HIST151H U.S. History: Young America (Honors section)
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History
- I. Course Number and Title
- HIST151H U.S. History: Young America (Honors section)
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Number of Instructional Minutes
- IV. Prerequisites
- Admission to the Honors@Bucks program
- V. Other Pertinent Information
This course meets the General Education requirement for Arts/Humanities. This course meets the General Education requirement for Diversity. This course meets the General Education requirement for Critical Thinking.
HIST151H is part of the Honors@Bucks program. Honors@Bucks challenges high-ability, intellectually curious students through coursework emphasizing scholarly research, high-order critical thinking, and experiential learning.
Students cannot register for honors coursework until they have applied to and been accepted by the Honors@Bucks program.
Honors@Bucks is open to students in all associate-degree programs who meet Honors@Bucks' criteria.
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This course explores U.S. history from European colonization until the end of the Civil War. Students critically examine the social, cultural, economic, and political dynamics of America's agrarian age.
- VII. Required Course Content and Direction
Course Learning Goals
- demonstrate an understanding of U.S. history, and the relationships and conflicts between the diverse peoples of North America, from the colonial era to the end of the Civil War [Diversity];
- critically analyze and evaluate competing points of view and voices in early American history [Critical Thinking];
- demonstrate an understanding of the social and political systems, economies, and cultures of the various African, European, and Native American societies, from the colonial era to the end of the Civil War [Arts/Humanities];
- identify the major reasons for the start and later victory of the American Revolution;
- describe the rise of the United States as a nation domestically and internationally during the Antebellum Period;
- demonstrate an understanding of the reasons for and process of American expansion during the Antebellum Period and its impact on American society, culture, and politics; and
- identify the causes and course of the American Civil War.
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
- competing visions for the new nation
- race and class and the early republic
- the northwest and old northwest
- the slave system and the south
- reform in the Antebellum age (immigration, gender roles, abolition)
- moving west (the debate over Manifest Destiny)
- the Mexican-American War
- causes of the Civil War
- course of the Civil War
Assessment Methods for Course Learning GoalsCourse learning goals are assessed with exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:See course syllabus.
Review/Approval Date - 5/04; Core Objectives/Goals added 5/04; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015