Course Description and Objectives


                                                                                                                         COURSE DESCRIPTION

This course is designed to acquaint the student with the social, intellectual, economic, and political developments that have molded the history of America from Pre- Colonial period to the end of the Civil War. Emphasis will be placed on the cause and effect of these developments, and their influence on modern America.

                                                                                                     COURSE OBJECTIVES

At the completion of this course the student should be able to:

a. Display a general knowledge of American History from its colonial period to the Civil War.

b. Become familiar with various scholarly works and documentaries that research and analyze American History from 1492-1865.


        Since each of us is influenced to a greater or lesser extent by all of the events of history, we are, as it were, the end result of the historical process. It is in this sense that  students should approach this course with an view to understanding U.S. history as a dynamic and evolutionary process. You all know who you are, but this exploration of our American roots is designed to provide greater insight into WHY you are who you are.


        The course consists of formal lectures and student discussion sessions focused on the assigned readings. Particular emphasis is placed on the interaction of diverse cultures. Video and/or other multimedia presentations covering salient subjects will augment the course.





An insatiable curiosity is the mark of a scholar and the hallmark of a dynamic culture.