POLS Courses


Undergraduate Courses

Courses that fulfill a general education requirement are marked after their title with one of the corresponding letters:

(A) = Analytical and Quantitative Thought      (D) = Diversity
(H) = Humanities   (I) = International Dimension
(N) = Natural Sciences   (L) = Scientific Investigation
(S) = Social and Behavioral Sciences    

Advanced undergraduate students may also be able to take graduate certain courses with special permission of the instructor.

POLS 1010: Studies in American Government
1-2 credits, max 2. Special study in American government to allow transfer students to fulfill general education requirements as established by Regents’ policy.

POLS 1113: American Government
Organization, processes and functions of the national government of the United States. Satisfies, with HIST 1103 or 1483 or 1493, the State Regents requirement of six credit hours of American history and American government before graduation.  

POLS 2000: Topics in American Government (S)
Introductory examination of timely topics and issues in American Politics. May be repeated with different topics. 

POLS 2010: Topics in International Relations (I)
Introductory examination of timely topics and issues in International Relations. May be repeated with different topics.

POLS 2013: Introduction to World Politics (S)
Analysis of the major concepts in international relations - power, sovereignty, self-help, cooperation, dependency, and introduction to the dominant theoretical approaches to its study realism, pluralism, Marxism, and feminism. 

POLS 2020: Topics in Public Law (S)
Introductory examination of timely topics and issues in Public Law. May be repeated with different topics.

POLS 2023: The Individual and the Law
Introduction to the U.S. Constitution, legal reasoning, legal research techniques, and topical issues of U.S. public law.

POLS 2033: Introduction to Public Administration
Public administration, including administration, administrative organization, decision-making, governmental public relations and administrative responsibilities.

POLS 2110: Topics in Comparative Politics (I)
Introductory examination of timely topics and issues in Comparative Politics. May be repeated with different topics. 

POLS 2113: Introduction to Comparative Politics (S)
A comparative study of the political processes and institutions of contemporary societies. Introduction to the concepts and methods of comparative politics.

POLS 2213: Foundations in Politic Science
This course provides an overview of Political Science as a field of study, and it provides students with basic research literacy and other skills essential to success as a Political Science major.  

POLS 2313: Social Justice Politics (D)
This course examines race, ethnlcity, class, gender, sexuality, religion, age, ability, and in a number of realms, particularly the political. Specific social justice issues discussed include immigration reform, religious accommodations in the workplace, the gender gap In wages and political office holding, income and wealth inequality, racial and ethnic discrimination, same-sex marriage, ageism and disability access. 

POLS 2890: Honors Experience in Political Science
Prerequisite(s): Honors Program participation and concurrent enrollment in a designated Political Science.  A supplemental Honors experience in Political Science to partner concurrently with designated Political Science course(s). This course adds a different intellectual dimension to the designated course(s).

POLS 2993: Honors Tutorial in Political Science
Prerequisite(s): 1113. Honors standing, and invitation by head of department. For the special needs of the sophomore-level honors student majoring in political science who wishes to study individualized topics at an accelerated pace in a tutorial format. After mastering basic principles in an area of interest the student will conduct independent research under close faculty supervision and prepare a report or reports.

POLS 3003: The Soviet Union: History, Society and Culture - No longer offered

POLS 3033: International Law
The nature and scope of public international law, with emphasis on problems related to the recognition of states and governments, jurisdiction over nationals and aliens, and state responsibility in cases of expropriation and revolutionary damage. Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 3053: Introduction to Central Asian Studies (I, S)
A comprehensive view of newly-emerged Central Asian states examining the history, politics, economics, geography, and culture of Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan as reflected in their thoughts, religion, literature, and architecture, in the past, and the strategic importance of their natural wealth for the present and future. (Crosslisted; same course as GEOG 3053, HIST 3053 & RUSS 3053)

POLS 3090: Teaching Practicum
Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. For outstanding students. Students will work with a faculty instructor and assist in many aspects of teaching including guest lecturing, offering study sessions, office hours, among other duties as determined by instructor. May involve meetings and written paper(s).

POLS 3100: Political Science Internship
1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): Consent of department. Internship education experience in a specific subfield in the discipline of political science.

