Politics

Department Website: polisci.sewanee.edu

Professor Wilson, Chair

Professor Patterson

Associate Professor McKeen

Associate Professor Hatcher

Assistant Professor Manacsa

Assistant Professor Dragojevic

Assistant Professor Crowder-Meyer

Visiting Assistant Professor Schneider

Visiting Instructor Ehresman

(applies only to the Class of 2016 and earlier:) Students fulfilling the social science requirement are advised that any 100-level or 200-level course in this department may be used to fulfill that requirement.

Major in politics: Students critically engage with competing values and interests that guide and orient politics. They analyze concepts, theories, and principles that deal with the nature, purpose, and characteristics of government and political change. The major encompasses the theoretical and empirical study of government institutions, leadership, conflict resolution between and within states, political ideas and ideologies, political culture and discourse, political economy, and the politics of gender, race, and class.

Introductory courses help to ground students in fundamental theories and concepts used in the study of politics. Seminars and many 300-level courses provide students opportunities to develop their research and analytical skills while also introducing students to how to write within the discipline.

Students majoring in politics are required to complete at least eleven courses, including two introductory (100-level) courses; three concentrations (three courses in each chosen concentration); a seminar at the 400-level; and a comprehensive examination.

Students select courses that fall into the following eight concentrations: (1) development/political economy, (2) law and justice, (3) national institutions and policies, (4) global institutions and policies, (5) conflict and peace, (6) identity and diversity, (7) citizenship, and (8) political action. A course may fall into more than one concentration, but students may apply it toward satisfying only one of their chosen concentrations.

For the comprehensive examination, students must respond to one from a panel of questions for each of their three selected concentrations. Independent studies and honors projects will be placed in appropriate categories by the chair of the department. The public affairs internship course (Pols 445) is excluded from coverage on the comprehensive examination and counts as a course outside the major.

Minor in politics: A minor in politics consists of five courses, at least three of which must be above the 100-level. There is no comprehensive examination for the minor.

Honors in politics:
Students who have taken a minimum of six politics courses with a departmental grade point average of at least 3.4 may request enrollment in the Honors Tutorial (Pols 450) during the fall of their senior year. As a condition for enrollment, a preliminary research proposal must first be approved by the department’s faculty. Departmental honors are awarded to a student who maintains a grade point average of 3.4 or higher in departmental courses, submits an honors paper of at least B+ quality, and receives distinction on the comprehensive exam. Candidates for honors also make an oral presentation of their honors paper to an audience of departmental faculty and students.

Other expectations:
Students contemplating professional careers in international affairs are encouraged to take several upper-level courses in economics (for example, microeconomics, macroeconomics, and international economics).

Students considering graduate work in politics are encouraged to take Pols 407: Political Behavior, several economics courses, statistics, and at least one semester of upper-level coursework in political theory.

Those students interested in prelaw are strongly urged to take courses in Anglo-American history and constitutional development, political theory, economics, and logic. The Law School Admissions Test is required for all schools and should be taken early in the senior year.

COURSES BY CONCENTRATION

Development/political economy:
227: Africa in World Politics
230: Politics in Nigeria and South Africa
249: China and the World
250: States and Markets in East Asia
301: History of Political Theory
311: Politics of Central America and the Caribbean
318: Comparative Politics: South America and Mexico
326: Comparative Asian Politics
329: Comparative African Politics
344: Myth America
363: Comparative Democratization
366: International Political Economy
367: Political Economy of Asia and Latin America
381: The Political Economy of Sustainable Development
382: International Environmental Policy
402: Topics in Political Economy

Law and Justice:
205: The Judicial Process
260: Political Theory of the Environment
303: Women and Politics
306: Ancient Political Philosophy
307: Women in American Politics
319: Gender and Politics from a Global Perspective
330: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
331: Constitutional Law: Balancing Powers
333: Human Rights
337: Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
338: Constitutional Law: Civil Rights
343: Visions of Constitutional Order
370: International Law in International Relations
373: African American Political Thought

National Institutions and Policies:
203: The Presidency
204: Legislative Process
205: The Judicial Process
216: Media and Politics
304: American Political Thoughts
310: The Politics of Poverty
311: Politics of Central America and the Caribbean
318: Comparative Politics: South America and Mexico
326: Comparative Asian Politics
328: Parties and Interest Groups in the United States
329: Comparative African Politics
331: Constitutional Law: Balancing Powers
343: Visions of Constitutional Order
351: Modern European Politics

Global Institutions and Policies:
220: International Conflict
270: Introduction to International Security
310: The Politics of Poverty
321: Global Health Governance
366: International Political Economy
370: International Law in International Relations
381: The Political Economy of Sustainable Development
382: International Environmental Policy
390: The United Nations
412: Terrorism and Global Security
430: Research Seminar: Topics in International Security

Conflict and Peace:
220: International Conflict
249: China and the World
270: Introduction to International Security
314: Civil Wars
355: The Art of Diplomacy
390: The United Nations
412: Terrorism and Global Security
430: Research Seminar: Topics in International Security
431: Ethnicity and Political Violence

Identity and Diversity:
209: Immigration, Politics, and Identity
260: Political Theory of the Environment
302: Recent Political Theory
303: Women and Politics
305: Politics of Everyday Life
307: Women in American Politics
319: Gender and Politics from a Global Perspective
330: Race and Ethnicity in American Politics
338: Constitutional Law: Civil Rights
341: Gender and Violence
346: Contemporary Social Movements
351: Modern European Politics
373: African American Political Thoughts
404: Race, Politics, and Empire
409: Religion and American Politics
431: Ethnicity and Political Violence

Citizenship:
209: Immigration, Politics, and Identity
216: Media and Politics
260: Political Theory of the Environment
345: Creating Citizens: Political Theorists on Education
346: Contemporary Social Movements
370: International Law in International Relations
381: The Political Economy of Sustainable Development
407: Research Seminar in Political Behavior

Political Action:
212: Campaigns and Elections
314: Civil Wars
318: Comparative Politics: South America and Mexico
328: Parties and Interest Groups in the United States
346: Contemporary Social Movements
357: Religion, Activism, and Socioeconomic Development in Africa
363: Comparative Democratization
407: Research Seminar in Political Behavior