Course Summary
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History 105
47 hours and 22 weeks
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Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 Survey of U.S. History from Settlement to Present-day


The course objective is to identify and explain events that led to the establishment, expansion and development of the United States, including the American Revolution, westward expansion, industrialization, and the Progressive Era. In addition, the objective of this course is to identify significant events in U.S history throughout the 20th century, such as the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, and the Civil Rights Movement.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify Native American groups that lived in North America prior to European contact and describe the impact that colonization had on these populations
  • Describe the settlement patterns and history of the 13 original colonies
  • Recognize and outline the events that led to the American Revolution, the major battles that occurred and the results, as well as impacts of the war
  • Identify and describe the early struggles that were faced by the first U.S. presidents
  • Compare and contrast life in America in the 19th century before the Civil War in the North and South
  • Discuss the sequence of events that led to the westward expansion of the United States to the Pacific Ocean
  • Explain the causes, events and battles of the Civil War
  • Describe the goals, accomplishments and failures of Reconstruction
  • Describe the rise of the Second Industrial Revolution and urbanization and explain how they impacted politics and daily life for Americans
  • Assess the emergence of America on the international stage through imperialistic actions
  • Discuss the United States' role in World War I
  • Describe the causes and impacts of the Great Depression
  • Analyze political solutions to the Great Depression, including Roosevelt's New Deal
  • Outline the events of World War II and describe the United States' role in the war
  • Discuss life in America in the post-war years
  • Explain the reasons why the Cold War started
  • Describe the involvement of the U.S. in proxy wars and other world events
  • Outline the history of the civil rights movements of the 50s and 60s
  • Assess the impact of the protest culture and political activist movements
  • Trace foreign policy and domestic events of the 1970s and 1980s, including the end of the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, the rise of conservatism and the end of the Cold War
  • Discuss foreign policy and domestic events of the 1990s and 2000s, including the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the war on terror and the Great Recession

General Topics:

  • First Contacts in North America
  • European Settlements in North America
  • Causes, Battles & Effects of the American Revolution The Early Years of the United States
  • Jeffersonian Democracy & The Virginia Dynasty
  • Jacksonian Democracy & Conflict in America
  • Antebellum America in the North & South
  • Manifest Destiny in the United States
  • The U.S. Sectional Crisis
  • The United States Civil War
  • Reconstruction & Continued Westward Expansion
  • Industrialization & Urbanization in the Gilded Age
  • The Progressive Era In the U.S
  • American Imperialism & Role in WWI
  • Culture, Economy & Politics of the 1920s
  • The Great Depression, Roosevelt & The New Deal
  • The United States in World War II
  • Post-War America & The Cold War
  • Civil Rights & Political Activism in the 1960s
  • The U.S. During the 1970s & 1980s
  • The U.S. In the 1990s & 2000s
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials

Methods of Assessment:

  • Examinations
  • Quizzes

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials