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.

Name Office Phone Email
Marshall Abuwi Augusta University
Thomas Aiello Gordon State College
Harry Akoh Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Haider Bhuiyan University of North Georgia
Kristin Bouldin University of North Georgia
Robert Bouwman University of North Georgia
Lou Brackett Clayton State University
Michelle Brock University of North Georgia
Ray F. Broussard University of Georgia
Ted Butler University of North Georgia
Joshua Butler Albany State University
Tammy Byron Dalton State College
Toni Carter University of North Georgia
Patrick Coleman Clayton State University
Jeremy Conner University of North Georgia
Alisha Cromwell Albany State University
Dorsey M. Deaton Georgia Perimeter College
Anthony Di Lorenzo East Georgia State College
Amy Dilmar Columbus State University
April Duffie University of West Georgia
Jennifer Egas University of West Georgia
Jayme Feagin Georgia Highlands College
Melissa La Fleur University of North Georgia
Melissa Franklin Valdosta State University
Javan Frazier Middle Georgia State University
Brock Gordon University of North Georgia
Kathryn Gray-White Georgia Gwinnett College
Kristen Griffin University of West Georgia
Christian Griggs Dalton State College
James Harper Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Kyle Harris Fort Valley State University
Christy Garrison Harrison Atlanta Metropolitan State College
Jonathan Henderson University of North Georgia
Jeffery Howell East Georgia State College
Courtney Joiner East Georgia State College
William Michael Kirkland Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
David Latona Albany State University
Alex Lega University of North Georgia
Cathy Locks University of West Georgia
Erik Love University of North Georgia
Brittany Lyles University of North Georgia
David Mason Georgia Gwinnett College
Paige Massey University of North Georgia
Peter Mastopoulos Savannah State University
Elizabeth Medley Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Buckner Melton Middle Georgia State University
Sarah Mergel Dalton State College
Chris Meyers Valdosta State University
Laura Mullins University of North Georgia
Keith Pacholl University of West Georgia
John Payne University of North Georgia
Justin Pettegrew Georgia Highlands College
Carrie Pitzulo University of West Georgia
James Pryor Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Rick Reiman South Georgia State College
Ben Robinson University of North Georgia
Pamela T. Roseman Georgia Perimeter College
Scott Shubitz Gordon State College
Terence Smith University of West Georgia
David Snow University of North Georgia
Tamara Spike University of North Georgia
Jeffery Stanley Dalton State College
Katherine Sylvestre Clayton State University
Jodie Talley Knapton University of North Georgia
Elizabeth Taylor Clayton State University
Jessica Taylor-Lewis University of North Georgia
Jess Alan Usher Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
Eugene Van Sickle University of North Georgia
Molly Varley University of North Georgia
Daenel Vaughn-Tucker Albany State University
Stacey Watson Gordon State College
Seth Weitz Dalton State College
Franklin Williamson Gordon State College
Charles Wilson University of North Georgia
Danton Wims Albany State University
Kurt Windisch University of North Georgia
Montgomery Wolf University of Georgia
Mary Wolfe Middle Georgia State University
Andrew Wright Middle Georgia State University
Matthew Zimmerman Middle Georgia State University

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: The World in 1450
  • Unit 2: Conquest and Colonization
  • Unit 3: The Path to Revolution
  • Unit 4: Dissolving a Government; Creating a Nation
  • Unit 5: Federalist Era & New Republic
  • Unit 6: The Expanding Nation (Age of Jackson & Westward Expansion)
  • Unit 7: A House Divided
  • Unit 8: A Nation in Turmoil

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

  • Attendance - 1%
  • Quizzes - 20%
  • Participation & Discussion - 19%
  • Essays - 30%
  • Midterm Exam - 15%
  • Final Exam - 15%

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