Course Description

Of the three branches of our federal government, the executive is unique in that it provides one individual with specific powers and responsibilities. The class will trace the history of the presidency from the founding fathers at the Consitutional Convention who created an office unlike anything known at the time to the administration of George W. Bush. The class will strike a balance between knowing the presidents at a personal/biographical level and understanding the issues which defined their administrations. Their relations with the Congress and to a lesser degree the judiciary will be touched upon as will the concept of presidential greatness.

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Section Title
The US Presidents: History of the Executive Branch
Delivery Options
Various Media  
Course Fee(s)
SPU Tuition credit (5 units) $495.00
Available for Credit
5 Quarter Credits
Reading List / Textbook

The American Presidency: Origins and Development, 1776–2014 by Sidney M. Milkis and Michael Nelson, CQ Press, ISBN: 978-1483318691


Section Notes

Course is self-paced. Completion time: up to one year.

Refund Policy: Withdrawals submitted online through SPU within 3 days of enrollment will receive a 100% refund. Withdrawal requests submitted within 21 days of enrollment will receive a 95% refund. No refunds will be given after 21 days, and no withdrawals will be accepted after the end date of the course. Please return all course materials you have received. Instructions on how to withdraw are located on our website under Students/Withdrawal and Refund Policies.

Section Materials
  • DVD (Optional) The Presidents: The Lives and Legacies of the 43 Leaders of the United States ISBN B0165ZQBPG
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