The course explores some questions and theories that interest political scientists and historians, and methods they use to explain governmental operations. Insight into the nature of political ideals, as embodied in the Constitution, is developed. Topics include federalism, organization and functions of the three branches of the national government, civil liberties and civil rights, public opinion and voting behavior, the media, bureaucracies, and public policy. This course meets General Education “Individual and Society” Requirement Area 2. Prerequisite: Grade of C or better in Academic Reading III (ESL098) or Reading Skills II (RDG095); and Writing Skills II (ENG095) or exemption by placement testing.