HIST151 U.S. History: Young America
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History
Course Number and TitleHIST151 U.S. History: Young America
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course is a survey of the United States from the background of independence until the end of the Reconstruction Era. Students explore the social, cultural, economic, and political dynamics of America’s agrarian age.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- demonstrate an understanding of U.S. History from its colonial origins until the post-Civil War Reconstruction Era;
- identify the major reasons for the start and later victory of the American Revolution;
- demonstrate an understanding of the social systems, political systems, economies, and cultures of the various European and Native American societies present in Colonial America;
- describe the rise of the United States as a nation domestically and internationally during the Early Republican Period;
- demonstrate an understanding of the reasons for and process of American Expansion in the 19th century and its impact on American society, culture and politics; and
- describe the course and conduct of the American Civil War.
- Core (if applicable) Category I:
- demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society's cultural heritage such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations.
- compare, contrast, analyze and/or defend differing world views and practices.
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
- identify prejudice, stereotypes, and misuses of power that affect the lives of women and/or minorities in areas such as education, business, politics, religion, or industry.
- demonstrate an understanding of major ethical concerns.
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will be able to: International, Gender, and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will be able to: Responsible CitizenshipStudents will be able to:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- three worlds collide
- the colonization of North America
- the evolution of slavery
- the maturation of colonial Anglo-American society
- international war and the American Revolution
- creating a nation
- the early republic [an approximation of the Jeffersonian ideal]
- the northwest and old northwest
- slavery and the south
- reform in the Antebellum age
- moving west (Manifest Destiny)
- the Union in crisis
- the Union severed
- the Union reconstructed
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
- Core (if applicable) Student assessment of Category I: Cultural Perspectives, Category III: International, Gender and/or Minority Perspectives, and Category III: Responsible Citizenship consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:See course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 5/04; Core Objectives/Goals added 5/04; Revised 5/2012