US History

HIST 1501: United States History to 1877

Course Description:
Three credits. Surveys political, economic, social, and cultural developments in American history through the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year


HIST 1502: United States History Since 1877

Course Description:
Three credits. Surveys political, economic, social, and cultural developments in American history from 1877 to the present.

Semester offered: Fall, Spring or Full-Year


Student Eligibility Guidelines for HIST 1501 & 1502:

Successful completion of at least one year of a high school history course recommended.

Instructor Certification Requirements: 

The minimum degree requirement for instructors wishing to teach ECE U.S. History courses is a B.A. in History with at least four graduate courses (12 credits, half the number required for a Master’s degree) in U.S. history.  Applicants must have completed at least one graduate level course in historical methodology or historiography with a grade of a B or better.

Teachers interested in obtaining U.S. History certification must submit a draft syllabus for each course (1501 and/or 1502) that includes:

  1. A 'statement of purpose' for the course, a list of the texts being used, and a schedule of the lectures and readings for each class meeting. Be sure to indicate the 'title' of the lecture (e.g., " Jeffersonian America"). Discussion topics, films, etc. should also be noted in the schedule, as well as notice of any websites that students are required to use.
  2. A full listing of all primary source texts assigned for the course, along with an indication of how they will be used, e.g., as a basis for a careful in-class close reading, as a focus for class lecture and/or discussion, as material for written assignments, etc. The single most important feature that distinguishes an ECE U.S. History course from regular high school courses in an emphasis on reading, discussing and interpreting primary sources.

Instructor Resources:

HIST 1501 Sample Syllabus
HIST 1502 Sample Syllabus