U.S. History to 1865
1. Catalog Entry
U.S. History to 1865
Credit hours (3)
Survey of national history from the Colonial Period through the American Revolution and early National Period through the Civil War. Emphasis on economic, political and social developments as well as on the growth of the representative and democratic process. 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 prior to 1865. These topics, with various degrees of emphasis, are common to all recent textbooks written for an introductory course in American history.
1) Discovery and Settlement of British North America
2) Colonial economics, politics, society and religion
3) Coming of the American Revolution
4) The Revolution and the Confederation Period
5) Establishing the United States: The Constitution and the Federalist Era
6) The Jeffersonian Era and the War of 1812
7) The Jacksonian Era
8) Industrialization, Immigration and Reform
9) Expansion and Sectional Crisis
10)The Civil War
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