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    Jan 27, 2022  
Lee University Catalog 2021-2022 
    
Lee University Catalog 2021-2022

Course Descriptions


 

Physical Education

  
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    PHED 119 - Creative Movement


    Experiences in human movement through manipulation of time, energy, and space. Activities promote the use of the body as the medium of communication and expression. Movement experiences include exploration, improvisation, and creation of small group studies, as well as development of technique.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 120 - Weight Training and Conditioning


    A course designed to provide instruction in safe and sensible weight training techniques with emphasis on individual needs and appropriate progressions. Aerobic fitness is also emphasized.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 121 - Advanced Baseball


    An activity course for varsity baseball team members who compete intercollegiately. Course work includes conditioning, practice, instruction, field work, and game participation. The course includes PHED- 121, PHED-221, PHED-321 and PHED-421 - all advanced baseball.

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Offered Spring Semester.
  
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    PHED 122 - Advanced Basketball


    An activity course for varsity basketball team members who compete intercollegiately. The course includes PHED-122, PHED-222, PHED- 322 and PHED-422 - all advanced basketball.

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Offered Fall Semester.
  
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    PHED 123 - Advanced Cross-Country


    An activity course for varsity cross-country team members who participate in intercollegiate meets. The course work includes conditioning, practice, instruction, and field work. This course includes PHED- 123, PHED-223, PHED-323 and PHED-423 - all advanced crosscountry.

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Offered Fall Semester.
  
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    PHED 124 - Advanced Cheerleading


    An activity course designed to serve varsity cheerleading squad members who actually participate in the activity. This course includes PHED-124, PHED-224, PHED-324 and PHED-424 - all advanced cheerleading

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Offered Fall and Spring Semesters
  
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    PHED 125 - Advanced Tennis


    An activity course for varsity tennis team members who participate in intercollegiate tournaments. This course includes PHED-125, PHED-225, PHED-325 and PHED-425 - all advanced tennis.

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Offered Spring Semester.
  
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    PHED 126 - Advanced Golf


    An activity course for members of the varsity golf team. This course includes PHED-126, PHED-226, PHED-326 and PHED-426 – all advanced golf.

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Offered Spring Semester.
  
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    PHED 127 - Advanced Soccer


    An activity course for varsity soccer team members. This course includes PHED-127, PHED-227, PHED-327 and PHED-427 – all advanced soccer.

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Offered Fall Semester.
  
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    PHED 128 - Advanced Volleyball


    An activity course for varsity volleyball team members. This course includes PHED-128, PHED-228, PHED-328, and PHED-428 – all advanced volleyball.

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Offered Fall Semester.
  
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    PHED 129 - Advanced Softball


    An activity course for varsity softball team members. This course includes PHED-129, PHED-229, PHED-329 and PHED-429 – all advanced softball.

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Offered Spring Semester.
  
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    PHED 130 - Mountain Biking


    An activity course centering on the sport of mountain biking, intended to build both a foundational skillset and a life-long enjoyment of the sport. Scheduled rides, an adequate bike, and helment are required.

    Prerequisites
    Approval of instructor. Student must be physically capable of handling the demands of the sport.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 131 - Advanced Track


    This course prepares students for competing in indoor and outdoor track at the NAIA and NCAA Division I, II and III levels. This course includes PHED-131, PHED-231, PHED-331, and PHED-431 - all Advanced Track.

