An introduction to the American political system and constitutional framework. Focus will be on the interplay of various institutions (the Presidency, Congress and the Judiciary) in creating public policies. Contemporary public issues will be discussed, as will the role of political theory in shaping American democracy. Attention will be given to the role of the news media, public opinion, political ideology, political parties and interest groups in the American system.
Human Behavior &Societies
Students learn to read, analyze, and conduct political science research as well as learning the steps to writing a research paper, including developing a research question, writing a literature review, selecting a research design, and properly citing sources. Students will develop an understanding of approaches to researching and measuring political phenomena.
Residency Requirement Policy: In the College of Arts and Sciences, a two-course residency requirement must be satisfied for completion of a minor and a four-course residency requirement must be satisfied for the completion of a major.