U.S. History to 1877
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 111
Course Name: U.S. History to 1877
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course surveys the political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from discovery through Reconstruction. IAI S2 900
IV. Learning Objectives
B. Describe the achievements of the United States in political, cultural, and social terms
C. Compare representative works of literature and philosophy produced within this period
D. Critique the values expressed in the religious, philosophical, and literary texts of this period, and discuss the current relevance of these values
E. Explain the ethnic, cultural, and religious diversity of the United States and the origins of political, cultural, and ethnic conflict
F. Apply conflicting interpretations of United States history
G. Analyze primary and secondary sources of the American past
V. Academic Integrity and Student Conduct
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.
There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.
Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at
VI. Sequence of Topics
B. European expansion and the collision of cultures
C. Colonial settlements and ways of life
D. 18th Century Enlightenment and the Great Awakening
E. Revolutionary America
F. The development of the U.S. Constitution
G. Origins of the party system and the age of Jefferson
H. The Age of Jackson
I. Industrialization and urbanization
J. Women and the family in the 19th century
K. Culture and society in the 19th century
L. Territorial expansion
M. Antebellum South
O. The Civil War
VII. Methods of Instruction
Each class will include a variety of instructional methods such as: lectures, in-class discussion, group activities, document and film analysis, and the use of new technologies.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
Students will be required to:
A. Read a standard textbook and research materials.
B. Write outside of class the equivalent of 13-15 double-spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of Journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
C. Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, media-based, hybrid or online course.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
At least three exams will be given.
Students will also be evaluated on a combination of written assignments and in- and out-of- class assignments.
XI. Other Course Information
If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.
Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.
Resources and support for
- pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
- victims of sexual misconduct
Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.