Foundations of US History
Foundations of U.S. History applies a case study approach to fourteen periods and/or trends in U.S. History. Units are structured around topics such as colonial life, slavery, the gilded age, and the great depression. Students analyze diverse sources and develop historical thinking skills through nuanced explorations of core issues and periods in U.S. history. The continued development of source analysis, contextualization, and writing skills are emphasized. Course content is aligned with field trips offered through the history department to a diverse range of historical sites and museums throughout the region. Students taking this course will broaden their historical perspectives as they explore ways "American" societies have dealt with continuity and change. They will also develop analysis and reasoning skills that are transferable across disciplines and will prove beneficial in future endeavors.