The Catholic University of America

Course Descriptions

The following course descriptions include all the courses offered through the Congressional and Presidential Studies (CAPS) and International Affairs (MAIA) programs. For a list of the courses offered next semester, see the Current Courses page.
 

CAPS Courses  |  MAIA Courses

 

CAPS Course Descriptions

CPOL 502: Gateway Seminar in American Government
3.00 Credits
This course will focus on one of the key institutions in American government: the presidency, Congress, the courts, or political parties. Students will examine the relevant literature and contemporary questions associated with institutional development and will complete an in-depth research paper focusing on a critical issue concerning institutional development. 
*This course is only available for CUA/Stonehill students.
 
 
CPOL 503: American Political Ideologies
3.00 Credits
What do the labels mean - conservative, liberal, fascist, communist? Designed for Congressional Studies students, this course surveys American political ideologies from the American Revolution to the present. In the early years of the republic, special attention is paid to classical liberalism, capitalism, and nationalism. In the 19th century, the focus embraces pro-  and anti- slavery movements, nativism, social Darwinism, utopian movement, socialism, anarchism, and religious movements. In the 20th century, attention is given to populism, progressivism, New Deal liberalism, communism, fascism, conservatism, environmentalism, religious fundamentalism, secularism, feminism, the gay rights movement, libertarianism, and neo-conservatism.
 
 
CPOL 505: Congress & Foreign Policy
3.00 Credits
An examination of the legislative role in the conduct of United States foreign policy, focusing on Congress' powers, including consideration of treaties, nominations, appropriations, and oversight.  Course includes focused discussions of war powers, use of intelligence and politicization of foreign policy.  Topic is developed in part through case studies and historical examples. *Also counts for MAIA.
 
 
CPOL 529: Liberalism and Its Critics
3.00 Credits
Explores the problems of modern liberalism through the writings of its critics and defenders. Special attention to the central dilemma of contemporary liberal pluralism: the tendency to undermine the moral and philosophical foundations on which respect for individual rights is based.
 
 
CPOL 531: Congressional Budget
3.00 Credits
The procedure and politics of the budgetary and appropriations processes in the Congress. Relationship to public policy and electoral politics. Roles of congressional committees, leadership, and staff. 
 
 
CPOL 532: Congressional Committees
3.00 Credits
History of the congressional committee system. Functions of congressional committees, including policy development, administrative oversight, investigation, public information, and legislative powersharing. Committee staffing as a political process.
 
 
CPOL 565: Executive Branch Policy-Making
3.00 Credits
Examines the roles of the President, the Cabinet departments, White House staff and Executive Office agencies in making foreign and domestic policy, with emphasis on the former. Special attention to the organization and management of policy making processes in the Executive Branch. 
 
 
CPOL 576: Ethics and Public Policy
3.00 Credits
Examines the major ethical topics within contemporary politics, including capital punishment, just war, nuclear deterrence, world justice, affirmative action, abortion, and control of biomedical technology.
 
 
CPOL 577: Political Theory of American Framing
3.00 Credits
Considers the political theory of the origins of the United States Constitution and its implementation in the American government. Readings include The Federalist, various writings of the Anti-Federalists, writings of Thomas Jefferson and John Adams, excerpts from the records of the Constitutional convention, as well as major secondary sources.
 
 
CPOL 595A: Congressional Internship
3.00 Credits
The Congressional Internship is a seminar offered in conjunction with an approved internship which is typically 12-15 hours at the site each week. Students write descriptive, analytical and reflective essays and present progress reports regarding their internships which assess managerial problems and dilemma solving techniques, policy issues and conventional explanations in light of the practices and rationales observed at the internship.
  
 
CPOL 595C: WashingtonInternship
3.00 Credits
The Washington Internship is a seminar offered in conjunction with an approved internship which is typically 12-15 hours at the site each week. Students write descriptive, analytical and reflective essays and present progress reports regarding their internships which assess managerial problems and dilemma solving techniques, policy issues and conventional explanations in light of the practices and rationales observed at the internship.
 
