Examines politics in the American states from a comparative and historical perspective. Considers major political actors---interest groups, citizens (direct democracy), and political parties, as well as central institutions, in the state political arena. Also focuses on major state public policy concerns. Prereq., PSCI 1101. Approved for arts and sciences core curriculum: United States context. Prerequisites: Restricted to students with 27-180 credits (Sophomore, Junior or Senior) only.