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Government / Political Science Department



The Government/Political Science department at Collin College offers various government/political science courses where students can acquire a fundamental understanding of political institutions and processes. If you are interested in learning more about the field of political science and/or courses offered, feel free to contact a faculty member.

Professor Julie Hershenberg, Professor of Political Science

Fall 2016 Honors Course: "The Court is Now in Session: Supreme Court Cases That Have Shaped American Policy

Federal Government Honors Course (GOVT 2305.S7H)

U.S. Supreme Court

The purpose of this Honors course is to introduce students to how the court functions, the decisions that the court and justices make, and the impact of those decisions on American lives.  The interactive nature of the honors course will help build students’ analytical skills, as well as assist them in gaining confidence in public speaking and debate.  Finally, the course will provide students an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the judicial branch, which is often the most mysterious of the three branches.

The students enrolled in this honors course will meet each Monday evening (5:30-8:15pm) in our beautiful Abernathy Courtroom.  The class will consist of both lecture and hands-on deliberation in the roles of the United States Supreme Court, as well as the attorneys who argue the cases.  Students also will have the opportunity to learn about and role-play the various interest groups who assist in getting the cases to the Supreme Court for review. 

For additional information regarding this course feel free to contact Professor Hershenberg at or call 972-881-5735. 



Dr. Michael McConachie, Professor of Political Science

Fall 2016 Honors Course: "An Honors Approach to Texas Government" 

Texas Government Online Course (GOVT 2306.SWH)

Mike McConnachie

Dr. Michael McConachie is in his 11th year of teaching at Collin College and will offer a Texas government honors course taught at the Spring Creek Campus in Spring 2016. For additional information regarding this course feel free to contact Dr. McConachie at or call 972-881-5826.

To search for additional honors courses in government on the e-schedule, select “Honors Courses” under “Attribute Type.” For more information about honors courses and the Honors Institute, visit 


Professor Sonia Iwanek, Professor of Political Science

Featured Class: Model United Nations
Introduction to Political Science (GOVT 2304)

What is Model UN?

Students who sign up for Government 2304 (Model UN) have the ability to compete for a spot on Collin College's prestigious team. Each semester Collin College represents a country at the National Model United Nations in D.C. or New York. Schools from the U.S., Canada, South America, China and Europe are represented.

Throughout this program students will learn the value of collaboration, teamwork, critical thinking skills and mastering knowledge on complex topics. Regardless of whether you make it on the team or not the course is set up for you to learn about our country of choice as a case study in correlation with all of the concepts that we address in an introduction to political science course.

How Do I Sign Up?

The first step is signing up for GOVT 2304 (Model UN). This class meets at the Preston Ridge Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2:15pm. Once students sign up for the class they will then have to try out for a spot on the team. Try out information will be given out the first day of class.

For additional information, please contact:

Professor Sonia Iwanek
Founders Hall, Room 238, Preston Ridge Campus

Professor Regina Hughes
Library, Room 228, Preston Ridge Campus









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