This course examines the institutions and processes of politics and government in the United States. It is designed to prepare students to become active and informed participants in the political process, and it seeks to build civic knowledge and encourage participation.

The class will focus on the history and construction of ideas about civil rights and civil liberties, the Constitution, the development of political parties, interest groups, and media, and the structure of the federal government. Frequent Canvas discussion threads will allow students to relate current political realities to these concepts as they learn them.  As the semester progresses, students will be expected to follow current political affairs closely. The capstone project will be a written analysis and presentation that traces the development of a particular civil right or government institution of current interest across time.