HIST151 U.S. History: Young America
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History
- I. Course Number and Title
- HIST151 U.S. History: Young America
- II. Number of Credits
- 3 credits
- III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
- IV. Prerequisites
- V. Other Pertinent Information
- VI. Catalog Course Description
- This 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.
- VII. 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.
- VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
- Section 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