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About the Government Program

“But what is government itself, but the greatest of all reflections on human nature?” 
James Madison

How to Get Started

All seven colleges of DCCCD offer Government courses. Before you can register, you’ll need to complete the admissions process at:

  • Brookhaven College
  • Cedar Valley College
  • Eastfield College
  • El Centro College
  • Mountain View College
  • North Lake College
  • Richland College


Dallas County residents pay $177 per three-hour class — that is $59 per credit hour, or just $708 for a full-semester load of 12 credit hours.

Compare that to what you’d pay elsewhere! See our tuition rates for tuition according to your place of residency.

Accreditation and Affiliations

Each of the Dallas County Community College District’s seven colleges — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — is individually accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Courses Offered

Government courses may be offered with self-paced options, in the classroom and online. 

The colleges of DCCCD also may offer Service Learning government courses. Service Learning is a teaching method that enriches learning by engaging students in meaningful service to their schools and communities. Service Learning lets you apply academic skills you learn in class to solving real-world issues. You lead the process, with professionals as partners, applying critical thinking and problem-solving skills to concerns such as hunger, pollution and diversity.

Please check the current class schedule of the DCCCD college you plan to attend to see which courses are offered each semester.

See the catalog for a full listing of Government course descriptions.

Other Degree and Certificate Options

The colleges of DCCCD offer nearly 350 career and technical degrees and certificates, plus more than 50 academic degrees. For more information, see a chart of our degree plans by college or visit our credit programs home page.

Faculty Profiles

Our Government faculty members have a wide range of academic and professional experience. See profiles of some of our Government faculty.

Core Curriculum: Get More With the Core!

See which Government courses fulfill component requirements in the area of Social and Behavioral Sciences in our Core Curriculum. Find out how you can “Get More With the Core!”

It’s a state law that students who complete our Core Curriculum with at least a 2.0 GPA are guaranteed that their courses will transfer as a block of credit to any Texas public college or university. Successful completion of the Core Curriculum satisfies your general education requirements, and receiving institutions cannot require additional Core courses.

The Core Curriculum is also the basis of the academic degree plans offered by the colleges of DCCCD, which are designed primarily for students who wish to transfer to a four-year college or university: the Associate in Arts, Associate in Sciences and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees. You can earn one of these degrees with approximately 13 hours beyond the Core Curriculum.

Transfer Information

If you are interested in earning a degree at a four-year institution, please visit the Transfer Services website for guidance on the transfer process.

Contact Us

If you have questions about Government that aren’t answered on our website, please feel free to contact us.