POLS 3101: Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature
OSU Oklahoma Intercollegiate Legislature provides students with hands on experience in the legislative process. It is a mock legislature with the intended goal of passing bills and learning parliamentary procedure. Students learn how to research and draft legislation, build coalitions, and debate the merits of their bills. Participation in O.I.L. gives students a behind the scenes look at how state government conducts business. The result is academic learning in a real world setting. This course is a pass/fail grade.

POLS 3103: Introduction to Political Inquiry
Prerequisite(s): 60 credit hours or 45 hours with GPA of 3.25, including POLS 2113. The scope and methods of political science. Scientific methodology applied to political phenomena, hypothesis, measurement, literature review, research designs, introductory data analysis and writing in political science.

POLS 3123: Politics of Russia and Eurasia (I)
A study of the domestic politics and regional relations of Russia and its neighbors. Overviews major historical and contemporary issues ranging from democratization, political repression, conflict, political economy, and geopolitics.

POLS 3143: Politics of Western Europe (I)
State-society relations in key West European countries, including political processes, governmental institutions, cultural pluralism and gender relations.

POLS 3163: Politics of Africa (I)
Analysis of processes, institutions and contemporary trends in the politics of selected African countries, including political development, democratization, conflict, political role of the military, political economy, and social movements.

POLS 3193: Politics of Latin America (I, S)
Analysis of processes, institutions and contemporary trends in the politics of selected Latin American countries; political development, democratization, political role of the military, political economy and social movements.

POLS 3223: Politics of East Asia 
Political processes, governmental institutions and administration in China, Japan, and Korea.

POLS 3313: Politics of the Middle East
Analysis of political institutions and processes with emphasis on selected countries of the Middle East; the social and economic basis of politics; nationalism, political development and factors of instability and change.

POLS 3353: Parties and Interest Groups
Political parties and interest groups as institutions; their role in elections and government.

POLS 3423: Voting and Elections
Electoral systems and their relationship to political development, political socialization, issue emergence, voting patterns and electoral cycles.

POLS 3443: Political Campaigns and Candidacy
Planning, fundraising, targeting, public opinion, support operations, voter contact, the mass media and candidate activities.

POLS 3453: The Legislative Process
The power and organization of legislatures, as well as the selection and behavior of legislators. Special attention given to the U.S. Congress.

POLS 3483: The American Presidency
The politics of presidential selection, removal and succession; formal and informal powers of the president; relations with Congress, the national judiciary and national executive branch; proposed reforms and the vice-presidency.

POLS 3493: Public Policy
Prerequisite(s): Any one of 1013, 2033, 2113, ECON 1113, 2123, SOC 1113, PHIL 2113. Identification of policy options open to policy makers and examination of measurements and rationales underlying governmental programs. 
Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 3513: Public Opinion and Polling
The nature of public opinion. Public opinion polling, the factors influencing opinion formation, and the effects of public opinion on policy and policy makers.

POLS 3523: Money, Media and Politics
Prerequisite(s): 1113. Techniques used by successful candidates for elective office to present their positions to the voting public. Beginning with the basic elements of fundraising exploration of current campaign finance laws, funding techniques and campaign budgeting. Message development, media production and ad placement. Preparation of a fundraising strategy.

POLS 3533: Political Lobby and Grassroots Organization
Prerequisite(s): 1113. Traditional special interest lobbying and the rapidly emerging local grassroots constituent movement. New federal laws pertaining to lobbying and rules that govern the conduct of state lobbying. The implications of technology and the potential advent of a plebiscite form of government. Development of complete grassroots strategy on an issue either at the federal or state level.

POLS 3613: State and Local Government
Political processes, government and administration of American states, cities and counties; special emphasis on Oklahoma. 
Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 3663: Introduction to Political Thought
The teachings of the three lasting traditions of Western political thought: classical, Christian and modern.

POLS 3683: Politics in Contemporary Film
Prerequisite(s): 1113. The effect of politics on contemporary film. Exploration of the often subtle political imagery and symbolism contained in film.

POLS 3893: Terrorism and Counterterrorism
This course examines the definition, causes, and consequences of terrorist activity.  Special emphasis will also be given to key domestic and international counterterrorism responses.

