International Relations

POL 350 American Foreign Policy

This course is designed to give students a broad understanding of role of the U.S.'s role within the international system. To understand current U.S. foreign policy, we must also understand the past. This is especially important in understanding how international actors perceive the U.S., how we have related to these actors over time, and how to think about ethics and foreign policy.

POL 351 International Law and Organizations

Course examines the different approaches to economic and political cooperation and integration, including some select institutional examples of global interdependence, such as the European Community, the United Nations, the Organization of American States, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, the Roman Catholic Church, and Amnesty International.


POL 352 Survival

What are the most dangerous threats to human survival on planet Earth and what can be done? Students will use the methods of risk management, threat assessment, and scenario planning to answer these questions as we take on topics like global warming, asteroid strikes, nuclear war, and peak oil.


POL 353 Strategies of War and Peace

This course focuses on the range of strategies that countries use to solve problems and pursue goals. We address when, why, and how some strategies are more effective than others. Lessons are drawn from business, war, diplomacy, and politics.

POL 354 American Way of War

What role does American culture play in shaping how and why the United States goes to war? Over the course of American history, what are the continuities and changes in how and why the United States has fought its wars? What is the relationship between how the US fights its conventional wars and irregular wars?

360 Combating Terrorism

Students will learn to assess threats from terrorist groups and learn strategies for combating terrorism. Students will apply threat assessment methodology and combating terrorism strategies to current and historical threat groups like ISIS, al Qaeda, the KKK and the IRA, among others.

POL 371 Politics of Central Europe

Explores how countries of central Europe, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, and Poland managed the transition to democracy within the context of the European Union. Attention is given to how these countries have dealt with the demise of communism and the challenges of setting up markets, creating civil societies and establishing democratic cultures and institutions.