Below you will find a list of our current or recent offerings. See the course catalog for descriptions and updated information.

  • 32-114 American Politics
    An introduction to political analysis through a study of the origin and development of the American political system, federalism with special reference to the Constitution of the State of Texas, citizenship and civil rights, and political parties and interest groups. This course has an evening exam(s). (ScS)
  • 32-144 Comparative Politics
    An introductory survey of major political systems, representing both Western and non-Western countries. No single political system will be studied in depth. This course provides the tools for such study in the future. (ScS)
  • 32-234 Introduction to Political Theory
    This course introduces students to political theory, both through studying key philosophical texts, from Plato to Nietzsche, and practicing the critical methods of analysis that shape the subfield. Students analyze ideologies as well as foundational political concepts such as justice, equality, sovereignty, consent, obligation, and freedom, learning how power shapes ideas and how politics operates within theories. Prerequisites: Political Science 32-114 and 32-144. (WA) (SJ)
  • 32-284 International Politics
    An introductory study of the theory and practice of international politics. The course examines both the origins and the consequences of the political organization of the modern world. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-114 and 32-144. (WA) (ScS) (International relations)
  • 32-324 Governing Diversity: Race & Eth Amer Pol
    How does a government built on democratic principles of individual liberty and equality continue to support racial stratification? This course examines the many ways elections, public policy, and public opinion have shaped or perpetuated racial and ethnic inequality. Our focus will primarily be on African-Americans, but we will also consider the unique status of Native Americans and the increasing effects of immigrant communities on our political system. We will look at how citizens, politicians, and scholars talk about race, as well as how these ideas are reinforced or challenged by political systems. Also Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-374. Pre-requisite: Political Science 32-114 (ScS). (American Politics)
  • 32-334 Candidates, Campaigns, & Citizens
    This course will explore the behavior of political elites-candidates, consultants, journalists and others-and citizens in the context of campaigns and elections. We will examine the different contexts and characteristics that shape individual voting behavior, as well as the strategies and tactics used by campaigns and candidates in their attempts to win elections. In evaluating candidate and citizen behavior, we will also consider aggregate patterns of representation and institutional designs that can help or hurt political engagement. Pre-requisite: Political Science 32-114 (ScS). (American Politics)
  • 32-344 Texas Politics Internships
    This course will explore the behavior of political elites-candidates, consultants, journalists and others-and citizens in the context of campaigns and elections. We will examine the different contexts and characteristics that shape individual voting behavior, as well as the strategies and tactics used by campaigns and candidates in their attempts to win elections. In evaluating candidate and citizen behavior, we will also consider aggregate patterns of representation and institutional designs that can help or hurt political engagement. Pre-requisite: PSC 32-114 (ScS). (American Politics)
  • 32-354 Mass Media & American Politics
    This course is an introduction to the study of the mass media and the media's role in American politics. We will focus on traditional print and broadcast news media as well as the advent of online and social media, exploring the content of news coverage, the role and structure of the media as a political institution, issues of ownership and regulation, questions of bias and objectivity, and the effects, if any, of media exposure on citizens. We will also study political campaign advertising, looking at the strategic decisions underlying political ads and the effects of such advertising on voters. (ScS) (American Politics)
  • 32-364 Political Ideologies
    An introduction to the systems of ideas, ideals and beliefs through which people view and act in the world. Particular emphasis is placed on the argumentative structure and the political and psychological functions of ideologies; on their historical origin(s) and development; and on their respective conceptions of freedom and democracy. This course is open only to first years and sophomores. Juniors and seniors may register with the permission of the instructor. (ScS) (Political theory)
  • 32-374 Gender and Politics
    This course analyzes the politics of gender as well as the gender of politics. Drawing from feminist political theory, masculinity studies, as well as queer theory, we rethink the subject of political science while also exploring the gendered nature of the dominant political ideologies, concepts, theories, and spaces of politics. This course is open only to first years and sophomores. Juniors and seniors may register with the permission of the instructor. Also Feminist Studies 04-164 and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-164. (ScS) (Political theory)
  • 32-384 Japanese Politics, Culture & Society
    This course explores the historical and cultural context of contemporary Japanese politics, the political institutions of the 1955 system, the policy-making process in post-war Japan, and the effects of the 1994 political reforms. This course is open only to first years and sophomores. Juniors and seniors may register with the permission of the instructor. (ScS) (IP) (Comparative politics)
  • 32-414 European Politics
    This course provides an in-depth analysis of the political cultures, structures, processes and policies of selected systems in Europe. In addition, the nature and function of the European Union is considered. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-144. (Comparative politics)
  • 32-424 Middle East Politics
    A survey of the comparative and international politics of the Middle East, focusing on major Arab states, Israel and Iran. (ScS) (IP) (Comparative politics)
  • 32-434 Women and Politics
    A study of women and politics from a comparative perspective. Explores the role ideology, institutions, culture and social movements play in creating opportunities and constraints for women in the political realm. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-144. (Comparative politics) (SJ)
  • 32-444 Political Psychology
    This course analyzes political issues from a psychological perspective to assess the role that the political brain plays in shaping our institutions, public policy, and political behavior. The course also introduces students to research methods typical in the study of political behavior. Also Psychology 33-344. Pre-requisites: Political Science 32-114 or Psychology 33-104. (ScS)
  • 32-454 American Political Thought
    This course analyzes the ideas and ideals of America, as they have been imagined, cultivated and practiced. The idea of American exceptionalism, the role that nature has played in shaping the self-understanding and politics of the nation, and the theory and practice of democracy in America are explored through the study of writings from the Puritan era to the 20th century. (ScS) (Political theory)
  • 32-484 Politics of Latin America & the Caribbea
    This introduction to contemporary Latin American and Caribbean politics also allows students with previous knowledge about the region to further their interests. The course is built around some of the key issues which confront Latin America and the Caribbean. Also Sociology 34-614, Latin American and Border Studies 06-714, and Race and Ethnicity Studies 37-614. (ScS) (SJ) (Comparative politics).
