U.S. History from 1877

I.     Course Prefix/Number: HIS 112

       Course Name: U.S. History from 1877

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)

II.    Prerequisite


III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course surveys political, economic, social and cultural development of the United States from the Gilded Age to the present. IAI S2 901

IV.   Learning Objectives

A.        Describe the major eras covered
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 philosophical and literary texts of this period, and discuss the current relevance of these values
E.        Explain the ethnic and cultural 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

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• 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

A.    Introduction to Historical methodology and Historiography
B.    Rise of Big Business and Labor
C.    Immigration
D.    The Gilded Age and Populism
E.    U.S. Imperialism
F.    The Progressive Era
G.    World War I
H.    The Roaring 1920s
I.    The Great Depression and the New Deal
J.    World War II and the Origins of the Cold War
K.    The 1950s
L.    The 1960s
M.    The 1970s and 1980s
N.    The 1990s
O.    The 2000s
P.    Current Issues

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Classes will include a variety of instructional methods such as: lectures, in class discussions, 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.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

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
can be found at www.oakton.edu/title9/.

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at www.oakton.edu/lgbtq.