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Course Description

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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

Winter; 2022; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 03/14/2022

 105112363Survey of Am GovtONL3Thomson A28/31/0Open$12.00 

Winter; 2022; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 01/31/2022

 105112029Survey of Am GovtMC3Kirkpatrick K15/20/0Open$12.00T R  03:30 PM-05:10 PM LA260
 105112754Survey of Am GovtONL3Thomson A2/31/0Open$12.00 

Winter; 2022; POLITICAL SCIENCE; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 01/10/2022

 105112009Survey of Am GovtMC3Kirkpatrick K12/20/0Open$12.00T R  10:30 AM-11:50 AM LA260
 105112010Survey of Am GovtMC3Robinson R15/20/0Open$12.00M W  11:00 AM-12:20 PM LA270
 105112011Survey of Am GovtMC3Thomson A16/20/0Open$12.00T R  11:00 AM-12:20 PM LA270
 105112017Survey of Am GovtMC3Kirkpatrick K12/20/0Open$12.00T R  12:00 PM-01:20 PM LA260
 105112944Survey of Am GovtONL3Kirkpatrick K1/20/0Open$12.00 

Key: Day of the Week

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