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Political Science Course Descriptions

POL 120  American Government

This course is a study of the origins, development, structure, and functions of American national government. Topics include the constitutional framework; federalism; the three branches of government, including the bureaucracy; civil rights and liberties; political participation and behavior; and policy formation. Upon completion, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts and participatory processes of the American political system. Basic concepts of state and local government and their relationships with the federal government are also examined. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in social/behavioral sciences.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098, or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisites: None

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POL 220  International Relations

This course is a study of the effects of ideologies, trade, armaments, and alliances on relations among nation-states. Emphasis is on regional and global cooperation and conflict, economic development, trade, non-governmental organizations, and international institutions such as the World Court and United Nations. Upon completion, students should be able to identify and discuss major international relationships, institutions, and problems. This course has been approved to satisfy the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement for the general education core requirement in social/behavioral sciences.

Course Hours Per Week: Class, 3; Lab, 0

Semester Hours Credit: 3

Prerequisites: ENG 090 and RED 090 or DRE 098, or satisfactory score on placement test

Corequisite: None

POL 220 Course Outline
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