HIST1310 American History Until 1877

Course Description

Meets MN Transfer Goals 5 & 9 - History & the Social & Behavioral Sciences & Ethical and Civic Responsibility. This course will examine major trends and events from the early European explorations until the Compromise of 1877. Topics will include historical methods, the indigenous peoples and their cultures, the European background, colonial government and culture, the Industrial Revolution, the American Revolution, establishment of the Constitution, the young republic, territorial expansion, slavery, immigration, sectional divisions, the Civil War, and Reconstruction of the South.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • acquire basic knowledge and understanding of American history until the end of Reconstruction, including but not limited to the topics mentioned in the description
  • gain appreciation for the ways the study of past is related to the contemporary situation
  • acquire a basic understanding of the discipline of history and historical knowledge
  • develop a greater interest and curiosity for the study of history
  • develop enhanced college-level skills in analysis, writing, research, and oral presentations


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3 credits: 3 lectures / presentations, 0 lab, 0 other