American Government is now a requirement for most undergraduates. If the thought of taking this course makes you cringe or your stomach turn, I have a tip:Turn off the news. Most political discussions have little to do with political science and are filled with rhetoric that is made to appeal to extremes of the political spectrum. Instead, read one of the founding documents of our government such as the Declaration of Independence or the Constitution. They are very brief, it won't take more than about 10 minutes. They are available on the web. One of the best places to review them is the National Archives (http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/constitution.html). After reviewing them, what questions do you have? Keep these questions in mind as you go to class, do your reading or other work for your course. You just might discover something new!