Survey of American History II – HIUS 222

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/05/2020

Course Description

A survey of American history from Reconstruction to the present, stressing interpretation and analysis of major eras and trends.




This course will give the student an understanding of the history of the United States since the Civil War.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify major figures and events in American history since 1865.
  2. Describe the stages of American national development since 1865.
  3. Explain how political, economic, military, diplomatic, religious, and cultural factors influenced American development since 1865.
  4. Demonstrate college level competencies in reading comprehension, documentary analysis, research, and historical writing.
  5. Evaluate interpretative and historiographical approaches to American history since 1865.
  6. Apply biblical principles to the problems and issues of American history since 1865.

Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes (FSLOs): Communication and information literacy (CIL)

  1. CIL 1: Discover and evaluate information to accomplish a specific purpose.
  2. CIL 2: Communicate information effectively in the English language, orally and/or through writing, for a variety of purposes, using technology when appropriate.
  3. CIL 3: Analyze and assess various forms of information and expression to determine their meaning, employing technology when relevant.
  4. CIL 4: Demonstrate a basic understanding of the role of research and scholarship in order to apply it in various contexts.
  5. CIL 5: Relate communication and information literacy to participation in God’s redemptive work

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Primary Source Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences; therefore, the student is required to submit a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 200–250 words and must be supported using specific examples from the primary sources from McGraw-Hill for the module/week. In addition to the thread, the student must reply to the threads of at least two classmates. Each reply must be 75–150 words and reference specific examples from the case study. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, and F; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5)

Biographies (2)

The student will write two biographies. Each biography will contain a 1-page summary of an historical figure found on a database that is available through the Jerry Falwell Library. The student will also create a bibliography with at least nine sources about the individual (MLO: A, B, C, D; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3, and 4)

Family Artifact Assignment

The student will write a 3-page report covering a family artifact/object that is important to American history from 1865-present. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5).

Content Quizzes (8)

Each content quiz will cover the reading in Brinkley’s The Unfinished Nation as well as the presentations for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice and true/false questions or 19 multiple-choice and true/false questions and one essay question, and have a time limit of 60 minutes (MLO: A, B, C; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3).

Primary Source Quizzes (7)

Each primary source quiz will cover the required primary sources from McGraw-Hill for the module/week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will be open-website/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and have a time limit of 15 minutes (MLO: A, B, C; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3).