State and Local Government
Take this online course to gain a better understanding of state and local governments.
- Online - Self-Paced Enroll Anytime
- EST. time to complete:
- 3 to 9 Months
- $342.16 per credit (no fees)
What will I learn in this online course about government?
This online college course is an introductory survey of state and local governments in the United States. The course is designed to help you better understand the political institutions and processes of subnational governments. These governments have vastly increased their policy responsibilities since the 1980s and are the most involved in their citizens’ day-to-day lives. The general approach to this topic is comparative in nature, that is, the focus is on the variation among regional governments in an attempt to come to some understanding of why these differences exist and what effect they have on government decision making.
You will gain a familiarity and understanding of the fundamental institutions and processes that compose American subnational governments. At the end of the online government course, you should be able to:
- Think critically about the fundamental structures, institutions, processes, and actors that operate within the American subnational governments.
- Appreciate how federalism allocates power between American national and subnational governments in both practice and theory.
- Identify and understand the similarities and differences among the American federal, state, and local governments and how these similarities and differences inform the complex relationships that exist among these levels of governments.
- Recognize the range of public policy issues that citizens demand of their governments and the challenges that subnational governments face in meeting these demands.
- Apply lessons from the course to enhance one’s understanding of pressing current events and political issues.
- Appreciate the broader concepts of citizenship, democracy, and self-governance within the American political context and better understand how to engage the political process.
How do I take the introductory government course online?
You have 3 to 9 months from your enrollment date to complete 13 lessons and three proctored exams.
Assignments will include quizzes after most lessons, including materials from the text and any supplemental films, readings or activities. There will be two midterm exams and one final exam.
What is the required textbook?
Smith, Kevin B., Alan Greenblatt, and Michele Mariani. Governing States and Localities. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: CQ Press, 2007. ISBN: 978-0-8-7289379-5.
How will State & Local Government appear on my transcript?
You may enroll at any time and have up to 9 months to complete your course, or you may be able to complete in as little as 3 months. The credits you earn will be recorded on your transcript in the semester you register. Keep in mind, UND can only verify your enrollment for the semester in which the course is registered and recorded on your transcript.
Why choose the University of North Dakota?
Here are a few reasons why you should take an online enroll anytime course at UND:
- Great customer service – Our registration team is ready to answer questions quickly so you can focus on your coursework.
- Affordable - UND's enroll anytime courses are priced at North Dakota's affordable, in-state tuition rate.
- Accredited - UND is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.
- Easily transfer credits from UND - The transfer of credits is always at the discretion of the institution to which the credits are being transferred. In general, credits from schools/universities that are regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission transfer to other regionally accredited institutions. Enroll anytime courses appear on your UND transcript in the same way as on-campus and online semester-based courses appear.
Enroll-anytime courses allow you to complete the course at your own pace. Some students thrive in this environment, while other students may struggle setting their own deadlines. If you have successfully taken an independent study or correspondence course previously, UND’s enroll anytime courses may be right for you. Still not sure? Take this online quiz to help determine if enroll anytime courses are the right fit for you.
*Course information, including tuition, technology requirements, textbooks, lessons and exams is subject to change without notice.