Political Science

Political Science

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The Political Science program at Lake Tahoe Community College helps students to improve their reading and writing skills, and educates them on how to analyze arguments and evidence to develop an understanding of governing institutions and the many policies that officials enact. College is a time when people can not only immerse themselves in study, but also evolve into more thoughtful human beings with informed opinions on a variety of issues. As we explore the Political Science course content, we explore our own lives, including our own values that are rooted in a worldview. Political science is a unique discipline because we learn about how government functions and the many ways that we might influence the actors who are directly part of the process.

Students interested in studying Political Science at LTCC can earn an AA degree in Social Science, which requires coursework in History, Psychology, and Political Science. You'll also be exposed to classes in Sociology, Anthropology, Business, Criminal Justice, and more, providing a well-rounded education.

To assist our students with their college expenses, the Political Science department has adopted an open educational resource textbook for American Government and Politics (POL 101). This title has been authored by credentialed professionals in the field. We believe that the integrity of the instruction we offer is vital, and that includes the materials we use in the classroom. We adopt books and class materials that save our students money whenever possible. Sometimes that means an OER title, and other times an earlier, less expensive, edition of a textbook title is acceptable.

 

28-30 units distributed as follows:

One course from the following (4 units):
PSY 101 General Psychology
PSY 102/ECE 102 Child and Adolescent Growth and Development 
PSY 103 Adult Development
 
One course from the following (4 units):
HIS 111 History of the United States from the Colonial Period through the 18th Century
HIS 112 History of the United States in the 19th Century
HIS 113 History of the United States from the 20th Century to the Present
HIS 127A History of World Civilizations to 1000
HIS 127B History of World Civilizations from 1000 to 1800
HIS 127C History of World Civilizations from 1750 to the Present
POL 101 Introduction to American Government and Politics
POL 107 Introduction to Political Theory
POL 204 Introduction to International Relations
POL 206 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics
 
One course from the following (4 units):
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
 
A minimum of 16 units from the following (4-5 units):
ANT 101 Introduction to Archaeology (4)
ANT 102 Cultural Anthropology (4)
ANT 106 Visual Anthropology (4)
ANT 107 Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion (4)
ANT 108 Introduction to Language and Culture (4)
BSN 100 Introduction to Business (4)
BSN 101A Business Law: Introduction to Law and Business Transactions (5)
BSN 107 Business Law: Introduction to the Legal Environment of Business (5)
BSN 120 Human Resource Management (4)
BSN 125 Business Management (4)
COU 120 Introduction to Substance Use Disorders (4)
CRJ 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)
CRJ 102 Criminal Law (4)
CRJ 105 Cultural Diversity in Criminal Justice (4)
ECE 101 Principles and Practices of Teaching Young Children (4)
ECE 102/PSY 102 Child and Adolescent Growth and Development (4)
ECE 103 Child, Family, and Community (4)
ECO 101 Principles of Economics (Macro) (4)
ECO 102 Principles of Economics (Micro) (4)
GEG 102 Human Geography (4)
GEG 103 World Regional Geography (4)
GEG 106 California Geography (4)
GEG 114 Economic Geography (4)
HIS 104 Early California History (4)
HIS 105 Modern California History (4)
HIS 109 Women in American History (4)
HIS 110 Multicultural History of the United Sates (4)
HIS 127A History of World Civilizations to 1000 (4)
HIS 127B History of World Civilizations from 1000 to 1800 (4)
HIS 127C History of World Civilizations from 1750 to the Present (4)
POL 101 Introduction to American Government and Politics (4)
POL 107 Introduction to Political Theory (4)
POL 204 Introduction to International Relations (4)
POL 206 Introduction to Comparative Government and Politics (4)
PSY 101 General Psychology (4)
PSY 102/ECE 102 Child and Adolescent Growth and Development (4)
PSY 103 Adult Development (4)
PSY 104 Social Psychology (4)
PSY 107 Theories of Personality (4)
PSY 109 Lifespan Development (4)
PSY 113 Psychology of Human Relations (4)
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology (4)
SOC 102 Marriage, Families, and Intimate Relationships (4)
SOC 103 Social Problems (4)
SOC 104 Deviance (4)
SOC 106 Crime and Society (4)
SOC 107 Race and Ethnic Relations (4)
SOC 114 Gender (4)
 
Elective units to bring the total to 90 units.

 

What might a student of political science do for a career? Teaching at the secondary or college level is always an option, but there are many others to choose from. For example, a person can work on a political campaign, as a staff member to an elected official, in a public opinion laboratory, or for a think tank.  Political science is also an excellent major if you would like to attend law school and then become a practicing attorney in a private firm, or even a government agency. In addition, you could work for local, state, or federal government. Lastly, there are thousands of advocacy groups working on issues such as homelessness, criminal justice reform, the environment, and human rights. Your everyday work could be a cause that you believe matters in the world. Here I recommend consulting the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Outlook Handbook on political science, where you can learn more about the current and future job market for the field.

Greetings! My name is John A. Duerk, and I’m the full-time political science instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College. My passion for the discipline emerged when I taught American Government in a small, rural high school near the Illinois-Wisconsin border. After attending a National Endowment for the Humanities summer seminar at Amherst College in Massachusetts and accomplishing my goals in secondary education, I decided to return to graduate school to earn my doctorate. Teaching at a community college in a part of the country that is conducive to my lifestyle has long been my plan. Now, I’m finally here!

There are a number of student scholarships that you can apply for each spring. Scholarships make it possible to earn money for college that does not ever need to be repaid. While some of LTCC's scholarships are competitive, there is a wide variety available you can apply for for free that are awarded based on all kinds of qualities and interests.

Have a question about the Political Science program at LTCC? Contact the instructor!

 
Political Science
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    John Duerk, Ph.D.
    Political Science/History Instructor