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2020-2021 Course Catalog 
2020-2021 Course Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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HIST 1032 - U.S. History since 1865

Credits: 4
Hours/Week: Lecture 4 Lab None
Course Description: This course surveys U.S. history from 1865 to the present, exploring the major events, figures, ideas, and movements during that time using both primary and secondary sources. Students will be introduced to several recurring themes including citizenship, immigration, capitalism and labor, science and technology, American imperialism, liberation and rights movements, political and social reform, globalization, and changing conceptions of race and gender. In addition to examining the past, the course will familiarize students with the uses and limitations of historical sources, how knowledge about the past is produced, and the relevance of history to contemporary issues and questions.
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. Reconstruction and the Rise of Racial Segregation
  2. The Conquest of the West
  3. Industrialization and the Technological Revolution
  4. Populism, Labor Upheaval, and the Gilded Age
  5. Immigration and Urbanization
  6. The Progressive Era
  7. American Empire and World War I
  8. The 1920s, the Great Depression, and the New Deal
  9. World War II
  10. The Cold War: Science, Culture, and Politics
  11. Cold War Interventions
  12. The Civil Rights Movement
  13. The Rise of Liberalism
  14. Activism and Liberation Movements
  15. The Rise of Conservatism
  16. U.S. Interventionism since 1973
  17. Globalization

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 1865 to the present
  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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