Political Science Major at Dixie State College  

Students who wish to major in Political Science must take three courses before they can begin their junior level work at Southern Utah University , Weber State University, Utah State University, or the University of Utah. First, all students must take American Government (POLS 1100). Next, majors must take two of the following three offerings: International Relations (POLS 2100), Comparative Government (POLS 2200) and Political Theory (POLS 2300). The SUU Political Science Department may require all four for junior status.

We offer POLS 1100 in multiple sections each semester. In addition, we have been offering on section of POLS 2100 each semester. Now, beginning spring 2006 semester we will offer POLS 2200 for the first time. In addition, POLS 2300 will be offered for the first time in the Fall of 2006 . Right now they are not general education group fillers although each does fill GE at the universities. A campus committee will decide on the GE standing of the new courses soon.

We continue to offer POLS 1100 in multiple sections each semester. However, we change our schedule for the three optional courses beginning Fall 2006. We will offer two of the three courses each semester thereafter. We will offer POLS 2200 and POLS 2300 in the fall, then POLS 2100 and POLS 2200 in the Spring, and POLS 2100 and POLS 2300 the following fall. We will then repeat the rotation.

  Political Science 2200 Comparative Government  
    Comparative Politics examines political activities within individual countries. It looks at the politics of a diverse set of nations like the United States , England , Russia , China , Japan , Mexico , Iran , Nigeria , etc. in order to compare the political institutions and patterns in one country with those in other countries. The focus is on each county's internal politics, with a view to making generalizations about how politics work in a variety of national settings. This will allow students to understand many democratic styles, and how democratic politics compares with the politics in authoritarian governments. Students will read widely and write comparatively about various government structures in various countries.  
  Political Science 2300 Political Theory  
    Political Theory examines the ideas about government beginning with Plato and running to John Rawls. The major thinkers to be considered will Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbs , Locke, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Hume, Burke, Kant, Mill, and Marx. The course includes ideas about the relationship between those who govern and those who are governed, about the nature of the good life and the role of government in achieving it, about ideas of how those who govern are to be chosen, about the necessity of limits if any, on those who govern, and about the correct balance between freedom for the individual and the authority of the state. In the process, students will read from the works of the great political thinkers and write criticisms and comparisons of those thinker's ideas.