POLS-202: Foreign Policy: Topics and Analysis

Liberal Arts
Political Science & Comm Ldrsh
Academic Level
Course Subject
Political Science
Course Number
Course Title
Foreign Policy: Topics and Analysis
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
ENG-093 eligible or Instructor Permission
Catalog Course Description

A special topics course that allows students to explore various issues in foreign policy. Focuses on American foreign policy including military, diplomatic, and trade policy. Themes vary from semester to semester. In addition, themes may be very specific such as nuclear weapons proliferation or more general such as American foreign policy in the Middle East or global trade. Guest speakers.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Foreign Policy
  2. Foerign Policy Actors
  3. Setting the Foreign Policy Agenda
  4. Decision-Making Process in Foreign Policy
  5. Policy Analysis and Evaluation
  6. Politics and Foreign Policy
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  • Identify the basic issues surrounding one or more area(s) of foreign policy.
  • Identify the steps and factors involved in the foreign policy-making process.
  • Analyze foreign policy through the steps by which public policies are implemented and evaluated.*
  • Analyze how policy-making actors, events, and decision makers are influenced.*
  • Analyze how various players impact the development of foreign policy alternatives.*

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Students will be assessed with at least one major exam that shall be either multiple choice, short-answer, and/or essay in format and at least one major writing assignment.


To be determined by instructor.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences

Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
Other Details

Determined by department

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Summer 2014
ILT Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date