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

  1. Describe the major eras covered
  2. Describe the achievements of the United States in political, cultural, and social terms
  3. Compare representative works of literature and philosophy produced within this period
  4. Critique the values expressed in the philosophical and literary texts of this period, and discuss the current relevance of these values
  5. Explain the ethnic and cultural diversity of the United States and the origins of political, cultural, and ethnic conflict
  6. Apply conflicting interpretations of United States history
  7. 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

  1. Introduction to Historical methodology and Historiography
  2. Rise of Big Business and Labor
  3. Immigration
  4. The Gilded Age and Populism
  5. U.S. Imperialism
  6. The Progressive Era
  7. World War I
  8. The Roaring 1920s
  9. The Great Depression and the New Deal
  10. World War II and the Origins of the Cold War
  11. The 1950s
  12. The 1960s
  13. The 1970s and 1980s
  14. The 1990s
  15. The 2000s
  16. 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:

  1. Read a standard textbook and research materials.
  2. 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.
  3. Participate in in-class and out-of-class activities.

Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

IX.   Instructional Materials

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

The most current editions of the following texts are being used:
Brinkley, Unfinished Nation
Conlin, The American Past
Divine, The American Story, fifth edition, Volume II
Faragher, Out of Many
Kennedy, The American Pageant
Nash, The American People: Creating a Nation and a Society
Tindall, America: A Narrative History

Supplementary readings will also be assigned as appropriate.  Currently being used are:
Addams, Twenty Years at Hull House
Binder, The Way We Lived: Essays and Documents in American Social History, Vol. II
Dushkin. Annual Editions: American History
McClellan. Historical Moments: Changing Interpretations of America’s Past
Moody, Coming of Age in Mississippi
Shaw, The Young Lions

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

Support Services: Tutoring is available at the Learning Center.

Important Dates: *

XX/XX: Last day to withdraw and have course dropped from record
XX/XX: Last day to change to Audit
XX/XX: Last day for students to submit materials to make up incomplete from the previous semester
XX/XX: Last day to withdraw from classes with a "W"

*These dates differ for each semester. You'll find the correct dates on the Academic Calendar.

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.

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.