List of Courses

POS 100 American National Politics (3 credits)

This course will introduce students to American democracy and its founding, contemporary governmental institutions and politics at the national level of government, and provide students with opportunities to participate as citizens in the U.S. political system. Political theories and ideas will be applied in daily discussions of current political affairs. Specific topics that will be analyzed include: political parties, interest groups, media, Federalism, Congress, the Presidency, the Supreme Court, and the policy-making that results from their interactions.

POS 102 State and Local Politics (3 credits)

In this course, politics, government, and public policy issues at the local level and in New York state are the focus. Student will explore how New York state differs and is similar to other states in the country. Students will examine the interaction between political culture, region, partisanship, and policy in local governments and New York state and explore the prospects for political and institutional reforms.

POS 198 Introduction to Political Thought (3 credits)

This course introduces students to arguments which seek to define, explain and justify various forms of political organization in the ancient and modern worlds. Students will analyze and discuss various concepts of justice. The dominant philosophical ideas that inform our political thinking will also be examined and critiqued.

POS 201 Comparative Politics (3 credits)

Students will learn about each of the world's regions and particular nation-states within each region. Regions and nation-states will be compared with one another and with the U.S.A. Historical and geographical factors will be examined to determine their effects on the contemporary political, economic and social patterns that exist in each of the regions. Further problems and the prospects for political and economic development in each region will also be analyzed. No prerequisite.

POS 214 Contemporary Global Issues (3 credits)

An interdisciplinary course which explores contemporary global issues. It surveys themes related to social, political, economic, and cultural processes; global linkages/interdependencies; and power relations that connect individuals, communities, groups, states, and regions across the globe. It examines the values and visions emerging from regional perspectives that lead to conflict and/or cooperation in the international system. It contrasts the increasingly complex problems faced by different regions with the growing integration of the global economy. Open to all interested students. Required course for all students pursuing the International Studies Concentration. Not open to students who have taken SOC 214.

POS 215 The Politics of Native American - U.S. Relations (3 credits)

This course will cover three aspects of the relationship between Native American peoples and the U.S. government. The first includes a sample of Native American governance and law that existed prior to European settlement, its later influence on the U.S. founding, and its rebirth. The second part of the course will examine U.S. government policies toward native tribes from 1790 to the present. Treaties, acts and court decisions that reflect these policies will be analyzed. The last third of the course will include a discussion of contemporary issues and conflicts between and among various Native American tribes and the U.S. government. These contemporary topics will include: land claims, land use, gambling, poverty, religious freedom, and social and environmental policies.

POS 230 Women and Politics (3 credits)

This course will compare and contrast the role of women in politics in the US, Western Europe and a selection of countries from the less-developed world. The suffrage movement and ERA movements will be examined for their successes and failures and compared to similar political movements in the west. Women as political actors will be studied: as voters; as party members; as interest group members; as legislators; and as executives in the U.S., Europe and the developing world. The effect that women in office have on policy-making will be evaluated in different regions. A brief survey of how certain public policies affect women will be covered, as will U.N. efforts in the area of international women's rights.

POS 260 New York State Environmental Regulation (3 credits)

This course surveys environmental regulatory management in New York state. Included are historical efforts, present procedures, and some developing trends. The primary focus of the course is on programs of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. In addition to NYS DEC programs, the course will examine agencies' regulatory jurisdictions at the federal, state, and local levels. Various local approvals will also be considered. The emphasis will be on the inter-relationship of programs, as well as the specific details of the NYS DEC programs themselves.

POS 280 Internship in Politics and Government (3 credits)

The course provides students the opportunity to apply their knowledge of politics and government in a practical setting. Internships are available in various public offices in the executive/bureaucratic, legislative, or judicial branches of government at the national, state and local levels. Internships with major political parties may also be available. Students arrange their placement with the help of the Cooperative Education Office and a faculty coordinator. Course requirements include a minimum of 120 hours of work, maintenance of a weekly journal, attendance at four on-campus seminars, occasional readings, and an experience-based essay. Two on-site evaluations will also be made by the faculty coordinator. Letter grade will be awarded. No credit given for past work experience. Prerequisite: Permission of Instructor.

POS 290 Senate and Assembly Internship (9 credits)

Senate and Assembly internships are available on a competitive basis for outstanding sophomores. Applicants are screened by a selection committee in Albany after approval by the Campus Liaison Officer. The program begins in early January with a week-long orientation to the operation of the state government, with particular reference to the workings of the Legislature. Interns then receive full-time intern assignments for 30+ hours per week in an office of a NYS Assembly or Senate member. Office tasks involve constituent work, research on specific legislation, research on the legislative process, representation of the office at campaign and legislative events, and office administration. On-site supervisors are either members of the Legislature (Senate or Assembly), or members of their staff. A work plan and a learning contract are developed between the intern and supervisor, and intern performance is evaluated regularly. A stipend is available for housing in Albany. Prerequisite: POS 100 or 102, or Permission of Instructor; co-requisite: POS 291. Spring semesters only.

POS 291 Senate and Assembly Research and Seminar (6 credits)

Senate and Assembly internships are available on a competitive basis for outstanding sophomores. Applicants are screened by a selection committee in Albany after approval by the Campus Liaison Officer. The program begins in early January with a week-long orientation to the operation of state government. After placement in a NYS Senate or Assembly office, interns participate in weekly seminars exploring how politics influences policy in the NYS legislative process. Critical issues that challenge NYS will be used as models for understanding the complexities of the policy-making process. The various actors involved in policy-making, in particular, the legislators, the governor, state agencies, citizens, lobbyists, and the media, are analyzed. Interns receive academic guidance and support from the permanent program staff, the professors in residence, and from legislative staff. This guidance allows students to maximize their understanding of the practical application of the theoretical concepts introduced in the seminar. A stipend is available for housing in Albany. Prerequisite: POS 100 or 102, or Permission of Instructor; co-requisite: POS 290. Spring semesters only.