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Courses Offered in Political Science related to elections at Florida State University

POS 1041. American Government: National (3). Investigates how the national government is structured and how the American political system operates. Covers the philosophical and constitutional foundations of American government, the branches of the national government, the mechanisms by which citizens are connected to their government, and the policy outputs of government.

POS 3122. State Politics (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or instructor permission. Government and politics in the American states. Looks at the governor, the legislature, and the courts; the history of federalism; and policies, practices, and social institutions that affect state government. Includes a study of state policies in such areas as welfare, education, crime, and the environment.

POS 3142. Urban Politics (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or instructor permission. Examines the structure and operation of city governments and the political forces that drive decision making. Includes an examination of different forms of local government and the role of political parties, interest groups, and individuals. Examines the varying social and economic factors affecting U.S. cities.

POS 3182. Florida Government (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or instructor permission. The history and current organization of Florida government—the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. Considers such topics as the Florida Constitution, how Florida compares to other state governments, and the effects of interests outside state government.

POS 3204. Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or instructor permission. This course explores political attitudes and behavior. It examines such topics as the sources of political knowledge; how political attitudes are formed and changed; how public opinion is measured; and why people vote the way they do.

POS 3263. Political Elites and Representation (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or instructor permission. Considers the major areas related to representation in American government: how public officials are elected, the nature of their interactions with citizens, how policy is made at the national level, and the level of popular control.

POS 3443. Political Parties and Campaigning (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or instructor permission. Course describes, explains, and evaluates the structure, activities, and functions of political parties in the United States. Examines party organization and leadership, nominations and elections, the American electorate, and political campaigning.

POS 4070. Race, Ethnicity, and Politics (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or instructor permission. This course examines how race and ethnicity are interwoven in American politics by viewing the role of African-American, Latino, and Asian-American voters, candidates, and public officials, and looking at the political attitudes of these groups.

POS 4235. Media and Politics (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or instructor permission. This course examines the role of the news media, both print and electronic, in shaping public opinion and voter behavior.

POS 4275. Political Campaigns (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or instructor permission. The planning and administration of electoral campaigns for students interested in campaign participation as volunteers or professionals.

POS 4413. The American Presidency (3). Prerequisite: POS 1041 or instructor permission. The evolution and power of the American presidency and the relations of the President with the branches of government. Also offered by the School of Public Administration and Policy.

POS 4424. Legislative Systems (3).Prerequisite: POS 1041 or instructor permission . Congress and the behavior of its members. Includes the recruitment and election of members of Congress, the functioning of party leaders and congressional committees, the influences on congressional policy-making, and the sources of stability and change in Congress.