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Political Science

Chair

  • Sara Mitchell

Faculty

Professors

  • Frederick J. Boehmke, G. Robert Boynton, John A.C. Conybeare, Vicki L. Hesli, Sara Mitchell, John S. Nelson, William M. Reisinger, Tom W. Rice, Wenfang Tang, Caroline Tolbert

Associate professors

  • Cary R. Covington, Douglas Dion, Timothy M. Hagle, Kelly M. Kadera, Brian H. Lai, Tracy Osborn, Rene Rocha

Assistant professors

  • Kyle Mattes, Julianna Pacheco, Alyssa Prorok, Frederick Solt

Professors emeriti

  • Alfonso J. Damico, Chong Lim Kim, Michael S. Lewis-Beck, Gerhard Loewenberg, Douglas K. Madsen
Undergraduate majors: political science (B.A., B.S.); international relations (B.A., B.S.)
Undergraduate minors: political science; international relations
Graduate degrees: M.A. in political science; Ph.D. in political science
Web site: http://clas.uiowa.edu/polisci/

The Department of Political Science offers two undergraduate majors and minors as well as graduate degree programs. In addition, it offers several courses that undergraduate students in all majors may use to fulfill General Education Program requirements and a First-Year Seminar designed for entering undergraduate students. The department also partners with the Departments of Economics, Philosophy, and Sociology to offer the undergraduate major in ethics and public policy, an interdisciplinary program administered by the Department of Philosophy; see Ethics and Public Policy in the Catalog.

Undergraduate Programs of Study

  • Major in political science (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science)
  • Major in international relations (Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science)
  • Minor in political science
  • Minor in international relations

B.A. and B.S.: Political Science

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in political science requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 33 s.h. of work for the major (all in political science courses). The Bachelor of Science with a major in political science requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including 44 s.h. of work for the major (33 s.h. in political science courses and 11 s.h. of approved mathematics/statistics courses). Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. In addition, they must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all political science courses taken at The University of Iowa, and in all political science courses taken at other institutions and at the University combined. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program.

Most of the political science course work required for the major is the same for B.A. and B.S. students, but the major for the B.S. includes a political science research component. The major for the B.S. also requires a set of mathematics/statistics courses, while the major for the B.A. does not.

Students must earn at least 12 s.h. of the political science credit required for the major (33 s.h.) at The University of Iowa. Credit earned in POLI:1000 (030:029) First-Year Seminar, POLI:3124 (030:187) Political Science Des Moines Internship Program, and POLI:4900 (030:191) Government Internship does not count toward the major, but grades in these courses become part of a student's grade-point average.

In planning course work, students should be guided by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences maximum hours rule: students earning a B.A. or B.S. may apply a maximum of 56 s.h. earned in one department to the minimum 120 s.h. required for graduation, whether or not the course work is accepted toward requirements for the major; students who earn more than 56 s.h. from one department may use the additional semester hours to satisfy requirements for the major (if the department accepts them), and the grades they earn become part of their grade-point average; but they cannot apply the additional semester hours to the minimum 120 s.h. required for graduation.

The major in political science requires the following course work.

POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSES (B.A. AND B.S.)

Introductory course:

POLI:1100 (030:001) Introduction to American Politics3 s.h.

Additional introductory courses—four of these:

POLI:1001 (030:020) Introduction to Politics3 s.h.
POLI:1002 (030:021) Lawyers in the American Political System3 s.h.
POLI:1200 (030:050) Introduction to Political Behavior3 s.h.
POLI:1300 (030:030) Introduction to Political Thought and Action3 s.h.
POLI:1400 (030:045) Introduction to Comparative Politics3 s.h.
POLI:1401 (030:041) Introduction to the Politics of Russia and Eurasia3 s.h.
POLI:1403 (030:043) Introduction to Politics in the Muslim World3 s.h.
POLI:1500 (030:060) Introduction to International Relations3 s.h.
POLI:1501 (030:061) Introduction to American Foreign Policy3 s.h.
POLI:1600 (030:070) Introduction to Political Communication3 s.h.
POLI:1601 (030:071) Introduction to Political Media3 s.h.
POLI:1700 (030:072) Introduction to Political Analysis3 s.h.

Advanced courses:

Political science courses numbered 2000 or above, offered as regularly scheduled classroom courses12 s.h.

The following courses do not count toward the 12 s.h. taken in regularly scheduled classroom work.

POLI:3124 (030:187) Political Science Des Moines Internship Program
POLI:4600 (030:185) Honors Research Project
POLI:4601 (030:186) Honors Senior Thesis
POLI:4700 (030:190) Independent Study
POLI:4701 (030:193) Undergraduate Research Tutorial
POLI:4702 (030:194) Senior Research Project/Paper
POLI:4900 (030:191) Government Internship

ADDITIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSES (B.A.)

Bachelor of Arts students also complete the following political science course work.

At least two additional political science courses numbered 2000 or above6 s.h.
ADDITIONAL POLITICAL SCIENCE COURSES (B.S.)

Bachelor of Science students also complete the following political science course work.

POLI:3000 (030:100) Understanding Political Research3 s.h.

One of these:

POLI:4600 (030:185) Honors Research Project3 s.h.
POLI:4701 (030:193) Undergraduate Research Tutorial3 s.h.

Recommended but not required:

POLI:4702 (030:194) Senior Research Project/Paper3 s.h.
MATHEMATICS/STATISTICS COURSES (B.S.)

Bachelor of Science students complete one of the following approved sets of mathematics/statistics courses (11 s.h.). Other sets of courses may be used with written approval of the B.S. program advisor.

Set 1:

MATH:1380 (22M:017) Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business (students may substitute MATH:1550 or MATH:1850)4 s.h.
STAT:4143 (22S:102)/PSQF:4143 (07P:143) Introduction to Statistical Methods3 s.h.
STAT:6513 (22S:148) Intermediate Statistical Methods4 s.h.

Set 2:

ECON:2800 (06E:071) Statistics for Strategy Problems3 s.h.
MATH:1380 (22M:017) Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business4 s.h.
STAT:1030 (22S:008) Statistics for Business4 s.h.

Set 3:

MATH:1850 (22M:025) Calculus I (students may substitute MATH:1550)4 s.h.
MATH:1860 (22M:026) Calculus II (students may substitute MATH:1560)4 s.h.
STAT:4143 (22S:102)/PSQF:4143 (07P:143) Introduction to Statistical Methods3 s.h.
EMPHASES IN POLITICAL SCIENCE (B.A. AND B.S.)

Students may elect to complete one or two emphases while fulfilling the requirements for the major. The emphasis is indicated on the transcript at graduation if the student completes the emphasis and requests recognition from the department.

Each emphasis consists of four courses. Emphases are available in American institutions, American political practice, international relations, law and politics, identity politics, political communication, political economy, political processes, political theory, politics of democratization, politics of developing areas, and politics of industrial democracies. For lists of courses approved in each area, contact the Department of Political Science.

B.A. and B.S.: International Relations

The Bachelor of Arts with a major in international relations requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 33 s.h. of work for the major. The Bachelor of Science with a major in international relations requires a minimum of 120 s.h., including at least 44 s.h. of work for the major. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the major and in all UI courses for the major. In addition, they must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all international relations courses taken at The University of Iowa, and in all international relations courses taken at other institutions and at the University combined. They also must complete the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program.

Students must complete a minimum of 18 s.h. of work for the major at The University of Iowa. A maximum of 15 s.h. of approved transfer credit may be applied toward the major.

The major in international relations focuses on economic relations between states, a crucial area of study in today's globalized world. Students in the major are introduced to the politics of foreign countries. They develop an understanding of how countries interact and acquire a deep appreciation for the root causes of problems that transcend national boundaries.

Students choose one of five tracks: conflict and foreign policy, international business and economic relations, regional politics and relationships, transnational issues, or a self-defined track. Requirements for the major are the same for B.A. and B.S. students, except that the major for the B.S. requires a set of mathematics/statistics courses, while the major for the B.A. does not.

The major in international relations requires the following course work.

INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS CORE (B.A. AND B.S.)

