Students studying comparative and international politics at Marymount combine the politics major - including courses covering thematic issues in world politics with courses covering particular regions - with student-led research and active engagement in the resources of the Washington DC area. This site hosts course web pages in international and comparative politics. Please see the main world politics site for information about program activities generally.  

POL 102 and 103 are survey courses that introduce students to the field of world politics. They do not need to be taken in any particular order. The 300-level courses are electives and are generally offered every other year.

In addition to these courses in world politics, the politics program offers a number of general politics courses as well.

Students majoring in politics and interested in international and comparative politics should consider adding International Studies as a minor and joining Marymount's International Affairs Society.

Courses in World Politics, tentative schedule of future semesters:

Spring 2017:
POL 102 - International Relations
POL 103 - Comparative Politics
POL 382 - Politics of Western Europe  (global classroom series - France)

Fall 2017:
POL 102 - International Relations
POL 103 - Comparative Politics
POL 360 - Global Political Economy (global classroom series - Vietnam)

Spring 2018:
POL 102 - International Relations
POL 103 - Comparative Politics
POL 386 - Politics of East Asia  (global classroom series - South Korea)
POL 102 International Relations. Web site. An historical survey of the relations between states and an examination of the main conceptual approaches, both past and present, that influence the way policymakers attempt to order their nation’s relations with foreign countries. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-1, GP. (3). Prior to Fall 2013 this course was listed as POL 220.
Syllabi: Fall 2016Fall 2015Fall 2014Spring 2014Fall 2013Fall 2012Fall 2011.
Course evaluations: Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Spring 2014, Fall 2014, Fall 2015.

POL 103 Comparative Politics.
 Web site. A study of the nature and functions of government through a survey of the main types of national governmental systems and an investigation of their similarities and differences. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-1, GP. (3). Prior to Fall 2013 this course was listed as POL 225.
Syllabi: Spring 2016Spring 2015Spring 2014Spring 2013Spring 2012.
Course evaluations: Spring 2012, Spring 2013, Spring 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2016.

POL 332 American Foreign Policy.
 A history of the policies of the United States toward other governments and an analysis of the principal factors to be considered in formulating the executing American foreign policy. Prerequisites: a grade of C or better in POL 102 and POL 250, or permission of instructor. (3).
Syllabi: Spring 2012
Course evaluations: Spring 2012.

POL 355 Global Security. 
An in-depth examination of theories that seek to explain wars, alliances, arms races, civil wars, and terrorism, with applications to contemporary international politics. Prerequisite: EN 102 and a grade of C or better in POL 102, POL 103, or POL 104, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP, SS-2, WI. (3). 
Syllabi: Fall 2016.

POL 360 Global Political Economy. An in-depth examination of theories that seek to explain how political systems address economic inequality, development, trade, labor relations, investment, migration, and natural resources, with applications to contemporary international politics. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in POL 102 or POL 103, a grade of C or better in POL 250 or any other WI course, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP, SS-2. (3).

POL 380 Politics of Latin America. 
Web site. Examines the systems of government of countries in Latin America – including Mexico, Central America, the Caribbean, and South America – and their relations with each other and with major countries outside the region. Prerequisites: POL 102 or POL 103 with a grade of C or better, and POL 250 or any other WI course, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-2, GP, WI. (3). 
Syllabi: Spring 2016Spring 2013.
Course evaluations: Spring 2013, Spring 2016.

POL 381 Politics of Sub-Saharan Africa. 
Examines the systems of government of countries in Africa south of the Sahara – including but not limited to the DR Congo, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda – and their relations with each other and with major countries outside the region. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in POL 102 or POL 103, a grade of C or better in POL 250 or any other WI course, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP, WI, SS-2. (3).

POL 382 Politics of Western Europe. 
Examines the systems of government of countries in Western Europe – including but not limited to France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom – and their relations with each other and with major countries outside the region. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in POL 102 or POL 103, a grade of C or better in POL 250 or any other WI course, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP, WI, SS-2. (3).

POL 385 Politics of South Asia. Web site. 
Examines the systems of government of countries in South Asia – Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka – and their relations with each other and with major countries outside the region. Prerequisite: a grade of C or better in POL 102 or POL 103, a grade of C or better in POL 250 or any other WI course, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP, WI, SS-2. (3).
Syllabus: Fall 2015
Course evaluations: Fall 2015

POL 386 Politics of East Asia. 
Web site. Examines the systems of government of the countries of East Asia – China (PRC), Mongolia, North and South Korea, Japan, and Taiwan (ROC) – and their relations with each other and with major countries outside the region. Prerequisites: POL 102 or POL 103 with a grade of C or better, and POL 250 or any other WI course, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: SS-2, GP, WI. (3). 
Syllabi: Spring 2015Fall 2012.
Course evaluations: Fall 2012, Spring 2015

POL 388 Politics of North America. 
Examines the systems of government of Canada, the United States, and Mexico and their relations with each other. Prerequisite: a grade of C- or better in POL 102, POL 103, or POL 104, a grade of C- or better in POL 250 or any other WI course, or permission of instructor. Liberal Arts Core/University Requirements Designation: GP, SS-2. (3).