Courses & Curriculum

POL 101 American Government & Politics

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Offered on-campus & online: fall, spring, summer (online only)

This course is an introduction to national and California state government. Topics examined include the constitutional foundations, the institutions and structures of government, and the politics in government including the role of interest groups, political parties, the function of campaigns and elections, and policymaking. Throughout the course, students will consider important issues facing democracy in the United States.

POL 130 Introduction to International Relations

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Offered spring semesters on-campus

Students in this course will be introduced to theories of international relations and use these theories to examine the international political system and its actors. Students will look at debates surrounding the role of the nation-state in the 21st century, the power of non-state and sub-national actors in topics such as war, peace, diplomacy, human rights, environmental issues, international law, and the international political economy.

POL 140 Introduction to Race & Ethnicity

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Offered fall semesters

Sociological analysis of race, and ethnicity, and examination of the cultural, political, and economic practices and institutions that support or challenge racism and inequality. This course explores the historical and contemporary interactions between various racial and ethnic groups using sociological perspectives and political theories. Cross-listed with SOC140.

POL 150 Introduction to Political Science

Offered fall semesters

An introduction to political science that explores the development of political science as a field of study by looking at the subfields within political science, its theoretical foundations, and the basic political concepts and methods used to examine political systems, structures, institutions, political ideologies and political behavior.

POL 160 Globalization

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Offered spring semesters on-campus

Students in this course will be introduced to the processes and structures of globalization that make the world more interconnected. Using theoretical perspectives and debates around globalization, students will delve into topics such as colonialism; political economy; economic and social development; the migration of people and ideas; environment and development; tourism; and responses to globalization throughout the world. Cross-listed with SOC160.

POL 180 Environmental Policy

Offered spring semesters on-campus

We will engage in a comprehensive analysis of the laws and policies that affect water, land, air, fire, wildlife, and vegetation in the American West. The class will examine the federal land management agencies (history, mission, policies), and issues specific to wilderness, wildlife, timber, grazing, water, and mining. While the primary focus is on the western U.S., some discussion of global issues will occur. The course examines policy strategies and outcomes, ethical and economic debates, political controversies, lawmaking and enforcement, and role of key players. Cross-listed with ENVR 180.