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National College Credit Recommendation Service

Board of Regents  |  University of the State of New York

National Paralegal College | Evaluated Learning Experience

American History I: Discovery to Reconstruction (HIS-101)


Varies; self-study format.

Various, distance learning format.
July 2010 - Present.
Instructional delivery format: 
Online/distance learning
Learner Outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to: detail the process, nature, and motivation behind European exploration and colonization of America; explain the impact and legacy of slavery; identify the context, root causes, and consequences of the American Revolution; describe the campaign for and prelude leading to the writing and passage of the Constitution; discuss the effects of American policies on Native Americans and the long-term implications thereof; trace the series of events that caused Westward expansion; explicate the speed, nature, costs, benefits, and public policy dilemmas of the building of the United States economy and the United States Industrial Revolution; summarize the reasons for The Civil War and how it scarred the nation; and explain the prominent historical viewpoints regarding Reconstruction and explain its failure.


This introductory course surveys American History from the colonial period through the Civil War and Reconstruction. Students learn about migration from Europe and Africa and the formation of colonies, the impact of settlement on Native Americans and the development of new social and political ideas as the country was created. Major topics include: European exploration and colonization of America; slavery; American Revolution; United States Constitution; Westward Expansion; United States Industrial Revolution; and the Civil War. Evaluation criteria include: required readings, essay assignments, class participation, and final exam.

Credit recommendation: 

In the lower division baccalaureate/associate degree category, 3 semester hours in American History, History, Liberal Arts, or Social Sciences (1/13) (3/18 revalidation) (5/23 revalidation).