Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors

This seminar will examine the institutions, participants, and processes that characterize political activity in the United States. The course will focus on the following components of our political system and the impact they have on one another: the Constitution, civil rights and civil liberties, political parties, interest groups, media, the institutions of national government (the Congress, the presidency, the federal courts), and American political culture. Students will be expected to follow current political affairs closely. This course is designed to prepare students to become active and informed participants in the political process, and will serve as a foundational course for building civic knowledge and participation.