Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
Political Science


Political Science 298. Experimental Courses

Education and Politics

This course explores political issues in the American educational system with focus on both primary/secondary education and higher education. We will analyze federal and state educational policy, trace the development of federal involvement in the education system, and explore the current political issues related to the American education system. Special attention will be given to issues of race, sex/gender, and class.

American Political Development

In this course, students will be introduced to the subfield of American Political Development (APD), which is a way to study American political history to understand how events shaped current configurations of institutional power. We will identify moments of crisis, or critical junctures, to understand the lasting impact of these important political moments on the relationship between citizens and the state, the development of the modern welfare system, and identity groups’ claims over rights during the 20th century.

Political Parties and Elections

This course traces the development of modern party arrangements in the United States through a study of political strategy in key elections. The first part of the course will focus on elections and voting. Students will learn why voters make choices, and how political strategists design electoral appeals. The second part of the course will focus on political parties. We will trace the development of modern party alignments and the modern party system.