In addition to the graduation requirement (POS 101 or 201), Political Science classes at LLCC provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of Political Science for those intending to major (or minor)in political science at a four year institution.
Four classes are recognized and accredited for major credit transfer by the Illinois Articulation Initiative (IAI) and form the basis of further study in political science at a four year institution. These classes are:
POS 101 – Introduction to American Government
POS 202 – Introduction to International Relations
POS 211 – Introduction to Political Philosophy
POS 220 – Introduction to Comparative Political Analysis
Although these classes transfer directly for majors at four-year institutions, enrolment in them is not restricted to majors. In particular POS 202 and POS 211 are of significant interest to people with other intended majors in related fields. POS 202, with its focus on international issues is increasingly useful for all manner of other areas from business to the environment, women’s studies, journalism and law. POS 211 Political philosophy grapples with major and pressing questions of our day while introducing students to the breadth of Western political thought through the ages.
POS 201 –State and Local Government - is not automatically recognized for major credit but fulfills the LLCC graduation requirement, and is of great interest to many people given the fact that Springfield is the state Capital.
In addition, four specialized classes are routinely offered. These do not automatically transfer for major credit but may be accepted by transfer institutions. These classes are
POS 164 – Model United Nations (based around team participation in a simulation)
POS 165 – Model Illinois Government (based around tram participation in a simulation)
POS 201 – Practical Politics (reintroduced in 2012)
POS 203 – Introduction to Public Administration
The formal course description for all of the LLCC offerings in political science can be found in the college catalogue.
Beyond these regularly offered classes, the Political Science Faculty at LLCC occasionally offers specialized courses drawing on their areas of expertise. In presidential election years we have offered a seminar “Analyzing the Election”, we have offered course analyzing “Politics through Film”, “International Diplomacy and War” (co taught with History faculty) and courses specially designed to fit with various study abroad trips we have offered (variously to Britain, France, Belgium and Ireland.) These classes are taught under the POS 299 “Problems in Political Science” number.