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HIST 231 - The United States History to 1865
Course Code:
HIST 231

Credits:
3

Calendar Description:
A survey of American history and culture from the time of Columbus through to the end of the Civil War.

Date First Offered:
2003-09-01

Hours:
Total Hours: 45
Lecture Hours: 3


Total Weeks:
15

This course is offered online:
No

Pre-Requisites:
First year History, or consent of the instructor

Non-Course Pre-Requisites:
None

Co-Requisites:
None

Rearticulation Submission:
No

Course Content:
This course will cover:
1. Origins of American History
2. Colonization: Founding of Virginia and New England
3. Origins and Expansion of Slavery
The Enlightenment and Great Awakening in the Colonies
4. The Crisis of Empire
5. The American Revolution
6. Forging a Constitution
7. The New Republic and the First Party System
8. Jeffersonian Era
9. The Era of Good Feelings
10. Rise of the Second Party System
11. Reform Movements
12. Manifest Destiny and Western Expansion
13. The Old South and the Sectional Crisis
14. The Civil War


Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this course students will be able to:

Knowledge:
- demonstrate knowledge of key issues and themes
relevant to American history up to and including the Civil
War;
- demonstrate the ability to reason through analysis,
evaluation, and synthesis of historical evidence; and
- demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate their
historical knowledge and reasoning..


Attitudes:
- voice individual opinions regarding historical
interpretations in language that respect differing point of
views


Skills:
- state a research question, problem or issue;
- determine the information requirements for the question,
problem, or issue;
- locate and retrieve relevant information;
- use technological tools for accessing information;
- organize information;
- correctly identify arguments in academic texts;
- analyze, evaluate and synthesize information
- communicate research findings orally and in writing both
individually and in cooperative learning venues;
- communicate using a variety of information
technologies.


Technologies:
- use the D2L to retrieve documents and to submit written
assignments


Grading System:
Letters

Passing Grade:
D (50%)

Grading Weight:
Final Exam: 30 %
Midterm Exam: 20 %
Assignments: 40 %
Participation: 10 %


Number of Assignments:
3

Nature of Participation:
In class discussions

Writing Assignments:
two article presentations and one research essay

Percentage of Individual Work:
100

Course Offered in Other Programs:
Yes

Other Programs:
Associate of Arts Diploma - Fine Arts,
Associate of Arts Degree, Associate of Arts Degree - Criminology Specialization, Academic Elementary Education, Academic Social Sciences
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