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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

Consortium for International Studies | Evaluated Learning Experience

American Civil War and Reconstruction HIS 201


Varies; self study.

Various; distance learning format.

August 2018 - Present.

Instructional delivery format: 
Hybrid course/exam
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: describe the political, military, constitutional, and diplomatic aspects of the American Civil War and Reconstruction; explain the social impact of the American Civil War and Reconstruction; discuss the major events leading up to the Civil War and its aftermath; and explain why the Civil War period can be considered as a conflicting legacy.


This course examines the American Civil War in a realistic and unromantic light, discussing the challenging experiences of ordinary people and the uncertain decisions of military and political leaders. Emphasis is placed on both the years leading up to the Civil War and the war's aftermath in the North and the South. The course integrates political, social, military, and economic forces, and reframes the period of the Civil War as a conflicting legacy and insufficient cause for American self-congratulation for racial justice.  

Credit recommendation: 

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in U.S. History or as a Social Science elective (8/18) (9/23 revalidation).