Dr. Theodore Hindson is an Associate Professor in the Political Science Department at Texas State University. He received his B.A. from La Salle College in Political Science and his M.A. and PhD. in Government and International Relations from the University of Notre Dame. Dr. Hindson has been teaching at Texas State since 1974 and has taught many undergraduate and graduate courses. He has also received a number of awards for excellence such as International Programs Professor of the Year in 1995, Honors Professor of the Year in 1990 and 1994 as well as an award for excellence from the Student Foundation in 2005 and 2006 among others. Dr. Hindson has been an integral part of the Political Science Department, serving as Chair from 1980-1985 and Undergraduate Advisor from 1986-2003. He has also been a major part of his community serving on the San Marcos Charter Review Commission, the San Marcos Sunset Commission as well as on the Council of Neighborhood Associations where he served as President from 1986-1989. His areas of interest include modern political thought, politics of the Soviet Union, Europe and Communist thought.
POSI 1309 (GOVT 2304) Basic Political Institutions
An introduction to the study of political institutions emphasizing the fundamentals of political science research and analysis, the tools used by social scientists in bibliographical research, and basic methods of locating and presenting data for comparing political institutions.
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 2320 (GOVT 2302) Functions of American Government
A study of functions performed in the American system of government, both national and state, with special reference to Texas.
POSI 3309 The American Presidency
A comprehensive examination of both the presidency and the men who have held it.
POSI 4301 Politics in Film
This course will expose the students to films which explicitly address political issues such as racism in the United States, the conflict between public duty and private conscience, and politics and media manipulation, and the role of perception in all the actions people take.
POSI 4326 Issues in World Politics
This course is designed to acquaint the student with major issues in world politics and major concepts in international relations and comparative politics.
POSI 4340 Government and Politics of Europe
An in-depth analysis of the political systems of the states of Europe and the emerging European Union, with special emphasis on Great Britain, France, Italy, and Germany.
POSI 4341 Government and Politics of Russia
A comprehensive study of the domestic and foreign policy of the former Soviet Union, examined both historically and analytically.
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.
PA 5332 Problems in American Foreign Relations
Seminar based on selected topics in American foreign policy and United States involvement in international relations.
PA 5335 Problems in American Politics
Problems arising with respect to parties, legislation, the presidency, and political behavior.
PA 5355Topics in Modern Democratic Systems
This course in comparative politics examines the development and interaction of political institutions, policy processes, political culture, public opinion, legal settings and theoretical underpinnings of modern democratic governments. Countries of focus vary with instructor, and include governments of Western, Central and Eastern Europe, Canada, Japan and Australia.