Fall 2018 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301- Section: 02
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Christina Wilbur
Phone(409) 984-6394
Location:Student Center - Room: 409
Hours:MWF 7:30-8:00 10:00-11:00 TTH 9:45-12:30
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341
Course Information
Description A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government.
Prerequisites None.
Learning Outcomes 1. Relate the events that led to the exploration and colonization of early America

2. Summarize reasons for colonial discontent and actions that led to revolution and independence

3. Demonstrate an understanding of our documents of democracy

4. Describe our foreign policy as it developed in the 19th century

5. Analyze stages of economic development as the United States became an industrialized nation

6. Realize the causes of sectionalism as they moved us toward civil war

7. Discuss the major features of Reconstruction and their political impact
Core Objectives * Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.
* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions.
* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
* Personal Responsibility: Students will demonstrate the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences to ethical decision-making.
Program Student Learning Outcomes PSLO ALPHA: Reading skills - Demonstrates comprehension of content-area reading material.
Identifies all main ideas, supporting details, and vocabulary in reading material; demonstrates a full understanding of the reading.

PSLO 1: Critical Thinking Skills � Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information.
Creatively identifies problem, argument, or issue (to determine extent of information needed); differentiates the facts from opinions as relates to situation; constructs possible solutions or prediction or consequences; uses logical, sound reasoning to justify conclusion.

PSLO 2: Communication Skills � Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
Expresses a strong thesis; organizes information with effective transitions & sequencing of ideas; uses substantial, logical & specific development of ideas; details are relevant, original, credible and correctly documented when appropriate to show an effective development and interpretation of ideas; and presents ideas in appropriate mode of expression for the task.

PSLO 5: Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities.

Identifies cultural characteristics (including beliefs, values, perspectives and/or practices); demonstrates knowledge of civic responsibility; provides evidence of experience in civic- engagement activities; and describes what she/ he has learned as it relates to a reinforced and clarified sense of civic identity in local, regional, national, or global communities; and shows awareness of one�s own culture in relation to others.

PSLO 6: Personal Responsibility Skills � Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision-making.
Recognizes ethical issues when presented in a complex, multilayered (gray) context; recognizes cross- relationships among the issues; discusses in detail/ analyzes core beliefs; the discussion has greater depth and clarity showing the independent application of ethical perspectives/ concepts to an ethical question accurately; and is able to consider full implications of the application.

Textbooks Brinkley, Alan. American History: Connecting with the Past, Volume I.

Lecture Topics
Week 1
AH: Chapter 1: The Collision of Cultures
Article: The American Holocaust: Columbus and the Conquest of the New World

Week 2
AH: Chapter 2: Transplantations and Borderlands
Article: New Ways: Indian and European

Week 3
AH: Chapter 3: Society and Culture in Provincial America
Article: The Creation of a Slave Society in the Chesapeake

Week 4
AH: Chapter 4 The Empire in Transition
Article: To Be Announced
Exam I: Friday, 9/21

Week 5
AH: Chapter 5: The American Revolution
Article: A Magnificent Fraud

Week 6
AH: Chapter 6: The Constitution and the New Republic
Article: George Washington’s Farewell Address

Week 7
AH: Chapter 7: The Jeffersonian Era
Article: Thomas Jefferson Re-Assessed

Week 8
AH: Chapter 8: Varieties of American Nationalism
Exam II: Friday, 10/19

Week 9
AH: Chapter 9: Jacksonian America
Article: The Trail of Tears

Week 10
AH: Chapter 10: America’s Economic Revolution
Article: To Be Announced

Week 11
AH: Chapter 11: Cotton, Slavery, and the Old South
Article: The Everyday Life of Enslaved People

Week 12
AH: Chapter 12: Antebellum Culture and Reform
I Will Be Heard: William Lloyd Garrison and the Struggle Against Slavery
Exam III: Friday, 11/16

Week 13
AH: Chapter 13: The Impending Crisis
Article: Slavery and the Coming of the Civil War, as seen in The Beaumont Banner

Week 14
AH: Chapter 14: The Civil War
Article: When the Yanks Came
Writing Assignment due: Monday, November 26th

Week 15
AH: Chapter 15: Reconstruction
Article: Why Reconstruction Matters

Week 16
Final Exam 8:00 class: Wednesday, December 12th 8:00-10:30

The syllabus and class schedule/assignment dates are subject to change. Students will be notified at the earliest
possibility - both on Blackboard and in class - if changes are required.

Major Assignments
Exam I: Friday, 9/21
Exam II: Friday, 10/19
Exam III: Friday, 11/16
Final Exam: Wednesday, December 12th 8:00-10:30
Writing Assignment due: Monday, November 26th

Final Exam Date December 12, 2018 - 8:00 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Four Exams: 70%         
Writing Assignment: 10%
In-class Quizzes/Assignments: 20%

Please keep up with your grades. Students should keep all copies of graded work until course grades have been submitted at the end of the semester. Your grade will be based solely on your performance on the above-listed grades. Additionally, all grades will be posted in Blackboard in a timely manner.

