Penn State Offering One-Credit Course On The Rise Of Donald Trump

There’s no question that Donald Trump has shaken up this election cycle with unorthodox campaigning and rhetoric. He mopped up the Republican stage from 17 candidates until he was the last one standing. Trump’s campaign tactics have confused pollsters and the media — and now you can take a class at Penn State to learn all about it.

The one-credit course, LA 297 – 002 Special Topics, is run by the Penn State McCourtney Institute for Democracy from September 13 to November 15 and is labeled in LionPATH simply as “The Trump Course.” The course will be led by Dr. Michael Berkman, a professor of political science who “specializes in American state and local politics and policymaking,” according to his biography.

Dr. Christopher Beem, Managing Director of the McCourtney Institute for Democracy, told the Daily Collegian, “The purpose of the class is to offer students the real-time exposure to what is undoubtedly an important and unique political phenomenon.” The class will bring in “faculty from a variety of disciplines throughout the liberal arts to examine [Trump’s] campaign and his candidacy,” he added.

“It makes sense that Penn State is offering a Trump course, since they offer so many criminology courses about the other candidate,” We Are for Trump Chairman Dmitri Loutsik said. “Because I love talking about Trump, I might as well get a credit doing what I love.”

To participate in the class, students should to email Rose Petrunyak ([email protected]) with one to two paragraphs answering the question “Why do you want to take this class?” by September 6. Students accepted into the class will be notified by September 9.

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