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Undergraduate Degree Programs

History (HIST)

HIST 020 (GH;US) American Civilization to 1877 (3) An historical survey of the American experience from its colonial beginnings through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

HIST 020 American Civilization to 1877 (3)
(GH;US)

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

HIST 020 is designed to introduce students to the main events and themes of American history before 1877. This course is not intended to simply acquaint the student with facts, but to teach them how to analyze those facts so that they can understand why historical events in America unfolded as they did. A larger goal of the course is to teach them how to think "historically" and to perceive the relevance of the past to the present. It is impossible to understand either yourself or your society if you cannot identify the role, which your individual and collective past plays in the construction of your actions and thoughts today. The course provides the student with a basic background in American History prior to 1877. HIST 021 chronologically follows this course by providing the student with a background in American History from 1877 to the present. HIST 020 is a prerequisite for upper-division courses in American History, and is a required course for the History major. The course grade will be determined by an in-class midterm exam, an in-class final exam (each containing essay and short-answer sections), a five-page paper based on the analysis of a primary source, and participation in discussion sections. This course will be offered twice per year with 150 seats per offering.


General Education: GH
Diversity: US
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Spring 2006

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