  • 32-494 International Political Economy
    A seminar that examines how changes in the international political economy have affected international politics and international relations theory. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-284 or permission of instructor. (International relations
  • 32-524 Legislative Politics
    An exploration of the roles played by interest groups, electoral campaigns, money and personalities in legislative decision making. Policy areas treated are civil rights legislation, the politics of budgets and taxes, and congressional involvement in foreign policy. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-234 or 32-284, or permission of instructor. (ScS) (American politics)
  • 32-534 Public Opinion: Fact Or Fantasy?
    This course explores the factors that shape public opinion, from question wording to socialization to the media and beyond. How do people arrive at their political opinions and how can we be sure that these opinions are grounded in facts and rational understanding of the issues at hand? We investigate the malleability of public opinion and under what conditions government officials should (and do) take it under consideration when making political decisions. We also conduct our own public opinion research, paying attention to the methods used to assess individual opinions and how these methods shape our understanding of what the public wants. Prerequisites: Political Science 32-234 or 32-284, or permission of instructor. Please note: you cannot enroll in this course if you haverecently taken Political Science 32-314. (ScS)(American Politics)
  • 32-564 Modern Political Theory
    This course explores different perspectives on the value of science, rationality and the ideals of the Enlightenment. With a focus on unique texts by canonical thinkers that illuminate how modern ideas and values shape everyday life, this course explores the optimistic, Promethian dreams of key Enlightenment theorists, as well as the disenchantment and alienation articulated by critics of modernity. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-234 or permission of instructor. (Political theory)
  • 32-574 Contemporary Democratic Theory
    What does it mean to be democratic and what kinds of citizens define a democracy? Drawing from the works of contemporary political theorists, this course analyzes the contested boundaries of the concept of democracy and explores how individuals can best negotiate collective life together, given differences and given various ways that power operates in contemporary society. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-234 or permission of instructor. (Political theory)
  • 32-584 U.S. Foreign Policy
    A survey of American foreign policy with particular focus on the Cold War and the post-Cold War period. Societal, ideological and governmental sources of American foreign policy are examined. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-234 or 32-284, or permission of instructor. (ScS) (International relations)
  • 32-624 Germany and Japan: Losers of World War
    This course compares democratic institutions, economic growth, and political culture in Japan and Germany in the postwar era. It also examines current challenges, including women in politics, nuclear power, immigration and regional dynamics. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-234 or 32-284, or permission of instructor. (ScS) (Comparative politics)
  • 32-644 The Chinese Cultural Revolution
    This seminar explores the causes of the Cultural Revolution, the role of Mao and Mao Zedong thought, the experiences of various groups in society during the Cultural Revolution, and the effects of the Cultural Revolution on contemporary China. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-234 or 32-284, or permission of instructor. (ScS) (Comparative politics)
  • 32-664 International Conflict
    An exploration of issues concerning the characteristics, causes and justifications of occurrences of international peace and violence. The focus is primarily on post-Cold War era state terrorism (internal and external), low intensity conflict, internal conflict resistance, rebellion and revolution, terrorism and peace. Substantial writing required. Prerequisite: Political Science 32-234 or 32-284, or permission of instructor. (ScS) (International relations)
  • 32-964 Senior Seminar
    This course fulfills the capstone requirement for the major. Requires permission of instructor.