Government Courses

Undergraduate

GOVT 291 American Government

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

A survey of the influences, origins, structure, and working of the American government. The aim of the course is to provide the historical and theoretical background to enable students to thoughtfully guide their political choices, practices, and evaluations.

GOVT 291 American Government

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $600

A survey of the influences, origins, structure, and working of the American government. The aim of the course is to provide the historical and theoretical background to enable students to thoughtfully guide their political choices, practices, and evaluations.

GOVT 291 American Government

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Semester
  • Tuition: $995.40

The purpose of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of American government and politics, particularly the major institutions and operations. Further, the course aims to develop skills and abilities in analyzing and evaluating issues and public policies in American politics. So, not only will you develop your knowledge of the American political system, but you will also develop the critical and evaluative tools that will help guide your own political choices and practices.

GOVT 303 Current Political Issues

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course examines current controversial political issues such as affirmative action, same sex marriage, abortion, capital punishment, cloning, pornography, censorship, religion in public schools, and immigration.

GOVT 304 The Presidency

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course examines the American presidency and presidents throughout history. The approach taken is to study presidents chronologically and thematically with a focus on the development of the presidency, growth in presidential powers, relations with other branches of government, presidential selection, public policy, and constitutional issues.

GOVT 305 Religion and Politics in the U.S.

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course examines the many ways that religion plays a role in American politics including church-state relations, public opinion and voting , political culture, and public policy.

GOVT 309 Sin, Sex, and Politics

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course examines how issues involving behaviors thought to be sinful and morally questionable occupy a key role in politics, law, and public debate. Issues such as prostitution, pornography, smoking, gambling, homosexuality, adult night clubs, political scandals, and illegal drugs will be examined.

GOVT 350 Judicial Process

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

GOVT 350 Judicial process: This course examines the judicial process in the U.S., including state and federal systems. Topics include state and federal courts, prosecutors, defense counsel, interest groups, trial and appellate court judges, criminal and civil trials, and judicial implementation and policymaking.

GOVT 361 Justice, Ethics, and Law

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course examines the concept of justice and applies the various conceptions to ethical issues confronting individuals and societies. Some of the conceptions of justice include the writings of Aristotle, utilitarianism, libertarians, Immanuel Kant, John Rawls, and Robert Nozick. This course serves both as a study of ethics and social philosophy.

GOVT 379 Concepts and Dynamics of Social Movements in America and Beyond

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course explores the dynamics that dominate social movements in the United States and around the world. In so doing the course covers historical and contemporary movements that cut across political, religious and social themes and asks the questions of what drives social movements and what does the future hold for them?

GOVT 379 Family Law

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $525

Family law pertains to the formation and dissolution of domestic relations, including the law of marriage, annulment, separation and dissolution, maintenance, and custody and support of children. This course will study the differences between community and separate property, the classification of property, and the impact of such classification. The role of the paralegal in family law practice and the importance of mediation of domestic issues will also be discussed. View syllabus.

GOVT 379 Immigration Law

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $525

Available online or Text-based (please specify format in "comments" section of registration form). Link to syllabus.

GOVT 379 Islam in International Affairs

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course looks at the primary perspectives of what “Islam” is in the 21st Century International System. It has been argued that understanding “Islam” is a mandatory requirement to be able to function in the globalized world, this class will begin to fill that requirement by analyzing conceptual notions of the role of Islam in our world today and what it all means from differing paradigms.

GOVT 379 21st Century International Development

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

International Development has taken on a new emphasis in the post 9-11 world, after the events of that day it became obvious that the poverty and lack of freedom in the developing world can have a direct, and catastrophic, impact on those living in any part of the world. This course will examine the approaches taken by the international community towards promoting democracy and economic growth in the developing world as well as assess the reasons why some people have so much, and some so little. This course will take theory and apply it to real world application as we consider the historical progression of development in determining how we practice it in the future.

GOVT 429 Constitutional Law and Criminal Justice

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course examines Supreme Court decisions and doctrine in areas such as search and seizure, the exclusionary rule, interrogations, right to counsel, cruel and unusual punishment and other issues in criminal justice and the courts.

GOVT 430 Constitutional Law; Civil Liberties

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

This course examines Supreme Court decisions and doctrine in areas such as speech, assembly, religion, privacy, press, civil rights, and election law.

GOVT 436 American Thought

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $495

The interaction of religious ideas, practices, and aspirations in United States History, 1607 to Present.

GOVT 479 Advanced Legal Research

  • Format: Print
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $525

In this course we will study advanced and specialized research approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library, online, and elsewhere. The conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard copy research will be taught. You will also learn how to formulate WESTLAW search queries and how to effectively and efficiently use WESTLAW and other online services as timesaving devices in legal research and writing.

GOVT 479 Advanced Legal Research

  • Format: Online
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Open Enrollment
  • Tuition: $525

Advanced and specialized approaches to utilize the legal resources available in a law library, and elsewhere, will be examined. The conceptual differences between computer-assisted legal research and hard copy research will be taught. You will also learn how to formulate WESTLAW search queries and effectively and efficiently use WESTLAW and other online legal research methods as timesaving devices in legal research and legal writing. Link to syllabus.