American History & Government Specialist
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This assessment-rich course provides specialist level training to students on American history and government. During this course, you'll be introduced to the fundamentals of American politics, history, and government through the analysis of evolution in American policies and major institutions. The course also provides a broad account of American history covering important events, including the following: • New World exploration • Settlement • Independence • The civil war • Reconstruction • The industrial revolution • The great depression • The world wars • Social, political, and cultural evolution in America After completing this intensive course, you'll be able to: • Outline the institutional structures, their functions, and relationship with each other to explain the processes of the government. • Analyze the formal and informal processes of public policymaking. • Describe major civilizations in America between 30,000 B.C. and the seventeenth century. • Analyze the causes and events of the American Revolution. • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Articles of Confederation government in establishing the new nation. • Analyze the reasons for and events of the Civil War. • Label significant American historical events on a timeline. • Analyze the role of industrialization in the late nineteenth and early twentieth-century U.S. society. • Examine the social, political, and economic changes throughout the history of the United States. • Examine the foreign policy of the T. Roosevelt presidency. • Investigate the United States' role in the World Wars and the beginnings of the Cold War. • Examine the Reagan and G.H.W. Bush Administrations' role in American society.
At the end of this course, students will be able to: • Outline the institutional structures and how these structures interact with each other to explain the processes of government • Apply an understanding of government processes to analyze contemporary politics • Analyze the formal and informal processes by which public policy is made • Explain how individual actors impact the contemporary political environment • Describe major civilizations in America between 30,000 B.C. and the seventeenth century • Examine the diversity present in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English Colonies • Examine the challenges faced by colonial society in a growing and diverse America • Analyze the causes and events of the American Revolution • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Articles of Confederation government in establishing the new nation • Analyze the steps America took in creating a democracy during the nineteenth century • Explain the pre-war division between the North and the South • Analyze the reasons for and events of the Civil War • Analyze the conquest and exploitation of the West • Label significant American historical events on a timeline • Analyze the role of industrialization on late nineteenth and early twentieth century U.S. society • Examine the social, political, and economic changes in late nineteenth century United States • Examine the foreign policy of the T. Roosevelt presidency • Analyze the Age of Progressivism • Examine America's role in World War I • Evaluate the cultural challenges of the 1920s and 1930s • Investigate the United States' role in World War II and the beginnings of the Cold War • Analyze the domestic changes and international challenges faced by the United States after the fall of communism in Europe • Examine the Reagan and G.H.W. Bush Administrations' role in American society
• American Government
• American History I
• American History II
There are no specific prerequisites for this program. Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.
• Out of Many: A History of the American People, Volume 2 8th Edition
• American Government: Roots and Reform
• American Stories: A History of the United States
All required reference materials are provided with this program. Technical requirements: Internet Connection • Broadband or High-Speed (DSL, Cable, Wireless) Hardware Requirements • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended Software Requirements • Operating Systems - Windows 7, 8 or 10; Mac OS x 10 or higher • Microsoft Office 2007, 2010 or 2013 or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx) • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended • Cookies MUST be enabled • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled) • Adobe PDF Reader
• 100% Online, Self-Paced • Open Enrollment • Admissions and Student Support • Multimedia Rich and Interactive Content