All of these:

POLI:1500 (030:060) Introduction to International Relations3 s.h.
POLI:3512 (030:165) International Conflict3 s.h.
POLI:3516 (030:170) The Politics of International Economics3 s.h.

One of these:

HIST:2403 (016:003) Western Civilization III3-4 s.h.
HIST:3143 (016:143) International Politics: The History of the Present3-4 s.h.
HIST:3255 (016:082) The World Since 19453 s.h.
METHODS COURSE (B.A. AND B.S.)
 
POLI:3000 (030:100) Understanding Political Research3 s.h.
SENIOR SEMINAR (B.A. AND B.S.)
 
POLI:4800 (030:179) Senior Seminar in International Relations3 s.h.
MATHEMATICS/STATISTICS COURSES (B.S.)

Bachelor of Science students must complete one of the following approved sets of mathematics/statistics courses (11 s.h.) with a g.p.a. of at least 2.00. Substitutions must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies.

Set 1:

MATH:1380 (22M:017) Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business (or equivalent or higher level calculus course)4 s.h.
STAT:4143 (22S:102)/PSQF:4143 (07P:143) Introduction to Statistical Methods3 s.h.
STAT:6513 (22S:148) Intermediate Statistical Methods4 s.h.

Set 2:

ECON:2800 (06E:071) Statistics for Strategy Problems3 s.h.
MATH:1380 (22M:017) Calculus and Matrix Algebra for Business (or equivalent or higher level calculus course)4 s.h.
STAT:1030 (22S:008) Statistics for Business4 s.h.

Set 3:

MATH:1850 (22M:025) Calculus I4 s.h.
MATH:1860 (22M:026) Calculus II4 s.h.
STAT:4143 (22S:102)/PSQF:4143 (07P:143) Introduction to Statistical Methods3 s.h.

Tracks (B.A. and B.S.)

International relations students complete one of the following five tracks, each of which requires 15 s.h. of course work. Students who would like to declare the major in international relations before deciding on a track may declare the open track for advising purposes. They should talk with an advisor and decide on a track as soon as possible.

CONFLICT AND FOREIGN POLICY TRACK

The conflict and foreign policy track requires the following course work (minimum of 15 s.h.).

This course:

POLI:1501 (030:061) Introduction to American Foreign Policy3 s.h.

Four of these, including at least 6 s.h. of course work offered by each of two departments:

POLI:3410 (030:146) Russian Foreign Policy3 s.h.
POLI:3419 (030:145) War in the Muslim World3 s.h.
POLI:3423 (030:105) The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy3 s.h.
POLI:3500 (030:162) American Foreign Policies3 s.h.
POLI:3503 (030:168) Politics of Terrorism3 s.h.
POLI:3505 (030:178) Causes, Consequences, and Management of Civil War3 s.h.
POLI:3506 (030:130) Consequences of War3 s.h.
POLI:3510 (030:173) State Failure in the Developing World3 s.h.
POLI:3514 (030:198) Regional Peace and Security3 s.h.
POLI:3520 (030:163) National Security Policy3 s.h.
POLI:3550 (030:169) Problems of International Politics3 s.h.
POLI:4500 (030:184) Honors Seminar on International Politics3 s.h.
HIST:4105 (16W:105) World Events in Historical Context3 s.h.
HIST:4125 (016:144) War and Peace in the Twentieth Century3 s.h.
HIST:4146 (016:186) The History of Warfare3 s.h.
HIST:4230 (16A:155) The Political Culture of U.S. Foreign Policy3 s.h.
HIST:4232 (16A:152) United States in World Affairs3-4 s.h.
HIST:4264 (16A:153) U.S.A. in a World at War 1931-19453 s.h.
HIST:4435 (16E:132) War and Society in Modern Europe3 s.h.
HIST:4499 (16E:185) First World War3-4 s.h.
HIST:4620 (16W:175) Japan-US Relations3 s.h.
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC RELATIONS TRACK

The international business and economic relations track requires the following course work (minimum of 15 s.h.).

Two of these:

ECON:1100 (06E:001) Principles of Microeconomics4 s.h.
ECON:1200 (06E:002) Principles of Macroeconomics4 s.h.
GEOG:2910 (044:030) The Global Economy3 s.h.

Three of these, including courses from at least two different departments:

POLI:3400 (030:137) Introduction to Political Economy3 s.h.
POLI:3502 (030:167) Politics and the Multinational Enterprise3 s.h.
POLI:3504 (030:177) Globalization3 s.h.
POLI:4500 (030:184) Honors Seminar on International Politics3 s.h.
ECON:3345 (06E:125) Global Economics and Business3 s.h.
ECON:3620 (06E:129) Economic Growth and Development3 s.h.
ECON:4110 (06E:173) International Economics3 s.h.
FIN:4240 (06F:130) International Finance (prerequisite required)3 s.h.
GEOG:2410 (044:104) Environment and Development3 s.h.
GEOG:3910 (044:194) Geographic Perspectives on Development3 s.h.
HIST:3126 (016:126) History of Globalization3 s.h.
MGMT:3450 (06J:146) International Business Environment3 s.h.
MKTG:4300 (06M:151) International Marketing (prerequisite required)3 s.h.
REGIONAL POLITICS AND RELATIONSHIPS TRACK

The regional politics and relationships track requires the following course work (minimum of 15 s.h.).

This course:

POLI:1400 (030:045) Introduction to Comparative Politics3 s.h.

Four of these, including at least 6 s.h. of courses from each of two departments:

POLI:1401 (030:041) Introduction to the Politics of Russia and Eurasia3 s.h.
POLI:1403 (030:043) Introduction to Politics in the Muslim World3 s.h.
POLI:3401 (030:142) European Union3 s.h.
POLI:3403 (030:147) Parties and Elections Around the World3 s.h.
POLI:3404 (030:150) Public Policy Around the World3 s.h.
POLI:3405 (030:159) Authoritarian Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3408 (030:148) Government and Politics of China3 s.h.
POLI:3410 (030:146) Russian Foreign Policy3 s.h.
POLI:3412 (030:140) Government and Politics of Europe3 s.h.
POLI:3413 (030:141) Russian Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3415 (030:144) Latin American Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3416 (030:172) France in the 21st Century3 s.h.
POLI:3419 (030:145) War in the Muslim World3 s.h.
POLI:3420 (030:102) Southeast Asia: Democracy, Identity, and Development3 s.h.
POLI:3421 (030:103) The Politics of Southern Africa3 s.h.
POLI:3422 (030:135) Transnational Issues and the Horn of Africa3 s.h.
POLI:3423 (030:105) The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy3 s.h.
POLI:3450 (030:149) Problems in Comparative Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3510 (030:173) State Failure in the Developing World3 s.h.
POLI:3514 (030:198) Regional Peace and Security3 s.h.
POLI:4400 (030:183) Honors Seminar on Comparative Politics3 s.h.
HIST:1008 (016:023) Issues in European Politics and Society3 s.h.
HIST:2602 (016:005) Civilizations of Asia: China3 s.h.
HIST:2604 (016:006) Civilizations of Asia: Japan3-4 s.h.
HIST:2606 (016:007) Civilizations of Asia: South Asia3-4 s.h.
HIST:2708 (016:008) Civilizations of Africa3 s.h.
HIST:3145 (16W:155) Europe and the U.S. in the Twentieth Century3 s.h.
HIST:4289 (16W:160) The Atlantic World c. 1450-18503 s.h.
HIST:4460 (16E:135) Twentieth-Century Europe: The Nazi Era3 s.h.
HIST:4464 (16E:143) Modern France 1789-18713 s.h.
HIST:4475 (16E:156) Germany Since 1914: Weimar, Hitler, and After3-4 s.h.
HIST:4486 (16E:152) Modern Britain: The Twentieth Century3 s.h.
HIST:4493 (16E:178) Soviet Union 1917-19453-4 s.h.
HIST:4501 (16W:106) Society and Revolution in Cuba3 s.h.
HIST:4502 (16W:107) History of Mexico3 s.h.
HIST:4515 (16W:112) Introduction to Modern Latin America3 s.h.
HIST:4525 (16W:115) Latin American Revolution3 s.h.
HIST:4615 (16W:173) Modern Japan3 s.h.
HIST:4640 (16W:194) Imperialism and Modern India3 s.h.
HIST:4655 (16W:198) China Since 19273 s.h.
HIST:4666 (16W:178) Topics in Asian History3 s.h.
HIST:4685 (16W:185) Modern Korean History3 s.h.
HIST:4715 (16W:121) African History Since 18803 s.h.
HIST:4810 (16W:152) History of the Modern Middle East3 s.h.
HIST:4815 (16W:153) Topics in the Modern Middle East3 s.h.
TRANSNATIONAL ISSUES TRACK

The transnational issues track requires the following course work (minimum of 15 s.h.).

