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Cecilia Castillo

Dr. CastilloOffice:  UAC 355F
Phone:  512.245.3991

Curriculum Vitae

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Dallas

Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
Graduate Advisor, Master of Arts in Political Science


Dr. Cecilla Castillo is currently an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department. She received a B.A. in both the Classics and Political Science from the University of Dallas, along with an M.A. and Ph.D., both in Political Science. Dr. Castillo joined the Texas State faculty in 1991. Dr. Castillo has received a number of honors; most notably, the Ford Foundation Minority Fellowship (1987–1990), and the American Political Science Association Chicano Fellowship (1986-1987). Most recently she is serving as a Graduate Advisor for the MA Political Science Program.


POSI 3300 Basic Political Ideas
Introduction to the fundamental ideas of the Western political tradition including conservatism, liberalism, socialism, democracy, and totalitarianism. These may include some portion or all of certain politically significant works of such political thinkers as Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Edmund Burke, and others.

POSI 3305 The American Founding
An examination of the origins, nature, and foundations of the American Constitutional system with special emphasis on the Federalist/Anti-federalist debates and the writing of the constitution.

POSI 3331 American Political Thought
The development of American political ideas from the colonial period to the present.

3332 Ancient and Medieval Political Thought (Greeks to 1600)
A study of the masters of classical and medieval political theory from Plato to Machiavelli.

POSI 3333 Modern Political Theory (1600-1900)
The development of modern political ideas; the meaning and relationships of the significant ideologies of our time; democracy, capitalism, the welfare state, socialism, fascism, and totalitarian communism.

POSI 3334 Contemporary Political Theory
A study of selected theories, ideologies, and movements in 20th century political theory.

POSI 4399 Senior Seminar in Political Science
Seminar devoted to intensive reading, research, writing, and discussion focusing on different sub-fields in the discipline taught by appropriate faculty. Students in consultation with faculty in their area of interest should select a particular sub-field seminar in accordance with their needs and professional objectives.

PS 5300 Foundation Studies in Political Science
Students develop knowledge and skills required for success in graduate-level coursework in Political Science. Course content varies depending on academic preparation.

PS 5310 Studies in Ancient and Medieval Political Thought
Selected topics in Greek and Roman political theory, patristic understanding of politics, and the political theory of the Middle and High Middle Ages. Includes study of the writings and thought of Thucydides, Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, Seneca, Augustine, Gelasius, Al-Farabi, Avicenna, Averroes, Maimonides, John of Salisbury, Aquinas, Marsilius of Padua, William of Occam, and others.

PS 5314 Topics in Modern and Contemporary Political Thought
Selected topics of political theory form the Renaissance, Reformation, Post-reformation, Enlightenment, and contemporary periods. Includes study of the writings and thought of Machiavelli, Luther, Calvin, Hooker, Bacon, Grotius, Hobbes, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Hume, Rousseau, Kant, Smith, Burke, Bentham, Mill, Hegel, DeTocqueville, Marx, Nietszche, Husserl, Heidegger, Strauss, Voegelin, and others.

PS 5312 Roots of American Constitutionalism
An examination of the origins and evolution of the ideas which inform the American constitutional system, includes examination of the strands of thought in the classical, Christian, medieval, Renaissance, and Enlightenment periods that combined with the British liberal tradition, laid the groundwork for the American experiment. Examines the Pre-Independence evolution of the American Constitutional tradition that informed the constitutional

PS 5317 Theological Perspectives in Modern Democracy
A thorough examination of the ways in which religion and groups have influenced the course of American democracy. The ongoing debate in constitutional law and democratic theory regarding the proper role of religion in American public life is analyzed.

PS 5389 Internship in Government
Practical experience in the on-going work of a selected governmental unit. The student will be assigned to a unit of federal, state, regional, or local government. A research paper and journal dealing with the Internship experience must be written under direction of a faculty member. Evaluation will be based on the research paper, journal, and work performance.