Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

American Politics

PLSC 300A: Moot Court
Professor Walsh
Tue  7:00 / LSC

This course provides formal, academic guidance for the moot court teams at Loyola.  In particular, it offers the team members the opportunity to improve oral and written communication skills, to test and improve logical reasoning and argumentation skills, and to gain greater knowledge about the role of the appellate process in finding truth and administering justice.


PLSC 320: Con Law: Due Process
Professor Walsh
Th  7:00 / LSC

This course focuses on Supreme Court decisions construing the fourth, fifth, sixth, eighth and fourteenth amendments, the constitutional provisions dealing with the rights of the criminally accused and convicted.  Specific attention will be paid to the different ways the Supreme Court has interpreted these provisions over the years, particularly during the Warren, Burger, Rehnquist and Roberts Court eras.


PLSC 326: American National Security
Professor Williams
TTh  8:30 / LSC

This course explores the making and implementation of U.S. national security policies, focusing on national defense and the threat or use of force. In addition to historical and organizational considerations, we will discuss such issues as military strategy (nuclear and non-nuclear), low-intensity conflicts, terrorism, homeland defense, and intelligence operations. Throughout the course we will consider the ethical and practical implications of national security policy choices. Students are encouraged to form their own judgments on these issues. In this period of rapid changes in the national security environment, students will be expected to become familiar with national and international events affecting U.S. security.


PLSC 381: The American Presidency
Professor Tatalovich
TTh  10:00 / LSC

This course discusses the presidency from the dual perspectives of historical evolution and contemporary developments since Franklin D. Roosevelt.  Special attention is given to how some of the leading scholarly thinkers have understood presidential power and presidential leadership. 


PLSC 384: The Judicial Process
Professor Bryan
TTh  11:30 / LSC


The principal purpose of this course is to introduce you to the scientific study of judicial politics. Specifically, we will examine theoretical issues regarding judicial process and politics. This course, unlike constitutional law and civil liberties classes, does not study legal doctrine; rather, it examines political aspects of the legal system, with an emphasis on the social scientific literature on law and legal process.



PLSC 385: Introduction to Law
Professor Horan
MWF  1:40 / LSC

The Civil Rights Movement and the Courts--"This course will focus on the ways the U.S. legal system both aided and hindered the advance of civil rights and equal opportunity for African American citizens."


PLSC 386: Campaigns and Elections
Professor Doherty
MWF  1:40 / LSC



PLSC 391: Chicago Politics
Professor Rodriguez
Tue  4:15 / LSC

The objectives of this course are to increase a student’s local political knowledge and critical thinking skills so that they can be more informed and involved citizens.  This course focuses on how the Chicago political process works today and how decisions about current issues and public policies are shaped.  We will study how public perception impacts public opinion resulting in public policies.  We will analyze civic leaders (corporate, government, not-for-profit, community organizers, and media) within the public arena and their influential interrelationships.   We will also discuss power (actual/perceived) and how it is distributed. Chicago political history will be researched and applied to the present-day shape of city, county and state politics.


PLSC 392 Environmental Politics
Professor Frendreis
MWF  10:25 / LSC

This course examines the issues, significant actors, and public policies relating to the environment.  It begins with a history of environmentalism and a discussion of the basic issues of environmental politics.  It then examines the structures of law and government within the United States directed toward environmental concerns.  Finally, the course turns to a discussion of the environmental issues addressed by U.S. governments, the content of environmental policies, and emerging issues of sustainability.