper division credits and CO 11 or CO 13? Check out these intriguing courses. For more information, and to learn about our other course offerings, contact one of our advisors, or view the course catalog for more information.

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Spring courses in political science

Selected political science spring course descriptions. Please review the course catalog for accuracy.
Course Number Course Name Professor Description
PSC 211 Introduction to Comparative Politics

Laura Blume

(in person) /

Susanne Martin


Introduction to the politics and governing systems of countries around the world. Addresses questions such as why some governments are democratic and others are not; why the inhabitants of some countries and world regions experience higher levels of material and physical well-being than others; and when and why social mobilization and/or political violence occurs. The course examines some of the answers that have been proposed on the basis of comparative (cross-national) research. (CO6, CO11)

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PSC 231 Introduction to International Relations

Kevin Herzik


This course offers an introduction to theories of international relations and issues affecting international politics. The course is both theoretical and thematic. Students will examine competing arguments regarding relations among states and relations between states and non-state actors. What causes conflict? What leads to peace between states? What forces drive changes in geo-politics?(CO6, CO11)
PSC 401Z

Problems & Solutions in American Politics

(Special Topics)

Jeremy Gelman Most Americans are dissatisfied with how democracy works in the United States. Citizens' complaints are wide-ranging and include problems with the electoral system, political institutions, the media, and their fellow Americans. Proposed solutions are even more varied. In this class, we will evaluate what problems exist in contemporary American politics and what solutions might fix them. Students will consider what we want and should expect from our system of government. From there, they will consider what is actually problematic in today's political environment and what changes might improve American governance.
PSC 406A/606A Cybersecurity and International Relations Nicholas Seltzer Cybersecurity and International Relations examines how the rise of new communications technologies and the Internet have affected international relations. (CO9)
PSC 407C/607C Political Systems of Russia & Eastern Europe Allison Evans This course will explore and analyze the history and current state of US-Russian relations. In recent decades, the United States and Russia have gone from allies to enemies to something in between to (in the wake of Russia's invasions of Ukraine) something else entirely. In this course, we will consider what explains this variation over time, the many reasons relations between the two countries are so strained today, and how existing international relations theories apply to historical and contemporary events in US-Russian relations.