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Studying Politics at Regis

The politics program at Regis assumes that rigorous education is an end as well as a means to practical skills useful through-out life. The program focuses on the skills and understandings that are often manifested in leadership abilities, and are reflected in a number of graduates in government, education, the legal profession, and business professions.
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B.A. in Politics

Degree Overview

The study of politics is not a career training program. Like the other Liberal Arts, it assumes that rigorous education is an end as well as a means to practical skills useful through-out life. The questions that the study of Politics asks and the analytical qualities that it develops and nurtures are needed in any society. Such skills and understanding are often manifested in leadership abilities, and are reflected in the number of Politics graduates in government, education, the legal profession, and business.

The study of politics has value in several ways:

  • First, it develops and nurtures abilities to think and read critically, develop reasoning and analytical skills, and competence in oral and written communication.
  • Second, all citizens of a Democracy have a responsibility to understand politics and the political system in which they live as well as those around them. Knowledge of why and how influence is exercised, and how to be involved as a participant, is useful to students regardless of their ultimate career.
  • Third, knowledge of politics is critical to many careers which must interact with politics and government. In particular, those anticipating careers in law, government, teaching, the civil service, law enforcement, journalism, interest groups, and the media have found such preparation especially useful to their careers.

Program Requirements

Listed below are the required courses for completion of this degree at Regis University. Please note that recent course requirement updates may not be reflected in the list below and you should contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

This degree program requires 128.00 credit hours for completion. Please contact your advisor or the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126.

Regis College: Core Requirements

Economics

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(3-6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: EC 200 - Intro to the American Economy
Group 2: EC 320 - Principles of Macroeconomics
and
EC 330 - Principles of Microeconomics

EN 250 - Literature Matters

Introduces the literary genres of poetry, fiction, and drama, with an emphasis on works that have had a profound influence on our world. Students will write a series of analytical essays, including at least one research essay.

Pre-requisite: TAKE RCC*200

Fine Arts

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours of Fine Arts
from the following courses:
any 200-level FAC course, FAHS 211, FAHS 212

Foreign Language

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(6-8SH)
Take two classes in one language

Foundational

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(6 SH)
Take 1 of the following groups:
Group 1: RCC 200 - Writing Analytically (Fall)
Communicative Intensive (Spring)
Group 2: Commitment Program Students
RCC 200A - Writing Analytically A (Fall)
RCC 200B - Writing Analytically B (Spring)
Group 3: Honors Program Students
RCC 200H - Honors Writing Seminar (Fall)
RCC 300H - Honors Trad & Innovation (Spring)

History

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(3SH)
Three (3) credits from any 200-level History course

Integrative

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(12SH)
Take all of the following courses:
RCC 400D (Group 1), RCC 410E (Group 2),
RCC 420J (Group 3), RCC 430M (Group 4)

Mathematics

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(3-4SH)
Take one of the following Mathematics course:
MT 201, MT 204, MT 270, MT 270C, MT 272, MT 272C
MT 360A, MT 360B

Natural Science

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(4SH)
Take one Natural Science course (Group 1) with the
accompanying lab (Group 2).
Eligible courses include:
BL( 204/5E-W, 208/9, 216/17, 260/1, 262/3), ENVS 250/1,
GE 208/9, PH (202A, 205A, 304A, 305A),
AS 250/1 (Non-Science majors),
NS 260/1 (cannot be counted for Psychology Majors)

Philosophy

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(3SH)
Take one of the following Philosophy courses:
PL 270, PL 270C, PL 270H, PL 270P

Public Speaking

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(3SH)
Speech Communication

Religious Studies

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(3SH)
Any 300 level RT course

RT 201 - Religion and the Human Quest

Considering human existence in relation to the sacred and drawing on Eastern and Western religious traditions, this course explores religious perspectives on human questions about life, suffering, goodness, and ultimacy.

Cross listing(s): RT 201C.

Social Science

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(3SH)
Take three (3) semester hours from the following course list
ED 204, POL 215, POL 231, POL 241, PY 250, PY 250C, PY 250H,
SO 200, SO 200C, SO 203, AN/SO 204, PJ 200

RC: Politics Major-Lower Division

POL 200 - Sustainability & Collapse in World Hist

Takes an evidence-based, case study, theoretical and integrative approach to the challenge of sustainability across world history. Draws on disciplines of history, politics, and international studies.

Cross listing(s): HS 200.

POL 201 - Origins & Challenges of the Modern Wrld

Takes an evidence based, case study, theoretical, and integrative approach to underlying origins and present challenges of the modern world. Draws on disciplines of history, politics, and international studies.

Cross listing(s): HS 201.

