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HIS203 - United States History 1: Colonial Period to 1865
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 Learning Outcomes (CLOs):
Upon the successful completion of this course, a student will be able to:
1. Discuss various events in early American history from the colonial period to the end of the Civil War with an emphasis on the historical narrative.
2. Explain how the common institutions in early American society affected different groups in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries.
3. Analyze the connections of global forces to local or national developments.
4. Discuss the role that geography played on the development of the United States.
5. Analyze current issues in American society in their historical context.
6. Appraise various pieces of Early American history writing for bias and viewpoint.
7. Explain the basic forms of historical analysis in American history using primary or secondary evidence.
8. Assess multiple types of historical evidence to formulate an informed response.
Effective Term: Fall 2019