Disclaimer: The percentages listed below are calculated based on the grading information and assignment sections of publicly available syllabi. The information provided is an approximation on the types of assignments within each individual class and is not meant as an absolute interpretation of all the inherent activities in said class(es).

POLS 1101 - American Government

Writing Required: 15% - 100%

Typically, the writing component of an American Government class consists of writing assignments, exams if they include essay questions, quizzes, online discussions, and homework. An online version of the class contains a higher percentage of writing than the face-to-face class. One online American Government class’s grade is 100% derived from two research projects, which explains the disparity between the overall writing-entailed percentage.

POLS 2201 - State and Local Government

Writing Required: 60% - 70%

This class contains short essays as well as discussion posts.

POLS 2601 - Introduction to Political Science Inquiry

Writing Required: 60% - 100%

This class contains a semester-long research projects that includes a proposal, an annotated bibliography and a literature review, and an essay.

POLS 3201 - Public Policy

Writing Required: 20% - 30%

This class contains a term paper.

POLS 3301 - The Judicial Process

Writing Required: 0% - 10%

This class is primarily multiple choice exams.

POLS 3401 - Comparative Politics

Writing Required: 90%100%

This class contains a research essay project and reading responses.

POLS 4101 - Legislative Process

Writing Required: 75% - 85%

This class contains a term paper as well as exams that include short answer and essay questions.

POLS 4200 - Principles of Public Administration

Writing Required: 90%100%

This class contains summative papers and discussion posts.

POLS 4211 - State and Local Politics and Administration

Writing Required: 90% - 100%

This class contains a term paper, reflection essays, and discussion posts.

POLS 4213 - Comparative Public Administration and Policy

Writing Required: 90% - 100%

This class contains a term paper, an annotated bibliography, and discussion posts as well as exams that include short answer and essay questions.

POLS 4215 - Management of Non-Profit Organizations

Writing Required: 65% - 75%

This class contains an analysis report, discussions, and quizzes

POLS 4217 - Grant Writing for Nonprofit Organizations

Writing Required: 90% - 100%

This class contains a grant proposal, discussion posts, and writing practice exorcises. 

POLS 4301 - Constitutional Law I

Writing Required: 0% - 10%

This class is primarily multiple choice exams.

POLS 4302 - Constitutional Law II

Writing Required: 0% - 10%

This class is primarily multiple choice exams.

POLS 4402 - Russian Politics

Writing Required: 25% - 35%

This class contains discussion posts.

POLS 4403 - Latin American Politics

Writing Required: 90% - 100%

This class contains discussion posts and a research paper that includes a proposal, an annotated bibliography, and an essay.

POLS 4405 - Politics in the European Union

Writing Required: 25% - 35%

This class contains a term paper and discussion posts as well as exams that include short answer and essay questions.

POLS 4501 - International Law

Writing Required: 90%100%

This class contains summary assignments, a research project, and exams containing short answers and essay questions.

POLS 4503 - International Organizations

Writing Required: 90%100%

This class contains a case study paper, reading responses, a final exam that may contain short answers and essay questions, and discussions.

POLS 4519 – Genocide

Writing Required: 90%100%

This class contains two essays and two exams, which consist of short essay questions.

POLS 4601 - Ancient and Medieval Political Thought

Writing Required: 90%100%

This class contains exams with short answer and essay questions plus quizzes.

POLS 4984 - Senior Seminar

Writing Required: 75% - 85%

This class contains exams with short answer and essay questions plus writing assignments.

POLS 4985 - Problems in Politics

Writing Required: 40% - 80%

This class contains various writing assignments, discussions, and exams that may contain short answers and essay questions.

Classes Without Information:

(Currently, these classes do not have publicly-accessible syllabi available for review.)

POLS 2101 - Introduction to Political Science

POLS 2401 - Global Issues

POLS 3101 - American Political Institutions

POLS 3102 - Gender and Politics

POLS 3103 - Media and Politics

POLS 3110 - Political Parties

POLS 3402 - Politics of Western Europe

POLS 3501 - International Relations

POLS 3601 - Political Analysis

POLS 4102 - The Presidency

POLS 4103 - Public Opinion

POLS 4186 - Internship in Government

POLS 4202 - Interorganizational Behavior

POLS 4204 - Public Finance

POLS 4207 - Technology Policy

POLS 4208 - Health Policy

POLS 4209 - Environmental Policy

POLS 4210 - Public Management

POLS 4212 - State and Local Government Finance

POLS 4401 - African Politics

POLS 4406 - British Politics

POLS 4407 - European Environmental Policy

POLS 4408 - EU Science & Technology Policy

POLS 4409 - Democracy and Democratization

POLS 4411 - Federalism and Multilevel Governance in the EU

POLS 4412 - Democracy & the EU

POLS 4413 - Social Policy in Europe

POLS 4414 - History of European Integration

POLS 4504 - International Political Economy

POLS 4505 - American Foreign Policy

POLS 4506 - International Conflict and Conflict Management

POLS 4507 - US-EU Relations

POLS 4508 - European Economic and Monetary Union

POLS 4509 - EU Law & Legal Systems

POLS 4510 - Foreign Policy & the EU

POLS 4515 - Terrorism and Counterterrorism

POLS 4516 - American National Security Policy

POLS 4517 - Global Human Rights

POLS 4602 - Modern Political Thought

POLS 4603 - American Political Thought

POLS 4604 - Democratic Theory

POLS 4606 - Politics of Asia

POLS 4801 - Experiential/Service Learning

POLS 4981 - Directed Reading in Political Science