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Course Description

History of the United States from the time before European contact with the Americas through Reconstruction. Emphasis will be placed on distinctive patterns of political, economic, social, intellectual, and geographic developments within their global context. At the conclusion of the course, the student should understand major themes in the history of the United States, and be able to explain various ways in which ideas about federal vs. state power, ethnicity, class, and gender divisions have influenced the nation's development. This course has the option of a letter grade or pass/no pass. ADVISORY: Eligible for English 250 and English 260.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, distinguish, and interpret significant events, individuals and theories specific to US history from the colonial era through Reconstruction.
  • Describe, evaluate and assess key political, cultural and socioeconomic factors as they developed from the colonial period through Reconstruction.
  • Describe contemporary social and political values, and assess their historical linkage.
  • Demonstrate clarity, fairness and objectivity in assessing and debating PRIMARY AND SECONDARY SOURCE DOCUMENTS AS THEY relate to historical events.
  • Demonstrate college level reading, writing and critical thinking in the formulation of research assignment/s.

Last modified: November 25, 2014
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