Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

Elective Courses

Please note that the courses listed below might not be offered every year and new courses may be added to this list. Students should talk with the Graduate Program Director if they want to take a course that is not on the list of elective courses to see whether the course can serve as an elective.

College of Arts and Sciences

    Criminal Justice and Criminology Department

    CJC 416 - International Criminal Justice

    Methods Courses

    CJC 403 - Program Evaluation and Research Methods

    CJC 404 - Applied Data Analysis and Interpretation

    History Department

    HIST 441 - Women and Gender in Europe

    HIST 459 - Environmental History

    HIST 464 - Transnational Urban History

    Methods Courses

    HIST 483 - Oral History

    Modern Languages and Literatures Department

    Language Research Tool: Although there is no language requirement, students interested in honing their foreign language skills will have the option of taking a 200-level language course (i.e., a course beyond 101, 102, 103, and 104), and having that course count as one of the six elective courses. Current language possibilities offered at Loyola at the 200 level include: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Polish, Russian, and Spanish.

    MLL also offers graduate-level courses in Spanish as part of their master’s degree in Spanish. These courses are as follows and would be open only to interested students with advanced writing, speaking, and reading skills in Spanish. These courses are as follows:

    SPAN 400 - Bibliography & Methods of Literary Study (current focus on Hispanic Women Writers, including Latin America)

    SPAN 405 - Critical Methods (pan-Hispanic world)

    SPAN 490 - Hispanic Culture and Civilization (Latin American film, with a focus on human rights)

    Philosophy Department

    PHIL 459 - Philosophy of Law

    PHIL 463 - Virtue Ethics (includes non-Western philosophy)

    PHIL TBD - Critical Race Theory (originally taught as a “special topics” course; is being turned into a permanent course)

    PHIL 480 - Social and Political Philosophy (focuses on global development on a regular basis)

    Methods Courses

    PHIL 400 - Philosophical Research Tools

    Political Science Department

    PLSC 421 - Democratic Political Systems

    PLSC 422 - Authoritarian Political Systems

    PLSC 431 - U.S. Foreign Policy

    PLSC 432 - Comparative Foreign Policy Analysis

    PLSC 433 - International Organization

    PLSC 435 - International Political Economy

    PLSC 436 - International Conflict

    Methods Courses

    PLSC 401 - Research Design

    PLSC 476 - Techniques of Political Analysis II

    Psychology Department

    PSYC 460 - Social Psychology Theory

    PSYC 461 - Attitudes and Attitude Change

    PSYC 474 - Group Dynamics

    PSYC 484 - Prejudice and Intergroup Relations

    Methods Courses

    PSYC 486 - Program Evaluation

    Sociology Department

    SOCL 418 Demography

    SOCL 423 - Social Movements

    SOCL 426 - Sociology of Gender

    SOCL 441 - Sociology of Religion

    SOCL 447 - Sociology of Culture

    SOCL 461 - Race and Ethnicity

    Methods Courses

    SOCL 410 - Logic of Sociological Inquiry

    SOCL 412 - Qualitative Methods in Social Research

    SOCL 414 - Statistical Methods of Analysis I

    SOCL 415 - Statistical Methods of Analysis II

    Theology Department

    THEO 459 - Contemporary Theologies

    THEO 460 - Seminar in the History of Theology

    THEO 464 - Religion and Politics in Christian History

    THEO 470 - Foundations and Critical Issues in Christian Ethics

    THEO 480 - Seminar in Christian Ethics

School of Education (International Education)

    ELPS 405 - Introduction to Educational Policy Analysis

    ELPS 448 - International Higher Education

    ELPS 455 - Comparative Education

    ELPS 540 - Seminar in the History of Education

    ELPS 550 - Seminar on Globalization and Education

    ELPS 555 - Seminar on Comparative Education

School of Communication

    COMM 401 - Foundations of Global Strategic Communication

    COMM 402 - Organizational Leadership and Change Management

    COMM 422 - Global and Multicultural Audiences and Stakeholders

School of Social Work

SOWK 502 - Oppression, Privilege and Diversity

SOWK 654 - Social Work Practice in a Global/Cross Cultural Context

SOWK 730 - Migration and US Policy

SOWK 731 - Social Work and Refugees and Immigrants

SOWK 732 - Migration, Social Justice, and Human Rights

SOWK 733 - North American Migration Dynamics

School of Law

    LAW 137 - International Arbitration: Public and Private (2-3 credit hours)**

    LAW 274 - International Arbitration (1 credit hour)

    LAW 371 - International Business Transactions (1-3 credit hours)**

    LAW 381 - International Arbitration Workshop (1 credit hour)

    LAW 388 - Global Access to Medicine: A Patent Perspective (2 credit hours)

    LAW 459 - Intro to English Legal Profession (1 credit hour)

    LAW 527 - International Arbitration Oral Advocacy (1 credit hour)

    LAW 537 - Human Rights in the Global Economy (2 credit hours)

    LAW 197 - Advanced Business Organizations, including a Comparative Perspective (2 credit hours)

    LAW 118 - International Art Law (1 credit hour)

    LAW 172 - Comparative Law (1-3 credit hours)**

    LAW 176 - International Trade Law (1-3 credit hours)**

    LAW 195 - International and Comparative Antitrust (2 credit hours)

    LAW 305 - Global Law Seminar and Field Study (3 credit hours)

    LAW 338 - U.S. Foreign Trade and Customs Law (2 credit hours)

    LAW 372 - International Law and Practice (3 credit hours)

    LAW 465 - Strategic Counseling for International Corporate Clients (2 credit hours)

    LAW 568 - European Union Law (1-3 credit hours)**

    LAW 735 - London Comparative Law Program (2 credit hours)

    **Explanatory note about 1, 2, 3, and variable credit hour courses from the School of Law: “For the law courses showing a range of hours (e.g., 1-3 credit hours), students have the option to choose the number of credits for enrollment within the range. For students opting for the higher credits (i.e., enrollment in 3 credit hours rather than 1 credit hour would require additional assignments and/or an examination). If the MA students in these courses need to be enrolled in 3 credit hours, the following notation can be included with the course listing: ‘MA students must choose the 3 credit option for enrollment in this course’.” Please note that courses to be included in this MA program will require students choosing the 3-credit option.

School of Law - Classes Offered at the John Felice Rome Center

    PLAW 101 - Comparative and Ethical Lawyering for the Rule of Law (3 credit hours)

    PLAW 102 - History, Theory and Practice of Law for Development (3 credit hours)

    PLAW 103 - Theory and Practice of Assessments in Rule of Law Advising (3 credit hours)

    PLAW 104 - International Development Architecture (3 credit hours)

    PLAW 105 - Advising for Economic, Social, and Institutional Reform (2 credit hours)

    PLAW 106 - Design of Rule of Law Programs and Proposal Preparation (3 credit hours)

    PLAW 107 - Rule of Law in Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding (2 credit hours)

    PLAW 108 - Legal Systems and Methods (3 credit hours)

    PLAW 250 - Research and Writing on the Rule of Law (3 credit hours)

    PLAW 907 - Rule of Law Project Management (2 credit hours)