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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; 2017; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 10/24/2017

 105142731Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0028/31/0Open

Fall; 2017; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 9/19/2017

 105142020Survey of Am Govt 3Beafore Jr L$12.0026/28/0Open
M W 01:00 PM-02:40 PMLA260
 105142022Survey of Am Govt 3Robinson R$12.0028/31/0Open
T R 02:30 PM-04:10 PMLA270
 105142703Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0023/31/0Open

Fall; 2017; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 8/28/2017

 105047758Survey of Am GovtOE/OE3Beafore Jr L$12.0030/31/0Open
 105142000Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0021/31/0Open
M W 08:00 AM-09:20 AMLA270
 105142006Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0019/28/0Open
F 09:00 AM-11:54 AMLA260
 105142007Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0020/31/0Open
M W 09:30 AM-10:50 AMLA270
 105142009Survey of Am Govt 3McGinnis D$12.0025/28/0Open
M W 10:00 AM-11:20 AMLA260
 105142011Survey of Am Govt 3Beafore Jr L$12.0028/31/0Open
M W 11:00 AM-12:20 PMLA270
 105142012Survey of Am Govt 3Thomson A$12.0024/31/0Open
T R 11:00 AM-12:20 PMLA270
 105142015Survey of Am Govt 3McGinnis D$12.0023/31/0Open
M W 12:30 PM-01:50 PMLA270
 105142017Survey of Am Govt 3Thomson A$12.0027/31/0Open
T R 01:00 PM-02:20 PMLA270
 105142052Survey of Am Govt 3Robinson R$12.0022/28/0Open
T 06:00 PM-08:54 PMLA260
 105142923Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0022/31/0Open
 105246337Survey of Am Govt 3McGinnis D$12.0030/31/0Open
R 10:00 AM-12:54 PMRC430
 105246393Survey of Am Govt 3McGinnis D$12.0025/31/0Open
M 06:00 PM-08:54 PMRC670

Spring; 2017; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 5/8/2017

 105122002Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0013/31/0Open
M W 01:00 PM-04:10 PMLA270
 105122050Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0021/31/0Open
M W 06:00 PM-09:10 PMLA270
 105122947Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0011/31/0Open
 105122951Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0010/31/0Open

Summer; 2017; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 7/3/2017

 105132004Survey of Am Govt 3Kirkpatrick K$12.0016/31/0Open
M W 01:30 PM-04:40 PMLA270
 105132348Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.0021/31/0Open
 105132947Survey of Am GovtOnline3Thomson A$12.002/31/0Open