U.S. History Since 1865
1. Catalog Entry
U.S. History Since 1865
Credit hours (3)
General survey of national history since the end of the Civil War. Explores economic, political, and social developments in the United States and growing American involvement in world affairs. This course has been approved for credit in the Social Science Area and in the US Perspectives Area of the Core Curriculum.
2. Detailed Description of Course
The major topics covered in this course are those considered to represent the foundations of American history. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a broad background in American history since 1865. These topics, with various degrees of emphasis, are common to all recent textbooks written for an introductory course in American history.
2) Industrialization and Urbanization
3) The Response to Industrialization
4) The New West and the New South
5) Populism and late Nineteenth Century Politics
7) The Progressive Movement and Urban Reform
8) World War I
9) The Twenties
10)The Great Depression
11)World War II
12)The Cold War
14)The Civil Rights Movement
15)The Vietnam War
16)American Politics and Society Since 1970
3. Detailed Description of Conduct of Course
The class meets three hours a week. A textbook is required by all instructors; each instructor has the option of selecting a different text. Additionally, some instructors require other readings. Teaching methods involve a mix of lecture and discussion. Generally large classes require a teaching methodology capable of reaching a wide variety of students. Visual aids emphasize maps and graphs, but other aids such as video recordings, Powerpoint presentations, and other forms of media including the internet may also be utilized.
4. Goals and Objectives of the Course
Core Goal 9: Radford University students will understand how individual, social, or cultural factors influence human behavior and shape reciprocal relationships between people and society.
Learning Outcome 9a: Radford University students will be able to recognize social and behavioral science concepts.
Learning Outcome 9b: Radford University students will be able to recognize the relationship between individual and socio-cultural factors that affect behaviors.
Core Goal 10: Radford University students will understand how social and cultural (for example, political, historical, economic, environmental, religious, or geographic) forces shape the American experience.
Learning Outcome 10a: Radford University students will be able to identify diverse influences that have shaped the American experience.
Learning Outcome 10b: Radford University students will be able to apply course material to a relevant issue in the United States.
5. Assessment Measures
Assessment measures may include any or all of the following: participation in class, writing exercises, oral discussions of readings, and testing that includes objective and/or essay questions on quizzes and examinations. All tests are structured to emphasize an understanding of ideas, concepts, and inter-relationships. Assessment measures are designed to evaluate student learning and progress towards the fulfillment of the Core Curriculum program goals and the specific goals and objectives for both the US Perspectives and Social and Behavioral Science areas as stated above in D.
6. Other Course Information
Review and Approval
April 16, 1998
April 9, 1999
October 5, 2008
June 20, 2015