Loyola University Chicago

Department of Political Science

American Politics

PLSC 300A: Civil Rights Movement and the Courts
Father Horan
TTh 1:00pm / LSC

The course is intended to give you a better understanding of the how the Civil Rights Movement was influenced by the judicial system—and vice versa—for better and for worse. Students should have a greater understanding of the relationship of lawyers and the law to direct action and other forms of advocacy in advancing and impeding social change. The course will also consider the conflicts between violence and nonviolence and among law, politics, and morality. Specific topics to be covered include slavery and the Constitution, Dred Scott v Sandford, segregation and Jim Crow, Plessy v Ferguson, legal strategies of the NAACP, the “College Cases,” Brown v Board of Education, murder of Emmett Till, Dr. Martin Luther King. Jr. and philosophy of nonviolence, Civil Rights legislation, Affirmative Action.

PLSC 300A: Mock Trial I & II
Professor Walsh
Th 7:00pm / LSC

This is a unique course.  It is unique because although formally offered as a course in the spring semester, participation by the student begins in the preceding fall semester.  The goal of the course is to prepare for and to compete successfully in intercollegiate mock trial competition.  Students will study the trial as a process for finding truth and administering justice.  In addition, students will learn the dynamics of the trial by developing trial strategy, by learning how to conduct and respond to direct and cross examination and by delivering effective opening and closing arguments.  This course provides formal, academic guidance for the mock trial 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 trial as a process for finding truth and administering justice.


PLSC 300A: Research Design and Analysis
Professor Doherty
TTh 11:30am / LSC


PLSC 318: Politics and the Economy
Professor Frendreis
TTh 2:30pm / LSC 

This course examines how and why the U.S. government influences the economy.  The government is the single most important actor in the economy, both as a consumer and as an entity seeking to manage important aspects of the economy.  Areas of government influence range from the regulation of markets and private actor behaviors to the promotion of macro-economic outcomes like full employment and low inflation.   Among the topics covered during the semester are theories of macroeconomic policies (laissez faire, Keynesianism, monetarism, supply-side economics), the tools of economic policy-making (regulation, fiscal policy, monetary policy), the composition and powers of key governmental institutions overseeing the economy, and the substance of significant areas of economic policy, such as trade policy, regulation of the money supply, tax policy, and policies directed at combating economic downturns like the Great Recession.


PLSC 377: American Public Policies
Professor Tatalovich
TTh 10:00am / LSC



PLSC 384: The Judicial Process
Professor TBA
MWF 12:35pm / LSC


PLSC 386: American Parties & Elections
Professor Gitelson
TTh 8:30am / LSC

This course is intended to give an overview of the American two-party system and the election and campaign process. This task involves the exploration of an institution, the party, which has undergone significant change over the past fifty years. In the lecture-seminar atmosphere of the course, we will explore and analyze parties and the election process covering the roles of interest groups, campaigns, the nomination process, campaign financing, the media, polls, the Electoral College, and voting behavior as they have an impact on parties, elections and the governing process. A discussion of the 2014 elections and the forthcoming 2016 elections will also be a focus of this course.


PLSC 392: Environmental Politics
Professor Frendreis
TTh 11:30am / 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.