History of Virginia – HIUS 390

CG • Section 8WK • 07/01/2018 to 12/31/2199 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

A study of Virginia History from before the settlement of Jamestown to the present.

Prerequisites

HIUS 221 or HIUS 222 or HIUS 223 or (Background Check Clearance with a score of 5 or Background Clear International with a score of 5 or Background Clear Out of State with a score of 5 or Background Clear Virginia with a score of 5)

Rationale

This course will provide students with an understanding of the history of Virginia and show how the state fits into broader American history. It will most benefit those students who are interested in a more detailed understanding of the importance of Virginia and those who are pursuing careers requiring a specialized knowledge in the history of Virginia.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify major figures, events, and places in Virginia history;
  2. Explain how a variety of factors, including but not limited to, political, economic, geographic, military, religious, and cultural issues influenced Virginia’s development;
  3. Demonstrate college-level competencies in reading comprehension, documentary analysis, research, and historical writing;
  4. Evaluate selected interpretative and historiographical approaches to the study of Virginia history.
  5. Apply a Christian worldview to the problems and issues relevant to the study of Virginia history.

Course Assignment

Students in this course will be responsible for the content in all assigned materials.

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

There will be 3 Discussion Board Forums in this course. Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be a minimum 400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum 200 words. The student must cite all sources consulted in current Turabian formatting. (MLOs: 2, 3, 5)

Historic Site Paper

The student will virtually or physically tour a historic site in Virginia and write a 2-page Historic Site Paper in current Turabian format that focuses on the history of the event/issue/topic commemorated by the site and why the site is important. (MLOs: 2, 3, 4)

Book Review

The student will write a 3–4 page Book Review in current Turabian format on a book he/she selects from the approved book list. All books can be found digitally in the Jerry Falwell Library. The review must identify the author’s main argument(s), provide examples to explain those arguments from the book, and evaluate whether the author achieved his/her purpose. (MLOs: 3, 4, 5)

Bibliography

The student will compile a bibliography that contains the references he/she intends to use for the research paper. The bibliography must be in current Turabian format and contain at least 5 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible. (LO 4)

Research Paper

The student will write a research paper in current Turabian format that focuses on a prominent theme in Virginia history. The paper must include at least 5 references in addition to the course textbook and the Bible, and be a minimum of 7 pages. (MLOs: 3, 4, 5)

Virginia Geography Quiz

The Virginia Geography Quiz will cover information found in the Reading & Study material from Module/Week 1. The quiz will be open-book/open-note, contain 25 questions, and have a 30-minute time limit. (MLO: 1)

Quizzes (6)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. They will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour time limit. (MLO: 1)

Exams (2)

Both exams will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. They will be open-book/open-notes, contain 20 multiple-choice questions and 5 short essay questions, and have a 2-hour time limit. (MLO: 1)