Prerequisite(s): POLS 1101, ENGL 1101 and ENGL 1102 with a minimum grade of C. This course examines the process by which political theories of pre-industrialized societies have shaped social thought and institutional development across the globe. Course content focuses on political thought from its classical foundations to the birth of modern constitutional governance and economic structures. Texts to be explored include those from Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Epictetus, Augustine, Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Locke. This course is global in its perspective; as such, special topics include readings from eastern and other non-traditional philosophies. The purpose of this course is to engage those pre-industrial political ideas that inform the foundations of contemporary governmental institutions and the present understanding of the world.