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Course Syllabus

Course: HIST 2710

Division: Social and Behavioral Science
Department: Social Science
Title: United States History from 1877

Semester Approved: Fall 2017
Five-Year Review Semester: Fall 2022
End Semester: Fall 2023

Catalog Description: This course covers the development of the United States from 1877 to the present, to include Industrialism, the Last Frontier, the Progressive Era, World War I, the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression and New Deal, World War II, the Cold War Era, the Civil Rights Movement, and Contemporary America. HIST 2710, taken in conjunction with HIST 2700, will satisfy the American Institutions requirement established by the Utah State Legislature.

General Education Requirements: American Institutions (AI)
Semesters Offered: Spring
Credit/Time Requirement: Credit: 3; Lecture: 3; Lab: 0

Justification: HIST 2710, taken together with HIST 2700, satisfies the American Institutions (AI) requirement established by the Utah Legislature and USHE. HIST 2710 provides a foundation for understanding the history of America. This course is equivalent to HIST 2710 at all USHE institutions.

General Education Outcomes:
1: A student who completes the GE curriculum will have a fundamental knowledge of human cultures and the natural world, with particular emphasis on American institutions, the social and behavioral sciences, the physical and life sciences, the humanities, the fine arts and personal wellness.  After completing this course, students are prepared to recognize and appreciate the diversity of ideas that constitute American history. Students read and discuss a variety of primary sources in order to understand these ideas from a variety of perspectives. Class discussions, written assignments, exams, and/or other assignments will ask students to consider how—in a variety of contexts—American institutions influenced US history from 1877 to the present.

2: A student who completes the GE curriculum can read, retrieve, evaluate, interpret, and deliver information using a variety of traditional and electronic media. After completing this course, students are prepared to work competently with a
variety of media sources as they engage in analysis of American history. Students read, watch, and listen to a variety of primary media and are assessed, in discussion and written response, on content. Class discussions, written assignments, exams, and/or other assignments are designed to elicit constructive and critical responses.

6: A student who completes the GE curriculum can reason analytically, critically, and creatively about nature, culture, facts, values, ethics, and civic policy. Students must demonstrate an understanding of cultural and historical influence to some degree in every class discussion, written assignment, and exam. Understanding "America" and its history requires reasoning analytically, critically, and creatively about multiple factors.

General Education Knowledge Area Outcomes:
1: Through the study of primary source documents, students will examine a variety of factors that explain the origins, development, and current dynamics of the political, social, and economic system of United States. Class discussions, exams, written assignments, and/or other assignments will allow students to demonstrate they can articulate viewpoints of historical figures and modern scholars; students will demonstrate that they understand and can participate in debates on the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States of America.  Through the study of primary source documents, students will examine a variety of factors that explain the origins, development, and current dynamics of the political, social, and economic system of United States. Class discussions, exams, written assignments, and/or other assignments will allow students to demonstrate they can articulate viewpoints of historical figures and modern scholars; students will demonstrate that they understand and can participate in debates on the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States of America.

2: Explain and use historically, politically, and economically relevant information. Through reading primary and secondary sources, students will understand how to evaluate and use historically relevant information to make and critique arguments about American history. Students will be asked to demonstrate their ability to use historically relevant information in class discussions, written assignments, exams, and/or other assignments.

3: Communicate effectively about the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States. Students will be able to communicate knowledge, analysis, and critiques of the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States, with a special emphasis on history. Student abilities in this area will be demonstrated in class discussions, exams, written assignments, and/or other assignments.

4: Engage a diversity of viewpoints in a constructive manner that contributes to a dialogue about the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States. By engaging a range of sources, students will understand multiple viewpoints about the history, principles, form of government, and economic system of the United States, with a particular emphasis on history. Students will be able to discuss these viewpoints in historical context and be able to articulate connections to contemporary issues. Class discussions, exams, written assignments, and/or other assignments will allow students to make their own contribution to the dialogue about the history of the United States.

5: Use historical, political, and economic methods to come to an understanding of the United States that integrates those viewpoints. Students will be introduced to the methods of History. Through reading and analyzing historical, political, and/or economic primary and secondary sources, students will use these methods to come to an understanding of the United States that integrates diverse viewpoints. Students will be asked to demonstrate their ability to use historical methods in the context of US history through class discussions, written assignments, exams, and/or other assignments.


Content:
Through lecture, readings, multimedia, class discussion, exams, and written assignments, this course traditionally follows a chronological path, analyzing how politics, culture, and societal factors shaped the history of the United States of America from the end of Reconstruction to possibly as late as the present. The course takes broad purview of American history, looking at larger transformations across time, while also more closely examining how individuals and groups caused and responded to these larger changes. Both primary and secondary source reading assignments are intended to present a more complete picture of early American history. Possible topics include: the American Frontier; industrialization; American politics in the Gilded Age; the Imperial Age; the Progressive Era; World War I; the Roaring Twenties; the Great Depression and the New Deal; World War II; the Fair Deal and Containment; the Civil Rights Movement; the Vietnam Era; conservative America; contemporary America

Key Performance Indicators:
Exams 20 to 85%

Assignments/Essays 20 to 80%

Participation 0 to 20%


Representative Text and/or Supplies:
Tindall, George Brown, and David E. Shi. America: A Narrative History. New York: W.W. Norton & Co, 2010.


Pedagogy Statement:
Lecture, readings, multimedia, class discussion, exams, and written assignments.

Instructional Mediums:
Lecture

Maximum Class Size: 85
Optimum Class Size: 25