HIS 315K - The United States, 1492-1865

Texas Common Number: HIST 1301
Course Number Course Title Day & Time Course Fee Register
HIS 315K The United States, 1492-1865 Online $895.00
Course Type:
Self-Paced Online

This course follows the narrative of the history of the United States from before Europeans arrived in the Western Hemisphere to the end of the Civil War in 1865. It begins by tracing the establishment of European colonies in what the explorers called the “New World.” It continues to the emergence of a distinctive society and culture in the British colonies and the eventual creation of the United States of America during the Revolutionary War. The remaining portion of the course follows the new nation during its shift from the “early republic” period—featuring the establishment of a functioning government, an entrenched party system, a market and industrial economy, and revolutions in social and religious thought—to the sectional crisis period, in which debates over slavery and westward expansion culminated in the cataclysm of the Civil War.

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This course is independent study and is self-paced. Students have five months upon registration in which to complete all coursework and exams.

This course currently does not qualify for the Cultural Diversity flag.

Textbooks and Materials:

Henretta, Hinderaker, Edwards, and Self. America: A Concise History, Volume 1: To 1877. Sixth Edition, Self, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-1-4576-4865-6.

Technical Requirements:

Students are required to use a laptop or desktop computer with a high-speed internet connection. Tablets and smartphones are not supported. The computer should have a modern and updated operating system, at least 2GB of RAM and also meet Proctorio’s system requirements for online testing.

Official UT Austin Description:
Survey of United States history from the colonial period through the Civil War.


Students should contact the University Extension advisor with any questions about prerequisites or placement in our courses. All students should contact their academic advisor with any questions about how this course fulfills their degree requirements.