Feb 19, 2020  
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog 
2019 - 2020 Cowley College Academic Catalog



3 Credit Hours

Student Level:

This course is open to students on the college level in either the Freshman or Sophomore year.

Catalog Description:

HIS6411 - United States History to 1877 (3 hrs.)

[KRSN HIS1010]

Development of the United States, 1492 to 1877, including English colonization, the American Revolution, formation of the Union, colonization of the West, development of sectionalism, the Civil War, and restoration of home rule in the South.

Course Classification:




Controlling Purpose:

This course is designed to help the student with an introduction to United States history from early exploration to 1876.  This course will survey the important political, cultural, economic, and religious/philosophical accomplishments during this period.  Knowledge of one’s culture is essential if one is to understand the present and intelligently plan for the future.  This course seeks to create a better citizen and to cultivate an appreciation of history and its importance in helping promote man’s positive accomplishments in today’s world.

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, the student should have a workable knowledge of important individuals, major events, ideas and important geographic locations which have shaped modern America.  The student should recognize, understand and appreciate the unique contributions of America and its citizens.  In addition he/she should develop an understanding of the interdependence of cultures and regions, and should also begin to develop a personal philosophy of history.

Core Outcomes:

The learning outcomes and competencies detailed in this course outline or syllabus meet or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Outcomes Groups project for this course as approved by the Kansas Board of Regents.

Unit Outcomes for Criterion Based Evaluation:

The following outline defines the minimum core content not including the final examination period.  Instructors may add other material as time allows.

UNIT 1:  Personal Management Skills

Outcomes:  Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully …

  • Attend class on a regular and timely basis
  • Written work displays material discussed in class in a clear, concise, logical manner with few grammatical errors
  • Oral participation in class reflects clear, concise, logical views
  • Completion of assignments is on or before due dates
  • Follow and understand instructions

UNIT 2: Exploration and Settlement

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully…

  • Identify the reasons for European colonization of the New World
  • Describe the settlement of Virginia
  • Describe the settlement of New England
  • Trace the development of colonial government
  • Identify the contributions of Native Americans
  • Explain religious influences on the development of America

UNIT 3: Formation of a Nation

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully…

  • Explain the causes of the American Revolution
  • Trace the major events of the American Revolution
  • Compose and contrast the Articles of Confederation and the Constitution
  • Explain the structure of the federal government established by the Constitution
  • Describe the achievements of the Washington and Adams administrations

UNIT 4: 1800 to 1840

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully…

  • Describe the achievements of the Jefferson administration
  • Explain the causes, major events and results of the War of 1812
  • Discuss the Missouri Compromise
  • Analyze the growing nationalism and sectionalism of the period
  • Discuss Jacksonian democracy

UNIT 5: 1840 to 1877

Outcomes: Upon completion of this unit, the students will be able to successfully…

  • Trace the achievement of manifest destiny in the 1840s
  • Explain the Compromise of 1850 and its influence
  • Discuss the major events of the 1850s which led to the Civil War
  • Discuss the causes, major events and results of the Civil War
  • Compare and contrast the Lincoln/Johnson Reconstruction Plan with the actual occurrences of the period


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Materials/Equipment Required:


Attendance Policy: 

Students should adhere to the attendance policy outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Grading Policy:

The grading policy will be outlined by the instructor in the course syllabus.

Maximum class size:

Based on classroom occupancy

Course Time Frame: 

The U.S. Department of Education, Higher Learning Commission, and the Kansas Board of Regents define credit hour and have specific regulations that the college must follow when developing, teaching, and assessing the educational aspects of the college. A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than one hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester hour of credit or an equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time. The number of semester hours of credit allowed for each distance education or blended hybrid courses shall be assigned by the college based on the amount of time needed to achieve the same course outcomes in a purely face-to-face format.

Refer to the following policies:

402.00 Academic Code of Conduct

263.00 Student Appeal of Course Grades

403.00 Student Code of Conduct

Disability Services Program: 

Cowley College, in recognition of state and federal laws, will accommodate a student with a documented disability. If a student has a disability which may impact work in this class which requires accommodations, contact the Disability Services Coordinator