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WST 215
Women in U.S. History

Credits: 5
Clock Hours per Quarter: 50

AA Discipline: [Social Sciences] [Diversity]

Lecture Hours:50

Survey of the significant contributions of women to the growth and development of the United States from the early Native American societies to the present. Examine pioneering individuals and organizations, relevant legal, social, moral, political, economic, and religious issues concerning women in American society. Student may not earn credit for both WST 215 and HIST& 215. Course taken prior to fall 2010 also accepted for diversity requirement. Recommended: READ 088 or higher. Formerly WST 280.

Intended Learning Outcomes
  • Apply research skills to find primary documents (print, digital media).
  • Evaluate different historical evidence in the formulation and analysis of a problem or question.
  • Identify individual women and organizations that have influenced the formation and growth of the United States.
  • Differentiate between the characteristics of the Indigenous, Colonial, and United States eras of North American history.
  • Examine and evaluate the effectiveness of attempts by women to gain equality in each time period.
  • Analyze the significant social/economic/legal/political impediments to women in the eras examined.
  • Practice positive interactions with other students in group activities and assignments.

  • Course Topics
  • Overview and discussion of primary historical documents.
  • General examination of the historical periods in the course (Indigenous, Colonial, Unites States).
  • Historical overview of the social/economic/legal/political impediments to women's equality/access/power.
  • Description of the individual women and groups of women who have significantly impacted the development of the United States.
  • Explore the successful attempts by women to gain equality and power in the three eras.
  • Engage in various individual and group activities that involve reading, research, writing, communication, and critical thinking skills.

  • Syllabi Listing See ALL Quarters
    Year Quarter
    WST 215
    Fall 2016
    Alyssa Reil

    Two Year Projected Schedule

    Year One* Year Two**

    *If fall quarter starts on an odd year (2003, 2005, etc.), it's Year One.
    If fall quarter starts on an even year (2002, 2004, etc.), it's Year Two.