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POL106 International Relations (4)
Studies relations among nations, politics of war and peace, elements and limits of national power, issues of hunger, development and human rights. Emphasizes American involvement in world affairs; examines Christian options.

*POL210 Introduction to Comparative Politics (4)
Provides overview of basic concepts and theoretical approaches used to compare political systems, exploring distinctive and similar characteristics of various states (industrialized, authoritarian and developing). Government, culture and development of seven country cases are evaluated: Britain, Germany, Japan, Russia, China, India and South Africa. Fulfills core Global Understanding theme.

POL214 American Domestic Policy (4)
Examines policy making from agenda setting to implementation and evaluation of policies; students explore specific domestic policy interests. Prerequisite: POL104 or permission of instructor.

*POL219 Politics of the Developing World (4)
Explores political-economic situation in countries typically described as developing. Using case studies, issues related to structures, markets and societal activity are examined. Emphasizes politics of developmental strategies and place of Christian worldviews. Prerequisite: POL106 or permission of instructor.

POL240 Politics of Western Europe (4)
Explores political institutions and problems common to democracies of Western Europe; institutions of parliamentary democracy, micro-nationalism, major political forces, electoral systems and European Union; consociational democracy as alternative to Anglo-American major¬itarian democracy. Prerequisite: POL104 or 105.

POL246 International Diplomacy: The Model United Nations (2)
Students serve as U.N. representatives of country at National Model United Nations Program at Harvard University; extensive economic, political, social, cultural and scientific reports required on national and international concerns of country delegation represents. Includes intensive preparation in parliamentary procedures and debate. Repeatable for credit. Prerequisite: POL245. Class fee: $300.

POL310 American Foreign Policy (4)
Examines factors shaping international behavior of United States from end of World War II to present; analytical importance of international system, domestic interest groups, governmental actors, public opinion and ideology; dilemma of reconciling moral principles with exercise of world power. Prerequisite: junior standing.

POL320 Women and Politics (4)
Overview of relationship between gender and politics in American and international context. Focuses on role of gender in defining and shaping politics, political behavior and public policy; political socialization, mobilization and participation of women; formation, leadership and efficacy of women's movements (feminist and nonfeminist); and various ways in which women, as political actors and theorists, have challenged and redefined "politics as usual." Prerequisite: a 100-level course in politics.

POL324 Politics of Latin America (4)
Considers development and political governance in unique historical and cultural context of Latin America. Course combines discussion of history and theory with study of individual countries. Included are analyses of regime change, social movements and U.S. foreign policy in region. Prerequisite: POL105 or POL106, or permission of instructor.

POL325 Congress and the Presidency (4)
Examines legislative and executive branches of American national government; includes elections, representation, presidential leadership, congressional reform, role of parties, interest groups and bureaucracy in legislative and executive politics; impact of Constitution on presidential-congressional relations. Prerequisite: POL104.

POL348 Theories of International Relations (4)
Critical analyses of leading schools of thought in international relations and their policy implications for major topics such as war, peace and cooperation. Approaches considered include, among others, realism, Marxism, neoliberalism and constructivism. Prerequisite: POL106.

POL416/ECB416 International Political Economy (4)
Examines political aspects of international economic relations; global economy, development of international economic organizations and role of key national and transnational actors (e.g., United States and U.S.-based multinational corporations). Alternative theoretical approaches presented. Prerequisites: junior standing, POL106 and ECB202.

POL425 Internship in Government and Politics (4 to 6)
Combined on-the-job work experience and related academic study in variety of public and private sector settings here and abroad. Plan ahead to avoid conflicts with other degree requirements. Prerequisites: permission of instructor, minimum cumulative GPA of 2.50 and approval of Registrar's Office. See Off-Campus course descriptions.

POL471, 472 Research I, II (4, 4)
Individual research for senior honors thesis. Prerequisites: senior standing and permission of instructor.

*ECB101 Principles of Microeconomics (4)
Introduces the discipline; scarcity and comparative economic systems; pricing system within market economy; output and input markets; efficiency and equity of resource allocation in context of Christian teaching. Fulfills core Civic Responsibility theme.

ECB102 Principles of Macroeconomics (4)
Introduces economics of inflation, recession, unemployment, economic growth. Includes role of Federal Reserve, consequences of budget deficits, effects of international trade on U.S. economy, assessment of current policy. Prerequisite: ECB201.

ECB305 Economic Development (4)
Analyzes developing economies; surveys and critiques various development strategies; agricultural, industrial and trade policies and their effect on economic growth and human welfare. Prerequisite: ECB202.

ECB366 International Economics (4)
Studies causes and consequences of trade between nations; trade restrictions; policy implications in developed and developing countries. Examines structure of international monetary system; balance of payments, foreign exchange markets and international capital flows. Prerequisite: ECB201, 202.

ECB369 International Capitalisms: Asia, U.S. and Europe (2)
Though internationally oriented, institutions and practices of capitalism differ across advanced industrial nations. How do these differences matter? What policies best promote prosperity in already-rich nations, given their interdependence? Considers nature of economic growth, international repercussions, competitiveness; highlights recent Japanese/U.S. experience. Prerequisite: ECB202. (Offered periodically.)

ECB440 International Business (4)
Explores business from comprehensive global view. Examines marketing, management and financial factors managers consider upon entering international markets. Surveys human and cultural problems, organizational structures and issues of social responsibility and ethics surrounding multinational corporations. (Offered periodically.) Prerequisites: ECB118, 245, and 277; or permission of instructor.

For course descriptions of the following elective options, please see History Department Course Descriptions:

HIS245 History of Africa

*Fulfills core common or thematic requirement.