Master Syllabus
U.S. History 2341
Women in the U.S.

The purpose of the History Department is threefold. First we provide excellent instruction in the discipline of history. Second, we provide each student with six semester hours of U.S. History instruction to meet the requirements of the Texas Education Code (51.303). Third, we provide history majors with fifteen semester hours of history instruction to prepare them to successfully pursue a bachelor's or higher degree in history at a four-year college or university.


Required Texts:
Sara M. Evans, Born for Liberty and Mary Beth Norton and Ruth Alexander, Major Problems in American Women’s History.

Course Description:  Comprehensive survey of events and issues in United States history, focusing on the specific contributions of women and the relationship between race, class, and gender.

SCANS Competencies: None required, but students will need good reading, writing and study skills to succeed in this course.  Students will be expected to read about 400 pages of textbook, and may be obliged to read an outside book.  Students will have to write essays and book reports, and will be expected to observe decent English grammar and spelling rules.  Although students will be told when tests will take place and be given detailed learning objectives to facilitate study, students will be expected to study information in detail to prepare for the tests.

Course Rationale:   The purpose of this course is to establish knowledge and understanding of key figures and events in US history involving women and issues of gender.  This course enriches a basic understanding of US history by exploring the changing economic, political, and social roles and legal status of women.  It should also help to fulfill the 6 hours of American History required by the Texas legislature.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes: upon completion of the A.A. degree in History students will be able to:

1. Use critical thinking in the analysis of historical facts
2. Demonstrate civic awareness in the appraisal of historical contexts
3. Demonstrate cultural awareness in the assessment of historical situations

Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes: upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Use critical thinking in the analysis of historical facts
2. Demonstrate civic awareness in the appraisal of historical contexts
3. Demonstrate cultural awareness in the assessment of historical situations

Common Course Objectives: After completing History 2341, Women in the U.S. students should be able to:

1. Contrast the roles of Native American, European, and African women.

2. Describe how European colonization impacted on the lives of Native American women.

3. Describe the roles of women in European colonies.

4. Describe the lives of enslaved and free black women in the European colonies.

5. Understand the origins of witchcraft accusations.

6. Describe the contributions of women to the American Revolution.

7. Describe the impact of the American Revolution on American women.

8. Describe women’s roles in antebellum reform movements.

9. Understand 19th-century ideals of “true womanhood” and “woman’s sphere.”

10. Describe the origins of the antebellum women’s rights movement.

11. Describe the impact of the Civil War on American women.

12. Describe the postbellum women’s suffrage movement.

13.  Understand women’s roles in Progressive Era reform movements.

14.  Describe the patterns of women’s wage earning in the postbellum era through WWI.

15.  Describe the working and living conditions of immigrant women.

16. Describe the impact of WWI on American women.

17.  Describe the impact of the 19th Amendment.

18.  Describe the changing roles and images of women in the 1920s.

19.  Understand the impact of the Great Depression on American women and families.

20.  Describe women’s roles in the New Deal.

21. Describe the impact of WWII era mobilization on American women.

22.  Describe women’s roles in the post-WWII civil rights movements.

23.  Understand the origins of “Second Wave” feminism.

24.  Describe women’s changing roles in the post-WWII era.

25.   Understand the influence discussions of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation/identity have had on the women’s movement.

Syllabi requirements are found HERE.