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    Mar 26, 2023  
American University Catalog 2022-2023 
    
American University Catalog 2022-2023

WSEM-340 The U.S. Presidency: History and Current Controversies (3)


Even before Donald Trump became president, the office of the presidency was the center of the political universe. In this course, students learn why. The course begins by studying the constitutional origins and history of the presidency and then works toward a more comprehensive understanding of the institution. Students consider the chief executive from a number of angles including the history of the presidency and the contributions of individuals from George Washington to Trump; current controversies involving the “unitary executive” theory, unilateral power, and other issues; political science theories, and both classic and contemporary works on the presidency. Usually Offered: fall, spring, and summer. Restriction: Washington Semester Program (Fall & Spring) .