NAU Celebrates Constitution Day 2021


Constitution Day commemorates the September 17, 1787 signing of the United States Constitution. Each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year is required to hold an educational program about the U.S. Constitution for its students.

But NAU’s commitment to teach about the US Constitution goes deeper than a requirement: It aligns with our mission as an institution of higher education and our NAU CORE Ability #4: Civic Responsibility.

This year, in an effort to fulfill this commitment, we are pleased to announce the General Education department’s integration of a US History and Constitution curricular element into a minimum of one course per General Education subject area. These courses include at least one activity that educates students on US History or the Constitution. Our goal is to instill in our students the interest and skills to perform their own research and think critically about these topics that are so vital to the social fabric of our country.

Starting in Fall 2021, NAU students will encounter US History and Constitution-related activities integrated into the following General Education courses:

  • SC1100 Environmental Science
  • SO1050 Introduction to Sociology
  • HU2000 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
  • HU2100 Introduction to Humanities
  • CS1301 Do the Numbers!
  • EN2100 Speech
  • MA1500 Intermediate Algebra
  • MA2000 Quantitative Reasoning
  • MA2050 College Algebra

Over the next year, NAU’s General Education program will continue to integrate US and Constitutional history across the curriculum.

The learning outcomes for this program are as follows:

1. Students will recognize the role that the US Constitution plays in various aspects of American life.
2. Students will apply research skills to locate accurate information about the US Constitution and Constitutional Law.
3. Students will describe the history of how and why the US Constitution was written.
4. Students will describe how the Constitution has played a role in historical events in the US.
5. Students will identify different approaches to reading the Constitution and how they affect Constitutional controversies.

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