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 & Government is the set of lower division courses that must be applied to the Bachelor degree in Political Science & Government. 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:

Spring 2019 Honors Course: "What Are We Losing? Liberties, Rights, and Justice in an Uncivil Society"
Federal Government Online Honors Course (GOVT 2305.WPH)
Dr. Debra St.John, Professor of Political Science
Online

Dr. St.John is in her 20th year of teaching at Collin College and will offer a Federal government honors course taught at the Preston Ridge Campus in Spring 2019. The course examines the post-truth era in political speech, freedom of the press and “fake news” the challenges of voting, the inequities in the criminal justice system, gender and the “me too” movement, immigration, the biases and lack of civil discourse surrounding these issues and more. For additional information regarding this course feel free to contact Dr. St.John at dstjohn@collin.edu or call 972-377-1617.


Spring 2019 Honors Course: "The Supreme Court: Abortion, Capital Punishment, Free Speech, and the nature of Justice in America"
Federal Government Honors Course (GOVT2305.WCH)
Will Geisler, Professor of Political Science
Online

Will Geisler has been Professor of Government at Collin College for the past five years. He has a Master’s Degree in Politics from the University of Dallas, a Master’s Degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy from Biola University. During his teaching career, Professor Geisler has taught Political Science, Economics, and Literature here in the United States, in Iraq, and in South Korea.

This course presents a Supreme Court case driven approach to understanding the nature and structure of American politics. In this course, students will look at Supreme Court cases having to do with abortion rights, gay rights, capital punishment, police procedure, federalism, national security policy, and terrorism. In the American regime, the Supreme Court resides as the arbiters of the laws and the nature of justice. There is no more important institution in American politics today. This course is a chance to understand this critical institution in a way rarely offered anywhere.


Spring 2019 Honors Course: "PSI (Political Science Investigations) in Texas Government" 
Texas Government Honors Course (GOVT 2306.S7H)
Dr. Michael McConachie, Professor of Political Science
Spring Creek Campus Mondays, 5:30-8;15 p.m.

Dr. McConachie is in his 14th year of teaching at Collin College and will offer a Texas government honors course taught at the Spring Creek Campus in Spring 2016. The theme of the course will be PSI (Political Science Investigations): Texas Government. This course will investigate the various aspects of Texas government, politics, and public policy. Since the the Texas Legislature will be meeting in regular session during the course, students will have the opportunity to closely follow what’s going on there as well as the challenges, influences, and pressures legislators face. Students will research a topic of their choosing related to Texas government and present their findings to the class. For additional information regarding this course feel free to contact Dr. McConachie at mmcconachie@collin.edu 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 www.collin.edu/academics/honors. 


Spring 2019 Learning Community: “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly—Texas History and Politics”
GOVT 2306-S14 and HIST 2301-S05
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 2019 Model United Nations
Professor Sonia Iwanek, Professor of Political Science
Introduction to Political Science (GOVT 2304)

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, siwanek@collin.edu, 972-377-1724 or Professor Tracy Meyer J244, Preston Ridge Campus, tmeyer@collin.edu 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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