Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 274 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
HST 274
Course Title:
African-American History - I
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Course Description

Presents a framework for understanding the Black experience from African origins to the beginning of the Civil War. Includes West African cultures, the Middle Passage, the experiences of free and enslaved African Americans from the colonial through antebellum periods including the abolition movement. Discusses African American agency through churches, political organizations, and social institutions and explores African American culture through literature, art, music, and other cultural forms. 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 of HST 274 the student will be able to: 

? Use critical thinking to analyze historical information and connect the past with the present and enhance civic engagement.
? Identify culturally-grounded practices, values and beliefs and explain how they influenced people€™s actions in the past and the extent of
their impact today.
? Articulate an understanding of the actions of people of African descent in the course of American history and culture.
? Communicate effectively in analytical and fact based discussions about the history of Black Americans.
? Recognize the historical contributions of different groups (ethnic, national, gender, religious) that interacted in early America in
order to appreciate African-American cultural diversity.

Outcome Assessment Strategies

The SAC expects that instructors will assess student learning throughout the term using a variety of methods.  The SAC encourages instructors to consider the following in determining the achievement of course outcomes: 

  • Analyze primary and secondary sources of information.
  • Individual or team oral presentations.
  • Use of written papers to analyze historical topics or issues.
  • Participation in, and contribution to, large and small group discussions and activities.
  • Quizzes, exams, and exercises
  • Evaluate different interpretations of the same event
  • Associate past events to contemporary times.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content: 


  • Freedom
  • Enslavement
  • Liberation
  • Causes and effects of conflict
  • Government and politics
  • Cultural developments in areas such as religion, literature, and education
  • Social institutions and organizations


  • The Atlantic World
  • Creole society
  • Cultural development
  • Acculturation
  • Change


  • Inter- and intra-group ethnic relationships
  • Governmental policies
  • African cultural vestiges
  • Resistance and adaptation to slavery
  • Abolition

Competencies and Skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Evaluate interpretations of historical events
  • Effective communication orally and in writing
  • Analyze the causal relationship between two or more historical events
  • Problem solving
  • Working collaboratively with others
  • Clearly articulate thoughts to a given audience
  • Close reading of primary and secondary sources by drawing on prior knowledge