Course Syllabus



Course Description:

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Historical survey of the European colonization of North America and of the United States through Reconstruction.

Student Learning Outcomes:

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Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate the ability to interpret primary and secondary sources and to compose an argument which uses them, as appropriate, for support.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of U.S. History through current analytical categories of race, class, gender and ethnicity.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of America’s growth in a global context.
  • Explain the major economic, technological and scientific developments and their historical significance.
  • Analyze major political trends, attitudes, conflicts and events—including both mainstream and reform efforts—and explain their historical significance.
  • Explain the major social and cultural developments, their causes and effects, and their historical significance.

Course Content:

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  • Native American societies and cultures prior to European arrival.
  • European colonization and its impact on Native America.
  • Establishment and maturation of diverse colonial settlements and populations.
  • Colonial policies and imperial rivalries in North America and their implication for settlements.
  • The American Revolution
  • The formation of the United States government from the Articles of Confederation through the development of the Constitution.
  • The early republic including political parties, economic and geographical expansion.
  • Sectionalism, slavery and antebellum America
  • Western expansion, manifest destiny and Native American policy.
  • Antebellum reform.
  • Crisis of the 1850s and the coming of the Civil War.
  • The Civil War.
  • Reconstruction.


Great newsyour textbook for this class is available for free online!
U.S. History from OpenStax, ISBN 1-947172-08-5

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Important Notes:

  • All first week assignments need to be completed and submitted by the due date to avoid possibly being dropped from the class.
  • Any student needing accommodations should inform the instructor. Students with disabilities who may need accommodations for this class are encouraged to notify the instructor and contact the Disability Resource Center (DRC) [link to your college's DSPS website] early in the quarter so that reasonable accommodations may be implemented as soon as possible. Students may contact the DRC by visiting the Center (located in room A205) or by phone (541-4660 ext. 249 voice or 542-1870 TTY for deaf students). All information will remain confidential.
  • Academic dishonesty and plagiarism will result in a failing grade on the assignment. Using someone else's ideas or phrasing and representing those ideas or phrasing as our own, either on purpose or through carelessness, is a serious offense known as plagiarism. "Ideas or phrasing" includes written or spoken material, from whole papers and paragraphs to sentences, and, indeed, phrases but it also includes statistics, lab results, art work, etc.  Please see the YourCollegeName handbook for policies regarding plagiarism, harassment, etc. [link to your college's academic honesty policies]

Course Summary:

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