Graduate Course Inventory

POLS 5330 Public Administration: Theory and Methods
This course focuses on defining and tracing the evolution of public administration, and analyzes the concepts, theories and practices integral to understanding the American bureaucracy and the political environment in which it operates. 
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing

POLS 5331 Public Organizations
This course introduces you to the theoretical and practical approaches to managing public sector organizations by reviewing the major topics, issues and contributions in the literature on organizations and management with an emphasis on government organizations. 
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5332 Ethics and Morality in Public Administration
This course is a survey of the ethical nature and dilemmas of public administration in American society. It focuses on concerns arising from the daily exercise of legitimate discretionary power as well as the conflicts that can emerge with personal moral beliefs. 
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5333 Leadership in Public Administration and Nonprofits
This course is a survey of the theories and skills for managing in public and nonprofit organizations. Focus is placed upon leadership and management approaches, strategy, decision making, power and organizational politics to bring about change in high performance public organizations. 
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5334 Constitutional Law for Public Administration
This course provides in-depth analysis of the U.S. Constitution and focuses on specific amendments, doctrines and landmark Supreme Court cases as they relate to public administration and administrative professionals. 
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5335 State Institutions
This course provides an overview of the political systems of the American states, including state constitutions and the branches of state government. It will also focus on the relationship between states and the national government. 
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5336 Public – Private Partnerships
This course focuses on management theories in the public and nonprofit sector. It includes theoretical questions surrounding decision-making processes and the competing values of managerial practices. The course also examines the concepts of bureaucracy in democratic governance. 
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5337 Disaster and Hazard Management for Public Admin
This course is a survey of the theories and skills for public administrators to better understand the factors that can impact the effectiveness of hazard and disaster management in the public interest. Focus is placed upon the theoretical paradigms.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5340 Public Policy
This course is designed to introduce graduate students to the study of public policy. The course will provide a general introduction to that subfield of political science. It will also acquaint students with contemporary debates regarding collective action, paternalism, policy competition and policy learning.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing

POLS 5341 State Law and Policy
An overview of the origin and organization of law and how lawmaking in the states provides a foundation to examining the stages of the policy process and the implications of public policy for both politics and society. 
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing; POLS 5340

POLS 5342 Disaster Policy
This course is a survey of disaster policy in the United States for policy and planning decision-makers who must focus on the impact that human settlement patterns, land use decisions and risky technology can have on vulnerable populations. 
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing, POLS 5340

POLS 5320 Directed Readings (Optional at the discretion of the instructor, student and Chair)
Graduate student may study individually with an instructor in an area of mutual interest.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and approval of Chair, Department of Political Science.

POLS 5354 Special Topics (Optional at the discretion of the instructor, student and Chair)
Analysis of selected problems in public administration: urban and regional planning and management, administrative reorganizations, the environment and related problems.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and approval of Chair, Department of Political Science.

POLS 5355 Applied Research Methods
Application of knowledge of public policy and social science methodology to the planning, execution and reporting of public policy research.
Prerequisites: Graduate Standing and POLS 5330 and approval of the Graduate Advisor

POLS 5390 Thesis I (Optional at the discretion of the instructor, student and Chair)
Students will present a research design, undertake a plan to complete research of their Master's thesis and begin writing the thesis.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and approval of Chair, Department of Political Science.

POLS 5391 Thesis II (Optional at the discretion of the Instructor, Student, and Chair)
Students will complete research and writing the Master's thesis.
Prerequisite: Graduate standing and approval of Chair, Department of Political Science.