HIST170 Colonial American History

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST170 Colonial American History
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a survey of the American experience from the age of discovery to the revolutionary convulsions of the late 18th century. Major topics include European antecedents and the dynamics of America's social, cultural, economic, and political life during these early years.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. recount the history the United States from the initial discovery of the American continents by Europeans through Early Republican Period and the Election of 1800;
    2. identify the major reasons behind the outbreak of the Revolutionary War;
    3. recount the course and conduct of the Revolutionary War;
    4. analyze the evolution of Colonial Anglo-American society, culture, and politics and its associated institutions; and
    5. analyze the inter-relationship of developing colonial institutions and tensions to the shaping of American nationalism and its unique constitutional order.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Western Europe and North America on the eve of discovery
    2. the origins of the thirteen original colonies
    3. the early British Empire
    4. local and colonial development
    5. mercantilism and provincial economy
    6. religion and reason
    7. provincial culture
    8. late colonial social structure
    9. resistance: 1763-1776
    10. revolution and independence
    11. confederation and constitution
    12. the new American Republic: 1789-1800
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -4/99; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015