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Robert T Mckenzie
HSTAA 101
Seattle Campus

Survey of the History of the United States

Supplies the knowledge of American history that any intelligent and educated American citizen should have. Objective is to make the student aware of his or her heritage of the past and more intelligently conscious of the present.

Class description

This course is a general survey of United States history from colonial settlement to the present. The course will focus on several broad themes: the expansion of democracy, sectional conflict, the rapid economic and social changes of "modern" America, and the growth of federal power. The course approaches the study of history as the opportunity to engage in dialogue with previous generations, and course readings and discussions focus especially on critical ideas at the heart of recurring episodes of political and social conflict in our nation's past.

Student learning goals

A greater familiarity with defining themes in the sweep of U. S. history

Enhanced understanding of how to think critically about historical evidence and ideas

Ability to construct and communicate historical arguments

General method of instruction

Daily lectures interspersed with regular small-group discussion.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Two exams, three short essays, and regular class discussions.

Grades will be determined on the basis of student performance on essays, in-class exams, and contribution to class discussions.


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Robert T Mckenzie
Date: 04/20/2007