One-semester course. By exploring the dynamic development of governmental systems in the United States, this course will prepare students for vigorous, informed, and purposeful participation in the democratic public sphere. Among other topics, students will consider the fundamental principles of the founding documents, as well as how these principles have changed over time; the variable role of the judicial, executive, and legislative branches in processes of governance; and the impact of special interests. An eye to current events will be kept throughout the semester.
Prerequisite: U.S. History