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HIST 551: AP American Government


Course Description

For many years now, civics education has been required at schools across America, and yet many young people lack a basic knowledge of our government or current events. Even those who are aware of current events are often limited to repeating the latest talking points from social media, with little historical or moral perspective.

This course provides an in-depth study of the philosophical foundations of the American political tradition, providing students with a fluency in American civics and exploring the philosophical self-identity of our Republic. Drawing from original historical documents, this course will survey the evolution and shifting ideological identity of the American Constitution from the founding fathers to the highly charged political questions and challenges of today. In addition to preparing students for the AP American Government Exam, this is an excellent course for students interested in political philosophy, debate, or pre-law studies.

Required Texts

Wilson, James Q. et al. American Government: Institutions and Policies. 16th edition. Cengage Learning, 2018.

Kendall, Willmoore. The Basic Symbols of the American Political Tradition. Catholic University of America Press, 1995.

School: High School

Department: History

Length: One Semester


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