Every time you step into a classroom, your mind is expanding. By going to these classes, you develop opinions, ideas, and values.
Some of the ideas a student develops will be driven by which class, specifically, they are sitting through. Below are some of the classes that impact students' political viewpoints in one direction or another.
One of the fundamental issues in politics is the way in which government should control and manage the economy. In a basic macroeconomics class, you should learn about supply and demand, trade, and the basics of fiscal and monetary policy.
Based on your understanding of the subjects, opinions should begin to formulate as to beliefs about how government should tax, what government should spend on to bolster the economy, and how government should respond to both recessions and times of vast economic growth in terms of contractionary and expansionary policy.
Our philosophical underpinnings are what tend to drive our opinions on social policy. Our own religion, ethics, and morality play a major role in how we'll formulate our political opinions and each of these three things can be either challenged or supported by philosophical reasoning.
This is a class that not only a lot of students take in college, but that most students take even in their senior year of high school. One of the most fundamental questions in regards to political ideology that should be brought to light in one of these classes is "what is the role of government?"
In a typical government class, you'll learn about the balance of powers, the role(s) of each branch of government, and how government operations function. In addition, you'll study pieces of historical information integral to the the shaping of these operations. Anything that contributes to your conception of what the role of government is in the lives of it's constituents, particularly in a representative democracy of and by the people, is at the very core of every individual's political views.
Politicians and orators share something in common: they are both very good at deception. Using words to deceive people and guide people toward one sole viewpoint on an issue is at the heart of politics.
In speech classes, students learn strategies that will teach them how to persuade listeners to agree with any argument being put forward and are taught how to masterfully use Aristotle's three appeals (logos, ethos, pathos). With a basic understanding of how this works, one should be able to sift through the political "mumbo jumbo" and figure out what the politician wants done and how he/she wants to do it.
This class should help you decipher political talk and have informed political opinions based on the merits of the particular stance.
In an American history class, students gain valuable insights on politics. In terms of government's role, one should learn about what the government was originally intended for, how it was molded by our founders for self-governance and as American history was navigated, how the government's role has been altered.
You'll also learn the history of the political parties and what each party had typically supported, which should point to how they each function today. It should also give you a keen eye as to what political parties are currently supporting that has been successful or has failed in the past.
Additionally, history classes should show you what we've overcome as a nation and how every day, a political decision can impact the lives of Americans for years to come. So, at the very least, it should show that decisions like the recent election will impact the molding of our country for our children and our children's children.