GEN ED: Junior Writing in the Discipline (WID)
This class is designed to examine the procedures, political actors, and institutions that are involved in American campaigns and elections. Significant attention will be paid to the theories and explanations for why people vote and how they make decisions. The class will focus on the organizations that influence political campaigns, the role that public opinion plays in campaign strategies (and in determining the vote), and the laws under which elections are conducted. While presidential elections are the most visible, we will also focus on congressional and state and local elections, which are equally important in the political process.