Enduring Tensions

Enduring Tensions

 In this course we’ll be working through the political and historical processes that led to the creation of the United States Constitution, taking on the roles of the framers ourselves – writing and performing speeches, staging debates, and crafting a Constitution of our own.


Students explore the intersection of topics by taking the following course package*:

*Courses in the FIG package may be subject to change

HIST 199 College Connections - FIG Seminar, 1-credit

This College Connections seminar is scheduled as remote, but will likely have in-person components in fall.

HIST 211 Reacting to the Past - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

The Constitutional Convention of 1787: Constructing the American Republic brings to life the debates that most profoundly shaped American government. As representatives to the Convention, students must investigate the ideological arguments behind possible structures for a new government and create a new constitution. Reacting to the Past is an award-winning series of immersive role-playing games that actively engage students in their own learning. Students assume the roles of historical characters and practice critical thinking, primary source analysis, and argument, both written and spoken. Reacting games are flexible enough to be used across the curriculum, from first-year general education classes and discussion sections of lecture classes to capstone experiences and honors programs.

TA 250 Acting I - CoreEd or major satisfying course, 4-credits

Introduces the fundamentals of acting and the world of theater. Uses improvisation and theater games to develop freedom, creativity, and confidence, culminating in the performance of a two-character scene.


FIG Theme: 

Culture in Review

Flight Path Theme:

Media Arts and ExpressionGlobal Connections