American History to 1865

Course Code:

Credit Hours:

Effective beginning:

001, 002, 700


Course Description:
A general survey of the development of the United States from the period of discovery and exploration through the Civil War.


Course Details


Robert L. Ivey, M.S.

Richard Ivey, M.S.

Mary McClendon, MAT

James A. Padgett, M.A.


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Shi, David Emory. America: A Narrative History. 12th Ed. New York, NY: W.W. Norton, 2022 Print. ISBN: 9780393543377 (paperback, text only)


ISBN: 9780393882506 (paperback, with Card)

(You are only required to purchase one book. Both books are the same.)


Assignment/course outline:

See first-day handout.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify behaviors and social trends, using appropriate research methodologies.

SS-2 Identify global influences on social, behavioral, and historical issues.

SS-3 Examine significant historical events.

SS-4 Identify differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods

Show the progression of American History from its first people through the Civil War.

Compare the differences and similarities in the cultures of Africans, Indians, and Europeans that sometimes caused conflicts when the cultures met in America.

Analyze the presidential and congressional plans for reconstruction and evaluate the effectiveness of the plans in solving the problems of reconstruction.

Evaluate the role of America in world domination and the effects of its foreign policy od expansionism. 

Evaluate America’s role in the two world wars and analyze the outcomes on contemporary issues

SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-3, SS-4

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3

SS-1, SS-2, SS-4


Tests, Writing Assignments


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Students are expected to attend class, read assigned materials and are encouraged to ask questions.
  • Student attendance and participation is expected.
  • Student are expected to read all assigned material and complete assignments in a timely manner.
  • Faculty will be delivering course content through lectures and class discussions on the material using visual aids or through the learning management system in online classes.
  • In-class teaching strategies may include: participation, lecture, presentations, and examinations. 
  • Faculty will arrange office appointments to address student’s questions and progress.
  • Faculty will encourage students to use the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE Lab) to foster their attainment of subject matter.


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