Political Science

School of Arts, Communication, and Social Sciences

Dean: William Kinney, M.A.(Acting)

Department Chair: Victor Chavez, M.A.

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/cvlocation

Office: 702B, (619) 482-6372

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/C4E3PnKsdU92

General Description

Political science is the study of the theory and practice of government. Prelaw is the preparation for the study of application of law within the juridical system of government. Public administration is the study of the implementation practices of the governmental agencies and legal bodies. These three departments are closely related through the common interests of the people and in service of the populace either at the local, state, or national level. These departments explore social behavior, customs, rules, and practices within the context of the self-defined common good of the community and the willingness of the members of the community to delegate authority under proscribed conditions to individuals, groups, and agencies.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the political science, prelaw, or public administration major. A few of these require an associate degree, most require a bachelor’s degree, and some require a graduate-level degree: politician, political scientist, political campaign worker, lawyer, legal assistant, legal researcher, government employee, agency director, historian, high school or college instructor, research assistant, consultant, administrative aide to a public official, budget analyst, lobbyist, city planner, administrator, and foreign service officer.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Associate in Arts Degree: Transfer Preparation
Political Science 01840
Political Science (SB 1440) 01845
Public Administration 01860

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

Faculty

Alma Aguilar, M.A.
aaguilar@swccd.edu

Norris Nagao, Ed.M.
nnagao@swccd.edu

Phil Saenz, J.D.
psaenz@swccd.edu

PS 101

INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL SCIENCE

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Surveys the major political philosophers, ideologies, and significant issues/events of Western civilization and their impact on the world with emphasis on the historical development of American political institutions, governmental processes, U.S. Constitution, and California state government and politics. [D; CSU; UC]

PS 102

INTRODUCTION TO AMERICAN GOVERNMENT AND POLITICS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Surveys the processes and institutions of the United States, California, and local government. Analyzes and discusses a variety of topics and current issues, including education, health, civil liberties and rights, proposed laws, and policies and budgets. (Partially fulfills American Institutions requirement at CSU.) [D; CSU; UC; C-ID POLS 110]

PS 103

INTRODUCTION TO COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: PS 101 or equivalent; RDG 56 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces comparative government and politics through both an analytical and institutional approach utilizing history and socio-economic development of the country, evolution of power structure within various regimes, and norms and roles of each society. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID POLS 130]

PS 104

INTRODUCTION TO INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: PS 101 and 103, or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Emphasizes the historical and geographical perspectives of political relations among contemporary nation states, including the dynamics of transnationalism, diplomacy, the struggle for power, as well as war and peace. Critically examines theories and significant patterns in world politics. [D; CSU; UC; C-ID POLS 140]

PS 250

OUR GLOBAL FUTURE: VALUES FOR SURVIVAL

3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Recommended Preparation: ENGL 115 or equivalent; RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Explores roles and limits of science and technology, global (Western and Non-Western) differences in world view and its impact on environmental ethics, politics, and economics. Develops a more harmonious worldview and social consciousness focused on environmental sustainability. Same as PHS 250. [D; CSU; UC] (Formerly: HUM 250; Same as: PHS 250;SS 250)

PS 299

INDEPENDENT STUDY

1-3 UNITS

Pass/No Pass or Grade is Allowed

Limitation on Enrollment: Eligibility for independent study.

Lecture 3 hours

Offered: ALL

Individual study or research in some area of political science of particular interest to the student and not included in regular courses of the college. [D; CSU; **UC] (**UC Limitation: credit for variable topics courses is given only after a review of the scope and content of the courses by the enrolling UC campus.)