School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA)

Course Descriptions

Geography

  • GEO 2100 Physical Geography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Human natural environment at regional and global scales including the intersections of climate, soils, vegetation, landscapes, and people.

  • GEO 2200 Human Geography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Spatial characteristics of human activities. Examination of settlement, population, religion and language patterns.

  • GEO 2210 Nonwestern Human Environments

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Human development and the impact of globalization on patterns of land use, population, economic activity, culture, settlements, and political systems in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East.

  • GEO 2300 Global Awareness

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to maps and using maps as means of developing global awareness.

  • GEO 3100 Economic Geography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Geographic factors that influence human economic activities and explain patterns of production, consumption of goods and services, and location change.

  • GEO 3200 Community and Regional Planning I

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Development of city planning as a professional discipline that has significantly shaped urban spaces. Planning practices and theories related to spatial patterns and design, including location theory and democratic processes.

  • GEO 3300 World Regional Geography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Spatial characteristics that comprise world regions and connections between world regions utilizing environmental, cultural, political and economic factors.

  • GEO 3400 Urban Geography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Spatial development of urban areas in United States and selected urban areas globally. Examines scale, characteristics, and interconnectedness of urban areas using location quotients, technology development, and population migration concepts.

  • GEO 3500 Environmental Geography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Economic and spatial examination of resources with an emphasis upon and analysis of supply, consumption and sustainability. Conservation presented as a principal strategy to manage resources for future generations. Integrated Writing course.

  • GEO 3600 Concepts of Geo-Spatial Mapping

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of geo-spatial concepts to analyze data. Utilizes "freeware" to map and interpret social, economic, political, and demographic data. Designed for majors and future professionals in education, planning, marketing, and other fields.

  • GEO 3700 Regional Geography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Major and minor regions around the world. Physical and cultural factors used to compare and contrast selected regions.

  • GEO 4000 Climate Meteorology

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Principles of climatic classification and the atmospheric system. Observation, measurement, and analysis of climatic elements and the atmosphere at rest and in motion.

  • GEO 4100 Remote Sensing

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey of remote sensing spatial analysis. Applications, technology, and spatial measurements used to interpret remote sensed images.

  • GEO 4200 Remote Sensing Applications

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Application of geographic methodology to social, political and environmental problems utilizing remote sensed images. Development of capacity to interpret remote sensed data and complete an analysis of data.

  • GEO 4400 Community and Regional Planning II

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Planning structures, developing plans, and preparing analytical studies needed to make planning decisions. Solving social and economic problems using planning tools.

  • GEO 4410 Cartography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    4
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Basic concepts of cartography, including components of maps, coordinate system, spatial projections, and map design. Special emphasis on data, computational methods and ethical cartographic practices.

  • GEO 4430 Geographic Information Systems

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    4
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Principles, structure and application of macro and micro spatial analytical techniques. Use of state-of-the art software to create map layers that can be stacked and interpreted.

  • GEO 4440 Advanced GIS Applications

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    4
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Advanced geo-spatial analysis techniques using ArcView and ArcGIS software. Use of GIS analysis and technology to describe spatial elements of public and private sector development issues and forecast change.

  • GEO 4460 Transportation Principles

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Principles related to developing and managing public and human service transportation systems. Role of public and human service transportation in society; history and geography of public transportation; and spatial, funding, organizational, cost benefit, labor, and customer service issues.

  • GEO 4500 Seminar in Urban Geography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Geographic perspectives of urban development. Topics vary from current issues to advances in theory and methods.

  • GEO 4840 Biogeography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to the factors affecting the distribution of plants and animals.

  • GEO 4860 Foundations and Methods of Geography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Theories and methods comprising the field of geography. Development of the profession and paradigms and traditions of geographical study and analysis. Integrated Writing course.

  • GEO 4890 Special Topics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Projects involve spatial analyses of economic, social and cultural phenomena.

  • GEO 4900 Honors Project in Geography

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Independent advanced work on an approved honors project.

  • GEO 4950 Geography Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Application of theory to practice in the nonprofit, private, or public sector. Requires 300 hours of work for an agency.

  • GEO 4980 Special Topics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Projects involve analysis of economic, social and cultural phenomena.

  • GEO 4990 Applied Research Project

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Involves students in the process of researching and writing a senior seminar paper. Integrated Writing course.

  • GEO 6000 Climate Meteorology

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Principles of climatic classification and the atmospheric system. Observation, measurement, and analysis of climatic elements and the atmosphere at rest and in motion.

  • GEO 6100 Remote Sensing

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey of remote sensing spatial analysis. Applications, technology, and spatial measurements used to interpret remote sensed images.

  • GEO 6200 Remote Sensing Applications

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Application of geographic methodology to social, political and environmental problems utilizing remote sensed images. Development of capacity to interpret remote sensed data and complete an analysis of data.

  • GEO 6410 Cartography

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    4
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture
    Lab

    Study of the basic concepts of cartography, including components of maps, coordinate system, spatial projections, and map design. Special emphasis placed on data, computational methods and ethical cartographic practices.

  • GEO 6430 Geographic Information Science Principles

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    4
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of the principles, structure and application of macro and micro spatial analytical techniques. Utilizes state-of-the art software to create map layers that can be stacked and interpreted.

  • GEO 6440 Advanced Geographic Information Applications

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    4
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of advanced geo-spatial analysis techniques using ArcView and ArcGIS software. GIS analysis and technology used to describe spatial elements of public and private sector development issues and to forecast change.

  • GEO 6460 Transportation Principles

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Overview of principles related to developing and managing public and human service transportation systems.

Political Science

  • PLS 2000 Power and Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines power and conflict; introduces several worldviews for understanding important issues in domestic and international politics. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 2120 American National Government

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introductory survey of American national government and politics including study of political participation, interest groups, political parties, leadership, mass media, elections and campaigns, the Constitution, presidency, Congress, bureaucracy, and the courts.

  • PLS 2220 International Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introductory survey of the international political system including study of state and nonstate actors, major features of the system, conflict roots, approaches to peace-keeping, and current issues.

  • PLS 2510 Comparative Nonwestern Social Systems

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines political processes as well as social and economic systems in Asia, Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East with special attention to contemporary issues. Titles vary.

