May 29, 2023
HIS 231 - United States History I HIS 1131.
Description: Survey of social, economic, political, and cultural history from pre-Contact through the Civil War. Emphasis on diverse scholarly interpretations of historical events and evidence. Examination of the continental approach to the development of the United States and the American people and their various contributions to America's shared past.
Prerequisites: ENG 101 or ENG 103
General Education Competency: Written Communication; Diversity
- Indigenous America
- Columbian exchange
- European colonization
- Colonial society
- Slavery and racialist thought
- American Revolution
- Formation of a national government
- National identity
- Market revolution and the rise of capitalism
- Age of Jackson
- First & Second Great Awakenings
- Reform Movements
- Western expansion
- Conflict and consensus
- Civil War
- Culture, ethnicity/race, class, and/or gender
- Theories, methods, and historiography
- Evaluate historical events through different historical methods, theories, and interpretations. (1-19)
- Contrast common memory to historical evidence. (1-19)
- Define and utilize relevant terminology. (1-18)
- Locate, retrieve, and analyze primary and secondary historical sources. (1-19)
- Evaluate the reliability and objectivity of various forms of historical evidence. (1-19)
- Evaluate and analyze historical issues. (1-18)
- Formulate questions, make inferences, form generalizations, and draw conclusions from historical research. (1-19)
- Create, organize, and support a thesis in written and/or oral form. (1-19)
- Employ accurate and required citation format. (1-19)
- Evaluate the issues of culture, ethnicity/race and/or gender, class and cultural diversity in the context of American history. (1-19)
- Interpret events and actions within appropriate temporal and spatial contexts. (1-19)
- Define the cultural, political, religious, scientific/technological, and economic structures that contributed to the development of American history. (1-19)
- Define and articulate the pivotal events in American history within their historical context and interpret their contributions towards change and continuity (or cause and effect) of the historical period. (1-18)
- Analyze major constitutional issues. (5-7, 18-19)
- Articulate the concepts of racialist thought and the concept of "race." (1-5, 8, 12-19)
- Engage in active, informed and scholarly discussion.
- Identify, locate and analyze primary source materials germane to historical study.
- Conduct scholarly research using a research library.
- Employ thoughtful and precise writing (a minimum of 2500 words), critical reasoning, and analytical discourse through assigned writing tasks, essay examinations, journals, and research papers.