Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 202 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
HST 202
Course Title:
History of the United States 1840-1914
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Course Description

Examines the social, political, economic and cultural developments of the United States from 1840 to 1914. Includes: the Women€™s Rights Movement, Manifest Destiny, the U.S.- Mexican War, slavery, abolitionism and the growing sectional crisis between the North and South, Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War, Reconstruction, westward migration and its impact on Native Americans, America€™s overseas empire, and the Progressive Era. History courses are non-sequential and may be taken in any term and in any order. Prerequisites: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes for the course

Upon successful completion, students should be able to:

  • Articulate and interpret an understanding of key historical facts and events in the United States from 1840 to 1914.
  • Identify the influence of culturally based practices, values, and beliefs to analyze how historically defined meanings of difference affect human behavior.
  • Identify and investigate historical theses, evaluate information and its sources, and use appropriate reasoning to construct evidence-based arguments on historical issues.
  • Construct a well organized historical argument using effective, appropriate, and accurate language.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

Assess by using any combination of the following:

  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Oral presentations
  • Research projects
  • Book critiques
  • Service Learning
  • Class participation and discussion
  • Other creative assignments

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Competencies and Skills:

Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources:

  • Connect evidence to its relevant historical context
  • Analyze and evaluate written, artistic, or other evidence
  • Assess the motivation and purpose of evidence

Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own interpretation:

  • Identify a historian€™s thesis and supporting evidence
  • Evaluate the arguments used to support different interpretations of historical issues
  • Develop your own thesis and historical interpretation and use evidence to support it

Think critically about the relationship between past and present events and issues:

  • Recognize and identify historical roots and parallels to current issues

Compare and contrast the experience of diverse groups in society:

  • Listen to and appreciate the experience of students from a variety of  backgrounds
  • Assess the contributions and experiences of various groups in society

Demonstrate college-level communications skills with an emphasis on writing (and may include listening and speaking):

  • Communicate effectively in writing about a historical topic
  • Communicate in writing an understanding of historical process and an evaluation of how concepts or values change over time

Clearly articulate thoughts and ideas to a particular audience which may include:

  • Working collaboratively with other students to evaluate and understand historical events
  • Working collaboratively with others in discussions, debate, or role plays
  • Presenting information in oral presentations

Themes, Concepts, Issues:

  • U.S.-Mexican War
  • California Gold Rush
  • Slavery, abolitionism and sectionalism
  • Immigration
  • Federal Indian laws and policies (removal, reservations, assimilation, and allotment)
  • Westward Expansion and Manifest Destiny
  • Civil War and Reconstruction
  • Constitutional Amendments
  • Jim Crow
  • Women€™s Rights Movements
  • Imperialism and colonialism
  • Spanish-American War
  • Industrialization and labor unions
  • Gilded Age
  • Populism
  • Urbanization
  • Progressive Era
  • Gender
  • Class
  • Ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Sexuality
  • Race, Racism and other systems of discrimination
  • Liberty and equality
  • Demographic trends
  • United States in international context
  • Geographic and environmental factors
  • Development and impact of new technologies
  • Social, political and economic reform movements
  • Historiography