Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301- Section: 01
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Christina Wilbur
Phone(409) 984-6394
Location:Student Center - Room: 409
Hours:Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00-9:30 / 10:45-1:15 Wednesday: 9:00-1:00
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341

If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been exposed to COVID 19 or diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition on the COVID 19 Notification Form (available via a link on the Student Code of Conduct COVID19 webpage). This information will be provided to the Dean of Student Services. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
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
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 Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Required Materials:
Textbook: The American Yawp is an online textbook that you can access here: http://www.americanyawp.com/
If you would like a printable PDF version of the textbook, you can access it here:

Reader: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs. Free, online access is provided here:

Access to these materials is also available within Blackboard in each module.
Lecture Topics
Please note that the class is set up in 2-week modules.     All assignments are due on Thursdays by 11:59 pm.
Week 1
The New World

Week 2
Colliding Cultures

Week 3
British North America

Week 4
Colonial Society

Week 5
The American Revolution

Week 6
A New Nation

Week 7
The Early Republic

Week 8
The Market Revolution

Week 9
Democracy in America

Week 10
Religion and Reform

Week 11
Manifest Destiny

Week 12
The Sectional Crisis

Week 13
The Civil War

Week 14

Week 15
Final Exam Week    
Major Assignments
Final Exam Date December 8, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 8, 2020 - 10:00 AM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A    80 - 89=B    70 - 79=C     60 - 69=D    Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Two (2) Major Written Exams: (35%)    Each exam is worth 17.5 % each

Four (4) Quizzes: (20%)    There are 5 assigned quizzes. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped. If you miss a quiz and receive a 0, that will be the dropped grade.

Six (6) Assignments: (30%)    There are 7 assigned module assignments. The lowest assignment grade will be dropped. If you miss an assignment, that will be the dropped grade.

One (1) Writing Assignment with outline: (15%)
Both the outline assignment and the writing assignment must be submitted to receive credit for the entire assignment.

Please keep up with your grades. Students should keep all copies of graded and ungraded work until course grades have been submitted at the end of the semester. A current running average is always available to you in the ‘Current Class Average’ of Blackboard. 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. Please make sure to read the comments sections included with your grade and, additionally, read the comments on your submitted assignments as I make comments in both places. It is your responsibility to read comments and assessment notes and to make the suggested changes on future assignments/exams.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies Classroom expectations:
It is expected that students come to class prepared and are ready to participate. Students are also expected to arrive to class on time, conduct themselves appropriately, and respect their classmate’s opinions. Students are not to sleep in class or leave class early. If you need to leave class early, please discuss the matter with me beforehand.

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, quizzes or assignment, 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 and use of any materials not authorized for use during an exam, quiz, or assignment is prohibited Should it come to light that you are, you will receive a 0 on the assignment, quiz or exam and, possibly an F in the class. Assigning an F for the course for plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty is at my discretion if the offense is flagrant or repeated. Please note that I decide if an offense is flagrant or repeated – not the student. You are better off not doing an assignment - as missing a few individual assignments will not cause you to fail - than submitting a questionable assignment, exam por quiz and failing the class.
Attendance Policy Class Attendance:
Research continually indicates that regular attendance in class leads to better grades. Given the Covid-19 crisis we are experiencing, it is imperative that you do not come to class if you are sick. My attendance policy this semester is that you should attend class unless you are sick or have been told to stay home. The more class you miss, the more challenging the class will be. Assignments are still due in Blackboard on the due date, even if you are not in class. Please note that attendance will be taken every day and a failure to attend can have consequences if you receive financial aid or other benefits. Students are expected to arrive on time. If late arrivals become problematic, grade deductions will be incurred at a rate of 3 late arrivals = 1 point off final grade. 6 late arrivals = 2 points off final grade, etc.
If it is necessary, due to Covid-19, for our class to pivot to online, then it will be required that you log into Blackboard to complete your readings, submit quizzes, assignments, and exams. Students will be provided with an updated syllabus for the online class. If you do not log into Blackboard on a weekly basis, I will have to assume that you are no longer participating in the class and do retain the right to have you administratively dropped from the class.
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 the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
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HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.