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POLSC 115: AMERICAN NATIONAL GOVERNMENT

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course presents contemporary American political behavior, government and power relationships at the national level. [IAI: S5 900]

POLSC 119: STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course, State and Local Government is designed to familiarize students with the governance structure at the state and local levels. It is also focused on the decision-making processes at those levels of government and the ways in which these entities interact with the national government. A primary emphasis of the course will be a comparative approach with a view toward understanding policy outcomes at all levels of government. Specific attention will be focused on education, criminal justice, health/welfare, environment, and economic development. [IAI: S5 902]

POLSC 120: POLITICAL METHODS AND CONCEPTS

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course will provide a comprehensive introduction to issues and concepts in the discipline of political science, its history and development, its area of inquiry, and sub-fields. [IAI: S5 903]

POLSC 122: INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course is a theoretical approach to questions of international peace, international conflict, the behavior of nations, and the prospects of survival. [IAI: S5 904]

POLSC 124: COMPARATIVE POLITICAL SYSTEMS

3 hrs. (TC)

Prerequisite: COMPASS reading score of 81 or higher, or equivalent, or department approval.

This course is an investigation of democratic and non-democratic political systems. Comparisons are made of political cultures, theories, constitutions, citizen participation, party and group influence, governments, and public policies. [IAI: S5 905]