Political Process

Fall 2015 Online

Greetings, Political Process Students!

I am looking forward to examining the American political process—on the federal, state, and local levels—with you this Fall semester. I’ve had a deep passion for American politics all my life. As an undergraduate, I interned on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. in the U.S. House of Representatives, and right after graduation I worked as a journalist covering state and local politics in California. For the last 4 years I have been pursuing my Ph.D. in political science at Claremont Graduate University and teaching at two universities down in Southern California where I live. I am excited to join the William Jessup family and teach this online course. Guiding you through the process of understanding, appreciating, analyzing, and critiquing aspects of the American political process will be a fun journey!

I am sure that this course will challenge you intellectually and perhaps even compel you to think more seriously about your own political beliefs. We will examine topics related to the functioning of the three main branches of government (executive, legislative, and judicial), and how they operate on both the federal and state levels. We will also examine how the media, political parties, and elections shape the overall culture of our political system. Throughout it all, I am hopeful this course will be an engaging, challenging, and enjoyable experience.

Please begin by downloading the course syllabus and reading it carefully. Then tell us something about yourself in the Introductions Forum. It would be helpful for me to know if you have had any previous instruction related to topics in this course (courses on the American Presidency, Congress, or Supreme Court, for example, or even state and local politics), or if this is your first course studying these topics. After you have completed these tasks, you’re ready for Week 1!

Let me know if you have any questions or if there is any way I can help you.


Prof. Andrew Carico