POLS-POLITICAL SCIENCE

POLS 1110G. Introduction to Political Science

3 Credits (3)

This course covers fundamental concepts in political science, such as political theories, ideologies, and government systems.

POLS 1111. Introductory Government Seminar

1 Credit (1)

Introduction to the government major. Designed to assist students in planning college experience and preparing for professional or advanced educational opportunities upon graduation. Graded: S/U. Restricted to: Main campus only.

POLS 1120G. American National Government

3 Credits (3)

This course explains the role of American national government, its formation and principles of the Constitution; relation of state to the national government; political parties and their relationship to interest groups. This course also explains the structure of the legislative, executive, and judicial branches.

POLS 1130G. Issues in American Politics

3 Credits (3)

This course is designed to introduce the students to the contemporary study of American political issues. The course analysis of government policies, examining various approaches to the economy, democracy and the structure and the function of American political institutions.

POLS 2120G. International Relations

3 Credits (3)

This course covers the analysis of significant factors in world politics, including nationalism, national interest, political economy, ideology, international conflict and collaboration, balance of power, deterrence, international law, and international organization.

POLS 2996. Special Topics

3 Credits (3)

Specific topics to be announced in Schedule of Classes. Community Colleges only. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits.

POLS 300. Political Research Skills

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to methods of political analysis and fundamentals of research design, including basic methods for the collection and analysis of political data.

POLS 308. Prepping for Law School Admissions Test

1 Credit (1)

This workshop helps students prepare to take the Law School Admissions Test and apply for law school. Graded: S/U.

POLS 313. Model United Nations

3 Credits (3)

Issues related to the United Nations and international law/organizations through simulations, discussions and research projects.

Prerequisites: GPA of 2.5 or better and consent of instructor.

POLS 314. Advanced Model UN

3 Credits (3)

Advanced topics, research and preparation for Model United Nations activities. Consent of instructor required. Restricted to: Main campus only.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 313, minimum GPA 2.5.

POLS 315. Politics and Film

3 Credits (3)

Exploration of political themes, images, and representation in film and other media. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles.

POLS 320. Domestic Policy

3 Credits (3)

The course examines how U.S. public policy is made, including the players, politics, issues and power critical to the policy process. An interactive class that bridges theory and political action. Restricted to: Main campus only.

POLS 321. Topics in Public Policy

3 Credits (3)

Course examines issues in public policy. May be repeated under different subtitles.

POLS 324. Environmental Policy

3 Credits (3)

This introductory course explores environmental policy issues. Students study perspectives of policy-makers, political activists and policy analysts, and apply policy models to solve pressing environmental problems. Focus may be on U.S. or global concerns.

POLS 325. Education Policy and Politics

3 Credits (3)

Overview of current pressing policy issues and political debates on education in the U.S., including school choice, vouchers, accountability, and affirmative action. Multiple topics and perspectives covered, with political economy as the main approach.

POLS 330. Introduction to Public Administration

3 Credits (3)

What is public administration? Course examines public service, focusing on federal and state government. Issues include management and leadership, personnel, bureaucratic politics, organizational theory, personnel, budgeting and administrative law. Restricted to: Main campus only.

POLS 331. Special Topics in Public Administration

3 Credits (3)

Special topics in public administration. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles.

POLS 335. Management of Nonprofit Organizations

3 Credits (3)

This course provides an overview of a range of nonprofit management concerns and practices. Students will be challenged to assess their own theories of nonprofit accountability and excellence, while confronting critical issues facing the sector. Activities are designed to expand the management skills of students by offering analytical tools and knowledge, and providing opportunities to test the application of these skills.

POLS 343. Congress and the Legislative Process

3 Credits (3)

This class reviews the history, structure, membership, operation, power and culture of the American Congress. Restricted to: Main campus only.

