HST 164 : The History of Southern New England

This course offers a general overview of the history of Southeastern New England from pre-contact to the present and concentrates on Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut with an emphasis on public history (history that is visible to people in their daily lives). Major topics include a consideration of the indigenous peoples of the area, the colonial development of Southeastern New England, the ethnicity of the region, and the importance of the Southeastern New England area to the social, cultural, political, and economic development of the United States. Students develop the abilities to think, to write, and to read critically and analytically and to understand the various forms of human interaction through a study of the unique history of the southeastern regions of New England. This course also aids students in their efforts to understand the principles of group behavior and social organizations and how power is wielded in society. One lecture hour per week. Competency met: Humanities (6.0) Fall, Spring
  1. Explain the major historical trends in the history of the United States as related to the Southern New England region.
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the importance of geography to the history of New England.
  3. Relate and discuss historical events to persons and places visible in everyday life.
  4. Analyze and appraise the importance of historical sites to the economic life of the Southern New England region.
  5. Define and demonstrate an understanding of the major historical developments of Southern New England history from the period of precontact to the late Twentieth Century.
  6. Demonstrate the relation of the sites of historical importance in the region to major historical themes in American history.