HIS 315L - The United States Since 1865

Texas Common Number: HIST 1302
Course Number Course Title Day & Time Course Fee Register
HIS 315L The United States Since 1865 Online $895.00
Course Type:
Self-Paced Online

This course follows the narrative of United States history from the end of the Civil War to the turn of the twenty-first century. We’ll follow the events of Reconstruction after the Civil War and, then examine the impact of industrialization, immigration, and urbanization on the country over the decades of the Gilded Age. By 1900, on the heels of the War of 1898 (the Spanish-American War), the United States had emerged from three-and-a-half decades of turmoil and become a world power. The nation played an important role in the world wars that marked the next fifty years. After 1945, the Cold War with the Soviet Union dominated foreign affairs until the early 1990s. Meanwhile, the nation also experienced the New Deal, the Civil Rights upheavals of the 1960s, and the interplay between liberalism and conservatism, among other important themes and debates we will explore.

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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.

Textbooks and Materials:

Henretta, Hinderaker, Edwards, and Self. America: A Concise History, Volume 2: Since 1865. Sixth Edition, 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4576-4864-9

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 since the Civil War.

May be counted towards the Cultural Diversity flag requirement.



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.