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Ed. 601S — Teaching the Social Sciences

This course is designed, in minor part, to indicate the present situation in
the presentation of the social sciences; and, in major part, to discuss
methods for improving the effectiveness of this presentation. Against a
background of the underlying processes or major activities that are found
in all human living of every time and place, there are considered meth-
ods of utilizing these underlying simplicities to facilitate the presenta-
tion in meaningful fashion of the details of the specialized social science
disciplines; to increase comparative knowledge of the group living of
different times and peoples; to see in perspective the fundamental proc-
esses in social organization and governance; to indicate the paths that
are open to ever-better group living; to see the bearing of the biological
and the physical sciences on human living; to explain the emergence
and operation of standards and values; to aid in the rich development
of the individual personality; and to do these things naturally and easily
in terms of the situations that are vividly present in the experiential back-
ground of every student.


In connection with the work there will be an extended exploration of
the issues raised in the volume "Curriculum Making in the Social
Studies", recently published by the Commission on the Social Studies of
the American Historical Association; and in the Report of the History
Commission of the College Entrance Examination Board.

The course should be particularly helpful to supervisors of social
studies in the schools, high school teachers, and junior college teachers as
well as those preparing for such positions.

Instructor — Dr. Marshall.

Three semester hours credit — Fee $24.


Hist. 202S — The United States Since the Civil War

Starting with the aftermath of the Civil War this course will attempt to
survey developments in American History in such a way as to give the
student an intelligent approach to the problems of today. Most of our
industrial, agrarian and labor problems of the present first became acute
in the period following the Civil War. An attempt will be made to
weave these problems within the fabric of political history upon which
they all had their repercussions. How the failure to solve these prob-
lems in a satisfactory way brought on the "Great Depression" and the
"Roosevelt Revolution" will be a major aim of the course. Lingley and
Foley: "Since the Civil War" will be used as a text.

Instructor — Dr. Geivehr.

Tivo semester hours credit — Fee $16.

Hist. 356S — The United States in the Twentieth Century

Beginning with a survey of the agrarian and industrial unrest of the 'nineties,
this course will endeavor to survey our history during the present genera-
tion. Among the problems for special consideration will be the great
change which occurred following the war with Spain; the rise of great
trusts; Theodore Roosevelt and the progressive era; the return of the
Democrats under Wilson; the coming of the Great War; the return to
"normalcy" under Harding and Coolidge; the problems of the farmer,
prohibition and immigration; the "Great Depression" of 1929-33; the
second Roosevelt and the New Deal. Dumond's "Roosevelt to Roose-
velt" will be used as the text and there will be collateral readings.

Instructor — Dr. Geivehr.

Tivo semester hours credit — Fee $16.

See also Economics 425S and Political Science 443S.


Pol. Sci. 402S— The National Executive

This course consists of an intensive study of the national executive, includ-
ing the method of his nomination and election; his expanding powers
and functions; his relationship to the other branches of government;
his leadership in administration and reorganization; and the signifi-
cance of his political philosophy.

Throughout the course, the executive forms and functions are studied, but
in their close relationship to the basic political processes, and to the


socio-economic-psychological factors which give them movement. A
reasonable setting is given the course through close integration of the
materials studied with those of the broader field of public administration
and the other social science disciplines.

Opportunity is offered and credit is given for first hand study and ob-
servation of the government in action in Washington.

Instructor — Dr. Seckler-Hudson.

Tivo semester hours credit — Fee $16.

Pol. Sci. 441S — Pressure Groups as an Agency of Social Control

An analysis of the "informal" government as an agency of political control,
especially as manifested in the methods and techniques of group pres-
sures. The course will include a study of the relations of such group
pressures to formal governmental policies; their influence on legislative
and administrative agencies; and some of the problems arising from
the activities of pressure groups and propaganda agencies.

Instructor — Dr. Seckler-Hudson.

Tivo semester hours credit — Fee $16.

