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Course Description

Political Science - POLS 105

Survey of American Government (3-0) 3 Cr. Hrs.

Course Description

This course is an introductory study of the American political system. Emphasis is placed on historical and contemporary political theories and ideologies as well as on political institutions, parties and interest groups. You will engage in analysis of decision-makers, power and controversial issues.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

  • None.

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Compare major political ideologies.
  • Investigate how America's founding documents provide a framework for the country's political system.
  • Analyze the development of American federalism.
  • Examine the constitutional limits of civil liberties and civil rights.
  • Differentiate between American political parties.
  • Evaluate how Congress fulfills its constitutional and democratic responsibilities.
  • Evaluate how presidents fulfill their political and legal roles.
  • Investigate the federal judiciary's structure and role in settling legal disputes.
  • Analyze the formation and implementation of American public policy.

Course Schedule

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2018; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 10/23/2018

 105142731Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0027/31/0Open 

Fall; 2018; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 09/18/2018

 105142020Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0023/28/0OpenM W  01:00 PM-02:40 PM LA260
 105142022Survey of Am Govt 3Robinson R$12.0027/31/0OpenT R  02:30 PM-04:10 PM LA270
 105142703Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0026/31/0Open 

Fall; 2018; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/27/2018

 105142000Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0028/31/0OpenM W  08:00 AM-09:20 AM LA270
 105142006Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0025/28/0OpenF  09:00 AM-11:54 AM LA260
 105142007Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0023/31/0OpenM W  09:30 AM-10:50 AM LA270
 105142009Survey of Am Govt 3McGinnis D$12.0027/28/0OpenM W  10:00 AM-11:20 AM LA260
 105142012Survey of Am Govt 3Thomson A$12.0027/31/0OpenT R  11:00 AM-12:20 PM LA270
 105142015Survey of Am Govt 3McGinnis D$12.0030/31/0OpenM W  12:30 PM-01:50 PM LA270
 105142017Survey of Am Govt 3Thomson A$12.0027/31/0OpenT R  01:00 PM-02:20 PM LA270
 105142052Survey of Am Govt 3Robinson R$12.0027/28/0OpenT  06:00 PM-08:54 PM LA260
 105142923Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0021/31/0Open 
 105246337Survey of Am Govt 3McGinnis D$12.0030/31/0OpenR  10:00 AM-12:54 PM RC430
 105246393Survey of Am Govt 3McGinnis D$12.0029/31/0OpenM  06:00 PM-08:54 PM RC670

Spring; 2018; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 05/07/2018

 105122002Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0017/31/0OpenM W  01:00 PM-04:10 PM LA270
 105122050Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0023/31/0OpenM W  06:00 PM-09:10 PM LA270
 105122947Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.007/31/0Open 
 105122951Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0012/31/0Open 

Summer; 2018; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 07/02/2018

 105132004Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0015/31/0OpenM W  01:30 PM-04:40 PM LA270
 105132348Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0019/31/0Open 
 105132947Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.005/31/0Open