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GOVT 2107 (1 Credit Hours) New course added May 18, 2012
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC, EFC, MVC, RLC

Federal and Texas Constitutions
This is a Texas Common Course Number.
Prerequisite: By permission only. Enrollment limited to students who have already completed a minimum of 6 SCH of GOVT courses but have not satisfied the statutory requirement for study of the federal and state constitutions. Ensures compliance with TEC §51.301.
Course Description: A study of the United States and state constitutions, with special emphasis on Texas. (1 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4510025225


GOVT 2304 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Introduction to Political Science
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading Standard AND (2) DWRI in 0093, English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0054 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Writing Standard.
Course Description: Introductory survey of the discipline of political science focusing on the history, scope, and methods of the field, and the substantive topics in the discipline. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4510015225


IMPORTANT: GOVT 2301 and 2302 will only be offered through summer 2013. Beginning fall 2013, state policy mandates only GOVT 2305 and 2306 to be offered. Please consult with an advisor to discuss your options for completing the government requirements.


GOVT 2305 (3 Credit Hours) New course added May 18, 2012
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Federal Government
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 AND DWRI 0093; (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 AND 0054; or (3) have met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) in Reading and Writing standards.
Course Description: Origin and development of the U.S. Constitution, structure and powers of the national government including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, federalism, political participation, the national election process, public policy, civil liberties and civil rights. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4510025125

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2013. (Original) | (Changes)


IMPORTANT: GOVT 2301 and 2302 will only be offered through summer 2013. Beginning fall 2013, state policy mandates only GOVT 2305 and 2306 to be offered. Please consult with an advisor to discuss your options for completing the government requirements.


GOVT 2306 (3 Credit Hours)
Offered at BHC, CVC, EFC, ECC, MVC, NLC, RLC

Texas Government
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 AND DWRI 0093; (2) English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 AND 0054; or (3) have met Texas Success Initiative (TSI) in Reading and Writing standards.
Course Description: Origin and development of the Texas constitution, structure and powers of state and local government, federalism and inter-governmental relations, political participation, the election process, public policy, and the political culture of Texas. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4510025125

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2013. (Original) | (Changes)


GOVT 2311 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC, EFC, RLC

Mexican-American Politics
This is a Texas Common Course Number. This is a Core Curriculum course selected by the colleges of DCCCD.
Prerequisite: One of the following must be met: (1) DREA or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading Standard AND (2) DWRI in 0093, English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0054 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Writing Standard.
Course Description: The influence of Mexican-Americans on United States government and policies with special attention given to participation in local, state, and national politics with particular emphasis on the Southwest and Texas, Mexican-American cultural ascendancy on the nation, impact of immigrants and immigration policy in relation to the US labor market, and evaluation of failures and successes of Mexican-American empowerment strategies. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 0502035425

* Note: This Course Description includes updates that were added after it was originally published on May 28, 2013. (Original) | (Changes)


GOVT 2371 (3 Credit Hours)
This course is not currently offered by El Centro College.
Offered at BHC

Introduction to Comparative Politics
This is a Unique Need Course.
Prerequisite: The following must be met: (1) DREA 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Reading Standard AND (2) DWRI in 0093, or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0054 or have met the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Writing Standard.
Course Description: A comparative examination of governments, politics, problems and policies with illustrative cases drawn from a variety of political systems. (3 Lec.)
Coordinating Board Academic Approval Number 4509017125



Academic Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board for transfer among community colleges and state public four year colleges and universities as freshman and sophomore general education courses.

WECM Courses
Designated by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board as workforce education (technical) courses offered for credit and CEUs (Continuing Education Units). While these courses are designed to transfer among state community colleges, they are not designed to automatically transfer to public four-year colleges and universities.