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PLS 120 - Introduction to Political Science
Teaches basic concepts and methods of the discipline of political science through study of political dimensions of a selected topic.
ecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 135 - American National Politics
Teaches political institutions and processes of the national government of the United States, focuses on the Congress, presidency, and the courts, and on their inter- relationships. Gives attention to public opinion, suffrage, elections, political parties, interest groups, civil rights, domestic policy, and foreign relations. This is a Passport Transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 136 - State and Local Politics
Teaches structure, powers and functions of state and local government in the United States.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 140 - Introduction to Comparative Politics
Teaches basic concepts and methods of comparative politics. Includes analyses of government and politics in a variety of nations around the world.

3 credits
PLS 198 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
PLS 199 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
PLS 200 - Political Ideologies
Analyzes and critically evaluates many leading ideologies of the modern world, such as anarchism, nationalism, fascism and national socialism, classical liberalism, conservatism, Fabian socialism, Marxism-Leninism, and liberal democracy. Evaluates contemporary extremist ideologies of both left and right.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 211 - U.S. Government I
Teaches structure, operation, and process of national, state, and local governments. Includes in-depth study of the three branches of the government and of public policy. Part I of II. This is a Passport Transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 212 - U.S. Government II
Teaches structure, operation, and process of national, state, and local governments. Includes in-depth study of the three branches of the government and of public policy. Part II of II.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 220 - Political Parties and Elections in the United States
Teaches basic concepts of American political parties and elections.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 225 - The United States Presidency
Describes the modern American presidency. Focuses on the presidency and many issues related to that office; the people, the powers, and the current environment in which the presidents serve.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 230 - Congress of the United States Government
Teaches the creation and development of the legislative branch of American government, and how that branch - Congress - interacts with the presidency, judiciary, and other aspects of American politics, such as campaigns, elections, political parties, media, bureaucracy, domestic policy, and foreign policy.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 241 - International Relations I
Teaches geographic, demographic, economic, ideological, and other factors conditioning the policies of countries and discusses conflicts and their adjustment.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 242 - International Relations II
Teaches foreign policies of the major powers in the world community with an emphasis on the role of the United States in international politics.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 250 - Introduction to Conflict Resolution
Teaches basic concepts and methods of conflict resolution, which includes the factors that lead to conflict, and how conflicts can be prevented or brought to an end through peaceful means. Focuses on national and international conflict resolution.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
1-3 credits
PLS 255 - Introduction to Peace and Stability Operations
Introduces the concept of coordinated public, private, international, and non-profit sector responses to conflict, post-conflict, and natural disaster international humanitarian emergencies with the objective of returning states and regions to peace and stability.
Lecture 3 hours per week.
3 credits
PLS 290 - Coordinated Internship
Supervises on-the-job training in selected business, industrial or service firms coordinated by the college.
Credit/practice ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
PLS 293 - Studies In
Covers new content not covered in existing courses in the discipline. Allows instructor to explore content and instructional methods to assess the course's viability as a permanent offering.
Variable hours per week.
1-5 credits
PLS 297 - Cooperative Education
Supervises in on-the-job training for pay in approved business, industrial and service firms, coordinated by the college's cooperative education office. Is applicable to all occupational- technical curricula at the discretion of the college.
Credit/work ratio not to exceed 1:5 hours. May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-6 credits
PLS 298 - Seminar and Project
Requires completion of a project or research report related to the student's occupational objectives and a study of approaches to the selection and pursuit of career opportunities in the field.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits
PLS 299 - Supervised Study
Assigns problems for independent study incorporating previous instruction and supervised by the instructor.
May be repeated for credit. Variable hours.
1-5 credits