American Exceptionalism: Fact and Fiction (PS 102)
Is America exceptional? This seminar invites students to consider what is unique about America’s historical development, its society and culture, and, especially, its government and politics. Examining key documents, speeches, debates, letters, and literature from the American founding to the present, seminar participants will compare, contrast, and otherwise interrogate evidence of “American exceptionalism” and explore the political uses and power of exceptionalist claims throughout American history.
Dr. Douglas B. Harris (B.A., The American University; Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University) is professor of political science. His research on Congress, political parties, and media politics has been published in numerous scholarly journals as well chapters in edited collections on congressional elections, media framing techniques, and public trust in government. He is co-author of The Austin-Boston Connection: Fifty Years of House Democratic Leadership (Texas A&M University Press, 2009) and co-editor of Doing Archival Research in Political Science (Cambria Press, 2012). His latest book is Choosing the Leader: Leadership Elections in the U.S. House of Representatives (Yale University Press, 2019).
Introduction to Theology (TH 201)
Introduction to Theology is centered on the historical development of Christian Theology. The class is divided into three sections. During the first part of the semester, students will study selections from the Bible. The second part of the course turns to the Christian tradition, as it was developed through the work of Western Europe theologians. Finally, the course looks at contemporary Christianity in the American context. To increase knowledge of global trends in contemporary theology, students’ final projects will be research papers and presentations on modern contextual theologies.
Dr. Nicole Reibe is a historical theologian whose work focuses on twelve century France and fifteenth century Spain. She is particularly interested in the recovery of forgotten figures in church history. In her class, Dr. Reibe prioritizes student discussion and discovery over lectures and rote memorization of names, dates, and terms.
Kara Hunter hails from the great “buckeye state” where she completed her undergraduate education at The Ohio State University, with a degree in Counseling Psychology in 2015. She then earned her Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration, with a concentration in collegiate athletics, from North Carolina State University in 2017. During her time at NC State, Kara served in dual capacities with both University Housing and University Recreation. Kara is a major Ohio State fan and can be seen in her jersey every Saturday in the fall. She also enjoys an active lifestyle, including running and playing tennis. A world traveler, major foodie, and coffee connoisseur, she loves navigating a new city based on what she has a taste for that day. Kara is always up for a new adventure, especially if it means being surrounded by friends and family. Another fun fact about Kara -- she is an NCAA Basketball Referee in her spare time. She is very passion about this avocation and has her sights set on eventually officiating in a Division 1 power five conference (ACC, Big Ten, Big East) and/or the WNBA.
Both courses in this pairing satisfy core requirements for all students. For students considering a major in the Sellinger School of Business, Political Science will count as an elective since Sellinger School of Business students will take Microeconomics Principles and Macroeconomic Principles as their two, core social science courses.