Political Science (PS)

PS-101  Introduction to American Government and Politics  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is an introduction to the politics, principles, theories and practices of the governments of the United States and California.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: POLS 110

IGETC Area(s): 4H

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B1, AA/AS B2

PS-101H  Honors Introduction to American Government and Politics  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is an introduction to the politics, principles, theories and practices of the governments of the United States and California.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program.

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: POLS 110

IGETC Area(s): 4H

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B1, AA/AS B2

PS-102  Comparative Politics and Government  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is a comparative analysis of the politics and governmental institutions of democratic and non-democratic based political systems. The course will include an analysis of the crises and stages of political development; a discussion of the relationship of geography, history, and economics to political development; an examination of the role of socialization, culture, and ideology in political development; a discussion of intra-national conflicts; and the problems of developing-world nation building.

Prerequisite: PS-101 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: POLS 130

IGETC Area(s): 4H

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

PS-102H  Honors Comparative Politics and Government  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is a comparative analysis of the politics and governmental institutions of democratic and non-democratic based political systems. The course will include an analysis of the crises and stages of political development; a discussion of the relationship of geography, history, and economics to political development; an examination of the role of socialization, culture, and ideology in political development; a discussion of intra-national conflicts; and the problems of developing-world nation building.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program., PS-101 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: POLS 130

IGETC Area(s): 4H

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

PS-103  Ethnic Politics in America  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course will examine the role of ethnic minorities in the political process and their relationship to and role in government and include a discussion of ethnic empowerment, major ethnic based political and community organizations, the philosophies of major ethnic group leaders, and current political issues and trends as they impact ethnic groups and their future. The ethnic groups to be reviewed will include Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans.

Prerequisite: PS-101 (with a grade of C of better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 4C, 4H

CSU Area(s): D3, D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2, AA/AS F

PS-103H  Honors Ethnic Politics in America  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course will examine the role of ethnic minorities in the political process and their relationship to and role in government and include a discussion of ethnic empowerment, major ethnic based political and community organizations, the philosophies of major ethnic group leaders, and current political issues and trends as they impact ethnic groups and their future. The ethnic groups to be reviewed will include Blacks, Latinos, Asians, and Native Americans.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program., PS-101 (with a grade of C of better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 4C, 4H

CSU Area(s): D3, D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2, AA/AS F

PS-104  Current Political Issues and Trends  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is a discussion of current national, political, and social trends and issues with an emphasis on their historical, social, philosophical and cultural foundations and their present and future impact.

Prerequisite: PS-101 (with a grade of C of better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 4H

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

PS-104H  Honors Current Political Issues and Trends  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is a discussion of current national, political, and social trends and issues with an emphasis on their historical, social, philosophical and cultural foundations and their present and future impact.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program., PS-101 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

PS-105  Introduction to Political Theory  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course will examine the major contributions of political thinkers from Socrates to the present. Political concepts such as democracy, the rule of law, justice, natural rights, sovereignty, citizenship, power, the state, revolution, liberty, reason, materialism, toleration, and the place of religion in society and politics are traced from their origins, through their development and changing patterns, to show how they influence political thinking and institutions today.

Prerequisite: PS-101 (with a grade of C of better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: POLS 120

IGETC Area(s): 4H

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

PS-105H  Honors Introduction to Political Theory  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course will examine the major contributions of political thinkers from Socrates to the present. Political concepts such as democracy, the rule of law, justice, natural rights, sovereignty, citizenship, power, the state, revolution, liberty, reason, materialism, toleration, and the place of religion in society and politics are traced from their origins, through their development and changing patterns, to show how they influence political thinking and institutions today.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program., PS-101 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: POLS 120

IGETC Area(s): 4H

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

PS-106  Introduction to International Relations  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course introduces students to the major theoretical explanations of conflict, cooperation, economic growth and re-distribution in international affairs, and explores important historical and contemporary debates in international politics.

Prerequisite: PS-101 (with a grade of C of better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: POLS 140

IGETC Area(s): 4H

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

PS-106H  Honors Introduction to International Relations  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course introduces students to the major theoretical explanations of conflict, cooperation, economic growth and re-distribution in international affairs, and explores important historical and contemporary debates in international politics.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program., PS-101 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

C-ID: POLS 140

IGETC Area(s): 4H

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

PS-110  Introduction to Public Administration (formerly PA-101)  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course serves as an introduction to the purposes, methods, and characteristics of public management including organization of public services, roles and relationships of public administrators, accountability and the achievement of public goals. (formerly PA 101)

Prerequisite: PS-101 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to CSU only

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

PS-120  California Government  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is an introduction to the principles, theories, and practices of California politics and government. Special emphasis will be given to the impact of state and local government on the individual in public and private life, as well as the impact citizens may have on state and local governments through political activism, political parties, interest groups, campaigns, and elections.

Prerequisite: PS-101 (with a grade of C of better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 4H

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

PS-120H  Honors California Government  

3 Units (LEC 48-54)

This course is an introduction to the principles, theories, and practices of California politics and government. Special emphasis will be given to the impact of state and local government on the individual in public and private life, as well as the impact citizens may have on state and local governments through political activism, political parties, interest groups, campaigns, and elections.

Prerequisite: Acceptance into the Honors Enrichment Program., PS-101 (with a grade of C or better).

Transfers to both UC/CSU

IGETC Area(s): 4H

CSU Area(s): D8

AA/AS General Education: AA/AS B2

PS-299  Special Projects: Political Science  

1-3 Unit (IS 16-54)

Students with previous course work in the program may do special projects that involve research and special study. The actual nature of the project must be determined in consultation with the supervising instructor.

Prerequisite: PS-101 (with a grade of C or better). A contract must be completed with the instructor prior to enrollment.

Transfers to CSU only