Fall 2020 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301- Section: 71
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
Week 1
8/24-8/30: The New World

Week 2
8/31-9/6: Colliding Cultures

Week 3
9/7-9/13: British North America

Week 4
9/14-9/20: Colonial Society

Week 5
9/21-9/27: The American Revolution

Week 6
9/28-10/4: A New Nation

Week 7
10/5-10/11: The Early Republic

Week 8
10/12-10/18: The Market Revolution

Week 9
10/19-10/25: Democracy in America

Week 10
10/26-11/1: Religion and Reform

Week 11
11/2-11/8: Manifest Destiny

Week 12
11/9-11/15: The Sectional Crisis

Week 13
11/16-11/22: The Civil War

Week 14
11/23-11/29: Reconstruction

Week 15
11/30-12/6: Study for Final Exam.


Major Assignments
Final Exam Date November 30, 2020 - 8:00 AM   Through  December 3, 2020 - 11:00 PM
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.

Final Grading Scale: A 100-90 B 89-80 C 79-70 D 69-60 F 59-0

Course Policies
Instructor Policies Academic Integrity:
Academic integrity is essential to online 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 or quiz, and failing the class.
Attendance Policy Class Attendance:
Students are required to log-on to Blackboard daily in order to stay current regarding class announcements, assignment and exam dates, and to complete readings, etc. If a student fails to log in on a regular basis, I will assume you are no longer participating in the class and may administratively drop you from the class. Additionally, failure to log in will affect attendance requirements for financial aid, if applicable.
Time Requirements for this Course:

An online class is not an ‘easier’ class. The time requirements for an online class are similar to a face-to-face class. The standard expectation for a college-level class is approximately 10-12 hours a week. A class that is a 3-hour credit class will require 3 hours outside study time for each hour in class. Our class is considered a 3-hour credit class and therefore the additional study/working on assignments time is applicable. Please make sure to adjust your schedule accordingly.


Exams will consist of discussion/essay questions and multiple choice/short answer questions. Students are allowed two hours to complete the exam. Exams will cover material from your textbook, articles and video presentations/lectures. I will not contact you to find out why you missed an exam and late submissions are not accepted.

If you try to take an examination having neither read the material/taken notes on the video lectures nor studied the material thoroughly – you will not be successful. Additionally, please plan accordingly when allowing time to complete your exams. Generally, exams consist of essay questions with short answer and multiple choice sections. Students are expected to follow the directions given for the exam regarding submission, formatting, length, etc.
Exam Reviews:
Exam Reviews are posted about 3 weeks before the Mid-term and 3 weeks before the Final exam.

Students will complete six (6) assigned module quizzes. The lowest quiz grade will be dropped. If you miss a quiz and receive a 0, that will be the dropped grade. Each quiz will cover two chapters and the additional material included in the module and contain anywhere from 20 to 30 questions which may be multiple choice, short answer or a combination of the two. Quizzes are timed based on the type of questions included in the quiz. Quizzes will be completed in Blackboard. All quizzes are due by 11:59 pm on Thursday. Late submissions are not accepted. I do not like to re-open or re-set quizzes. This should be a very rare occurrence. Make sure you have a stable internet connection before you begin.

There are 7 assigned module assignments. The lowest assignment grade will be dropped. If you miss an assignment, that will be the dropped grade. Each 2-week module includes an assignment. Assignments will vary with each module, so it is very important that you read the directions for each assignment carefully. Within each Module, you will see a folder “Complete: Assignment #_”. Click on that folder and read the instructions.
You will need to view and read the listed selections and then the assignments are in the Assignment folder within each module. Late assignments are not accepted.

Extra Credit:
There is one extra credit assignment offered. It is listed in Blackboard. You may choose to complete it or not. It must be completed by the due date. To receive the extra credit, you must meet the standards set out in the assignment and rubric to a level that illustrates diligence and excellence. A sub-par submission will not receive credit.

Students must put LSCPA 1301. and your section number in the subject line of any email. This is not optional. If the class and section number are not listed, it makes it difficult for me to give you a prompt response. I will not stop what I am doing to log in and sort through multiple class rolls to determine what class you are in. An email that says only, “This is Sarah from your history class. I have a question about the paper” is problematic. Which Sarah? What history class - 1301 or 1302? Online student or in-class student? What paper? Including the required LSCPA 1301. and section number makes it much easier for me to provide you with a prompt and accurate response. Moreover, please make sure to include your full name in the email. I do not use Blackboard email. Please note that most questions can be answered by reading the class syllabus, assignment sheet or other directions available to you in Blackboard.

Since we will communicate extensively through email, 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. I enjoy getting to know my students through email so please do not hesitate to contact me. All email must come from the student's assigned Lamarpa.edu email address. I am available during normal business hours – Monday-Friday 8am-4pm. Emails received in the evening will not get a response until the next day. I do strive to reply to email promptly and within 24 hours. Additionally, I do not check email on weekends. Should you have any questions, please make sure to email me before 4 pm on Friday.

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.