     

    Prerequisites
    Consent of instructor

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Spring semester

  
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    PHED 132 - Outdoor Recreational Activities


    A course designed to provide knowledge and skill development in a variety of outdoor recreational activities, including camping, hiking, backpacking, whitewater rafting and orienteering. An extra fee is required for this course.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 133 - Choreography and the Stage


    A practical course which involves a variety of creative activities to help the student develop the art of choreographing movements for stage productions. A part of the course will be devoted to training in the university musical-drama productions.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 134 - Beginning Ballet


    An introductory course in ballet technique that includes familiarization with basic concepts and vocabulary, stretching, and barre work. Students provide their own appropriate attire, as designated by the instructor. This class is designed for students who have little or no formal ballet training.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 135 - Beginning Softball


    An introductory activity course in which the basic fundamentals, skills and rules of softball are taught and applied. Not open to varsity softball players.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 136 - Beginning Martial Arts and Self Defense


    A course designed to introduce a beginning student to the basic terms and movements of martial arts (taekwando) and self-defense. Emphasis is on the discipline, appropriateness and attitude of the martial arts. An extra fee is required for this course.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 137 - Intermediate Martial Arts and Self-Defense


    A continuation of PHED-136 with emphasis on building upon a beginner’s abilities and understanding of taekwando in terminology and techniques. Students will have an opportunity to test for the green belt. An extra fee is required for this course.

    Prerequisites
    Successful completion of PHED-136, yellow belt status, or permission of the instructor.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 138 - Advanced Martial Arts


    This course is a continuation of PHED-136 and PHED-137, building upon the student’s abilities and skills within taekwando. Students will have an opportunity to test for at least one degree or belt above their current level. There is aa additional fee for this course.

    Prerequisites
    PHED-137, or permission of instructor.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 139 - Rugby


    This course prepares students for the USA Rugby/Mid South Conference play. This course ncludes PHED-139, PHED-239, PHED-339, and PHED-439 - all Advanced Rugby.

    Prerequisites
    Consent of Instructor

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Fall semester
    Notes
    $100.00 Course Fee
  
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    PHED 144 - Intermediate Ballet


    This course in ballet technique includes refinement and development of fundamental concepts, vocabulary, stretching and barre work. This class builds on a beginning level and present greater precision in movement, technique and posture.

    Prerequisites
    PHED-134 or permission of instructor.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 147 - Advanced Lacrosse


    An activity course designed to serve varsity lacrosse team members who compete intercollegiately. Course work includes conditioning, practice, instruction, and game participation. This course includes PHED-147, PHED-247, PHED-347, and PHED-447 - all Advanced Lacrosse.

    Prerequisites
    Consent of instructor

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Spring semester
  
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    PHED 150 - Introduction to Distance Running


    This course is intended to prepare beginning to intermediate runners for long distance races of less than ten miles.

    Prerequisites
    $50 Course fee

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Fall semester.
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    PHED 161 - Commuter and Road Cycling


    An activity course focusing on commuter and road cycling. Bike fitting, repair, maintenance, safe operation, and bicycling laws will be presented. Bike and helmet are required for the on-road portion of the class.

    Prerequisites
    None.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 201 - Foundations of Health, Physical Education, and Exercise Science


    An introduction to the field of health, physical education and exercise science including aims, objectives, history, philosophy, programs, principles, basic concepts of organization and administration, professional organizations, and the relationship of Christian commitment to the fields.

    Prerequisites
    None.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 211/212/213 - Sports Management Field Experience


    Sophomore students are actively involved in leadership, planning, and execution of a local program that deals with the skills needed in the field of sports management or recreation.

    Credit Hours: 1 (211), 2 (212), 3 (213)
    Notes
    Each hour of credit requires 25 clock hours of supervised field experience.
    Only one 200-level field experience course may be taken.
  
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    PHED 250 - Marathon Training


    This course prepares students for a Half or Full Marathon in April.  (Preferably the County Music Marathon).

    Prerequisites
    On the first day of class, students must be able to run/jog 5 kilometers in less than 30 minutes without stopping.

    Credit Hours: 1
    When Offered
    Spring semester.
    Notes
    $100.00 Course Fee
  
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    PHED 311/312/313 - Sports Management Field Experience


    Junior students are actively involved in leadership, planning, and execution of a local program that deals with the skills needed in the field of sports management or recreation.

    Credit Hours: 1 (311), 2 (312), 3 (313)
    Notes
    Each hour of credit requires 25 clock hours of supervised field experience.
    Only one 300-level field experience course may be taken.
  
