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Undergraduate Government Courses

GOV 2013 US National Government (GOVT 2305)
Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution; structure and powers of the national government including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; federalism; democratic theory, political participation, and the national election process; policy-making and factors influencing national policy decisions; civil liberties and civil rights; American foreign relations; demographics and the politics of race, gender, and class in the American political system.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 2023 Texas Government (GOVT 2306)
Origin and development of the Texas Constitution; structure and powers of the state government including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches; federal-state relations; political participation and the election process in Texas; local governments; policy-making and factors influencing policy decision in Texas; demographics and the politics of race, gender, and class in the Texas political system.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 2213 Introduction to Criminal Justice (CRIJ 13010)
History and philosophy of criminal justice and ethical considerations; crime defined: its nature and impact; overview of criminal justice system; law enforcement; court system; prosecution and defense; trial process; corrections.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 2223 Criminal Investigation (CRIJ 2314)
Investigative theory; collection and preservation of evidence; interview and interrogation; uses of forensic sciences; case and trial preparation.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of government or permission of the instructor.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3053 The American Presidency
Recruitment, selection, and authority; interaction of the executive branch with Congress, parties, the courts, and the public; the influence of personality on performance.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3063 Women in Politics
Impact in gender on power and influence in society; political socialization, participation and leadership of women; women’s political issues and movements.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3123 Legal Research
Techniques of Legal research and writing, sources of the law and how each can be found; cane analysis, legal citation, legal bibliography, and computer-assisted legal research.  Prerequisite: GOV 3113 or permission of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3133 Legal Research II
Analysis of legal problems, and drafting effective communication of that analysis through drafting legal documents such as office memoranda, letters, pleadings, motions, briefs, contracts, and wills.  Discussion of writing style focusing on the policies underlying conventions of composition and presentation of legal authority.  Prerequisite: GOV 3123. Legal Research, or permission of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3153 Legal Environment (CRIJ 1306) (see BUS 3153)
Introduction to law and the legal professions; the role of the various actors in the legal process including lawyers, paralegals, judges, and court administrators; legal ethics; basic legal terminology; structure, functions, and political impact of the judicial system at the local, state, and national levels.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of government or permission of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3233 Police Policies and Practices (CRIJ 2328)
The police profession; organization of law enforcement systems; the police role; police discretion; ethics; police-community interaction; current and future issues.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of government or permission of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3243 Criminal Law (CRIJ 1310)
A study of the nature of criminal law; philosophical and historical development; major definitions and concepts; classification of crime; elements of crimes and penalties using Texas statues as illustrations; criminal responsibility.  3 Lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3253 Criminal Evidence and Procedure
The judiciary in the criminal justice system; structure of American court system; prosecution; right to counsel; pre-trial release; grand juries; adjudication process; types and rules of evidence; sentencing.  Prerequisite:  3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3293 Business and Legal Ethics (see BUS 3293)
An introduction of ethical theory and the analysis of social and professional issues from various ethical perspectives; the course will focus on aspects of professional ethics in areas of business, government, law, and the health care professions.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3303 The American Legislative Process
The legislative branch of government; including both Congress and state legislative bodies; influences on the legislative process.  It will be given in alternate spring semesters coinciding with the biennial sessions of the Texas Legislature and using the current session for special class study.  Prerequisites: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3393 Law for Women (see BUS 3393 and WS 3393)
Impact of gender on legal status; evolution of the current legal environment, with an emphasis on parallels between racial and gender discrimination; substantive law regarding working conditions, compensation, education, the family, reproductive rights and criminal law; feminist perspectives on legal reforms to improve the professional lives of women and men.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3413 Estate Planning
Probating will; family planning; stocks; buying or selling a home; insurance needs; minimizing taxes; Social Security; consumer purchasing; bank accounts; urgent need for a will.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week. Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3513 Japanese Culture and Politics
An introduction to modern Japan with particular emphasis on Japanese politics.  Topics include Japanese language and literature, geography, religion, the arts, social dynamics, education, economics, history, constitutionalism, government institutions, political parties, elections and foreign policy.  The Japanese way of politics is related to larger forces in Japanese culture.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3723 Modern Political Thought
A study of Western political theory from the Renaissance to the present with particular emphasis on the development of contemporary ideologies: liberalism, socialism, nationalism, Marxism, fascism.  Prerequisites: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor or head of department.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 3733 American Political Thought
An examination of the origins and development of the American political character as reflected in ideas, institutions and events.  Prerequisites: 3 hours of Government or consent of the instructor or head of department.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4001 Creating Canada: The Canadian Frontier Experience
A brief survey of the formation of Canadian culture, economics, and politics from European contact through the 19th century.  One lecture hour a week.  Credit: 1 hour.

GOV 4011 Creating Australia: The Australian Frontier Experience
A brief survey of the formation of Australian culture, economics, and politics from European contact through World War I.  Emphasis is on the relationship between early free and convict British settlers and the aborigines and the influence of the frontier in shaping Australian character.  One lecture hour a week.  Credit: 1 hour.

GOV 4013 Alternative Dispute Resolution
Introduction to alternatives to litigation to resolve disputes.  Consideration of traditional negotiation, mediation, arbitration, moderated settlement conferences, and minitrials.  Prerequisite: GOV 3133 or permission of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4021 The Commonwealth Today: Issues Facing Individual Nations within the Former British Empire
A brief overview of major internal conflicts facing various nations of the former British Empire.  Significant issues, such as South African Apartheid, Indian religious conflicts, and Hong Kong reversion to Chinese authority, will be discussed and evaluated.  The impact of the British imperial experience upon each of these areas will be considered.  One lecture hour a week.  Credit: 1 hour.

