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 will learn how to read and analyze political science research. Focus will be on the use of the scientific method for research on politics and government. Students will learn how to effectively access information for research in political science and learn the steps in writing a research paper, including developing the research question, writing a literature review, selecting a research design, and how to properly cite 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.