  • PLS 3010 Modern Political Ideologies

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Systematic analysis of theories and variations of modern political ideologies, including democracy, socialism, fascism, and communism.

  • PLS 3020 Introduction to Comparative Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examination of differences among political systems, parliamentary and presidential, democratic and authoritarian, as well as regional differences in political economic development. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3100 Quantitative Methods in Political Science

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Uses of quantitative political data with emphasis on contemporary research applications. Survey design and questionnaire construction. Analysis and interpretation of data.

  • PLS 3150 Religion and Politics in America

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    (Also listed as REL 3650) General examination of both the historical and the contemporary relation between religion and politics in the United States, with special reference to church/state separation. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3210 City Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Governments and politics of metropolitan regions; government structure and functions; interests and power relations.

  • PLS 3220 State Government

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey and analysis of the structures and functions of the American states with special attention to the problems of federal-state and state-local relations, legislative apportionment, and urban growth. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3230 Government of Ohio

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Organization and functions of the government of Ohio with special attention to development, social structure, legal status, electoral processes, and fiscal problems. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3250 African American Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores what makes African American politics distinctive from American politics and the prerequisites for effective political and economic leadership in the black community. Major theme is black power. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3260 Black Women and Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Role of race and gender in the political activities of black women in the US, Africa, and the diaspora. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3310 Political Parties

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    General functions, organization, and operation of American political parties. Emphasis on role of parties in democratic systems. Examines nominations, elections, campaigns, and presidential politics. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3350 The American Presidency

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    General political functions, roles, and structure of the presidential office; limits and opportunities of presidential power; relations with Congress, courts, bureaucracy, the public, and the political party; and presidential personality.

  • PLS 3370 The Legislative Process

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Policy role, political functions, internal structure, and operation of Congress. Secondary concern for state legislatures and non-American legislative bodies. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3400 Law and Society

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Theories of law and the nature and functions of the judicial process.

  • PLS 3410 Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey of investigative techniques focusing on specific problems and crimes to illustrate proper methods and procedures of criminal investigations.

  • PLS 3420 Civil Liberties I: First Amendment

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Cases and related materials on the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment with emphasis on the First Amendment freedoms: freedom of speech, of the press, and of religion.

  • PLS 3430 Civil Liberties II:Due Process

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Cases and related materials on the enforcement of civil rights and liberties through the due process and equal protection claims of the 14th Amendment.

  • PLS 3440 Police Procedures and Operations

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Procedures and operations of law enforcement at various levels from patrol to senior administration, emphasizing duties, responsibilities and leadership. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3450 Public Administration

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Nature and scope of public administration, administrative law, and public interest in the administrative process.

  • PLS 3460 Public Personnel Administration

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Methods of employment, training, compensation, and employee relations in various levels of civil service. Examines organizations of public employees.

  • PLS 3470 American Public Policy Analysis

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Nature and classification of public policy. Emphasis on fragmentation, incrementalism, and bargaining as a means of policy development. Impact of citizens on public policy. Survey of public policy goals and problems of public policy evaluation.

  • PLS 3560 Politics and Society in France

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    The historic interaction of French culture and politics. Growth of the French nation and state, French society, the nature of modern politics and institutions, and France's role in world affairs. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3700 International Theory

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Influential classical and contemporary contending theoretical perspectives in international relations and their critique. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3750 Human Rights in United States

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines controversies over human rights in the United States and considers contending definitions of human rights and debates over policy by focusing on a range of issues including immigration, pornography, gay rights, race relations, and poverty. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 3990 Studies in Selected Subjects

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Problems, approaches and issues in the field of political science. Topics vary. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4010 Development and Construction of American Civil Liberty

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Birth and development of "fundamental liberty" in American society. Views of political philosophers, important historic events, and altered the role of the court. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4030 Campaigns and Elections

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    American political electoral institutions and processes, and campaigns. Emphasis on readings, discussion, and research. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4040 Struggles for Civil Rights in America

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    History and development of castigation in America, focusing upon groups. Examines the struggles of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, immigrants, native Americans, labor, religion, non-citizens, the disabled and aged - and the fetus and animals. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4060 Globalization

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    The political economy of globalization as it affects local, national, and international political processes. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4070 Seminar in Political Theory

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Special topics on selected theorists/thinkers, or in theoretical approaches to disciplinary subject matter. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4080 Radical Black Thought

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines radical black thought and philosophy from a Pan-Africanist perspective, focusing primarily on the 20th century. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4090 Supreme Court and Legal Judging

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines how the Supreme Court should interpret the Constitution and how this idea has developed over time. Looks at the history of the Supreme Court and also the theoretical and empirical perspectives on legal judging. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4100 Political Psychology

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to political psychology, emphasizing its application to international politics. Surveys dominant psychological theories, approaches and works, as well as applications of psychological perspectives to foreign policy and world politics.

  • PLS 4150 Law, Lawyers and the System

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduces the American legal system at the level of trial courts, the participants and common legal transactions.

  • PLS 4160 Sex and the Law

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Addresses how government uses law to regulate sex as activity, expression, and identity. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4170 Appellate Politics and Moot Court

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Politics in the appellate courts and simulated appellate arguments in a moot court setting. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4180 Politics and Ethics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Philosophical and legal foundations for regulating ethics among public officials. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4200 Politics and the Novel

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    (Also listed as ENG 3010) Study and critiques of political themes in works of selected 20th century authors, including social roles, activism, political awareness, power, government and conflict at the individual, institutional and international level.

  • PLS 4210 American Constitutional Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    The creation of the US Constitution and the ongoing struggle in American legal politics over its basic meaning.

  • PLS 4230 Financial Management in Public Organizations

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Local fiscal institutions and analytical tools for designing and evaluating fiscal policies. Reviews financial reporting and accounting, the municipal bond market, pension systems, state and local taxes, user charges, and intergovernmental relations.

  • PLS 4250 Metropolitan Studies Seminar

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores issues that impact metropolitan development such as pollution, the non-profit sector, and transportation.

  • PLS 4260 Supreme Court in American Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Addresses the role of the Supreme Court in American politics, including an examination of how the Court operates as a source of institutional power and public policy. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4270 Urban Policy Analysis

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    (Also listed as URS 4270). Study of selected urban problems and their relationship to the political environment. Use of simulation gaming to understand community development processes.

