American Politics

POSC-205. State and Local Government
(3 credits)

An examination of American state and local political systems, emphasizing such topics as federalism and intergovernmental relations, federal grant-in-aid systems, the state gubernatorial, legislative and judicial process, local political systems, and public policies of state and local governments. (ATTR: AMSB, ARTS)

POSC-218. Women and Politics
(3 credits)

This course examines the role of women in politics in terms of the broad political questions of participation, political socialization, social movements, and public policy. Prerequisites: POSC-100 or POSC-140 or Juniors or above. (ATTR: ARTS, WSTU)

POSC-305. Metropolitan Government
(3 credits)

The course examines the history of metropolitan government, from machine politics to reform politics, and current governing trends regarding regionalism and privatization.  In addition, the course examines policy and ethical issues that are faced by urban areas, including economic development, racial and economic equality, and urban sprawl. Prerequisite: POSC-100 or Juniors or above. (ATTR: AMSB, ARTS)

POSC-310. Interest Group Politics
(3 credits)

A critical evaluation of the impact of interest group politics on the American policy-making process. The course includes a study of the various theories of the power of interest groups, the formation and development of interest group organizations and movements, and the organizational maintenance of interest groups. Also, the course examines the roles interest groups play in shaping public attitudes, influencing campaigns and elections, and lobbying political institutions and officials. Students should have a working knowledge of American government. Prerequisite: POSC-100 or Juniors or above. (ATTR: ARTS, FSPS)

POSC-313. American Political Parties
(3 credits)

An analysis of the development, organization a f functions of American Political Parties. The course examines political parties as organizations, the party in the electorate and the party in government. Particular attention is paid to how well political parties perform the linkage role between the American people's preferences and the content of governmental policy decisions. Students should have a working knowledge of American government. Prerequisite: POSC-100 or Juniors or above. (ATTR: AMSB,ARTS)

POSC-315. U.S. Congress
(3 credits)

The course will examine principles, structures, procedures, and decision- making of the American legislative system with a primary emphasis on the U.S. Congress. Prerequisite: POSC-100 or Juniors or above. (ATTR: AMSB, ARTS)

POSC-320. The American Presidency
(3 credits)

The origin, development, and contemporary roles of the President and the Presidency in the American Political System. Special problems in relation to the contemporary Presidency and Vice Presidency. Prerequisite: P0SC-100 or Juniors or above. (ATTR: AMSB, ARTS)

POSC-325. Public Opinion
(3 credits)

This course is an introduction to the study of public opinion. The course explores the origins of public opinion (political socialization, sociodemographic, personality, and political influences, and the mass media). The course will also cover public opinion polls and survey research techniques. Finally, the course will study the impact of public opinion on policy makers and public policy. Prerequisites: Political Research(POSC-180). (ATTR: ARTS)
 

POSC-329. Special Studies in American Politics
(3 credits)

The study of select problems such as equality, minority rights, majoritarianism, and participatory democracy in the light of the theory and practice of the American political system. (May be taken more than once with different content. Consult Fall and Spring Schedules for specific topics.) Prerequisite: POSC-100 or Juniors or above, or by permission. An additional fee may be required, depending on the topic offered (ATTR: ARTS)

POSC-450 Political Science Travel Course
(3 credits)

As an academically oriented field experience, this course offers three semester hours credit for a semester-long course that includes an extended study program in selected geographical areas.  Lectures, supervised research into aspects of the field study course, and orientation meetings will prepare students for an informed experience.  Travel cost paid by student.  Cost varies each semester.  Permission of instructor required. (ATTR: ARTS).