Delaware County Community College, Serving Delaware and Chester Counties

HIS 110 - American History I

Course Description

An inquiry into the history of the United States from the introduction of African and European peoples into the existing populations of the Americas through the period of the Civil War. Includes the cultural origins and initial interactions of African, European and Native American peoples in the Western Hemisphere and the initial phases of a global economy, British Colonization and the establishment of diverse cultures in North America, the Period of the American Revolution, Confederation and Constitution, the establishment of unique political, social and economic structures in the early Republic, cultural and political conflict between Free and Slave States, and the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Upon successful completion of the course, students should be able to:

Explore variables of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and religious background to demonstrate the diversity of American cultural development in colonizing America and the early history of the United States.
Discuss historical information regarding the foundation and formation of the United States to promote a global understanding of the interdependence of peoples and nations that can be used to create dialogue on meaningful and relevant events in their own place and time.
Develop analytical skills through an evaluation of cause and effect of events from pre-Colonization to the Civil War to suggest how and why events happen based upon historical fact sets.
Develop critical thinking skills through an explanation of the significance of historical information within varying contexts, theoretical models and methods.
Explain the difference between types of evidence and interpretation to give students a clear understanding of how to use evidence and commentary from primary and secondary sources to develop interpretive frameworks on a variety of information types.
Use social science methods and models to give students effective tools to compose their own interpretations in both oral and written formats.

College Academic Learning Goals Designations: Critical Reasoning (CR), Diversity and Social Justice (DJ), and Global Understanding (GU)

Credit Hours: 3
Lecture Hours: 3

Course Prerequisites: (ENG 050, REA 050) or REA 075 or test scores orCo-req: ENG 099