American History and Government Specialist Certificate Program

MyCAA Course Information

Course Code: AU-A-USGOV
Program Duration: 6 Months
Course Level: Advanced
Mentor Supported: Yes

Course Overview

American history offers one of the most unique and interesting portraits of a successful nation built from the humblest of beginnings. The great experiment that is American democracy and government encapsulates fundamental lessons in constitutionalism, federalism, checks and balances, bureaucracy, civil rights and civil liberties as well as the importance and effects of political participation and behavior as it impacts policy formation. All of these concepts combine to produce one of the most unique government institutions in the world and a comprehensive understanding of its inner workings, strengths and limitations ensures public policy professionals, elected officials, community organizers, public officials and their staff at all levels have an educated and informed view of American government as a whole and as compared with other governments around the world.

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Course Description

American history offers one of the most unique and interesting portraits of a successful nation built from the humblest of beginnings. The great experiment that is American democracy and government encapsulates fundamental lessons in constitutionalism, federalism, checks and balances, bureaucracy, civil rights and civil liberties as well as the importance and effects of political participation and behavior as it impacts policy formation. All of these concepts combine to produce one of the most unique government institutions in the world and a comprehensive understanding of its inner workings, strengths and limitations ensures public policy professionals, elected officials, community organizers, public officials and their staff at all levels have an educated and informed view of American government as a whole and as compared with other governments around the world.

Program Objectives

At the conclusion of this program, 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

Explain how the historical development of the United States affects the contemporary political environment

Analyze the formal and informal processes by which public policy is made

Explain how individual actors impact the contemporary political environment

Apply informational literacy skills in the study of politics

Describe the peoples of North America between 30,000 B.C. and 1682 A.D.

Label significant American historical events on a timeline

Examine the diversity present in the seventeenth century English Colonies

Examine the challenges faced by Colonial families in a growing and diverse America

Analyze the causes and events of the American Revolution

Explain republican culture

Analyze the challenges of the new democracy

Analyze the steps involved in creating a democracy

Examine inequalities in race and gender and their impact on American society

Evaluate the changing role of the family in Colonial America

Explain the pre-war division between the North and South

Analyze the reasons for and events of the Civil War

Investigate issues related to post-war reconstruction

Examine the conquest and exploitation of the West

Label significant American historical events on a timeline

Analyze the role of industrialization on society

Explain the changes in urban society and the government

Examine the Roosevelt presidency and the changing face of industrialism

Analyze the Age of Progressivism

Examine Americas role in World War I

Evaluate the cultural challenges of the 1920s and 1930s

Investigate issues leading to the Cold War

Examine post-World War II culture

Examine the political issues of the 1970s

Examine the Reagan and Bush Administrations role in American society

Examine the Democratic revival in the 1990s

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What is difference between a certificate and a certification?

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Does this course translate in to college credit?

Through our college and university partners, ECA offers non-credit certificate programs.

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Is the Certification exam included in the course?

The certification exam is not included in the cost of the course unless otherwise specified in the course education and training plan.

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