A survey of institutions, politics, culture, and society in America from colonization to reconstruction. G.E.
Course Rotation for Day Program:
Most current editions of the following:
Required: A Main Text is required, along with some form of delivery of primary sources to students.
Give Me Liberty and Voices of Freedom. Volume 1. Columbia College Custom Edition.
By Foner, Eric (W.W. Norton) Required
A Pocket Guide to Writing in History
By Rampolla, Mary Lynn (Bedford/St. Martin's) Recommended
Additional monographs or readers may be assigned as appropriate.
Course Learning Outcomes
Analyze and interpret primary sources about America from colonization to reconstruction and use them as evidence to support historical arguments.
Identify and describe the context and significance of major figures, institutions, and events in America from colonization to reconstruction.
Construct a historical essay based on documents.
Analyze the concept of citizenship in America from colonization to reconstruction.
Major Topics/Skills to be Covered:
Because the course has been designated as one of the introductory studies for general education, it bears a distinctive responsibility for teaching foundational knowledge. At least one formal writing assignment must center on analysis of primary sources and total c2000 words of composition. Overall, the course provides a chronological study of the following topics:
A New World
Beginnings of English America
Struggle for Empire
The American Revolution
The Constitution and Bill of Rights
Founding a Nation
Securing the Republic
The Market Revolution
Democracy in America
The Peculiar Institution
An Age of Reform
The Impending Crisis
Recommended maximum class size for this course: 25
NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by
the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this
course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course learning outcomes and cover the subjects listed in the Major Topics/Skills to be Covered section.
However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's
subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.