PLSC 1400. American Studies 1. (2 Hours)

Analyzes and explains the U.S. national government. Begins with the American Revolution and the development of the Constitution and the United States’ federal system of government. Discusses civil rights and civil liberties as well as public opinion, political socialization, and the impact of interest groups. By the end of the course, the successful student should understand the general governing framework of the United States, U.S. politics and policy, and what influences the government’s outputs and outcomes.


PLSC 1410. American Studies 2. (2 Hours)

Analyzes and explains the U.S. national government. Covers the structure and functioning of U.S. national government institutions. Discusses political institutions and parties as well as public and foreign policy. Reviews the roles and responsibilities of the Congress, the executive branch, and the federal court system. By the end of the course, the successful student should understand the governing framework of the United States, U.S. politics and policy, and what influences government decisions.


PLSC 1420. Introduction to American Government. (4 Hours)

Analyzes the system of politics and government in the United States. Topics include the philosophical basis, historical origins, design, and functioning of the Constitution as well as formal government institutions. Examines the influence of public opinion, political behavior and participation, parties, and interest groups.