Catalog 2016-2017 
    Mar 20, 2018  
Catalog 2016-2017 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

HIST& 146 US History I

5 credits
This course is a study of Early American history, covering pre-Columbian societies through the development of the American Republic of the early 1800’s. The course emphasizes the cultural development and the economic and political structures of this period, with major themes including indigenous societies, changes brought by European colonization, ethnic and religious diversity, slavery, the war for Independence, the formation of the U.S. Constitution and the beginnings of westward expansion.

Prerequisites: ENGL 099 .

Quarters Offered: Fall, Spring

Student Outcomes/Competencies:
Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Identify key movements, individuals, groups and ideas from the pre-Columbian era through the early 19th Century
  • Compare and contrast the culture of pre-Columbian North America with the society that evolved after the European conquest
  • Distinguish the social, economic, and religious uniqueness of the Northern, Middle and Southern colonies
  • Describe the significant events in the development of British North America, including the French and Indian War and the evolution of the British Empire
  • Analyze the issues and personalities responsible for the War for Independence and the significance of the Declaration of Independence
  • Identify and discuss the historical and philosophical sources of the American constitution
  • Analyze key social issues, including relations with Native Americans and the creation of a slave system
  • Describe the sources for and effects of the westward expansion through the presidency of Andrew Jackson
  • Analyze and articulate cause and effect relationships in past events and human interactions
  • Evaluate historical data from different sources in an effective and critical manner