This course explores the evolution of United States history from its pre-Columbian
Native American origins through the Reconstruction Era (1877). Using the analytical
lenses of race, class, gender, ethnicity and sexuality, this course examines the political,
economic, social, religious, environmental, and cultural forces that shaped, and
continue to shape, the nation and the lives of its diverse inhabitants. Topics include
indigenous societies and cultures, European conquest and colonization, slavery and
abolition, the women's movement, westward expansion, immigration, the American Revolution,
the Constitution and the formation of the U.S. government, reform movements, the U.S.
Civil War, and Reconstruction.
Letter Grade Only
Lecture hours/semester: 48-54
Homework hours/semester: 96-108
Recommended: Eligibility for ENGL 838 or ENGL 848 or ESL 400 and any READ 400 level course.
AA/AS Degree Requirements: Area E1, E5b
Transfer Credit: CSU (CSU GE Area C2 or D and US-1 and US-2), UC (IGETC Area 3B or 4)