Stay in touch with the world around you, locally and beyond - make the connections!
This course provides a platform for critical analysis of American history. Topics include industrial and technological development, the changing nature of society, cultural developments, domestic politics, and America's expanded world role. We will pay specific attention to the ways in which American citizenship is defined and revised, how different subsets of the population “petition” the government, and how the concept of “struggle” unites us all. We will also examine the intersections of race/ethnicity, class, gender, and sexuality and explore how these have changed over time. You may be required to work in assigned groups, participate in presentations and discussions, but certainly you will be required to be an active learner in this class – yes, even online! There is a LOT of reading and writing required for this course, so expect to spend a lot of your time in both activities. Being able to convey your thoughts verbally and in essay format is a skill that takes time and practice thus you will have ample opportunity to practice. You should expect to write the equivalent of 15-20 pages (3750-5000 words) for this course in variety of assignments that may include: short or long answer essay exams/quizzes, research projects, identifications and/or historical reflections/journals throughout the duration of the course.
The course meets the California State University requirements for United States History.
The required course text is FREE:
We will be using the OpenStax U.S. History text (ISBN 1-947172-08-5), available online, as a downloadable pdf, print copy, or ibook. While there are links embedded throughout the course shell, they are here as well:
OpenStax full menu page
OpenStax App: for iPad/iPhone
You can also purchase a hard copy of the text from the bookstore - but remember, the online version is FREE!
Spring Intersession 2023: 1/3/2023-1/29/2023