Course Descriptions

U.S. History I - HIST 2111


History 2111 is the history of the United States from the Age of Discovery through the Civil War. The course focuses on the geographical, intellectual, political, economic and cultural development of the American people and places U.S. events in the context of world politics.

HIST 2111 - Summer 2024

Course Instructor
HIST 2111 1AGJustin Pettegrew
HIST 2111 1BGAlex Lega
HIST 2111 1CGWilliam Michael Kirkland
HIST 2111 1DGBrock Gordon
HIST 2111 1EGJames Pryor
HIST 2111 1FGBuckner Melton
HIST 2111 1GGKyle Harris
HIST 2111 1HGMatthew Zimmerman
HIST 2111 1IGElizabeth Medley
HIST 2111 1JGCourtney Joiner
HIST 2111 1KGPaige Massey
HIST 2111 1LGScott Shubitz
HIST 2111 1MGJennifer Egas

Credit Hours


  • See your home institution's prerequisite requirement.

Free Textbook

  • Open educational resources (OER)

Course Equivalency

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify and evaluate the major controversies, issues, personalities, problems and trends in U.S. history up to 1865.
  • Evaluate trends and issues in intellectual and cultural history and be able to relate them to topics in U.S. History.
  • Determine the relationship between local and national issues and events.
  • Place issues and events of U.S. History in a global context.
  • Analyze the trials and contributions of the many cultures that make up American society.
  • Recognize the role of diversity in American society.
  • Exhibit comprehension of the historical process of continuity and change.
  • Appraise how and why the historical interpretations of the controversies, issues, personalities, and problems have changed over time.
  • Analyze the extent to which historical and contemporary American society has embraced the ideals of the Colonial, Revolutionary, and Constitutional periods.
  • Describe the ways geography has impacted historical processes.
  • Read and interpret maps.
  • Develop skills in critical thinking, collaboration, and organization.
  • Undertake research using a variety of materials.
  • Differentiate between primary and secondary sources.
  • Analyze, synthesize, and interpret primary and secondary sources and clearly communicate results using a variety of media.
  • Formulate a convincing historical argument using primary and secondary sources.
  • Unit 1: Cultures Collide
  • Unit 2: Catastrophe and Settlement
  • Unit 3: Empire and Revolution
  • Unit 4: Navigating the Early Republic
  • Unit 5: Democracy and Capitalism
  • Unit 6: Cotton, Slavery, and Reform
  • Unit 7: Manifest Destiny and the Road to War
  • Unit 8: From Disunion to Reunion

Your final grade will be based on the following breakdown. Please note that each instructor may choose to make modifications.

  • Attendance Verification - 1%
  • Interactive Video Quizzes - 9%
  • Discussions - 20%
  • Quizzes - 25%
  • Essay Assignment - 15%
  • Video Map Assignment (Major Project) - 15%
  • Final Exam - 15%

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