Survey of the American political system, with emphasis on the Constitution, governmental structure, the political process and selected policy outcomes. Fall, Spring.
Answers perennial questions, such as: “What is politics?” “Why is politics important?” “What has politics got to do with me?” “Can I live my life without focusing on politics?” “Does it matter how we structure our governmental processes?” and “Do values matter in structuring a political system?” Presenting a broad overview of the academic analysis of politics, this course focuses on explaining key political concepts utilized in political science and political theory while applying these concepts to various political processes, institutions, ideologies, political change, etc., in order to both expose students to the world of politics while helping students, utilizing the comparative method, to clarify their own articulation of political beliefs, attitudes and dispositions. Fall.
A comparative study of American state and local governments, with emphasis on federalism, federal and state relations, interstate regulations and the structure and political process of state and local governments. Spring.
A survey of ancient, medieval, modern and post-modern political thought. Special attention given to contemporary political ideologies, including fundamentalism, feminism, environmentalism, communitarianism and multiculturalism. PR: POSC 200, POSC 210 or ENGL 201. Fall.
Study of major concepts and approaches in world politics and analysis of process, institutions, problems of war and peace and contemporary trends. PR: POSC 200 or POSC 210. Spring.