In the Summer term, students are required to enroll in one course, The American Presidency (3 credits) - GOV 308. Students will have the opportunity to enroll in additional elective courses if they choose. For more information about elective courses, please visit the website of our partner organization, The Fund for American Studies.
The American Presidency (3 credits) – GOVT 308 (Required)
The Leadership and the American Presidency course is the core component of the LTAP program. Through the hallmark Presidential Leadership Journey, students will critically examine presidential leadership from a historical context in a thematic way, making connections to their own leadership journeys. Real history will be utilized through case studies, and immersive sessions at presidential sites. Real leaders will offer their lessons on leadership from across the sectors of business, government, and the non-profit field. Finally, leadership skills will be challenged through authentic practices and assessments, both in the classroom and in real world settings. Joseph Nye Jr.’s text, Presidential Leadership and the Creation of the American Era will serve as a guide for this course along the Presidential Leadership Journey.
THE PRESIDENTIAL LEADERSHIP JOURNEY
The Presidential Leadership Journey serves as a thematic guide for the course and allows us to critically examine presidential leadership through the following lenses over time:
- The Origins - The Foundations of a Leader
- The Team - From Kitchen Cabinet to Team of Rivals
- The First 100 Days - Crafting, Sharing, and Launching the Vision
- The State of the Union - Communicating and Messaging
- The Challenges - The Opposition, Press and Pressure
- The Inevitable Crisis - From Controversy to Tragedy
- The Renewal - Adapting, Reflecting, and Reprioritizing
- The Legacy - The Farewell Address
For more information regarding the optional elective courses during the summer term, please visit the website of our partner organization, The Fund for American Studies.