Understand the Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural History of the United States (USA)

There is a parable about a man who tried to change the world and failed, then tried to change his local community and failed, then decided to change himself. After changing himself, he inspired his neighbors, they inspired their communities, those communities inspired the states, and so on until the world did change. The bumper-sticker version of this wisdom is “Think Globally, Act Locally.” Developing and exercising such civic responsibility requires knowing about the political and economic structure of the United States and the diverse social and cultural groups that have contributed to the making of that structure.

Learning Outcomes for “Understand the Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural History of the United States”
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the rights and responsibilities of citizenship, and the workings of federal, state, and municipal governments in the United States.
2. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of U.S. history and society.
3. Demonstrate knowledge of a subculture or relationships among subcultures within U.S. society.

Standards for “Understand the Political, Economic, Social, and Cultural History of the United States”
1. A certified course shall demonstrate a serious, disciplined engagement with political, economic, social, and/or cultural aspects of U.S. society, past or present. Such courses should address at least two of the learning outcomes.

As of December 2013, the courses below have been certified as meeting the learning objectives and standards for the USA category.

  • AAS 232 Introduction to Asian American Fiction and Film (also certified as HUM)
  • AAS 250 Languages and Cultures of Asian Americans (also certified as SBS)
  • AFH 379 Philosophy of Race (III) (also certified as CER and HFA+)
  • AFS 101 Themes in the Black Experience I (also certified as SBS and CER)
  • AFS 102 Themes in the Black Experience II (also certified as SBS and CER)
  • AFS 277 The Modern Color Line
  • AFS 339 Recent African American History (also certified as SBS+)
  • AFS 360 African-American Social Commentary (also certified as SBS+)
  • AFS 372 African-American Political Thought (also certified as SBS+)
  • AFS 393 The Caribbean Immigrants in the United States: Dreams and Realities (also certified as SBS+)
  • AMR 102 Making American Identities (also certified as SBS)
  • ANT 260 How We Eat (also certified as SBS)
  • CLT 235 American Pluralism in Film and Literature
  • EGL 217 American Literature I (also certified as HUM)
  • EGL 218 American Literature II (also certified as HUM)
  • EGL 274 Black American Literature (also certified as HUM)
  • EGL 316 Early American Literature (also certified as HFA+)
  • EGL 318 19th-Century American Literature (also certified as HFA+)
  • EGL 350 Major Writers of American Literature, Colonial Period to 1900 (also certified as HFA+)
  • EGL 367 Contemporary African-American Literature (also certified as HFA+)
  • HIS 103 American History to 1877 (also certified as SBS)
  • HIS 104 United States Since 1877 (also certified as SBS)
  • HIS 261 Change and Reform in the United States, 1877-1919
  • HIS 262 American Colonial Society
  • HIS 263 Age of the American Revolution
  • HIS 264 The Early Republic
  • HIS 265 Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HIS 266 History of the United States West
  • HIS 268 Recent U.S. History, 1919 - Present
  • HIS 277 The Modern Color Line
  • HIS 339 Recent African American History (also certified as SBS+)
  • HUI 236 The Italian-American Scene (also certified as HUM)
  • HUI 237 Images of Italian-American Women (also certified as HUM)
  • HUI 336 Italian Americans and Ethnic Relations
  • LIN 200 Language in the United States
  • LIN 250 Languages and Cultures of Asian Americans (also certified as SBS)
  • PHI 310 American Philosophy (I) (also certified as HFA+)
  • PHI 379 Philosophy of Race (III) (also certified as HFA+ and CER)
  • POL 102 Introduction to American Government (also certified as SBS)
  • WST 237 Images of Italian-American Women (also certified as HUM)

 

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