Ch 3: U.S. Executive Branch Overview

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This chapter contains several lessons that will teach you about the executive branch of the United States government. Go over these lessons to learn the basic facts about this particular governmental branch.

U.S. Executive Branch Overview - Chapter Summary

One of the three branches of American government--and probably the best known--is the executive branch. Given its significance, you should ensure that you know all of the basic facts about the executive branch if you want to understand American government and history. The video lessons in this chapter will serve as great study guides for essential topics on the executive branch.

Go through these lessons to learn about the different roles and responsibilities of the executive branch, as well as various components that correspond to these specific roles. You will also explore the historical and legal bases for all of the different elements of the executive branch. Specific topics you will learn about are:

  • The definition, responsibilities and power of the executive branch
  • The constitutional beginnings of the presidency
  • The different types of presidential powers
  • The President's cabinet
  • The Vice President

Our lesson instructors all have expertise in teaching these particular topics, so you can be confident in all information you learn here. If you would like further clarification on specific points from the lessons, you have the option of messaging the lesson instructors directly. You can also use your personal Dashboard to track your progress as you complete each lesson.

6 Lessons in Chapter 3: U.S. Executive Branch Overview
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Executive Branch of Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Power

1. Executive Branch of Government: Definition, Responsibilities & Power

The executive branch of government is responsible for enforcing the laws of the United States. Learn more about the executive branch, its responsibilities, and the extent of its power. Afterward, take a short quiz to check your understanding of the executive branch.

Constitutional Origins of the Presidency

2. Constitutional Origins of the Presidency

The U.S. presidency originates from the U.S. Constitution. Constitutional provisions outline the president's qualifications, term and tenure, succession order, and grounds for impeachment. This lesson explores those provisions.

Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples

3. Presidential Powers: Major Types & Examples

Our United States Constitution established three branches of government, including an executive branch headed by the U.S. president. This lesson discusses the powers and roles of the president.

The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy

4. The Presidency, the Cabinet & the Bureaucracy

In this lesson, we will explore the relationships between the president and the bureaucracy. We will focus especially on the cabinet, independent regulatory agencies, and the Office of Management and Budget.

Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

5. Staffing the Executive Office: Presidential Appointees & the Appointing Process

The United States president appoints, or selects, people to serve in many different positions in the federal government. This lesson identifies the various positions appointed by the president and explains the appointment process.

The Vice Presidency: Appointment, Role & Duties

6. The Vice Presidency: Appointment, Role & Duties

The United States vice president is elected alongside the president, and serves as our nation's second highest-ranking public official. This lesson explains the appointment, role, and duties of the U.S. vice president.

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