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History (HIST)

HIST 003 (GH;US) The American Nation: Historical Perspectives (3) American history from discovery to the present, focusing on both racial, ethnic, and religious differences and shared traditions and ideals.

HIST 003 The American Nation: Historical Perspectives (3)
(GH;US)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.

This course covers American history from discovery to the present, focusing on racial, ethnic, and religious differences as well as shared traditions and ideals. Major economic, religious, political, and social issues and events from first contact to the present day are addressed, although individual versions of the course may vary in emphasis. Topics, which vary with instructor, view the American past through such lenses as democracy, the world of work, and daily life. A major teaching goal of the course is the use of historical evidence, in the form of documents, images, and other materials, to formulate interpretations of the past. Lectures and readings from textbooks, books, chapters, and academic articles provide the essential material of the course and are supplemented by electronic media. The course requirements typically consist of exams, quizzes, and class attendance and participation; they may include short papers as well. (Note that these are the typical, general requirements. Individual instructors may make adjustments that will maintain the intellectual integrity and pedagogic intent of the course.) The course provides an overview of American history and is therefore related to all upper division courses on this subject. It also introduces students to basic cultural and social movements essential to courses in American studies, art history and music and to courses in the social sciences.


General Education: GH
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Fall 2014

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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