POLS 3953: Minorities in the American Political System (D, S)
Prerequisite(s): 1113. Examination of mass and elite level behavior of minorities in the contemporary U.S. political system.

POLS 3963: State Courts and the Bar
This course will cover the various constraints that exist within the decision-making outcomes of state courts, as well as the institutional biases found within state run criminal justice systems. It looks at the increasingly partisan nature of state court election cycles and the contemporary status of the legal academy, the Bar, and the economics of law firms. It will be particularly useful to those students thinking about continuing their education with the pursuit of a law degree. 

POLS 3973: Race, Politics and Sports (D)
Prerequisite(s): 1113. Historical, as well as the contemporary relationship, between race, politics and sports in the U.S. political system.

POLS 3983: Courts and Judicial Process (S)
The American judiciary and legal process from a political perspective with particular emphasis on judicial organization and powers, recruitment, fact-finding, decision-making, impact of decisions, the legal profession and relations among courts. Oklahoma judicial organization.

POLS 3993: Legal Research and Analysis
Prerequisite(s): 2023 or HONR 2013. Introduction to legal research methods, including state and federal reported cases, digests, annotated codes, state and federal administrative regulations, and computerized legal research, as well as an introduction to legal reasoning and analysis and the preparation of case briefs and memoranda.

POLS 4000: Topics in American Politics
3 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): 1113 and 45 earned hours or consent of instructor. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in American politics, including American political behavior and political leadership. May be repeated with different topics. Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 4010: Topics in International Relations
3 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): 2013 or 2113 or consent of instructor. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in International Relations. May be repeated with different topics. Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 4013: American Foreign Policy
Major problems and policies of American foreign relations since World War II and description of foreign formulation and aid administration. Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 4020: Topics in Comparative Politics
3 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): 2013 or 2113 or consent of instructor. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in Comparative Politics. May be repeated with different topics. Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 4043: Politics of the Global Economy
Theory and practice of international political economics. The patterns association between political and market-based processes among nation states. Emphasis on interactions among advanced industrial states, transnational phenomena, and opportunities and pitfalls in north-south relations.  Graduate students who want to take this course should entroll in INTL 5043. 

POLS 4053:War and World Politics (I)
Foreign policies of major powers, areas of tension and sources of international conflict.

POLS 4100: Problems of Government, Politics and Public Policy
1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): 60 credit hours, or 45 hours with GPA of 3.25, including 1013. Special problem areas of government, politics and public policy concentrating on topics not covered in other departmental course offerings. Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 4113: International Institutions
The organization, procedures, functions and role of international institutions, with emphasis on the United Nations and related agencies. Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 4223: Social Movements
Prerequisite(s): 1113. The origins, activities and impact of political and social movements. Concepts and theoretical approaches related to political and social movements and these concepts and approaches to case studies of several contemporary movements in the United States, Latin America, and Europe.

POLS 4353: Administrative Law
Legal powers, limits, and procedures of administrative agencies with emphasis on federal and state administrative procedure acts. Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 4363: Environmental Law and Policy
Statutory law, case law, and administrative practices relating to regulation of the environment including environmental impact statements, pollution, public lands, and preservation law.  Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 4403: Urban Politics and Management
Problems of governing and managing American metropolitan areas.  Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 4413: Government Budgeting
The politics, planning and administration of government budgets.  Graduate students who want to take this course should entroll in POLS 5320.

POLS 4453: Public Personnel Administration
Problems, processes, and procedures of public personnel administration. Graduate students who want to take this course should entroll in POLS 5333.

POLS 4553: American Political Thought
A survey of the major developments in American political thought from the Colonial period to the present, followed by a topical analysis of important recent theoretical developments in political science.

POLS 4573: Democratic Theory
Investigates the origins, development, and continuing challenges of theories of democratic government, with particular emphasis on the American political tradition. Topics include citizenship, accountability, voting and elections, federalism, and institutional design.

POLS 4593: Natural Resources and Environmental Policy
Current issues in the law, politics and administration of energy, land, water, mineral and other natural resources policy with particular emphasis on relations to environmental policies and law. Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 4623: Oklahoma Politics (S)
Prerequisite(s): 1113. Topics include the evolution of Oklahoma political institutions; the struggle to shape the Oklahoma political culture with special attention to the role of race and woman suffrage; political issues; the structure of Oklahoma political institutions at the state and local levels; and elections.

