HISTORY 205. American History to 1865. 3 Credits.
This course explores early American and United States history through 1865, with attention to politics, society, economy, culture, and gender. Following an overview of Turtle Island (a Native designation for North America) before European contact, likely topics to be considered include the European colonization process; the creation and expansion of the United States; the evolution of formal and informal democratic institutions; Native resistance, accommodation, and persistence; the rise and fall of the institution of African slavery in the Atlantic world; early industrialization; and the causes and outcomes of the Civil War.
1 Students may also opt to complete HISTORY 205 or HISTORY 206 in this category. They must take one as required and the other course can be completed in lieu of this course list. 2 Students are required to take one course from Category I and one course from Category II as listed under the major. The remaining 6 credits may be selected from any 300- or 400- level History course, or DJS 361 or FNS 374 .