Dr. Ed Mihalkanin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science. His specialties include International Relations, Latin America - Government and Politics, US Diplomacy. Dr. Mihalkanin earned his B.A. in Political Science from Bradley University and his M.A. in International Affairs and Ph.D. in International Relations from The American University. He has been with Texas State since 1990 and has taught a variety of Junior level and Graduate courses. Dr. Mihalkanin has put considerable effort into University programs, organizations and committees such as Fulbright Evaluation Committee, the Presidential Upper Level Scholarship Selection Committee as well as serving as a faculty advisor to Sigma Pi Epsilon, Pi Sigma Alpha and the SWT Water Skit Team among many others. He has also served as the Graduate Advisor for the M.A. in Political Science from 1999-2004. In the community, Ed Mihalkanin served on the San Marcos City Council from 1998-2000, from 2001-2007, and had currently served since 2016. He also served San Marcos as Chair of the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Tourism and Chair for the Tourism Product Development Committee among other memberships.
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.
PS 3351 Introduction to International Studies
This core seminar identifies critical interdisciplinary questions that will be examined in all courses in the International Studies Program.
PS 3328 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.
PS 3352 Theories of International Politics
This course focuses on theories and concepts in the study of international relations. Major theoretical works and illustrative case studies will be critically examined.
PS 3343 Government and Politics of Latin America
A comparative analysis of political systems in Latin America, examining the impact of sociocultural and economic factors on political attitudes and behaviors. Special emphasis on Mexico, Cuba, and Brazil.
PS 3344 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.
PS 3347 Government and Politics of Asia
This course examines the political and economic significance of Southeast Asia through comparative analysis; it will include an empirical and conceptual examination of the political dynamics of the region.
PS 3354 United States-Latin American Relations
Examines policies, problems, and attitudes, together with detailed analysis of U.S. relations with selected countries.
PS 4354 Politics of International Economic Relations
This course examines the institutional structure of interstate economic relations, trade and monetary regimes, foreign investment, foreign aid, and development policies of governments.
PS 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 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 a journal dealing with the internship experience must be written under the direction of a faculty member.
PS 5379 Problems in International Political Economy
Deals with selected topics in international political economy.
PS 5375 Seminar in International Relations Theory
A course dealing with selected topics in geopolitics and world political geography.
PS 5359 Topics in Third World Politics
This course in comparative politics examines the range of political systems of various regions of the Third World, including Latin America, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Themes include the politics of the colonial era, the nature of traditional political systems, modernization and development, political institutionalization, interest groups articulation and participation