Course Descriptions

U.S. History I - HIST 2111


A survey of U.S. History to the post-Civil War period.

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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 - Collision of Cultures
  • Unit 2 - The English Colonies
  • Unit 3 - The American Revolution
  • Unit 4 - The New Nation
  • Unit 5 - The Expanding Nation
  • Unit 6 - A House Divided

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

  • Participation/Discussions – 20%
  • Unit Quizzes – 20%
  • Essays – 30%
  • Midterm Exam – 15%
  • Final – 15%
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