In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Associate of Arts in History also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of history, graduates in this degree program will be able to:
- Compare and contrast the historical experiences that go beyond a single time period and national or cultural experience.
- Interpret historical forces that have shaped social change and contemporary human problems.
- Analyze history from diverse perspectives of ancient and contemporary historical cultures, nations, and regions.
- Analyze history from in-depth study of one or more periods, cultures, nations, regions, or seminal events.
- Demonstrate an understanding of history as a creative enterprise, a subjective discipline, and an imaginative interpretation of the past through art and architecture.
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This course provides a chronological survey of American architectural history from the earliest settlements through modern times. This survey includes environmental, religious, and political/ideological impulses which form the history of American architecture. While examining the major movements within their socio-cultural contexts, emphasis is placed on terminology and concepts relating to construction, style, and significant innovations. No prior art classes or experiences are required.
This course provides a survey of the visual arts in America. Students will learn how to look at, write about, and interpret major works of art that represent the best of the American achievement from the beginning to the present day. Topics will include the political, social, religious, cultural, and aesthetic functions of painting, sculpture, filmmaking, photography and other media. No prior art classes or experiences are required.
Ancient and Medieval Art
This course will survey the arts of Egypt, the Near East, Classical Greece and Rome, and Medieval Europe, from about 2500 BC to about 1400 AD. Topics for consideration include the great variety and richness of artistic expression of these different cultures, and some of the general problems of how art historians understand and write about art. There will be a thorough examination of the social context of art: its historical circumstances, context, patronage, the influence of the individual artist, and the role of those who have been the patrons and viewers of art. There will be an examination of what constitutes understanding and explanation in art history, as the individual approaches a work of art and attempts to grasp its various meanings. Works of sculpture, architecture, wall and vase painting, mosaic, manuscript illumination, and other media will be examined, in an attempt to understand the works in their physical, historical and social context.
Renaissance to Modern Art
This course is a survey of art, architecture, sculpture, and other art objects from the Renaissance to the Modern era. Students will also be introduced to a format for describing, formally analyzing, and interpreting works of art. Methods for art historical research will be included in the course.
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American History to 1877
This course is a survey of United States history from the earliest European settlements in North America through the end of Reconstruction and emphasizes our nation's political, economic, and social development, the evolution of its institutions, and the causes and consequences of its principal wars.
American History since 1877
This course is a survey of history of the United States from the end of Reconstruction to modern times. Emphasis will be placed on internal expansion, inherent isolationism, America’s road to becoming a world power, and the development of the concept of America as the "policeman" of the world.
World Civilization before 1650
This course is a survey of the history of the human community from the dawn of civilization to 1650. Emphasis is placed on the origins and achievements of the core civilizations of Asia, Europe, Africa and the Western Hemisphere. It stresses the interrelations of societies and cultures of the past, comparing and contrasting the experiences of peoples and civilizations with one another.
World Civilization since 1650
This course is a survey course in the history of the human community from 1650 to the present. It covers the origins, development and achievements of the major civilizations and stresses the interrelations of societies and cultures of the past, comparing the experience of peoples and civilizations with one another.
Western Civilization before The Thirty Years War
This course is a survey of the history and culture of the Western Civilization from the ancient civilizations of the Near East, through the rise of the classical civilizations of Greece and Rome, to the beginnings of Europe's Early Modern period. Emphasis is placed on the examination of the major political, social, economic and religious developments of European history.
Western Civilization since The Thirty Years War
This course is a study of the history and culture of the Western world, from the beginnings of Europe's Early Modern Period to the present. It covers the major political, social, economic, religious and cultural developments, since the thirty years war.
African-American History before 1877
This course examines the complex and varied experiences of African Americans from slavery to 1877. Topics include West African roots, the middle passage, American slavery and resistance, the development of racism, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The course will examine internal and external factors that shaped the black historical experience economically, culturally, and politically. While the class is designed to proceed chronologically, important themes such as the development of racism, abolitionist thought, the slave community, and the impact of free blacks will be emphasized.
African-American History since 1877
This course surveys the economic, cultural, and political facets of the African American experience from 1877 to the present. Topics of African American history will be examined, such as Jim Crow laws, the Harlem Renaissance, the Civil Rights Movement, and Black Power. While the class is designed to proceed chronologically, themes such as military and diplomatic policies, migration and urbanization, black political thought, and popular culture will be emphasized.
History of the American Indian
This course surveys American Indian history from before Columbus to the present. It emphasizes the American Indians’ political, economic, and social development, the emergence of the principles that guided them into the 21st century, the evolution of its institutions, and the causes and consequences of its principal wars.
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African Peoples and Cultures
A study of the peoples and cultures of the continent, stressing sub-Saharan groups. Starting with the colonial era and earlier cultures, the major focus is on the contemporary scene, including the effects of the African diaspora.
History of Women in the United States
This course has been designed as an introduction to the history of women in the United States from the colonial period to the present. It will be surveying the field of American women's history in order to understand how specific political, social and economic transformations in the nation's past have affected the female half of the population. Throughout, it will remain attuned to ethnic and racial diversity and to regional differences and class distinctions in the lives of U.S. women. It will look at women's culture, as distinct from the dominant male culture, and analyze women's writings, art, life cycles and sexuality. It will work to understand the collective lives of women as workers, family members, reformers, and political activists as well as the individual experiences of women in the U.S. from the colonial era into the 21st Century.
History of Latinos in the United States
Latinos are the fastest growing minority in the United States and have played key roles in U.S. history. This course surveys the history of the Latino experience in the United States from a political, economic and cultural standpoint. Discover the difference between a “Hispanic” and a “Latino.” Understand the intricacies of controversial issues such as immigration, and learn how this group has been influential in the past and is becoming increasingly important in the U.S.
European Peoples and Cultures
An exploration of the rich diversity of cultures and societies of Contemporary Europe. Critical reading of recent ethnography will be used to examine themes such as the formation of national identities, ethnicity and migration, rural life and traditionalism, family and kinship, popular religion, and urban development. The European Union is analyzed as a potential transformation of Europe into a new system of European government that could supersede the nation-state.
Middle Eastern Culture
This course covers geography, culture, society, economy, and religions of the major ethnic and linguistic groups in the Middle East. The course will introduce students to important events and developments, such as the changing concepts of politics in Islam; the evolving sociological bases of states and societies in the Middle East; and the early impact of Europe on the Middle East, first through trade and then through colonialism.
Foundations of Online Learning
This course is designed to provide a solid foundation for undergraduate study in the online environment. Students will be introduced to learning theory, the tools available in the online classroom and campus, and online research. Identification of personal learning style allows students to improve their study/learning techniques and prepares them to succeed in college level courses. Students will be introduced to formatting and citation styles. APUS policy and procedure is addressed. There is an emphasis on written communication to assist students in the transition to the online environment.
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