Course Descriptions



American National Government

Credit(s): 3

Political Science 101 is the study of the foundation of the United States Government and the evolution of constitutional principles. Special attention is given to the Declaration of Independence, the United States Constitution, the three branches of national government, powers and limits of national government, civil rights, political parties, campaigns, political participation, interest groups, media, public opinion and select public policies. This is an essential course for student majoring in political science, pre-law, or law enforcement. It fulfills a social science requirement for A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Introduction to Political Science

Credit(s): 3

This course is designed to introduce the student to several areas of political science such as international relations, comparative politics, political philosophy, and research methods. Important theories and models to politics will be introduced as well as how political science study is conducted. Students typically will be required to write a literature review on a political topic of their choice and offer suggestions on how future research could be conducted. This course addresses cultural diversity by giving students an introduction into different philosophies of government and how various political systems of the world may be organized. This course is ideal for anyone interested in political science and fulfills a program requirement for A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week


International Politics and Problems

Credit(s): 3

This course examines the causes of war and the determinants of peace between nations. Special attention is also devoted to the future prospects or roadblocks toward global governance. Students will learn about various topics that nations face when relating to each other such as foreign policy, development, human rights, terrorism, energy, the environment, and international economic issues. Additionally, the major theories of international relations and the assumptions that are important to each theory are discussed. Lastly, the United Nations and other international organizations will be introduced along with the covenants and treaties that such groups administer. This course is ideal for anyone interested in global politics and fulfills a program requirement and a social science requirement for the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week


State and Local Government

Credit(s): 3

Using a comparative approach, this course examines the characteristics and qualities of both state and local governments. Emphasis is placed on how local and state governments are organized and how they operate. Additional issues that are examined from a state and local government context include: federalism, the role of political parties, participation, land use, finances and various policies that are important to government at the state and local levels. This course fulfills a social science requirement for both the A.A. and A.S. degrees. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Political Involvement Practicum

Credit(s): 1

In this practicum, students are participants and observers within local, state, or national government. They will be supervised by a government employee and an NIC political science instructor. A maximum of two credits per semester is offered to students serving as student government officers/board members. This course is useful for students wishing to obtain practical experience in government operations. Permission of the instructor, who will find a practicum assignment for the student, is required. On-Site Work: Varies