Political Science

Timothy B. Krebs, Chairperson
The University of New Mexico
Department of Political Science
MSC05 3070
Social Sciences 2063
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
(505) 277-5104, FAX (505) 277-2821
e-mail: tbkrebs@unm.edu

Lonna R. Atkeson, Ph.D., University of Colorado
Wendy L. Hansen, Ph.D., California Institute of Technology
Mala Htun, Ph.D., Harvard University
Timothy B. Krebs, Ph.D., Loyola University Chicago
Deborah McFarlane, Dr.P.H., University of Texas
Mark Peceny, Ph.D., Stanford University
William D. Stanley, Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Associate Professors
Christopher K. Butler, Ph.D., Michigan State University
Kathy L. Powers, Ph.D., Ohio State University
Michael S. Rocca, Ph.D., University of California (Davis)
Gabriel R. Sanchez, Ph.D., University of Arizona

Assistant Professors
Cassy L. Dorff, Ph.D., Duke University
Jessica Feezell, Ph.D., University of California (Santa Barbara)
Kendra Koivu, Ph.D., Northwestern University
Sara Niedzwiecki, Ph.D., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)
Jami Nunez, Ph.D., University of Colorado, (Boulder)

Principal Lecturer
Ellen Grigsby, Ph.D., University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill)

Senior Lecturer
Peter S. Kierst, J.D., University of New Mexico

Adjunct and Associated Faculty
Nicholas J. Ganjei, J.D., University of California (Berkeley)
Michael Hess, Ph.D., University of New Orleans
Lucio Lanucara, J.D., University of Rome (La Sapienza)
Robert Wright, Ph.D., University of New Mexico

Professors Emeriti
Edward K. Fuge, M.A., University of Denver
F. Chris Garcia, Ph.D., University of California (Davis)
Gregory W. Gleason, Ph.D., University of California (Davis)
Fred R. Harris, J.D., University of Oklahoma
Peter A. Lupsha, Ph.D., Stanford University
Neil J. Mitchell, Ph.D., Indiana University
Martin C. Needler, Ph.D., Harvard University
Karen L. Remmer, Ph.D., University of Chicago
Harold V. Rhodes, Ph.D., University of Arizona
Christine M. Sierra, Ph.D., Stanford University
Harry P. Stumpf, Ph.D., Northwestern University


Political Science is the study of politics, power and government, including U.S. and foreign governments, as well as relationships among governments, their actions and policies. Political Science is useful for people seeking careers in law, business, government service, urban planning, education or journalism. It is also a vital part of a liberal arts education.

Undergraduate courses in Political Science (POLS) are categorized in content areas. The category for each course appears in parenthesis at the end of the course description according to the following legend:

Introductory and General (I); Core (C); American Politics (AP); Comparative Politics (CP); International Politics (IP); Political Theory (PT); Public Policy (PP).

Associated Programs

Undergraduate Program

Graduate Program


POLS 110. The Political World. (3)

POLS 200. American Politics. (3)

POLS 220. Comparative Politics. (3)

POLS 240. International Politics. (3)

POLS 260. Political Ideas. (3)

POLS 270. Public Policy and Administration. (3)

POLS 280. Introduction to Political Analysis. (3)

POLS 291. Internship. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

POLS 299. Introductory Political Topics. (3, no limit Δ)

POLS *300. Political Topics. (3, no limit Δ)

POLS 301. The Government of New Mexico. (3)

POLS *302. Comparative State Politics. (3)

POLS 303. Law in the Political Community. (3)

POLS *305. Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior. (3)

POLS *306. Political Parties. (3)

POLS *307. The Politics of Ethnic Groups. (3)

POLS *308. Hispanics in U.S. Politics. (3)

POLS 309. Black Politics. (3)

POLS *311. The Legislative Process. (3)

POLS *312. The American Presidency. (3)

POLS 313. Women and the Law. (3)

POLS 314. Women's Contemporary Legal Issues. (3)

POLS *315. Constitutional Law: Powers. (3)

POLS *316. Constitutional Law: Liberties. (3)

POLS 317. Constitutional Law: Rights. (3)

POLS 318. Civil Rights Politics and Legislation. (3)

POLS *320. Topics in Comparative Politics. (3, no limit Δ)

POLS 322. Human Rights and Political Violence. (3)

POLS 329. Introduction to African Politics. (3)

POLS *340. Topics in International Politics. (3, no limit Δ)

POLS 341. International Conflict and Cooperation. (3)

POLS *342. American Foreign Policy. (3)

POLS 346. International Political Economy. (3)

POLS 354. Introduction to Latin American Society I: Social Sciences. (3)

POLS *356. Political Development in Latin America. (3)

POLS *357. Russian and Eurasian Government and Politics. (3)

POLS *361. Ancient and Medieval Political Theory. (3)

POLS *362. Modern Political Theory. (3)

POLS 372. Urban Politics. (3)

POLS 376. Health Policy and Politics. (3)

POLS 377. Population Policy and Politics. (3)

POLS *400. Advanced Political Topics. (3, no limit Δ)

POLS *410. U.S. Campaigns and Elections. (3)

POLS 441. Civil Wars. (3)

POLS 442. International Peacekeeping and Conflict Resolution. (3)

POLS 443. International Politics of Climate Change. (3)

POLS 453. Asian Studies Thesis. (3)

POLS *478. Seminar in International Studies. (3)

POLS 491. Internship. (1-3 to a maximum of 6 Δ)

POLS 495. Junior Honors Seminar. (3)

POLS 496. Undergraduate Seminar. (3, no limit Δ)

POLS 497. Senior Thesis. (3)

POLS 499. Independent Study. (1-3)

POLS 510. Pro-Seminar in American Government and Politics. (3)

POLS 511. Research Seminar in American Government and Politics. (3, no limit Δ)

POLS 512. Topics in Government and Politics. (3, no limit Δ)

POLS 520. Pro-Seminar in Comparative Politics. (3)

POLS 521. Research Seminar in Comparative Politics. (3, no limit Δ)

POLS 525. Pro-Seminar in Latin American Politics. (3)

POLS 540. Pro-Seminar in International Relations. (3)

POLS 541. Research Seminar in International Relations. (3, no limit Δ)

POLS 551 - 552. Problems. (1-3, no limit Δ, 1-3, no limit Δ)

POLS 570. Pro-Seminar in Public Policy. (3)

POLS 580. Introduction to Empirical Research. (3)

POLS 581. Statistics for Social Research. (4)

POLS 582. Survey of Political Science as a Discipline and a Profession. (1)

POLS 584. Interdisciplinary Seminar on Problems of Modernization in Latin America. (3, no limit Δ)

POLS 585. Introduction to Game Theory Research in Political Science. (3)

POLS 599. Master's Thesis. (1-6, no limit Δ)

POLS 681. Advanced Statistical Analysis for Social Science Research. (3)

POLS 699. Dissertation. (3-12, no limit Δ)

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