Penn State Course Offers Analysis Of Trump's Popularity

Sep 29, 2016

Donald Trump addresses a crowd in Mechanicsburg, Pa. in August, 2016.
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Penn State is dedicating an entire course this fall to one person: Donald Trump. 

The one-credit course called "Trump" allows students to meet for two hours a week to analyze the Republican presidential nominee's campaign, the democratic process and previous presidential candidates. 

The director of the university's McCourtney Institute for Democracy says the Republican is generating a great deal of support through unorthodox means and is discussing issues that raise questions about democratic politics. 

Students say they're discussing what makes him popular and what separates him from other candidates throughout history. 

The institute is using the course as a pilot to see if students are interested in taking classes focusing on contemporary topics on a regular basis.

The unprecedented nature of the 2016 race is making some professors at other colleges wonder: What's the right way to teach students about Trump?