Survey of American History with Emphasis on Ethnic Minorities

Purpose: to help other instructors teaching the same course

Common Course ID: Survey of American History with Emphasis on Ethnic Minorities (AFAM 190)
CSU Instructor Open Textbook Adoption Portrait

About the Course

AFAM 190 Survey of American History with Emphasis on Ethnic Minorities

Brief Description of course highlights:  

This course is designed to offer students a survey of American History from prehistoric times (before 1492) to the present with special emphasis on the role of race and ethnicity. This semester the focus is on the social, economic and political function of the family and the role the United States has played in unifying and crippling the development of African, Latino, Asian, and Native American families.

Student population:

This is a lower division core course for African American Studies majors and minors. Students from various majors and grade levels take this class for general education credit, and also for fulfilling the ethnic studies requirement.
Learning or student outcomes: 

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to...

  1. Distinguish the social, political, and economic history of ethnic minorities in the U.S.
  2. Describe the different entry points of ethnic minorities into the U. S.
  3. Compare and contrast ethnic minority families’ acculturation into American institutions
  4. Apply critical thinking, theories, and perspectives on ethnic minorities in future courses, career opportunities, and obligations as U.S. citizens

Key challenges faced and how resolved: Syllabus and/or Sample assignment from the course or the adoption: 

Finding time to review new/replacement materials and work those into the course syllabus, assignments, lecture notes, etc.

About the Resource/Textbook 

Cost Savings:

40 students per section with a material cost of approximate $86 per person for two books, for a total cost savings of $3440.

OER/Low Cost Adoption

OER/Low Cost Adoption Process

Provide an explanation or what motivated you to use this textbook or OER/Low Cost option. 

Saving students money

How did you find and select the open textbook for this course? 

Consulted with the Open Educational Resources Librarian and the African American Studies liaison librarians to come up with zero-cost substitutes for materials used to teach the class previously. 

What did you change as part of the OER adoption?

textbook, syllabus, class lectures and presentation materials

About the Instructor

Gwendoly Alexis

California State University Fullerton