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Steven M. Hoffman

Professor of Political Science
Degree
Ph.D., University of Delaware, 1987
Office
JRC 403
Phone
(651) 962-5723
Mail
University of Saint Thomas
Department of Political Science
Mail JRC 432
2115 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

EDUCATION:

University of Delaware, 1987.
Ph.D., Urban Affairs and Public Policy.

Arizona State University, 1977.
Masters in Public Administration.

University of Missouri at St. Louis, 1976.
Bachelor of Science in Education/Political Science.

Since his arrival at St. Thomas in 1987, Professor Hoffman has taught courses in American public policy, environmental and energy policy, and comparative politics.  Before his appointment as chair, he was Director of the Environmental Studies program for ten years.  Dr. Hoffman has conducted research and lectured in numerous countries and in 2005 was a Visiting Professor of Political Science at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.  He is also a Policy Fellow at the University of Delaware’s Center for Energy and Environmental Policy.

Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
POLS 275 - 01 Intro Amer. Political Thought M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 OEC 307
CRN: 20328 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman The course offers a survey of important American political themes, essays, and writers. Critical foundational documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as debates and speeches central to American political thought, including the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Gettysburg Address, and great political speeches of the 20th century, are examined. Mainstream writers such as Jefferson, Thoreau, Dewey, Debs, Mencken, and Walzer are reviewed as well as generally overlooked women and minority writers such as Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady-Stanton. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 478 - 01 Experiential Learning - - - - - - - -
CRN: 23041 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman

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POLS 495 - I1 Individual Study - - - - - - - -
CRN: 23131 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman

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Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENVR 351 - 01 Environmental Pol Formation M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MCH 118
CRN: 40558 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman An examination of environmental policy outcomes generated by institutions and organizations, including legislation, court decisions and administrative decisions. Additional focus on decision-making processes commonly used to assess environment-related legislation, including those rooted in economics and policy analysis. Prerequisite: 212

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POLS 104 - 03 Amer Govt in Comp Perspec M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 204
CRN: 40750 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman 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.

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POLS 275 - 01 Intro Amer. Political Thought M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 118
CRN: 40298 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman The course offers a survey of important American political themes, essays, and writers. Critical foundational documents such as the Declaration of Independence, the Federalist Papers, and the Emancipation Proclamation, as well as debates and speeches central to American political thought, including the Lincoln-Douglas debates, the Gettysburg Address, and great political speeches of the 20th century, are examined. Mainstream writers such as Jefferson, Thoreau, Dewey, Debs, Mencken, and Walzer are reviewed as well as generally overlooked women and minority writers such as Sojourner Truth and Elizabeth Cady-Stanton. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of the instructor.

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POLS 309 - 01 Environmental Policy M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 MCH 118
CRN: 40746 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Steven M. Hoffman An examination of environmental policy outcomes generated by institutions and organizations, including legislation, court decisions and administrative decisions. Additional focus is on the nature of the decision-making process and those methods commonly used to assess public policy. Prerequisite: POLS 104 or permission of instructor

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