HIST 231 - The United States History to 1865

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


Credits: 3


Hours: 45 (Lecture Hours: 3)


Total Weeks: 15



First year History
OR consent of the Instructor


Non-Course Prerequisites:





Course Content:
This course will cover:
- Origins of American History
- Colonization: Founding of Virginia and New England
- Origins and Expansion of Slavery
- The Enlightenment and Great Awakening in the Colonies
- The Crisis of Empire
- The American Revolution
- Forging a Constitution
- The New Republic and the First Party System
- Jeffersonian Era
- The Era of Good Feelings
- Rise of the Second Party System
- Reform Movements
- Manifest Destiny and Western Expansion
- The Old South and the Sectional Crisis

- The Civil War


Learning Outcomes:

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

- 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.

- Voice individual opinions regarding historical interpretations in language that respect differing point of views

- 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.

- Use the D2L to retrieve documents and to submit written assignments


Grading System: Letters


Passing Grade: D (50%)


Percentage of Individual Work: 100


Textbooks are subject to change.  Please contact the bookstore at your local campus for current book lists.