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American Institutions (AI)


The American Institutions requirement is designed to ensure students develop skills and attitudes related to responsible citizenship. All students receiving a baccalaureate degree from a public college or university in the state of Utah are required to have an understanding of fundamentals of history as well as the principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States.

Utah State Code R470 states:

3.2. General Education Core Requirements: … American Institutions: Students shall satisfy this requirement by completing one of the following courses: Economics 1740, (3 credits); United States Economic History, (3 credits); Political Science 1100, American Political Institutions (3 credits); or History 1700, American Civilization (3 credits). An interdisciplinary integrated course that satisfies comparable criteria as those in Utah statute may also satisfy the requirement. Some institutions may require a two course sequence in the areas of economics, political science, or history which satisfies comparable criteria.



All students must take one of the following courses to fulfill the American Institutions requirement:

Find Courses

Subject Number  Units Title
ECON 1740 3.0 US Economic History
HIST 1700 3.0 American Civilization
HIST 2700-2710 6.0 US History (two-course sequence)
HONOR 2212 3.0 American Institutions
POLS 1100 3.0 US National Government



Last Updated: 3/11/24