National University




HIS360 American Colonial Experience

Lead Faculty: Dr. Daniel R. Thorburn

Course Description

Examines the various peoples and the economic, environmental, cultural, and political forces that shaped American development from the period before Europeans settled through the American Revolution. It evaluates key ecological changes after 1500 and the shaping of North American colonial society by mercantilism, merchant capitalism, and the slave trade.

Learning Outcomes

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the cultural complexities of pre-Columbian societies in the Americas.
  • Assess the role of European and indigenous contact in shaping and reshaping New World societies.
  • Articulate the processes of capitalism in creating a world system after 1500.
  • Explain the logic and consequences of the Atlantic slave trade.
  • Chart the formation of diverse cultures and societies in the British American colonies.
  • Specify the issues contributing to the coming of American Revolution and independence.