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Courses

Required As Part Of The Core Of General Education

GOVT 2301 American and Texas Government* (Formerly American Government I)
A survey of the fundamental principles of political science of the American system of government, and of the origins, development, and structure of the constitutions and government of the United States and Texas. (This course is also a requirement of the General Education Core.)

GOVT 2302 American Government and Policy* (Formerly American Government II)
A survey of the inputs and outputs of the American government including political participation, civil rights and liberties, public economics and foreign policy. (This course is also a requirement of the General Education Core.)

*Government 2301 and 2302 satisfy the legislative requirement of six hours of American and Texas government courses for a baccalaureate degree. Notice: The terms Gov't I and Gov't II will no longer be used!!

Methodology Courses

GOVT 3331 Research Methods (Formerly Methods of Political Science Research)
This course gives a survey of research modeling in political science and government, and intends to give students an introduction to models of inquiry, research design, experimental and survey research, qualitative and quantitative analyses, and research reporting using analysis techniques in SPSS.

GOVT 3332 Applied Statistics for Public Service
This course illustrates the statistical applications to public service programs. It extends the basic research methods explored in GOVT 3331.

American Government Courses

GOVT 3314 American State and Local Government (Formerly American State Government)
This course analyzes the developments, problems and issues facing American state and local governments. Emphasis will be on state and community development through comparative regional government analysis within the United States.

GOVT 3363 American Hispanic Politics
A study of the American Hispanic experience. Analyzes political socialization and culture, political participation and behavior, leadership, organizations, and power in the American political system.

GOVT 3373 Contemporary Texas*

This course is a survey of contemporary political, public policy, and administrative issues confronting Texas.*Contemporary Texas is required for those who are seeking teacher certification in Social Studies' Composite.

GOVT 4320 American Constitutional Law: Powers (Formerly American Constitutional Law: Federalism)
A study of the allocation of government powers by use of court cases, with special emphasis on the national government and the introduction to the judicial functions of the American legal system.

GOVT 4321 American Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties
A study of the limitations of governmental powers in the United States by use of court cases, with primary emphasis on civil and political rights.

GOVT 4360 The Presidency (Formerly American Executive Process)
A study of the development and the structure, powers, functions, processes, and influence of the Presidency.

GOVT 4363 The Congress (Formerly American Legislative Process)
This course is a study of the development and the structure, powers, functions, processes, and influence of Congress.

GOVT 4366 American Political Parties and Politics
A study of the history, function and leadership of political parties and the role they play in the operation of national, state, and local governments in the United States and a study of the role of group politics and voting behavior in the American political process.

GOVT 4367 The Judiciary (Formerly American Judicial Process)
This course is a study of the judicial systems on local, state, and national levels. It focuses on the relationship between the judiciary and political systems, as well as the impact of the judicial decision-making on public policy.

GOVT 4368 Special Topics in Governance
Significant issues and problems in politics and the political system. Course may be repeated for credit provided different topics are the focus of each class.

Comparative Politics and International Relations

GOVT 3322 Introduction to Comparative Politics (Formerly Politics of Developing Nations)
This course is a study of similarities and differences between various political systems in the world. It aims to generate a better understanding of international relations and politics.

GOVT 3343 Global Politics and International Relations (Formerly International Politics)
This course is an introduction to the history and contemporary theory of global politics from the perspective of international relations.

GOVT 4369 Latin American Politics
A survey of governmental processes in Mexico, the Caribbean, Centraland South America. Examines competing ideologies, group dynamics, relationships between political, economic and social structures and Latin America's role in the international political system.

GOVT 4370 European Politics
A study of the major democracies of Europe. A comparative study of peoples and their political, social and economic institutions. Generally includes, but is not limited to, Great Britain, France, and Germany.

GOVT 4371 Contemporary International Issues
This course is the study of important issues in international politics. It focuses on themes, issues, and players in world politics, regional and international conflicts, and the solutions to these conflicts.

GOVT 4378 Middle Eastern Politics (New Course)
This course provides a survey of governmental processes in the Middle East. It examines competing ideologies, group dynamics, relationships between political, economic and social structures and the Middle East's role in the international political system.

Political Theory Courses

GOVT 4372 Classical Political Theory
A study of classical political philosophy from Socrates to Machiavelli.

GOVT 4373 Modern Political Theory
This course is a study of political philosophy from the 1500s until the present..

Public Service and Administration Courses

GOVT 3301 Citizenship and Community Development (New Course)
This course develops an understanding of community development as an expression of citizenship. It explores two citizenship traditions: citizenship as a status and citizenship as a practice. It also focuses on the role of democratic deliberation in support of community development.

GOVT 3302 Ethics and Public Service (New Course)
This course is a philosophical inquiry into ethical issues. It focuses on the ethical examination of political behavior and decision-making that impact public service.

GOVT 3323 Foundations of Public Administration and Service (Formerly Introduction to Public Administration)
This course is a survey of public administration in the United States. It highlights a wide variety of topics in public administration, with emphasis on public service.