 
CPOL 601: Legislative Roles of the Executive Branch
3.00 Credits
The course will explore how the Executive Branch interacts with the Congress in the following areas-development of legislative proposals; coordination of positions on legislation, including testimony and floor positions; the President's Budget; regulations; and executive orders.
 
 
CPOL 605: Separation of Powers
3.00 Credits
The focus of this seminar is on constitutional conflicts among the branches of the national government.  Topics to be examined are: presidential war powers and foreign policy, covert operations, executive orders, presidential signing statements, executive privilege, budgetary control, independent regulatory commissions, among others.
 
 
CPOL 606: American Politics and the Media
3.00 Credits
 
 
CPOL 610: Executive Privilege and Presidential Power
3.00 Credits
 
 
CPOL 614: Institutional Development of the Senate
3.00 Credits
The course will explore the institutional development of the Senate by examining changes in its external environment, as well as internal structures, procedures, and normative culture. It will examine how developments in each of these areas interacted to precipitate institutional change from a loosely organized chamber to a decentralized body dominated by its standing committees and their chairmen, to an ultimately more centralized body in which party leadership plays a larger role.
 
 
CPOL 623: Congress, the President & Foreign Policy 
3.00 Credits
The course examines congressional activism and acquiescence in U.S. foreign policy.  Constitutional concepts will be explored through recent cases (Helms-Burton, NAFTA, War Powers and Lebanon, debate over the 1997 ABM Treaty-related agreements, and U.S. funding for the United Nations).  Issues such as the influence of interest groups and bipartisan collaboration and conflict in foreign policy will be debated.
 
 
CPOL 626: The Modern Presidency
3.00 Credits
This course examines the institutional and political developments that have helped shape the modern presidency. In particular, the course examines the shifts in the nomination process and electoral landscape that have influenced the policies pursued by presidents, the development of and enlarged presidential bureaucracy (including an expanded Cabinet and Executive Office of the President), the making of domestic and foreign policy, the relationship between the president, Congress, and Supreme Court, and how these transformations have intertwined to reconfigure the presidency in the twenty-first century. Required for CAPS
 
 
CPOL 632: Parties and Leaders in the U.S. Congress
3.00 Credits
Examines the theory, development, and behavior of parties in Congress, with a particular focus on party leadership.  Topics include theories of political parties and leaders, the goals and strategies of majority and minority parties in Congress, and the selection and behavior of party leaders.
 
 
CPOL 644: National Security Decision Making
3.00 Credits
This course will examine the roles of the President, the Cabinet departments, and Executive Office Agencies, (with special emphasis on the National Security Council and CIA), in the formulation and implementation of foreign and national security policy.  Special attention will be focused on the impact of White House organization and policy-making processes in shaping decisions.  The course will begin with an historical overview of the role of the President and Congress in the realm of foreign and national security policy. Case studies will include the Korean War under Truman, the Bay of Pigs and early Vietnam decisions of the Kennedy years as well as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the major decisions on intervention and non-intervention in Vietnam of the Eisenhower and Johnson years, Operation Desert Storm under George Bush, the intelligence failures leading up to Pearl Harbor and 9/11, and the pre-war intelligence and Bush administration decision-making regarding the intervention in Iraq in 2003.
*Also counts for MAIA.
 
 
CPOL 661: Media and American Politics
3.00 Credit
Examines the complex relationship between various news media and the United States Government.
 
 
CPOL 670: Origins and Development of Congress
3.00 Credit
The historical, philosophical, constitutional, and political origins of the United States Congress. Institutional and organizational development throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Significant developments in leadership and political party roles.
 
 
CPOL 671: The Modern Congress
3.00 Credits
The shaping of the present-day Congress as a representative and legislative institution. Trends in organization, procedure, personnel, and political behavior. Major reform movements. Major institutional problems of the contemporary Congress. Required for CAPS
 
 
CPOL 672: Congress and the Presidency
3.00 Credits
Examines the historical relationship between the congressional and executive branches. Particular attention to constitutional separation of powers and their execution in an era of divided government. 
 
