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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Government - Davar Academy

Descriptions and credit recommendations for all evaluated learning experiences


Varies (self-study, self-paced).


November 2016 - Present. 


Upon successful completion of this learning experience, students will be able to: describe the role of political culture in shaping the politics of the United States; describe how the constitution serves as the foundation for all aspects of American government; delineate the nature of federalism and how a federal form of government is distinct from other models; describe the origins, powers, structure and functioning of the three major branches of government; and identify constitutional liberties and rights and describe how controversies over such issues shape much of the content of American politics.


This learning experience explores the structure and dynamics of American national government, providing a broad-based introduction to the ideas and institutions that shape politics in the contemporary United States. Instruction focuses on three major areas: The Constitution and the debates of the founding era, the institutions of modern American government, and the political behavior of the American mass public. Analysis draws heavily both on documents from America’s formative period and on insights from modern political science, allowing us to examine important political phenomena from a variety of perspectives. The goal of the course is to steer students toward a deeper, more comprehensive understanding of the forces that shape American government and politics, so that they may be both more discerning and critical of the system as well as better informed and reflective participants. The course of study necessary to be prepared for the proctored proficiency examination consists of lessons based on the readings from the textbook. Students are encouraged to answer all the review questions and quizzes for each lesson.

Credit recommendation:

In the associate/certificate degree category, 3 semester hours in Introduction to American Government (11/16) (3/22 revalidation).