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 Course Title:   Women in US History

 Title Abbreviation:   WOMEN IN US HISTORY

 Department:    HIST&

 Course #:    215

 Credits:    5

 Variable:     No

 IUs:    5

 CIP:    050207

 EPC:    n/a

 REV:    2017

 Course Description  

This course explores women’s place in American History, including historical attitudes about women’s place in society and the realities of life and work for women of a variety of backgrounds in American History from pre-colonial times to the present. The course also covers the women’s rights movements from the mid-1800’s to the present.



Additional Course Details

Contact Hours (based on 11 week quarter)

Lecture: 55

Lab: 0

Other: 0

Systems: 0

Clinical: 0

Intent: Distribution Requirement(s) Status:  

Academic Social Sciences  

Equivalencies At Other Institutions

Other Institution Equivalencies Table
Institution Course # Remarks
Centralia HIST 215 Women in US History
Green R CC HIST 215 Women in US History
WHATCC HIST 215 Women in US History

Learning Outcomes

After completing this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key people, events and ideas relating to the history of women in the United States.
  2. Consider how women fit into the larger developments and events of American History.
  3. Explore historical attitudes regarding women’s roles and the relationship between these attitudes and the realities of women’s life experiences and work.
  4. Develop an awareness of the diversity of women’s attitudes and experiences in American history.

General Education Learning Values & Outcomes

Revised August 2008 and affects outlines for 2008 year 1 and later.

2. Critical Thinking

Definition: The ability to think critically about the nature of knowledge within a discipline and about the ways in which that knowledge is constructed and validated and to be sensitive to the ways these processes often vary among disciplines.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
2.1 Identify and express concepts, terms, and facts related to a specific discipline.
2.8 Describe how one’s own preconceptions, biases and values affect one’s response to new and ambiguous situations.

3. Communication

Definition: Understanding and producing effective written, spoken, visual, and non-verbal communication.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
3.1 Recognize, read, and comprehend academic and/or professional writing.

4. Community & Cultural Diversity

Definition: Recognizing the value of human communities and cultures from multiple perspectives through a critical understanding of their similarities and differences.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
4.2 Understand, value and respect human differences and commonalities as they relate to issues of race, social class, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities and culture.

6. Individual Awareness & Responsibility

Definition: Understanding, managing, and taking responsibility for one’s learning and behavior in varied and changing environments.

Outcomes: Students will be able to . . .
6.4 Use self-reflection to recognize and define a sense of self-identity in personal, social/gender, and/or cultural/global terms and in relationship to others.

Course Contents

  1. Colonial women and families
    • The traditions and experiences of Native American women, slave women and European colonists.
  2. Women in the early American Republic, 1776 - 1820
    • women in the Revolution
    • the doctrine of separate spheres
    • republican motherhood and education
  3. 19th Century Reform Movements
    • abolition, temperance, and other reform movements
    • the first feminists--Seneca Falls 1848
    • women's experience of the Civil War
    • progressivism and prohibition
  4. Women's work in the 19th century
    • the Lowell Mill girls and early labor movement
    • women in industry
    • urbanization--an expansion of ""women's work""
    • women's work in the home
  5. an Expanding Country
    • pioneer women and westward expansion
    • experiences of immigrant women and families
  6. The Right to Vote
    • women's work in World War I
    • passage of the 19th Amendment--then what
    • changing social norms--the New Woman and the flapper
  7. Depression and War
    • women and families in hard times
    • Rosie the Riveter and WWII
  8. The Second Women's Movement
    • post-war suburbia: back to the home
    • 1963: The Feminine Mystique
    • Changing social mores
    • Impact of Title Nine on women's athletics
  9. Recent Battle and Achievements
    • anti-feminism
    • sexual harrassment
    • equal pay for equal work