Students choosing the Minor in American Government & Politics must take:
GOVT 240 American Government and Politics I (3)
In addition to GOVT 240, students must choose four (4) out of the following six (6) courses:
GOVT 196 Introduction to the Study of Government (3)
GOVT 210 Introduction to Public Policy and Administration (3)
GOVT 300 The Legislative Process (3)
GOVT 301 The American Presidency (3)
GOVT 302 The American Judicial System (3)
GOVT 303 State and Local Government (3)
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TOTAL CREDIT HOURS: 15
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Explores some of the main fields within the discipline of government (e.g., comparative politics, political theory) as well as some of the main approaches to the study of government (e.g., interpretivism, behavioralism, institutionalism). Various theories of integration for the study and understanding of government are also introduced.
Analyzes the basic principles and practices of American public administration and policy, with an emphasis on the politics of administration and the relationship between the bureaucracy, special interest groups, Congress, the President, and the public as related to the creation and implementation of public policy.
Provides an analysis of the founding of the United States through an investigation of the important philosophical, constitutional, and political questions surrounding the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, the Constitutional Convention, and the creation and development of the U.S. Constitution. Attention is given to federalism, and the Constitutional institutions of the Presidency, Congress, and the Supreme Court.
Evaluates the internal processes of the House and Senate as well as the place of Congress in the American political system. Some of the topics studied include the Congressional functions of representation, law-making, and policy-making as well as Constitutional and historical responsibilities. Prerequisite: GOVT 240.
Examines the Constitutional and historical responsibilities of the Presidency. Attention is given to the administrative, domestic, and diplomatic functions of the Presidency as well as to the growth of presidential power over time and the relationship of the Presidency to the other U.S. political institutions. Prerequisite: GOVT 240.
Analyzes the U.S. judicial system with a concentrated emphasis on the internal processes of the federal judiciary and the U.S. Supreme Court as well as the Constitutional and historical responsibilities of the U.S. Supreme Court. Prerequisite: GOVT 240.
Analysis and investigation of the operations of U.S. state and local governments within the federal structure of American government with an additional emphasis on becoming active and knowledgeable citizens.