American political parties: their history, structure, operation, and impact on the American electoral process.
A study of the presidency and various schools of thought concerning the president’s role and powers. Particular attention is paid to the constitutional presidency view vs. the modern presidency view.
A study of the United States Congress; its members, functions, and procedures; and its relationship with other elements of the governmental system and processes.
A study of the various media and their impact on politics. Particular emphasis on television, political cartoons, and propaganda.
A survey of U.S. foreign relations events, policies, and policy-makers from the colonial era to the present. Geopolitics since WWII receives extra emphasis to facilitate an understanding of the context for contemporary international relations.
An in-depth study of the seminal work of American political thought, The Federalist Papers.