POLS 344. The American Presidency

3 Credits (3)

A comprehensive overview of the U.S. presidency, including powers, electoral politics, decision-making styles, domestic and foreign policy, and relations with Congress, courts, media and interest groups.

POLS 345. The Supreme Court

3 Credits (3)

This class studies the history and operation of the Supreme Court, as well as landmark cases that have shaped American government and the Court.

POLS 348. Political Parties and Interest Groups

3 Credits (3)

Organization, principles, and functions of political parties and interest groups in the U.S.

POLS 350. Special Topics in American Government

3 Credits (3)

Special topics in American government. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits under different subtitles.

POLS 353. Women, Politics and Administration

3 Credits (3)

An examination of women's participation in U.S. electoral politics as voters, candidates, and officeholders; political activism in issue-based movements and strategies for affecting public policy; leadership as administrators and managers in public service agencies. Also explores the influence of feminism in changing women's roles socially, legally, and politically. Crosslisted with: GNDR 453

POLS 354. American Indian Politics

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to American Indian tribal governments, politics, policy, and administration; historical and contemporary leadership of Indian Nations; and the history and current status of American Indian-U.S. relations. Students learn about Native peoples' cultural responses, forms of resistance, and adaptations to colonization. Restricted to: Main campus only.

POLS 360. International Relations

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to world politics; fundamental international issues and problems.

POLS 361. Special Topics in International Relations

3 Credits (3)

Course examines contemporary issues in international relations. May be repeated under different subtitles.

POLS 362. International Political Economy

3 Credits (3)

Political factors in international economic relations; theories of political economy.

POLS 366. American Foreign Policy

3 Credits (3)

Formulation, content and rationale of current foreign policies of the U.S.

POLS 367. Terrorism

3 Credits (3)

An introductory course using an interdisciplinary framework to explore definitions, historical roots, contemporary manifestations and future trends in political terrorism.

POLS 370. Comparative Politics

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to functional approaches to comparing similarities and differences among political systems.

POLS 371. Latin American Politics

3 Credits (3)

Basic structure of politics in major Latin American countries; role of groups, including church, labor, and parties.

POLS 372. Special Topics in Comparative Politics

3 Credits (3)

Course examines contemporary issues in comparative politics. May be repeated under different subtitles. Restricted to: Main campus only.

POLS 373. Resistance Movements in World Politics

3 Credits (3)

Research on violent and non-violent resistance movements around the world. Focus on their origins, demands, ideologies, strategies and impacts in the post-Cold War context of economic globalization, US military power and new geopolitical dynamics.

POLS 375. Self Determination and Minority Rights

3 Credits (3)

Comparative study of ethnic relations, minority rights, identity, citizenship and political representation.

POLS 378. U.S.-Mexico Border Politics

3 Credits (3)

Comparative perspectives applied to the problems of the U.S.-Mexican border.

POLS 379. Mexican Politics

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to the politics and government of contemporary Mexico.

POLS 380V. Contemporary World Political Ideologies

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to the prevailing political ideologies in the modern world and the ways in which modern nations operating under one or more of these ideologies attempt to answer fundamental questions about the allocation and distribution of rights, liberties, and other things of value. In addition, the course work and discussions attempt to address recent political, social, and economic events in various areas of the world.

POLS 382. Classical Political Thought

3 Credits (3)

Analysis of main currents in political thought from ancient Greece and Rome to the high Middle Ages.

POLS 383. Modern Political Thought

3 Credits (3)

Historical and theoretical examination of political ideas and ideologies from Machiavelli to Nietzsche. Topics include liberalism, conservatism, romanticism, communism, and Nihilism.

POLS 384. Contemporary Political Thought

3 Credits (3)

Examination of major currents in political theory from early twentieth century to the present. Includes positivism, fascism, neo-liberalism, and varieties of postmodernism.

POLS 385. American Political Thought

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to major American thinkers and historical currents from colonial time to the present.

