Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center

Levitt Center
315-859-4451 or 315-859-4894

The Levitt Center is located in Kirner-Johnson 251.

Social Science Curriculum

Economics 265 Economic Statistics
An introduction to the basic concepts of probability and statistics. Topics include descriptive statistics, probability theory, estimation, hypothesis testing and linear regression. Computer laboratory will make use of statistical software packages. 150 minutes of lecture and 75 minutes of laboratory. (Quantitative and Symbolic Reasoning.) Prerequisite, 102 or consent of instructor. No previous experience with computers required. Not open to seniors or students who have taken or are concurrently taking Math 253 or Math 352.  J Videras.
Leadership Skills Developed:  Working with others towards shared goals; Writing clearly and concisely

Economics 346 Monetary Policy
A study of the goals, strategies and tactics of monetary policy. The interaction of the central bank with financial markets, the tools and the transmission mechanism of monetary policy, the money supply process, the structure of the Federal Reserve System and the international financial system. Emphasis on policy application. Students in the class have the opportunity to participate in the College Fed Challenge, a national competition in which teams of students make a presentation to monetary policy experts about the current state of the economy and the future course of monetary policy. (Oral Presentations.) Prerequisite, 102 and 265 or Government 230 or Math 253. Maximum enrollment, 20. A Owen.
Leadership Skills Developed:  Setting priorities and making decisions; Asking powerful questions; Making effective presentations

Economics 365 Economic Analysis of American History
An examination and explanation of the development of the American economy, focusing on the period from 1840 through World War II. Topics include the economics of slavery and share cropping, the rise of big business, railroads and economic growth, the development of banks and the causes of the Great Depression. (Writing-intensive.) Prerequisite, 102. Maximum enrollment, 20. B Jensen.
Leadership Skills Developed:  Active listening; Writing clearly and concisely; and Asking powerful questions.

Government 112 Comparative Politics
Introduction to the study of non-American national political systems, emphasizing authority, legitimacy and processes of state- and nation-building. Comparison of alternate forms of political development in selected Western and non-Western countries. Open to juniors and seniors with consent of instructor.  S Rivera.
Leadership Skills Developed:  Setting priorities and making decisions; Writing clearly and concisely; Working with others toward shared goals; Negotiating differences; Advocating one's viewpoint

Government 241 Survey of Constitutional Law
Analysis of constitutional doctrines through major cases. Function of the Supreme Court as an instrument of government and arbiter of public policy. Doctrines include judicial review, federalism, interstate commerce, due process and questions of individual rights. Prerequisite, 116 or a course in American history.
Leadership Skills Developed:  Asking powerful questions; Advocating one's viewpoint; Making effective presentations

Government 311 Transitions to Democracy
Investigation of democracy in theory and practice through an analysis of transitions to democracy in post-communist authoritarian regimes. Case studies will be drawn from the countries of the former Soviet Union and East-Central Europe. Topics include the importance of elites in transition, the resurgence of civil society, the role of ethnicity and nationalism, problems with democratic consolidation, and the impact of geography. Prerequisites, one 200-level course in comparative politics.
Leadership Skills Developed: Active listening; Writing clearly and concisely; Asking powerful questions; Negotiating differences