POLS 4653: Contemporary Political Thought
An analysis of 19th and 20th century political ideas, with emphasis on the rise and fall of ideologies along side controversies over relativism, positivism, pragmatism, and resurgent religious faiths.

POLS 4670: Topics in Political Theory
3 credits, max 6. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in classic, modern, or American political theory. May be repeated with different topics. Can be taken for graduate credit.

POLS 4693: Gender in Politics
Changing role of women in government and politics. Voting behavior, public opinion, women in government, and the women’s movement.

POLS 4903  
Senior Capstone Seminar. Prerequisite(s): Political science major with 85 hours. This class, open only to Political Science majors in their final year of study, is intended to be the culmination of a student’s undergraduate study of Political Science. Class sessions during the first half of the semester involve a review of the discipline, in which students educate their peers about some of the essential things they have learned in their coursework. During the second half of the semester, students engage in a practicum connected to the area of work/study they intend to pursue, and they complete a significant research project. 

POLS 4963
U.S. Constitution: Civil Rights and Liberties
. Prerequisite(s): 2023 or 3983 recommended. Development of principles of constitutional law by the Supreme Court concerning individual and group rights, with particular emphasis on equal protection of the laws concepts in matters of race, gender, wealth, citizenship, legislative reapportionment and voting rights, government employment and affirmative action programs. Legal research techniques.

POLS 4973*
U.S. Constitution: Civil Liberties.
 Prerequisite(s): 2023 or 3983 recommended. Development of principles of constitutional law by the Supreme Court concerning freedom of speech expression, religious liberty, property rights, 5th and 14th amendments due process concepts and procedure requirements at national and state level.

POLS 4980*
Topics in Public Law. 
3 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): 2023 and 3983 or 3993 or consent of instructor. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in Public Law. May be repeated with different topics.

POLS 4990*
Independent Study.
 1-3 credits, max 9. Application of major relevant theoretical perspectives to selected case studies of political problems and issue areas. Theories and attendant case studies selected by visiting faculty members.

POLS 4993
Political Science Honors Thesis
. Prerequisite(s): Departmental invitation, senior standing, Honors Program participation. A guided reading and research program ending with an honors thesis under the direction of a faculty member, with second faculty reader and oral examination. Required for graduation with departmental honors in political science.

Graduate Courses

MA students are also permitted to enroll in select POLS 3000-level and 4000-level courses and receive graduate credit.  Some undergraduate courses have a special graduate section available, while others may be available after a student receives special permission from the instructor. 

* Undergraduate courses that are designated as a General Education course are NOT eligible for graduate credit. 

POLS 5000: Thesis
Enroll if working on masters thesis. 1-6 credits, max 6

POLS 5013: Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis
Prerequisites: 5103. Required of all graduate students. Fundamental methodological issues in the scientific study of politics. Logic of science, principles of research design and computer data manipulation and analysis.

POLS 5020: Creative Component
3 credits, max 6. Individually supervised research.

POLS 5023: Foundation of Political Science
Overview of the foundational works, theories and approaches that define the discipline of political science and serve as bridges across its subfields.

POLS 5030: Internship in Public Administration and Government
1-6 credits, max 6. Individually supervised internships in administrative and governmental career areas. Paper required.

POLS 5040: Readings in Politics, Public Policy or Public Administration
1-6 credits, max 6. Prerequisite(s): Consent of supervising professor. Readings in the student’s major area of study.

POLS 5100: Directed Study
3 credits, max 6. Directed study for master's level students.

POLS 5103: Research Design
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Overview of research design, including conceptualization and operationalization, literature review, deductive and inductive theorizing, hypothesis testing, quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis.

POLS 5113: Seminar in Public Program Evaluation
Methodology of evaluation research in public programs. Emphasis will be placed on designing and interpreting evaluative studies rather than the mastery of particular mathematical, statistical or computer skills.

POLS 5133: Politics and Political Economy in the European Union
The institutions and policy-making process of the European Union (EU) and the theoretical traditions in the study of European integration. The institutional form of the EU and the type of European policy that is emerging.

