"A continuation of the study of philosophy, political theory, science, art and religion begun in Foundations of the American Experience. Discusses the framing of the United States Constitution in the late 18th century, and examines the works of important social documents of the 19th and 20th centuries. Both primary texts and selected readings in issues of contemporary importance are read. Develops students' writing and verbal skills through written assignments and class presentations. Lecture 3 hours. 3 hours credit"