 
CPOL 673: Congress and the Supreme Court
3.00 Credits
Covers the constitutional powers of Congress, and the limits on those powers as interpreted by the Supreme Court.  Emphasizes issues of the legitimacy and capacity of the Court to act as a check upon the Congress, and Congressional influence on the Court, including the nominee confirmation process.
 
 
CPOL 674: Congressional Parties and Elections
3.00 Credits
The past and present roles of political parties in the Congress, including their functions in choosing leaders, organizing the institution, setting public agendas, electing and socializing members, and interacting with the other branches of the federal government.
 
 
CPOL 675: Interest Groups and Congressional Lobbying
3.00 Credits
The nature and structure of interest groups and associations. The resources and techniques of lobbies and lobbyists. Regulation of lobbying, including a survey of relevant statutes and court cases. The perspective of the members of Congress. 
 
 
CPOL 676: The Policy Process in Congress
3.00 Credits
Major concepts in policy analysis, drawn from planning, information, decision, and game theories. The sources of policy initiatives in the Congress. Strategies and tactics in coalition-building for policy consensus. Negotiation aspects of the policy process. Problems of policy implementation. 
 
 
CPOL 677: Special Topics in Congressional Studies
3.00 Credits
Special topics to be offered from time to time as warranted by the availability of expert faculty, the special needs of students, or special interest in the light of current political developments - for example, such topics as congressional ethics, congressional transitions, or congressional and media relations.
 
 
CPOL 694: Independent Study - Master's T(hesis)
3.00 Credit
This course must be taken over the span of two consecutive semesters for a total of 6-credits.  The thesis is a substantial original research paper prepared under the direction of a member of the faculty.  
*This course requires the Off-Campus Director's express permission.   
 

MAIA Course Descriptions 

 
CPOL 500: Introduction to International Affairs*
3.00 Credits
Required of all new students. Designed to acquaint the student with the recent history of international affairs, principal subfields in the discipline, major theoretical and methodological debates in the study of world politics, and the importance of proposing parsimonious hypotheses in testing the theories. International Affairs.
*Required for MAIA.
 
 
CPOL 501: Globalization
3.00 Credits
This course considers the heated debates over Globalization. What is it? Is it desirable or devastating? Is economics overshadowing politics, or is globalization just an updated form of imperialism? Is globalization inevitable? What impact does globalization have on politics and the state, on economics, the environment, human rights, labor, culture, borders, security, and policy? How do local government and politics fit into a global age, and where do political accountability and authority lie? Is the state withering away? What will the future institutions of governance look like? Is foreign policy dead, because it is no longer "foreign?"
 
  
 
CPOL 505: Congress & Foreign Policy
3.00 Credits
An examination of the legislative role in the conduct of United States foreign policy, focusing on Congress' powers, including consideration of treaties, nominations, appropriations, and oversight.  Course includes focused discussions of war powers, use of intelligence and politicization of foreign policy.  Topic is developed in part through case studies and historical examples. *Also counts for CAPS.  
 
 
CPOL 513: International Politics of Hunger and Food
3.00 Credits
This course will examine where the United States stands in its bipartisan commitment to end hunger and poverty in the world. It will look at the institutions charged with this responsibility and will analyze why individuals should be similarly engaged. Among other questions it will explore the root causes of both global and domestic hunger and will review the policy responses likely to be most effective toward the objective of ending hunger in our time.
 
 
CPOL 514: Terrorism and National Security
3.00 Credits
Analyzes the impact of terrorism on national security policy by systematically profiling the terrorist problem, to include future forms of violence. Identifies key attributes and principles of a counterterrorist program by synthesizing and codifying lessons from the experiences of other countries. Concludes by focusing on United States policies and the responsibilities of major commanders in coping with terrorism in their areas of responsibility.
  
