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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

Winter; 2018; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 1/8/2018

 105112972Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0015/31/0Open 

Winter; 2018; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 3/12/2018

 105112363Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0018/31/0Open 

Winter; 2018; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 1/29/2018

 105112029Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.005/28/0OpenT R  03:30 PM-05:10 PM LA260
 105112754Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.000/31/0Closed 

Winter; 2018; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 1/8/2018

 105112001Survey of Am Govt 3McGinnis D$12.0010/28/0OpenM W  08:00 AM-09:20 AM LA260
 105112008Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0012/28/0OpenT R  08:30 AM-09:50 AM LA260
 105112009Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.001/28/0OpenT R  10:30 AM-11:50 AM LA260
 105112010Survey of Am Govt 3Robinson R$12.0025/31/0OpenM W  11:00 AM-12:20 PM LA270
 105112011Survey of Am Govt 3Thomson A$12.0012/31/0OpenT R  11:00 AM-12:20 PM LA270
 105112017Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.001/28/0OpenT R  12:00 PM-01:20 PM LA260
 105112053Survey of Am Govt 3Robinson R$12.0018/31/0OpenW  06:00 PM-08:54 PM LA270
 105112944Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.001/31/0Open 
 105216226Survey of Am Govt 3McGinnis D$12.0019/31/0OpenW  12:00 PM-02:54 PM RC680
 105216285Survey of Am Govt 3McGinnis D$12.0023/31/0OpenT  06:00 PM-08:54 PM RC675