Native American Indian History

Course Number: HST 218
Transcript Title: Native American Indian History
Created: September 1, 2012
Updated: January 22, 2016
Total Credits: 4
Lecture Hours: 40
Lecture / Lab Hours: 0
Lab Hours: 0
Satisfies Cultural Literacy requirement: Yes
Satisfies General Education requirement: Yes
Grading options: A-F (default), P-NP, audit
Repeats available for credit: 0

Course Description

Covers history of American Indians in what is now the United States from pre-Columbian times to the present, exploring the cultural diversity among Native peoples, tribal sovereignty, conflicts and accommodations with European Americans, historical roots of contemporary Native American issues and an increased level of awareness of the cultural heritage of the United States. Prerequisites: MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores. Prerequisite/concurrent: WR 121. Audit available.

Intended Outcomes

Upon successful completion students will be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the key events in native American history and use critical thinking to valuate historical developments and their impact on American Indian-European American relations.
  2. Recognize the historical contributions (political, economic, cultural, racial, social, gender, religious) of different American Indian peoples within the larger context of American history.
  3. Identify culturally-grounded assumptions which have influenced the perceptions, behaviors and policies of nations and people in the past and assess how culture affects human beliefs and behaviors.
  4. Communicate effectively through historical analysis.
  5. Connect key interrelated developments from diverse Native American and European American communities to provide a multicultural context for critically examining American history.

Alignment with Institutional Core Learning Outcomes

1. Communicate effectively using appropriate reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. (Communication)
2. Creatively solve problems by using relevant methods of research, personal reflection, reasoning, and evaluation of information. (Critical thinking and Problem-Solving)
3. Apply the knowledge, skills and abilities to enter and succeed in a defined profession or advanced academic program. (Professional Competence)
4. Appreciate cultural diversity and constructively address issues that arise out of cultural differences in the workplace and community. (Cultural Awareness)
5. Recognize the consequences of human activity upon our social and natural world. (Community and Environmental Responsibility)

Outcome Assessment Strategies

  • Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources.
  • Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own interpretation.
  • Think critically about the relationships between past and present events and issues.
  • Compare and contrast the experience of American Indians with various Europeans and Africans.
  • Demonstrate college-level communication skills: listening, speaking, and writing.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

Analyze and evaluate primary and secondary sources:

  • Connect evidence to its relevant historical context.
  • Recognize and evaluate the perspective of the creator of written, artistic, or other evidence.
  • Assess the motivation and purpose of evidence.

Evaluate different interpretations of past events and construct your own interpretation:

  • Identify an historian’s thesis and supporting evidence.
  • Evaluate the arguments used to support different interpretations of historical issues.
  • Develop your own thesis and historical interpretation and use evidence to support it.

Think critically about the relationship between past and present events and issues:

  • Recognize and identify historical roots and parallels to current issues.

Compare and contrast the experience of American Indians with various Europeans and Africans:

  • Listen to and appreciate the experience of students from different backgrounds.
  • Engage in private and public discussions that involve the construction of fact-based arguments regarding issues in American Indian history.
  • Assess the contributions of various American Indian tribes to American society.
  • Recognize diversity within the historical context.
  • Demonstrate College-level communication skills: listening, speaking, and writing:
    • Communicate effectively in writing about a historical topic.
    • Communicate in writing an understanding of historical processes and an evaluation of how concepts of values change over time.
  • Clearly articulate thoughts and ideas to a particular audience:
    • Work collaboratively with other students to evaluate and understand historical events.
    • Work collaboratively with others in discussions, debates, or role plays.
    • Present information in oral presentations.

Themes, Concepts, Issues

  • Indigenous cultures
  • Population decline
  • The “Indian barrier” to westward expansion
  • Manifest Destiny
  • Removal and assimilation
  • Resistance
  • Cooperation
  • Sovereignty
  • Reservations
  • Treaty making
  • Role of religion
  • Red Power
  • Racism
  • Gender roles