Course Descriptions

American Government – POLS 1101


A study of government and politics, including the philosophical and constitutional foundations, governing institutions, political behavior and major public policy issues. This course satisfies the State legislative requirement concerning the United States Constitution and the Georgia Constitution.

Name Office Phone Email
Eric Abney University of West Georgia
Merciaileen Rivera Almodovar University of North Georgia
Francisco Artley University of North Georgia
Clint Backstrom University of West Georgia
Mandi Bailey Valdosta State University
Barry Balleck Georgia Southern University
Daniel Baracskay Valdosta State University
Lance Bardsley University of North Georgia
Mikhail Beznosov Georgia Gwinnett College
Ginny Bouchard University of West Georgia
Geoffrey Bowden Savannah State University
Scott Boykin Georgia Gwinnett College
Thomas Caiazzo East Georgia State College
Bruce Carroll Georgia Gwinnett College
Lee Cheek East Georgia State College
Melanie Clay University of North Georgia
Sheikh Drammeh University of West Georgia
Meigan Fields Fort Valley State University
Verna Foster Harvey Valdosta State University
Yohannes Gedamu Georgia Gwinnett College
Dion George University of North Georgia
Marie Goodall University of North Georgia
Vance Gray Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Rufus Green Fort Valley State University
Janet Gubbins University of West Georgia
Baogang Guo Dalton State College
Paul Hamilton Valdosta State University
Megan Hauser University of North Georgia
Matthew Hipps Dalton State College
Allison Hornbuckle University of West Georgia
Stephanie Hulsey University of North Georgia
Teresa Hutchins Georgia Highlands College
Chux Ibekwe Savannah State University
Austin Janowski University of West Georgia
Shobana Jayaraman Savannah State University
Nandan Jha Valdosta State University
Christy Jordan University of North Georgia
Leander Kellogg University of North Georgia
Christopher Kroh University of North Georgia
Sarah Kuck Albany State University
Brett Larson East Georgia State College
Jacqueline Leathers University of North Georgia
Julie Lester Middle Georgia State University
Nakia Lewis University of West Georgia
Jacek Lubecki Georgia Southern University
Daniel Mancill East Georgia State College
Myles Mann University of North Georgia
Roger Marietta Albany State University
Michael McDowell University of West Georgia
Marcus Meachum University of North Georgia
Michael Metelko Georgia Highlands College
Brooke Miller Middle Georgia State University
Brad Mock University of West Georgia
Robert Mullins East Georgia State College
Stephen Northam University of North Georgia
Sherry Parker University of North Georgia
Dustin Procter University of North Georgia
Greg Rabidoux Valdosta State University
Hannah Reed University of North Georgia
Lauren Rizner University of North Georgia
Joseph Robbins Valdosta State University
Ted Rossier University of North Georgia
Thomas E. Rotnem Kennesaw State University
Paul Rutledge University of West Georgia
Azamat Sakiev University of North Georgia
Hans Schmeisser Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Deanna Simonds University of North Georgia
William J Stuart University of West Georgia
Elizabeth Taylor Clayton State University
Joe Trachtenberg Clayton State University
Raluca Viman-Miller University of North Georgia
Courtnie Walker Albany State University
Patrick Warren Valdosta State University
Jack Waskey Dalton State College
Carl Wege College of Coastal Georgia
Robert Wilkes Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Felita Williams University of North Georgia
Felita Willliams University of North Georgia
Kathleen Woodward University of North Georgia
Laura Young Georgia Gwinnett College

Credit Hours


  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.

Free Textbook

  • Open educational resources (OER)

Course Equivalency

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the historical background, foundations, origins, content, and application of the U. S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights.
  • Demonstrate a knowledge of the Georgia Constitution.
  • Identify the Institutions and processes of the three branches of government.
  • Develop an awareness of current political issues and the policy making process, both domestic and global.
  • Analyze the nature of Democratic politics in terms of political behavior (e.g. ideology, public opinion) and linking institutions (e.g. parties, interest groups, media).
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the cause and effect relationships in society.
  • Recognize differing perspectives and points of view.
  • Construct and analyze arguments.
  • Lesson 1 - Democratic Government and the U.S. Constitution
  • Lesson 2 - Federalism and the Georgia Constitution
  • Lesson 3 - Media, Socialization, and Public Opinion
  • Lesson 4 - Political Participation, Campaigns, and Political Parties
  • Lesson 5 – Congress
  • Lesson 6 - Presidency and Bureaucracy
  • Lesson 7 - The Judiciary, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
  • Lesson 8 - Political Issues and Policymaking

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Attendance Verification - 1%
  • Participation & Discussions - 29%
  • Quizzes - 20%
  • Writing Assignments - 20%
  • Midterm Exam - 15%
  • Final Exam - 15%

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