History Courses - Theological Research Institute
Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences
August 2021 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: understand the basic concepts of democratic thought; analyze the formation, concepts, and components of the United States Constitution; investigate the idea of federalism and explain the role of states and the national government in America’s political environment; explore America’s political culture and examine the traits and beliefs of the American voter; identify America’s major political parties, the core beliefs, and the impact special interest groups can have on their actions; understand the electoral process in the United States; analyze the organization and purpose of the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial branches of government; understand the role and structure of the federal bureaucracy; investigate the modern media and its impact on public opinion; and examine the concepts of civil rights and civil liberties and their impact on American society.
This course is designed to be an introduction to American government, its historical foundations, institutions, and political processes. The purpose of this class is to teach about the institutions, practices, and history of politics and government in the United States. This course covers a great deal of ground, including the Constitution, the three branches of the federal government, interest groups, public opinion, campaigns, elections, and parties. For each subject, leading perspectives in political science are examined, and current events and personal experiences are incorporated.
In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Political Science, United States Government, or Legal Studies (8/21).
October 2018 - Present.
Upon successful completion of the learning experience, students will be able to: identify, explain, and give examples of significant developments in American history over a defined span of time, roughly the 1860s to present; examine and analyze historical developments through knowledge of institutional, social, cultural, and political evolution, and change over a defined span of time, roughly the 1860s to present; and interpret and evaluate historical evidence.
Topics include the history of the United States from the post-Civil War era (roughly the 1860s) to the present day. The course will introduce major social, political, economic, and cultural events and it will address how those events affected the development of American society. Particular attention will be devoted to the role of popular cultural and to the emergence of the United States as a world power.
In the lower division baccalaureate degree category /associate degree category, 3 semester hours in History, U.S. History or as a general elective (10/20).