 
CPOL 518: Politics of the Peoples Republic of China
3.00 Credits
This course examines political institutions and policies of the PRC, with particular attention to the political tensions that continue to define the regime as it pursues economic liberalization with authoritarian government. Among the topics covered are the historic background of the Chinese revolution, the coming of the Chinese Communist Party to power, and major political institutions such as the Communist Party, party government, and the People's Liberation Army. Policy issues include foreign policy, especially Sino-American relationships, economic policy, and defense issues.
 
 
CPOL 519: Politics of East Asia
3.00 Credits
 
CPOL 523: Cyber War
3.00 Credits
This course addresses the emerging international relations, policy, doctrine, strategy and operational issues associated with Computer Network Attack (CAN) and Computer Network Exploitation (CNE), collectively known as cyber warfare.  Students will gain an undestanding of the evolution of cyber warfare and the basic characteristics and methods of CAN and CNE; the current national politices and strategies relative to cyber warafre; the the potential impact of cyber warfare on future conflicts. 
 
CPOL 525: Just War
3.00 Credits
Examines attempts to construct a moral code governing the use of force in international politics, including discussion of the theory of aggression (jus ad bellum), the war convention (jus in bello), and the particular dilemma of nuclear deterrence.
  
 
CPOL 527: Religion and International Politics
3.00 Credits
This course provides a survey of the interplay of religion on a variety of worlwide political issues, including terrorism, war and peace, the economy, globalization, national identity, and the environment.  The role of Catholicism and other religious bodies will be examined, with consideration of religion's role for good or bad in conflict situations, such as the Middle EAst. as well as its influence on US foreign policy. 
 
 
CPOL 535: International Law of Armed Conflict
3.00 Credits
International Law of Armed Conflict International Law of Armed Conflict investigates the principles of international law regulating the use of force in international society. The course is designed to examine the permissibility of using force and the law governing the conduct of hostilities. The course looks in detail at the right of self-defense and anticipatory self-defense, the role of the UN, humanitarian intervention, self-determination, reprisals and intervention in civil war. Discussions will also include the right to participate in hostilities, the law of weaponry including weapons of mass destruction, the protection of civilians, rules for occupation, classification of those captured on the battlefield, and rules of engagement. Significant attention will be given to developments arising from the Global War on Terrorism and from coalition activities in Afghanistan and Iraq.
 
 
CPOL 537: Political Economics and International Politics
3.00 Credits
A survey of major theoretical efforts to relate economic and political behavior. Outstanding policy issues in world political economy. Considers Atlantic relations and North-South issues. Weighs the utility of theoretical contributions in light of historical evidence and contemporary policy trends.
 
 
CPOL 538: Contemporary Middle East I
3.00 Credits
Assesses situational factors--history, religion, cultural pluralism, ideology, nationalism social stratification and political style--which affect the domestic and foreign policies of the countries of the Middle East. Addresses the internal political processes of major Middle Eastern nations.
 
 
CPOL 539: Contemporary Middle East II
3.00 Credits
An examination of patterns of violence and competition in the Middle East which focuses on internal, regional and global conflicts and the relationships among them.
 
 
CPOL 540: International Organization & Law
3.00 Credits
International organizations have become one of the principal means by which states engage one another in dealing with disputes, common problems, and international order. This course will look at the development of international organizations, especially the United Nations, and explore their potential for generating order within the anarchic relationships of states. One of the principal means available for the establishment of order is international law, either in the form of treaties, international agreements and conventions, and charter documents for international organizations. This course will examine the central role played by organizations and law within the international arena. Particular reference will be made to the problems that require a global solution as well as the universality of human rights.
 
 
 
CPOL 543: National Security Law
3.00 Credits
Survey and analysis of the legislative basis of United States national security policy making, with special emphasis on the legal authority and responsibility of individuals involved in the policy process. Topics include separation of powers, security assistance an covert action, collection and dissemination of national security information, international arrangements, and current issues such as nonproliferation, terrorism and counter narcotic and economic intelligence. 
 
 
CPOL 544: Special Topics
3.00 Credits
Offered from time to time as warranted by the availability of expert faculty, the special needs of students, or special interest in the light of current developments, for example, military aspects of refugee policy.
 
