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Political Science

Politics is the exercise of power by people in deciding what is to be done on public matters. The subject of political science is the study of the differing viewpoints and interest groups that may conflict on these public issues. Politics may be studied on the local, state, national, or international levels. At Inver Hills, the political science curriculum offers courses that examine political issues at each level of government. Specialized courses are occasionally offered that treat a current topic. Additionally, an internship program is available for students at the state legislature.

Our political science instructors have studied and participated in government activities, legal analysis, and public policy making. Many former political science students at Inver Hills have become high school teachers, journalists, or work in local, state, and federal government positions. Some have run for elective office and others have gone to graduate or law school. In addition to individual courses, the political science department offers students the opportunity to pursue an A.A. degree with an emphasis in political science.

A.A. with emphasis, Political Science (60 credits)

Program Planning Guide a PDF document

Purpose:To prepare students interested in continuing political science-related studies at subsequent colleges and universities and, ultimately, for a wide range of careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; international organizations; nonprofit organizations; political campaign operation and polling; journalism; K-12 education; and university and college teaching and research.

Note: To earn the A.A. with Emphasis, students need to complete all requirements for a general A.A. degree incorporating the specific requirements of their chosen emphasis. Careful planning with an academic counselor is strongly suggested to tailor the emphasis to meet the requirements of the student’s chosen fouryear institution.

Political Science Curriculum (12 credits)

Incorporate the following political science coursework into the requirements of an AA degree as part of the MnTC or within the elective category.

Course Number Title Credits
Required:
POLS 1111 OR
POLS 1101
American Politics and Government
Intro to Political Science
3cr
Choose three additional courses from:
POLS 1111 American Politics and Government
(MnTC Goals 5, 9)
POLS 1101 Introduction to Political Science
(MnTC Goals 5, 9)
POLS 1121 State and Local Government
(MnTC Goals 5, 9)
POLS 1131 Introduction to World Politics
(MnTC Goals 5, 8)
POLS 1141 Introduction to Environmental Politics
(MnTC Goals 5, 10)
POLS 1161 Constitutional Law
(MnTC Goals 5, 9)
POLS 1190 Political Science Field Experience
Minnesota Transfer Curriculum (40 credits)

Courses from the Political Science curriculum may be applied to the MnTC requirements. The specific requirements for the MnTC are outlined as part of the Associate in Arts degree. See A.A. degree requirements section of the catalog.

Electives (18 credits)

Courses from any department numbered 1000 or higher. Courses from the Political Science emphasis not applied to the MnTC should be incorporated into the elective category. Health/Physical Education (2 credits) The specific requirements for Health/Physical Education are outlined as part of the Associate in Arts degree. See A.A. degree requirements section of the catalog.

Health/Physical Education (2 credits)

The specific requirements for Health/Physical Education are outlined as part of the Associate in Arts degree. See A.A. degree requirements section of the catalog.