Political Science Program
ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE (AA)
The Political Science program at CSN emphasizes familiarizing students with the basis and functioning of the United States and Nevada governments. Students will also learn about the workings of international relations and the role of the United States in world politics. The study of Political Science will prepare students to pursue many different jobs and careers, especially in the fields of government service, diplomacy, law, politics, and teaching.
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POLITICAL SCIENCE DEGREE SHEETS (PDF)
Political Science Courses
PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics 4 (4,0,0,0)
A survey of United States, national, state and local governments
with emphasis on the cultural aspects of the governing
process. (Satisfies the legislative requirement for the
United States and Nevada Constitutions.) Prerequisite:
PSC 200 Survey of Political Theory 3 (3,0,0,0)
Survey of political theory from Plato to the present. Among
the thinkers whose works will be explored are Aristotle, St.
Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau
PSC 201 Politics of Minority Groups 3 (3,0,0,0)
An analysis of the effects of religious, cultural, racial and
sexual identification on the American process.
PSC 205 Latino Politics and Society 3 (3,0,0,0)
This course will focus on the social, economic, and political
evolution of the Latino community in the United States.
PSC 208 Survey of State and Local Government 3 (3,0,0,0)
Organization, working principles, functional processes of
state and local governments in the United States. (Satisfies
the legislative requirement of the Nevada Constitution.)
PSC 210 American Public Policy 3 (3,0,0,0)
Analysis of the interplay of forces involved in policy-making
at all levels of American government. Assessment of the
impact of policy on individuals and institutions.
Prerequisite: PSC 101.
PSC 211 Introduction to Comparative Politics 3 (3,0,0,0)
Analysis of similarities and differences in the governing
processes of developed and developing societies.
Prerequisite: PSC 101.
PSC 222 Terrorism and Political Violence 4 (4,0,0,0)
This interdisciplinary course focuses on the motivation for
terrorism and political violence. It addresses the question,
“What makes an otherwise ordinary person deliberately
attack unarmed civilians who have personally done the perpetrator
no wrong and is in no position to redress the perpetrator’s
grievances?” The course approaches the issue from
four different academic perspectives: history, psychology,
sociology, and political science.
(Same as HIST 222, PSY 222, or SOC 222.)
PSC 231 Introduction to International Relations 3 (3,0,0,0)
An introduction to and explanation of modern and contemporary
international relations, foreign policies and economic
and social conditions in an interrelated world.
PSC 295 Topical Issues in Political Science 1-3 (1-3,0,0,0)
PSC 247 Organized Crime and Political Corruption 3 (3,0,0,0)
Students will review relationships among organized crime
groupings and local, state, and national governments with
particular attention to 21st century America and other
Exploration of an issue of current interest. Topics may
include: the formulation and implementation of National
Security Policy, international organization and law, structure
and function of U.S. intelligence agencies, or revolution and
reaction in Latin America. May be repeated with the permission
of the Department chair up to a total of six credits.
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