Pol. Sci. 443S — Institute on Inter-American Relations

This course is offered chiefly for those who wish to better understand our
relations with our neighbors in this hemisphere and who desire to dis-
cuss this subject informally with authorities in the field. The course
will meet daily, except Saturday. For a detailed description of the manner
in which the course is to be conducted, students should consult page 7.

Instructor — Dr. Wilgus.

Four semester hours credit (Political Science or History) — Fee $32.

Pol. Sci. 505S — -Recent Constitutional Problems

An examination of recent decisions of the Supreme Court. Special attention
will be given to those cases which relate to New Deal legislation, such
as the decisions involving the National Recovery Administration, the
Agricultural Adjustment Administration, the Railroad Retirement Act,
the Guffey Coal Act, and the Wagner Labor Relations Act.
Attention will likewise be given to the various proposals advanced in the
interest of curbing or modifying the power of the Supreme Court.

Instructor — Dr. Arneson.

Tivo semester hours credit — Fee $16.


PA 421S — An Introduction to Federal Problems in the Field of Per-
sonnel, Financial Administration, Organization and Management

This course is primarily for government employees who have recently been
appointed to positions in the federal service, and is designed to provide
them with a survey of the methods used by the federal government in
the fields of Personnel Management, Financial Administration, and Or-
ganization and Management. The instructor, Dr. Reining, will serve
as chairman of the course and will work with the group in developing
the basic principles underlying the field of Public Administration. Dr.
Reining's work will be supplemented, however, each week by lectures
given by outstanding experts in the fields covered by the course. These
lectures will be followed by round table discussions designed to co-


ordinate the material presented by the lecturers, and to relate this mate-
rial to basic principles in the field of administration.

Instructor — Dr. Reining.

Four semester hours credit — Fee $32.

PA 425S — Problems in Administration (Public Business Laboratory)

The outstanding feature of this course will be group conferences with lead-
ing administrative officials who will demonstrate and explain the work
of their own departments; discuss the problems of management and
organization with which they are confronted; and, wherever practicable,
permit the members of the group to obtain a first hand view of actual

Preparation for and interpretation of the field conferences and demon-
strations will be provided students participating in the project through
class room meetings which will be under the supervision of faculty mem-
bers who have specialized in the field of national administration. Atten-
tion will be paid not only to the specific activities of particular depart-
ments but also to the manner in which the federal government handles
broad functions of government such as Housing, Welfare, Aid to Agri-
culture, Supervision of Banking Operations, Raising and Expenditure of
Public Funds, and Law Enforcement.

Persons desiring more detailed description of this course should refer
to page 6.

Instructors — Dr. Arneson, Dr. Seckler-Hudson, Dr. Reining, and Mr. Young.

Three semester hours credit — Fee $24.

PA 523S — The Problems Involved in the Reorganization of the Fed-
eral Government

A study of the problem of reorganizing the executive branch of the national
government. Special attention will be paid to the recent proposals for
change made by the President's Committee on Administrative Manage-
ment and the Brookings Institution, and which are now being considered
by Congress.

In some instances these proposals are in conflict with one another. At-
tention will be given to the origin of these conflicts. The plans will
also be analyzed from the standpoint of their practicability, and from
the standpoint of what effect, if any, they may have on the traditional
American concept of government. Attention will likewise be given to
the political conflicts which have developed as a result of these pro-
posals being made, and the reasons for these conflicts.

Instructor — Dr. Arneson.

Tivo semester hours credit — Fee $16.


Speech 301S — Extemporaneous Speaking

Current interest in forums and other public meetings designed to provide a
medium for the discussion of public affairs has placed definite respon-
sibility on teachers and public officials in the matter of being able to pre-
sent their work and their ideas clearly and effectively. This course is
designed to be of particular value to persons who find themselves in
such a position. Considerable emphasis will be placed on the organiza-
tion of materials as well as on effective presentation. Materials pre-


sented in class will deal very largely with current developments in the

field of government both at home and abroad.
Instructor — Mr. Flemming.
Tnvo semester hours credit — Fee $16.

