2023-2024 Catalog

HIST 258 U.S. Constitutional History

This course analyzes the history of the U.S. Constitution from 1787 to the present. We focus primarily on two main topics in constitutional history: (1) federalism, property rights, and economic regulation and (2) civil rights and civil liberties. The main objective of the course is to provide students with a broad understanding of the changing role of the Constitution in American society and the ways in which the Supreme Court's interpretations have been shaped by social, economic, and political developments. Additionally, the course assignments and classroom exercises are designed to help students strengthen their ability to read written texts closely, think logically and analytically, and articulate their ideas clearly and persuasively. [SS]