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

Liberal Arts & Sciences – Political Science Option

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Specialization Course Descriptions

POLITICAL SCIENCE

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..
Flexible Core: US Experience in its Diversity

POL 21     3 rec 3 cr
State and Local Government

US Experience in its Diversity
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.
Flexible Core: World Cultures & Global Issues

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

An analysis of the US 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, Puerto Rican and Chicano movements.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11 or permission of the department.
Flexible Core: US Experience in its Diversity

POL 42     3 rec 3 cr
Civil Rights Throughout the World

The purpose of this course is past and present comparison of governmental civil rights activities throughout the world, including civil rights and color; civil rights and religion; womenÂ’s rights in various countries.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11, or HIS 10, or SOC 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, public education.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11 or SOC 11 or permission of department..
Flexible Core: Individual and Society

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 61     3 rec 3 cr
Solving Social Problems Through the Political Process

This is a practical course showing how to work through existing channels for a more civically meaningful life. Focus on formal and informal responsibilities of officials in all levels of government. How to use political channels to address public issues and solve social problems.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11, or SOC 11, or permission of the department..

POL 71     3 rec 3 cr
Politics of Developing Areas

This course is an introduction to the politics and government of developing areas of the world. Study of modernization and political development, influences of internal and external forces on political evolution, social bases of political life, national political institutions and processes, political thought and ideology, regional and international institutions and politics, and foreign policy problems.institutions and politics, and foreign policy problems.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11, or HIS 10/11, or SOC 11.
Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues

POL 72     3 rec 3 cr
International Politics

This course is an introduction to the field of international politics. It explores the foundations of modern international politics, the relationship between domestic and international politics, the various means for the pursuit of foreign policy goals by states, role of non-governmental organizations on the international scene, and some approaches to problems of war and peace.institutions and politics, and foreign policy problems.institutions and politics, and foreign policy problems.
Prerequisite(s): POL 11, or HIS 10/11, or SOC 11 or permission of the department..
Flexible Core: World Cultures and Global Issues

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

Permission of instructor required.

 

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