About HST 1615 A

Survey of US history from the Civil War era.


Open to Degree and PACE students

Section Description

In this class, we will explore the broad contours of US history since 1865 by focusing on crime and the law. We will look at famous criminal trials, court decisions, regulatory legislation, and enforcement agencies to understand changes in American society and the US position in the world. The course counts toward the Americas/US concentration in the History major and minor, and it can also be applied as an elective to the Law and Society minor.

Section Expectation

In general, the course is aimed at people who are not History majors, but who are native speakers of English educated in American schools and thus in possession of a level of familiarity with the basics of US geography, government, and history. Not everyone in the course falls into that demographic, however. If you are not a native speaker of English, or if you attended school abroad or are working with Student Accessibility Services because you have a documented issue that affects your reading speed or other language processing abilities, please get in touch with me as soon as possible so we can determine the most appropriate path through the course material. If you are a more advanced History major, I anticipate that there will be some choices in assignments that will offer more of a challenge.


Course assignments will emphasize building your knowledge of US history, government, and geography, in addition to developing your skills at comprehending and analyzing secondary sources, especially journal articles. Regular attendance—in person for full credit or on Teams for partial credit—and note taking will be crucial to success in this class. The complete assignment structure for the course will not be set until the Spring 2024 final exam schedule is published in mid-December. Students can expect to cultivate their ability to work independently; there are no group assignments or projects for the course.

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