This is an undergraduate honors course on the American and Texas system of governments. This course is meant to introduce the student to the how the American and Texas Governments work. In this course we will cover such topics as American and Texan political institutions and American and Texan public policy.
The three exams will count 75% (25% a piece) toward your final grade. The quiz and project grades will be averaged. The average will make up 10% of your grade. Finally, the City Council Project will make up 15% of your grade.
Later papers/projects will not be accepted and will given a grade of zero.
Class attendance is strongly encouraged. It has been my experience that those who do not attend class tend to have a difficult time with the course and generally receive lower grades. I will not regularly take attendance, however, throughout the course of the semester I may feel it necessary to take attendance in order to provide extra points on exams for those who are putting forth the effort to come to class.
At no time will a student be allowed to use Wikipedia as a source for any project or paper in my class. If it is determined that Wikipedia was used as a source for a project or paper, the student will be given a grade of ZERO automatically.