List of Undergrad Courses


Courses that fulfill a general education requirement are marked before 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    

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 2013
(S) Introduction to World Politics
. 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 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 2113
(S) Introduction to Comparative Politics
. A comparative study of the political processes and institutions of contemporary societies. Introduction to the concepts and methods of comparative politics.

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
(I,S) The Soviet Union: History, Society and Culture
. A comprehensive view of the Soviet Union, stressing those issues in the political, economic, technological, geographical and cultural spheres which are most relevant to the current situation. Accessible to beginning undergraduates. (Same course as HIST 3003 & RUSS 3003)

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.

POLS 3053
(I,S) Introduction to Central Asian Studies.
 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. (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 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
(I) Politics of Russia/Former Soviet Union
. Political processes, governmental institutions and public policies of post-Soviet Russia. Parties, elections and citizen participation in government.

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

POLS 3163
(I) Politics of Africa.
 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
(I,S) Politics of Latin America
. 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.

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.

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 3733
Incident Management and Tactical Operations
. Strategic management of an emergency incident through the use of the Incident Management System. A thorough study of the IMS system and tactical decision-making forming the base for case study analysis and emergency operations simulations.

POLS 3763
Mitigation and Recovery.
 Prerequisite(s): 3813. Introduction to recovery and mitigation activities for emergency managers. Covers components, policies, programs and organizations related to recovery and mitigation, illustrates course concepts with case studies.

POLS 3813
Aim and Scope of Emergency Management.
 An overview of the history and philosophy of the current emergency management system. Concepts, issues and programs associated with the development of an emergency management program. Local, state and federal roles and responsibilities for responding to disasters and emergencies with emphasis on man-made natural and technological hazards.

POLS 3893
Terrorism and Emergency Management.
 A general introduction to the basic concepts for preparedness, response and command functions at the scene of a potential terrorist incident.

POLS 3953
(D,S) Minorities in the American Political System
. 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
(D) Race, Politics and Sports. 
Prerequisite(s): 1113. Historical, as well as the contemporary relationship, between race, politics and sports in the U.S. political system.

POLS 3983
(S) Courts and Judicial Process
. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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. No credit for credit in INTL 5043.

POLS 4053
(I) War and World Politics
. 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.

POLS 4113*
International Institutions.
 The organization, procedures, functions and role of international institutions, with emphasis on the United Nations and related agencies.

POLS 4223
Comparative Political and Social Movements and the Politics of Protest.
 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.

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.

POLS 4403*
Urban Politics and Management
. Problems of governing and managing American metropolitan areas.

POLS 4413*
Government Budgeting
. The politics, planning and administration of government budgets. (Same course as 5320*)

POLS 4453*
Public Personnel Administration. 
Problems, processes, and procedures of public personnel administration. (Same course as 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.

POLS 4623
(S) Oklahoma Politics. 
Prerequisite(s): 1113. Introduction to Oklahoma Politics. 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.

POLS 4693
Women 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.