This course is an introduction to campaigns and elections in the United States. The purpose is to provide students with an intellectual understanding and practical working knowledge of the electoral process. The course will examine key actors in the electoral system: candidates, parties, interest groups, voters and the mass media. Although the focus will be on national elections, both congressional and presidential, state and local elections will also be examined. This course will provide students with the knowledge that will equip them to become more informed and effective citizens in the electoral process.
Level I Prereq: Academic Reading and Writing Levels of 6