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PO 1311 Course Description

PO 1311 - American National Government - A study of the formal and informal structures and functions of American National Government. Emphasis is placed on the processes by which public policy is made with pertinent examples of that policy. 

Political Science at St. Mary's University

Individuals who appreciate politics, who desire to influence society, who enjoy debating ideas, and who like to organize people or events, should consider the political science major. The Department of Political Science at St. Mary's University is committed to education, to the scholarly life, and to an approach that urges students to serve society. St. Mary's Department of Political Science fosters the building of an engaged community characterized by social justice and civic conscience. Our goal is for political science graduates to apply the answers they formulate to their private lives and to their careers.

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Political Science: Department & Major

In Class Exercise

  1. Open an email message. What is your proposed topic?
  2. Following the Database Search Tips, search for an article about your topic by searching in the Meta-Search Box to the left, while the "Articles" tab is highlighted in gold. 
  3. Limit your search to "Full Text" and "Peer Reviewed" articles.
  4. What did you type for your search?
  5. Select a research article related to your topic. Skim through the article to get an idea what the article is about. Try to choose an article that reports on recent research, is authoritative, and relevant to your project.
  6. Copy or type the APA citation information into the email message. You may need to edit this information. 
  7. In a sentence or two, what did you learn from this article that you didn't previously know? Try to write this in your own words.
  8. Consider this article's relevance and quality, including criteria listed on the Articles page. Write one or two sentences about this article's currency, authority, focus, quality, and relevance to your topic and why you would or would not use this article as a source for your project.
  9. Type PO 1311 and your name in the subject line of the email message.
  10. Email this information to dduesterhoeft@stmarytx.edu and sgonzalez5@stmarytx.edu

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