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Associate of Arts

First Year

  Course Title Credits
    Choose from faculty-approved elective courses.^ 3
GenEd: CA    Choose from approved Cultural Awareness courses (without POLS prefix). 3
GenEd: CS COLS 1000 Introduction to College Success: First-Year Seminar 3
GenEd: CW ENGL 1010*+ English I: Composition 3
GenEd: QR MATH 1000* -OR- Problem Solving 3
GenEd: QR MATH 1400+ College Algebra 3
      Semester Credits 15
  Course Title Credits
    Choose from faculty-approved elective courses.^ 3
GenEd: LAB    Choose from approved Lab Science courses 4
GenEd: WY  POLS 1000* American and Wyoming Government 3
GenEd: STEM  STAT 2070* Introductory Statistics for the Social Sciences 
GenEd: CV CO/M 2010* Public Speaking 3
      Semester Credits 17

Second Year

  Course Title Credits
  POLS 1200* Non-Western Political Cultures 3
  POLS 2000* Current Issues in American Government 3
  POLS 2410*  Introduction to Public Administration 3
    Choose from faculty-approved elective courses.^ 3
GenEd: AA    Choose from approved Aesthetic Analysis courses. 3
      Semester Credits 15
  Course Title Credits
  POLS 2310 Introduction to International Relations 3
  POLS 2470*^  Government Internship I 3
    Choose from faculty-approved elective courses.^ 3
    Choose from faculty-approved elective courses.^ 3
    Choose from faculty-approved elective courses.^ 1
      Semester Credits 13

Total Credits: 60

* This course has at least one prerequisite. Check the Course Descriptions section of the catalog to see the course prerequisites.
+ If the placement test score is not adequate for course enrollment, students must complete the appropriate developmental course(s) before enrolling. These courses may increase the total number of program credits. Students should review their math and writing placement with their advisor before planning out their full program schedules.
^ Program Comments
POLS 2470 must be taken for a minimum of three credit hours.
Program Electives – Students may choose from the following faculty approved program electives.

ANTH 1200 3 credits Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ECON 1010 3 credits Principles of Macroeconomics
ECON 1020 3 credits Principles of Microeconomics
GEOG 1020 3 credits Human Geography
HIST 1110 3 credits Western Civilization I
HIST 1120 3 credits Western Civilization II
HIST 1211 3 credits U.S. to 1865
HIST 1221 3 credits U.S. from 1865
MATH 2200 4 credits Calculus I
PHIL 1000 3 credits Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2221 3 credits Logic
PHIL 2301 3 credits Ethics
PSYC 1000 3 credits General Psychology
SOC 1000 3 credits Sociological Principles
Two semesters of a single world-language (not sign language).    

Learning Competencies

Upon completion of the Government Studies Program students will be able to:

  1. Explain the important distinctions that exist among the major subfields of the discipline of political science including: American politics and governing institutions, Wyoming politics and governing institutions, public administration, international relations, and comparative government;
  2. Identify and discuss the values, beliefs, and institutions that constitute the governing processes of different political entities;
  3. Describe the role citizens play in different governing processes;
  4. Analyze and evaluate conflicting political arguments, assemble and present appropriate evidence, and make reasoned conclusions from the evidence available; AND
  5. Effectively communicate using multiple formats and technologies.