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The mission of the Government Department at Collin College is to support students and the College’s broader mission through excellence in undergraduate teaching and research. Through our focus on introductory coursework in the Department, we integrate the core fields of Political Science and Governance studies - American Politics, Comparative Politics, International Relations, and Public Law - to prepare them for successful careers in the discipline, including but not limited to law, journalism, public administration, non-profit leadership, campaign management, political consulting, and academia. To this end, the Department of Government seeks to build highly knowledgeable students who are able to utilize the key core skills of critical thinking, evidence-based argumentation, verbal and written communication skills, working productively with diverse groups. All of this is achieved by our focus on training students to be active, informed, and contributing citizens and residents. 
 
Political Science and Government involves the study of interesting and important topics about citizenship, government and politics. This includes analyzing the effects of citizens on government decision making, the responsibilities, powers and strength of government institutions, and the influence and behavior of elected officials and other civil servants. These topics are critical components of what political scientists know about American government and politics, state and local government, comparative government and politics, international relations, political behavior, political economy, political institutions, and political theory. Political scientists pay special attention to the design, implementation, and evaluation of laws and public policies that may affect people's well-being. In addition to this, political scientists analyze other components of governance beyond the institutions, including political parties, electoral systems, civil rights, constitutionalism, and political theory.  
 
While students are allowed to take any course within the set of course offerings in a given semester, students are encouraged to complete the Political Science Field of Study to streamline the transfer of credit to any other public college or university in the State of Texas. 
 
The Political Science Field of Study introduces the student to the structure of government institutions; the development and impact of constitutions; and contemporary issues affecting local, state, national, and international governments. The field also examines political systems, institutional development, as well as theoretical and direct applications of political behavior. As a field of study, it helps the student develop an understanding of how laws and public policy shape and interact with issues of political ideology, voting rights, gender, civil rights, and civil liberties. It further emphasizes the importance of civic engagement both inside and outside the classroom. By including MATH 1342, the student will learn how data is collected and understand the direct skills needed to statistically analyze various topics like public opinion, voting behavior, interstate conflict, and predicting judicial decisions. The study of Political Science and Government will allow the student to develop various marketable and transferable skills including critical thinking, leadership, and applied quantitative analysis that can be used in many career fields in the discipline. After successfully completing the Political Science Field of Study, the courses will be transferred and applied to the Bachelors degree in Political Science and Government at any public college or university in Texas as a block. 
          

Recommended Electives
GOVT 2304 Introduction to Political Science
GOVT 2311 Mexican-American Politics
CRIJ 1301 Introduction to Criminal Justice
CRIJ 1306 Court Systems and Practices
CRIJ 1310 Fundamentals of Criminal Law
ECON 2301 Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 2302 Principles of Microeconomics
MATH 1342 Elementary Statistical Methods
PHIL 2303 Introduction to Formal Logic
PHIL 2306 Introduction to Ethics
PHIL 2307 Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
PSYC 2301 General Psychology
SOCI 2319 Minority Studies
SOCI 2306 Social Problems
X4XX    Foreign Language Sequence I
X4XX    Foreign Language Sequence II

Program Options

Certificate – Political Science Field of Study

Department Website

https://www.collin.edu/department/politicalscience/index.html

 

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