2. To provide students with an understanding of the relationship between the democratic system of America and American economic and social institutions 3. To help students understand the importance of free access to information in the formulation of political, economic, and social policy. 4. To help students understand differing and competing viewpoints and interpretations of American political, economic, and social issues. 5. To provide the student with a foundation for further study in the upper division of a college or university. Performance Objectives: Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of 1. The political and economic developments and issues tha t arose in the “New South” after the Civil War and Reconstruction and in the Far West. 2. The impact of industrialization on the expansion of the American economy and the growth and changes in the size of American business organizations. 3. The political, economic and social impact of industrialization, immigration, and urbanization, and the politics of the Gilded Age. 4. The reaction to the growth of big business and the industrial economy in the movements of Populism and unionism. 5. The social, economic, and political reforms associated with the Progressive Era and the presidencies of Theodore Roosevelt and Woodrow Wilson. 6. America’s participation in the New Imperialism of the late 19 th Century and emergence as a world power. 7. The causes and consequences of World War I, and the internationalism of Wilson’s 14 Points peace proposal. 8. The economic and social aspects of economic expansion in the 1920's and the domestic and international economic issues that led to Great Depression. 9. The economic and social aspects of economic expansion in the 1920's and the domestic and international economic issues that led to Great Depression. 10. The German and Japanese problems in Europe and Asia and the causes and consequences of World War II. 11. Truman’s Fair Deal, the early Cold Wa r era, Containment Policy and its consequences, and America’s economic growth in the 1950's. 12. The social, economic, and political impact of the liberal programs of the 1960's and 1970's. 13. The resurgence of Republican conservatism in the final decades of the 20 th Century and the international and economic challenges of the present era.
Page 7 of 10 General Education Learning Outcomes: Students will apply critical thinking skills to analyze, evaluate, and synthesize ideas and demonstrate an understanding of diverse perspectives and their influence on political, economic, social, and political events. Students will demonstrate effective information literacy skills by locating, evaluating, and effectively and ethically using information to achieve an academic or professional purpose. History Program Learning Outcomes: Students will (1) evaluate the contributions and influences of individuals, diverse peoples, nations and cultures in shaping historical events; (2) analyze historical events, trends and interpretations to explain the relationship between past and present and cause and effect; (3) create and support through written work an explanation of the
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