Introduces students to the basic structure and concepts of the United States government including the founding ideals of the Constitution and the dynamic interaction of formal and informal institutions within our federal system. These founding ideals include Congress, the Presidency, the bureaucracy and the federal court system, as well as political culture and socialization, civil liberties and civil rights, the media, political parties, elections and special interests. Emphasis is placed upon analyzing current events within the framework of our constitutional structure. Prerequisite: ENGL 003 or 057 with a grade of C or higher; Completion of all developmental reading courses required, as a result of the College Testing and Placement Program.
Spring 2020, Fall 2019, Spring 2019, Fall 2018, Spring 2018