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Applied American Politics

This track is designed to provide students with a practical education on the functioning of American governmental systems. It is particularly recommended for students interested in careers in any facet of public employment or ith non-governmental organizations that interface with government. It is also good preparation for students who anticipate seeking doctoral training in the American politics field.

Track Courses

  • Twelve credits (three courses) in Institutions, Political Processes and Lobbying, and State and Local Politics
    • Institutions Courses
      • Legislative Process (RPOS 531)
      • Chief Executive (RPOS 532)
      • Political Parties (RPOS 534)
      • American Political Development (RPOS 544)
    • Political Processes and Lobying
      • Women and Politics (RPOS 533)
      • Political Parties (RPOS 534)
      • Political Behavior (RPOS 538)
      • Campaigns and Elections (RPOS 539)
      • Politics of Organized Interests (RPOS 542)
      • Government, Politics, and the Mass Media (RPOS 718)
    • State and Local Politics
      • Federalism (RPOS 520)
      • State Government (RPOS 522)
      • Community Politics (RPOS 524)
  • Two additional courses from Political Science or cross-listed through Public Administration and Policy (PADP)
    • Either RPOS 517 or 618 (the one not taken to fulfill general requirements)
    • American Political Theory (RPOS 515)
    • Constitutional Law I and II (RPOS 526, RPOS 527)
    • Founding the American National Government (RPOS 530)
    • Latino/as and Inequality in America (RPOS 547)
    • Participation (RPOS 590)
    • Minorities in the Politico-Legal System (RPOS 510)
    • Field Seminar in Public Policy (RPOS 513)
    • Urban Community Development (RPOS 523)
    • US Housing Policy (RPOS 528)
    • Urban Policy (RPOS 540)
    • Inequality and Public Policy (RPOS 604)
    • The Politics of Environmental Regulation (RPOS 667)
    • Politics and Administration (RPOS 702)
  • If desired and with an advisor’s approval, one academically supervised internship may fulfill one of the courses in this track