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Kathleen Winters

Assistant Professor
Degree
PhD from Ohio State, 2011
Office
JRC 406
Phone
651-962-5724
Mail
JRC 432

Spring 2014 Courses

Spring 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 305 - 01 Congress and the Presidency M - W - F 0935 - 1040 JRC 222
CRN: 22227 4 Credit Hours An examination of the development and contemporary operation of the legislative and executive branches of government, focusing particularly on the interaction between them in the policy-making process. Topics include: the evolution of selection processes; the growth of careerism in the legislature; increasing complexity and bureaucratization of both branches; the nature of representation; the role of political parties; and the expansion and contraction of each branch's powers relative to the other. Primary attention will be on Congress and the presidency, but parallels also will be drawn with state legislatures and governors. Prerequisite: POLS 205 or permission of instructor
POLS 314 - 01 Constit Rights & Liberties - T - R - 0800 - 0940 JRC 201
CRN: 22228 4 Credit Hours The Supreme Court as a legal and political institution; leading cases and related materials on the Bill of Rights and the Fourteenth Amendment, including the freedom of speech and press, the freedom of religion, the rights of the criminally-accused and equal protection of the laws. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or 205, or permission of instructor
POLS 414 - 01 Seminar in Law/Judicial Pol - T - - - 1330 - 1630 JRC 222
CRN: 20644 4 Credit Hours Seminars in political science provide an opportunity for students to synthesize and further develop knowledge gained in earlier courses and enhance their critical and analytical skills. Students in the seminars will engage in reading and discussion and undertake a major research project pertinent to the seminar's topic. Specific topics or themes of each seminar will vary. Seminars are offered in each of the sub-fields of the discipline. Prerequisite: POLS 104 and senior status or permission of the instructor.

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 104 - 01 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F 1055 - 1200 MCH 229
CRN: 40807 4 Credit Hours An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.
POLS 104 - 03 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F 1335 - 1440 BEC LL07
CRN: 40810 4 Credit Hours An introduction to the concepts basic to an understanding of politics and government with an emphasis on the political systems of the United States. A comparative examination of political processes, decision making institutions and policy issues relevant to the contemporary world. An introduction to basic research methods used in the discipline. This course fulfills the Social Analysis requirement in the core curriculum.
POLS 312 - 01 Judicial Process M - W - F 0815 - 0920 SCB 325
CRN: 42378 4 Credit Hours An examination of the relationship of law and judicial policy-making to American political culture. The selection, powers and operation of American courts - trial and appellate, federal and state; the evolution of the judiciary in American constitutional history with emphasis on the decision-making process; relations with law enforcement agencies, the legal profession, interest groups, executive and legislative institutions. Prerequisite: POLS 104, or permission of instructor

Kathleen joined the department Fall 2013.  Originally hailing from a small town in southeastern Pennsylvania, Dr. Winters serves as the faculty advisor for the Pre-Law Society and Mock Trial Team, as well as the Director of the Legal Studies Minor.  Dr. Winters earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from The Ohio State University in 2011 with a primary research focus on Supreme Court decision-making, a background that will serve her well as she prepares to teach the Senior Seminar on that topic in Spring 2014 (POLS 414).