Course Summary
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12 -- 15 weeks (62 hours)
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 American History


The course objective is to cover a broad survey of American history from New World exploration and settlement through the Civil War.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Examine the diversity present in the seventeenth- and eighteenth-century English Colonies
  • Illustrate the challenges faced by colonial society in a growing and diverse America
  • Analyze the causes and events of the American Revolution
  • Explain the challenges faced by the government under the U.S. Constitution
  • Label significant American historical events on a timeline
  • Evaluate the effect of national expansion and reform on antebellum America
  • Explain the pre-war division between the North and the South
  • Analyze the reasons for and events of the Civil War
  • Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to describe major civ ilizations in America between 30,000 B.C. and the seventeenth century
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of the Articles of Confederation government in establishing the new nation
  • Explain the steps America took in creating a democracy during the nineteenth century
  • Examine inequalities in race, gender, and class and their impact on antebellum American society
  • Investigate issues related to post-war reconstruction

General Course Topics:

  • American origins and early development
  • Colonial religion, economics, and diversity
  • Colonial opportunity and oppression
  • The American Revolution
  • The Republican Experiment
  • The violence of party politics
  • Nationalism and White Mens Democracy
  • Race, gender, and class in the Old South
  • Pursuit of perfection and Age of Expansion
  • The Sectional Crisis
  • Secession and the Civil War
  • The Agony of Reconstruction
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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