Panic, Power, and Persuasion
Nearly 400 students this semester - many of whom are freshmen who have not chosen majors - are discovering how political science and psychology are connected in Panic, Power & Persuasion. The course combines Political Science 1050, American Government: Process and Policies, and Psychology 1630, General Psychology. Students considered the presidential election from both political science and psychological perspectives.
“We hope that by taking this class, students will begin to recognize the links between academic disciplines, and that learning is more than a list of classes to check off before receiving a degree,” said Wendy Watson, lecturer of political science and instructor of Panic, Power & Persuasion with Adriel Boals, associate professor of psychology (Experimental Program). “We thought that a presidential election year was an ideal time to offer a class on factors that shape political attitudes, and I hope that students who take this course will become more informed citizens and feel empowered to participate in the political process.”
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