Undergraduate Courses

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

   

Tentative Summer 2022 Course Offerings (Subject to Change without Notice):

Session A:

  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations
  • PS 15 - Intro to Research Methods
  • PS 146 - Globalization & Politics (IR/CP) 
  • PS 157 - The American Presidency (AP)

 

Session B:

  • PS 1 - Intro to Political Philosophy
  • PS 12 - Intro to American Government - Prof. Nall
  • PS 121 W - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Strathman (ON LINE version of POLS 121)
  • PS 145 - European Union (IR/CP)
  • PS 172 - US Political Communication (AP)
  • PS 177 - Comparative Environmental Politics (CP)
  • PA 186 - Intro to Political Economy (IR)

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Tentative Fall 2022 Course Offerings (Subject to Change without Notice):

  • PS 7 - Intro to International Relations - Prof. Narang
  • PS 12 - Intro to American Politics - Prof. Nall
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Mahdavi
  • PS 110CD - Civil Disobedience (PT) - Prof. Hobbs Morgan
  • PS 118 - Comparative Ethnic Politics (CP) - Prof. Kaplan
  • PS 121 - International Politics (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 140 - Water Politics (CP) - Prof. Singh
  • PS 149 - Israeli Politics (CP) - STAFF
  • PS 150A - Middle East Politics (CP/IR) - Prof. Masterson
  • PS 160 - Asian American Politics (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 166 - U.S. Immigration Policy (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 175 - Politics of the Environment (AP) - Prof. Smith
  • PS 178 - Democracy & the Internet (AP) - Prof. Bimber
  • PS 188 - Modent Political Theory (PT) - Prof. Norris
  • PS 197A – Honors Thesis Seminar (Enrollment by Instructor Approval ONLY) - Prof. Kaplan

 

 

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, as well as at least a B in an upper division POLS course of the same subfield.    Students will be dropped administratively if they fail eligibility.  Students may take only ONE Senior Seminar during their time at UCSB.

 

  • POLS 196 0100: Senior Seminar: Hegel's Philosophy (PT) - Prof. Norris

 

  • POLS 196 0200: Senior Seminar: Political Violence (PT) - Prof. Hobbs-Morgan

 

 

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Spring 2022 Course Offerings:

Planned for in-person instruction if State, Santa Barbara County, and University regulations permit.

  • PS 1 – Intro to Political Philosophy - Dr. Hobbs-Morgan
  • PS 7 – Intro to International Relations - STAFF
  • PS 15 – Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Mahdavi
  • PS 124 - International Organizations (IR) - Prof. Morse
  • PS 127 - American Foreign Policy (IR/AP) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 130 - Politics of South Asia (CP) - Prof. Singh
  • PS 135 - Japanese Politics (CP) - Prof. Freeman
  • PS 161 - U.S. Minority Politics (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 162 - Urban Government  & Politics (AP) - Prof. Nall
  • PS 170 - Public Policy Analysis (AP) - Prof. Nall
  • PS 172 - U.S. Political Communication (AP) - Prof. Bimber
  • PS 173 - Comparative Politics and Media (CP) - Prof. Freeman
  • PS 176 - Energy Politics (AP/CP) - STAFF
  • PS 186 - Intro to International Political Economy (IR) - STAFF
  • 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 106HR - Special Topics: "International Human Rights" - (IR) - Prof. Morse
  • PS 106 PW Special Topics: "Water Politics" - (CP) - Prof. Singh   
  • PS 119DJ - Special Topics: "Ethical Issues in International Relations: Distributive Justice" (PT/IR)

 

 

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, as well as at least a B in an upper division POLS course of the same subfield.    Students will be dropped administratively if they fail eligibility.  Students may take only ONE Senior Seminar during their time at UCSB.

 

  • POLS 196-01  Senior Seminar: "Gender and Multicultural Leadership in America" (AP) - Prof. Lien.   Course Description: This course explores the intersection of race and gender in American political leadership, with a particular focus on the experiences of U.S. political women of African/Black, American Indian, Asian/Pacific, Latina/Hispanic, and White/Anglo background.  Whereas the focus is on contemporary electoral politics, we shall also examine the challenges and opportunities related to the development of women’s leadership throughout the multicultural history of the United States.

 

  • POLS 196-02  Senior Seminar: "The Politics of Migration and Forced Displacement" (CP/AP) - Prof. Masterson.  Course Description: 
    This is a senior and graduate level course on the political economy of immigration and forced displacement. The course covers cutting-edge quantitative research on the political and economic aspects of the “movement of people” across borders. The course is split into two main sections. The first section covers the political economy of migration in sending countries. The second section examines the political economy of migration in destination countries. Students will be exposed to a wide range of literature focused on both developed and developing countries. While prior familiarity with quantitative research will be helpful, a commitment to learning how to read and interpret quantitative social science is essential.

  • POLS 196-03  Senior Seminar: "Designing Democratic Governments" (CP/AP) - Prof. Stoll. Course Description: What kind of democratic government should a country have?  In this seminar, we will examine the process by which governments are designed; the major choices that must be made (for example, a proportional representation versus a majoritarian electoral system); and the arguments for and against particular choices.  We will cover key democratic institutions from the small to the big, from deliberative vs. representative democracy, constitutions, the system of government (presidential vs. parliamentary), electoral systems and election administration, centralization vs. decentralization, and legislatures.  We will ask how these choices matter for political outcomes, public policy, and peoples’ lives.  Throughout, the theoretical issues will be illuminated by discussions of both historic and current examples of institutional choice, with a particular focus upon (but not limited to) the United States and other advanced industrial democracies.  Throughout, we will also grapple with the importance of democratic government and how to sustain it (and hence how democracies die, to paraphrase a recent, influential book).