POLS 5143: Social and Political Perspectives in Europe
Examination of the current and historical social, cultural and political landscapes of European societies. Material related to identity politics, citizenship, democratization and collective memory feature regularly in the course.

POLS 5203: ProSeminar in International Relations
A general survey intended to introduce students to major theoretical paradigms, applications, and debates in the field of international relations.

POLS 5210: Topics Seminar in International Relations
3 credits, max 6. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in International Relations. May be repeated up to 6 hours with different topics.

POLS 5213: Seminar in the International Political Economy
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Research on the mechanics and theories of interaction between economic and political phenomena. Same course as INTL 5213.

POLS 5313: Public Management
Introduction to the general principles of management as they are applied in the public sector. Systems theory, organization design, and techniques of supervision.

POLS 5320: Seminar in Public Budgeting and Finance
3 credits, max 6. Major processes and practices involved in governmental budgeting in the United States at national, state and local level. Special graduate section of POLS 4413.

POLS 5323: Urban Politics and Management
Introduction to the concepts, processes and techniques of managing urban political systems to include problems of leadership, decision-making, general management and group behavior.

POLS 5333: Seminar in Public Personnel Administration
Current practices, problems and issues in public sector personnel administration, including merit system, civil service reform collective bargaining, and equal opportunity and affirmative action.

POLS 5353: Seminar in Design, Structure and Processes of Public Organizations
Administration in the public sector, stressing traditional and emerging organization structures. Awareness of administrative processes and environment that include program design, implementation, and administrative accountability.

POLS 5403: ProSeminar in Comparative Politics
Designed as a graduate seminar to familiarize graduate students with the core research traditions and theoretical developments in the field of comparative politics.

POLS 5410: Topics Seminar in Comparative Politics
3 credits, max 6. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in Comparative Politics. May be repeated up to 6 hours with different topics.

POLS 5510: Seminar in Political Behavior
1-3 credits, max 6. Examination of contemporary theories of political behavior with emphasis on empirical studies.

POLS 5513: Seminar in Political Psychology
Examination of psychological theories as they pertain to political behavior, including attitude change, political cognition, public opinion and decision-making.

POLS 5613: Public Policy Analysis
Analytical methods for evaluating public policies and examination of the public processes including policy design, implementation and evaluation.

POLS 5620: Seminar in Natural Resource Policy, Law and Administration
3 credits, max 9. Analysis of the legal and public policy aspects of environmental regulation, including special emphasis on one of three components: environmental law, administrative law, and national resource law and policy.

POLS 5633: Practical Environmental Compliance
Environmental decision-making, reading and understanding environmental statutes and regulations, and effectively dealing with the EPA. Environmental permitting and enforcement, policies and procedures. Review of hazardous waste regulations with emphasis on ground water problems.

POLS 5673: Understanding and Responding to Terrorism
Exploration of the experience of non-state terrorism in the U.S. and Western European democracies in the late 20th century. Understanding terrorism as a political, social, and historical phenomenon; the current and future threat of terrorism, both foreign and domestic; governmental choices in responding to terrorism in democratic societies and; U.S. anti-terrorism policies and considerations that emergency responders face in preparing for and responding to terrorist incidents.

POLS 5703: ProSeminar in American Politics
Overview of a wide range of classic works in American institutions and Political Behavior. It examines not only the classic works in each area of these subfields, but a sampling of current work being done in the field.

POLS 5710: Topics Seminar in American Politics
1-3 credits, max 6. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in American Politics. May be repeated up to 6 hours with different topics.

POLS 5713: Seminar in Public Law
Literature of public law in the United States. Overview of the approaches that shape the theoretical and empirical contours of the public law field and contribute to multidisciplinary law and social science studies.

POLS 5720: Topics in Political Science
3 credits, max 6. In-depth examination of critical topics and issues in Political Science. May be repeated up to 6 hours with different topics.

POLS 5743: Seminar in Political Communication
Examination of recent theories within politics and the media, including effects of media on opinion, role of media as a political institution and the role of media during elections.

POLS 5810: Seminar in Women and Politics
3 credits, max 9. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Research on a variety of topics concerning women and politics, including women’s movements, women and elections, and public opinion.