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2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog 
2010-2011 Denver Campus Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Political Science

Chair: Jana Everett
Program Assistant: Cory Gruebele
Undergraduate Advisor: Lucy McGuffey
Graduate Advisor: Thorsten Spehn
Pre-law Advisor: Glenn Morris
Office: King Center, 502
Telephone: 303-556-3556
Fax: 303-556-6041
Web site: clas.ucdenver.edu/polisci/



Mike Cummings, PhD, Stanford University
Jana Everett, PhD, University of Michigan
Associate Professors:
Glenn T. Morris, JD, Harvard University School of Law
Tony Robinson, PhD, University of California, Berkeley
Stephen C. Thomas, PhD, Stanford University
Assistant Professors:
Michael J. Berry, PhD, University of Colorado
Christoph Stefes, PhD, University of Denver
Adjoint Faculty:
Kathyrn Cheever, PhD, University of Colorado
Senior Instructors:
Karen Breslin, JD, University of Denver
Amin Kazak, PhD, University of Denver
Lucy McGuffey, PhD, University of Denver
Thorsten Sphen, PhD, University of Denver
Harvey Bishop, MA, University of Colorado
Adjunct Faculty:
Loring Abeyta, PhD, University of Denver
Charles Norton, JD, University of Chicago
Thad Tecza, PhD, University of Colorado
Emeritus Faculty:
Joel Edelstein, PhD, University of California, Riverside

Political science is the study of people, power and the public good. Looking at a variety of societies, institutions and interpersonal situations, the discipline asks who has power, where this power comes from, how it is used, how it promotes or impairs the public good and how the public good is defined. Political science draws from other fields, such as psychology, philosophy, economics, sociology and world literature. Finally, it explores the relationship between idealism and realism, between theory and practice, between political thought and personal action.

Opportunities for students with a BA in political science include careers in business, teaching, journalism, community organizing and government service. A political science degree also serves as good preparation for professional training in law and public administration. The students’ internship experiences increase their job opportunities. Students with an MA in political science may find careers in such areas as business, government research and administration and teaching at the community-college level.

Please visit the political science department Web site for detailed information on programs, faculty, students, courses and syllabi, community involvement and service learning, internships and photographs.





Departmental Honors

Requirements for honors in political science are an overall GPA (in all courses, not just political science courses) of 3.65 or better and the preparation and defense of an honors paper. Honors graduates with an overall GPA of 3.75 to 3.84 may graduate with high honors, and those with GPAs of 3.85 and higher may graduate with highest honors. Level of honors granted depends upon both the GPA and the quality of the honors paper.




Fourth World Center for the Study of Indigenous Law and Politics

Executive Director: Glenn T. Morris
Telephone: 303-556-6243
Web site: http://carbon.cudenver.edu/public/fwc/

This center provides a research clearinghouse to students and faculty on the Downtown Campus on legal and political issues that affect indigenous peoples (the Fourth World). In addition to supporting a modest library of rare books and periodicals on indigenous issues, the center also stocks video and audio resources on subjects of indigenous politics and a substantial news file archive on current developments in the Fourth World. The center has produced curricular materials, including the Fourth World Bulletin, for use in international relations and area-studies courses.

Center for NEW DIRECTIONS in Politics and Public Policy

Director: Kathryn Cheever
Telephone: 303-556-5950
Web site: clas.ucdenver.edu/newdirections/index.htm

This center provides academic programs, courses and research focused in the areas of politics and public policy with the purpose of developing the leadership capacities necessary to address changing public priorities for the 21st century within neighborhoods, communities, governmental jurisdictions and nonprofit entities.

The center offers both undergraduate and graduate degrees in political science with emphases in public policy and administration.


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