American Colonial History – HIUS 510

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/27/2021

Course Description

This course will provide a comprehensive examination of the political, economic, religious, cultural, and military developments from the founding of the thirteen colonies to the American Revolution.

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


The purpose of this course is to immerse the student in some of the major content and historiographic topics germane to American colonial history. This course fits into the Liberty University MA in History program’s objectives by assessing graduate levels of attainment in reading comprehension, historical evaluation (research and critical thinking), and communication (formal writing and interaction with peers) all from a Biblical worldview perspective. It is an important course because the colonial period is the “seed-bed” of American history.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate graduate level mastery and analysis of secondary and primary sources related to American colonial history.
  2. Describe the varied cultural, political, intellectual, and religious dynamics pertinent to colonial America.
  3. Analyze the comparative and contrasting relationships of varied founding principles as expressed in the colonial period of American history.
  4. Explain the intricacies of America’s movement from colonies to the United States.
  5. Demonstrate graduate-level course competencies in reading comprehension, documentary analysis, and historical writing.
  6. Demonstrate competencies of colonial American history from a biblical worldview perspective.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings, articles, and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

The student will complete 3 Discussions in this course. The student will post one thread of at least 300 words. The student must then post 2 replies of at least 100 words. For each thread, students must support their assertions with at least 2 scholarly citations in Turabian format. Each reply must incorporate at least 1 scholarly citation in Turabian format.

Book Review Assignments (2)

You will write 2 book reviews (see list of books to choose from in Book Review Instructions).  For Book Review 1, choose from the list designated Book Review 1.  For Book Review 2, choose from the list designated Book Review 2. Requests for books not on this list will not be accepted.  Important note: you should choose a book you have not already read and/or written a review on.

Research Proposal Assignment

The student will write a 1–2-page Research Proposal in current Turabian format that focuses on what the student desires to research and why. The statement may include a preliminary thesis if enough research has been done at that point. The proposal must include a bibliographic listing of works examined up to that point (at least 3 primary sources and 3 secondary sources).

Research Paper Assignment

The student will write a 15-page research-based paper in current Turabian format that focuses on an approved topic. Approval is contingent upon a successful Research Proposal. The paper must include at least 6 primary sources and 6 secondary sources. The paper must have a title page, footnotes, a bibliography (with divisions of primary and secondary sources), 1-inch margins, and Times New Roman 12-point font.

Quizzes (4)

Each of these four quizzes will cover the Reading & Study material of the module in which it is assigned as well as the previous module. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions as well as 1 essay question, and have a 1-hour and 30-minute time limit.

Important Note: the essay on Quiz: 4 will be comprehensive in nature asking you to write a synthesis essay on what you think is the dominant theme in the evolution of Colonial American history.