Revolution and Protest in Latin America

Throughout Latin American history, economic and political models have been heavily contested. Advocates of state intervention in the economy have clashed with free market forces, and these clashes have often spilled into the political arena where they have been further complicated by divisions between dictators and democrats. This course examines these twin processes in Latin […]

U.S./Latin American Studies

Frequently U.S. policy makers portray the United States as a benevolent neighbor, seeking to help the countries in its “backyard.” Many Latin Americans disagree with this view, and think more critically about the motivations and legacies of U.S. intervention in the Western Hemisphere. To understand these disagreements, this course applies theories of international relations to […]

Constitutional Law

Constitutional law is an inquiry into constitutional interpretation by the Supreme Court based on examination of leading cases. Particular emphasis is placed on questions of federalism, executive power, civil liberties, and economic regulation. This course is designed to be preparation for students interested in going into law, law enforcement, public service, business, and political science. […]

American Government

This introductory course in government examines the relationship between government, politics and power. Students discuss how people in a representative democracy can effect change in government to address current and future needs.

Current Social and Political Issues

Students learn to understand and analyze important and current events, as well as social, cultural and political issues. Due to the rapid rate of change in our society, specific issues vary depending on what is currently “newsworthy.” General topics, however, include foreign affairs and policy, civil rights and liberties, crime and punishment, economic and welfare […]