This course examines the role of presidential campaigns and elections in American politics. It studies the origins and evolution of the presidential nominating and electoral processes and explores how modern campaigns inform, influence, and mobilize voters. Topics to be studied include the role of political parties and candidates, campaign strategies and issues, political advertisement and media coverage, and campaigning and governing. We incorporate major developments in the 2016 campaign for the presidency with political science research on presidential campaigns and elections. The main discipline that we use to explore presidential campaigns is political science. However, we also use interdisciplinary approaches to understand more thoroughly the ways in which presidential campaigns influence American political behavior and politics. We incorporate the insights of historians, economists, journalists, and campaign insiders, and compare them to those of political scientists. To make sense of the complexities of presidential campaigns and elections in the United States we use a variety of pedagogical tools that allow us to link more effectively theoretical insights with the current race for the White House. Thus, although this is not a course about the current presidential election, we discuss course material in the context of the unfolding election to help us make better sense of the literature on presidential campaigns and elections.