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    Mar 27, 2017
    | Would recommend.

    This class was tough.

    Course Overview:

    This is a required class for all BYU students, it helps students to understand better the founding of our country.

    Course highlights:

    I enjoyed learning about Abraham Lincoln and his presidency and the civil war.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always always always do your reading and take notes on them, go to lectures, and make time Fort he review room and you'll be set!

    • Winter 2017
    • JennyPulsipher
    • Yes
    • Go to Office Hours Always Do the Reading Participation Counts
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    Feb 20, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This is a great class for freshmen in their first semester. Around campus, it tends to get a bit of a bad rep because it's difficult, but the reality that I found in Professor Karpowitz's class was that everything anyone needs to succeed is provided with the class. This class is easy if you keep up with the readings, attend the weekly labs as if they were a lecture, and set yourself to a schedule for completing the weekly online quizzes. There are a couple of essays required in the class, as well as a couple of midterms, but there's actually quite a bit of flexibility with them as well: Your lowest-grade in the essays will be dropped, for example. In addition, the lectures are engaging, and the weekly labs are essential to understanding the concepts explained in the lectures and help prepare you for the midterms and essays.

    Course highlights:

    I think one of the biggest things I gained from American Heritage were basic skills for doing well in college classes: Meeting regular deadlines, writing essays, learning how to disagree without being disagreeable, preparing for midterms, searching for concepts in readings rather than important "test" details, and the primary function of an iClicker. In terms of the content of the course itself, you will learn about a lot of basic political principles and be allowed to learn about different political views in a way that gives balanced bias (liberalism, libertarianism, utilitarianism, socialism, etc are all presented in a way that gives them the best spotlight one could give them ). In addition, different topics and values are presented and debated from the perspective of government involvement. The entire course presents these in parallel to the foundation and evolution of the US government.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Set the times when you are going to read for the class and when you're going to take the online quizzes. The only thing that I found I struggled with was remembering to take the quizzes. Other than that, if you don't allow yourself to fall behind in the readings and attend your weekly lab, you'll do just fine.

    • Fall 2016
    • Christopher Karpowitz
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    • Always Do the Reading Participation Counts Great Discussions

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