Political Science

Political Science at Clovis Community College focuses on giving students a strong foundation in the study of American politics and government, nation-states, international actors, political theory, and political science methodology.

At Clovis Community College, we offer political science courses that explore political theory, evaluate contemporary and historical events in terms of key political institutions, and explain the dynamics between those institutions, political cultures, and diverse global patterns of interaction. These courses will help students cultivate political awareness, engagement, and good citizenship.

Associate in Arts in Political Science Transfer Degree

The Associate in Arts in Political Science for Transfer Degree allows students to begin their major in Political Science at Clovis Community College and transfer to a CSU campus for completion in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts degree. The courses offered as part of the AAT in Political Science degree prepares students for a broad spectrum of pursuits within the discipline, including, but not limited to:

  • Public administration
  • Law
  • Public relations
  • Journalism
  • Lobbying
  • Political consulting
  • Public policy research
  • Higher education

For more information, contact:
Lee Brown: lee.brown@cloviscollege.edu | 559-325-5226
Shawon Jackson-Ybarra: shawon.jackson-ybarra@cloviscollege.edu | 559-325-5384

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Classes

POLSCI 2: AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

3 units, 3 lecture hours

PREREQUISITES: Eligibility for English 1A or 1AH.

The field of American politics deals with the organization, distribution, and orientation of political power in American society. This course surveys the processes and institutions of United States national, state, and local politics. Among the topics discussed are individual political attitudes and values, political participation, voting, parties, interest groups, Congress, the presidency, Supreme Court, the federal bureaucracy, civil liberties and civil rights, and domestic and foreign policy making. Attention is paid both to the present state of American political system and to its historical roots. (A, CSU-GE, UC, I) (C-ID POLS 110)

POLSCI 2H: HONORS AMERICAN GOVERNMENT

3 units, 3 lecture hours

PREREQUISITES: Eligibility for English 1A or 1AH. LIMITATION ON ENROLLMENT: Enrollment in the Honors Program.

This course surveys the processes and institutions of United States national, state, and local politics. Among the topics discussed are individual political attitudes and values, political participation, voting, parties, interest groups, Congress, the presidency, Supreme Court, the federal bureaucracy, civil liberties and civil rights, and domestic and foreign policy making. As an honors section, the class will be conducted as a seminar with individual projects, papers, and presentations. With History 11 or History 12, this course meets the American Institutions requirement to state universities. (A, CSU-GE, UC, I) (C-ID POLS 110)

POLSCI 3: INTRODUCTION TO POLITICAL THEORY AND THOUGHT

3 units, 3 lecture hours

PREREQUISITES: Completion of Political Science 2.

This course is an introduction to the various approaches to political theory across time, issues, and authors. Students will analyze selected political theories, consider the relevance of these theories to contemporary problems, discuss new approaches to political thought, and evaluate the contribution of theories toward a comprehensive understanding of political life and political institutions. (A, CSU-GE, UC) (C-ID POLS 120)

POLSCI 5: COMPARATIVE GOVERNMENT

3 units, 3 lecture hours

PREREQUISITES: Completion of Political Science 2 or 2H.

This course provides an introduction to the basic workings of various political systems throughout the world, with an emphasis on both the formal (i.e., governmental institutions, political processes) and informal (i.e., cultural exchanges) dimensions of politics. Students will engage in comparisons of these political systems using some of the basic concepts of political analysis. (A, CSU-GE, UC, I) (C-ID POLS 130)

POLSCI 24: INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

3 units, 3 lecture hours

PREREQUISITES: Completion of Political Science 2, (American Government)

The course provides an introduction to international relations theories through a study of political, economic, historical, geographic, and sociological variables as they influence relations among states, international and transnational organizations, and other non-state actors. The relationship between these theories and significant current international events will then be examined. Emphasis will be placed on the interdependence of nations in the modern world, and the links between local and international communities in an era of contemporary economic and cultural globalization. (A, CSU-GE, UC, I) (C-ID POLS 140)