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Political Science Department


Political Science concerns itself with the study of government and politics at the local, state, national and international levels.  It examines such important phenomena as power, political parties, voting and political behavior, international relations, bureaucratic administration and public policy.  Through political science courses at Laney College, students learn about the interaction of individuals and institutions within political systems.  Considerable emphasis is placed on the development of critical thinking and analysis.  Further, students are encouraged to broaden their political consciousness and engage in informed and constructive participation.  



History Department


Through Laney College history courses, we undertake a critical analysis of ourselves and the world around us by exploring our shared historical trajectory.  In the practice of history we engage the historical other; figures that often seem remote and perhaps unfathomable yet nevertheless deeply inform our present condition.  This encounter allows us the forum and discipline to evaluate questions of identity, knowledge, consciousness, intelligibility, communication, “truth,” and most of all, meaning while compassing the broad and uneven terrain that is the soul of historical inquiry.

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