  • PLS 4280 National Security Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of U.S. national defense and security policy process and major strategic issues facing the U.S. government. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4300 American Government Seminar

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Selected and varying topics related to American politics and institutions. Emphasis on readings, discussion and research. Topics vary. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4310 Cyber Crime

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Political and legal issues in computer- and Internet-based crime, including child pornography, computer fraud, and identity theft, prevention of cyber crime and responsibilities of computer owners and Internet servers.

  • PLS 4330 Public Opinion

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Opinion formation in American politics; relationship of opinion to public policy; voting behavior in American elections; role of mass media and political interest groups in policy process; and development of political attitudes and values.

  • PLS 4340 Political Leadership

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Development of political attitudes and values among leaders, activists, and the public. Relationship between personality, political leadership, behavior, and policy. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4350 Seminar in Political Corruption

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Analysis of political corruption including campaign and elections, graft, the executive branch, congressional ethics, corruption in law enforcement, organized crime and abuse of authority.

  • PLS 4360 Criminal Law

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Nature of the criminal law and law pertaining to criminal liability; inchoate crimes; the elements of crimes against persons, property, and habitation; and the defenses to criminal actions.

  • PLS 4370 Criminal Procedure

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Constitutional protections of the individual confronting the criminal justice system. Case law pertaining to the Fourth Amendment (search and seizure), Fifth Amendment (self-incrimination), and Sixth Amendment (right to counsel).

  • PLS 4380 Environmental Law and Policy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Environmental law and policy and the statutory framework pertaining to environmental impact statements, the regulation of air and water pollution, the disposal and cleanup of toxic wastes, and workplace safety.

  • PLS 4390 Bioethics and Law

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Legal implications of new biological technologies, particularly mind and behavior control, genetic engineering, birth and death control, and organ transplantation.

  • PLS 4400 Constitutional Law

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines cases in which provisions of the constitution have been judicially interpreted. Also examines federal systems, separation of powers, and limits on government.

  • PLS 4410 Natural Resources Law

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines federal management of natural resources on public lands, specifically, water, minerals, timber, grazing, and wildlife. Analysis of constitutional authority, statutes, regulations, federalism, and judicial review of administrative decisions.

  • PLS 4420 Criminal Justice System

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey of the American criminal justice system concentrating on political aspects. Topics include police, judges, attorneys, supreme court decisions, crime, and public opinion.

  • PLS 4440 Topics in Criminal Justice

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Problems, approaches, and topics in the field of criminal justice. Topics vary. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4450 Advanced Criminal Investigation

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Criminal investigative techniques including forensics, evidence, interviews, and interrogation as applied to specific types of crimes. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4460 Public Budgeting

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Also listed as URS 4230. Examines the major phases of the government budget cycle, types of budgets, budgetary reform, economic and public policy impact of government budgeting, the decision making process, and legislative/executive relations in budget formation and implementation.

  • PLS 4480 Gender Violence & American Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines gender violence in the United States. Considers the range of violence, its sources, and solutions. Topics include domestic violence, rape, human trafficking, reproductive rights, and pornography. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4490 Gender Violence and International Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Cross-cultural examination of gender violence. Considers the range of violence, its sources, and solutions. Topics include domestic abuse, rape, female genital surgeries, prostitution, and reproductive rights. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4500 Political Anthropology

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Anthropological study of political life cross-culturally. Evolutionary and historical approaches to political institutions, and classic anthropological analyses of political institutions. Recent developments in the study of politics as a contemporary problem. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4510 Contemporary African Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Political processes and governmental institutions of sub-Saharan Africa; special attention to dynamics of political development and social and economic change. Comparative analysis of selected African political systems. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4520 International Human Rights

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the role of human rights in international relations and considers contending definitions of human rights and debates over policy by focusing on thematic issues and case studies. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4530 Soviet Successor States

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the political life in the former Soviet Union, with emphasis on the legacy of communism and the role of economics and politics in the transition to democracy. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4540 Politics of the Middle East

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to governments and politics of the Middle East with special attention to cultural and historical background and the Arab-Israeli conflict. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4550 Politics of Iraq

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Traces recent political history of Iraq since its formation in 1920s. Examines reasons for recent war and implications for Iraq's political future. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4560 Politics of Europe

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Comparative study of the political systems of Great Britain, France, and Germany. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4570 Politics of Developing Nations

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Politics, economy, society and international relations of developing nations. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4580 Latin American Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Politics in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, focusing on political and economic development. Considers major debates in comparative politics on a variety of issues, including democracy and democratization. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4590 Contemporary Brazil

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to Brazilian politics, society and economy. Topics include Brazil's political and economic liberalization, its international relations, gender and race relations, and the environment. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4600 Seminar in Comparative Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Readings, research, reports, and discussion of selected topics and problems. Topics vary. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4610 Comparative Social Movements

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines group behavior motivated by the desire to change or maintain political, economic, cultural or social systems. Examination of movements in countries around the world, including cross-national and global movements. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4620 US- India-Pakistan-Afghanistan Relations

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    United States relations with India, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4630 International Conflict

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Relationship of power, alliances, arms races, etc. to the initiation, prosecution, and aftermath of interstate war. Effects of an increasingly globalized world on war. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4640 Politics of Israel and Palestine

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the domestic politics of Israel and Palestine, and the international politics of the conflict between them. Focuses on the causes, development, and prospects of the conflict in the area known as Israel/Palestine.

  • PLS 4650 Politics of Nationalism

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Examines theories and various cases of nationalist movements/conflicts from different parts of the world in order to appreciate the relevance of nationalism to contemporary politics and international relations. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4660 Political Institutions and Issues- South Asia

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Political institutions and political, economic, security and international relations issues in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4670 Chinese Domestic Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Governmental structures and processes within modern China, emphasizing both elite and mass politics. Overview of the rise of state socialism and examination of some of the key issues in Chinese politics and society today. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4700 Topics in International Relations

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Readings, research, reports, and discussion of selected topics and problems. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4710 International Law

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of rules governing the conduct of international politics with emphasis on their relevance to current world problems.

