Civil War and Reconstruction – HIUS 520

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 02/08/2022

Course Description

This course is a comprehensive examination of the causes, course, and the significance of the American Civil War and Reconstruction.

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


Understanding the Civil War is essential to understanding American history as a whole. Understanding wartime military developments in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania is essential to understanding the Civil War.

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 (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be at least 250 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 at least 100 words.

Book Review Assignments (2)

The student will write two book reviews, each will be 500 to 800 words, one on Apostles of Disunion and the other on Fighting Means Killing. Each review must summarize the book’s content, identify its central thesis, and evaluate its contribution to the field of Civil War history.

Quizzes (3)

The student will complete three quizzes in this course. Each quiz will cover designated reading assignments and video presentations. Quizzes will be open-book/open-notes, will consist of both multiple-choice and essay questions, and will be strictly limited in time. Exceeding the time limit will result in a grade penalty of -5% per minute over the specified limit.