At least five of these, including 3 s.h. of credit in courses from each of three departments:

POLI:3422 (030:135) Transnational Issues and the Horn of Africa3 s.h.
POLI:3501 (030:161) International Organization and World Order3 s.h.
POLI:3507 (030:160) Women and Politics in Global Perspective3 s.h.
POLI:3508 (030:164) Race in World Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3509 (030:155) International Courts: The Intersection of Law and Politics3 s.h.
POLI:3511 (030:195) International Law3 s.h.
POLI:3513 (030:197) Politics of International Human Rights Law3 s.h.
ECON:3760 (06E:113) Health Economics (two prerequisites required)3 s.h.
GEOG:1020 (044:003) The Global Environment3 s.h.
GEOG:1070 (044:019) Contemporary Environmental Issues3 s.h.
GEOG:1090 (044:010) Globalization and Geographic Diversity3 s.h.
GEOG:2110 (044:011) Population Geography3 s.h.
GEOG:3110 (044:131) Geography of Health3 s.h.
GEOG:4770 (044:177) Environmental Justice3 s.h.
GHS:3030 (152:152) Global Health Conference1 s.h.
GHS:3110 (152:121) Health of Indigenous Peoples3 s.h.
GHS:3720 (152:160) Global Health Seminar3 s.h.
GHS:3850 (152:158) Promoting Health Globally3 s.h.
GHS:4160 (152:137) History of Public Health3 s.h.
GHS:4162 (152:138) History of Global Health3 s.h.
GHS:4210 (152:111) International Health3 s.h.
GHS:4340 (152:135) Global Health and Global Food3 s.h.
GHS:4600 (152:120) Global Health and Human Rights2-3 s.h.
GWSS:3157 (131:157) Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights3 s.h.
HIST:4101 (016:101) History of Human Rights3 s.h.
HIST:4438 (16E:130) Modern European Imperialism3 s.h.
HIST:4725 (16W:125) Women and Gender in African History3 s.h.
HIST:4730 (16W:126) Slavery, Jihads, and Saints in Islamic Africa3 s.h.
SOC:3415 (034:045) Global Criminology3 s.h.
SELF-DEFINED TRACK

Students may create their own track with permission from the director of undergraduate studies. A self-defined track may not duplicate an existing track or another academic program of study at The University of Iowa. It must consist of at least 15 s.h. of course work, which must include 3 s.h. of credit earned in courses from each of three departments.

B.A. or B.S. with Teacher Licensure

Political science majors interested in earning licensure to teach in elementary and/or secondary schools must complete the College of Education's Teacher Education Program (TEP) in addition to the requirements for the major and all requirements for graduation. The TEP requires several College of Education courses and student teaching. Contact the Office of Education Services for details.

Students must satisfy all degree requirements and complete Teacher Education Program licensure before degree conferral.

The Department of Political Science course POLI:1100 (030:001) Introduction to American Politics is approved for teacher education requirements.

Four-Year Graduation Plan

The following checkpoints list the minimum requirements students must complete by certain semesters in order to stay on the University's Four-Year Graduation Plan. (Courses in the major are those required to complete the major; they may be offered by departments other than the major department.)

B.A.: Political Science

In addition to the following checkpoints, B.A. honors students must complete POLI:4000 (030:180) Honors Seminar on the Study of Politics and one additional honors seminar before the seventh semester begins.

Before the fifth semester begins: two courses in the major

Before the seventh semester begins: six courses in the major and at least 90 s.h. earned toward the degree

Before the eighth semester begins: eight courses in the major

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining course work in the major, all remaining General Education courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate

B.S.: Political Science

In addition to the following checkpoints, B.S. honors students must complete POLI:4000 (030:180) Honors Seminar on the Study of Politics and one additional honors seminar before the seventh semester begins.

Before the fifth semester begins: two courses in the major

Before the seventh semester: eight courses in the major, including two of the three required mathematics/statistics courses and POLI:3000 (030:100) Understanding Political Research; and at least 90 s.h. earned toward the degree

Before the eighth semester begins: 11 courses in the major, including POLI:4701 (030:193) Undergraduate Research Tutorial 

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining course work in the major, all remaining General Education courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate

B.A.: International Relations

Before the third semester begins:POLI:1500 (030:060) Introduction to International Relations 

Before the fifth semester begins: all core courses and the methods course

Before the seventh semester begins: at least 12 s.h. in the track and at least 90 s.h. earned toward the degree

Before the eighth semester begins: all track requirements

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining course work in the major, all remaining General Education courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate

B.S.: International Relations

Before the third semester begins:POLI:1500 (030:060) Introduction to International Relations 

Before the fifth semester begins: all core courses and the methods course

Before the seventh semester begins: at least two of the mathematics/statistics courses, at least 12 s.h. in the track, and at least 90 s.h. earned toward the degree

Before the eighth semester begins: all core courses, the methods course, the remaining mathematics/statistics course, and all track requirements

During the eighth semester: enrollment in all remaining course work in the major, all remaining General Education courses, and a sufficient number of semester hours to graduate

Honors in the Major: Political Science

Students majoring in political science have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. To enter the major's honors program, students must have a g.p.a. of at least 3.33 in the major and must be members of the University's honors program, which requires students to maintain a cumulative University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 and to fulfill other requirements; visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University of Iowa Honors Program.

Departmental honors students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.50 in the major. They must complete 9 s.h. in honors courses numbered 2000 or above with a grade of B or higher in each course, and they are encouraged to take honors sections of introductory courses whenever available. Their work must include the following courses.

POLI:4000 (030:180) Honors Seminar on the Study of Politics (preferably taken during the second year)3 s.h.

At least one additional honors seminar, from these:

POLI:4100 (030:181) Honors Seminar on American Politics3 s.h.
POLI:4300 (030:182) Honors Seminar on Political Theory3 s.h.
POLI:4400 (030:183) Honors Seminar on Comparative Politics3 s.h.
POLI:4500 (030:184) Honors Seminar on International Politics3 s.h.
One course numbered 5000 or above, with the instructor's consent

Final honors project—one of these:

POLI:4600 (030:185) Honors Research Project3 s.h.
POLI:4601 (030:186) Honors Senior Thesis3 s.h.

For more information about honors in the political science major, contact the Department of Political Science honors advisor.

Honors in the Major: International Relations

Students majoring in international relations have the opportunity to graduate with honors in the major. Departmental honors students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 3.50 in the major. They must complete POLI:4500 (030:184) Honors Seminar on International Politics or POLI:4400 (030:183) Honors Seminar on Comparative Politics. They also must designate POLI:4800 (030:179) Senior Seminar in International Relations as an honors course and complete an honors thesis, registering in POLI:4601 (030:186) Honors Senior Thesis.

Honors students in international relations must be members of the University's honors program, which requires students to maintain a cumulative University of Iowa g.p.a. of at least 3.33 and to fulfill other requirements; visit Honors at Iowa to learn about the University of Iowa Honors Program.

Minor: Political Science

The minor in political science requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in political science courses, including 12 s.h. in courses numbered 2000 or above and 12 s.h. taken at The University of Iowa. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Credit by exam is not accepted. Credit from POLI:1000 (030:029) First-Year Seminar, POLI:3124 (030:187) Political Science Des Moines Internship Program, and POLI:4900 (030:191) Government Internship does not count toward the minor. Credit earned through a University of Iowa Regents program is considered credit earned at The University of Iowa.

