Catalog: 2014–2015 Catalog Year

HIST 111: Survey of American Constitutional History

General Information

  • Name: Survey of American Constitutional History
  • Discipline: History (HIST)
  • Units (Credits): 3
  • Transfer Information: Courses with numbers 100 to 299: This course is designed to apply toward a WNC degree and/or transfer to other schools within the Nevada System of Higher Education, depending on the degree chosen and other courses completed. It may transfer to colleges and universities outside Nevada. For information about how this course can transfer and apply to your program of study, please contact a counselor.
  • Academic Division: Liberal Arts
  • Prerequisites: None

Course Outline

I: Catalog Course Description

Teaches the origin, development, history of the Nevada and United States constitutions. Course will examine the American judicial system through a number of significant decisions and will analyze the individuals who made those decisions.

II: Course Objectives

  • Gain factual knowledge (origins, terminology, classifications of law, and unique characteristics) about the Nevada and United States Constitutions.
  • Learn the basic structure and functions of the Federal and Nevada judicial systems.
  • Learn several significant decisions of the United States Supreme Court.
  • Learn to apply course materials and presentations to improve analytical skills and rational thinking.

III: Course Linkage

Linkage of course to educational program mission and at least one educational program outcome.

HIST 111 links to two programs at WNC, AA/AS and General Education.
Students who complete HIST 111 are expected to demonstrate they:

  • Have college-level skills in reading, writing, and oral communication appropriate to their degree and/or emphasis.
  • Have problem solving, critical and creative thinking skills.
  • Have effective and efficient learning skills, including the location and evaluation of information.
  • Know the basic principles and processes of government at the local, state, national and international levels.


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