 
CPOL 545: Pacific Rim Relations
3.00 Credits
Evolution of political and economic relations among selected Pacific Rim states. The role of the United States as a Pacific power. Competitions and collaborations among major Pacific Rim nations.
 
 
CPOL 546: Intelligence & World Politics
3.00 Credits
This course examines the US Intelligence Community and its role in national security. It covers the intelligence cycle (planning and direction, collection, processing, analysis, and dissemination) while focusing on key topics such as warning and surprise; denial and deception; covert action; oversight and civil liberties; the role of policymakers; and intelligence reform. For perspective, the organization and activities of intelligence services in select foreign countries will be compared to the US model.
 
 
CPOL 547: Nationbuilding 
3.00 Credits
Nation-building, according to James Dobbins, is "the use of armed force in the aftermath of a conflict to underpin an enduring transition to democracy" and "the inescapable responsibility of the world's only superpower." This course introduces the wide range of theoretical and practical issues in nation-building. It considers historical and current cases, informed by scholarly analysis and first-person accounts.
 
 
CPOL 548: International Politics of East and Southeast Asia
3.00 Credits
Provides a broad overview of developments in East Asia, with particular emphasis on China, Japan, Korea and selected Southeast Asian nations. Examines domestic and foreign policies of these countries and assesses implications of United States and Russian policies in the region.
 
 
CPOL 549: Politics of Latin America
3.00 Credits
Latin America is increasingly an area of focus for U.S. political and economic relationships. This course provides an overview of the region with particular attention to the challenges and contributions of American foreign policy. Topics covered include the relationship between political and economic development and the political stability and instability of democratic institutions; international politics of the states of the region; and the role of institutions of "civil society" in the political life of the region. Assessment of the role of the military, the Church, labor movements, and guerrilla groups are of particular interest.
 
 
 
CPOL 551: Africa in World Politics: Security and Development
3.00 Credits
Identifies and analyzes the changing political, economic, and social issues of the states of Sub-Saharan Africa with the focus on their impact on world politics and United States foreign policy interests in that region. Beginning with background issues of the colonial legacy, the rise of African nationalism, and the emergence of independent Africa, turns to the place of Sub-Saharan Africa in U.S. foreign policy.
 
 
CPOL 553: Violent Non-State Actors
3.00 Credits 

Though violent non-state actors (VNSAs) have only recently become the subject of sustained scholarly interest, they are increasingly important international actors. This course is designed to provide students with a theoretical, contextual, and practical understanding of this phenomenon. Though the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, dramatically asserted VNSAs as actors capable of challenging the world’s most powerful states on a strategic level, the U.S.’s initial understanding of the threat it confronted—and hence, its reaction—had important limitations.This course examines the U.S.’s confrontation with al-Qaeda, but it will neither exclusively nor primarily focus on al-Qaeda and other jihadist organizations. By exploring a range of VNSAs, the course identifies commonalities and differences among them in terms of ideologies,recruitment processes, organizational structure, strategies, tactics, strengths, vulnerabilities, and what kind of toolkit can be used in confronting VNSAs in the future.

 

CPOL 558: Just Peace
3.00 Credits

When wars end, how do polities resolve issues of justice related to the conflict while building post-war peace? Examines war crimes tribunals, truth commissions, amnesty, and other ways polities balance issues of justice with other needs in ending conflicts. Considers both internal and international wars.
 
 
CPOL 559: Media and Foreign Policy
3.00 Credits
To what extent does media influence foreign policy, and to what extent are governments able to manipulate media coverage of foreign policy? How do governments deal with media coverage of foreign policy and how effective are various media strategies? Examines these and other issues through case studies, with a primary focus on United States foreign policy.
 
 
CPOL 560: Issues in U.S. Foreign Policy
3.00 Credits
The end of the Cold War has brought a resurgence of debate over U.S. foreign policy. The opening of societies, of economies, and of technologies present new challenges. Course begins with an examination of debates on current foreign policy issues, turning to a regional focus to see how the issues develop in foreign policy toward particular regions.
 