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    PHED 320 - Theories and Techniques of Coaching


    This class presents the application of coaching principles, methodology, organization and communicative skills needed for coaching youth. It introduces students to this discipline and provides knowledge on planning, teaching sport skills, training and team management to enhance their future coaching performance.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PHED 341 - Administration of Sport


    A course focusing on administrative practices in the area of legal responsibility, personnel, finance, public relations, equipment, facilities and intramural athletics.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PHED 342 - Teaching Adapted Physical Education


    A course to prepare education majors to work with the atypical physical education and special needs student. Emphasis is on identification, evaluation, monitoring of medication and appropriate delivery of services. This includes those students who are medically fragile in inclusive settings.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PHED 350 - The Psychology of Sport and Human Performance


    This class presents the application of behavioral principles, motivational research, personality factors, and cognitive processes to the area of sport. It introduces students to this discipline and provides knowledge to enhance their own performances and the performances of others.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PHED 360 - K-12 PE/Wellness Planning and Curriculum


    A curriculum study and development of the standards and objective of the Tennessee State Physical Education and Wellness curriculum.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PHED 380 - Principles of Elementary Physical Education Instruction


    This course is designed to provide the pedagogy and practical aspects of planning, organizing, administering, and evaluating an elementary physical education curriculum.   Various theories of instruction as well as exposure to developmentally appropriate activities will be discussed.

     

     

    Credit Hours: 3

  
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    PHED 390 - Principles of Secondary Physical Education Instruction


    This course is designed to provide the pedagogy and practical aspects of planning, organizing, administering, and evaluating  a middle grades and high school physical education curriculum as well as the wellness curriculum.  This instruction will be guided by the Tennessee State Physical Education and Wellness Standards. 

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PHED 395 - Managing Sport Facilities


    A course designed to give advanced candidates information and knowledge regarding the operation and management of sport facilities.  Candidates will investigate the management functions necessary to operate a variety of sport venues. Course emphasis is on liability risk reduction, staffing, design and renovation, maintenance, and amenities pertinent to sport facilities.

    Prerequisites
    ENGL-110 and MGMT-205

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PHED 404 - Sport Law


    Examines fundamental issues of law as they apply to sport. Sports law is a broad based mixture of laws that apply to athletes and the sports they play. It is not a singular legal topic with generally applicable principles, but it incorporates a variety of legal areas of law relevant to the business of sports: contracts, torts, antitrust, and labor law.

    Prerequisites
    PHED-395 is a pre-requisite for this course, but can be taken concurrently with PHED-404.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PHED 440 - Motor Learning & Development


    A study of theoretical constructs of learning and knowledge of motor learning principles relating to neuromuscular and response mechanisms, feedback motivation, stress anxiety factors, and the variable influences to the acquisition of motor skills.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PHED 441 - Assessment and Evaluation in Wellness, Recreation, and Exercise Science


    A course designed to assist future teachers in understanding the place, types and importance of measurement in the teaching process.

    Credit Hours: 3
    When Offered
    Offered Fall Semester.
  
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    PHED 460 - Coaching Internship


    This course provides a 30-hour supervised sport coaching experience in a practical setting for students to learn from a coaching professional and a seminar with the internship supervisor.

    Prerequisites
    approval of Internship Supervisor or department chair.

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PHED 470 - Internship in Sports Management


    Designed to provide practical experience in the sporting industry. Students are provided an opportunity to develop experiences in one or more areas of administration, management, finance, marketing, or communication related to sports.

    Prerequisites
    Previous or concurrent enrollment in PHED-404.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PHED 495 - Integration of Faith and Practice - Capstone


    This capstone course is designed to provide health science, physical education, recreation, athletic training majors with opportunities to study discuss, defend and integrate a Christ-centered worldview in the health care, recreation and education arenas.

