Robert T Mckenzie
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.
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.
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.