  • PLS 4720 International Terrorism

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Surveys the phenomenon of terrorism: who employs it, how and why it occurs in international politics, and how targets respond to terrorism. Examines special problems terrorism creates for democracies and the politics of hostage-taking. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4730 American Foreign Policy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Role of the United States in contemporary international politics and the relationship of the domestic political system to that role. Discussion of current policy and events. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4740 Politics of Women Terrorists

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Examines the violent and political behavior of women in terrorism, including ideology, gender, and case studies. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4750 Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Weapons of mass destruction, their manufacture, use, and effects. Analyzes their political aspects. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4770 International Organization

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the competing theoretical perspectives on international organization and analyzes the structure, functions, and the evolving role of key international organizations. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4820 State Legislative Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Students work for a state legislator in Columbus, including office work, constituent assistance and research. Requires minimum GPA of 3.0.

  • PLS 4821 Pre-Law Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Intern 12-15 hours per week in regional law offices, including prosecutors, public defenders, and private practices. Assist attorneys, participate in outreach program activities, and observe trials.

  • PLS 4822 Congressional District Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Intern 12-15 hours per week in one of the area's congressional district local offices to assist staff with constituency casework.

  • PLS 4823 Campaign Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Volunteer for the candidate of one's choice in a local, state, or federal election. Work 170 hours over the semester, adjusting hours to account for the campaign calendar.

  • PLS 4824 Local/City Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Intern 12-15 hours per week in a local governmental office. Jobs include working with city managers, mayors, and other city leaders to meet local needs and help with specific projects.

  • PLS 4825 Washington, DC Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Internships in Washington, DC for academic credit. Interns are expected to work at least 12-15 hours per week and write an assessment of the experience at the end of the semester.

  • PLS 4850 Chinese Foreign Policy

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines development and current practices of Chinese foreign policy. Special attention given to China-U.S. relations, as well as China's role in international and regional organizations. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4860 Model UN Seminar

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Experiential learning opportunity with intensive training in research, writing, public speaking and conflict resolution. Culminates at the national collegiate conference in New York simulating the UN. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4870 Politics of Intelligence Gathering

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Evolution of intelligence gathering, analysis, and application in policy making in the United States. Tensions inherent between a democracy and a secret agency, and the role of technology. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4871 Fundamentals of Intelligence Tradecraft

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Immerses students in the fundamental tradecraft standards of intelligence analysis used by the United States Intelligence Community. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4880 Conflict Resolution

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Survey of literature on causes and resolution of conflict and application of concepts and theories to analysis of a real-world international conflict. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4881 Diplomacy and Negotiation

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Topics include power and leverage; negotiation strategies; mediation and third-party involvement; and ratification and implementation of agreements. Provides an analytical understanding of how negotiation works, and some level of proficiency and comfort in the practice of negotiation.

  • PLS 4900 Independent Reading

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Supervised individual readings on selected topics arranged between student and faculty member directing the study. Requires 3.0 GPA. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4910 Independent Research

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Supervised individual research on selected topics. Minimum 3.0 grade point average. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4920 Independent Field Research

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Supervised individual projects. May involve intern programs, field research or other specialized projects. Requires 3.0 GPA.

  • PLS 4930 Contemporary Problems

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Advanced study in selected topics that frequently include new developments in the methodology or subject matter of the various sub fields of the discipline. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 4940 Special Topics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Problems of contemporary significance. Integrated Writing course.

  • PLS 5230 Government of Ohio

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Organization and functions of the government of Ohio with special attention to development, social structure, legal status, electoral processes, and fiscal problems.

  • PLS 5250 African American Politics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores what makes African American politics distinctive from American politics and the prerequisites for effective political and economic leadership in the black community. Major theme is notion of black power.

  • PLS 5260 Black Women and Politics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the role of race and gender in the study of the political behavior of black women in the US, Africa and the diaspora.

  • PLS 5400 Law and Society

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the judicial process, civil litigation (torts, contracts, family law) and pertinent constitutional issues.

  • PLS 5410 Fundamentals of Criminal Investigation

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey of investigative techniques focusing on specific problems and crimes to illustrate proper methods and procedures of criminal investigation.

  • PLS 5420 Civil Liberties I:First Ammendment

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Cases and related materials on the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment with emphasis on the First Amendment freedoms, concentrating on Supreme Court behavior and First Amendment procedures.

  • PLS 5430 Civil Liberties II

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Covers cases and related materials on the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment. Emphasis on the First Amendment freedoms concentrating on enforcement of civil rights and liberties under the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment.

  • PLS 5440 Police Procedures and Operations

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Procedures and operations of law enforcement at various levels from patrol to senior administration, emphasizing duties, responsibilities and leadership.

  • PLS 5470 American Public Policy Analysis

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines models of public policy making and analyzes contemporary policy debates on the economy, energy and environment, immigration, and education.

  • PLS 5560 Politics and Society in France

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the historic interaction of French culture and politics. Topics include the growth of the French nation and state, French society, the nature of modern politics and institutions, and France's role in world affairs.

  • PLS 5750 Human Rights in USA

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines controversies over human rights in the U.S. Considers contending definitions of human rights and debates over policy by focusing on a range of issues including immigration, pornography, gay rights, race relations, and poverty.

  • PLS 5990 Studies in Selected Topics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Problems, approaches and topics in the field of political science.

  • PLS 6030 Campaigns and Elections

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    American political electoral institutions and processes, and campaigns.

  • PLS 6060 Globalization

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Focuses on the economic aspects of globalization and effects on local, national, and international political processes.

  • PLS 6080 Radical Black Thought

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines radical black thought and philosophy from a Pan-Africanist perspective, primarily focuses on the 20th century.

  • PLS 6100 Political Psychology

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Introduces students to political psychology, with an emphasis on application to international politics. Students are provided with a broad survey of psychological theories, approaches and works, and how these perspectives are applied to foreign policy and world politics.

  • PLS 6160 Sex and the Law

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Addresses how government uses law to regulate sex as activity, expression, and identity.

  • PLS 6170 Appellate Politics and Moot Court

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Politics in the appellate courts and simulated appellate arguments in a moot court setting.

  • PLS 6180 Politics and Ethics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Philosophical and legal foundations for regulating ethics among public officials.

  • PLS 6200 Politics & the Novel

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    (Also listed as ENG 6600.) Study and critique of political themes in works of selected 20th century authors, including social roles, activism, political awareness, power, government, and conflict at the individual, institutional, and international level.

