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HIS 124 History of the United States to 1877 (3 credits)

Course Description

A survey of the social, political, and cultural development of the people of the United States from the colonization period through reconstruction.

Learning Results

This course deals with the history of the United States from the earliest "discoveries" of North America by Europeans up through the Reconstruction period at the close of the Civil War. With some exceptions, we will proceed basically in a chronological order. The course will not place major emphasis upon rote memorization of names and dates, although there will, of course, be some emphasis upon significant historical people. A greater emphasis will be placed upon various interpretations of the historical events with which you probably became familiar in high school history courses.

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will have:
• Demonstrated the ability to analyze and synthesize the ideas of various historians and determine and
    defend your own position on historically significant events.
• Used sound critical thinking skills in determining why certain events are considered to be historically
• Related these events and your interpretation to your Christian faith, while, at the same time, also
    demonstrating an awareness of the religious diversity of this nation.
• Analyzed cultural clashes that characterized American society throughout our early colonial history.


Learning Documentation

This course consists of 12 assignments and 2 exams.

Learning Evaluation

The assignments are worth either 20 or 40 points each and the exams are 100 points apiece for a total of 500 points possible.

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