This required junior-level survey course is organized chronologically, from the arrival of European explorers and settlers through the Trump Administration. Its main themes include American exceptionalism, the role of religion and race in American life, regional differences, and the idea of the frontier in shaping American identity and self-image. Students develop an understanding of key constitutional provisions and economic factors that have influenced American history. The course considers the impact of demographic, social, and geographic forces and analyzes the effects of watershed events and laws. In addition to the textbook, students use primary sources, databases, and independent research in their studies and in writing a springtime research paper. Students begin to analyze the current character of America, based on their studies of the events, trends, and personalities in her past.