Students may complete an emphasis area (see "Emphases in Political Science" above); however, emphasis areas in the minor are not recorded on the transcript. Students may request a letter from the Department of Political Science noting the completion of an emphasis area in the minor.

Minor: International Relations

The minor in international relations requires a minimum of 15 s.h. in course work approved for the international relations major, including at least 9 s.h. in courses numbered 3000 or above and at least 12 s.h. taken at The University of Iowa. Students must maintain a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in all courses for the minor and in all UI courses for the minor. Course work in the minor may not be taken pass/nonpass. Students may count a maximum of 9 s.h. earned in course work from one department toward the minor.

Courses for the minor must include this:

POLI:1500 (030:060) Introduction to International Relations3 s.h.

And one of these:

POLI:3512 (030:165) International Conflict3 s.h.
POLI:3516 (030:170) The Politics of International Economics3 s.h.

National Honor Society

The department sponsors a chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. Students who have a cumulative g.p.a. of at least 3.30, have attained junior standing, and have completed 15 s.h. of course work in political science are considered for membership. Contact the Department of Political Science honors advisor for more information.

Graduate Programs of Study

  • Master of Arts in political science
  • Doctor of Philosophy in political science

Graduate study in political science emphasizes the Doctor of Philosophy program, which is designed for students planning academic careers. The department usually offers the master's degree only as a preliminary step toward the Ph.D.

Master of Arts

The Master of Arts program in political science requires a minimum of 30 s.h. of graduate credit, with a g.p.a. of at least 3.25. No thesis is required. Each student's record is reviewed by a final examination committee, which may waive the final oral examination.

A first-year evaluation committee convenes at the end of the student's first year of courses; if the committee finds that a student's work provides sufficient evidence of the research and writing skills ordinarily demonstrated in a master's thesis, it may recommend that the student be allowed to proceed with a doctoral program. When the first-year evaluation committee finds the quality of a student's work inadequate for recommending continuation toward the Ph.D., the committee may recommend that the student be permitted to seek the nonthesis M.A. as a terminal degree.

Doctor of Philosophy

The Doctor of Philosophy program in political science requires a minimum of 72 s.h. of graduate credit. The program is designed to prepare students for research, teaching, and scholarly endeavor in academic settings and private or governmental institutions. It produces graduates who are deeply committed to the study of politics, familiar with fundamental knowledge about political processes, well trained in methods and techniques for careful investigation of basic and applied research questions, and determined to make contributions to the discipline of political science and to society.

The department usually admits seven to ten Ph.D. students each year, so students work closely with faculty members, often collaborating on research and publication. Graduate students know one another and enjoy supportive, congenial working conditions.

Doctoral study usually lasts four to five years. The first-year curriculum for all students consists of core courses equally divided between substance and methodology. Emphasis is on basic research methods, including quantitative methods, that political scientists must understand thoroughly. Special attention is given to research design, collection of observations, and data analysis and interpretation.

The second and third years of study are spent in small seminars with focused, substantive topics. Papers written for these seminars might be submitted to journals or read at professional meetings. Students must take their qualifying examinations by the end of the third year. They take their comprehensive examination (oral defense of the dissertation proposal) by the middle of the first semester of their fourth year.

The fourth and fifth years are spent on dissertation research and writing. Students who do basic research and gather data abroad often require an additional year to complete the dissertation.

Six fields of study are available: American politics, comparative politics, international relations, political theory, formal theory, and for those who wish to go beyond the basic methodology training, research methods. Each student chooses three fields of study for qualifying examinations.

The Guide to Doctoral Study in Political Science, available from the Department of Political Science and on its web site, provides a comprehensive statement of departmental requirements.

Admission

Applicants must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate College; see the Manual of Rules and Regulations of the Graduate College or the Graduate College section of the Catalog.

Courses

Lower-Level Undergraduate

The following courses are numbered below 3000; they are introductory undergraduate courses. Course POLI:1000 (030:029) First-Year Seminar does not count toward the major or the minor in political science.

POLI:1000 (030:029) First-Year Seminar1 s.h.
Small discussion class taught by a faculty member; topics chosen by instructor; may include outside activities (e.g., films, lectures, performances, readings, visits to research facilities). Requirements: first‑ or second‑semester standing.
 
POLI:1001 (030:020) Introduction to Politics3 s.h.
Introduction to selected processes, institutions, or behaviors central to the study of politics.
 
POLI:1002 (030:021) Lawyers in the American Political System3 s.h.
Training and careers of lawyers; various roles they play in the American political system. Requirements: no prior enrollment in POLI:3150 (030:119) with subtitle Lawyers in the American Political System.
 
POLI:1100 (030:001) Introduction to American Politics3 s.h.
Structure and processes of American national government; how the United States manages political conflict; impact of the U.S. Constitution; effect of public opinion, interest groups, and media on government; role and evolution of Congress, presidency, bureaucracy, and Supreme Court. GE: Social Sciences.
 
POLI:1200 (030:050) Introduction to Political Behavior3 s.h.
Patterns and basis of political behavior of American electorate; trends in voter turnout; vote choice; ideology, partisanship, and public opinion. GE: Social Sciences.
 
POLI:1300 (030:030) Introduction to Political Thought and Action3 s.h.
Common problems, literature, analytic techniques. GE: Social Sciences; Values, Society, and Diversity.
 
POLI:1400 (030:045) Introduction to Comparative Politics3 s.h.
Politics worldwide, including all regions and levels of development; wide‑ranging themes, including regime types, political change, political culture, public opinion, government structures, state‑society relationship, electoral systems, public policy issues. GE: International and Global Issues; Social Sciences.
 
POLI:1401 (030:041) Introduction to the Politics of Russia and Eurasia3 s.h.
Political dynamics in postcommunist countries of east‑central Europe and Eurasia; imperial legacies, ideology and practice of communist politics, patterns of democracy and authoritarianism. GE: International and Global Issues; Social Sciences.
 
POLI:1403 (030:043) Introduction to Politics in the Muslim World3 s.h.
Processes of politics and government in pivotal countries of the Muslim world; foundations of Islam, legacies of Western imperialism, regime types, regional conflicts, oppositional organizations; domestic and foreign policy; selected countries include Syria, Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Palestine, and Israel. GE: International and Global Issues; Social Sciences.
 
POLI:1500 (030:060) Introduction to International Relations3 s.h.
Survey of key issues in international relations, including causes of wars, different types of theories of international relations, international organizations, and global environmental problems. GE: International and Global Issues; Social Sciences.
 
POLI:1501 (030:061) Introduction to American Foreign Policy3 s.h.
Foreign policies: goals, basic themes and general patterns, problems encountered by policy makers, means employed in dealing with other nations and international organizations, processes by which policies are formulated, factors that influence structure of policies. GE: International and Global Issues; Social Sciences.
 
POLI:1600 (030:070) Introduction to Political Communication3 s.h.
Institutions, dynamics, issues of political communities considered as networks of communication; representative topics include political actors, ads, films, media, myths, news, publics, regulations, rhetorics, symbols. GE: Social Sciences.
 
POLI:1601 (030:071) Introduction to Political Media3 s.h.
Politics in news, culture, commerce, campaigns, and government with attention to current media (e.g., cinema, internet, print, television).
 
POLI:1700 (030:072) Introduction to Political Analysis3 s.h.
Tools necessary to analyze and solve puzzles in politics (i.e., Why do countries go to war rather than negotiate? Why do lifelong enemies become allies? Why do majorities act irrationally?); questions approached from a quantitative perspective (unlike most political analyses), in particular, game theory—a branch of mathematics that investigates how rational players act in situations (like those in politics) of strategic interaction. GE: Quantitative or Formal Reasoning.
 
