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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Theological Research Institute, Ltd. (TRI) | Evaluated Learning Experience

American Government (HIS 301)


Self-study, self-paced.

Various; distance learning format.

August 2021 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Proficiency exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to: explain 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; discuss 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 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 many topics 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.

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Political Science, United States Government, or Legal Studies (8/21).