    Prerequisites
    A student enrolling in this class must have at least 90 hours of complete course credit. Spring semester only.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    [NOTE: This course is service-enhanced and requires co-requisite enrollment in PHED-495S.]

Physical Science

  
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    PHSC 111AP - Physical Science (DAL)


    Chemical phenomena, introduction to methods of elementary chemistry and physics with stress on kinetic theory, molecular phenomena and energy relations.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    Open to Division of Adult Learning students only. No lab component. Does not fulfill the university general core lab science requirement for traditional campus programs.
  
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    PHSC 112AP - Earth and Space Science (DAL)


    Introduction to astronomy, geology, meteorology and physical geography. Emphasis on the structure of the universe, theories of cosmology, the Milky Way, and the solar system; the shape, structure and composition of the earth; earthquakes, vulcanism, theories of plate tectonics, seafloor spreading, and continental drift; the earth in space and time; composition and structure of the earth’s atmosphere; weathering erosion, sculpturing the land, topographic maps, oceanography, and glaciation; fossil fuels and alternate sources of energy, environmental pollution and conservation of natural resources.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    Open to Division of Adult Learning students only. No lab component. Does not fulfill the university general core lab science requirement for traditional campus programs.
  
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    PHSC 121 - Introduction to Meteorology (DAL)


    An introduction to meteorology (atmospheric science). Emphases include the origin and heating of the earth’s atmosphere; concepts of temperature, moisture, and atmospheric stability; meteorological phenomena such as condensation, precipitation, air pressure, and wind; atmospheric circulation, air masses, and cyclones; thunderstorms, tornadoes, and hurricanes; weather analysis and forecasting; air pollution; and climate change.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    Open to Division of Adult Learning students only. No lab component. Does not fulfill the university general core lab science requirement for traditional campus programs.

Physics

  
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    PHYS 130 - Physics for Health Science


    A trigonometry-based introduction to Physics, with emphasis on applications in health science. Major topics include mechanics, bulk materials, thermodynamics, electricity, optics, and radiation. The intended audience is allied health majors in disciplines other than physical therapy, medicine, and physician’s assistant. Requires co-requisite enrollment in PHYS-130L.

    Prerequisites
    Prerequisite:  MTHS-162

    Co-requisite:  PHYS-130L

    Credit Hours: 4

  
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    PHYS 261 - General Physics I


    A study of the fundamentals of the classical and relativistic motion of electrically-neutral, macroscopic objects, primarily entailing the concepts of energy, momentum, and force.  Requires co-requisite enrollment in PHYS-261L.

    Prerequisites
    MTHS-261.

    Credit Hours: 4
  
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    PHYS 262 - General Physics II


    A study of the fundamentals of the classical motion of electrically-charged, macroscopic objects and the quantized motion of electrically-uncharged, microscopic particles - both entailing the concepts of energy, momentum, and force.  Requires co-requisite enrollment in PHYS-262L and PHYS-262S (Service Learning).

    Prerequisites
    PHYS-261 with grade of C- or better.

    Credit Hours: 4
  
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    PHYS 381, 382, 383, 384 - Special Topics in Physics


    Courses used to comply with requests for special topics and advanced studies in physics.  Lecture and laboratory hours will vary with the courses taught.  May be repeated for credit.

    Prerequisites
    Permission of instructor.

    Credit Hours: 381 (1), 382 (2), 383 (3), 384 (4)
    When Offered
    Offered on demand.

Political Science

  
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    PLSC 221 - Research Methods and Statistics I


    This is the first of a two-course sequence covering research methods and statistics in the behavioral and social sciences. This first section covers primary statistical and research methods, how and when statistics are used, and also helps the student to better understand and evaluate research studies.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 222 - Research Methods and Statistics II


    The second course in the research sequence covering how research is done, pitfalls in research, how to design research studies, collecting and analyzing data, and writing research reports.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-221

    Credit Hours: 3
    When Offered
    Offered Spring Semester.
  
