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HIS 211 - History of the United States 1

3 credit hours - Three hours weekly; one term.
This course meets the Social and Behavioral Sciences General Education Requirement.

Study United States history from its discovery through the Civil War. Explore and analyze the main elements in the development of the United States including colonial beginnings, the Revolutionary War period, early republic, Jacksonian era, territorial expansion, and slavery and sectionalism that led to the Civil War.

Prerequisite(s): Eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .

Crosslisted: Also offered as HIS 211H ; credit is not given for both HIS 211  and HIS 211H .

Course Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Analyze the philosophic underpinnings of the colonial and ante-bellum American experience and the interrelationships of ideas and events in shaping preindustrial American society.
    • Recognize the major literary and artistic personalities in the field
    • Describe the developments in the arts and sciences in the colonial and ante-bellum period
    • Explain the relationships of ideas and events in shaping pre-industrial American society
  • Analyze the impact on America and the world as the United States emerged from colonialism and became a regional power in the 18th and 19th centuries.
    • Define isolationism and expansionism
    • Describe the impact of the U.S. on the world, as the U.S. became a regional power.
    • Describe the impact of the world on the U.S. during and after the emergence from colonialism
  • Describe major events, concepts, people and developments in the U.S. society from the colonial period to Reconstruction.
    • Discuss the important events leading to the development of pre-industrial America
    • Explain the nature of historical inquiry
    • Characterize the importance of perspective in studying history
  • Explain primary sources, the concept of causality, and the importance of evidence and interpretation in colonial and ante-bellum American history
    • Discuss the turning points in American history
    • Clarify the difference between fact and myth
    • Describe the importance of historical evidence and interpretation
  • Analyze colonial and ante-bellum issues based on primary sources evidence
    • Describe what constitutes a thesis
    • Demonstrate how to support a thesis
    • Identify appropriate primary sources
    • Use appropriate print and electronic sources
  • Discuss social diversity in colonial and ante-bellum American history.
    • Describe the role of migration in American society
    • Describe the struggle of minorities and women to become full members of society
  • Analyze the role of government, major legislation and Supreme Court decisions.
    • Discuss the role of government
    • Recognize the major legislation and their impact on society
    • Recognize the major Supreme Court decisions and their impact on society
Core Competencies
Core 1 Communication Core 3 Information Literacy Core 5 Self Management Core 7 Quantitative Reasoning Core 8 Social and Civic Responsibility Core 9 Global Perspective Core 10 Innovative and Critical Thinking