  • PLS 6210 American Constitutional Politics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    The creation of the US Constitution and the ongoing struggle in American legal politics over its basic meaning.

  • PLS 6260 Supreme Court in American Politics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Role of the Supreme Court in the Constitution, its relations with other branches and agencies of the U.S. government, and significant events and trends in the Court.

  • PLS 6270 Pubic Policy Analysis

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of the policy development process and its relationship to past and current urban issues. Focuses on a current urban issue through discussion, reading, and research.

  • PLS 6280 National Security Politics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of U.S. national defense and security policy process and the major strategic issues facing the U.S. government.

  • PLS 6300 American Government Seminar

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Selected topics related to American government politics and processes. Emphasis on readings, discussion and research. Topics vary.

  • PLS 6330 Public Opinion

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Opinion formation in American politics; relationship of opinion to public policy; voting behavior in American elections; role of mass media and political interest groups in the policy process; and development of political attitudes and values.

  • PLS 6340 Political Leadership

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of political attitude development and acquisition of basic political orientations and values, beginning with childhood and proceeding through adolescence and adulthood. Investigation of the role of various socializing agents.

  • PLS 6350 Seminar - Political Corruption

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Analysis of political corruption, including campaigns and elections, graft, the executive branch, congressional ethics, corruption in law enforcement, organized crime, and abuse of authority.

  • PLS 6360 Criminal Law

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the nature of the criminal law and reviews the law pertaining to criminal liability; inchoate crimes; the elements of crimes against persons, property, and habitation; and the defenses to criminal actions.

  • PLS 6370 Criminal Procedure

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the case law regarding the constitutional aspects of criminal procedure, particularly the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Amendments.

  • PLS 6380 Environmental Law & Policy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines environmental law and policy and reviews the statutory framework pertaining to environmental impact statements, the regulation of air and water pollution, the disposal and cleanup of toxic wastes, and workplace safety.

  • PLS 6390 Bioethics and Law

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines legal implications of new biological technologies, particularly mind and behavior control, genetic engineering, birth and death control and organ transplantation.

  • PLS 6400 Constitutional Law

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Cases in which provisions of the Constitution have been judicially interpreted; federal systems; separation of powers; and limits on government.

  • PLS 6410 Natural Resources Law

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines federal management of natural resources on public lands, specifically water, minerals, timber, grazing, and wildlife. Analysis of constitutional authority, statutes, regulations, federalism, and judicial review of administrative decisions.

  • PLS 6420 Criminal Justice Systems

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey of the American criminal justice system concentrating on political aspects. Topics include police, judges, attorneys, supreme court decisions, crime, and public opinion.

  • PLS 6440 Topics in Criminal Justice

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Problems, approaches, and topics in the field of criminal justice and legal studies. Topics vary.

  • PLS 6450 Advanced Crim Investigation

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Criminal investigative techniques including forensics, evidence, interviews, and interrogations as applied to specific types of crimes.

  • PLS 6480 Gender Violence & Amer Pol

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines gender violence in the U.S. Considers the range of violence, its sources, and solutions. Topics include domestic violence, rape, eating disorders, reproductive rights, and pornography.

  • PLS 6490 Intl Politics- Gender Violence

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Cross cultural examination of gender violence. Considers the range of violence, its sources, and solutions. Topics include domestic abuse, rape, female genital surgeries, prostitution, and reproductive rights.

  • PLS 6510 Contemporary African Politics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Political processes and governmental institutions of sub-Saharan Africa; special attention to dynamics of political development and socioeconomic change. Comparative analysis of selected African political systems.

  • PLS 6520 International Human Rights

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the role of human rights in international relations. Considers contending definitions of human rights and debates over policy by focusing on thematic issues and case studies.

  • PLS 6530 Soviet Successor States

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the political life in the former Soviet Union, with emphasis on the legacy of communism and the role of economics and politics in the transition to democracy.

  • PLS 6540 Politics of the Middle East

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to governments and politics of the Middle East with special attention to cultural and historical background and the Arab-Israeli conflict.

  • PLS 6550 Politics of Iraq

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Traces recent political history of Iraq since its formation in 1920s. Examines reasons for recent war and implications for Iraq's political future

  • PLS 6560 Politics of Europe

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Comparative study of the political systems of Great Britain, France, and West Germany.

  • PLS 6570 Politics of Developing Nations

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Exploration of politics, economy, society, and international relations of developing nations.

  • PLS 6580 Latin American Politics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduces students to politics in Central America, South America and the Caribbean, focusing on political and economic development. Considers major debates in comparative politics about a variety of issues, including democracy and democratization.

  • PLS 6590 Contemporary Brazil

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduction to Brazilian politics, society and economy. Topics include Brazil's political and economic liberalization, its international relations, gender and race relations, and the environment.

  • PLS 6600 Seminar in Comparative Politics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Readings, research, reports, and discussion of selected topics and problems. Topics vary.

  • PLS 6610 Comparative Social Movements

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines group behavior motivated by the desire to change or maintain political, economic, cultural or social systems. Examination of movements in countries around the world, including cross-national and global movements.

  • PLS 6620 US- India-Pakistan-Afghan Relations

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Examination of various aspects of United States relations with India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

  • PLS 6640 Politics of Israel and Palestine

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    This class examines the domestic politics of Israel and Palestine, and the international politics of the conflict between them. This course focuses on the causes, development, and prospects of the conflict in the area known as Israel/Palestine.

  • PLS 6650 Politics of Nationalism

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Introduction to different dimensions of nationalism. Examination of theories and cases of nationalist movements/conflicts from different parts of the world in order to appreciate relevance of nationalism to contemporary politics and international relations.

  • PLS 6660 Political Institutions and Issues- South Asia

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Examines political institutions and political, economic, security and international relations issues in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.

  • PLS 6670 Chinese Domestic Politics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Analysis of governmental structures and processes within modern China, emphasizing both elite and mass politics. Overview of the rise of state socialism and examination of some of the key issues in Chinese politics and society today.

  • PLS 6700 Topics in International Relations

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Readings, research, reports, and discussion on selected topics and problems in international relations. Topics vary.

