Topics in History
I. Course Prefix/Number: HIS 290
Course Name: Topics in History
Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 0 lab)
III. Course (Catalog) Description
Course explores major historical issues and/or periods of history that are related to history courses taught at the College. Course will have a different focus and/or scope than the courses currently offered in the department and can be repeated on different topics up to three times for up to nine credit hours. Prerequisites may vary by topic.
IV. Learning Objectives
Students will identify, compare, and contrast major historical concepts, movements, and periods relating to the specific topics being studied.
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
• The history of U.S. economic development
• The United States as an immigrant nation
• The Vietnam War and its impact
• The rise and fall of European Empires
• Twentieth Century Ireland
• Colonization and its impact on the Third World
VII. Methods of Instruction
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.
VIII. Course Practices Required
1. Read a standard textbook and research materials related to the topic.
2. Write outside of class the equivalent of 12-14 double spaced typed pages in the form of a term paper, summaries of Journal articles, short research papers, and/or other kinds of writing.
IX. Instructional Materials
X. Methods of Evaluating Student Progress
Writing assignments will be evaluated based on how well they conform to the assignment and on how well they employ the methods of the discipline.
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.