United States History to 1877 - HIS 121 at Virginia Western Community College


Effective: 2022-03-31

Course Description

Introduces the history of the United States from its origins to 1877. Includes the European exploration, development of the American colonies and their institutions, the Revolution, major political, social and economic developments, geographical expansion, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. This is a Passport and UCGS transfer course.
Lecture 3 hours. Total 3 hours per week.
3 credits

The course outline below was developed as part of a statewide standardization process.

General Course Purpose

HIS 121 surveys the general history of the United States from the pre-Columbian period through 1877. This course allows students to reach a basic understanding of the early historical development of the United States through a combination of educational methods including lecture, document analysis, and historical methodology. Students will learn about the important political, economic, social, intellectual, cultural and religious changes that shaped the development of the United States. These changes will be considered from the perspectives of the multiple and diverse historical groups of people driving them and affected by them.

Course Objectives

Major Topics to be Included

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