Spring 2020 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
This course will cover the main themes of U.S. History through 1865. The first objective of this course is to provide you with an overview of American history through the Civil War. We will study the main political, economic, social, and cultural developments during this period so that you will have a basic understanding of the chronology of U.S. history. Another objective is to enhance your ability to evaluate historical information. An adequate overview of any historical period requires a balance of factual knowledge and critical analysis. Memorization of facts is useless without an understanding of how they fit into a bigger picture. In critically evaluating historical information, we will together assess the relative benefits of the three primary means of historical presentation: These are works of academic, public, and popular history. The course will require a good bit of reading and writing. In addition to the examination of U.S. History, this course is also designed to improve your skills as a college student and modern professional, making you more educated, employable, and interesting.
This course only open educational resources. There are no books that need to be purchased for this course.
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