POLS 386. Political Economy

3 Credits (3)

Analysis of political ideas concerning the role of the state in management of national economies, in both European and American contexts.

POLS 387. Religion and Politics

3 Credits (3)

Survey of major points of interaction between politics and religion in the U.S., using theoretical, historical, and institutional analysis.

POLS 390. Special Topics in Public Law

3 Credits (3)

Course examines various issues in public law. May be repeated under different subtitles.

POLS 391. Constitutional Law

3 Credits (3)

The class explores the reasoning and political context of the Supreme Court cases that define the distribution and limits of governmental powers and duties under the U.S. Constitution, including separation of powers and federalism. Restricted to: Main campus only.

POLS 392. Civil Liberties

3 Credits (3)

The course examines the reasoning and political context of major Supreme Court cases defining constitutional rights of free speech, religious liberty, free press and criminal procedural rights.

POLS 394. Judicial Process

3 Credits (3)

Class examines the structure, function and purpose of the American judicial system. Restricted to: Main campus only.

POLS 395. Law and Society

3 Credits (3)

Class critically explores the development, role and impact of law on our society, covering different theories of law, conceptions of justice and the values they reflect. These models are then applied to current legal issues. Not a class in legal reasoning, but one where students evaluate their beliefs about the legal system. Restricted to: Main campus only.

POLS 396. International Law

3 Credits (3)

Nature, growth, and scope of law of nations, rights and obligations of states in peace and war, current issues.

POLS 399. New Mexico Law

3 Credits (3)

New Mexico legal system, court structure and procedures; legal terms and concepts; constitutional, criminal, mass media, historical and social issues relating to New Mexico. Same as CJUS 399, HIST 399, JOUR 399, and SOCI 399.

POLS 405. Directed Readings

1-3 Credits

Individualized readings. Course subtitled. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Graded S/U. Consent of instructor required.

POLS 406. Independent Study

1-3 Credits

Individualized research. Course subtitled. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Consent of instructor required.

POLS 407. Workshop

1-6 Credits

Focus on skills related to careers in government and political science. Specific topics announced in the Schedule of Classes; may be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Only 3 credits apply toward government major or minor requirements. Graded S/U.

POLS 410. Internship

1-12 Credits

Hands-on experience working with public agencies, political campaigns, elected officials & non-profits. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credits; only 3 credits apply toward government major or minor requirements. Consent of instructor required. Graded: S/U.

Prerequisite(s): Completion of 12 government credits, 2.5 GPA, junior and above standing.

POLS 411. Service Learning Experience

3 Credits (3)

Experiential learning through a community service project. May be subtitled to reflect service activity. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits; only 3 credits apply toward government major or minor requirements.

Prerequisites: completion of 12 government credits, junior or above standing, and consent of instructor.

POLS 412. Practicum in Student Government

3 Credits (3)

Research of issues in student government. Consent of instructor required. Graded: S/U.

Prerequisite(s): Student government participation, completion of 12 POLS credits, junior or senior standing.

POLS 415. Senior Seminar

2 Credits (2)

Review and integration of political skills acquired in the Government Department. Students will prepare a professional portfolio for entry into the workforce, advanced study, and civic participation. Graded: S/U Grading (S/U, Audit).

POLS 468. Rebels, Guerrillas, and Terrorists in Modern Latin America

3 Credits (3)

Explores history of rebels in Latin America. Examines guerilla struggles attaining national dimension. Focus on modern events, including Peru's Shining Path, Columbia's FARC, and Mexico's Zapatistas. Same as HIST 331.

POLS 469. Globalization

3 Credits (3)

Analysis of the globalization process. Covers theories of globalization, the global economy, political globalization, global culture, transnational social movements, transnational migration and world labor market, global cities, and local-global linkages. Same as SOCI 489.

POLS 493. Mass Communications Law

3 Credits (3)

Examination of legal issues relating to mass media in the United States. Invasion of privacy, libel, sedition, copyright, and advertising regulation. Same as JOUR 493 and COMM 493.

