HIST-151: Early American History

Liberal Arts
Social Sciences
Academic Level
Course Subject
Course Number
Course Title
Early American History
Credit Hours
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
Eligible to take ENG courses at HFC.
Catalog Course Description

Covers Colonial America and the United States through the Civil War Period.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Encounter between Old World and New
  2. Colonial Expansion and Development
  3. Coming of the American Revolution
  4. Revolutionary War
  5. Early National Period
  6. The Empire of Liberty
  7. Antebellum Politics and Society
  8. Transformation of the US Economy
  9. Manifest Destiny
  10. Sectionalism and the Coming of the American Civil War
  11. The Civil War
  12. Reconstruction
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Outline time and chronology in Early American History.
2. Identify, summarize, and analyze major elements of Early American History.
3. Analyze cause and effect in Early American History.
4. Trace elements of change and continuity in Early American History.
5. Emphasize parallelism by describing the impact of major events, personalities, and places upon Early American History.

Detailed Learning Objectives (Optional)

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Describe and discuss the impact of cultural contact between First Nations and Europeans in North America between 1500 and 1800.
2. Identify, summarize, and analyze major patterns of the Atlantic Slave Trade.
3. Trace the development of the United States political and economic system between the 1770s and the 1860s.
4. Analyze the causes and impacts of Manifest Destiny on the United States as well as the other peoples and cultures of North America.
5. Describe and discuss the major causes and consequences of the Civil War.

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Assessment of academic achievement will be identified and implemented by the class instructor. Methods will include, but will not be limited to, individual projects, vocabulary, class participation (discussion and critiques), and tests.


Each instructor will select the teaching materials she/he feels are best suited to her/his course.


General Education Categories
  • Social Sciences
  • Humanities and Fine Arts
Institutional Outcomes
  • Civil Society and Culture - U.S. and Global
MTA Categories
  • Category 4: Social Sciences
  • Category 5: Humanities and Fine Arts
Satisfies Wellness Requirement

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Winter 2022
ILT Approval Date
AALC Approval Date
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
Review Semester
Winter 2022