  • PLS 6710 International Law

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the nature of international law; international courts and subjects; diplomacy; the use of force; law of war; and international environmental law.

  • PLS 6720 International Terrorism

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Surveys the phenomenon of terrorism: who employs it, how and why it occurs in international politics, and how targets respond to terrorism.

  • PLS 6730 American Foreign Policy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Investigates the role of the United States in contemporary international politics and the relationship of the domestic political system to that role. Discussion of current policy and events included.

  • PLS 6740 Politics of Women Terrorists

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Examines the political behavior of women in terrorism, including an analysis of the roles females play in different groups, and differing theories to explain recent changes in the field.

  • PLS 6750 Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines various issues relating to weapons of mass destruction, including their manufacture, use, effects, and the politics surrounding decisions to acquire them.

  • PLS 6770 International Organization

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the competing theoretical perspectives on international organization and analyzes the structure, functions, and the evolving role of key international organizations--IGOs & NGOs-- in global governance; also explores their pathologies and prospects for reform.

  • PLS 6820 State Legislative Internship

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Students work for a state legislator in Columbus two days per week. They report weekly to the faculty instructor and write an assessment of the experience at the end of the assignment.

  • PLS 6821 Pre-Law Internship

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Intern 12-15 hours per week in regional law offices, including prosecutors, public defenders, and private practices. Assist attorneys, participate in outreach program activities, and observe trials.

  • PLS 6822 Congressional District Internship

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Intern 12-15 hours per week in one of the area's congressional district local offices to assist staff with constituency casework.

  • PLS 6823 Campaign Internship

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Volunteer for the candidate of one's choice in a local, state, or federal election. Work 170 hours over the semester, adjusting hours to account for the campaign calendar.

  • PLS 6824 Local/City Internship

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Intern 12-15 hours per week in a local governmental office. Jobs include working with city managers, mayors, and other city leaders to meet local needs and help with specific projects.

  • PLS 6825 Washington, DC Internship

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Internships in Washington, DC for academic credit. Interns are expected to work at least 12-15 hours per week and write an assessment of the experience at the end of the semester.

  • PLS 6850 Chinese Foreign Policy

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines development and current practices of Chinese foreign policy. Special attention given to China-U.S. relations, as well as China's role in international and regional organizations.

  • PLS 6860 Model United Nations Seminar

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Model UN is an experiential learning opportunity built around this seminar, with intensive training in research, public speaking, bargaining and conflict resolution. Culminates at the national conference in New York, simulating the U.N.

  • PLS 6870 Politics of Intelligence Gathering

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the history and politics of intelligence gathering, analysis and application in policy making in the United States. Addresses the tension inherent to a secret agency operating within a democratic state and considers the role of technology.

  • PLS 6871 Fundamentals of Intelligence Tradecraft: Research, Analysis, Writing, and Briefing

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Immerses students in the fundamental tradecraft standards of intelligence analysis used by the United States Intelligence Community.

  • PLS 6880 Conflict Resolution

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Survey of literature on causes and resolution of conflict and application of concepts and theories to analysis of a real-world international conflict.

  • PLS 6881 Diplomacy & Negotiation

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Topics include power and leverage; negotiation strategies; mediation and third-party involvement; and ratification and implementation of agreements. Provides an analytical understanding of how negotiation works, and some level of proficiency and comfort in the practice of negotiation.

  • PLS 6900 Independent Reading

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Supervised individual readings on selected topics.

  • PLS 6910 Independent Research

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Supervised individual research on a selected topic arranged between the student and faculty member directing the study.

  • PLS 6920 Independent Field Research

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Supervised individual projects. May include internships or other special projects.

  • PLS 6930 Contemporary Problems

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Advanced study in a selected topic that frequently includes new developments in the methodology or subject matter of the various subfields of the discipline.

  • PLS 6940 Special Topics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Advanced study of a selected topic of contemporary political significance.

  • PLS 7010 International and Comparative Politics Statistics I

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture
    Lab

    Emphasis on quantitative research design, statistical literacy and data analysis in political science. Discusses measurement, probability, and univariate hypothesis testing.

  • PLS 7020 International and Comparative Politics Statistics II

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture
    Lab

    Focus on statistical applications and literacy centered on the multivariate regression model (assumptions, violations of assumptions, and their consequences). Includes introduction to categorical data analysis, elementary time series and event history.

  • PLS 7030 International and Comparative Politics Research Design

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Addresses fundamentals of qualitative and quantitative research in social science with emphasis on skills needed to complete master's thesis or project.

  • PLS 7200 Grad Seminar in IR Theory

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Introduction to the theories and concepts employed in modern political analysis with emphasis on the study of international relations.

  • PLS 7300 Theories of Comparative Politics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Focuses on research emphasizing the comparative analysis of political systems and cultures, including mass and elite behavior in democratic and non-democratic regimes.

  • PLS 7790 Practicum in International Relations/Comparative Politics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 8
    Schedule Type: 
    Practicum

    Field experience for students in selected settings. Jointly supervised by faculty and on-site personnel.

  • PLS 7791 Principles of Intelligence

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    2
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    This seminar examines the role of intelligence in security, and the rigorous techniques used by analysts. Data collection, analysis, and policy recommendations to develop threat and vulnerabilty assessments are the focus.

  • PLS 7900 Continuing Registration

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Continuing registration.

  • PLS 7980 Graduate Project

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 8
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Graduate research project that combines knowledge gained through coursework with field experience.

  • PLS 7981 Strategic Intelligence

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    This course examines the process whereby the president and national security policymakers use strategic intelligence in foreign policy. The process is examined from its historical inception up to contemporary practice.

  • PLS 7982 Intelligence and Homeland Security

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    This course examines how intelligence interacts with homeland security, its impact on both individuals and society. Civil liberties, public perception, and the rule of law and the intelligence community are studied. This course may culminate in a security clearance for eligible class members.

  • PLS 7990 Graduate Thesis Research

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 8
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Research for Master's Thesis.

Urban Affairs

  • URS 2000 Growth and Change in Urban Society

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Interdisciplinary view of growth and change in urban societies around the globe. Case studies illustrate how urbanization, technology development and the administrative state intertwine and affect economic and population growth and change. Integrated Writing course.

