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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 130 - Basics of American Politics
Teaches basics of the operations of Congress, the presidency, and the federal court system. Includes civil liberties, citizenship, elections, political parties, and interest groups.
Lecture 2-3 hours per week.
2-3 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 195 - Topics In
Provides an opportunity to explore topical areas of interest to or needed by students.
May be used also for special honors courses. 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 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 216 - Women in Politics
Surveys the historical evolution of the role of women in American politics. Covers the participation of women in the political arena as voters, activists, and candidates. Analyzes the role of women as political officeholders. Examines the public policy issues related to women. Poses the question of the future for women in politics.
(3 Cr.) Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
None
3 credits
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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 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 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