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2019-2020 Course Catalog 
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HIST 1031 - U.S. History I

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture 4 Lab None
Course Description: This course is a survey of U.S. History from pre-contact Native North America through the Civil War era.  Major social, cultural, political, and economic developments, as well as critical factors such as class, gender, and race, will be integrated into the course.
MnTC Goals
5 History/Social/Behavioral Science, 7 Human Diversity

Prerequisite(s): Course placement into college-level English and Reading OR completion of ENGL 0950  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of RDNG 0940  with a grade of C or higher and qualifying English Placement Exam OR completion of RDNG 0950  with a grade of C or higher and ENGL 0090  with a grade of C or higher OR completion of ESOL 0051  with a grade of C or higher and ESOL 0052  with a grade of C or higher.
Corequisite(s): None
Recommendation: None

Major Content

  1. Pre-Contact Native North America
  2. The Atlantic World and Exploration
  3. The Contact Era
  4. Colonial America
  5. Indentured Servitude, Slavery, and the Atlantic Slave Trade
  6. Religious, Social, and Political Transformations
  7. The Revolution and Independence
  8. The Early Republic
  9. The Expanding Republic
  10. Religion and Reform
  11. African Americans and the Institution of Slavery
  12. Westward Expansion
  13. Sectional Crises
  14. The Civil War
  15. Reconstruction

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

  1. explain the relationship of events, people, and developments in U.S. History from pre-contact through the Civil War era.
  2. make use of historical thinking by evaluating the relevance of U.S. History to the modern world and to their own lives.
  3. analyze diverse historical materials, distinguishing primary from secondary sources.
  4. demonstrate effective use of historical evidence and methods.
  5. evaluate varied perspectives of human history using knowledge of diverse peoples within their distinctive historical contexts.

Competency 1 (1-6)
05. 01. Employ the methods and data that historians and social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.

05. 02. Examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures.

05. 03. Use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
Competency 2 (7-10)
07. 01. Understand the development of and the changing meanings of group identities in the United States’ history and culture.

07. 03. Analyze their own attitudes, behaviors, concepts and beliefs regarding diversity, racism, and bigotry.

07. 04. Describe and discuss the experience and contributions (political, social, economic, etc.) of the many groups that shape American society and culture, in particular those groups that have suffered discrimination and exclusion.

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