  • URS 3000 Foundations of Urban Affairs

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Interdisciplinary introduction to the field of urban affairs. Reviews ideas related to cities and the meaning of urban life. Integrated Writing course.

  • URS 3100 The American City

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Intensive study of aspects of American urban experiences with an emphasis on qualitative research including class, gender, race, and ethnicity.

  • URS 3200 Community/Regional Planning I

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Development of city planning as a professional discipline that has significantly shaped urban spaces. Explores planning practices and theories related to spatial patterns and design, including location theory and democratic processes.

  • URS 3210 City Politics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Overview of urban and metropolitan politics and problems. Examination of how cities and metropolitan areas are governed: the changing structure of local government, the powers afforded localities, opportunities for citizen participation, and possibilities for regional cooperation.

  • URS 3250 Urban Youth

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Diverse experiences of urban youth and effect of urban experiences on students, teachers, schools, and communities. Methods for providing resource access for all.

  • URS 3300 Ethics in Public Service

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of what constitutes ethical behavior in public service, and the ethical role of public service professionals. Integrated Writing course.

  • URS 3450 Public Administration

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Nature and scope of public administration, administrative law, and public interest in the administrative process.

  • URS 3460 Public Personnel Administration

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Methods of employment, training, compensation, and employee relations in various levels of civil service. Examines organizations of public employees.

  • URS 3980 Quantitative Research Methods

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Introduces students to research and data collection methods and investigates what makes research useful, valid, and ethical. Credit will not be given to students who have already completed URS 4980. Integrated Writing course.

  • URS 4200 Public Management Strategies

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Investigates urban management and various techniques to achieve public service goals, including efficiency, quality, and effectiveness. Study of program design, planning, fiscal management, resource allocation through budgeting, program development, and organizational development.

  • URS 4210 Public Leadership and Change

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines leadership role of the public and nonprofit administrators in formulating programs, policies, and service delivery options.

  • URS 4230 Public Budgeting

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Local fiscal institutions and analytical tools for designing and evaluating fiscal policies. Reviews financial reporting and accounting, the municipal bond market, pension systems, state and local taxes, user charges, and intergovernmental relations.

  • URS 4240 Public Sector Labor Relations

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines collective bargaining, the negotiation process, impasse resolution, and contract and grievance administration in local government.

  • URS 4260 Public Administration in a Global Society

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Places American public administration traditions and practices into comparative perspective. Examines the extent to which globalization has affected the practice of public administration around the world and global trends that have become apparent in administrative reform today.

  • URS 4270 Public Policy Analysis

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of the policy development process and its relationship to past and current urban issues.

  • URS 4280 Criminal Justice Organization and Management

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines bureaucratic and scientific management theory, as well as human relations and system theory, to understand the structure, functions, culture and behavior of criminal justice organizations. Examines motivation, group behavior and communication and leadership with such organizations.

  • URS 4290 Issues in Urban Management

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Issues and topics related to community development agencies and local governments in metropolitan areas.

  • URS 4300 Nonprofit Administration

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the organizational and managerial foundations of nonprofit organizations. Explores areas such as the nature and mission of nonprofit organizations, evaluating performance, resource development/fund raising, and managing volunteers.

  • URS 4310 Philanthropy and Grantmaking

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Philanthropy, fundraising, grant writing and grant making. Includes series of experiential learning activities demonstrating how nonprofit organizations secure financial resources. Culminates with students awarding grants to local organizations.

  • URS 4320 Managing Volunteer Organizations

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Management principles for volunteer organizations including program design, recruitment, retention, training, placement and assessment.

  • URS 4330 Strategic Planning

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Theory and practice of strategic thinking, planning, and management in public and nonprofit organizations.

  • URS 4340 Fundraising and Grant Writing

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the concepts and processes fundamental to fundraising and grant writing. Exploration of tools, techniques and skills needed to raise funds and write grant proposals.

  • URS 4390 Issues in Nonprofit Administration

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Issues and topics related to the administration of nonprofit organizations.

  • URS 4400 Community and Regional Planning II

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examination of the links between urban planning and urban administration, and investigation of planning as a profession and a process.

  • URS 4410 Cities and Technology

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Studies evolving relationship between technology and urban growth, physical form, government, and politics. Explores how technological fixes for complex urban problems have shaped urban development and politics.

  • URS 4430 Administrative Law

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Constitutional foundations of administrative law and the legal context of federal, state and local administrative rule making and adjudication.

  • URS 4450 Community Development: Principles and Practice

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Evolution of community development theory and practice in the U.S and the process of community building and asset-based community development in a service learning format.

  • URS 4460 Transportation Principles

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Principles related to developing and managing public and human service transportation systems. Role of public and human service transportation in society, history and geography of public transportation, and spatial, funding, organizational, cost benefit, labor, and customer service issues.

  • URS 4470 Public/Human Service Transportation

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Principles of developing and managing public and human service transportation systems including its role in society, the history and geography of public transportation, and funding, organizational, cost benefit, labor, and customer service issues.

  • URS 4480 Public Works

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Community infrastructure with an emphasis on capital improvements programming. Community development of street, water, and sewer systems, solid waste management, and code enforcement.

  • URS 4490 Issues in Metropolitan Development

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores issues that impact metropolitan development as well as the impact of development. Topics include pollution, international development, housing and transportation.

  • URS 4500 Issues in Metropolitan Planning

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Issues related to planning metropolitan environments. Topics include housing, growth and regionalism.

  • URS 4900 Special Topics

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Advanced study in selected topics in urban studies. Topics may include new developments in methodology or the various subfields of the discipline.

  • URS 4940 Youth and Community Engagement

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Examines the pedagogies that encourage youth in developing the capacity to participate responsibly and effectively in the civic life of their communities. Centered on a field-based learning experience.

  • URS 4950 Urban Affairs Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Senior-level internship in the offices of a local public agency.

  • URS 4960 Transit Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Senior-level internship in the offices of a local public transit agency.

  • URS 4970 Nonprofit Internship

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    Senior-level internship in a local nonprofit agency.

  • URS 4990 Applied Research Project

    Level: 
    Undergraduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Seminar

    Involves students in the process of researching and writing a senior seminar paper. Integrated Writing course.

