POLSC 1 – Intro 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.

  • Skill Advisory: Language (recommended eligibility for ENGL 1A)
  • Transfers to: CSU, UC, C-ID# POLS 110
  • Meets GE Requirements: WCC Area B, CSU GE Area D, IGETC Area 4
POLSC 2 – Intro to Political Theory (3 units)

Examination of various theoretical approaches to politics and of basic political problems and proposed solutions. Analysis of selected political theories and of the relevance of theory to contemporary problems.

  • Skill Advisory: Language (recommended eligibility for ENGL 1A)
  • Transfers to: CSU, UC, C-ID# POLS 120
  • Meets GE Requirements: WCC Area B, CSU GE Area D, IGETC Area 4
POLSC 3 – Comparative Government and Politics (3 units)

This course introduces a comparative study of selected European, Asian, African, Latin American, and Middle Eastern political systems. Concerned with broadening and deepening the student’s understanding of the nature and variety of political systems. Course topics will include a study of different kinds of political systems, including their history, political institutions, processes and policies, the environments in which they occur, and their consequences.

  • Skill Advisory: Language (recommended eligibility for ENGL 1A)
  • Transfers to: CSU, UC, C-ID# POLS 130
  • Meets GE Requirements: WCC Area B, CSU GE Area D, IGETC Area 4