Course Description

470.619 - State Politics and Policymaking

This course provides an introduction to the form and function of state governments around the United States and the issues they are currently facing. During the semester, the course explores the interplay between the U.S. Congress and State Legislatures, the ways in which policies enacted by state government impact our daily lives, and the intricacies of the political process at the state level. Special emphasis will be placed on key issues currently being debated in many state capitals pertaining to gay marriage, gambling, health care, higher education, transportation infrastructure and the environment. A visit to the Maryland General Assembly for a visit with the Governor and legislative leaders might be arranged.