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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.
|GOVT||2304||Introduction to Political Science|
|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|
|X4XX Foreign Language Sequence I|
|X4XX Foreign Language Sequence II|