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2017-2018 Course Catalog 
    
2017-2018 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 2041 - Myths in American History

Credits: 3
Hours/Week: Lecture NoneLab None
Course Description: This second-year course is a survey of American history from the alternative perspective of popular myths (the stories that we tell about ourselves). Students will explore the symbols, stereotypes, and distortions which contribute to their sense of American history. Myths to be examined will vary, but may include such broad topics as race and gender, war and peace, common ideals or American heroes.
MnTC Goals
5 History/Social/Behavioral Science, 9 Ethical/Civic Responsibility

Prerequisite(s): Completion of ENGL 1021  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content
  1. Introduction to Myth
  2. Popular American myths George Washington and the cherry tree and Carl Sandburgs Abe Lincoln
  3. Myths of men and women in the American west
  4. Myths of the melting pot, ethnicity and multiculturalism
  5. Myths of reform in the 1960s
  6. Myths of working men and women
  7. Defining the American character

Learning Outcomes
At the end of this course students will be able to:

  1. Students will increase their knowledge of how men and women in the past thought, acted, and contributed to the human story.
  2. Students will be able to use their increased knowledge to become more informed and discriminating citizens in the context of community, national, and international affairs.
  3. Students will be able to differentiate and analyze connections between facts and assumptions relevant to cultural issues
  4. Students will be able to discover that history can be enjoyable, interesting, and relevant to their lives
  5. Students will improve their reading, writing, and studying abilities.


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