Office: UAC 373
B.A., Angelo State University
M.A., Texas Tech University
Ph.D., The University of Texas at Austin
Professor, Department of Political Science
Dr. Cynthia Opheim is a Professor in the Department of Political Science and serving as University Associate Provost. She received her B.A. in government from Angelo State University and her M.A. in political science from Texas Tech. She also earned her Ph.D. in government from The University of Texas. Dr. Opheim has been with Texas State since 1987 and has put in a considerable amount of time teaching at Angelo State, The University of Texas and the San Angelo School District. Here at Texas State, she has taught a variety of junior level and graduate level courses with her specialties being the legislative process, political parties, and American state politics. In her career, she has been recognized for excellence in teaching by Alpha Delta Pi in 2006, by Golden Key National Honor Society in 1996 and by the San Angelo Student Association in 1984 and 1985. In the Department of Political Science, Dr. Opheim served as department chair from 1996-2003 as well as faculty advisor for the Political Science Teaching Certification program from 1988-2003 among many other appointments and positions. She has been an integral asset of every community she has been a part of serving San Marcos in the League of Women’s Voters from 2000-2005 and as a Moderator or Panelist for Political Discussion Panels or Candidate Forums.
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 3308 Congress and the Legislative Process
The dynamics of lawmaking and legislative politics in the United States. The structure, party organization, rules of procedure, and actual operation of the Congress and of selected state legislatures (including Texas) are analyzed, compared, and evaluated.
POSI 4398 Practicum in Political Science: Concepts, Resources, and Applications in the Study of Politics
This course is designed to assure familiarity with the basic concepts and approaches used in the study of politics. Students will learn to identify, locate, and employ resources to assist in understanding politics at local, state, national, and international levels. Model Congress or U.N., visits to local government offices and councils, moot court, critiques of political propaganda films, and simulations in international relations are some of the applied methods of studying politics that students will learn.
POSI 5350 Problems in American Politics
Problems arising with respect to parties, legislation, the presidency, and political behavior.