This course is an introduction to the basic structures of the political process in the United States. It explains political activity with a focus on the national level, but may include details about the state and local levels. Specific topics include an analysis of the Constitution, the powers of the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial branches, federalism, the bureaucracy, and the media. Campaigns, elections, political parties and interest groups will also be discussed.
Prerequisite: placement into ENGL110M