Mar 05, 2024  
2023-2024 Official General Catalog 
2023-2024 Official General Catalog

POS 201 - Introduction to American Government

An in-depth overview of American national government: constitutionalism, federalism, Civil Liberties and Civil Rights, Congress, Presidency, political philosophy and political parties, the Supreme Court, national elections, and political behavior.  An examination of national laws and policies and their effect on citizens.  Students will apply learned concepts to contemporary issues and events.  This course is strongly recommended for students who want to develop a deeper understanding of their role and responsibilities as citizens and want to make a difference.  Satisfies the Civic Education requirement for programs that require it.

Credits: 3
3 Class Hours
Course Profile
Learning Outcomes of the Course:

Upon successful completion of this course the student will be able to:

  1. Describe major political science concepts and theories.
  2. Apply the methods political scientists use to explore social phenomena.
  3. Describe the historical and contemporary societal factors that shape the development of individual and group identity involving race, class and gender.
  4. Analyze the role that complex networks of social structures and systems play in the creation and perpetuation of the dynamics of power, privilege, oppression, and opportunity.
  5. Apply the principles of rights, access, equity, and autonomous participation to past, current, or future social justice action.
  6. Identify the consequences of racism in the United States at the individual, group, and systemic levels.