2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog 
    Jul 12, 2024  
2024-2025 Yavapai College Catalog

HIS 131 - United States History I: Colonization to the Civil War

 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.

General Education Competency: Written Communication; Diversity

Credits: 3
Lecture: 3
Lab: 0

Course Content:
  1. Indigenous America
  2. Columbian exchange
  3. European colonization
  4. Colonial society
  5. Slavery and racialist thought
  6. American Revolution
  7. Formation of a national government
  8. National identity
  9. Market revolution and the rise of capitalism
  10. Age of Jackson
  11. First & Second Great Awakenings
  12. Sectionalism
  13. Reform Movements
  14. Abolition
  15. Western expansion
  16. Conflict and consensus
  17. Civil War
  18. Culture, ethnicity/race, class, and/or gender
  19. Theories, methods, and historiography

Learning Outcomes:
  1. Evaluate historical events through different historical methods, theories, and interpretations. (1-19)
  2. Contrast common memory to historical evidence. (1-19) 
  3. Define and utilize relevant terminology. (1-18)
  4. Identify primary and secondary historical sources. (1-19) 
  5. Assess the reliability and objectivity of various forms of historical evidence. (1-19)
  6. Identify historical issues. (1-18)
  7. Formulate questions from historical sources. (1-19)
  8. Define the issues of culture, ethnicity/race and/or gender, class and cultural diversity in the context of American history. (1-19)
  9. Interpret events and actions within appropriate temporal and spatial contexts. (1-19)
  10. Define the cultural, political, religious, scientific/technological, and economic structures that contributed to the development of American history. (1-19)
  11. Explain 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)
  12. Identify major constitutional issues. (5-7, 18-19) 
  13. Define the concepts of racialist thought and the concept of "race." (1-5, 8, 12-19)

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, critical reasoning, and analytical discourse through assigned writing tasks, essay examinations, journals, and research papers.