History of American Entrepreneurship – HIUS 360

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 09/05/2023

Course Description

The growth of the American economy from the 18th century to the present. The interaction between government, business and labor will be analyzed with emphasis on the development of the modern business corporation. p (formerly American Economic History)

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


An in-depth study of America’s economic development is essential in understanding that nation’s unique and powerful role in the world. Without falling into the extremes of economic determinism, it is nonetheless necessary to have a working knowledge of American economic history to understand and assess human motivations within a free society.

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 discussion assignments in this course are meant to foster a spirit of community and collegiality, but they must also be viewed as an academic assignment with formal requirements. The first discussion in this course will expand the student's Christian worldview, and the second will have the student compare world economies to understand the development of global markets better. Each thread must be between 500-600 words, include 2-3 scholarly citations and a bibliography, and demonstrate understanding of course materials. The student will then reply to 2 classmates' threads. Each reply must be between 150-200 words. Current Turabian, APA, or MLA format must be used. (CLO: C, F, G, H; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 5)

BioSketch Assignments (3)

The student will write three research-based biosketchs on an American entrepreneur with focus on the major innovations and hurdles faced such as government regulations, labor shortages, economic booms, depression, recession. Each paper will allow the student to synthesize the content examined and learned in this course. It will enable them to demonstrate their ability to form historical interpretations, discover relevance of present day business practices, and examine logical arguments based on evidence gathered from primary and secondary source materials. Each paper must be between 1-2 pages (not including the bibliography) and include at least 5 scholarly sources in either Turabian, APA, or MLA format. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4)

Inflation Index Assessment Assignment

The student will research at least 10 items most commonly used in daily life. The student will complete a short assessment on the items and information found using the provided template. It will provide the student with a cursory understanding of inflation in an economy and how it affects the prices of goods and services over time. It will also allow the student to form an educated opinion on the country’s monetary and fiscal policies and understand how those can affect inflation. The student's complete explanations must be between 500-600 words and all references used must be cited in a bibliography in either Turabian, APA, or MLA format. (CLO: B, C, D; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3)

Quizzes (8)

Each module, the student will complete a quiz on the materials for that module. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 10 multiple-choice, true/false, and/or short-answer questions, and have a 45-minute time limit. (CLO: B, D, E; FSLO: CIL 1, 2, 3, 4)