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POLS210 - American Government I

Course Details

Course Code: POLS210 Course ID: 3729 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This is the first course in a two-course sequence in American Government. The course is designed to convey basic facts about the structure and functioning of the American political system. The philosophical foundation of the U.S. Constitution is explored and the federalist construct is examined. The functions of the three separate branches of government and their roles in policy making are a major focus.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to:

CO-1 Explain the philosophical basis and functioning of the American republic.

CO-2 Describe the historical foundations of the American government.

CO-3 Explain the evolution of the U. S. Constitution.

CO-4 Describe the types of political participation in a democratic system.

CO-5 Explain the power and roles of the three branches of government.

CO-6 Define the purpose and functions of the federal bureaucracy.

CO-7 Explain the policy-making process in the federal system.

CO-8 Identify the influences on political beliefs and behavior.

Book Title: American Government

Author: Krutz and Waskiewicz
Publication Info:

The e-textbook is found at


ISBN-10: 1-947172-65-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-65-4


ISBN-10: 1-947172-66-2
ISBN-13: 978-1-947172-66-1

License: American Government 2e by OpenStax is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution License v4.0

Book Title: The United States Congress​

Author: English, Ross
Publication Info:

The e-textbook is found at


ISBN: 0 7190 6308 6


ISBN: 978-0-719063-08-4
Book Title:American Government, 2nd ed. - e-book available online, link provided inside the classroom
Publication Info:OpenStax
Book Title:Various resources from the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.
Author: No Author Specified

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.