Political Science Course Descriptions

Scheduling requirements and limited resources prevent all courses from being offered every term or every year.  Some courses may be offered exclusively via distance delivery. Course numbers, titles, course and program applicability, prerequisites, instructional format, delivery methods, and content may change without notice.  Students are advised to consult with an advising specialist each term to select courses, create and maintain personal educational plans, and obtain the most current information.


PS 201
U.S. Government -- 4 Credits


Examines the development of constitutional traditions in the United States. Includes topics such as
the Bill of Rights, interest groups, parties, and elections, as well as, the national institutions
including the Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD
115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the
following GE requirements: Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAS, Social
Sciences/AGS, Social Sciences/ASOT­B.


PS 202
U.S. Public Policy & Democracy -- 4 Credits


Examines the public administration of and management issues relating to US national bureaucratic
institutions. Covers how these impact a wide range of domestic policies including taxation,
spending priorities, economic regulations, poverty programs, healthcare, and environmental
programs, social security and other entitlements. This course fulfills the following GE
requirements: Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS,
Social Sciences/ASOT­B.



PS 203
State and Local Government -- 4 Credits


Examines state and local government policy formulation and outcomes on issues ranging
from taxation to prisons, and education to environmental concerns. Focuses on Oregon state and
local politics. PS 201, PS 202, and PS 203 need not be taken in sequence. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD
115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This course fulfills the
following GE requirements: Social Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAS, Social
Sciences/AGS, Social Sciences/ASOT­B.


PS 204
Comparative Political Systems -- 4 Credits


Covers the study of political systems in various countries. Includes such issues as policy­making,
representation/ participation, political culture, political economy and development and governance.
Countries chosen will represent various political systems including, democracies, totalitarian
regimes, dictatorships, post­communist systems in transition, newly industrializing and developing
countries. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit
available. This course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Social
Sciences/AAOT, Social Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS, Social
Sciences/ASOT­B.


PS 205
Global Politics: Conflict & Cooperation -- 4 Credits


Examines the nature of relations among states. Topics include motivating factors such as
nationalism and imperialism, economic rivalries and the quest for security, questions of national
sovereignty and international cooperation, war and peace, global issues, and the future.
Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available. This
course fulfills the following GE requirements: Cultural Literacy, Social Sciences/AAOT, Social
Sciences/AS, Social Sciences/AAS, Social Sciences/AGS,
Social Sciences/ASOT­B.