Dr. Grasso is a professor in the Political Science department. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from Fordham University, and his B.A. in Government and Politics from St. John’s University. Dr. Grasso teaches a number of undergraduate and graduate level classes. He has been honored with awards such as an Award for Outstanding Teaching by Pi Sigma Alpha in 2005, the Foundation in Excellence Award by the Texas State Student Foundation and a favorite professor award by Alpha Chi in 1996 and 1998. Dr. Grasso has participated in a variety of forums and conferences, such as the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and the Project on American Constitutionalism, among many others. His areas of interest are religion identity and politics, The Constitution, and faith and government.
POSI 1308 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 2310 (GOVT 2301) Principles of American Government
A survey of the principles of political science, of the American system of government, and of the origins and development of the constitutions of the United States and Texas.
POSI 3306 Religion and American Public Life
An examination of the ways in which religious beliefs and groups have influenced the course of American democratic experience; and the on going debates in constitutional law and democratic theory regarding the proper role of religion in American public life.
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.
POSI 5302 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.
POSI 5302A Contemporary Perspective in Modern Liberalism
Brief review of history/development of modern/classical liberalism and the ensuing response and contemporary alternatives.
POSI 5326 Topics in Democratic Theory
An examination of selected issues in democratic theory including various models of democracy, the pluralist/elitist debate, the role of liberal individualism in democracy, the tension of individual rights and collective responsibilities, the place of religion in the public realm, and the tension between freedom and equality.
5326B Crisis of Liberalism
POSI 5350 Problems in American Politics
Problems arising with respect to parties, legislation, the presidency, and political behavior.