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U.S. Political Institutions and Processes

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S. Engel, J. Baughman

Course Long Title

U.S. Political Institutions and Processes


This introductory description and analysis of United States governmental and political institutions and processes is particularly focused on exploring the conditions and strategies for political decision making. It is organized to introduce students to common questions about and analysis of federal institutions (Presidency, Congress, Judiciary), Constitutional history and the founding, political parties, elections, voting behavior interest groups, and public opinion.

Modes of Inquiry

Historical and Social Inquiry [HS]

Writing Credit

No writing credit

Departmental Course Attributes - Major/Minor Requirements

(PLTC: Identities & Interests), (PLTC: Institutional Politics)

INDS Program Relationship

IDAM - AMST Program

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Offering Frequency

Normally offered every year