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Professor Al Smith: Learning Outcomes in History & Social Science: History 112

A guide to help students navigate successfully through Professor Smith's Assessment Project

Course Learning Outcomes

History 112: 20th Century America

Theme: THE CORPORATION       The corporate financial structure has crept into every aspect of both the United States and the world. In this course we will investigate the birth, growth and development of modern, corporate-based political economy. We will evaluate the positive and negative aspects of the 20th‚Äč century's most dominant institution.

Upon satisfactory completion of this course, the student should be prepared to:

  1. Demonstrate factual knowledge of key social and cultural events and issues in United States history prior to the 20th century.
  2. Apply critical thinking (including causal analysis and skeptical inquiry) to historical concepts and developments in history.
  3. Evaluate, analyze and interpret primary and secondary historical sources and make historical arguments based on these sources.

Find Books & Articles

Below you'll find links to the MJC Library Catalog (WorldCat) and a selection of history databases that give researchers a  great place to find full-text, academically appropriate books and articles. Each source  provides access to different publications, so be experiment with a variety of databases. 

Know Your Search Terms

Searching databases is not always as easy as searching Google. Keyword searches that work well in Google sometimes fail to yield as good as results in WorldCat and the library databases. Should you get stuck, below are some search terms that should help you find relevant sources. These terms provide a launching point for your research.  MJC Research Librarians can always help you identify more terms.

  • Corporations

  • Big business United States History

  • Monopolies United States History

  • Factory system United States History

  • United States Economic conditions 20th century 

  • Monroe Doctrine

  • Migrant agricultural labor

  • Working class United States

  • Cost and standard of living United States

  • Privatization United States

  • Corrections Contracting out United States