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American Government and Politics

The major in American Government and Politics is an excellent choice for students interested in how groups govern themselves, how policies are made, and how government works at the local, state, and national levels. Students in this field use both humanistic and scientific approaches to examine political philosophy and ideology, political processes and systems, public policies and political behavior, as well as controversial current issues, such as health care, the environment and civil rights.

Students of American Government and Politics acquire essential liberal arts skills in writing, communications and analysis needed to succeed in a wide range of careers in federal, state and local governments; law; business; nonprofit associations; campaign management and polling; journalism; research and teaching.

Courses on the executive branch, Congress, the courts, interest groups and political parties, and the media prepare students for life as informed citizens ready to participate in political activities or even service as elected or appointed officials.