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Political Science

Students who study political science at Columbia Gorge Community College will study governments, public policies and political processes, systems, and political behavior.

Classes

Course Name Credits Description
PS 201 US Government I 4

Examines the development of constitutional traditions in the United States. Includes topics such as the Bill of Rights, interest groups, parties, and elections, as well as, national institutions including the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

PS 202 US Government II 4

Examines the public administration of and management issues relating to US national bureaucratic institutions. Covers how these impact a wide range of domestic policies including taxation, spending priorities, economic regulations, poverty programs, healthcare, and environmental programs, social security and other entitlements. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

PS 203 State and Local Politics 4

Examines state and local government policy formulation and outcomes on issues ranging from taxation to prisons, and education to environmental concerns. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

PS 204 Comparative Political Systems 4

Covers the study of political systems in various countries. Includes such issues as policy-making,  representation/ participation, political culture, political economy and development and governance. Compares countries that represent various political systems, including: democracies, totalitarian regimes, dictatorships, post-communist systems in transition, newly industrializing and developing countries. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

PS 205 Global Politics: Conflict & Cooperation 4

Examines the nature of relations among states. Includes topics on motivating factors such as nationalism and imperialism, economic rivalries and the quest for security, questions of national sovereignty and international cooperation, war and peace, global issues, and the future. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

PS 211 Peace and Conflict 4

Explores the causes and manifestations of violence in actions involving oneself, society, one's nation, and the global community. Considers alternatives to oppressive behavior, undemocratic institutions, and the violent resolution of conflict. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.Audit available.

PS 220 U.S. Foreign Policy 4

Covers historical analytical treatment of select foreign policy themes. Examines the United States' attempt to create world order through use of economic, military and diplomatic power, the roles of democratic institutions and decision-making elites in creating foreign policy, and the interdependent basis of the contemporary international system. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121.Audit available.

PS 225 Political Philosophy 4

Covers sources, strengths and weaknesses of contemporary political philosophies, and the conditions which lead to conflict or to cooperation among them. Includes liberalism, conservatism, socialism, fascism, and other idea systems. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Faculty and Staff

Namesort icon Title Email Phone
John Copp
History, Political Science Instructor
Department Chair
jcopp@cgcc.edu (541) 506-6000, ext. 7181