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hcc catalogue '11-'12

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POLI-101 American Federal Government
3 Credits (Social and Behavioral Sciences Core)

The student will evaluate and critically analyze the following areas of American Government: first, the origins, principles and interpretation of the American Constitution including the tensions between federalism and nationalism; secondly, politics and the people: public opinion, political parties, elections and interest groups; thirdly, the institutions of government which include the presidency, congress, judiciary and federal bureaucracy; fourthly, issues in public policy including economic policy, foreign policy and social issues such as crime, energy, obscenity, and affirmative action. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

POLI-102 State and Local Government
3 Credits

The student will evaluate, debate, and critically analyze the public policies which emerge from the political processes of state and local government by examining the following: (1) the constraints on state and local governments in making and implementing policy; (2) the policy roles of the legislative, executive, judicial, and administrative branches; (3) the successes and failures of state and local governments in dealing with the following public policy areas - criminal justice, welfare, education, housing, transportation, and the environment; (4) the role of citizen influence on public policy and an examination of some alternatives to the conventional channels of state and local government. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

POLI-103 Political Ideology
3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the study of political ideology. The course will explore the nature of ideology, the role played by ideology in inspiring and guiding political parties and movements, in legitimating governments and states, and in sparking revolution and political upheaval. The course will investigate the philosophical bases and historical origins of the most important political ideologies and will critically analyze their tenets as well as their contradictions and limitations. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

POLI-104 The U.S. Constitution
3 Credits

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the study of the United States Constitution. The course will analyze the political philosophy guiding the writing of the Constitution, the historical context in which it was produced, and the political forces which shaped it. The course will explore the various interpretations and applications of the Constitution as well as implications for the future of the Constitution. Prerequisite: Eligible to enroll in ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

POLI-201 Comparative Government
3 Credits (Social and Behavioral Sciences Core)

The student will be able to compare and contrast the political, military, social, and economic characteristics of governments in three different environments. They are: nations in transition (developing Third World States to be selected in class); countries in a western democratic setting (United States, Britain and France) and post Cold War communist governments. The student will also be able to examine and evaluate modern political thought and ideologies such as rational philosophies; liberal and conservative doctrines; socialistic and Marxist ideologies; Fascism, anarchism, terrorism and nationalism. Prerequisite: ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

POLI-202 International Relations and Contemporary Foreign Policy
3 Credits (Social and Behavioral Sciences/Interdisciplinary and Emerging Issues Core)

The purpose of this course is to introduce the student to the study of American foreign policy. The course will explore the nature of foreign policy, the idea of national interest, the historic impulses driving foreign policy in the US, the crucial historical challenges shaping American foreign policy, the institutional context of American foreign policy and will investigate the principle challenges facing American policy makers today and in the future. Prerequisite ENGL-121. (3 hours weekly)

hcc catalogue '11-'12

Accounting - ACCT
Aging Services - AGNG
American Sign Language - AMSL
Anthropology - ANTH
Arabic - ARAB 
Art - ARTT 
Astronomy - ASTR
Bioinformatics - BFMT 
Biology - BIOL 
Biomechanical Engineering - BMET
Business - BMGT 
Cardiovascular Technology - CARD
Chemistry - CHEM 
Chinese - CHNS 
Cisco - CSCO 
Computer-Aided Design - CADD
Computer Forensics - CFOR 
Computer Systems - CMSY 
Conflict Resolution - CRES
Construction Management - CNST 
Cooperative Education - COOP
Criminal Justice - CRIM 
Culinary Management - CMGT 
Dance - DANC
Dental Hygiene - DHYG 
Diagnostic Medical
Sonography - DMSU

Economics - ECON 
Education - EDUC 
Electronics - ELEC 
Emergency Medical Technician/
Paramedic - EMSP
Engineering -ENES 
English- ENGL 
Entrepreneurship - ENTR 
Environmental Science - ENST
Exercise Science - EXSC 
Farsi - FARS
Film - FILM 
Financial PLanning- FNPL 
Fine Arts - FINE 
French - FREN 
Geography - GEOG 
Geology - GEOL 
German - GERM 
Greek - GREK 
Health Care - HEAL 
Health Education - HEED 
Hebrew - HBRW
Hindi - HNDI
History - HIST 
Horticulture - HORT 
Hospitality Management - HMGT
Human Development - HMDV 
Human Services - HUMS 
Humanities - HUMN
Interior Design - INDS
Italian - ITAL 
Japanese - JPNS
Korean - KORE 
Life Fitness - LFIT 
Mathematics - MATH 
Medical Laboratory
Technician - MLTS

Meteorology - METO 
Microsoft - MSFT 
Music - MUSC 
Nursing - NURS 
Nutrition - NUTR
Office Technology - OFFI 
Philosophy - PHIL 
Photonics - PHOT
Physical Therapist
Assistant - PTAP
Physics - PHYS 
Political Science - POLI 
Portuguese - PORT
Psychology - PSYC 
Public Health - PUBH
Radiologic Technology - RADT
Retailing - RETL 
Russian - RUSS 
Social Work - SOWK
Sociology - SOCI 
Spanish - SPAN 
Speech - SPCH 
Telecommunications - TELE
Television and Radio - TVRD
Theatre - THET 
Turkish - TURK
Wireless Communications - WCOM
Women's Studies - WMST