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2016-2017 Catalog 
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HIS 211H - History of the United States 1 - Honors

3 credit hours - Three hours weekly; one term.

Study United States history from colonization through the Civil War in an honors seminar environment of readings and extensive discussion.

Prerequisite(s): Participation in the Honors Program and eligibility for ENG 111  or ENG 115  or ENG 121 .

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

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