Course Description

470.799 - State Politics: A Year in the Life

In this course, each student will be assigned to track a particular state as new legislative sessions begin. During the semester, students will examine the key issues that the legislatures, governors and other branches of state government take up and how social issues, budgets and other challenges are met. Students will explore what makes a state "red" or "blue" and what it means for citizens in those states. Of particular interest are states with governors and other state officials who may have aspirations for the White House and states with new political leaders elected the previous fall.