POL 231 - Intro to International Relations

Evaluates the elements, relationships, issues and problems of contemporary international relations. Includes national systems, superpower relations, diplomacy, war, international organizations, arms control, North-South relations and interdependency.

POL 241 - Intro to Comparative Politics & Governmt

Compares and evaluates power, policy, politics and government in contemporary nation states. Includes political culture and socialization, governmental structures and performance in political systems.

POL 281 - Introduction to Political Philosophy

Introduces a variety of philosophies and alternative visions of social organization, politics, government, economics, peace, and justice. Examines underlying assumptions, propositions, and potential implications of particular political attitudes, processes and policies.

RC: Politics Major-Upper Division

Elective

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Take one (1) additional Upper Divsion Politics course

History Course

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Take one (1) Upper Division History course

International/Comp

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Choose one (1) course form the following:
POL 432, POL 439, POL 445, POL 449,
POL 451, POL 493E-W, POL 494E-W

Internship

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Choose one Internship course from POL 498 E-W

POL 499 - Integrated Capstone

Draws on historiography and theory from disciplines of History and Politics. Students complete a summative research writing with advising from History and Politics faculty.

Political Theory

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Select one Political Theory course from:
POL 481, POL 482E-W, POL 483

Politics & Law

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Take one Politics and the Law course from:
POL 400, POL 403, POL 404, POL 406, POL 420

United States

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Select one United States course from:
POL 413, POL 415, POL 421, POL 496E-W

Course Descriptions

Listed below are the available courses offered at Regis University within this respective degree program. The courses below include the degree program requirements as well as subject related courses. Please contact the Office of Enrollment Services at 303.458.4126 for recent changes and updates.

POL 231 Intro to International Relations (3.00)

Evaluates the elements, relationships, issues and problems of contemporary international relations. Includes national systems, superpower relations, diplomacy, war, international organizations, arms control, North-South relations and interdependency.

POL 241 Intro to Comparative Politics & Governmt (3.00)

Compares and evaluates power, policy, politics and government in contemporary nation states. Includes political culture and socialization, governmental structures and performance in political systems.

POL 281 Introduction to Political Philosophy (3.00)

Introduces a variety of philosophies and alternative visions of social organization, politics, government, economics, peace, and justice. Examines underlying assumptions, propositions, and potential implications of particular political attitudes, processes and policies.

POL 281C Introduction to Political Philosophy (3.00)

Introduces a variety of philosophies and alternative visions of social organization, politics, government, economics, peace, and justice. Examines underlying assumptions, propositions, and potential implications of particular political attitudes, processes and policies. Note: Enrollment is limited to students who took paired RCC 200 in the fall.

POL 400 Constitutional Law (3.00)

Comparative analysis of the US Constitutional legal system to other systems, with a primary focus on the US system. Covers a standard undergraduate law text.

Pre-requisite: TAKE POL*231 OR POL*241 OR POL*281;

Cross listing(s): CR 401.

POL 403 Courts & the Judicial Process (3.00)

Explores administration of justice, emphasizing United States systems. Focuses on judicial decision-making, and procedures in federal and state judicial systems.

Cross listing(s): CJ 403 CR 403.

POL 404 International Law & Human Rights (3.00)

Examines how International Law has become a process of normative regime-building that secures the inherent Human Rights of all people with the help of global monitoring, domestic education and law enforcement and international discourse through the UN system.

Pre-requisite: TAKE POL*241 OR POL*281;

Cross listing(s): PJ 403.

POL 406 Just & Sustainable Development (3.00)

Integrates knowledge of development practice and theory from the perspective of communities, states, and the global system. Builds on community-based models of just and sustainable development success. Interdisciplinary, drawing on health, environment, politics, business and law. NOTE: Junior standing or completion of Distributive Core required.

Pre-requisite: TAKE POL*231 POL*241 OR POL*281;

Cross listing(s): ENVS 416.

POL 413 US Elections and Poli Behavior (3.00)

Examines U.S. elections in the context of the political arena. Emphasizes political parties, special interest groups, voting behavior and campaign strategies.

POL 415 Balancing Power (3.00)

Examines institutions, functions, relations, and powers of Executive, Legislative and Judiciary coordinate branches of the US federal government, and contervailing federalist powers. Case studies of leading models of the Presidency, Congress, and Supreme Court.

POL 417 Urban-Rural Politics (3.00)

Covers urban and rural conflicts of interest which pervade the politics of nation-states. Compares and contrasts US regional issues with those concerns of other nation-states where cities and agricultural communities contend over power, infrastructure, and values.