POLS 502. Research Methods in Government

3 Credits (3)

Contemporary methods of political analysis, including mathematical and statistical techniques and computer applications. MPA students must complete this class with a B- or better. MA students must complete either POLS 502 or POLS 503 with a B- or better.

POLS 503. Qualitative Research Methods

3 Credits (3)

An overview of qualitative research methods such as fieldwork, ethnography, content analysis, case studies, focus groups and grounded theory. Introduces students to epistemology (the study of knowledge) and to basic components of research design. Explores activist scholarship, ethical dilemmas in research, and software tools for computer assisted analysis. Especially useful for students preparing theses, dissertation, or other research projects. MA students must complete either POLS 503 or POLS 502 with a B- or better.

POLS 505. Directed Readings

1-3 Credits

Selected topics in government. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. Graded S/U.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

POLS 510. Internship

1-6 Credits

Assignment with a public agency and research report. Only 3 credits apply toward degree requirements. Graded S/U.

Prerequisite: approval of graduate advisor.

POLS 517. Selected Topics in Government

3 Credits (3)

Selected issues which may cross sub-fields of the discipline. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

POLS 519. Proseminar in Public Administration

3 Credits (3)

Review of classic and contemporary theory and practice in public administration. Application of written and oral skills to the presentation and defense of essays on various aspects of public administration. To be completed with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s): 30 credits of M.P.A.

POLS 522. Public Sector Economics I

3 Credits (3)

Introduction to the economic rationale for government intervention in the economy and the effects of that intervention on economic agents and the economy in general. Emphasis on the expenditure side of government policies. Same as AEEC 522.

POLS 527. Issues in Public Management

3 Credits (3)

Selected issues in public management. May be repeated under different subtitles for a total of 6 credits.

POLS 530. Seminar in Public Policy

3 Credits (3)

Survey of the political, administrative, and technical aspects of policy making in government. MA students taking POLS 530 as part of their core requirements must complete the class with a B- or better.

POLS 535. Education Policy and Politics

3 Credits (3)

Overview of current pressing policy issues and political debates on education in the U.S., including school choice, vouchers, accountability, and affirmative action. Multiple topics and perspectives covered, with political economy the main approach.

POLS 536. Public Policy and Indigenous Communities

3 Credits (3)

Indigenous communities are found throughout North, Central and South America. This course addresses the history, development and governance of these communities. Different sections of the course may choose to focus on different indigenous communities. All courses will consider the principles of governance internal to indigenous communities as well as the governing relationships between indigenous communities and modern states.

POLS 537. Issues in Public Policy

3 Credits (3)

Selected issues in public policy. May be repeated under a different subtitle for a total of 6 credits.

POLS 540. Seminar in Public Administration

3 Credits (3)

Survey course on the theory and practice of program, personnel, and financial management in government and the private, nonprofit sector. MA students taking POLS 540 as part of their core requirements must complete the class with a B- or better.

POLS 541. Public Budgeting

3 Credits (3)

Budgetary processes; budget classification, analysis, and evaluation. MPA students must complete this class with a B- or better.

POLS 542. Public Sector Human Resources Management

3 Credits (3)

Exploration of public personnel systems and practices, including job analysis, compensation, performance evaluation, recruitment, and labor-management relations. MPA students must complete this class with a B- or better.

POLS 543. Skills Workshop

1-6 Credits

Focus on management of task skills in selected areas of public administration. Specific topics will appear in the Schedule of Classes; may be repeated for a total of 6 credits.

POLS 544. Public Policy Analysis

3 Credits (3)

Environment of policy analysis; various descriptive and quantitative designs for analyzing and evaluating public policy. Problems of policy analysis. MPA students must complete this class with a B- or better.

Prerequisite(s): POLS 502 or consent of instructor.

