POLS 160 Introduction to American Political Culture • 5 Cr.


Examines the structures and systems of American politics using a multidisciplinary approach. Students analyze the development of political culture and its evolution through time.


After completing this class, students should be able to:

  • Describe the historical evolution of American political culture, including both dominant and non-dominant cultures.
  • Articulate the core values of American political culture, such as individualism, liberty, equality of opportunity, legal equality, the rule of law, and multiculturalism.
  • Differentiate between empirical and normative claims and critically evaluate the extent to which American ideals match reality.
  • Articulate their own political values and biases and understand both how they arrived at them and how they shape their views on different political issues.
  • Compare and contrast diverse viewpoints and articulate well-reasoned arguments regarding contemporary political issues.
  • Take active roles in supporting political causes they endorse.