Political Science Courses

POLS 1, American Government
Lec-52.5

ADVISE: ENGL 88 and ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduction to United States and California government and politics, including constitutions, political institutions and processes, and political actors. Examination of political behavior, public policy, political ideas, and public policy.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
POLS 2, Comparative Government
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

A comparative study of the constitutional principles, governmental institutions, and political problems of selected governments. This course is designed to introduce students to the central themes of comparative politics. This includes discussions of methodology, the nature of the state, political culture, democracy and political and economic development.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
POLS 3, Political Theory
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduction to political theory, ancient, modern, and contemporary. An examination of the general or abstract principles of politics.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
POLS 4, The Politics of Globalization
Lec-52.5

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course surveys the recent phenomenon called globalization. The course analyzes competing political theories and perspectives on globalization and examines actual policies, including the possibilities and limitations that globalization offers to and imposes on everyday life.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
POLS 5, International Relations
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduction to International Relations, with emphasis on International Relations theory.
Issues covered include war and conflict, international order, diplomacy, human rights,
terrorism, international political economy and environment.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
POLS 12, Ethnic Politics in the United States
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

This course surveys the role of race and ethnicity in American politics. Theories of race, identity, and ethnic political patterns are explored for African Americans, Asians Americans, Latino/a Americans, and European Americans.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

Meets U.C Berkeley's American Cultures distribution.

POLS 15, Introduction to Public Policy
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduction to public policy, including key political actors and institutions involved in policy making, public policy theories, the context of the policy process, policy evaluation, and analysis of alternative policy approaches.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
POLS 18, Government & Politics of Latin America
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

The constitutional systems, political processes, and social problems of Latin American nations

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
POLS 19, Gender, Politics, and Policy
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Introduction to politics and public policy of gender in the United States, including women's and LGBTQ politics and policy. An analysis of American politics and public policy through a gendered lens. An examination of the development and current role of gender in rights, representation, and public policy.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
POLS 22, Environmental Politics and Policy
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

Introduction to the political science subfields and the environment, focusing on environmental politics and policy in the United States, comparative environmental politics and policy, environmental issues in International Relations, and ecopolitical thought.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
POLS 41, Independent Studies in Political Science
Lab-52.5

An individualized reading or research program where students work one-on-one with a faculty member on topics in political science.

CSU
Units: 1
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable

UC upon review as variable topics course.

POLS 43, The Constitution and Individual Rights
Lec-52.5 field trips P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

An individual's civil and criminal rights under the Constitution. Analysis of leading cases and legal principles which protect individual freedom with a civil liberties and civil rights perspective.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable
POLS 45, Governments and Politics of Middle East
Lec-52.5 P/NP Available

ADVISE: ENGL 88 or ESL 188 or readiness for college-level English

Comparative political science regional survey of the governments and politics of the Middle East and North Africa.

UC/CSU
Units: 3
Credit type: Credit/Degree Applicable