Dalton State 2013-14 Catalog

Political Science

Associate of Arts

The Associate of Arts degree in political science is designed to create educated and competent global citizens. The Associate of Arts in political science serves as a foundation for careers both in the private and public sector including business, law, government, civic organizations, political campaigns, interest groups, and secondary and college teaching. In addition, graduates will possess the skills necessary for fostering and contributing to effective local, national, and global citizenship. The Associates of Arts in political science offers coursework in the general areas of American government, state and local politics, and international relations.  This degree transfers toward the Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Area A: Essential Skills
ENGL 1101English Composition I3
ENGL 1102English Composition II3
One of the following: 3-4
College Algebra
Quantitative Skills/Reasoning
Precalculus Mathematics
Calculus and Analytic Geom I
Area B: Institutional Options
COMM 1110Fundamentals of Speech3
One of the following electives: 1
Argumentation and Advocacy
Intro to Greek Mythology
Creative Writing
Natural Hazards
Appalachian Hist-Special Topic
Sports Hist & Amer Character
Mystery Fiction in Pop Culture
Political and Social Rhetoric
Christian Fiction/Pop Culture
Health & Wellness Concepts
Race and Ethnicity in America
Area C: Humanities/Fine Arts
Must choose a minimum of one, but no more than two of the following electives: 6
Intro to Film as Literature
World Literature I
World Literature II
British Literature I
British Literature II
American Literature I
American Literature II
If only one English Elective is chosen, add one of the following:
Art Appreciation
Expressions of Culture I
Expressions of Culture II
Music Appreciation
World Music
American Music
Theatre Appreciation
Area D: Science/Mathematics/Technology
Two of the following Lab Science Electives: 8
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Botany
Entomology
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
One of the following courses: 3-4
Introduction to Astronomy
Environmental Studies
Principles of Biology I
Principles of Biology II
Principles of Botany
Entomology
Survey of Chemistry
Principles of Chemistry I
Principles of Chemistry II
Computer Concepts/Programming
Principles of Programming I
Principles of Programming II
Principles of Geology
Historical Geology
Precalculus Mathematics
Applied Calculus
Introduction to Statistics
Calculus and Analytic Geom I
Calculus and Analytic Geom II
Introductory Physics I
Introductory Physics II
Principles of Physics I
Principles of Physics II
Area E: Social Sciences
HIST 2111United States History to 18773
or HIST 2112 United States Hist since 1877
POLS 1101American Government3
Two of the following electives: 6
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
Introduction to Geography
Intro to Human Geography
Intro to Physical Geography
World Civilization to 1650 CE
World Civilization since 1650
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Intro to World Religions
Intro to Philosophical Issues
Logic and Critical Thinking
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Applied Psychology
PSYC 2250 Abnormal Psychology Allowable Area E Elective
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Area F: Major Related (18 Hours)
One to three of the following:3-9
Intro to Political Science
State and Local Government
Comparative Politics
International Relations
Three to five of the following:9-15
Intro to Cultural Anthropology
Computer Concepts/Programming
Fundamentals of Computer Appli
Intro to Mass Communication
Intro to Criminal Justice
Introduction to Geography
Intro to Human Geography
Intro to Physical Geography
Principles of Macroeconomics
Principles of Microeconomics
World Civilization to 1650 CE
World Civilization since 1650
United States History to 1877
United States Hist since 1877
Intro to World Religions
Intro to Philosophical Issues
Logic and Critical Thinking
Introduction to Psychology
Psychology of Adjustment
Human Development
Applied Psychology
PSYC 2250 Abnormal Psychology Allowable Area F Elective
Introduction to Sociology
Social Problems
Marriage and Family
Foreign Language
Physical Education
PHED Activity Elective1
Total Hours61

Courses

POLS 1001. Amercian Government (eCore). 3-0-3 Units.

A study of government and politics, including the philosophical and constitutional foundations, governing institutions, political behavior and major public policy issues. This course satisfies the State legislative requirement concerning the United States Constitution and the Georgia Constitution.

POLS 1101. American Government. 3-0-3 Units.

Surveys the sturcture and operation of the American federal government, the state government of Georgia, and American local government.(F,S,M)
Prerequisites: READ 0098, unless exempt.

POLS 2101. Intro to Political Science. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces the nature and study of politics, including an examination of the basic concepts of the discipline, such as law, government, and the state. Attention is also given to the various institutions and processes of government and politics through which law and policy are made.
Prerequisites: POLS 1101.

POLS 2201. State and Local Government. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces the study of state and local government, with emphasis on the constitution, government, and political culture of Georgia. The place of state and local government in the federal system, the importance of state and local government to political liberty, models of state and local government, and special public policy problems faced by states and local communities today will also be considered. When possible, the course will include presentations by officials in Georgia government or local government.
Prerequisites: POLS 1101.

POLS 2301. Comparative Politics. 3-0-3 Units.

Examines the methods by which major Western governments govern and, more specifically, their formulas for dispersing power, both horizontally and vertically. The United States, Canada, Great Britain, Germany, and France, among others, will be discussed. Special attention will be given to the major problems of post-industrial societies and the "New World Order."
Prerequisites: POLS 1101.

POLS 2401. International Relations. 3-0-3 Units.

Introduces the field of contemporary international relations and foreign policy. Topics covered include problems of war and peace, such as the Cold War and the Arab/Israeli disputes; conflict and cooperation; the role of international organizations, such as the United Nations; and United States/Russian and United States/Third World Relations.
Prerequisites: POLS 1101.

POLS 3100. Constitutional Law:Civil Right. 3-0-3 Units.

Offers a comprehensive study of American constitutional law focusing on civil rights, civil liberties, and equal protection. Constitutional claims examined include the denial of freedoms under the Bill of Rights, the equal protection of laws under the 14th Amendment, and civil rights legislation enacted by Congress since the Civil War. The course will also focus on the application and interpretation of the constitutional protections by the American courts.
Prerequisites: POLS 1101.

POLS 3401. Hist Amer Political Thought. 3-0-3 Units.

Surveys the history of American political thought, analyzing individuals, ideas, doctrines, and movements from the colonial era to the present.(Offered occasionally)
Prerequisites: POLS 1101, HIST 2111 or HIST 2112, ENGL 1101.

POLS 3600. Intro to Public Administration. 3-0-3 Units.

A focus on the study of public administration processes and underlying theories within American government structures. Emphasis is on the pragmatic aspects of current government leadership and public agency management.

POLS 3610. PADM & Public Policy Formation. 3-0-3 Units.

An examination of the basic problems involved in the development of public policy by government actors and institutions, with emphasis on public decision making, organizational theory, and political and administrative influences on the policy making process.

POLS 4620. Public Finance Administration. 3-0-3 Units.

A study of the activities involved in the collection, custody, and expenditure of public revenue, such as the assessment and collection of taxes, public borrowing and debt administration, the preparation and enactment of the budget, financial accountability and the audit.

POLS 4860. Special Topics in Public Admin. 3-0-3 Units.

Selected topics of political and current interest in public administration. The course may be repeated for credit if topics are different.

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