Undergraduate Courses

*See the bottom of this page for a list of courses by sub field.

 

Tentative Spring 2021 Course Offerings (subject to change without notice):

  • PS 1 – Intro to Political Philosophy - Prof. Norris
  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Prof. Bruhn
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Prof. Morse
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Mahdavi
  • PS 121W - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 142 - Decision Making (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 155/155L - Congress and Congress Lab (AP) - Prof. Smith
  • PS 161 - Asian American Politics (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 176 - Energy Politics (AP/CP) - TBD
  • PS 177 - Comparative Environmental Politics (CP) - Prof. Mildenberger
  • PS 187 - Classical Political Theory (PT) - Prof. Keum
  • PS 197C - Senior Thesis Seminar [By instructor approval ONLY] - Prof. Kaplan

 

Special Topics Courses [Open to full POLS majors ONLY during PASS 1 registration]

  • PS 106DI - Special Topics: "Democracy and the Internet" (AP) - Prof. Bimber: Democracy and the Internet (PS 106DI) is a course about the consequences of the Internet for the health of democracy. It covers topics such as privacy, political polarization, hate and political extremism, misinformation, inequality, and populism. It also covers regulation of Internet corporations, among other topics, with a focus on the US. Throughout the course, students will examine how the affordances of social media and the rest of the Internet present challenges to democratic processes and norms.

 

  • PS 119HR - Special Topics: "Ethical Issues in International Relations: Human Rights"  (PT/IR) - Prof. Digeser: This course is designed to explore some of the main philosophical issues and problems associated with the concept of human rights.  In order to understand human rights we will begin by considering the meaning of rights and some skeptical perspectives regarding human rights.  The course then considers the history of human rights, the idea of basic rights, the possibility of natural rights, and the practice of human rights.

 

SENIOR SEMINARS: Open only to Seniors.  Requires a 3.0 GPA in all GPA (UCSB cumulative; POLS overall major; and POLS upper division major) categories.  Students may take only ONE Senior Seminar during their time at UCSB.

 

  • POLS 196 - Senior Seminar: "American Institutions" (AP) - Prof. Nall: This course is intended to be a core seminar in American Politics. Introduces students to the core literature on American political institutions. Topics include theoretical approaches to studying political institutions, and foundational research on institutions like the presidency, Congress, federalism, political parties, interest groups, states, the judicial system, and other political institutions.  

 

  • POLS 196 - Senior Seminar: "The Politics of Migration and Forced Displacement" (CP/AP) - Prof. Masterson

 

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Tentative Summer 2021 Course Offerings (Subject to Change without Notice):

All courses taught remotely.

Session A:

  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - TBA
  • PS 15 - Intro to Research Methods - TBA
  • PS 121 W - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Strathman (ON LINE version of POLS 121)
  • PS 146 - Globalization & Politics (IR/CP) - TBA
  • PS 154 - (American) Public Opinion (AP) - TBA
  • PS 170 -  (American) Public Policy Analysis (AP) - Prof. Nall

Session B:

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Philosophy - TBA
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - TBA
  • PS 12 - Intro to American Government - TBA
  • PS 157 - The American Presidency (AP) - TBA
  • PS 177 - Comparative Environmental Politics (CP) - TBA

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(Last) Fall 2020 Course Offerings:

All courses taught remotely.

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Theory - Dr. Hobbs-Morgan
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Prof. Coggins
  • PS 12 – Intro to American Politics - Prof. Bimber
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Mildenberger
  • PS 114 - Democracy & Diversity (PT/AP) - Dr. Hobbs-Morgan
  • PS 119JW - Ethics of War (PT/IR) - Prof. Stein
  • PS 124 - International Organizations (IR) - Prof. Morse
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 130 - Politics of South Asia (CP) - Prof. Singh
  • PS 133 - Military Politics (CP/IR) - Prof. Ahuja
  • PS 162 - Urban Government & Politics (AP) - Prof. Nall
  • PS 170 - Public Policy Analysis (AP) - Prof. Nall
  • PS 186 - Intro to International Political Economy (IR) - Prof. Cohen
  • PS 187 - Classical Political Theory (PT) - Prof. Keum
  • PS 197A – Honors Thesis Seminar (Enrollment by Instructor Approval ONLY) - Prof. Kaplan

 

Special Topics Courses [Open to full POLS majors ONLY during PASS 1 registration]

  • PS 106PW - Special Topics: "The Politics of Water" (CP) - Prof. Singh.  Rapidly depleting water resource is one of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. Increasing water scarcity has a direct bearing on access the poor have to this resource in an unequal and fragmented society. The control of water led to the establishment of agrarian civilization and the control over water to an unequal world. Contest over water across regions and boundaries continue as it is a critical resource for production and the manner in which access to it can change people’s lives. Water does not only affect the economy and politics of states but also social and cultural issues of society. There are enormous discriminations of gender, caste and access of land that are related to water. Removal of poverty is critically linked to fair distribution of water as well as access to safe and clean drinking water. As recently reported, as many as 2000 children die every day due to lack of access to safe water, and many women spend a large time of daylight fetching water for their families (UNICEF 2013). Hence conservation of water is directly related to protecting civilization as we know it. This course will deal with the pressing challenges related to water and will give the students a better understanding in negotiating politics related to water.

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Winter 2021 Course Offerings:

All courses taught remotely.

