Course Summary
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Students have 60 days with 30 days' extension (if needed) to complete the course
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 US History since 1877


The course objective is to build student knowledge of key events and figures in the history of the United States from the post Reconstruction era through 2015. This course emphasizes critical thinking skills and consideration of multiple perspectives through the analysis of primary sources. Additionally, students will learn how to think like a historian by utilizing primary and secondary sources to better understand historical events and applying a historian's lens to real world and modern day situations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • introduce students to interpret or analyze a primary source to draw conclusions about a historical even
  • show students how to apply different historical lenses in order to critically analyze historical events through a variety of perspectives
  • introduce the historian's craft and tools that historians use to analyze and interpret history
  • acquaint students with how to draw connections between events of the past and the present
  • understand the economic, social, political, and cultural climate of the period following Reconstruction in the United States through modern day
  • recognize how long-term trends and developments in American culture and the economy influence politics
  • list factors that lead to the US involvement in foreign wars and the role the US played in each war
  • introduce the people, successes, and movements associated with Civil Rights during the mid-20th century
  • list or introduce some of the primary initiatives, accomplishments, or downfalls of the presidential administrations between the era of reconstruction and modern day
  • specify ways in which political parties and practices have evolved over time between the era of reconstruction and modern day

General Course Topics:

  • The historian's perspective
  • Analyzing primary sources
  • Western conquest
  • Race in the new south
  • Corporations and industry in the late 19th century
  • The gilded age
  • Growth of the city
  • Rural America in the late 19th century
  • Economic depression and labor unrest in the 1890s
  • The election of 1896
  • The creation of an American empire
  • Theodore Roosevelt and the square deal
  • Progressivism
  • The first world war
  • The roaring 20s
  • The Harlem renaissance
  • The great depression
  • Roosevelt's new deal
  • World War II
  • The Cold War
  • Brown v. Board of Education
  • The early 1960s
  • Johnson's vision: the great society
  • The rise of identity politics in America
  • Vietnam War
  • The rise of the new right
  • The culture wars of the 1980s
  • The end of the Cold War
  • Globalization and the American economy
  • 9/11 and the war on terror
  • America in the 21st century
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Lectures
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

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