Course Content and Outcome Guide for HST 276 Effective Summer 2015

Course Number:
HST 276
Course Title:
African-American History - III
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Course Description

Examines the broad range of experiences of African Americans from the beginning of the New Deal to the 1990s. Explores the relationship of Blacks to the wider society as well as the inner dynamic of the Black communities including identity issues, key individuals and organization in the struggle for social justice, especially the destruction of legal segregation. Devotes attention to the rural South and the urban North as Blacks use a variety of means to empower African American communities through the civil rights revolution. History courses are nonsequential 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 276 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 from the 1930s to the late 20th century.
  • Communicate effectively in private and public analytical and fact-based discussions regarding issues in the history of Black Americans.
  • Recognize the historical contributions of different groups (ethnic, national, gender, religious) that interacted in 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. 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 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)


  • Building social institutions and organizations

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

  • Government and politics

  • Organized action, civil rights strategies

  • Civil rights gains in legal, political, economic arenas

  • Gender

  • Racial pride

  • Backlash against civil rights gains


  • Historical interpretation

  • Segregation and integration

  • Institutional racism

  • Black Power


  • Inter- and intra-group ethnic relationships

  • Governmental policies

  • Nonviolent Resistance

  • Black Nationalism

  • Adaptation and resistance to change

  • Religion and religious leaders


  • 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