POLS 103 - State and Local Government

An introduction to state and local governments, including their structures, functions, decision-making and political processes.The course will introduce students to the mechanics of how state and local governments operate in the United States. Through the examination of the similarities and differences regarding institutions and functions in state and local political systems across the country, students will be able to explain the role of these forms of government in shaping their experience in life, as well as shaping the lives of others. Students should gain a greater sense as to the opportunities that individual citizens have to influence state and local political systems. In addition, students will be exposed to and apply the social science mode of inquiry to analyze research questions about subnational government.

Credit hours: 3

Last updated: 05/23/2022