POLI:2107 (030:099) Black Literature and Politics: Controversies of National Allegiance3 s.h.
Black literature born amid political controversy, from slave narratives to award‑winning texts of late 20th century; evolving politics of African American writers; changing political landscape of this expansive period and representative literature; how African American writers shape U.S. political debate; surprising politics of many canonical African American writers. English majors may apply this course to the following area and/or period requirement. AREA: American Literature and Culture. PERIOD: 18th/19th‑Century Literature, or 20th/21st‑Century Literature. Same as AFAM:2781 (129:081), ENGL:2460 (008:080).
 
POLI:2700 (030:189) Business, Government, and Society3 s.h.
How business, governments, and societies interact and fail to interact; exploration of questions that are empirical (i.e., how does the relationship between business and government impact society?) and normative (i.e., how should the relationship between business and government impact upon society?); where one sits on business‑government‑society (BGS) triangle often shapes how normative questions are answered; how such an approach helps to better understand these relationships and how they lead to specific corporate, government, and societal outcomes.
 

Upper-Level Undergraduate and Graduate

The following courses are numbered 3000-4999; they are considered advanced for undergraduates. Course POLI:4900 (030:191) Government Internship does not count toward the major or the minor in political science; it is offered only satisfactory/fail.

POLI:3000 (030:100) Understanding Political Research3 s.h.
Creating knowledgeable evaluators of current research in political science; interpretation of different quantitative techniques with examples from current political science research.
 
POLI:3001 (030:101) Hawkeye Poll3 s.h.
Basics of survey design, sampling, question wording, interpreting responses, and writing press releases; students work together to help design questions as part of the Hawkeye Poll, a collaborative teaching and research enterprise in the Department of Political Science.
 
POLI:3100 (030:113) American State Politics3 s.h.
Approaches to analysis of political behavior in American state governments; emphasis on cultures, parties, actors, processes, issues.
 
POLI:3101 (030:116) American Constitutional Law and Politics3 s.h.
Role of U.S. Supreme Court in American political system; emphasis on analysis of Supreme Court cases.
 
POLI:3102 (030:152) The U.S. Congress3 s.h.
History of Congress, how congressional elections shape what legislators do, how laws are made in Congress, rules and maneuvers that shape these laws, and the future of Congress as one of the major institutions of American government; gain an understanding of Congress and why Americans continue to be confused and fascinated by this complicated branch and its politics.
 
POLI:3104 (030:108) Immigration Politics3 s.h.
United States immigration policy and political consequences of Latino population growth; contrast of political experiences of Latinos with groups and ideals of democratic political systems; analyses of past immigration policies; studies of public opinion, voter turnout, and campaign tactics.
 
POLI:3105 (030:112) Minority Representation in American Politics3 s.h.
Effects of voting rights legislation, election laws, interest groups, and institutional constraints on minority representation in American politics.
 
POLI:3106 (030:114) Racism and Politics in the U.S.3 s.h.
Evolution of white racial attitudes over time; political experiences of African Americans contrasted with other groups and the ideals of democratic political systems; effect of race on political participation, partisan affiliation, vote choice, and policy preferences.
 
POLI:3107 (030:104) Writing in Political Science: Writing for "Science" and for "Politics"arr.
Writing for "science" and "politics" of political science; science writing emphasis on clear explanation to produce understanding; political writing emphasis on advocacy, which can highlight, obscure, and "spin" to motivate readers; evaluation of examples of each writing form; principles that help clear or obfuscate, explain or persuade, depending on their purpose; students compose examples of each writing form.
 
POLI:3108 (030:118) American Political Development3 s.h.
Transformations in American political behavior and institutions over time.
 
POLI:3109 (030:109) Fixing America's Electoral System3 s.h.
What's wrong with American politics and what can be done to fix it; overview of major problems facing American democracy from polarized political parties and money in politics, to low voter turnout and trust in government, to growing gap between super rich and middle class; focus on problem solving, including movement towards digital politics and new media, participatory democracy, reform of congressional elections and non‑partisan redistricting, presidential elections (Electoral College), presidential nomination process, campaign finance, voter registration and voting, proportional representation. Requirements: no prior enrollment in POLI:3150 (030:119) with subtitle Election Reform.
 
POLI:3110 (030:111) Local Politics3 s.h.
Models of city government, relation to state and federal governments; rights, liabilities of municipalities; city elections, campaigns, issues; role of pressure groups.
 
POLI:3111 (030:126) American Public Policy3 s.h.
Functions and policies of national government; emphasis on domestic policy making, impact of public policy.
 
POLI:3112 (030:128) Direct Legislation3 s.h.
Direct democracy—lawmaking by the citizenry without legislative action; origins, historical perspectives, usage across politics, regulations; consequences of direct democracy; concerns about equality of access, tyranny of majority; United States, other countries.
 
POLI:3113 (030:106) Research in Judicial Politics3 s.h.
Applied research training in courts and judicial politics. Prerequisites: POLI:3120 (030:158) or POLI:3101 (030:116) (30:116) or POLI:3121 (030:153).
 
POLI:3114 (030:107) Women and Politics in the United States3 s.h.
Involvement of women in the U.S. political system; topics include political theories about women's involvement in politics and government, women and constitutional law, public policies that affect women, women's participation in politics at the mass and elite levels.
 
POLI:3116 (030:115) The Presidency3 s.h.
Constitutional foundations, subsequent development, current status of the office of the presidency; evolution of presidential selection process; powers, structures, functions of the office; role of president as legislative, executive, and public leader.
 
POLI:3117 (030:120) Public Administration and Bureaucratic Politics3 s.h.
Administrative and organizational theory and behavior; techniques of management; relations between administration and other branches in federal and state governments; administrative politics.
 
POLI:3118 (030:125) Interest Groups3 s.h.
Theory, organization, and structure of interest groups; how they influence Congress, executive branch, courts, elections.
 
POLI:3119 (030:129) Policy Matters: Perspective on Contemporary Problems3 s.h.
Public policy issues in scholarly perspective; UI experts provide background introduction to weekly issues; presentations of new policy initiatives, roundtable on policy options; panels representing local, state, and national options and experience involving policy practitioners, legislators, and advocates. Same as HIST:3115 (016:115).
 
POLI:3120 (030:158) The Criminal Justice System3 s.h.
Role of actors, institutions that constitute and participate in the American criminal justice system.
 
POLI:3121 (030:153) The Judicial Process3 s.h.
Role of courts, lawyers, judges, interest groups in the American political system.
 
POLI:3122 (030:121) Public Choice3 s.h.
Introduction to some of the most important topics in public choice (i.e., How do we explain what the public "wants"? Can we determine group preferences and group choices even if individual incentives run contrary to society's needs?); study of public choice theory problems in political science—how we determine society's preference among candidates, public policies, or even types of government.
 
POLI:3123 (030:110) State Politics in Iowa3 s.h.
Introduction to Iowa government and politics; emphasis on Iowa Constitution, founding and history, political institutions, voting, political parties, mass movements and interest groups; evangelical movement in Iowa, immigration, and Iowa's role in national politics given the state's first‑in‑the‑nation caucus.
 
POLI:3124 (030:187) Political Science Des Moines Internship Program1-6 s.h.
Supervised professional work experience in government and nongovernment organizations, as well as private industry. Corequisites: POLI:3125 (030:188). Requirements: sophomore or higher standing.
 
POLI:3125 (030:188) Perspectives on Contemporary Iowa3 s.h.
In‑depth examination of the state of Iowa; culture, politics, and contemporary issues facing the state and Midwest region in which it resides; historical and political development of Iowa as a state; policy implications of development on contemporary Iowa; how history, culture, and politics impact citizenry of the state; designed to enrich internship program in Des Moines, IA.
 
POLI:3150 (030:119) Problems in American Politics1-3 s.h.
Problems in studying American system; structures, functions, behavior.
 
POLI:3201 (030:127) Political Campaigning3 s.h.
Current state of political campaigning at all levels of government; history of campaigning, role of money and campaign finance reform, television and negative advertising, Internet campaigning.
 
POLI:3202 (030:154) Political Psychology3 s.h.
Political phenomena from psychological perspective; political behaviors of individuals, including decision making by elites and masses, evaluations of political candidates, mass mobilization, response to mass media; psychological concepts including stereotyping, social cognition, attitude, group identification.
 