  • PS 1 – Intro to Political Philosophy -  Dr. Hobbs-Morgan
  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - Prof. Ahuja
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - Prof. Narang
  • PS 12 – Intro to American Politics - Prof. Smith
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Stoll
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 127 - American Foreign Policy (IR/AP) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 141 - Civil War (IR) - Prof. Coggins
  • PS 147 - Politics in Developing Countries (CP) - Prof. Bruhn
  • PS 150A - Middle East Politics (CP) - Prof. Masterson
  • PS 160 - Asian American Politics (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 162 - Urban Government (AP) - Prof. Nall
  • PS 172 - Political Communication in the United States (AP) - Prof. Bimber
  • PS 173 - Political Communication in a Comparative Perspective (CP) - Prof. Freeman
  • PS 197B - Senior Thesis Seminar - Prof. Kaplan [By instructor approval ONLY]
  • PS 189 - Contemporary Political Theory (PT) - Dr. Hobbs-Morgan

 

Special Topics Courses [Open to full POLS majors ONLY during PASS 1 registration]

  • PS 106NG - Political Negotiations (AP/IR) - Prof. Stokes
  • PS 110PC - Political Concepts (PT) - Prof. Norris

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COURSES BY SUB FIELD: 

Below are the default subfield classifications for POLS courses appearing in the UCSB CatalogParentheses alongside a course number indicate other subfields that a course may be petitioned toward.  Please see this page of our website for downloadable course petition forms: https://www.polsci.ucsb.edu/undergrad/major-requirements#Forms  Please submit course petition forms to the POLS Advising Office (Advising@polsci.ucsb.edu) as scanned PDF documents or in person.

A student may petition for a different subfield classification (than what has been listed below) of a POLS course - if justified by course content as demonstrated with a course syllabus.  Requests for variances to the list below require Department approval (which is rare). Such approval is conditioned upon course content only, and not student need to satisfy a degree requirement. 

 

  • AMERICAN POLITICS:
  • 115
  • 151
  • 152
  • 153
  • 154 (also PT)
  • 155 & 155L
  • 156
  • 157 & W157
  • 158
  • 160 [Cross-listed with Asian American Studies as AS AM 160]
  • 161
  • 162 (also CP in W18)
  • 165
  • 166 (Replaces 106IP effective S17)
  • 170
  • 171 (also CP)
  • 172 (Replaces 171 effective M17)
  • 175 [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 178]
  • 180
  • 182
  • 185

 

  • COMPARATIVE POLITICS:
  • 101
  • 105 (also IR)
  • 108 (also PT)
  • 109
  • 116
  • 117 (Replaces 106SM effective W18)
  • 118
  • 128 (also IR)
  • 130
  • 132
  • 133 (also IR)
  • 134
  • 135
  • 136
  • 137
  • 138
  • 143
  • 147
  • 148A & B
  • 149
  • 150A & B
  • 173 (Replaces 171 effective M17)
  • 176 (also AP) [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 176]
  • 177 [Cross-listed with Environmental Studies as ENV S 177]

 

  • INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS:
  • 121 & W121
  • 123 
  • 124
  • 126
  • 127 (also AP)
  • 141 (Replaces 106CW effective S17)
  • 142 (Replaces 106DM effective S17)
  • 144 (also CP)
  • 145 (also CP; Cross-listed with Italian as ITAL 161AX]
  • 146 (also CP)
  • 186 [Cross-listed with Global Studies as GLOBL 123]

 

  • POLITICAL THEORY:
  • 108 (also CP)
  • 110 (all)
  • 114 (also AP; Cross-listed with Chicano Studies as CH ST 179]
  • 119 (all – also IR)
  • 154 (also AP)
  • 187
  • 188
  • 189

 

  • AREA D, POLS UPPER DIVISION ELECTIVES​:  

 

  • 106AC (CP)
  • 106AF (AP)
  • 106AT (AP)
  • 106BP (CP) 
  • 106CL (AP)
  • 106CP (AP)
  • 106CW (IR -- Replaced by 141 effective S17)
  • 106DI (AP)
  • 106DM (IR -- Replaced by 142 effective S17)
  • 106DP (CP)
  • 106EA (CP)
  • 106EC (CP)
  • 106ED (CP)
  • 106EP (AP or CP)
  • 106HR (CP or IR)
  • 106IG (AP)
  • 106IL (AP)
  • 106IP (AP -- Replaced by 166 effective S17)
  • 106IV (AP)
  • 106LC (CP or IR)
  • 106LP (AP)
  • 106LR (CP or IR)
  • 106MI (CP or IR -- Replaced by 133 effective F20)
  • 106MM (AP -- Replaced by 156 effective W17)
  • 106MO (IR -- Replaced by 123 effective W21)
  • 106ND (CP or IR)
  • 106NG (AP or IR - Replaced by 120 effective S21)
  • 106PK (IR)
  • 106PO (AP)
  • 106PW (CP)
  • 106RM (CP)
  • 106RP (AP)
  • 106SM (CP -- Replaced by 117 effective W18)
  • 106UN (IR)
  • 120 (AP or IR)
  • 133 (CP or IR)
  • 176 (AP or CP)
  • 177 (CP)
  • 192 
  • 196 (petitionable toward a sub field with syllabus)
  • 197ABC (up to 8 units may be petitionable toward a sub field, see form on website)
  • 199 (petitionable toward a sub field with syllabus)
  • 199RA (petitionable toward a sub field with syllabus)
  • UCDC 192DC
  • UCDC 199DC (petitionable toward a sub field with syllabus)
  • UCCS 192A
  • UCCS 195 (also AP)
  • UCCS 196