GOVT 3385 Internship
This course is designed for students seeking credit through an internship placement. The internship must be directly related to government; the student must be under direct academic supervision and the student must complete written assignments to be evaluated by the supervising teacher.

GOVT 4312 Issues in Public Planning (Formerly Urban and Metropolitan Planning)
This course is a survey of planning in the public sector. It focuses on program evaluation and accountability, project selection, and performance-based budgeting.

GOVT 4314 Leadership and Non-Profit Organizations (New Course)
This course focuses on the skills, knowledge, and attitudes in building the leadership of nonprofit organizations. It also addresses topics such as power, leadership styles, supervision, ethics, women and minorities in management, and conflict resolution.

GOVT 4365 Public Personnel Administration (Formerly American Administrative Process)

This course emphasizes the importance of human resources management in public and nonprofit organizations. It also focuses on the development and maintenance of public bureaucracy and the proper response to the needs of a democratic society.

GOVT 4374 American Public Policy
An analysis of the formation, implementation, and assessment of selected public policies in America.

GOVT 4376 Contemporary Issues in Homeland Security (New Course)
This course examines contemporary issues concerning Homeland Security. It focuses on counter-terrorism, borders and international jurisdiction, immigration, transportation, and public health emergencies.

Leadership Course

GOVT 1301 Introduction to Leadership and Public Service
This course is an interdisciplinary course that integrates hands-on opportunities to learn leadership through service. It focuses on issues of social justice in our community, especially in areas of non-profit management, healthcare, education, advocacy, and local government.

Economic Courses

Econ 2301 Macroeconomics
Introduction to national income analysis. Topics include an introduction to supply and demand analysis, the economic functions of government the determinants of output, employment, and the general price level, national income accounting, classical Keynesian and neoclassical models of the economy, the Federal Reserve, fiscal and monetary policy, the balance of payments.

Econ 2302 Microeconomics
Introduction to price theory. Topics include elasticity consumer behavior, the behavior of the firm under perfect and imperfect competition, government regulation, natural resources, labor, international trade, and the distribution of income and wealth. Open only to students who have completed all required development courses in reading and/or writing as assessed by the University.

Graduate Courses of the Master in Public Policy and Management (MPPM) program

PPAM 6301 Principles of Public Administration
This course is an introduction to Public Administration and an overview of the field. It examines the historical background and contemporary issues in the subject area. Emphasis is placed on organizational theory and behavior. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

PPAM 6302 Public Policy and Economics
This course examines public policy and program formulation implementation and evaluation including the politics and history of fiscal and monetary policy. Some emphasis is placed on the theories and approaches used in public policy analysis. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

PPAM 6303 Public Budgeting and Finance
This course provides an introduction to the use of financial information in organizational decision making. A review of the budgetary process is included as well as an introduction to accounting practices in the public sector. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

PPAM 6304 Professional Ethics
This course examines both the legal and the philosophical foundations of ethics. Special emphasis is placed on the application and enforcement of ethical standards for public service. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

PPAM 6305 Leadership and Ethics
This course examines the historical, theoretical, behavioral, political and administrative perspective of leadership and its impact on decision making, and problem solving with special emphasis on the application and enforcement of ethical standards for public servants. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

PPAM 6306 Public Human resource Management
This course is an examination of the history, theory, and practice of human resource management in public organizations. Some attention is given to cultural, ethnic, and gender differences in the workplace. Lec 3, Cr 3

PPAM 6307 Research Methods and Information Technology
This course covers the quantitative aspects of analysis and decision making and the role and application of technology and information systems in data management. research design, the use of statistics and computer applications will be covered. Lec 3, Cr 3

PPAM 6308 International and Comparative Policy and Management
This course studies the similarities and differences in the organization, management and public policy making among countries. It examines paradigms, theories and models along with practical application techniques to provide information for real management and policy problems. Lec 3, Cr 3

PPAM 6310 Seminar in Community and Economic Development
This course is an overview of and introduction to the study of community economic development. It encompasses zoning, transportation, comprehensive planning, and the relationship of education and infrastructure to economic development. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

PPAM 6311 Urban Policy, Planning and Management
This course covers the administrative and political effects of the division of authority among the various units of urban government involved in policy, planning and management. The development of urban planning techniques is covered. Lec 3, Cr 3

PPAM 6312 Intergovernmental Relations
This course covers the administrative and political effects of the division of authority among the coordinate units of government. Federal-state, state-local, local-federal, state-state, local-local, and governmental relations are examined. Lec 3, Cr 3

PPAM 6320 Environmental Policy and Management
This course is an introduction and overview of environmental policy and management at the local, state , national and international level. It is designed to help students develop a working knowledge of the basic concepts of environmental policy and management. This includes its history, theories, methods, institutions, and issues and the guidelines and rules that establish goals and standards regarding the use and preservation of the physical environment, including soil, water, air, wildlife and vegetation. Lec 3, Cr 3