POLI:3203 (030:157) Campaigns, Elections, and Voting Behaviorarr.
Determinants of voting behavior; correlates of political participation, political apathy; political socialization processes; nature and functions of elections.
 
POLI:3204 (030:171) Public Opinion3 s.h.
Role in making public policy; formation, change of political attitudes and opinions; political ideology; measurement of public opinion; how opinion polls are conducted; experience with interviewing and conducting public opinion research. Same as SOC:3525 (034:153).
 
POLI:3300 (030:133) Postmodern Political Theory3 s.h.
Major writers and intellectual trends, from 19th century to World War II.
 
POLI:3302 (030:138) Current Political Theory3 s.h.
Thinkers or schools of thought, from World War II to present.
 
POLI:3303 (030:139) Political Issues3 s.h.
Representative topics include democracy, revolution, justice, obligation, technology, authority.
 
POLI:3305 (030:132) Modern Political Theory3 s.h.
Major writers and intellectual trends in political thought from Renaissance and Reformation to 19th century.
 
POLI:3306 (030:134) Problems of Democracy3 s.h.
Theory and practice of democracy; democratic ideals and the institutions and practices necessary for those ideals to work in everyday politics—power, equality, majority rule, participation, trust, representation.
 
POLI:3400 (030:137) Introduction to Political Economy3 s.h.
Economic reasoning applied to political issues, including evolution of institutions, voting, leadership, interest groups, bargaining tactics, federalism, bureaucracy, fairness and compensation for wrongs, legitimacy of democracy, electoral cycles in economic policy, revolutions.
 
POLI:3401 (030:142) European Union3 s.h.
Politics of the European Union; institutional characteristics and major political issues of the European Union, including popular and national responses to European integration.
 
POLI:3403 (030:147) Parties and Elections Around the World3 s.h.
Comparative approach and exploration of political parties and elections around the world; party formation and development, identification and voter behavior, competition and strategies; election outcomes; electoral systems and their consequences. Recommendations: POLI:1400 (030:045) is strongly recommended.
 
POLI:3404 (030:150) Public Policy Around the World3 s.h.
Does the design of democratic institutions lead to poor or slow government response to crises (e.g., Hurricane Katrina, Gulf Oil Spill)? Does increased citizen participation in policy making help or hurt? How can citizens in democracies hold government accountable, especially when it is under pressure to adopt certain policies (e.g., economic stimulus packages, environmental or financial regulations, health care, taxation)? Implementation of laws in democracies, accountability of policy makers and consequences of controlling them, and so forth.
 
POLI:3405 (030:159) Authoritarian Politics3 s.h.
Political dynamics in countries with authoritarian governing regimes; how those dynamics differ from their counterparts in democracies; how decisions are reached and get enforced; forms political struggles take; how interest groups pursue influence; ways individuals deal with the government; tension between regime control and societal progress.
 
POLI:3406 (030:156) Ethnic and Religious Conflict in the Muslim World3 s.h.
Ethnic and religious conflict in the Muslim world; language rights, cultural preservation, and religious nationalism examined through case studies of ethnic and religious groups in countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq; conditions under which conflict becomes violent, protracted, and regionalized; strategies available to states and minority groups for resolving or managing conflicts.
 
POLI:3408 (030:148) Government and Politics of China3 s.h.
Comprehensive introduction to modern Chinese history; current Chinese political system and political culture; public policy issues.
 
POLI:3410 (030:146) Russian Foreign Policy3 s.h.
Russia's behavior as a major economic, military, and diplomatic power in the world and what shapes that behavior; Russians' perceptions of other countries; Russian national interests; capabilities and domestic political dynamics; implications for foreign policy of the United States and other countries.
 
POLI:3411 (030:196) Democracy: Global Trends and Struggles3 s.h.
Diverse contemporary understandings and practices of democracy; worldwide democratization trends; what political, economic, cultural and transnational factors shape those trends; how elites and citizens struggle to promote or retard democracy; the news full of people around the world taking action to demand democracy and what this term, so highly prized, really means; what is known about when democracy will replace authoritarianism; how can democracies more fully live up to their promise.
 
POLI:3412 (030:140) Government and Politics of Europe3 s.h.
Political institutions, processes of selected European countries. GE: International and Global Issues; Social Sciences.
 
POLI:3413 (030:141) Russian Politics3 s.h.
Institutions and processes of governing this large world power; Russian political dynamics, including struggles to unify or diversify power; political responses to major economic, technical, and social challenges. Recommendations: POLI:1401 (030:041). GE: International and Global Issues; Social Sciences.
 
POLI:3414 (030:143) Government and Politics of the Far East3 s.h.
Functions, institutions of government in countries of Far East; focus on social, economic, historical environments. GE: International and Global Issues; Social Sciences. Same as ASIA:3414 (039:178).
 
POLI:3415 (030:144) Latin American Politics3 s.h.
Governmental institutions, major interest groups; focus on area as a whole. GE: International and Global Issues; Social Sciences.
 
POLI:3416 (030:172) France in the 21st Century3 s.h.
French politics from the end of the 20th century to beginning of the 21st century; history of France’s Fifth Republic; institutional development; key events that influenced politics in France over the last 50 years; major issues that shape France today—citizenship, immigration, identity, France’s role in the European Union, electoral and institutional reform, rise of the extreme right, role of women in French society, how protest still affects French politics.
 
POLI:3417 (030:151) Political Leadership3 s.h.
Foundations, effects of leadership in different political systems.
 
POLI:3418 (030:176) Governance in the Middle East3 s.h.
Institutions and social systems that are affected by political behavior; ways in which Islam, oil production, and international forces shape political evolution in the region; comparative political inquiry of the operation of government institutions in the context of specific historical legacies, economic structures, and population characteristics in Iran, Iraq, Egypt, Turkey, Saudi Arabia.
 
POLI:3419 (030:145) War in the Muslim World3 s.h.
Foundations, evolutions, and outcomes of recent wars in the Middle East; primary focus on insurgencies in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq, together with Arab‑Israel conflict; Sunni‑Shiite, Jewish‑Arab, Arab‑Kurd cleavages; military activities of international forces; rise of insurgent forces (i.e., the Taliban); Al Qaeda alliance; shadow governments; institutions of governance; strategies and ideologies of oppositional organizations. Requirements: no prior enrollment in POLI:3450 (030:149) with subtitle War in the Muslim World.
 
POLI:3420 (030:102) Southeast Asia: Democracy, Identity, and Developmentarr.
Eleven states of Southeast Asia; governance, development strategies, domestic politics, approach to democracy and national identity; regional politics and important transnational issues; role of ASEAN, terrorism, trans‑Pacific trade and investment issues, China's looming presence, impact of ongoing and historic conflicts; briefings, discussions, presentations.
 
POLI:3421 (030:103) The Politics of Southern Africa3 s.h.
Comparative approach to politics of ten countries in the Southern Africa region; mineral riches, substantial agricultural resources, millions of hard working and talented people; poverty, underdevelopment, and inequality; varied paths toward development; mosaic of ethnic, religious, and regional groups that impact domestic and regional politics; politics analyzed at regional, state, and sub‑state level.
 
POLI:3422 (030:135) Transnational Issues and the Horn of Africaarr.
Eight states in the Horn of Africa region; important transnational and regional issues; governance, development strategies, domestic politics, social and civic dynamics of countries in the region; wildlife trafficking, piracy, fight against HIV/AIDS, imprint of colonialism, secession, ethnic and national identities, democratization, role of women in society, impact of ongoing and historic conflicts; briefings, discussions, presentations.
 
POLI:3423 (030:105) The Middle East: Policy and Diplomacy3 s.h.
Nineteen states and entities of North Africa and the Middle East; issues of governance, development strategies, domestic politics, and approach to democracy and national identity; regional politics and important transnational issues; role of political Islam; impacts of the Arab Spring, terrorism, oil, role of women in society, ongoing and historic conflicts; briefings, discussions, presentations.
 
POLI:3450 (030:149) Problems in Comparative Politics3 s.h.
Structures, functions, behaviors of different political systems.
 