GOV 4073 Constitutional Law: Governmental Structure
The development of the American Constitution through judicial interpretation by the Supreme Court, including cases involving commerce, taxation, divisions of powers, and separation of powers.  Prerequisites:  3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4083 Constitutional Law: Individual Rights
Judicial cases, especially those involving the Bill of Rights, the Fourteenth and Fifteenth Amendments.  Prerequisites:  3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4113 Public Administration
Introduction to the study of bureaucracies.  Examines such theoretical, political, and practical issues as decision-making, budgeting, staffing, and organizational structure.  Considers the influence of bureaucracy on policy formation and implementation.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  3 hours.

GOV 4133 Women in Leadership
An introduction to the principles and practices of leadership, with emphasis on women in exercising leadership.  Stresses political leadership, but includes business and community leadership as well.  Prerequisite: Sophomore standing or above or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours

GOV 4143 Drug Law and Policy
Legal and political aspects of federal and Texas drug laws, including the Controlled Substances Act and Dangerous Drugs Act.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4203 Civil Trial Practice and Litigation
Texas and federal laws regarding preparation and trial of civil actions; procedures for recovering compensation from automobile accidents, miscellaneous torts, and breach of contract.  Follow a civil suit through the judicial system from the initial client interview through trial and appeal.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4433 Family Law
Study of the legal aspects of marriage/other relationships; duties and liabilities of husband/wife/children; adoption; illegitimacy; annulment; separation; divorce; delinquent children; field trip(s).  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4453 Real Estate Law
Legal principles governing real estate transactions, with particular attention to sales contracts, deeds, mortgage title insurance, and Texas community property and homestead laws.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4503 Criminal Justice Internship
Integrates practical experience with the student’s academic program through supervised work in a related professional environment.  Prerequisite: 12 hours of Government, including 6 hours advanced, and approval of internship director.  Credit: 3 hours.  May be repeated.

GOV 4506 Criminal Justice Internship
Integrates practical experience with the student’s academic program through supervised work in a related professional environment.  Prerequisite: 12 hours of Government, including 6 hours advanced, and approval of internship director.  Credit: 3 hours.  May be repeated.

GOV 4523 American Foreign Policy
Constitutional framework and actors in foreign policy decision-making; roles of the President and congress; the art of diplomacy.  Prerequisite:   3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit:  3 hours.

GOV 4533 International Relations
The interaction of countries and non-state actors in the area of diplomacy, international law, international economics, international organization, and war.  A study of general pattern of political, economic, social, geographical, and technological relationships in world affairs.  Prerequisite: 6 hours of Government or permission of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4553 Modern Nationalism
Modern nationalism; patriotism and nationality; the impact of nationalism on current world events.  The course will demonstrate how nationalism can lead to terrorism and civil warfare.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4603 Legal Assistant Internship
Integrates practical experience with the student’s academic program through supervised work in a related professional environment.  Prerequisite: 9 hours of legal assistant courses and approval of internship director.  Credit: 3 hours.  May be repeated.

GOV 4606 Legal Assistant Internship
Integrates practical experience with the student’s academic program through supervised work in a related professional environment.  Prerequisite: 9 hours of legal assistant courses and approval of internship director.  Credit: 6 hours.  May be repeated.

GOV 4613 Comparative Government: Western Europe
Constitutional structures, methods, philosophies, and policies of selected governments in the Western world.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4633 Comparative Government: Africa and Asia
Constitutional structures, methods, philosophies, and policies of selected Asian and African governments.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4703 Public Administration Internship
Integrates practical experience with the student’s academic program through supervised work in a related professional environment.  Prerequisite: 12 hours in Government, including 6 hours advanced, and approval of internship director.  Credit: 3 hours.  May be repeated.

GOV 4706 Public Administration Internship
Integrates practical experience with the student’s academic program through supervised work in a related professional environment.  Prerequisite: 12 hours in Government, including 6 hours advanced, and approval of internship director.  Credit: 6 hours.  May be repeated.

GOV 4803 Government Internship
Integrates practical experience with the student’s academic program through supervised work in a related professional environment.  Prerequisite: 12 hours in Government, including 6 hours advanced, and approval of internship director.  Credit: 3 hours.  May be repeated.

GOV 4806 Government Internship
Integrates practical experience with the student’s academic program through supervised work in a related professional environment.  Prerequisite: 12 hours in Government, including 6 hours advanced, and approval of internship director.  Credit: 6 hours.  May be repeated.

GOV 4813 Seminar in Public Policy
Analysis of the formation, implementation, and impact of public policy in selected areas of current interest.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.  May be repeated.

GOV 4833 Introduction to Political Science (GOV 2304)
Research in political science; emphasis on sources and documentary study, interpretations, and presentation of ideas in written form.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4901 Selected Topics
Organized course with each section’s title and content varying with specific subject matter and topic offered.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  One lecture hour a week.  Credit: 1 hour.

GOV 4904 Selected Topics
Organized course with each section’s title and content varying with specific subject matter and topic offered.  Prerequisite: 3 hours of Government or consent of instructor.  Three lecture hour a week.  Credit: 3 hour.

GOV 4911 Independent Study
Individual study of selected topics in government.  Prerequisite: 3 hours in Government or consent of instructor.  Credit: 1 hour.

GOV 4913 Independent Study
Individual study of selected topics in government.  Prerequisite: 3 hours in Government or consent of instructor.  Credit: 3 hour.

GOV 4933 Senior Seminar
Capstone course for all government majors; focus on extensive readings and portfolio development including both verbal and written presentations of research findings.  Prerequisite: 15 hours of advanced government or consent of instructor.  Three seminar hours a week.  Credit: 3 hours.

GOV 4953, 4956 Cooperative Education

As well as the courses listed above, the Government Department also offers special topic courses ranging from Constitutional Rights to Public Administration.

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