2022-2023 Yavapai College Catalog 
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HIS 232 - United States History: Reconstruction to the Present

HIS 1132.
Description: Survey of social, economic, political and cultural history from 1865 through the 1980s. Exploration of the diversity of the American people. Examination of Racism, Social Reform Movements, and Industrializing America. Emergence of America in global context.

Prerequisites: ENG 101  or ENG 103  

General Education Competency: Written Communication; Diversity

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Course Content:
  1. Reconstruction and Post-Reconstruction Eras
  2. Westward Expansion
  3. Populist and Progressive Movements
  4. Imperialism
  5. Jim Crow, racism and racialist thought
  6. Second Industrial Revolution and the workers' responses
  7. Modern economics: corporations and consumer culture
  8. World Wars
  9. Cold War
  10. Modernization Theory: the welfare/warfare state
  11. Civil Rights Movements
  12. Conservatism and Neoliberalism
  13. Globalization
  14. Culture, ethnicity/race, class, and/or gender
  15. Theories, methods, and historiography

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Evaluate historical events through different historical methods, theories, and interpretations. (1-19)
  2. Define and utilize relevant terminology. (1-18) 
  3. Contrast common memory to historical evidence. (1-19)
  4. Locate, retrieve, and analyze primary and secondary historical sources. (1-19) 
  5. Evaluate the reliability and objectivity of various forms of historical evidence. (1-19)
  6. Evaluate and analyze historical issues. (1-18)
  7. Formulate questions, make inferences, form generalizations, and draw conclusions from historical research. (1-19)
  8. Create, organize, and support a thesis in written and/or oral form. (1-19)
  9. Employ accurate and required citation format. (1-19)
  10. Evaluate the issues of culture, ethnicity/race and/or gender, class and cultural diversity in the context of American history. (1-19) 
  11. Interpret events and actions within appropriate temporal and spatial contexts. (1-19)
  12. Define the cultural, political, religious, scientific/technological, and economic structures that contributed to the development of American history. (1-19) 
  13. 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)
  14. Analyze major constitutional issues. (5-7, 18-19)
  15. Evaluate environmental impact within a regional context. (1-10, 14-16)
  16. Contrast different catalysts or issues within the Civil Rights Movement. (5-8, 12,15,16)

Required Assessment:
  1. Engage in active, informed and scholarly discussion.
  2. Identify, locate and analyze primary source materials germane to historical study.
  3. Conduct scholarly research using a research library.
  4. 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.