POLS& 202 American Government • 5 Cr.


Analyzes constitutional government in America in terms of the theory and practices of democracy. Students investigate issues of individual rights, popular representation, and responsible leadership.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Evaluate the basic nature of Constitutional government in America.
  • Understand concepts such as separation of power and checks and balances as outlined in the constitution.
  • Recall and define problems of individual rights, popular representation and responsible leadership.
  • Identify roles of the Executive department, the Congress, and the Judicial branch.
  • Have an understanding of the public policy making process in the U.S.
  • Have the skills and knowledge necessary for analyzing American politics according to the ideals of American democracy.