Political Science

Political Science focuses on the theory and practice of government and politics at the local, state, national, and international levels. It is dedicated to developing understandings of institutions, practices, and relations that constitute public life and modes of inquiry that promote citizenship.

Program Learning Outcomes
  • Analyze data/information in understanding and articulating different forms of political theory.
  • Articulate similarities and differences within international governments and politics.
  • Interact with others and discover that through applying their political skills, people can make a positive difference in their communities.
Course Description

POLSC 1 – Introduction to American Government (3 units)
Survey of American government and politics, covering three parts: the foundations, politics, and institutions. First, it will explore the foundations of American democracy, such as: political culture, the Constitution, civil liberties, and civil rights. Second, it will analyze American politics in the aspects of the media, political parties, elections, and interest groups. Finally, political institutions will be examined, such as the Congress, the presidency, the courts, and the federal bureaucracy. State and local governments are included. Satisfies Government(s) Constitution(s) portion of California State University Title 5, Section 40404.