English 211S — Government Correspondence

Effective use of English for business purposes; planning a letter, paragraph-
ing for clearness and emphasis; methods of building paragraphs; effec-
tive opening and closing paragraphs; intelligent punctuation; appro-
priate tone for each letter; special types of letter problems including
making inquiries, answering inquiries, letters of transmittal, application,
introduction, recommendation, complaint, and adjustment; series of fol-
low-up letters; form letters and paragraphs; systematic method of build-
ing a vocabulary; review of rules of grammar and sentence structure
as the}' affect clear, forceful expression.

Instructor — Mr. Grady.

Tnvo semester hours credit — Fee $16.


A great part of the preacher's duty today is to point the application
of Christian principles within the total political and economic life.
The issues involved are so critical for society and so vital for the in-
fluence of the Church that zeal without sound knowledge on the part
of the preacher may be disastrous to both.

In connection with its Summer School program The American
University is offering to ministers a ten days' session in the social
sciences as related to the preaching ministry.

This Institute will begin on Monday evening, July 5th, and will
close with a luncheon on Friday, July 16th.

Four courses will be given, of ten morning lectures each, with dis-
cussions. The courses and the instructors in charge will be as follows:
"The Significance of Government in the Social Order of To-
morrow" — Dr. Ben A. Arneson, Professor of Political
Science, The American University.
"The Impact of International Forces on the Social Order of
Tomorrow" — Dr. Wesley M. Gewehr, Professor of His-
tory, The American University.
"Some Essentials Underlying the Social Order of Tomorrow" —
Dr. Leon C. Marshall, Professor of Political Economy,
The American University.
"The Pulpit Ministry and the Social Order of Tomorrow" —
Bishop Francis J. McConnell of the Methodist Episcopal

All sessions of the Institute will be held on The American Uni-
versity Campus, Massachusetts and Nebraska Avenues, N.W. After-
noons will be free for study, for reading in the University libraries,
the City Library and the Library of Congress. Ministers enrolled
for the Institute will be welcomed, without expense, as auditors in
all courses given in connection with the Summer School for the dura-
tion of the Institute.

Ministers attending the Institute will also be invited to participate
in the organized tours of Washington and vicinity which are being
worked out in connection with the sessions of the Summer School.

The tuition fee for the Institute is $15. Board and room for the
duration of the Institute will be available at the Residence Hall on the
Campus at the rate of $22 per person.

Persons desiring additional information regarding the Institute
should address The Summer School, 1905 F Street, N.W., Wash-
ington, D. C.




The College of Liberal Arts of the American University is accredited by
the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools, and is
recognized as a standard college of Class A. It is on the approved list of the
American Association of University Women and of the Board of Education
of the Methodist Episcopal Church; it is a member of the Association of
American Colleges and of the American Council on Education. It cooperates
fully with these organizations in fostering high ideals of scholarship.

The faculty and trustees recognize intellectual attainment as the dominant
and unifying factor of college life. In order to provide the best opportunity
and to insure to students the largest gain from their attendance at the College,
the following provisions have been adopted:

1. Instruction is offered by thoroughly trained and successful teachers.

2. Small classes are maintained in order that students may receive much
individual attention.

3. Full opportunities are offered the students for the development of indi-
vidual initiative and leadership.

4. Every effort is made to stimulate in students a desire to attain distinction
in their studies.

5. Appropriate recognition is given to students who excel in scholarship.

6. Every effort is made to surround students with wholesome influences and
to provide a comfortable environment.

7. The health of students receives special attention. Work in physical edu-
cation is conducted with this end in view. Physical examinations are given,
and limited dispensary service is furnished through a resident nurse.

8. The members of the faculty cooperate with students in their social and
religious activities. It is the aim of the College to maintain intimate and
sympathetic relations between teachers and students, and faculty homes are
always open to students.

9. All student activities — athletics, debating, oratory, dramatics, glee club,
college paper, student council, etc. — are under the direction of the faculty;
each activity is given sympathetic encouragement.

10. Effort is made to provide acceptable employment for diligent and am-
bitious students if such employment is necessary for the completion of their
college course.

