Courses

Study Political Science at LVC.

PSC 190 – Campaigns and Elections
Elections and the campaigns that precede them are sometimes called the “premier” events of democratic politics, claiming the attention of candidates, journalists, interest groups and regular citizens for months on end. Although they sometimes are reduced to entertaining spectacles, they are central to understanding the relationship between government and governed, and to the operation of U.S. politics. This course examines how candidates decide to run, how they plan their strategies, how they raise money, and how they communicate with voters, whether “over the air,” “on the ground” or more recently, “through the ether.” We also analyze how voters make their choices. Our study is designed to help students navigate and understand the 2012 national, state and local elections.
Taught by Mike Worman, adjunct associate professor of political science

AMS 340 – One Nation Under God?
This course will explore the relationship between religion and politics in the United States. It will include an examination of the role religion played in the founding vision of our nation's democracy, as well as the important separation between church and state that has been achieved over the course of our nation's history. With this historical backdrop in mind, special emphasis will then be given to the ascendancy of the religious right in recent electoral politics.
Taught by Jeff Robbins, professor and department chair of religion and philosophy, director of American studies.