POLI:3500 (030:162) American Foreign Policies3 s.h.
Ends pursued, problems encountered, means employed by the United States in relations with other states and international organizations.
 
POLI:3501 (030:161) International Organization and World Order3 s.h.
Different conceptualizations of world order; multiple sources of world order including force, power, norms, international institutions; International order and main sources; question peace being the same as world order.
 
POLI:3502 (030:167) Politics and the Multinational Enterprise3 s.h.
Operations of multinational business enterprises; relationship between business and politics; focus on corporations interacting with sovereign states, other companies, interest groups, international governmental organizations (IGOs), and non‑governmental organizations (NGOs).
 
POLI:3503 (030:168) Politics of Terrorism3 s.h.
Interplay between technological change and military strategy; changes in warfare brought about by information revolution; cyber weapons and other features of war in computer age; unmanned systems including aerial drones and ground‑based robots; moral considerations associated with military robotics; anti‑missile systems; predicting future changes in technology and military strategy.
 
POLI:3504 (030:177) Globalization3 s.h.
Introduction to multidisciplinary literature on political economy and culture of globalization; major topics of debate on globalization.
 
POLI:3505 (030:178) Causes, Consequences, and Management of Civil War3 s.h.
Causes, duration, management, and consequences of civil war; factors that create more frequent, longer civil wars (e.g., greed, grievance, ethnic conflict, state capacity); conflict management strategies for ending civil wars and minimizing long‑term negative consequences.
 
POLI:3506 (030:130) Consequences of War3 s.h.
War's enduring effects: war's impact on individuals, including combatants and noncombatants; war's impact on states, including states' development, economic, political, and social effects; war's effects on the international system.
 
POLI:3507 (030:160) Women and Politics in Global Perspective3 s.h.
Women and politics in Europe and the global South; women's participation in political parties and social movements, women in the bureaucracy, women and the politics of intersectionality, feminism and the state, emergence of female gender identities.
 
POLI:3508 (030:164) Race in World Politics3 s.h.
Fundamental questions about racial and ethnic politics; racial and ethnic identities and their intersection with other major social cleavages such as class, nationality, sexuality, religion, gender; concepts and use of race and ethnicity viewed through varied theoretical perspectives; contemporary events around the globe.
 
POLI:3509 (030:155) International Courts: The Intersection of Law and Politics3 s.h.
Introduction to important international courts including (Permanent) International Court of Justice, European Court of Justice, International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and International Criminal Court; the formation, design, and expansion of international courts from political and legal perspectives; states’ capabilities, regime type, and war; intersection of domestic and international law, emphasizing the major legal systems in the world (civil law, common law, Islamic law).
 
POLI:3510 (030:173) State Failure in the Developing World3 s.h.
State failure in the developing world, including notable cases like Somalia and Zimbabwe; causes of state failure; potential policy interventions designed to address consequences of state failure.
 
POLI:3511 (030:195) International Law3 s.h.
Introduction to field of international law from a political and legal perspective; history and contemporary status of international law in several areas: human rights, humanitarian (law of war), environmental law, trade; structure and areas of international law; ask if international law is or can it be an effective tool of international cooperation from a political science perspective; structure of the basic documents of international law and organizations, key cases in the field from a legal perspective. Requirements: no prior enrollment in POLI:3550 (030:169) with subtitle International Law.
 
POLI:3512 (030:165) International Conflict3 s.h.
International conflict as the primary ingredient of international politics; sources, causes, and effects of conflict, alliance structures, power distribution, geography, arms races, deterrence.
 
POLI:3513 (030:197) Politics of International Human Rights Law3 s.h.
Interaction between politics and international human rights law; international law and organizations, human rights, ratification of human rights treaties; theories of international law and cooperation, exposure to tools of international relations (diplomacy, trade, aid, shaming, sanctions), the role that international and domestic civil society groups play in advocating for states to commit to human rights laws.
 
POLI:3514 (030:198) Regional Peace and Security3 s.h.
Analysis of the causes of peace and conflict between countries in various regions of the world; theories of zones of peace, security communities, regional security complexes.
 
POLI:3515 (030:166) Global Communication and Politics3 s.h.
How distance and language barriers in communication have fallen since 2000; how politics and the world are affected when such barriers to communication disappear.
 
POLI:3516 (030:170) The Politics of International Economics3 s.h.
Politics of international trade and financial systems, including rise of free trade in 19th century and breakdown between the two world wars, postwar trading system framed around the World Trade Organization, different types of international monetary systems, relations between rich countries and poor countries, and global environmental politics.
 
POLI:3517 (030:131) Global Justice3 s.h.
Introduction to normative issues in international politics (i.e., Under what conditions are wars just? When is intervention justified? Do wealthier nations owe anything to those elsewhere who are in need?); theoretical works on global justice by Rawls, Kant, Pogge, Walzer, and others; normative theories analyzed against background of empirical examples, such as recent humanitarian interventions, contemporary wars, current trade regime, global environmental problems; seminar. Requirements: no prior enrollment in POLI:3550 (030:169) with subtitle Global Justice.
 
POLI:3520 (030:163) National Security Policy3 s.h.
Nuclear weapons and deterrence, credible commitments, value of emphasizing sea power or land power, strategic differences between symmetric and asymmetric conflict, information and intelligence, domestic politics and use of force abroad, United Nations Security Council and international law, role of private military contractors, and integration of armed forces by race, gender, and sexual orientation.
 
POLI:3550 (030:169) Problems of International Politics3 s.h.
Problems in studying international system, structures, functions, behavior.
 
POLI:3600 (030:174) Multimedia Politics3 s.h.
How increasingly universal access to communication affects political campaigning and advocacy; the use of blogging, video, and developing communication media by citizens and candidates to talk politics.
 
POLI:3601 (030:175) Politics of Film3 s.h.
Issues in the popular politics of aesthetics, communication, culture, and myth, explored through analysis of films.
 
POLI:3602 (030:199) New Media and Politics3 s.h.
Blogging, microblogging, and video production as tools of new media (anyone can twitter and reach a large audience); how these technologies work, how they are being used in current politics, what they portend for the future, and what tools are next. Requirements: no prior enrollment in POLI:3303 (030:139) with subtitle New Media and Politics.
 
POLI:3700 (030:136) Strategy in Politics3 s.h.
How to isolate the most important elements in strategic political behavior, build models to understand them, recognize common scenarios, devise institutional resolutions to the Prisoners' Dilemma and coordination problems.
 
POLI:3701 (030:192) Special Topics in Politics1-2 s.h.
Presentations by distinguished lecturers on topics in the study of politics not covered in other courses. One or two weeks.
 
POLI:4000 (030:180) Honors Seminar on the Study of Politics3 s.h.
Selected topics in philosophy, theory, and methods for the systematic study of politics; foundations of scientific inquiry, including processes of theory building, concept formation, and hypotheses testing; political research; challenges faced when conducting good political science; questions of research design, measurement accuracy, and sample selection; application of multivariate research process. Requirements: honors standing in political science.
 
POLI:4100 (030:181) Honors Seminar on American Politics3 s.h.
Ideas, issues, methods in selected area. Requirements: junior or senior honors standing in political science.
 
POLI:4300 (030:182) Honors Seminar on Political Theory3 s.h.
Intensive study of ideas, issues, methods in an area of political theory. Requirements: junior or senior honors standing in political science.
 
POLI:4400 (030:183) Honors Seminar on Comparative Politics3 s.h.
Exploration of a selected topic in comparative politics, its cross‑national patterns, strategies used to study it, and major debates among scholars; study of politics by comparing two or more countries or other political units; new light on how societies are divided on major issues (whether state regulation of economy or role of religion in society), how people behave politically (from voting to demonstrations to revolution), role played by political institutions (e.g., legislatures, courts, political parties). Requirements: junior or senior honors standing in political science.
 
POLI:4500 (030:184) Honors Seminar on International Politics3 s.h.
Ideas, issues, methods in selected area. Requirements: junior or senior honors standing in political science.
 
POLI:4600 (030:185) Honors Research Project3 s.h.
Special research assistance to political science faculty. Requirements: junior or senior honors standing in political science.
 