PPAM 6340 Seminar in International and Development Policy and Management
Focuses on the changing roles and functions of different public and private international organizations and the services they provide. Provides an understanding of the way intergovernmental organizations work and specific responsibilities of the various bodies and organizations such as the U.N., Security Council, General Assembly, ECOSOC, and regional economic commissions. Lec 3, Cr. 3

PPAM 6341 Cases in Public Policy and Management
Based on the theoretical foundations built in the concentration graduate seminars, this course focuses on applying that knowledge on cases addressing public policies and management in a selected field of concentration in public policy and management. This course can be repeated for up to 9 credit hours as long as the set of cases varies. Sets of cases are selected from international development, environmental, nonprofit, economic development, health care policy and management cases. Lec 3, Cr 3

PPAM 6360 Nonprofit Policy and Management
This course is an overview of nonprofit policy and management sector on a national and international scope. It covers the historical, descriptive, theoretical, and ethical issues relevant to the sector. It also covers the application of managerial concepts and techniques to the management, problems and concerns of nonprofit institutions and enterprises. Lec 3, Cr. 3

PPAM 6371 Nonprofit Governance
This course provides an overview of the characteristics and leadership of boards in nonprofit organizations. The course will cover the structure, functions, and composition of boards; the relation of boards to management; the board's role in strategic planning; and improving boards performance and accountability. Lec. 3, Cr. 3

PPAM 6370 Seminar in Health Care Policy and Management
This course provides a comprehensive overview of healthcare and policies in the United States. Students will make use of case studies to understand the major stakeholders involved in healthcare and introduce them to current public health issues, healthcare delivery systems, and factors that determine health policy, and managerial practice. Lec 3, Cr 3

PPAM 6380 Current Problems in Public Policy and Management
This course focuses on current issues in public policy and management. This course can be repeated for up to 9 credit hours as long as the topic varies. Current problems are selected from international development, environmental, nonprofit, economic development, health care, criminal justice policy and management issues. Lec 3, Cr. 3

PPAM 7301 Thesis
This course required a student to work on/complete a thesis under the direction of a thesis committee. The thesis will be defended publicly and approved by a majority of the committee.
Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor. Lec 3, Cr 3

PPAM 7302 Thesis
This course required a student to work on/complete a thesis under the direction of a thesis committee. The thesis will be defended publicly and approved by a majority of the committee.
Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor. Lec 3, Cr 3

PPAM 7303 Professional Report
This course requires the student to develop an applied project and professional report that focuses on the practice of public administration or public policy making or on related management/planning practices in a government, non-profit or private agency serving the public interest. May be repeated until successful professional report defense.
Prerequisite: PPAM 6301, 6302, 6307, seminar in specialization and/or approval of the advisor.

PPAM 7311 Internship
This course is a practical public management experience through an arranged internship in a governmental, non-profit or private agency serving the public interest. Periodic seminars, supervision and a final administrative report are required. Lec 3, Cr 3
Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor/department chair. Pass/Fail Grade

PPAM 7312 Internship
This course is a practical public management experience through an arranged internship in a governmental, non-profit or private agency serving the public interest. Periodic seminars, supervision and a final administrative report are required. Lec 3, Cr 3
Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor/department chair. Pass/Fail Grade

Graduate Courses in Government

GOVT 6310 Seminar and Problems in Political Science
A survey and critique of the bibliography and problems in various fields of political science. Course may be repeated for credit as topics vary. (May be repeated up to 3X) Lec 3, Cr 3

GOVT 6360 American Executive Process and Policy Outputs
Advanced study of the development of the power and influence of the president and other American executives; procedures and policies of the executive process; executive policy outputs; the relation of the executive to the other elements of the political system. Lec 3, Cr 3

GOVT 6367 American Judicial Process
Advanced study of the structure, functions and procedures of the national, state and local judicial systems, the interrelationship between the American judiciary and other components of the political system; the impact of judicial decision-making on public policy. Lec 3, Cr 3

GOVT 6368 Public Law
Advanced study of American Public Law, which will include an examination of the structures, functions, and procedures of the national and state legal systems, based on constitutional government, as well as the impact of public law on policy development and implementation and the management of American public organizations, institutions, and agencies. Special emphasis will be placed on the role of employment discrimination law in the public organization milieu. Lec 3, Cr. 3

GOVT 6376 United States-Mexico, Central America & Caribbean Relations
Study of the formulation, conduct and consequences of U.S. foreign policy in Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. The roles of the President, Congress, interest groups, the military and intelligence agencies, and public opinion will be examined. Specific cases of major foreign policy decisions will be examined. Lec 3, Cr 3

GOVT 6386 Politics of South America
A survey of governmental structures and politics in South America. Examines the political processes and their relationship to existing social and economic structures of South America. Lec 3, Cr 3

GOVT 6388 Major Political Ideologies
Advanced study of critical political philosophers who have influenced the political experience. Lec 3, Cr 3

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