Bachelor of Arts

GOV101 Introduction to Government 3 credits

An introduction to the major concepts, principles, and theories related to a study of government and politics in the United States. Special emphasis will be given to government and political structures and the development of the enduring form of American government.

POL201 Introduction to Political Science 3 credits

An introduction to the major concepts, principles, and theories of political science. Special emphasis will be given to comparative politics, American politics, and law and public policy.

Prerequisite:
GOV101 Introduction to Government
SS205 United States History I: 1492 – 1877
SS206 United States History II: 1877-Present

SS428 American Political Institutions I 3 credits

This course provides an introduction to American politics with emphasis on national institutions. Course topics include the political theory of the American Constitution, relational aspects of the three branches of government, responsibilities of state and federal governments, and the role of the courts in interpreting the law.

Prerequisite:
GOV101 Introduction to Government
SS205 United States History I: 1492 – 1877
SS206 United States History II: 1877-Present
MG411 Business Law I
POL201 Introduction to Political Science
SS429 American Political Institutions II

SS429 American Political Institutions II 3 credits

This course is a continuation of American Political I, but may be taken prior to American Political Institutions II. This course examines historical and modern American campaigns and elections. Special emphasis will be given to the historical and modern issues raised in campaigns and elections including the influence of the campaign finance, media, interest groups, and their impact on public policy.

Prerequisite:
GOV101 Introduction to Government
SS205 United States History I: 1492 – 1877
SS206 United States History II: 1877-Present
POL201 Introduction to Political Science

GOV405 Public Policy Development 3 credits

This course is an introduction to the public policy process accomplished in the U.S.. Particular emphasis will be given to policy analysis and the intended and unintended consequences of public policy.

Prerequisite:
GOV101 Introduction to Government
SS205 United States History I: 1492 – 1877
SS206 United States History II: 1877-Present

GOV232 Legislative Process 3 credits

This course evaluates and examines the legislative processes and procedures of Congress. Particular study will be given to law-making, official policy-making, and the passage of laws and acts of the legislature.

Prerequisite:
GOV101 Introduction to Government
SS205 United States History I: 1492 – 1877
SS206 United States History II: 1877-Present

GOV302 Washington D.C. Experience 0 credits

The Washington D.C. Experience is designed for students to visit with government leaders from various levels of government in Washington D.C.. The experience requires students to interact with these various leaders to discuss how government theory and practice coincide. Students will be required to attend one of the Washington D.C. Experiences (trips to Washington D.C.), which are held once a year during the spring semester in order to complete this pass/fail requirement.