This course introduces basic concepts for the study of politics and government. It describes how political forces influence government actions at the local, national and international level. It explores ideas about the role of government in society and provides a comparative overview of current government practices throughout the world. 

Introduction to the study of international relations between and comparisons of nation states, economic actors, international organizations, and the peoples of the world.

A study of local government institutions, practices, and issues, with an emphasis on local government and administration in Ohio. The course will introduce comparative materials where appropriate to better explore linkages between local and central governance, both theoretical and actual.

 An advanced course in research methods: this course will assist students with library research, review the basic operations of confirmatory data analysis and explore computer based exploratory data analysis techniques.