This course examines the role of racial and ethnic minority groups in United States politics.  We will focus on four main minority groups (Blacks, Latinos/Hispanics, Asian Americans, and American Indians) assessing their engagement and influence in governmental processes historically and today.  Specific topics covered during the semester include: how race has shaped American political institutions, laws, and practices over time, the formation of minority political attitudes, participation rates, and the degree to which racial and ethnic minorities are represented in the local, state, and federal levels of government.  A strong focus will be placed on the salience of race in the post-Obama era.

Prerequisite:  Govt 101 or instructor’s permission