  • URS 6200 Public Management Strategies

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Investigates urban management and various techniques to achieve public service goals, including efficiency, quality, and effectiveness. Study of program design, planning, fiscal management, resource allocation through budgeting, program development,and organizational development.

  • URS 6210 Public Leadership and Change

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the leadership role of the public and nonprofit administrators in formulating programs, policies, and service delivery options.

  • URS 6230 Ethics and Leadership in Public Service

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    A systematic study of ethics and leadership in public service.

  • URS 6240 Public Sector Labor Relations

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines collective bargaining, the negotiation process, impasse resolution, and contract and grievance administration in local government.

  • URS 6260 Public Administration in a Global Society

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Places American public administration traditions and practices into comparative perspective. Explores the similarities and differences between administrative work in the U.S. and other countries around the world.

  • URS 6270 Public Policy Analysis

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of the policy development process and its relationship to past and current urban issues. Focuses on a current urban issue through discussion, reading, and research.

  • URS 6290 Issues in Urban Management

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores issues and topics related to the administration of community development agencies and local governments in metropolitan areas.

  • URS 6300 Nonprofit Administration

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the organizational and managerial foundations of nonprofit organizations. Explores areas such as the nature and mission of nonprofit organizations, strategies for achieving the mission, roles involved, evaluating performance, resource development/fundraising, and managing volunteers.

  • URS 6320 Managing Volunteer Organizations

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Prepares students to design, plan and evaluate volunteer programs. Topics address management principles including program design, recruitment, retention, training, and placement and assessment.

  • URS 6340 Fundraising and Grant Writing

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the concepts and processes fundamental to fundraising and grant writing. Explores tools, techniques and skills needed to raise funds and write grant proposals.

  • URS 6390 Issues in Nonprofit Administration

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Exploration of issues and topics related to the administration of nonprofit organizations.

  • URS 6400 Community and Regional Planning

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores links between urban planning and urban administration, and planning as a profession and a process.

  • URS 6410 Cities and Technology

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Studies the evolving relationship between technology and urban growth, physical form, government, and politics. Explores how technological fixes for complex urban problems have shaped urban development and politics.

  • URS 6430 Administrative Law

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the constitutional foundations of administrative law and the legal context of federal, state and local administrative rule making and adjudication.

  • URS 6440 Advanced GIS Applications

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    4
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Study of advanced geo-spatial analysis techniques using ArcView and ArcGIS software. GIS analysis and technology used to describe spatial elements of public and private sector development issues and to forecast change.

  • URS 6450 Community Development: Principles and Practice

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores evolution of community development theory and practice in the U.S and examines the process of community building and asset-based community development.

  • URS 6460 Transportation Principles

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Overview of principles related to developing and managing public and human service transportation systems.

  • URS 6480 Public Works

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the community's infrastructure with an emphasis on capital improvements programming. Reviews the community's development of the street system, water and sewer systems, solid waste management, and code enforcement.

  • URS 6490 Issues in Metropolitan Development

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Explores issues that impact metropolitan development as well as the impact of development. Topics include pollution, international development, housing and transportation.

  • URS 6500 Issues in Metropolitan Planning

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examination of a range of topics related to planning metropolitan environments. Topics include housing, growth and regionalism.

  • URS 6900 Special Topics

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Advanced study in selected topics in urban studies. Topics may include new developments in methodology or the various subfields of the discipline.

  • URS 6950 MPA Internship

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    A one semester supervised internship of at least 300 hours in a selected public, nonprofit or public-service private agency. Arranged in consultation with student's adviser or intern director.

  • URS 6960 Transit Intership

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    A one semester supervised internship of at least 300 hours in a selected public, nonprofit or public-service transit agency. Arranged in consultation with student's adviser or intern director.

  • URS 6970 Nonprofit Leadership Alliance Internship

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Internship

    A one quarter supervised internship of at least 300 hours in a selected nonprofit agency. Arranged in consultation with Director of American Humanics.

  • URS 7000 Foundations and Tools of Public Administration

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines the legal and political variables and tools that affect the management and operation of local governments and nonprofit agencies. Special emphasis is placed on Ohio.

  • URS 7010 Public Budgeting and Fiscal Management

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Focuses on budget processes and financial management practices in the public and nonprofit sectors.

  • URS 7020 Strategic Planning and Program Evaluation

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Addresses the theory and practice of strategic thinking, planning, and management in public and nonprofit organizations and familiarizes students with the major concepts, skills and approaches to program evaluation.

  • URS 7030 Organization Theory and Management Behavior

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Analysis of the fundamental behavior concepts and processes involved in public sector organizations. Evaluation of approaches to major behavioral issues such as motivation, leadership, and management development.

  • URS 7040 Managing Human Resources in Public Service

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Examines personnel functions such as job evaluation, recruitment and selection, performance appraisal, compensation, training, labor relations, and affirmative action.

  • URS 7050 Quantitative Analysis

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Survey of the fundamental concepts for statistical analysis of public affairs research. Emphasis on characteristics of distributions and random variables, diagnostic techniques, the tests of assumptions of each analysis and multiple and logistic regression.

  • URS 7055 Research Methods & Quantitative Analysis

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Combines a focus on different aspects of policy evaluation by obtaining facts and analyzing information on the impact of public programs with a survey of the methodologies and concepts for analyzing the efficiency and effectiveness of decision-making, information management, and processes of publ

  • URS 7060 Research Methods

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    Focuses on different aspects of policy evaluation by obtaining facts and analyzing information on the impact of public programs. Deals with controversy over the use of objective performance indicators and citizen surveys as program performance measures.

  • URS 7070 MPA Capstone Project

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Capstone research project for the master's degree in public administration.

  • URS 7080 MPA Applied Research Project

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Research project for the master's degree in public administration

  • URS 7090 MPA Thesis

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    1 to 3
    Schedule Type: 
    Independent Study

    Under the supervision of a thesis committee and chair, students select a public administration problem, prepare a proposal detailing the research question, complete the research, write their thesis with full documentation and defend their work before the committee.

  • URS 7220 MPA Directed Study

    Level: 
    Graduate
    Credit Hours: 
    3
    Schedule Type: 
    Lecture

    If previous knowledge and/or experience in a selected core course is demonstrated, URS 7220 may be substituted for the selected core course.