In this course, students study the structure and organization of the American government. They learn the historical development of democratic principles and the significance of America's commitment to these principles. Students learn about the ways in which our government is designed to ensure the protection of these principles. Moreover, students learn how the government has adapted to improve the protections of democratic principles by either changing its structure and organization and/or by shifting the policies that our government issues. Additionally, this course exposes students to the reality that the protection of American ideals and goals requires the American government to have an active role in international affairs. As such, this course provides a survey of comparative economic and political systems.