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Fall 2012

History Courses:

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HIS203 - United States History 1: Colonial Period to 1865
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: Surveys United States history from Pre-Columbian America through the Civil War. Focuses on the ideas and issues that shaped the emergence of the United States including institutional development, cultural transformation, and political evolution. Themes examined include: exploration and colonization, early America's relations with the British empire; the American Revolution; establishing the new republic, Jacksonian Democracy, the technological and economic development of the young nation, social and cultural life, westward expansion, the sectional crisis, and the Civil War. Introduces techniques of historical research and critical writing about the early history of the United States.

Lecture: 3 hrs.

Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
At the conclusion of the semester, as documented by examinations, papers, oral presentations and class discussions, students will be able to

1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic narrative of early American history from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War including such topics as the emergence of the political party system, social protest movements, American imperialism and expansion, economic growth and change in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, and the Civil War.*

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the common institutions in early American society and how they affected different groups in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.*

3. Identify the influence of specific global forces on the course of American history in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries and then analyze the connections of these global forces to local and national developments.

4. Discuss in three distinct ways the role that geography played on the development of the United States.

5. Analyze at least three current issues in American society in their historical context.

6. Read, interpret, and then explain by referencing at least three different types of primary evidence in American history, the historical perspective and context that influenced the substance of those types of primary evidence.

7. Evaluate history as an interpretive discipline with a diversity of viewpoints through the detection and appraisal for bias and point of view within at least three pieces of historical writing.

8. Demonstrate an ability to formulate, organize and defend an historical argument in a written or oral presentation(University of Chicago style guide format) based upon library research involving a minimum of three scholarly references utilizing online full-text databases (information management).


*This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect the required data (see Assessing Student Learning Outcomes form) and submit the required analysis and documentation at the conclusion of the semester to the Office of Assessment and Special Projects.


Content Outline:
I Europe and America on the Eve of Colonization

II Colonization of America

III The Development of a Distinct Colonial Culture and Society

IV The Roots of Colonial Dissatisfaction

V The American Revolution

VI The Consequences of Revolution-Articles of Confederation

VII The Development of the Constitution

VIII The Significance of the Washington Presidency

IX The Age of Jefferson

X The War of 1812 and the Monroe Doctrine

XI Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny

XII The Economic Transformation of America

XIII The Sectional Crisis

XIV The Civil War




Effective Term: Fall 2009