Academic Catalog 2014.2015 - page 98

The Master’s College 2014-2015 Catalog
POL333 The Presidency (3)
A study of the presidency and various schools of thought
concerning the president’s role and powers. Particular
attention is paid to the constitutional presidency view vs.
the modern presidency view.
POL334 Congress (3)
A study of the United States Congress, its members,
functions, and procedures; and its relationship with other
elements of the governmental system and processes.
POL336 Political Communication (3)
A study of the various media and their impact on politics.
Particular emphasis on television, political cartoons, and
POL353 U.S. Diplomatic History (3)
A survey of U.S. foreign relations events, policies, and
policy-makers for the United States from the colonial
era to the present. Geopolitics since WWII receives extra
emphasis to facilitate an understanding of the context for
contemporary international relations.
POL489 Internship (15)
Opportunity to spend a semester in Washington, D.C.,
with the American Studies Program. Seminars on selected
topics and field experience working in a professional
environment. Requires application to the American Studies
POL455 Christian Political Thought (3)
A study of major Catholic and Protestant political ideas
from Augustine and Aquinas through the Reformers.
Analysis stresses comparison of each with Scripture.
POL464 Machiavelli (3)
An in-depth study of the political philosophy and influence
of Niccolo Machiavelli, including detailed analysis of
Discourses on Livy.
POL466 The Federalist Papers (3)
An in-depth study of the seminal work of American
political thought,
The Federalist Papers.
POL473 American Political Thought I (3)
A study of important American political ideas from the
Puritans through the Founding period.
POL474 American Political Thought II (3)
A study of important American political ideas from the
Jeffersonian era to the present.
POL423 The Judicial Process (3)
An examination of the dynamics of the national judicial
system, with emphasis on the Supreme Court as a working
institution, the politics of selecting judges, external
influences on the courts, internal procedures of decision-
making, and relations with other political institutions.
POL424 Law & Public Policy (3)
An examination of American political culture and its
dynamics through selected current issues in law with
an emphasis on their effect on policy formation and
POL435 Introduction to Constitutional Law (3)
General principles of federal and state constitutional
law, powers of the national government and federal-state
relations. A study of the leading decisions of the United
States Supreme Court.
POL445 The Church as a Legal Institution (3)
A survey of statutory and case law related to the institution
of the church, its members and leaders. Includes church
discipline and the law, church finances and the law, the
first amendment and the church, and more.
POL446 The Supreme Court & the Bill of Rights (3)
An in-depth study of the evolution of the Bill of Rights
and its effect upon individual rights and federal and state
law enforcement.
POL488 Directed Study in Politics (1-3)
Intensive study of a selected area under direction of
Political Studies faculty member.
Prerequisite: permission of
the instructor.
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