Jacksonian America – HIUS 316

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 04/08/2022

Course Description

American history from the rise of the Jackson through the Mexican war; emphasis will be on the market revolution and how it shaped politics, society and the economy during the era.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog


HIUS 316 connects the experience of the American Revolution and the American Civil War. The course covers political, constitutional, economic, military, religious, and social aspects of American history between the end of the War of 1812 and the beginning of the Civil War; it thus serves as a bridge in the student’s understanding of these two critical events.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify major figures and events in Jacksonian America (1815 through 1848).
  2. Explain how political, constitutional, economic, military, diplomatic, religious and cultural factors influenced the course of national history during Jacksonian America (1815 through 1848).
  3. Demonstrate college-level competencies in reading comprehension, documentary analysis, research, and historical writing on the Jacksonian America period (1815 through 1848).
  4. Evaluate interpretative and historiographical approaches to Jacksonian America (1815 through 1848).
  5. Apply biblical principles to the problems and issues of the Jacksonian America period (1815 through 1848).

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 the Course Overview..

Discussions (2)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be 250 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words.

Your Home in History Assignments (3)

The student will write a research-based paper in current Turabian format which explores the developments in a specific region during the Jacksonian Era and relates this region to a specific course theme.

Your Home in History: Topic Proposal Assignment

  • The student will identify a region to research for the project, preferably one with a personal connection to the student. They should also choose one course theme (provided in the instructions) to explore through the history of the region. The proposal should include three scholarly sources that could assist in understanding the developments within the region during the period.

Your Home in History: Primary Source Reflection Assignment

  • The student will provide two primary sources in Turabian format that relate to either the region or course theme chosen for the project. For each source the student will write a three paragraph reflection in response to the prompts in the provided template.

Your Home in History: Final Paper Assignment

  • The final research paper must be 6–8 pages and must contain 10 references in addition to the course materials and the Bible. The paper must be in current Turabian format. Two of the eight sources must be primary sources. The paper must address the Jacksonian Era history of the chosen region and demonstrate how one course theme manifested here in specific ways.

Empire Upon The Trails Documentary Assignment

This assignment assesses comprehension and analysis of the Empire Upon the Trails documentary. The provided template includes six essay questions requiring a 1-2 paragraph response each.

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the Module: Week in which it is assigned. Each quiz will: be open-book/open-notes; contain 20 multiple-choice, true/false questions and 1 essay question; and have a 1-hour time limit.