POLI:4601 (030:186) Honors Senior Thesis3 s.h.
Supervised research and writing. Requirements: honors standing in political science and more than one semester before graduation.
 
POLI:4700 (030:190) Independent Studyarr.
Supervised special projects.
 
POLI:4701 (030:193) Undergraduate Research Tutorial3 s.h.
Individual training in applied research.
 
POLI:4702 (030:194) Senior Research Project/Paper3 s.h.
Supervised research and writing. Requirements: political science major and more than one semester before graduation.
 
POLI:4800 (030:179) Senior Seminar in International Relations3 s.h.
Completion of final research project as a culmination of student's work in the major; research supervised by a faculty member; required for international relations major. Recommendations: taken during one of student's final two semesters at The University of Iowa.
 
POLI:4900 (030:191) Government Internship1-3 s.h.
Undergraduate internships in state or national legislative office, executive agency, or with election campaign official.
 

Graduate

Courses numbered 5000-6000 are graduate core courses; those numbered 7000 or above are advanced graduate courses.

POLI:5000 (030:200) Introduction to Political Analysis4 s.h.
Conceptual problems of political analysis; empirical research strategies, philosophy of science. Requirements: M.A. or Ph.D. standing in political science.
 
POLI:5001 (030:201) Introductory Methodology3-4 s.h.
Introduction to quantitative techniques in political science; set theory, probability distributions, estimation, testing; emphasis on acquiring mathematical skills for more advanced quantitative work in political science. Requirements: M.A. or Ph.D. standing in political science.
 
POLI:5003 (030:301) Intermediate Methodology4 s.h.
Techniques of data analysis; statistical models and their relationship to hypotheses tested. Requirements: doctoral standing in political science and one semester of intermediate statistics.
 
POLI:5100 (030:210) American Politics4 s.h.
Major literature of American politics, emphasis on comparative, systemic, behavioral studies. Requirements: M.A. or Ph.D. standing in political science.
 
POLI:5300 (030:230) Political Theory4 s.h.
Methods of political theory, epistemological and moral foundations of political inquiry; terms of political discourse (e.g., power, legitimacy, equality, ideological foundations of politics); schools of thought and current controversies in political theory. Requirements: M.A. or Ph.D. standing in political science.
 
POLI:5400 (030:240) Comparative Politics4 s.h.
Conceptual, theoretical, and methodological issues in comparative study of politics; developments in comparative politics subfield. Requirements: M.A. or Ph.D. standing in political science.
 
POLI:5500 (030:260) International Politics4 s.h.
Approaches to study of international politics. Requirements: M.A. or Ph.D. standing in political science.
 
POLI:5700 (030:205) Introduction to Formal Models in Political Science4 s.h.
Use of formal mathematical models; current modeling techniques, applications in American politics, comparative politics, international politics. Requirements: M.A. or Ph.D. standing in political science.
 
POLI:6632 (030:243) Crossing Borders Proseminararr.
Same as HIST:6632 (016:244), GEOG:6632 (044:287), ANTH:6632 (113:248), GRMN:6632 (013:260), SPAN:6903 (035:271), CINE:6632 (048:244).
 
POLI:6635 (030:242) Crossing Borders Seminar2-3 s.h.
Same as HIST:6635 (016:247), ENGL:6635 (008:231), GEOG:6635 (044:286), ANTH:6635 (113:247), AFAM:6635 (129:231), GRMN:6635 (013:262), SPAN:6904 (035:273), PORO:6635 (160:247), IWP:6635 (181:247), FREN:6142 (009:262), CINE:6635 (048:247), COMM:6635 (036:247).
 
POLI:7000 (030:302) Writing Political Science4 s.h.
Practice in planning and completing political inquiries, with emphasis on writing for scholarly publication; experience refining one's prior research projects for submission to disciplinary journals, and drafting dissertation proposals. Requirements: doctoral standing in political science.
 
POLI:7001 (030:304) Experimental Methods4 s.h.
Methods, techniques used in political science experiments.
 
POLI:7002 (030:306) Topics Methodology4 s.h.
Application of advanced statistical techniques in political science; limited dependent variable regression techniques, simulation methods, missing data techniques, history/rare event analysis and maximum likelihood, and topics tailored to students' research; focus on learning how and when to apply these techniques.
 
POLI:7003 (030:303) Advanced Methodology4 s.h.
Introduction to regression techniques for limited dependent and qualitative variables in political science; logit, probit, multinomial logit and probit, ordered logit and probit, event history models, event count models; emphasis on understanding how and when to apply these models.
 
POLI:7004 (030:307) Qualitative Methods4 s.h.
Introduction to qualitative methods in political science research; interviewing, ethnographic research, process tracing, comparative historical analysis, content and discourse analysis, fuzzy set theory.
 
POLI:7100 (030:310) Modeling American Politics4 s.h.
Exploration of how well formal models explain the real world and how the fit between models and world can be improved.
 
POLI:7102 (030:315) The Presidency4 s.h.
American chief executive: history, recruitment, behavior, roles, responsibilities, powers, relationships with other institutions.
 
POLI:7150 (030:319) Problems in American Politics4 s.h.
Problems in study of American political system; structures, functions, behavior.
 
POLI:7200 (030:352) Legislative Behavior4 s.h.
Institutions, processes, behavior in the United States, Europe, or developing countries.
 
POLI:7201 (030:353) Political Psychology4 s.h.
Political phenomena from a psychological perspective; decision making by elites and masses, evaluations of political candidates, mass mobilization, response to mass media; psychological theories used to explain these behaviors, including stereotyping, social cognition, attitude, group identification, attribution.
 
POLI:7202 (030:357) Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior4 s.h.
Political attitudes and beliefs in mass publics; voting behavior; how electoral systems function.
 
POLI:7350 (030:339) Problems in Political Theory4 s.h.
Prescriptive and explanatory political theory.
 
POLI:7401 (030:344) European Union4 s.h.
Politics of the European Union; institutional characteristics and major political issues of the European Union, including popular and national responses to European integration.
 
POLI:7409 (030:341) Democratization and Authoritarianism4 s.h.
Rival understandings and practices of democracy and authoritarianism, including challenges of quantifying them for comparative analyses; major theoretical and empirical approaches to studying democratization and other forms of regime change.
 
POLI:7423 (030:346) Comparative Parties and Elections4 s.h.
Introduction to important questions and puzzles in the study of political parties; party formation and development, the role of parties in society, how parties are organized, party systems, electoral systems, party strategy and behavior, development of new parties, whether parties are still relevant, regeneration of communist parties in post‑communist regimes, ethnic parties, failure of party consolidation.
 
POLI:7450 (030:349) Problems of Comparative Politics4 s.h.
Problems in study of comparative political systems; structures, functions, behavior.
 
POLI:7500 (030:361) Foreign Policy4 s.h.
Foreign policy making and international behavior in relation to theories, findings from selected countries.
 
POLI:7502 (030:368) International Systems and Global Governance4 s.h.
Literature of international systems and international organization; major schools of thought in international relations theory, their utility in explaining evolution of the international system and recent developments in international organization and global governance.
 
POLI:7503 (030:362) International Conflict and Cooperation4 s.h.
Recent theoretical and empirical debates in international relations literature; emphasis on formal and quantitative research.
 
POLI:7504 (030:367) Theories of International Political Economy1-4 s.h.
Theories focusing on international system, the state, bureaucracies, interest groups, international organizations, bargaining processes, distributive norms.
 
POLI:7550 (030:369) Problems in International Politics4 s.h.
Issues of international politics, emphasis on problems of theoretical analysis.
 
POLI:7701 (030:363) Dynamic Models of International Politics2-4 s.h.
Overview of several dynamic modeling techniques used to study international relations; modeling assumptions, the kinds of information models can provide, evaluation of models.
 
POLI:7900 (030:390) Readings Tutorialarr.
Independent study.
 
POLI:7901 (030:393) Research Tutorialarr.
Individual training in applied research.
 
POLI:7910 (030:398) Ph.D. Dissertationarr.