 
CPOL 563: Politics of Post-Soviet Russia
3.00 Credits
An examination of Russian political and economic development and foreign policy under Gorbachev, Yeltsin, and Putin.
 
 
CPOL 567: Arms Control, Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
3.00 Credits
Arms control and non-proliferation have been a part of international affairs since man first began to arm himself against his neighbors. The course examines proliferation and arms control issues within the broader context of international security and peacekeeping/making, including various international relations paradigms such as the security dilemma. It focuses on whether proliferation and arms control contribute to international security as a trust-building mechanism or transfer rivalry to other spheres of concern. In addition to the more traditional areas of arms control and disarmament (i.e., weapons of mass destruction, dilemmas of verification and compliance, international politics of arms control), the course examines conventional arms races, including the "illegal" arms market. The course is oriented toward the broader global context vice the more narrow perspective of only the United States. International Affairs.
 
 
CPOL 569: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict in Historical and Regional Perspective
3.00 Credits
This course will trace the development of the conflict from the 19th century to the present, emphasizing the historical narratives of both sides in addition to employing standard histories.  We will also focus on the role of regional and non-regional actors and examine different theories as to why the conflict has been so intractable and what caused the failure of the peace process of the 1990's.
 
 
CPOL 574: European Integration and Security
3.00 Credits
Examines institutional and economic aspects of European integration, and European Union expansion. Focuses on dilemmas of shared sovereignty and common security.
 
 
CPOL 575: Program and Policy Evaluation
3.00 Credits
Evaluation is an activity directed at collecting, analyzing, interpreting, and communicating information about the effectiveness of programs and policies. Evaluation in the contemporary context of international affairs is conducted to aid decision-makers and to assess the utility of program and policies. This course examines different evaluation techniques with an emphasis on foreign policy, international development policies, and institutional analysis
 
 
CPOL 579: Iran and Iraq
3.00 Credits
Iran and Iraq have always been key countries in the Middle East, as American foreign policy increasingly acknowledges. Yet they are countries with complicated ancient and modern histories, very different political developments, and a continuous relationship between them. This course will focus on the past fifty years during which their modern profile has been defined. Emphasis will be placed on understanding the social, political, and religious factors that have shaped them, especially on the transition from dictatorship and theocracy on which they are presently engaged. Given the regional importance of Iran and Iraq and their relevance for varieties of Islamic modernization, they are destined to occupy the attention of foreign policy professionals for some time to come.
 
 
CPOL 580: Germany & The EU
3.00 Credits

The organization of Europe, notably the European Union, continues to be a challenge, as recent difficulties with member Greece reveal.  The key member here is a unified Germany, particularly in view of its economic and financial strength.  At the same time the relationship between Europe and the United States is no longer what it was.  This course will examine changes with special focus on Germany, notably its government and its important role in the international scene.   Attention will be given to developments in Germany's political and security policies, for example, as evidenced by its role in the Ukraine conflict.  The outlook for the EU, including its foreign and security role also will be examined.

 

CPOL 582: The Complexity of International Coalitions: Responding to Security and Humanitarian Events
3.00 Credits
Weak states, failing states, countries in conflict and in post-conflict situations, states devastated by catastrophic events, and ones with transitioning economies present challenges and opportunities for those seeking to promote stability, accountability and predictability in the globalized world of the 21st century.  States such as Afghanistan, Somalia, Iraq, and Yemen pose unique and individual challenges as they struggle with internal division, economic development and terrorism.  This course will explore the relationship between states, localities and the international community in conflict and post-conflict reconstruction.  Among the topics explored will be how to organize, prioritize, plan and execute complex operations and the role of leadership, creative operations planning, special operations, and joint civil-military operations in promoting rule of law, stabilization, and reconstruction.
 
 
 
CPOL 584: International Policies of Central Asia States
3.00 Credits
Survey focuses on the five states of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, examining their ties with each other, the Confederation of Independent States, the Islamic world, and the West. Analyzes their foreign and domestic policies, particularly in the fields of human rights, nuclear arms, and drug trafficking. Assesses their future importance for the region and the world. International Affairs.
 