Persons desiring detailed information regarding the College of Liberal Arts
should write Dr. G. B. Woods, dean, College of Liberal Arts, Massachusetts
and Nebraska Avenues, N. W., Washington, D. C.


The Graduate School of The American University concentrates its course
offerings and research entirely in the field of the social sciences. Such
specialization makes it possible to offer unusually thorough and distinctive
programs of study leading toward the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees. Full advan-
tage is taken of the Washington situation both as regards utilization of the
research facilities of the Government, of the Library of Congress, etc., and
on the instructional side. In addition to the full-time members of the faculty,
the Graduate School includes in its instructional staff a large number of



experts who hold important positions with the Government and other agencies
centering in Washington. This arrangement makes possible a scholarly
realism obtainable with difficulty elsewhere. Full recognition through special
programs is given to those students whose main interest lies in the so-called
"borderline" fields in the social sciences.

A program leading to one of the graduate degrees may be focused in any
one of the following graduate fields:

Economics National Resources

Economic History Political Science

Government and Economics Social Economy

History Statistics
International Affairs

For a bulletin containing complete information write Ernest S. Griffith,
Dean of the Graduate School, 1901 F Street, N. W., Washington, D. C.


The Primary Objective of the School of Public Affairs is the development
of an "In-Service" Training Program for federal employes. All courses
are held in the late afternoon or evening at the downtown center, 1901-1907
F Street Northwest.

This program was started at the beginning of the second semester of the
academic year 1934-35. Eighty students were enrolled in the courses. Dur-
ing the academic year 1935-36, 248 students participated in the program,
the continuation of which was made possible in part by a grant from the
Rockefeller Foundation. The enrollment of the School for the second semester
of the academic year 1936-37 is 930.

In connection with its "In-Service" Training Program the School of Public
Affairs has developed a program leading toward a Certificate in Public
Administration. Also the School has worked out a program leading to the
Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration; and in cooperation
with the Graduate School of the University it has developed programs lead-
ing to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Public

Although this program is designed primarily for employes of the federal
government, the School will admit in September, 1937, five well-qualified stu-
dents who desire to carry on graduate work on a full-time basis.

Persons desiring detailed information regarding the School of Public
Affairs should write to Arthur S. Flemming, Director, School of Public
Affairs, 1905 F Street N. W., Washington, D. C.

The American University

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qA Professional School for Government Employes

^Announcement of



a. Certificate in Public Administration

b. Certificate in Business Administration

c. B.S. in Public Administration

d. B.S. in Business Administration

e. M.A. in field of Public Administration
/. Ph.D. in field of Public Administration

i L. 12. NO. 7

FOR 1937-38 SESSIO,




Aug. 2-Sept. 18 — Director of the School will be at his office at 1905 F
Street, N. W. (telephone MEtropolitan 0258), for consulta-
tion relative to courses, certificates, and degrees. Office closes
at 6 p. m. up until Monday, September 13. Effective on this
date office will be open until 7 :30 on Monday through Fri-
day. It is suggested that students desiring to talk with the Di-
rector call the office for an appointment.

Aug. 30-Sept. 18 — Preliminary registration period. Persons desiring
to do so may register for fall classes prior to the formal regis-
tration period.

Sept. 8-20, Wednesday-Monday — Autumn Comprehensive Examina-
tions. See pages 18 and 19.

Sept. 18-22, Saturday-Wednesday — Registration in the School of Pub-
lic Affairs, 1905 F Street, N. W.

Sept. 23, Thursday — All classes begin in Downtown Center.

Oct. 15, Friday — Last day for removal of incompletes obtained
during second semester of academic year 1936-37.

Oct. 18, Monday — Last day for registration without payment of late
registration fee of $2.00.

Oct. 25, Monday — Last day for registration in the School of Public

Nov. 1, Monday — Second installment on tuition due.

Nov. 16, Tuesday — Last day for payment of second installment on

Nov. 25, Thursday — Thanksgiving Day ; a holiday.

Dec. 1, Wednesday — Third installment on tuition due.

Dec. 16, Thursday — Last day for payment of third installment on

Dec. 20, Monday — Christmas recess until Sunday, January 2.