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    PLSC 233 - Current Global Issues


    A course designed to explore all facets of the most current issues that affect the international community. The actual topics will be determined by what events and issues seem to have the greatest influence on world affairs.

    Prerequisites
    None.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 235 - Model United Nations


    A thorough investigation into the organization and working of the United Nations through the intensive study of the politics and international policy perspectives of a foreign country and with the objective of preparing students for participation in the International Model United Nations conference. This course is repeatable one time for credit.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 236 - Model United Nations


    A thorough investigation into the organization and working of the United Nations through the intensive study of the politics and international policy perspectives of a foreign country and with the objective of preparing students for participation in the International Model United Nations conference. This course is repeatable one time for credit.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 250 - American Government


    A survey of the structure and operation of government in the United States at all levels: national, state and local.

    Credit Hours: 3
    Notes
    This course is also offered as HONR-PL250 for students in the Kairos Honors Program.
  
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    PLSC 263 - Mock Trial


    A course designed to provide a foundation for legal practice in civil and criminal cases by preparing students for success in American Mock Trial Association tournaments.

    Prerequisites
    Requires permission of instructor.

    Credit Hours: 1
    Notes
    Repeatable for credit up to a total of 3 enrollments.
  
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    PLSC 273 - Morality and Politics


    A course that examines the moral and political responsibilities of government and Christian citizens with regard to a variety of social, economic and cultural public policy problems.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 310 - Introduction to Public Administration


    This course is designed to allow students to develop an understanding of public administration as a field of academic study and an area of professional practice. Specifically, it focuses on the evolution of public administration as an academic discipline, the context in which public administration takes place, the meaning of public service in a democratic society, and the importance of personal and professional ethics. The course will be conducted as a seminar. Students must be prepared to discuss reading assignments and participate in analysis of case studies.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 311 - Introduction to Public Policy


    This course introduces students to the fundamental skills of policy analysis and to some of the difficult choices involved in identifying, addressing, and resolving public policy problems. It is designed to help students think creatively and critically about public policy issues.

    Prerequisites
    None.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 312 - Public Budgeting


    This is a course in state and local government budgeting in the United States. It emphasizes budgetary policy and management, analytical techniques, and written and verbal communication.

    Prerequisites
    None.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 323 - Rationality and Politics


    An examination of the political implications of rational human action, including an exploration of economic incentives, law, policy, public institutions, social networks, social and cultural norms, religious values, and history.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 330 - International Relations


    An introduction to international politics and the challenges that face the global community including a brief overview of the major subfields of International Political Economy, International Organizations and International Law.

    Credit Hours: 3
    When Offered
    Offered Spring Semester.
  
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    PLSC 331 - International Political Economy


    A course focused on the politics of international economic relations. Various theories, processes, structures and issues will be examined for their value in helping to understand and evaluate the historical development and current operation of the world economy.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 332 - International Security


    The course provides an overview of the primary perspectives and analytical approaches for studying war. It will use these theories to examine a variety of topics in detail including alliance formation, the use and success of sanctions, the role of domestic politics in influencing foreign policy, and the democratic peace.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 334 - International Law and Human Rights


    An exploration of the intricacies of international law including its creation, different legal processes, the institutions that deal with international law, and some of the main jurisdiction issues. This course will also examine the many and various kinds of international organizations (both political and economic), their creation, function, and affect on the global community, with special focus on the United Nations.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 339 - Topics in Foreign Affairs


    A course which sseeks to expose students to imiportant topics in Foreign Affairs that are not covered by existing courses in the Political Science curriculum.  Repeatable for credit provided the topic is different each time.

    Prerequisites
    None.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 340 - Comparative Governments


    A comparison of differing forms of government in the international community with a look at the science of comparative politics. Recommended: POLS-255.

    Credit Hours: 3
    When Offered
    Offered Fall Semester.
  
