The program provides both undergraduate and graduate students with the critical-thinking and writing skills required for civic engagement in a democratic society and enables them to pursue careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors or to pursue further study in political science, law, public service and administration, criminal justice, non-profit administration, global politics, and international relations. The program includes opportunities for internships related to domestic and international politics.

The program provides both undergraduate and graduate students with the critical-thinking and writing skills required for civic engagement in a democratic society and enables them to pursue careers in the public, non-profit, and private sectors or to pursue further study in political science, law, public service and administration, criminal justice, non-profit administration, global politics, and international relations. The program includes opportunities for internships related to domestic and international politics.

The political process in Latin America; emphasis on the role of political parties, social sectors, and special groups such as the military, labor, and students; specific problems of Latin American political development, and government economic and social policymaking in an era of globalization.

Domestic and international politics of the Far East, with particular emphasis on China and Japan, including examination of political culture, party systems, political development, economics, social change, foreign policies, and the role of the region in world politics

Major political systems in Africa; the development of states and the modification of social and political systems; general survey of the area and focus on selected countries.

Aims and methods of Russian foreign policy and its ideological and practical determinants as applied to the Western world, underdeveloped countries, former Soviet republics and communist bloc, and international organizations.

Politics and governments of Eastern Europe; policy as the outcome of ideological and situational influences on the political needs of the regimes and the basic human needs of the people.

Political, social, economic, and cultural elements of the Middle East as a region and in selected individual countries; the area's relations with European powers, developing areas, and its own internal and historical situation.

Contemporary government, politics, social and economic forces, and foreign relations of the states in Southeast Asia.

Politics and governments of the Russian Empire, the U.S.S.R., and the post-Soviet states from the 19th century to today; the impact of empire, war, revolution, genocide, democracy, and the market.

Comparative study of political parties and interest groups in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States; evaluation of different approaches to comparative analysis. Prerequisites: 21:790:201, 301, or permission of instructor.

Individual study and research on selected problems in political science. Prerequisites: Permission of department chair and instructor.