American Foundations Minor

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American Foundations

Minor

The American Foundations minor focuses on providing an enhanced understanding and appreciation of the American founding and the U.S. Constitution.

American Foundations is an interdisciplinary minor co-sponsored by the Department of Social Sciences and the Department of History. At the end of their 47-month experience, cadets commission as second lieutenants and take an oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.” This minor provides cadets with a stronger knowledge base of the Constitution, the contexts from which it emerged, and the specific features of the democratic republic Americans created when they ratified this revolutionary plan for their government. The American Foundations minor creates an interdisciplinary community of cadets and faculty members who, as the result of rigorous analysis, at USMA and within the Army can enrich and enhance an understanding and appreciation of the American founding and the Constitution.

 

To learn more about this area of study, visit the Department of Social Sciences.

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Required Cornerstone Course

SS386 POLITICAL THOUGHT AND IDEAS

 

History Foundation Elective

HI390 EARLY NATIONAL AMERICA

HI394 REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA

 

Required Capstone Tutorial

XH476 TUTORIAL IN AM FNDTNS

 

Required Core Electives

The course selected as the history foundation course cannot be selected from this list.

EN321 AMERICAN LITERATURE I

HI340 COLONIAL AMERICA

HI390 EARLY NATIONAL AMERICA

HI394 REVOLUTIONARY AMERICA

LW475 ADV CONSTITUTIONAL LAW SEM

PY370 17TH & 18TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY

SS376 AMERICAN POLITICAL DEVELOPMENT 

SS385 HISTORY OF ECONOMICS

Cadets who select this minor can participate in the Domestic Affairs Forum where they learn about domestic politics and government through a variety of experiences including round tables, mentorship programs, panel discussions, and numerous trip sections across North America. They may also engage with the Model UN. Cadets who selects this minor can also expect to meet expert guest speakers, travel on exciting trip sections, and to have the opportunity to compete for Academic Individual Advanced Development (AIAD) program, USMA-run academic enrichment experience at locations like The White House, Congress, and the Pentagon.

To learn more about enrichment for this area of study, visit the Department of Social Sciences.