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    PLSC 341 - Politics of the Developed World


    A course which explores the historical development, political institutions, and political processes of the economically developed and politically stable countries of the world.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-340

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 342 - International Development


    A course that explores the unique issues, challenges and solutions as faced by countries in the developing world. Various theories, processes, structures and issues will be examined for their value in helping to understand and evaluate the historical development and current position of the two-thirds world.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 344 - European Politics


    An examination of the politics and issues in Western, Central and Eastern Europe focusing on the most recent events in the region and how these affect the states of Europe and the world. Recommended: POLS-345.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 349 - Topics in Comparative Politics


    A course which seeks to expose students to important topics in Comparative Poliltics that are not covered by existing courses in the Political Science curriculum. Repeatable for credit provided the topic is different each time.

    Prerequisites
    None.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 351 - The Congress


    A study of the legislative branch of the United States government focusing on its history, political institutions, leadership and the legislative processes in general.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 352 - Parties and Elections


    An introduction to the American party system as well as to the strategies and tactics of modern political campaigns.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 353 - State and Local Governments


    A survey of the structure and operation of all branches of government in the United States at the state and local levels.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 355 - Courts and Jurisprudence


    This class addresses the role of courts and jurisprudence in the U.S. political system.  Consequently, this course addresses the nature of judicial decision-making as well as the structure of the U.S. court system.  It also considers the structure of court systems at the state and federal level as well as the role of courts in a constitutional system that is committed to popular sovereignty.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 359 - Topics in American Government


    A course which seeks to expose students to imiportant topics in American Government that are not covered by existing courses in the Political Science curriculum.  Repeatable for credit provided the topic is different each time.

    Prerequisites
    None.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 363 - Constitutional Law I


    The Constitution as it has evolved as a basic law by means of interpretation through Supreme Court decisions. Special emphasis is placed on major cases affecting the scope of state and federal powers, individual rights, civil liberties.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 364 - Constitutional Law II


    This is a study of the changes being wrought through the judicial process to the rights of individuals. With special focus on minorities, such issues as fundamental liberties, the criminally accused, family matters, morality, consumer rights, environmental pollution, sex discriminations, and political representations are also examined.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-250

    Credit Hours: 3
    When Offered
    Offered Spring Semester
  
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    PLSC 370 - Political Philosophy


    A course which seeks to expose students to the seminal doctrines of political theory.  Students will read and discuss a variety of both primary and secondary sources concerning questions of abiding relevance to the discipline at large.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 371 - Ancient Political Philosophy


    A focused study of key themes of political theory (power, authority, legitimacy, obligation, citizenship, etc.) in major ancient philosophers and thinkers. Offered as part of the Political Theory sequence.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 372 - Modern Political Philosophy


    A focused study of key themes of political theory (authority, tyranny, obligation, Church and State, citizenship, etc.) in major modern philosophers and thinkers. Offered as part of the Political Theory sequence.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 373 - Theological Foundations of Politics


    This course seeks to expose students to the seminal doctrines of political theology.  Students will read and discuss a variety of both primary and secondary sources that consider the appropriate role of politics from a Christian perspective.

    Prerequisites
    None.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 379 - Topics in Political Philosophy


    A course which seeks to expose students to important topics in Political Theory that are not covered by existing courses in the Political Science curriculum.  Repeatable for credit provided the topic is different each time.

    Prerequisites
    None.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 383 - Legal Internship I


    This is the supervised internship placement of a student in the United States legal system for practical experience.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 384 - Legal Internship II


    This is the supervised internship placement of a student in the United States legal system for practical experience.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-383

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 385 - Legislative and Policy Internship


    Political internship in student’s field of interest in order to integrate faith with practice in a professional setting and for the purpose of providing exposure to the many governmental agencies in Washington.

    Prerequisites
    Admission to American Studies Program and PLSC-250.  (Can be repeated once for credit).

