I heard that there are changes in the state-required Government courses starting Fall 2013. What are these changes about?


There has been much misunderstanding floating around as to the upcoming changes throughout the state as to the numbering and content of the state-required Government classes beginning fall 2013. The following should clear up the confusion:

  1. While there has been two ways of offering Government in Texas Community Colleges in the past (GOVT 2301-2302 & GOVT 2305-2306), beginning fall 2013, there will only be one way of offering Government in Community Colleges across the state (GOVT 2305-2306). Thus, HCC will only be offering GOVT 2305-2306 starting fall 2013 and thereafter.
  2. If a student has taken one or both of GOVT 2301 or 2302 prior to fall 2013, will that credit be invalid? Absolutely not. No credit will be lost or be invalidated if taken prior to fall 2013. However, there are certain combinations that will fulfill the state legislative requirement for graduation purposes.
  3. The following combinations have always worked for graduation and will continue to work toward graduation requirements after fall 2013:
    • GOVT 2301 & GOVT 2302 (both taken at HCC or elsewhere)
    • GOVT 2305 & GOVT 2306 (both taken at HCC or elsewhere)
    • GOVT 2301 & GOVT 2305 (both taken at HCC or elsewhere)
    • GOVT 2301 & GOVT 2306 (both taken at HCC or elsewhere)
  4. The following combinations have not been acceptable toward graduation requirements and will continue to be unacceptable for graduation after fall 2013:
    • GOVT 2302 & GOVT 2305 (not allowed; omits study of Texas Constitution)
    • GOVT 2302 & GOVT 2306 (not allowed; omits study of US Constitution)
  5. In these two combinations (see #4 above), the student is either missing the Texas or the US Constitution and therefore will not fulfill the legislative requirement for graduation. If a student has one of these unacceptable combinations, the student will be required to take an additional one credit GOVT course to fulfill the legislative requirement, GOVT 2107 Federal and Texas Constitutions. This course will be offered in the fall via distance education.
  6. It is therefore recommended that the student complete their full Government requirement at one institution prior to fall 2013, if possible, in order to insure the right combination of courses.
  7. In summary, starting Fall 2013, the following combinations will be acceptable for graduation (AA, AS, AAT degrees) at HCC and at all Texas public universities (bachelor degrees):
    • GOVT 2301 & GOVT 2302 (both taken at HCC or elsewhere)
    • GOVT 2305 & GOVT 2306 (both taken at HCC or elsewhere)
    • GOVT 2301 & GOVT 2305 (both taken at HCC or elsewhere)
    • GOVT 2301 & GOVT 2306 (both taken at HCC or elsewhere)
    • GOVT 2302 & GOVT 2305 & GOVT 2107 (all three taken at HCC or elsewhere)
    • GOVT 2302 & GOVT 2306 & GOVT 2107 (all three taken at HCC or elsewhere)


Question: Do I have to complete GOVT 2301 & 2302 (both) by the end of summer 2012 in order for that credit to count for graduation?

Answer: No, both courses do not have to be completed before the change in Fall 2013 takes place. If GOVT 2301 and/or GOVT 2302 are completed prior to the change to GOVT 2305-2306, students will have earned permanent credit toward the state-mandated Government academic associate degree graduation requirements. The two course numbering sequences can be mixed and matched toward graduation requriements but only certain combinations (see above) will qualify for graduation.

Question: I am trying to enroll for GOVT 2301 (or 2302) for the Fall 2013, however, I cannot find it in the class schedule. How do I find this course for enrollment?

Answer: Beginning Fall 2013, there will be no sections of GOVT 2301 or GOVT 2302 in the HCC schedule at all. The state has switched to one common numbering system for the two mandated Government courses toward fulfilling graduation requirements. You will only find GOVT 2305 and/or GOVT 2306 scheduled beginning Fall 2013.


Question:
If I have not taken any Government courses prior to Fall 2013, which GOVT classes do I enroll for?

Answer: Beginning Fall 2013, there will be no sections of GOVT 2301 or GOVT 2302 in the HCC schedule at all. The state has switched to one common numbering system for the two mandated Government courses toward fulfilling graduation requirements. You will only find GOVT 2305 and/or GOVT 2306 scheduled beginning Fall 2013.


Question: I already took one GOVT course (2301 or 2302) before the switch. Now what do I do to fulfill my academic degree requirements (AA, AS, or AAT)?

Answer: The two course numbering sequences can be mixed and matched toward graduation requriements but only certain combinations (see above) will qualify for graduation.


Question: What is GOVT 2107? Who has to take it?

Answer: GOVT 2107 is a one credit course designed for students who have already taken 6 hours of Government classes but have not fulfilled the state-requirement of content that contains both the Texas Constitution and the US Constitution. There are several scenarios where this might be the case. One, a student could have taken 6 hours of American Government either at a private or out of state institution without having studied the Texas Constitution. Two, a student could have taken one of the unacceptable combinations above (i.e. GOVT 2302 & 2305; or GOVT 2302 & 2306), which omits either the Texas Constitution or the US Constitution. In these examples, even though the student has already completed 6 hours of Government classes, the student will still be required to pass GOVT 2107.


Question: Can a student graduate taking only one 3 hour GOVT course (i.e. 2301, 2303, 2305, or 2306) and GOVT 2107?

Answer: No. All Texas public academic associate degrees and Texas public bachelor degrees require 6 hours of Government containing at least the content of the Texas Constitution and the US Constitution. The student would have to take an additional 3 hour Government course to graduate.


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