 
CPOL 595A: Congressional Internship
3.00 Credits
The Congressional Internship is a seminar offered in conjunction with an approved internship which is typically 12-15 hours at the site each week. Students write descriptive, analytical and reflective essays and present progress reports regarding their internships which assess managerial problems and dilemma solving techniques, policy issues and conventional explanations in light of the practices and rationales observed at the internship.
  
 
CPOL 595C: Washington Internship
3.00 Credits
The Washington Internship is a seminar offered in conjunction with an approved internship which is typically 12-15 hours at the site each week. Students write descriptive, analytical and reflective essays and present progress reports regarding their internships which assess managerial problems and dilemma solving techniques, policy issues and conventional explanations in light of the practices and rationales observed at the internship.
  
 
CPOL 604: Transatlantic Security
3.00 Credits
The purpose of the course is to help students develop a better understanding of transatlantic security institutions, actors, and processes (e.g. NATO, EU-related, and bilateral arrangements). In addition, course analysis and debate will focus on prominent issues of contention and areas of cooperation, as well as strategic cultures (informed by history, government structures, and political cultures) on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
 
CPOL 617: Warfare & World Politics
3.00 Credits
This course examines war as a political and social phenomenon and as a force in world politics.  Major themes include: the development of leading ideas about war; the mutual interactions of politics, society and warfare; the impact of military doctrine on warfare; allocation of resources and coordination of effort among land, sea, and air forces; and the implications of national strategic cultures on the conduct of war in the modern era.
 
 
CPOL 618: The Problem of Sovereignty
3.00 Credits
Since the Peace of Westphalia, sovereign states have been the fundamental units of the international system. Yet many argue today that sovereignty is being undermined both from above and below. Globalizing forces of open markets, open societies, and open technologies undermine sovereignty from above. Simultaneously, many sovereign states are under siege or collapsing due to the pressure of ethnic, nationalist, and/or demographic forces from below. Is sovereignty dead, dying, or changing? International law is based upon the concept of sovereignty, yet it was also created to overcome the problems associated with sovereignty. Is sovereignty without limits or responsibilities? The humanitarian crises since the end of the Cold War have caused many voices across the ideological spectrum to argue that sovereignty must be kept in its place. What does that mean? This course will consider these debates concerning sovereignty: its history, definitions, prospects and limitations, and future evolution.
 
 
 
CPOL 624: Security in the Information Age
3.00 Credits
The information revolution changes the practice and conception of national security in a number of ways. This class will examine the debates over cyberwarfare, cybersecurity, cyberterrorism, cybercrime, national infrastructure protection, media and foreign policy, organizations and information technology. How are our ideas and organizations changing (or not) to deal with the new security environment of a globalizing, IT-rich world?
 
 
CPOL 644: National Security Decision Making
3.00 Credits
This course will examine the roles of the President, the Cabinet departments, and Executive Office Agencies, (with special emphasis on the National Security Council and CIA), in the formulation and implementation of foreign and national security policy.  Special attention will be focused on the impact of White House organization and policy-making processes in shaping decisions.  The course will begin with an historical overview of the role of the President and Congress in the realm of foreign and national security policy. Case studies will include the Korean War under Truman, the Bay of Pigs and early Vietnam decisions of the Kennedy years as well as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the major decisions on intervention and non-intervention in Vietnam of the Eisenhower and Johnson years, Operation Desert Storm under George Bush, the intelligence failures leading up to Pearl Harbor and 9/11, and the pre-war intelligence and Bush administration decision-making regarding the intervention in Iraq in 2003.
*Also counts for CAPS.
 
 

CPOL 694: Independent Study - Master's T(hesis)

3.00 Credit
This course must be taken over the span of two consecutive semesters for a total of 6-credits.  The thesis is a substantial original research paper prepared under the direction of a member of the faculty.  
*This course requires the express permission of the Director of the Capitol Hil Programs. .