Introductory Courses

CAS PO 111 Introduction to American Politics
Study of the national political structure; emphasis on Congress, the executive, administrative agencies, and the judiciary.
Relations between formal institutions, parties, and interest groups. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.

CAS PO 141 Introduction to Public Policy
Analysis of several issue areas: civil rights, school desegregation, welfare and social policy, education and urban housing, energy and the environment.
Characteristics of policy systems in each issue area are analyzed to identify factors which may affect the content and implementation of public policies.
Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.

CAS PO 151 Introduction to Comparative Politics
Meets with CAS IR 251. Examines different patterns of political development and contemporary politics in Western Europe, Latin America, Africa, and the former Soviet bloc. Introduces the comparative method in political science and competing theories of political development and political change. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.

CAS PO 171 Introduction to International
Meets with CAS IR 271.  Study of basic factors in international relations, Western state system, balance of power, nationalism, and imperialism. Primarily for concentrators. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.

CAS PO 191 Introduction to Political Theory
Major works of political philosophy are considered, to address fundamental questions of political life. Looks at different conceptions of authority, justice, liberty, and equality, including how they justify and define government, law, and rights and how they pertain to current issues. Carries social science divisional credit in CAS.