Jan. 3, Monday — All class work resumed.

Jan. 6-19, Thursday — Wednesday — Winter Comprehensive Exami-

Jan. 15-20, Saturday — Thursday — Preliminary registration period for
second semester.

Jan. 20-26, Thursday — Wednesday — Mid-year examinations.

Jan. 31 -Feb. 2, Monday — Wednesday — Registration for second se-

Feb. 3, Thursday — Second semester classes begin.

Feb. 21, Monday — Last day for registration without payment of late
registration fee of $2.

Feb. 22, Tuesday — Washington's Birthday; a holiday.

March 1, Tuesday — Second installment on tuition due.

Last day for registration in School of Public Affairs.

March 16, Wednesday — Last day for payment of second installment
on tuition.

Last day for removal of incompletes obtained during first

March 28-April 3, Monday-Sunday — Spring recess.

April 1, Friday — Last day for submitting thesis.

April 4, Monday — Third installment on tuition due.

April 16, Saturday — Last day for payment of third installment on

May 11-24, Wednesday-Tuesday — Spring Comprehensive Examina-

May 25-June 1, Wednesday- Wednesday — Final examinations.

June 5, Sunday — Baccalaureate.

June 6, Monday — Annual Commencement.

Sept. 22, Thursday — Academic Year 1938-39 begins.

The American University Bulletin is issued monthly during the academic

year from October to July, inclusive, by The American University. Entered

as second-class matter March 23, 1926, at the Post Office at Washington, D. C,

under the Act of August 24, 1912


Joseph M. M. Gray, Chancellor- of the University. B.A., Williams-
port Dickinson; B.D., Drew; D.D., Baker; Litt.D., Syracuse;
S.T.D., Dickinson.

Arthur S. Flemming, Director. B.A., Ohio Wesleyan; M.A.,
American; LL.B., George Washington.

Herbert E. Walter, Business Manager. Washington School of
Accountancy; Alexander Hamilton Institute.

Raymond T. Spaeth, Assistant Business Manager and Bursar. B.A.,
American; M. Bus. Adm., Harvard.

Cora Virginia Thomas, Secretary to the Business Manager and
Assistant Bursar. B.A., Hood; Washington School for Secre-

Ben A. Arneson, Director of Graduate Admissions. A.B., A.M.,
Ph.D., Wisconsin.

Edward William Engel, Director of Undergraduate Admissions.
B.S., Union; M.A., Ph.D., Princeton.

R. Lucile Stockberger, Registrar. B.S.M., Oberlin; Graduate
Study, Oberlin.

Bernice B. Schwab, Secretary to the Faculty. B.S., M.S., Mary-

Norma B. Enright, Secretary to the Director.

Anne Jensen, Librarian. M.A., Des Moines; B.S. in L.S., Illinois.


Joseph M. M. Gray, Chancellor of the University. B.A., Williams-
port Dickinson; B.D., Drew; D.D., Baker; Litt.D., Syracuse;
S.T.D., Dickinson.

Arthur S. Flemming, Director of the School of Public Affairs.
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan; M.A., American; LL.B., George Wash-

George Benjamin Woods, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and
Professor of English. B.A., Northwestern; M.A., Ph.D., Har-

ERNEST S. GRIFFITH, Dean of the Graduate School and Professor of
Political Science. B.A., Hamilton ; D.Phil., Oxford.

Ben A. Arneson, Visiting Professor of Public Administration and
Political Science. A.B., A.M., Ph.D., Wisconsin. (On leave,
Ohio Wesleyan University.)

Leon C. Marshall, Professor of Political Economy. A.B., LL.D.,
Ohio Wesleyan; A.B., A.M., Harvard.

Fritz Karl Mann, Visiting Professor of Political Economy. Dr.
jur., Goettingen ; Dr. phil., Berlin. (On leave, University of

Ernst Correll, Associate Professor of Economic History. Dr. oec.
publ., Munich.

Catheryn Seckler-Hudson, Associate Professor of Public Ad-

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