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John M Findlay
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 one-quarter survey of U.S. history focuses on the themes of immigration, migration, citizenship, and family.

Student learning goals

expand students' comprehension of the history of the U.S.;

improve students' ability to think conceptually and historically;

improve students' ability to read critically, including primary sources;

improve students' ability to express ideas in discussions and in writing;

improve students' ability to identify connections between different sources of information and different eras of history.

General method of instruction

HSTAA 101 will consist primarily of lectures, readings, discussion sections, and an independent research project. Sections will focus mainly on each week's reading assignments.

Recommended preparation

No prerequisites.

Class assignments and grading

Final assignments to be determined, but in previous versions of the course students were evaluated on: a) participation in discussion sections; b) midterm exam; c) final exam; d) a short writing assignment that responds to one readings; and e) an independent research paper that connects the student's family's history (or some other family's history) to broader themes in U.S. history. (Note that students are welcome but not required to write the research paper about their own families. Thus students who come from to UW other countries will have the option of researching and writing about a family from the U.S., if they choose, and will be offered suggestions of texts or other materials on which to base their research.)


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 John M Findlay
Date: 05/13/2013