Jan 29, 2020  
2019-2020 Academic Catalogue 
2019-2020 Academic Catalogue

IS 312 - The American Presidency

Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Credit Hours: 3

The American Presidency is a political institution like no other in the world. Born of the Founding Fathers' wariness of the concentrated political power, the office is a blend of head of state, commander-in-chief, chief of party, and head of government. Its evolution has been central to the development of American national government and Americans' concepts of and relationships to that government. This course will trace the history of the Presidency from the Founders' ideas about and experiences with executive power to the office's current state—with all its inherent paradoxes. I hope that, through this course, cadets will come to a deeper understanding of the Presidency's origins, development, powers, and limitations as well as the reasons behind the constant contest between the President and the Congress.