Your current class average is always available to view in Blackboard under the Current Class Average tab. It is your responsibility to read comments and assessment notes and to make the suggested changes on future assignments/exams/papers.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies Exams/Quizzes:
Exams and/or quizzes may consist of essay, short answer, or multiple choice questions. All exams must be taken on Scantrons. Please bring both a pen and pencil to your exam. Any written section on exams or quizzes must be written in ink. Students who will be absent for the exam due to school approved absences: student government, athletics, or other approved activities will take their exam before the absence. All other make-up exams will be essay and will be taken during the final exam test period. I will not contact you to find out why you missed an exam. All make-up exams will be essay. If you fail to take an exam, you will be assigned a 0 until the make-up exam is taken during the final exam period. It is your responsibility to notify me, in writing, which make-up exam is needed. There are no make-ups for in-class quizzes or in-class assignments if you are absent.

Exam Reviews:
Exam reviews are provided before each exam but they should only be considered as an aide in studying for the exam. They are not, and are not meant to be, a substitution for thorough class notes, studying the textbook, and/or missed classes. Exam reviews are not a comprehensive review of all material that may, or may not, be included on exams. You are responsible for all material discussed in class, additional readings and textbook material.

Textbook Use: Please bring your textbook to class. Students are responsible for the material in the textbook. Class lectures will focus on individual topics chosen from the textbook.

Cell Phones / Laptops:
Cell phones will be put away during class. A penalty of 5 points off the final grade will be imposed for each offence if cell phones are not put away. You may use a laptop if you choose to but do be aware that with any quizzes in class - that may or may not be open note - laptops will not be allowed. I strongly recommend taking notes by hand in a spiral notebook but you are welcome to choose the method you prefer.

I recommend speaking to me in person either before or after class or in my office as many issues can be clarified and questions answered much more quickly in person rather than by email. But if it is necessary to email me, please put LSCPA 1301.(and section number) in the subject line of any email. If the class and section number are not listed you will not receive a prompt response as I will not make it a priority to log into each class and search out who you are and what class you are in. It is important that students are aware of the tone and structure of their correspondence. All emails should include a greeting, a clear statement of the question or inquiry, your name and include proper spelling and grammar. 'Texting' abbreviations, lack of punctuation and 'i' are not acceptable. All email must come from the student's assigned Lamarpa.edu email address. Do not email me from google, yahoo, etc. as it is very likely the campus email will send your email to the Clutter folder and I will not receive it. Emails received after 4:00 pm will not get a response until the next day.

Additional Required Readings:
Additional weekly readings will be noted in the assignment sheet, posted in Blackboard, and should be completed before class. This material will be included on exams. These readings are not optional. I strongly suggest printing them all and putting them in a folder.

Additional Student Study Resources:
Your textbook has this website http://glencoe.mheducation.com/sites/0076621367/sitemap.html which you can use to access study questions / quizzes / etc. should you care to do so. It is not required - but is a very helpful resource.

Dual Credit students: All class requirements, due dates and attendance policies apply to dual-credit students. If you will be absent due to school activities/testing/etc, it is your responsibility to let me know ahead of time to make arrangements for testing and to get with other classmates to get class notes, etc. You are also responsible for your mylamarpa and Blackboard access.

Suggestions to succeed in this class:
Attend class! Students who miss class earn grades that reflect their absences.
Take thorough notes. If I am talking, you should be writing. An excellent source on taking effective notes is: http://www.llcc.edu/student-services/cas/helpful-handouts/note-taking-problem-checklist/
Complete required readings before class.
Study your notes each day.
Ask questions when needed.
Begin studying for exams early.
If you miss class, get the class notes from a classmate.

Academic Integrity:
Academic integrity is essential to learning and I take it very seriously. Academic dishonesty will not be accepted in this class. Students are to submit their own work – not the work of others. If you submit other’s work as your own or use resources not allowed during examinations or writing assignments, not only are you jeopardizing your academic future but you are paying for an education you are not receiving and, moreover, you are wasting your own time and energy in an effort not to learn. Additionally, all student submissions are checked for plagiarism through Blackboard and use of any materials not authorized for use is prohibited. Students will receive a 0 for an assignment or exam if academic dishonesty is discovered. The student will receive an F in the class if the offense is flagrant. This is at the discretion of the instructor.

Attendance Policy Class attendance is required. Attendance will be taken at the beginning of class and tardiness is not acceptable. Students who arrive late or leave class early for any reason will be counted absent. Excessive absences will be detrimental to your grade and more than four (4) absences or late arrivals will incur a grade penalty of five (5) points off your final grade. You were aware of the class meeting time when you registered for the class and it is expected that you will arrive on time. If you are absent, please contact a classmate to get the necessary information. Medical appointments and vacations are not excused absences.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSC-PA policies (Section IX, subsection A, in the Faculty Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
Facility Policies
  1. No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

  2. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission.

  3. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
Important Information
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
MyLamarPA Be sure to check your campus E-mail and Course Homepage using MyLamarPA campus web portal (My.LamarPA.edu). When you've logged in, click the email icon in the upper right-hand corner to check email, or click on the "My Courses" tab to get to your Course Homepage. Click the link to your course and review the information presented. It is important that you check your email and Course Homepage regularly. You can also access your grades, transcripts, and determine who your academic advisor is by using MyLamarPA.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.