Government / Political Science Department

Welcome to the Political Science Department!

What is Political Science?

Political Science is a field of study concerned with understanding political and governmental behaviors, institutions, relations and practices. As such, the field is comprised of a wide variety of sub-fields: political psychology and behavior, political economy, political philosophy and theory, comparative politics, international relations, political institutions, and more.

What can I do with a Political Science Degree?

Common careers for political science majors include: lawyer, paralegal, educator, policy analyst, legislative assistant, political consultant, public relations or social media specialist, government affairs manager, market research analyst, intelligence analyst, political party or interest group staff, nonprofit organization manager, and more.

What is the Political Science Field of Study (FOS)?

The Field of Study (FOS) curriculum for Political Science is the set of lower division courses that must be applied to the Bachelor degree in Political Science. Collin College follows the FOS to structure a transfer curriculum in the discipline. If a student successfully completes a FOS for an established degree program, the student may transfer that block of courses for full academic credit. The transferred FOS courses must be substituted for that institution's lower-division requirements for the discipline degree program.  The FOS was approved at the July 26, 2018 Board meeting and is effective starting with the Fall 2019 semester.  It includes:

  • GOVT 2304  Introduction to Political Science 
  • GOVT 2305  Federal Government (Federal Constitution and Topics) 
  • GOVT 2306  Texas Government (Texas Constitution and Topics)
  • MATH 1342  Elementary Statistical Methods

Featured Courses:

Collin offers several courses that take unique approaches to the study of politics.  These include the following courses:

- Fall 2020 Learning Community - "A Vision for Healing and Change: Examining Mass Incarceration Through A Political and Sociological Lens" 
Professors Millie D. Black and Pam Gaiter
GOVT 2305 (Federal Government) & SOCI 1301 (Introduction to Sociology)
Wylie Campus, TR 1:00 P.M. - 3:45 P.M.

This course will introduce students to the political and social impact of mass incarceration on various institutions in the nation and our communities. Students will examine federal policies and sociological perspectives relating to incarceration in the United States. In this course, students will examine current social issues and topics such as privatization of prisons, reentry programs, restorative justice, education policies, crime policies, and efforts to reduce recidivism. This course provides an opportunity for students to gain a more in-depth understanding of the political and social forces impacting our government and communities by utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to learning.

-Spring 2020 Honors Course: "We've Got (Policy) Issues" 
Professor Tiffany Cartwright
Texas Government Online Honors Course (GOVT 2305.WCH)

-Spring 2020 Honors Course: "Law, Justice, and the Holocaust" 
Professor Julie Hershenberg
Introduction to Political Science Honors Course (GOVT 2304.S1H)
Plano Campus, Mondays & Wednesdays 2:30-3:45 p.m.

-Spring 2020 Honors Course: "Political Science Investigation of Texas Government and Politics"              Professor Michael McConachie
Texas Government Honors Course (GOVT 2306.S7H)
Plano Campus, Mondays, 5:30-8:15 p.m.                                                                                                                                                                       -Spring 2020 Honors Course: "What Are We Losing? Liberties, Rights and Justice in an Uncivil Society"   Professor Debra St. John                                                                                                                               Federal Government Online Honors Course (GOVT 2305.WPH)

-Spring 2020 Learning Community: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly—Texas History and Politics”           Professors Michael McConachie and Adrienne Caughfield
GOVT 2306.S14 and HIST 2301.S05
Plano Campus, Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:30-11:15 a.m.

Join Professor of Political Science, Dr. Michael McConachie, and Professor of History, Dr. Adrienne Caughfield, in this exciting learning community that combines Texas History and Government. This course will examine the history of Texas with an emphasis on politics in colonial Texas, the Lone Star Republic, and a state in both the United States and the Confederacy. Some of the questions to be explored include: Who have been and who are the key policy-makers, government institutions, and political actors that shaped Texas into what it is today? What key issues and challenges have existed and continue to exist?

-Spring 2020 Learning Community: “Hoping for Change? Political Argument and Problem Solving in the U.S., Texas, and Local Communities” - Professors Lari Ranta and Zack Shipley
GOVT 2306.S16 and ENGL 1302.S28
Plano Campus, Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

-Spring 2020 Model United Nations
Professor Sonia Iwanek
Introduction to Political Science (GOVT 2304)
Frisco Campus                                                                   

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,, 972-377-1724 or Professor Tracy Meyer J244, Preston Ridge Campus, 972-377-1653

If you are interested in learning more about the field of political science and/or courses offered, feel free to contact a faculty member.

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