This course is a survey of the constitutional basis, structure, and functions of state and local governments in the United States. The goal of this course is for students to gain a comprehensive understanding of the inner-workings of state and local governments, with a special emphasis on our state and local government structures. Students will study the history and purposes of these political bodies and apply what they have learned to current systems in action.

This course is designed to broaden the student’s understanding of American Foreign Policy. The student will be immersed in the conduct of foreign policy with the intent of becoming a knowledgeable and articulate critic of such policy. To this end, the student’s critical reasoning skills, as well as the ability to communicate their ideas both through written and spoken word will be fostered. The course begins with a history of significant developments in American Foreign Policy in an effort to provide a context for the evaluation of contemporary foreign policy. Here, significant detail will be paid to critical decisions made in the Post World War Two and Vietnam Eras that continue to shape the contours of American engagement with the rest of the world. Next, an analytical perspective will be adopted to provide the basic approaches and criteria in evaluating policy. Subsequently, the actors and their ability to create policy will be examined. Finally, we turn to contemporary challenges facing US foreign policy.

This course is a survey of the structure and processes of American National Government, the institutions created, the impact of special interest groups and the news media as well as the intricate political process. This course will analyze the role and function of policy making within governmental institutions, such as Congress, the Presidency and the judicial system. The course will also explore the role of the American citizen and bureaucracy within the governmental process.