Pre-requisite: TAKE POL*231 POL*241 OR POL*281;

POL 420 Environmental Politics (3.00)

Uses four case studies of environmental progress to drive analysis of local, regional, national, and global levels of dealing with change and conservation. Examines civil society, state and UN system approaches to building environmental norms that shape policy and legislation.

Pre-requisite: TAKE POL*231 OR POL*241 OF POL*281;

Cross listing(s): ENVS 420.

POL 432 International Political Economy (3.00)

Analyzes the interactions and interrelationships between political and economic factors at the global level. Factors include monetary management, trade, multinational corporations, foreign aid, cartels and debt. Considers Western and North-South systems.

Pre-requisite: EC*200 OR EC*320

Cross listing(s): ENVS 432 EC 432 PJ 454.

POL 439 US Foreign Policy Since WW II (3.00)

Reviews and evaluates the nature and conduct of U.S. foreign policy since 1945. Considers policies adopted by the U.S. to deal with the perceived international system, including intended outputs and actual outcomes of policy, and contemporary challenges.

Pre-requisite: POL*231 OR POL*241

Cross listing(s): PJ 438.

POL 445 Comparative Public Policy (3.00)

Provides a comparative examination of public policy in western industrialized nation-states emphasizing the interaction and interdependency of politics and economics. Evaluates basic issues of public policy including distribution, extraction and regulation focusing on identifying both the range of possible choices and the actual outcomes of adopted policies under a variety of circumstances.

Pre-requisite: EC*200 OR EC*320

Cross listing(s): PJ 446 ENVS 445 EC 445.

POL 449 Comparative Foreign Policy (3.00)

Comparative description and evaluation of the foreign policies of a variety of contemporary nation-states, emphasizing systematic conditions, national priorities and objectives, and external outputs and outcomes. Future controversies and challenges will be identified, discussed, and evaluated.

Pre-requisite: POL*231 OR POL*241

Cross listing(s): PJ 449.

POL 451 Environmental & International Security (3.00)

Describes and evaluates environmental processes and conditions that affect contemporary and future international and human security. Examines causes, forms, and consequences of environmental scarcity and degradation.

Pre-requisite: TAKE POL*231 OR POL*241;

Cross listing(s): ENVS 425.

POL 481 Theories of International Relations (3.00)

Explores primary theoretical approaches to understanding international relations, including individual, state, and systemic levels of analysis, analyzed from realists, idealists, and radical perspectives. Compares and analyzes theories such as assumptions, major assertions, and empirical manifestations and implications for present and future international relations.

Pre-requisite: TAKE POL*231 OR POL*241 OR POL*281;

Cross listing(s): PJ 451F.

POL 482E-W Topics in Political Theory: (3.00)

Provides an intensive examination of the nature and aims of various forms of political theory, specific periods of political thought, major political thinkers or significant topics in political theory.

Cross listing(s): PJ 482E-W.

POL 483 American Political Theory (3.00)

Examines the historical context, religious and secular bases, and contending political and economic theories that underlie a spectrum of American thought. "American" considers inclusively and compares the northern, central and southern America.

Pre-requisite: TAKE POL*281;

POL 490E-W Indep. Study/Polit. Science: (1.00 - 3.00)

Offers an opportunity for independent exploration of areas of interest under the supervision of department member. Prerequisite(s): Approval of Department Chair.

POL 493E-W Sem./International Politics: (3.00)

Provides an intensive study of selected issues and problems of international politics, emphasizing individual research interests. Includes preparation and presentation of a major research project. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

Pre-requisite: POL*231 OR POL*241

POL 494E-W Sem./Comparative Politics: (3.00)

Provides an intensive study of selected issues, problems and regions in comparative politics, emphasizing individual research interests. Includes preparation and presentation of a major research project. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

Pre-requisite: POL*231 OR POL*241

POL 495E-W Seminar in Political Science: (3.00)

Provides an intensive study of selected topics, issues or problems in political science. Includes preparation and presentation of a major research project. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

POL 496E-W Seminar in U.S. Politics: (3.00)

Provides an intensive study of selected issues of U.S. politics, emphasizing individual research projects. Includes preparation and presentation of a major research project. Prerequisite(s): Junior standing.

POL 498E-W Internship in Politics/Law (3.00)

Offers an opportunity for placement in a governmental organization or private institution involved in political processes. Progress is guided and monitored by the site supervisor and the faculty sponsor. Site selection emphasizes the best combination of prior academic learning and on-the-job experience. Prerequisite(s): Approval of Departmental Chair and Director of Experiential Education.

POL 499 Integrated Capstone (3.00)

Draws on historiography and theory from disciplines of History and Politics. Students complete a summative research writing with advising from History and Politics faculty.

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