POL SCI 1 - The Government of the United States

Approval Status


Date Reviewed

April 2017

This course is an introduction to government and politics in the United States. Students study the theoretical foundations of Ameri- can political institutions, the U.S. Constitution, the Constitution of California and Federal System including relations between state and federal governments. The structure, function, powers and politics of the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the Federal gov- ernment and California state government are also examined. Spe- cial topics include: civil liberties, civil rights, political parties, inter- est groups, media, public opinion, campaigns, the electoral process and the domestic and foreign policymaking processes. This course ful lls graduation requirements for the U.S. Constitution and Cali- fornia state and local government. 

Course Type

Lower Division