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Billica, Nancy Instructor


Research Areas research areas



  • US environmental policy, policy process, legislation


courses taught

  • PSCI 1101 - Introduction to American Politics
    Primary Instructor - Summer 2018
    Emphasizes interrelations among levels and branches of government, formal and informal institutions, processes, and behavior.
  • PSCI 2106 - Introduction to Public Policy Analysis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2021
    Studies policymaking processes in American government, factors shaping public decision, and issues and questions relevant to political inquiry.
  • PSCI 3031 - Political Parties and Interest Groups
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Highlights the practice of party politics in the United States, including the nature, structure, organization, and functions of political parties and interest groups. Analyzes interest group politics and political behavior. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101.
  • PSCI 3041 - The American Congress
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2020 / Fall 2020
    Provides intensive examination of the role of Congress in American government, including congressional elections, representation, the organization of Congress, and congressional policy making. Examines larger context of congressional politics, including political parties, the president, and interest groups. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101.
  • PSCI 3061 - State Government and Politics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Spring 2019 / Spring 2020
    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. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101.
  • PSCI 3206 - The Environment and Public Policy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    Considers constitutional, political, and geographic factors in development of public policy affecting the use of natural resources and management of the environment; organization, procedures, and programs for use of natural resources; and administration of environmental policies. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101 or PSCI 2012.
  • PSCI 4938 - Internship in Government
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Summer 2018 / Fall 2018 / Spring 2019 / Summer 2019 / Fall 2019 / Spring 2020 / Summer 2020 / Fall 2020 / Spring 2021
    With instructor's assistance, students secure an internship with a political or governmental organization. In addition to the internship, the class consists of regular seminars, course readings and assignments, and individual conferences with the instructor. Student pursues an academic research project and writes an original research paper. Instructor approval required in semester preceding internship. Contact instructor prior to early registration. Recommended prerequisite: PSCI 1101. May be repeated up to 6 total credit hours.

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