Course Summary
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This is a self-paced course. Students have 60 days with 30 days extension (if needed) to complete
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
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Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 U.S. History or American History


The objective of this course is to build student knowledge of key events and figures in the history of the United States from American prehistory through the era of Reconstruction. This course emphasizes critical thinking skills and consideration of multiple perspectives through the analysis of primary sources. Students will learn how to think like a historian and apply a historian's lens to real-world situations.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Analyze the political, social and economic climate during and after the drafting of the constitution
  • Evaluate the events leading up to the Civil War and understand the key players, battles, and rationales
  • Analyze how historians have interpreted the era of reconstruction and the causes for the collapse of reconstruction
  • Trace the evolution of slavery and examine the experience of slaves from the age of exploration through the era of reconstruction
  • Interpret or analyze a primary source to draw conclusions about a historical event
  • Apply different historical lenses in order to critically analyze historical events through a variety of perspectives
  • Understand the events, people, and motivations involved in the settling of the Americas
  • Recognize the events and factors that lead up to the American Revolution
  • Understand tools that historians use in order to analyze and interpret history

General Topics:

  • American Pre-History: 10,000 BCE - 1492
  • Age of Exploration: 1400s - 1600s
  • The English Colonies: 1607-1700
  • The Rise of England: 1600 - 1763
  • The Fall of England: 1763 - 1774
  • The Revolution: 1774 - 1783
  • Becoming American: 1776 - 1800
  • The Early Nation: 1800 - 1824
  • Jacksonian Era: 1824 - 1840
  • The Predicament of Slavery: 1800 - 1860
  • Westward Expansion and Political Crisis: 1840 - 1861
  • The Civil War and Reconstruction: 1861 - 1877
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

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

Methods of Assessment:

  • Case Studies
  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

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