Jun 02, 2020  
2019-2020 Catalog 
2019-2020 Catalog

HIS 207 History of the Modern American Presidency

Prerequisite: ENG 101  
3 credits

Each semester this course is offered, it will examine one facet of the presidency, beginning with the Civil War, 1861-1865, when appropriate, or the beginning of the Progressive Era in 1901.  Topics could include presidential elections, the president as commander in chief, the president as “communicator in chief,” the president and Congress, and the president and the Supreme Court, but there are many possibilities.  In the process of conducting in-depth reading about and analysis, and discussion of a relatively narrow topic, our goal will be to arrive at some conclusions about factors and forces that make modern presidents successful or unsuccessful.  The American president is the chief executive of a large, diverse democratic republic, so appropriate attention will be given to important issues about race, class, and gender in presidential history.