Political Science

Political science, a social science, is the study of the processes, principles, and structure of government and political institutions, and the analysis of issues governments face in developing policies in the current domestic and global context. Political science contributes to an understanding of democracy that equips students to fulfill the obligations of citizenship.

Political science courses satisfy general education requirements for an associate degree, an associate degree for transfer in political science, an associate degree in social sciences with an emphasis in international relations, and lower division transfer requirements. The Honors Program includes POLI 103H American Government and Politics - Honors.

Geography

Cultural geography is a study of the patterns of human occupation and land use over the earth's surface and their relationships with the natural environment with an emphasis on agricultural and industrial economics, settlement patterns, and population studies. Physical geography is a study of the physical surfaces of the earth including maps, seasons, weather, climate, soils, natural vegetation, internal and external geologic processes, land forms, and their relationships and distribution across the face of the earth.

The geography courses satisfy general education requirements for the associate degree, an associate degree in social sciences with an emphasis in geography, and lower division transfer.

Faculty

NameOffice Room NumberPhoneEmail
Peters, Gerhard CI 310626-914-8866gpeters@citruscollege.edu
Ross, Glen CI 314626-914-8836gross@citruscollege.edu

Contact Information

Division
Social and Behavioral Sciences
Dean
Dr. Dana Hester
Administrative Secretary
Gayle Allen
Division Office
CI 120
Division Phone Number
626-914-8860

This discipline prepares students to do the following:

  • Utilize college-level articulation to judge different behavioral science research designs to develop communication skills needed for transfer level course work.
  • Demonstrate analytical and critical analysis skills using college level vocabulary and writing skills for the purposes of successfully navigating a transferable level course.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in analyzing numerical data in order to critique historical data and to gain perspective of the role of data in historical research and research methodology.
  • Analyze basic concepts which have been embodied in the structure of governments and governmental systems to develop an understanding of the functions of governments.
  • Analyze the forms of government in terms of civil and human rights as well as international relationships to develop an understanding of the impact of the political process on society.
  • Identify and analyze the environmental, cultural, historical and social factors effecting the development of political systems today to develop an understanding of political systems.
  • Demonstrate technological skills such as word processing, electronic messaging, and navigating through the Internet, synchronous and asynchronous discussions, electronic database research and/or other computer based assignments to improve technology skills necessary in a world that relies on increasing technology to gain information and as a means of communication.
  • Identify and analyze the types of problems associated with political and economic development in society to develop an understanding of the study of political science.
  • Analyze the political theorists and philosophies that have given rise to governmental systems to develop an understanding of the study of political science.

GEOG 102
Cultural Geography
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4E; Citrus GE; CSUGE D5)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

A study of the patterns of human occupation and land use over the earth's surface and their co-relation with the natural environment. Particular emphasis will be given to agricultural and industrial economics, settlement patterns and population studies.


GEOG 103
Introduction to Global Studies
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

An introduction to globalization and the cultural, political, and social issues facing the world. Structured around themes of class, labor, gender, urbanization, education, crime, migration, war/terrorism, equality, ethnicity, religion, population and health. The course will explore and analyze the connections between international development, international trade, climate change and environmental sustainability.


GEOG 104
World Regional Geography
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

The course explores the world by geographic regions and examines the variation of climate zones, topography, patterns of human settlement, resources, population, development and culture. Students experience cultural differences and analyze development patterns. The course allows students to research the impacts of globalization on human cultures and the environment.


GEOG 105
Global Issues
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

The course explores global perspectives on major issues and examines social, political and environmental movements and solutions to conflict. The course looks deeper into global culture, use of energy, changing cultural values and the struggle for equality or political stability and what progress and solutions have been made into the issues. Themes will include social justice, poverty, climate change, migration, depletion of fresh water, terrorism, capitalism and international trade.


GEOG 118
Physical Geography
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 5A; CSUGE B1; Citrus GE)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: ESCI 118

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement or if required by English level.

A survey of the basic elements of physical geography including maps, seasons, weather, climate, soils, natural vegetation, internal and external geologic processes, land forms, and their relationships and distribution across the face of the earth.


POLI 103
American Government and Politics
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4H; Citrus GE; CSUGE D8)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: POLI 103H

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

This course deals with the origins and functions of the government of the United States with special emphasis on the background and causes of present problems. It meets the United States Constitution graduation requirement and includes local and state government.


POLI 103H
American Government and Politics - Honors
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4H; Citrus GE; CSUGE D8)
54 lecture hours
Equivalent to: POLI 103

Grade Mode: Standard Letter

Prerequisite(s): ENGL 099 or higher; Student must be eligible for the Citrus College Honors Program or obtain a recommendation from an Honors instructor.

This course deals with the origins and functions of the government of the United States with special emphasis on the background and causes of present problems. It meets the United States Constitution graduation requirement and includes local and state government. Students are expected to work and participate at an honors level which includes demonstrating strong critical thinking skills through analysis of social scientific literature and original research in a seminar style class format.


POLI 104
Introduction to Political Science
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4H; Citrus GE; CSUGE D8)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

An introduction to the principles and practices of government. Political theories and contemporary ideologies; nature of the state; constitution and law; public opinion; mass media; the nature of foreign policy and international politics.


POLI 105
Comparative Politics
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4H; Citrus GE; CSUGE D8)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

An introductory course to acquaint students with the types of governmental systems which people establish in their various localities around the world and the competing values that tend to result in conflicts between opposing groups of people. An in-depth analysis of contending political ideologies, electoral procedures, and governing institutions is the course's main focus. This course is structured to provide a regional and comparative approach to the study of politics at the global level.


POLI 108
Political Theory
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4H; Citrus GE; CSUGE D8)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 101 or ENGL 101H.

This course traces the development of key concepts in political theory such as justice, democracy, liberty, equality, order, citizenship, sovereignty, power and revolution over the course of Western history to include the ancient, modern, and contemporary periods. The course traces the evolution of key political concepts through an examination of thinkers from these periods, including Aristotle, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Madison, Mill, Marx, and Arendt.


POLI 116
International Relations
3 Units (AA/AS; CSU; UC; IGETC 4H; Citrus GE; CSUGE D8)
54 lecture hours

Grade Mode: Pass/No Pass, Standard Letter

Strongly recommended: ENGL 099 if required by English placement exam or if required by English level.

An examination of basic theories of international relations and their relevance to contemporary world politics.