American Foundations

Course Description

The history of the United States holds lessons for people everywhere. This course examines the full range of American history with the goal of better understanding the political, economic, and cultural ideals and institutions that explain the successes and limitations of the United States. This course also has interdisciplinary elements and draws deeply from political science, cultural studies, and economics to illuminate the American past.

Content and Topics

The following general topics are covered in all sections of American Foundations: American Independence, Constitutional Development. Power in Government, American political and religious culture, American economic principles, Market Challenges, Exclusion and Inclusion, Technology, and Foreign Relations

Goals and Objectives

Outcomes Students in American Foundations 101 will:

    • Know: Be able to explain the basic principles, truths, and history of American political and economic institutions (including agency, rights, rule of law, constitutionalism, U.S. Independence, the U.S. Constitution, religion in America, civil rights, women's suffrage, immigration, market economics, economic challenges. technology, and foreign relations)
    • Do: Be able to converse knowledgeably and respectfully on public issues, apply social theories and correct principles to contemporary situations, and appreciate and defend the universal principles of the American Founding
    • Become: Become effective disciple leaders and informed citizens of their countries
Course Requirements

Students in American Foundations are required to demonstrate learning through periodic examinations, writing assignments, group discussion, critical analysis exercises, and class participation.

Course Prerequisites


Semesters Taught

Winter, Spring, Fall

Course Lead

Hyrum Lewis
Hyrum Lewis