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Course Description

Schoolcraft is excited to offer traditional credit face-to-face, hybrid, online, and remote classes for Fall 2020 while providing students a safe experience based on recent COVID-19 concerns.

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Political Science - POLS 105

Survey of American Government

3 Credit Hours
3 Lecture Hours

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 TitleLocationCredit HoursInstructorsSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusFeeDays-Time-Room

Fall; 2020; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 10/27/2020

 105142731Survey of Am GovtONL3Thomson A1/31/0Open$12.00 

Fall; 2020; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 09/22/2020

 105142020Survey of Am GovtRMT3Kirkpatrick K4/24/0Open$12.00M W  01:00 PM-02:40 PM WEBWEB
 105142022Survey of Am GovtRMT3Robinson R21/24/0Open$12.00T R  02:30 PM-04:10 PM WEBWEB
 105142703Survey of Am GovtONL3Thomson A0/31/6Closed$12.00 

Fall; 2020; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/31/2020

 105142000Survey of Am GovtRMT3Kirkpatrick K7/24/0Open$12.00M W  08:00 AM-09:20 AM WEBWEB
 105142006Survey of Am GovtRMT3Kirkpatrick K4/24/0Open$12.00F  09:00 AM-11:54 AM WEBWEB
 105142007Survey of Am GovtRMT3Kirkpatrick K7/24/0Open$12.00M W  09:30 AM-10:50 AM WEBWEB
 105142009Survey of Am GovtRMT3Robinson R20/24/0Open$12.00M W  10:00 AM-11:20 AM WEBWEB
 105142012Survey of Am GovtRMT3Thomson A12/24/0Open$12.00T R  11:30 AM-12:50 PM WEBWEB
 105142017Survey of Am GovtRMT3Robinson R18/24/0Open$12.00T R  01:00 PM-02:20 PM WEBWEB
 105142923Survey of Am GovtONL3Thomson A4/31/0Open$12.00 
 105246393Survey of Am GovtRMT3Robinson R20/24/0Open$12.00M  06:00 PM-08:54 PM WEBWEB

Key: Day of the Week

  • T = Tuesday
  • R = Thursday
  • S = Saturday
  • X = Sunday