POLS 547. Government Organizations

3 Credits (3)

Historical overview and present applications of organization theory in public management. MPA students must complete this class with a B- or better.

POLS 548. Public Sector Leadership

3 Credits (3)

Theories and styles of leadership.

POLS 549. Ethics in Government

3 Credits (3)

Examination of standards, perspectives, and issues for ethical decision-making in public agencies. MPA students must complete this class with a B- or better.

POLS 550. Seminar in American Politics

3 Credits (3)

Overview of American political institutions. Includes study of American constitutional theory; legislative, executive, and judicial functions and processes; political parties and interest groups; and public policy formulation. MA students taking POLS 550 as part of their core requirements must complete the class with a B- or better.

POLS 560. Seminar in International Relations Theory

3 Credits (3)

A critical overview of leading approaches and controversies in international relations theory. The purpose of the course is to introduce students to contending theoretical perspectives and conceptual frameworks that help make sense of contemporary world politics. MA students taking POLS 560 as part of their core requirements must complete the class with a B- or better.

POLS 561. Nations and Soft Power

3 Credits (3)

Course employs historical, theoretical and practical “best/worst practices” lenses to deal with key questions, such as how do the US and other states present themselves to the world? What are “soft power” and “national reputation management”? How does one build or damage a country’s image and “brand”? What are “public diplomacy” and “cultural diplomacy”, and how do they factor into the foreign relations of the US and other states?

POLS 563. Issues in International Relations

3 Credits (3)

Selected issues in international relations. May be repeated under a different subtitle for a total of 6 credits.

POLS 564. Advanced National Security Policy

3 Credits (3)

Major topical, theoretical, and regional issues in national security policy.

POLS 569. Advanced Issues in Globalization

3 Credits (3)

Analysis of the globalization process. Covers theories of globalization; global economy; political globalization; global culture; transnational social movements; transnational migration and world labor market; global cities; local-global linkages. Same as SOCI 589.

POLS 570. Seminar in Comparative Politics

3 Credits (3)

Examination of methods used for comparing various types of political entities. Investigation of criteria needed to examine a concept across cultures or national boundaries. MA students taking POLS 570 as part of their core requirements must complete the class with a B- or better.

POLS 574. Contemporary Comparative Studies

3 Credits (3)

Major topical, theoretical, and regional issues in international politics. May be repeated once.

POLS 578. Seminar in the U.S.-Mexican Border

3 Credits (3)

An analysis of the political environment along the United States-Mexico border and a survey of the literature available for a number of contemporary issues.

POLS 579. Seminar in Mexican Politics

3 Credits (3)

Advanced research on politics and government of Mexico.

POLS 580. Seminar in Political Theory

3 Credits (3)

Examination of major issues in political theory, including democracy, sovereignty, classical and modern traditions of thought. May be repeated with different subject matter. MA students taking POLS 580 as part of their core requirements must complete the class with a B- or better.

POLS 587. Seminar in Religion and Politics

3 Credits (3)

Historical, theoretical and comparative analyses of the interaction between politics and religion.

POLS 590. Seminar Public Law and Legal Systems

3 Credits (3)

Focus on U.S. Constitutional Law and other national legal systems. MA students taking POLS 590 as part of their core requirements must complete the class with a B- or better.

POLS 591. Law for Administrators

3 Credits (3)

Case-law definitions of the legal roles and powers of public administrators.

POLS 593. Issues in Public Law

3 Credits (3)

Selected issues in public law. May be repeated under a different subtitle for a total of 6 credits.

POLS 596. International Law

3 Credits (3)

Nature, growth and scope of law of nations; rights and obligations of states in peace and war; current issues.

POLS 598. Special Research Programs

1-3 Credits

Individual investigations either theoretical, analytical or experimental. Three credits may be taken per semester for a total of 6 credits for thesis students, and 9 credits for non-thesis students. Consent of instructor required.

POLS 599. Master's Thesis

1-15 Credits

Thesis.