|Program Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, the student will have a better
understanding of this nation's unique history. By learning of our
past and our rich heritage, the student can better understand
himself/herself today and hopefully learn the best path to choose for
Global Learning Outcomes:
I. CRITICAL THINKING: Students will evaluate the validity of
their own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and
synthesizing the results into the creative process.
A. Collect, organize, classify, correlate, analyze, and
present materials and data from variety of academic disciplines and
sources, distinguishing between facts and opinions, judgments and
inferences, and the objective and subjective. The student will be
exposed to a variety of historical interpretations of major events in
B. Evaluate information, text, and numerical and/or graphical
data for validity, recognizing when conclusions are reached or
decisions made in absence of complete information. This may be
achieved in a variety of ways. For example, study of disputed
elections in American history involves numbers as well as behind the
scenes maneuvering about which we know very little.
C. Consciously raise questions, suspending judgment and
remaining open to new information, methods, cultural systems, values,
and beliefs. In classroom discussion and essay format testing, the
student will be exposed to the effect of diverse cultural systems,
values and beliefs on the development of modern America.
II. COMMUNICATION: Students will develop effective reading,
writing, speaking and listening skills to communicate verbally and
nonverbally on literal and figurative levels.
A. Listen actively, partaking in dialogue with civility and
respect for opposing viewpoints. The student may participate in
classroom discussions of controversial events in American history,
including Reconstruction, Segregation, Progressivism, the New Deal,
Civil Rights and the Vietnam War.
C. Read and discuss works of fiction and nonfiction, demonstrating
literal and critical comprehension. Students may read biographies,
popular history on analytical history.
D. Write clear, organized prose, using correct standard
English. The testing for this course may be through intensive essay
V. CULTURAL LITERACY: Students will develop an appreciation of
human culture and its diversity and the role of the creative
arts in society.
A. Demonstrate both an awareness of the important function of
the arts in societies and the ability of the arts to provide personal
satisfaction and to reflect history and culture. The subject matter
of classroom lectures and tests will include historical literary and
cultural movements such as American literature during progressivism,
the Harlem Renaissance, the Jazz Age, the Lost Generations, etc.
B. Understand art, geography, history, music, philosophy and
the evolution of ideas that shaped the world. This course is
comprised of a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of American
C. Demonstrate an understanding of cultural, national, ethnic,
religious, and gender differences among peoples of the world. The
student will learn of the contributions of the various waves of
immigration, native American and African cultures to the development
of American society.