American Government

Political Science (PSCI)
Course outline



American Government focuses on three basic documents of our democracy and looks in a detailed way at how they work. Particular attention will be paid to civil and personal liberties, how the Declaration, Constitution, and Bill of Rights were created, our federal system, the roles, powers, and functions of the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government, the origins and roles of political parties, the operation of interest groups, the media's role as watchdogs, and the development of public policy. MNTC goal areas: (5)History and the Social and Behavioral Sciences and (9)Ethic and Civic Responsibility. Prerequisites: College-level reading ability required. (3 hrs lec/0 hrs lab)