  • POLS 196-04  Senior Seminar: "Environmental Theory" (PT) - Dr. Hobbs-Morgan.  Course Description: This course explores the small but growing subfield of environmental political theory. To do so, each week's readings center on a concept that connects the past and present of the field. Such concepts may include nature, justice, science, agency, belonging, conservation, exploitation, and beyond. Students will leave the seminar with a robust understanding of foundational debates in the field as well as a keen appreciation of the ways that contemporary scholars engage with foundational debates to push the field forward.  (NOT OPEN to students who have completed POLS 110ET)

 

  • POLS 196-05  Senior Seminar: "Political Psychology" (IR/AP) - Dr. Strathman

 

  • POLS 196-06  Senior Seminar:  "Climate and Extractive Politics" (AP/CP) - Prof. Mahdavi

 

 

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Winter 2022 Course Offerings:

Planned for in-person instruction if State, Santa Barbara County, and University regulations permit.

  • PS 6 - Intro to Comparative Politics - STAFF
  • PS 7 - Intro to International Relations - STAFF
  • PS 12 - Intro to American Politics - Prof. Nall
  • PS 15 - Intro to Research Methods - Prof. Mahdavia
  • PS 119JW - Ethical Issues in International Relations (PT/IR) - Prof. Digeser
  • PS 126 - International Security (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 142 - Decision Making (IR) - Dr. Strathman
  • PS 154 - Public Opinion (AP) - STAFF
  • PS 157 - American Presidency (AP) STAFF
  • PS 155/155L - Congress & Congress Lab (AP) - Prof. Smith
  • PS 160 - Asian American Politics (AP) - Prof. Lien
  • PS 173 - Media and Politics in a Comparative Perspective (CP) - Prof. Freeman
  • PS 177 - Comparative Environmental Politics (CP) - STAFF
  • PS 188 - Modern Political Theory (PT) - Prof. Keum
  • PS 197B – Honors Thesis Seminar (Enrollment by Instructor Approval ONLY) - Prof. Kaplan

 

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

  • PS 106DI - Democracy and the Internet (AP) - Prof. Bimber
  • PS 106EA - Northeast Asian Politics (CP) - Prof. Freeman
  • PS 106IC - Emerging Technology and International Security (IR) - Prof. Barnhart
  • PS 110CD - Civil Disobedience (PT) - Dr. Hobbs-Morgan

 

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, as well as a B earned in an upper division POLS course of the same subfield.  Students may take only ONE Senior Seminar during their time at UCSB.

  • PS 196 - Politics and Literature (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:
  • 108 (also CP & PT)
  • 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]
  • 176 (also CP)
  • 178
  • 180
  • 182
  • 185

 

  • COMPARATIVE POLITICS:
  • 101
  • 105 (also IR)
  • 108 (also AP & PT)
  • 109
  • 116
  • 117 (Replaces 106SM effective W18)
  • 118
  • 128 (also IR)
  • 130
  • 132
  • 133 (also IR)
  • 134
  • 135
  • 136
  • 137
  • 138
  • 140
  • 143
  • 144
  • 145 (also IR; Cross-listed with Italian as ITAL 161AX]
  • 147
  • 148
  • 149
  • 150A & B (also IR)
  • 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)
  • 146 (also CP)
  • 186 [Cross-listed with Global Studies as GLOBL 123]

 

  • POLITICAL THEORY:
  • 108 (also AP & CP)
  • 110 series (all)
  • 110AM (also AP)
  • 110CT
  • 110CD
  • 110DT (also CP or AP)
  • 110ET (also AP)
  • 110J
  • 110PC
  • 114 (also AP; Cross-listed with Chicano Studies as CH ST 179]
  • 119 series (all – also IR)
  • 154 (also AP)
  • 187
  • 188
  • 189

 

  • AREA D, POLS UPPER DIVISION ELECTIVES​:  
  • 106AC (CP)
  • 106AF (AP)
  • 106AT (AP)
  • 106BP (CP) 
  • 106CE (AP or CP)
  • 106CL (AP)
  • 106CP (AP)
  • 106CW (IR -- Replaced by 141 effective S17)
  • 106DG (CP)
  • 106DI (AP - Replaced by 178 effective S22)
  • 106DM (IR -- Replaced by 142 effective S17)
  • 106DP (CP)
  • 106EA (CP)
  • 106EC (CP)
  • 106ED (CP)
  • 106EP (AP or CP)
  • 106ER (CP or IR)
  • 106HR (CP or IR)
  • 106IC (IR or AP)
  • 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)
  • 106MS (CP)
  • 106ND (CP or IR)
  • 106NG (AP or IR - Replaced by 120 effective S21)
  • 106PK (IR)
  • 106PO (AP)
  • 106PP (IR)
  • 106PW (CP) (Replaced by 140 effective F22)
  • 106RM (CP)
  • 106RP (AP)
  • 106SM (CP -- Replaced by 117 effective W18)
  • 106UN (IR)
  • 120 (AP or IR)
  • 133 (CP or IR)
  • 148 (CP)
  • 176 (AP or CP)
  • 177 (CP)
  • 178 (AP)
  • 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 (AP or IR depending on content)
  • UCCS 192A
  • UCCS 193 (also AP)
  • UCCS 195 (also AP)
  • UCCS 196E