Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 275 Effective Fall 2015

Course Number:
HST 275
Course Title:
African American History - II
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Course Description

Examines the broad range of experiences of African Americans from the American Civil War to the 1920s. Explores both the relationship of Blacks to the larger society and the inner dynamic of the black community. Devotes particular attention to Reconstruction, the construction of social, political and economic organizations, the migration of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North, and the social, political, economic, artistic and intellectual endeavors that underscored the struggle for social justice by the Black American community. 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 275 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 by participating in fact-based and analytical discussions about issues in Black American history.
  • Recognize the historical contributions of different groups (ethnic, national, gender, religious) that interacted in 19th and early 20th century 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; therefore, the SAC encourages instructors to employ the following in determining the achievement of course outcomes: 

  • Analyze primary and secondary sources of information.

  • Individual or team oral presentations.

  • Use of research papers to analyze historical topics or issues.

  • Participation in, and contribution to, large and small group discussions and activities.

  • Quizzes, exams, response papers and exercises

  • Evaluate different interpretations of the same event

  • Associate past events to contemporary times.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Course Content


  • Building social institutions and organizations

  • Violence: race riots, lynching

  • Cultural developments: music, art, literature, religion, education

  • Government and politics, disfranchisement

  • Organized action, civil rights strategies

  • Racial pride

  • Gender


  • Historical interpretation

  • Leadership

  • Black organizations

  • Jim Crow

  • Institutional racism


  • Inter- and intra-group ethnic relationships

  • Governmental policies

  • Pan Africanism

  • Adaptation and resistance (the change process)

  • Religion and religious leaders

  • Politics and economics

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