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What is Tarleton Town Hall?

Town Hall is a high-impact design for Federal Government (GOVT 2305) and Texas Government (GOVT 2306) courses at Tarleton State University. Developed and coordinated by Tarleton faculty, the goal of the Town Hall model is to improve students' civic engagement and community involvement. The Town Hall design is characterized by:

  1. A Class format consisting of two 50-minute lectures and one 50-minute "lab" (also known as a breakout session). Each breakout session has an assigned topic. Topics for the upcoming semester are listed below; and 
  2. A semester-long project involving the breakout session topic and leading up to a special campus-wide event near the end of the semester.

Data collected since 2016 shows that students who participate in the Tarleton Town Hall model are more likely to remain in school and graduate than those who don't.

Fall 2022 Breakout Session Topics

Federal Government (GOVT 2305)

  • First Amendment
  • Second Amendment
  • Fourth Amendment
  • Fifth Amendment
  • Sixth Amendment
  • Eighth Amendment
  • Fourteenth Amendment

Texas Government (GOVT 2306)

  • Rural Economic Development
  • Eniment Domain
  • Water Usage
  • Animal/Crop Regulation
  • Fiscal Policy
  • Economic Growth
  • K-12 Curriculum
  • K-12 Funding
  • Transgender
  • Abortion
  • Police Reform
  • Elections & Voting
  • Gun laws
  • Green Energy
  • Rural Broadband
  • Environmental Policy

Upcoming Town Hall Events