Course Summary
Credit Type:
24 weeks (126 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 introduction to American Government


The course objective is to provide an introduction to United States government and politics, including The Constitution, political institutions and processes, and political actors. Students also examine political behavior, political issues, and public policy.

Learning Outcomes:

  • explain the civil liberties and civil rights of individuals as articulated in the U.S. Constitution and federal court decisions.
  • explain the founding and development of the U.S. Constitution
  • identify and evaluate institutions and political processes within the United States.
  • review contemporary political issues and operations in the United States.
  • consider the role of culture, diversity and ideology in shaping public opinion and public policy in the United States.
  • contemplate how to effectively participate in politics at the national, state, county and/or city levels.

General Topics:

  • American Government and civic engagement
  • The Constitution and its origins
  • American Federalism
  • Civil Liberties
  • Civil Rights
  • The politics of public opinion
  • Voting and elections
  • The media
  • Political parties
  • Interest groups and lobbying
  • Congress
  • The Presidency
  • The courts
  • State and local government
  • The bureaucracy
  • Domestic policy
  • Foreign policy
  • Declaration of Independence
  • The Constitution of the United States
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Quizzes
  • Proctored Final Examination

Minimum Passing Score:

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