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POSC 294W: The American Presidency

A study of the role of the President at the center of the decision-making process in the American political system. (Catalog course description)

PURPOSE OF THE COURSE: This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the Presidency, one of the three branches of the federal government.  An understanding of the Presidency will be helpful to students who take courses in US defense or foreign policy, courses in federalism, courses in public policy, and most courses dealing with US politics.


  1. How is the institution of the presidency structured?
  2. What are the functions and importance of the White House staff?
  3. What are the strategies presidents use to achieve success?
  4. What is the nature of presidential power and restraints on that power? 

^ From POSC 294W course syllabus.

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Political Science

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