Social Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences – Political Science Option (A.A. Degree)

Liberal Arts & Sciences - Political Science Option

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Course Descriptions


POL 11     3 rec 3 cr
American National Government

Survey of structure and activities of the national government: bases of present political system, pressure groups, political parties, elections, Congress, the president, the Supreme Court, and the protection and deprivation of individual rights.
Corequisite(s): ENG 02 or RDL 02 if required.

POL 21     3 rec 3 cr
State and Local Government

How the American states and localities govern themselves. Relationships with the national government; governors, legislators, and judges; finances; metropolitan and local governments; and public policy issues. Attention on special situations of New York City and State.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11 or permission of the department.

POL 31     3 rec 3 cr
Comparative Government

The purpose of this course is to get students interested in, and knowledgeable about, the politics of other nations. To accomplish this, we will examine various nations, with particular attention to nations within Western Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The comparative method will be discussed as well as case studies of specific nations. This will be accomplished by comparing the historical experiences, political institutions and public policies of countries. We will also explore issues related to globalization.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11 or permission of the department.

POL 41     3 rec 3 cr
Civil Rights in America Since 1954

An analysis of the U.S. government and the civil rights movements since 1954. Topics include Jim Crow, desegregation, Brown v. Board of Education, Voting/Civil Rights Acts, Martin Luther King, SNCC, SCLC, Malcolm X, Black Panther Party, National Organization of Women, Cesar Chavez, and Puerto Rican and Chicano movements.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11 or permission of the department.

POL 51     3 rec 3 cr
Urban Politics

Politics and government of the American city: municipal political institutions, suburban and metropolitan government, relations with the state and federal governments, racial and ethnic politics, planning, crime and the police, and public education.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11 or SOC 11 or permission of department.

POL 81     3 rec 3 cr
Independent Study and Internships in Government

Permission of instructor required.


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