List of Grad Courses


POLS 5000*
Thesis.
 1-6 credits, max 6.

POLS 5013*
Quantitative Methods of Political Analysis
. 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 5300*
Special Topics Seminar in Fire and Emergency Management
. 1-3 credits, max 9. Specialized topics in fire and emergency management.

POLS 5303*
Introduction to Fire and Emergency Management.
 Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Examines the content and historical evolution of fire and emergency management including terminology, concepts, theories, and methods employed.

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. (Same course as 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 5343*
Seminar in Fire and Emergency Services Administration
. Introduction to policies, procedures and administrative process required to deliver fire and emergency services; detailed examination of the social, political and economic issues that have an impact on service delivery and organizational approaches.

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 5363*
Public Sector Dispute Resolution
. Prerequisite(s): Senior or graduate standing. Labor relations and employment issues in the public sector, and the various methods for resolving government personnel conflicts without resort to violence or litigation. Focus on labor law, employment law and Alternative Dispute Resolution as they apply to government employment.

POLS 5383*
Disaster Recovery. 
Prerequisite(s): 5683. Processes, conditions and components of recovery in disaster contexts. Topics include environmental, economic, housing, infrastructure, and policy. Roles of voluntary organizations; securing and managing resources.

POLS 5393*
Politics of Disaster. 
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5303 or consent of instructor. Situates disaster phases in the political context at the local, national, and international levels. Examines research on specific events and their interactive effects between the political system and various phases of disaster.

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 5643*
Regulatory Risk Analysis
. Risk-based decision making, government’s risk analysis paradigm, risk analysis policy, and social aspects of risk assessment. Review of the RCRA corrective action, CERCLA (Superfund) remedial action, and NEPA environmental impact study programs.

POLS 5653*
Risk Assessment in Emergency Management Planning.
 Risk assessment for the emergency manager and fire department manager. Concepts of risk assessment, its use in emergency management planning, and its limitations. Applications to emergency management. Specifically designed for FEMP students, but of interest to students in environmental management.

POLS 5663*
Community Relations in Environmental and Emergency Management.
 Preparation for the environmental manager, emergency manager, and fire department manager to communicate and negotiate with the public and media concerning environmental threats to human health routine and non-routine releases of chemicals and radioactive materials. Strategies for community-based planning, emergency preparedness, environmental response, site damage, and conflict management.

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 5683*
Emergency Management and Public Policy in the United States.
 Examination of natural and man-made disasters in the U.S. along with the policies and programs intended to prevent, respond to, mitigate, and recover from such events. The evolution of the U.S. Emergency Management System, the emergency management profession, and future directions in emergency policy.

POLS 5693*
Emergency Management in the International Setting
. Introduction to emergency management in the international setting. Provides background for students who may work with international assistance programs or who may become involved in the delivery of emergency management services abroad as part of an international assistance effect.

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.

POLS 5903*
Practicum in Fire and Emergency Management Administration
. Prerequisite(s): Consent of instructor. Supervised practicum in fire and emergency management administration.

POLS 5923*
Preparedness and Planning.
 Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5303 or consent of instructor. Planning and training for hazards and disaster management at the organizational level; review of public education and preparedness efforts at the household and community level, review of research on disaster planning.

POLS 5933*
Disaster Response. 
Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5303 or consent of instructor. Review of scientific literature on human and organizational behavior in response to disasters. Identification of actors involved in emergency response, their roles and responsibilities. Examination of human response in context of organizational structures and resources including emergency operating centers. Review of local and national government response policies.

POLS 6000*
Doctoral Dissertation Research
. 1-12 credits, max 60. Prerequisite(s): Consent of major professor. Research for PhD dissertation.

POLS 6003*
Proseminar in Fire and Emergency Management.
 Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Examines scope of the fire and emergency management field as an area of academic inquiry.

POLS 6013*
Qualitative Methods for Fire and Emergency Managers.
 Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Qualitative methods for collecting and analyzing data from fire and emergency management field.

POLS 6040*
Directed Readings in Fire and Emergency Management.
 Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Directed readings for doctoral students in specialized areas of fire and emergency management.

POLS 6123*
Quantitative Methods for Fire and Emergency Managers.
 Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5013 or consent of instructor. Descriptive, inferential, and non-parametric statistics with collection and analysis of data from fire and emergency management field.

POLS 6133*
Seminar in Fire and Emergency Management Research Survey
. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5103, 6013, and 6123. Survey of the academic literature in the fields of fire and emergency management. Development of a research article for submission to a professional journal or conference.

POLS 6143*
Methods for Disaster Research
. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5303; 5013 or 5103. History and scope of methods for disaster research.

POLS 6153*
Pedagogical Methods for Fire and Emergency Management Instruction
. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. History of FEMA education, review of instructional methods, and research on educational methods in field.

POLS 6203*
Comparative and International Dimensions of Fire and Emergency Management
. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 6003 or consent of instructor. Comparative analysis of the organization, management, and policies of fire and emergency response services in other countries.

POLS 6213*
Political Context of Fire and Emergency Management.
 Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5343 or consent of instructor. Analysis of political environment impacting fire service including federalism and intergovernmental relations, interest groups, other public agencies, and private sector organizations.

POLS 6300*
Advanced Special Topics Seminar in Fire and Emergency Management
. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Specialized topics in fire and emergency management for doctoral students.

POLS 6303*
Populations at Risk
. Describes populations at risk for increased injury, death and property loss. Identifies policies, programs and resources for risk reduction. Applies research for purposes of planning and capacity building.

POLS 6313*
Mitigation
. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and recommended 5303, 6143 and 6153. Structural and non-structural mitigation approaches to hazard reduction; description of policies, programs, and planning methods relevant to all governmental levels; and review of research and case studies of mitigation efforts.

POLS 6343*
Organizational Behavior in Disaster.
 Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing and 5303 or consent of instructor. Theoretical overview of organizational behavior in a disaster context. How organizations respond, adapt, fail and succeed when disrupted by disaster. Role of formal and informal organizational structures in confronting disasters.