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Political Science

Cosumnes River College's political science program is designed to introduce students to the academic study of political science, to help them develop knowledge, analytical skills, and critical insight into the nature of politics and political problems. It is also designed to prepare students for transfer to four year institutions as political science majors, provide knowledge for informed engagement in political life and, as well, prepare students for a wide range of possible careers.

The political science courses offered are: "Introduction to Government: US," "Introduction to Government: Foreign," also known as "Comparative Politics," "Introduction to Government: California," "Introduction to International Relations," "Introduction to International Political Economy" and "Introduction to Political Theory." Students transferring to four year colleges and universities may take "Introduction to Government: US" to satisfy requirements. Students transferring as political science majors should take a cluster of four of the courses offered, one of which may be "Introduction to Government: US."

Courses

POLS 301
Introduction to Government: United States
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Completion of ENGWR 300.
General Education: AA/AS Area V (a); CSU Area D8; IGETC Area 4H
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: An introduction to Political Science, American government and politics. Structured to promote political and analytical understanding and thinking regarding American politics and government. Areas of concentration include principles, institutions, problems, processes, theory, philosophy, and ideology. Satisfies the State requirement regarding the Constitution, American Institutions, and State and Local Government.

POLS 302
Introduction to Government: Foreign
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V (b); CSU Area D8; IGETC Area 4H
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This is a comparative study and analysis of political systems, ideologies, institutions, policies, cultures, histories, and the development of selected foreign governments. Special emphasis is placed on the cultural and social dimensions of political behavior and attitudes in connection with governmental and political practices typical of particular geographical regions. Coverage includes an examination of selected developed and lesser developed nation-states from a global perspective.
 

POLS 304
Introduction to Government: California
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
General Education: AA/AS Area V (b); CSU Area D8; IGETC Area 4H
Course Transferable to CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course covers the essential organization, institutions, and processes of California state and local government. It fulfills the California State University requirement for state and local government, but not the requirement for the U.S. Constitution.

POLS 310
Introduction to International Relations
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Completion of ENGWR 101 or eligibility for ENGWR 300.
General Education: AA/AS Area V (b); CSU Area D8; IGETC Area 4H
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This is an introduction to international relations and a survey of the nation-state system, techniques of interaction, the issue of war, nationalism, power alignments, international actors, transnational movements, diplomacy, political economy, and perceptions in world politics. Particular emphasis is placed on an analysis of the world outlook of Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, the United States, the major Western Allies, China, and the Lesser Developed World.

 

POLS 311
Introduction to International Political Economy
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Completion of ENGWR 300.
General Education: AA/AS Area V (b); CSU Area D8; IGETC Area 4H
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: This course is designed to introduce students to the major theories, institutions and issues in international political economy. International political economy examines the intersection between politics and economics on a global scale; in particular, how political forces influence markets, and how market forces influence politics.

POLS 320
Introduction to Political Theory
3 Units
Prerequisite: None.
Advisory: Completion of ENGWR 300.
General Education: AA/AS Area V (b); CSU Area D8; IGETC Area 4H
Course Transferable to UC/CSU
Hours: 54 hours LEC
Description: In this course, students will examine theoretical approaches to politics and ways of thinking about politics, covering important thinkers and topics during the ancient, medieval, and modern periods.

ACADEMIC MAJORS SERVED

Political Science serves the following list of majors:

International Relations
History
Geography
International Business
Public Administration/Policy
Journalism
Cultural Anthropology
International Business

POLITICAL SCIENCE CAREER CHOICES

Political Science serves the following careers:

Government (Departments of State, Defense, Homeland Security, etc.)
Attorney (immigration, international law, etc.)
MNC's (multinational corporations)
NGO's (non-profits, environmental, etc.)
Academia (graduate work, teaching, etc.)

HOW TO CONTACT US

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Martin F. Morales, Professor
Chair, Department of Political Science & Global Studies
moralem (at) crc [dot] losrios [dot] edu
(916) 691-7114