Political Science

Program Plan

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Political Science
3.0 credits POLS-110: Intro to Political Science
Political Science 110 will introduce students to the major concepts of the discipline of political science, and will teach students to apply these concepts to current and historical events. The course is designed to enable students to think critically about local, national, and world politics. [NM Common Course Number POLS 1113, Area IV; Behavioral/Social Science Core]
Prerequisites: ENGL-095 and (RDNG-095 or RDNG-096) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer Scores.
Offered: FASP
3.0 credits POLS-150: American Political Issues
Major problems of American society in their political implications and possible solutions.
Prerequisites: (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113) and ENGL-095 or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores.
Offered: DMND
3.0 credits POLS-160: International Political Issues
The course is designed to familiarize students with current developments, issues, and actors in world politics.
Prerequisites: ENGL-095 and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer Scores.
Offered: DMND
3.0 credits POLS-210: State & Local Government
A study of the history, nature, organization and operation of state and local government in the United States, including an analysis of their relationship with the federal government.
Offered: DMND
3.0 credits POLS-220: Native American Politics
Examines Native American political issues and government dynamics in contemporary and historical times. Themes include: history and structures of tribal government; cultural issues; intergovernmental dynamics; and the role of tribal politics in contemporary Native American life.
Offered: FALL, Even Year
3.0 credits POLS-230: Political Ideas
A critical examination of ideas such as justice, democracy, freedom, citizenship, and others, through an exploration of political thought from ancient to contemporary times.
Offered: SP
3.0 credits POLS-240: Comparative Politics
The course is designed to give students the ability to understand and evaluate political regimes by focusing on the political history, socioeconomic structure and contemporary political institutions and behavior. These phenomena will be examined as they occur in countries representing diverse cultures, geographies, and levels of development.
Prerequisites: ENGL-111 or Accuplacer English test score of 85 or higher (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113) or Accuplacer Reading test score of 82 or higher
Offered: SP
3.0 credits POLS-250: American National Government
The course is designed to give students an overview of the institutions, processes, and outcomes of American government. Students are encouraged to think critically about the importance of these institutions and processes in addressing the issues that American society faces in the twenty-first century. [NM Common Course Number POLS 1123, Area IV; Behavioral/Social Science Core]
Prerequisites: ENGL-111 and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores.
Offered: FASP
3.0 credits POLS-265: Public Policy & Social Change
This course will provide an overview of the structures and processes of public policy. This course will examine how social change is brought about through the actions of various agents including interest groups, advocacy coalitions, and executive, legislative and judicial policy processes. Also listed as HMSV 265 Public Policy and Social Change.
Prerequisites: ENGL-111 and (RDNG-099 OR RDNG-113) or appropriate English and Reading Accuplacer scores.
Offered: FALL
1.0 - 3.0 credits POLS-280: Internship
The internship will consist of supervised work placement in a government or government-related organization with the student performing duties related to the academic curricula of political science. Students are required to submit a term paper, case study, or an approved academic project related to the work performed. Evaluation will be by the professor with written input from the work supervisor.
Offered: SP Faculty Permission Required
1.0 - 4.0 credits POLS-299: SPTO: (Special Topics)
Special or specific topic course to meet the needs of students. Topics and credits are announced in the Schedule of Classes. These courses may be used as electives for Associate degree requirements. May be repeated one or more times for additional credit. No more than 6 credits of special topic courses can be used toward a degree.
Offered: DMND

For more information, please call Dr. Judith Palier at 505-566-3656. Or send an email to palierj@sanjuancollege.edu.