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 393 - Foundations in Political Analysis & Public Involvement


    Introduction of important foundational concepts concerning Christian involvement in public affairs, including the study of biblical revelation as a framework for analysis.  The history of evangelical public involvement is also explored.

    Prerequisites
    Admission to the American Studies Program and PLSC-250

    Credit Hours: 1
  
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    PLSC 394 - Topics in Domestic Policy


    Examination of domestic political issues and important foundational concepts of political science. This course will explore various biblical perspectives on societal involvement within evangelical, social, and political activism. The biblical demand for doing justice then becomes the point of departure for focusing on current domestic issues facing our nation.

    Prerequisites
    Admission to the American Studies Program and POLS-250.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 395 - Topics in International Policy


    Examination of major international issues, introduction to members of Washington’s international community and development of a biblical perspective on foreign policy, especially justice and peacemaking.

    Prerequisites
    Admission to the American Studies Program and POLS-250.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 396 - Teaching and Research Practicum in Political Science


    A practicum which gives students the opportunity to gain teaching experience, work alongside faculty on collaborative research, enhance their knowledge of political science, and acquire skills that makes them more attractive to prospective graduate schools.

    Prerequisites
    Registration requires approval of application and permission from instructor.

    Credit Hours: 1-3
  
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    PLSC 399 - Special Topics in Political Science


    An intensive study of selected topics, including research in the materials of political science and the writing of analytical reports.

    Credit Hours: 1 - 3
  
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    PLSC 433 - US Foreign Policy


    This course is intended to acquaint the student with a fundamental understanding of past and present U.S. foreign policy decisions, as well as a focus on the factors affecting such decisions. Students will learn the theoretical foundations of foreign policy decision-making and the wider context of international relations theory. Students will be expected to apply the knowledge of events, theories and causal factors to a personal understanding of foreign policy processes and make arguments that contribute to a greater understanding of U.S. foreign policy.

     

    Credit Hours: 3

  
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    PLSC 434 - Human Rights


    How do issues of ethical choice and human rights operate in the world of states?  Has the end of the Cold War meant that cosmopolitan ideals now hold greater sway among states than traditional ideas of national interests:  Or have terrorism, the “war on terror”, and continuing civil and ethnic conflicts undermined the (fragile) global network of legal and normative restraints?  This course considers ideas of philosophers like Thucydides and Kant in addition to concrete cases and dilemmas taken from contemporary international relations.

    Prerequisites
    None.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 443 - Asian Politics


    This course investigates the strategic, economic, political, and diplomatic relations among states in East Asia. The course provides an overview of the primary topics and perspectives for studying Asian international relations.  This course investigates the strategic, economic, political, and diplomatic relations among states in East Asia. The course provides an overview of the primary topics and perspectives for studying Asian international relations.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 444 - Latin American Politics


    This course examines the politics and issues in Latin America focusing on the emergence of modern political regimes in the region, how those regions interact, and Latin America’s role in the global political system.

    Prerequisites
    HIST-212 or PLSC-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 453 - The Presidency


    A study of the office of the U.S. President focusing on its political structures, politics, institutions, history and the men who inhabited the office as well as focusing on leadership in general.

    Prerequisites
    PLSC-250

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 473 - Contemporary Political Philosophy


    A focused study of key themes of political theory (power, knowledge, authority, feminism, the self, relativism, etc.) in major contemporary philosophers and thinkers. Offered as part of the Political Theory sequence.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 474 - American Political Philosophy


    This class is a survey of the American political mind from the early republic to contemporary controversies. The problems of popular rule, federalism and representation will also be emphasized. Offered as part of the Political Theory sequence.

    Credit Hours: 3
  
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    PLSC 490 - Senior Thesis


    A course designed to engage students in a rigorous process of research and drafting resulting in an original, substantive, high-quality work of Political Science.  It will include significant writing production and revision of a substantive piece of scholarship under the direct supervision of a faculty advisor.

    Prerequisites
    Senior standing and approval of instructor.

    Credit Hours: 3
 

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