This course is a survey of the American past from the Age of Exploration to the end of Reconstruction. It examines the major forces, personalities, events, and institutions that shaped the American experience through 1877. Topics include the development of colonial society, the American Revolution, the Constitution (Federal and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts), the growth of the new nation, westward expansion, the rise of sectionalism, and the Civil War and Reconstruction era. Students develop the ability to think, read, and write critically and analytically and to understand the various forms of human interaction through a study of the creation and growth of the United States through 1877. The course aids students in their efforts to understand the principles of group behavior and social organizations and how power is wielded in society. Three lecture hours per week. Competency met: Historic Awareness (5.1), Global Awareness (5.2), Multicultural Perspective (5.3), Social Phenomenon (5.4), Ethical Dimensions (7.0) Fall, Spring, Summer
A passing score on the College's reading and English placement tests or C or better or concurrent enrollment in ENG 091 or ENG 092.
Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:
- Describe the physical and cultural features of the earth’s surface and their origins and interconnections.
- Explain the dynamic physical forces such as climate, plate tectonics, erosion and deposition.
- Identify the major physical and cultural regions that the earth’s surface has evolved into.
- Evaluate the evolution and geographic distribution of such phenomenon as human population, economic activity, culture, language, and religion.
- Assess the reasons why the economic development and wealth of the world is so unevenly geographically distributed.