Outcomes and Expectations


The state of Texas requires specific objectives for general education “core” courses.  The state objectives for “general ed” courses require that students learn critical thinking and communication (written, oral, visual) skills; teamwork skills; quantitative reasoning; personal responsibility (ethics) and social responsibility (civics).  This course satisfies the University of Texas at Arlington core curriculum requirement in social and behavioral sciences.

  • Critical Thinking Skills: to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information. Must be addressed in all core curriculum courses.
  • Communication Skills: to include effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and visual communication. Must be addressed in all core curriculum courses.
  • Empirical and Quantitative Skills: to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions. Must be addressed in all core courses that satisfy the following requirements: Mathematics, Life and Physical Sciences, Social and Behavioral Sciences, Component Area Option of Mathematics and Logic
  • Teamwork: to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal. Must be addressed in all core courses that satisfy the following requirements: Life and Physical Sciences, Creative Arts,Communication
  • Personal Responsibility: to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making. Must be addressed in all core courses that satisfy the following requirements: Communication,Language, Philosophy and Culture, American History, Government/Political Science
  • Social Responsibility: to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national and global communities. Must be addressed in all core courses that satisfy the following requirements: Language, Philosophy and Culture, Creative Arts, American History, Government/Political Science, Social and Behavioral Sciences


During this course, students will learn how to:

  • identify key events, peoples, individuals, terms, periods, and chronology of the history of the United States; distinguish between historical fact and historical interpretation; and connect historical events in chronological chain(s) of cause and effect
  • develop critical thinking skills by discussing the living nature of history, using historical evidence to critique competing interpretations of the same historical events, explaining the nature of historical controversies
  • synthesize diverse historical information and evidence related to broad themes of U.S. history and present this information in coherent, well-articulated, and well-substantiated analytical discussions and other written assignments
  • develop the ability to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision making by examining the motivations and actions of key figures in U.S. history
  • develop an understanding of civic and social responsibility by examining interactions within and between regional, national, and global communities in U.S. history
  • demonstrate basic awareness of the historical geography of the United States
  • instructor-specific learning outcomes


We expect that students will:

  • not cheat, plagiarize, collude or commit other acts of academic dishonesty
  • participate fully by being prepared for discussions and other assignments. Being prepared means doing your reading, watching videos, perusing all links in this website and covering all materials presented
  • do college-level work in all written assignments.  You will receive specific and detailed instructions for all assessments within this course, follow them.  Proofread for grammar and prose (turning in sloppy work with many grammatical errors is not college level – if you have problems with writing on a college level, utilize the services of the Writing Center)
  • turn in work on time
  • show respect to your instructor and your fellow students in all interactions
  • ask for help when needed

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