Fall 2022 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301 (Section: 01, CRN: 92576)
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Christina Wilbur
Email wilburca@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6394
Office Student Center - Room: 409
Office Hours Monday & Wednesday: 11-12 / 1:15 - 3:15     Tuesday & Thursday: 9:00 - 9:30 / 12:15 - 1:15   Friday: 8:00-9:00
Additional Contact Information N/A
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
Required 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.

You do not need to buy any textbooks for this course.  

The text, OpenStax: US History, will be available in Blackboard.

Additional Materials/Resources You will need 8 scantrons – 882-E
Corequisites/Prerequisites TSIA complete in reading
Learning Outcomes Upon successful completion of this course, students will:
  • Create an argument using historical evidence.
  • Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
  • Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history
Core Objectives
  • Critical Thinking Skills – Uses creative thinking, innovation, inquiry and analysis, evaluation and synthesis of information
  • Communication Skills – Demonstrates effective development, interpretation and expression of ideas through written, oral and/or visual communication.
  • Social Responsibility Skills - Expresses intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities
  • Personal Responsibility Skills – Integrates choices, actions and consequences in ethical decision making
Lecture Topics Outline
  • Early Globalization: The Atlantic World, 1492-1650
  • Creating New Social Orders: Colonial Societies, 1500-1700
  • Rule Britannia! The English Empire, 1660-1763
  • Imperial Reforms and Colonial Protests, 1763-1774
  • America’s War for Independence, 1775-1783
  • Creating Republican Governments, 1776-1790
  • Growing Pains: The New Republic, 1790-1820
  • Industrial Transformation in the North, 1800-1850
  • Jacksonian Democracy, 1820-1840
  • A Nation on the Move: Westward Expansion, 1800-1860
  • Cotton is King: The Antebellum South, 1800-1860
  • Antebellum Idealism and Reform Impulses, 1820-1860
  • Troubled Times: The Tumultuous 1850s
  • The Civil War, 1860-1865
  • The Era of Reconstruction, 1865-1877
Major Assignments Schedule
Week 1
Discussion Board Introduction Post &
Course Policy Agreement
Due Friday, 8/26 by 8:00 pm
Week 2
Week 3
Quiz #1
Wednesday, 9/7
Week 4
Exam #1
Wednesday, 9/14

Assignment #1
Due Sunday, 9/18 by 8:00 pm
Week 5
Week 6
Monday, September 26: Final day to drop a course or withdraw without academic penalty
Week 7
Quiz #2
Wednesday, 10/5
Week 8
Exam #2
Wednesday, 10/12

Assignment #2
Due Sunday, 10/16 by 8:00 pm
Week 9
Week 10
Week 11
Quiz #3
Wednesday, 11/2
Week 12
Exam #3
Wednesday, 11/9

Assignment #3
Due Sunday, 11/13 by 8:00 pm
Week 13
Thursday, 11/17:  Final day to drop a course or withdraw with academic penalty
Week 14
Wednesday, 11/23 – Friday, 11/25
No class - Thanksgiving Break
Week 15
Quiz #4
Wednesday, 11/30
Week 16
Exam #4
Monday, 12/5
Final Exam Date December 5, 2022 - 12:00 PM   Through  December 5, 2022 - 1:15 PM
Grading Scale
Determination of
Final Grade

Quizzes 15%
Exam #1 15%
Exam #2 15%
Exam #3 15%
Exam #4 15%
  • You will be able to see your current average in the Blackboard gradebook under the ‘Current Class Average’ tab.
  • All grades should be posted within two weeks of a due date.  
  • Please make sure to read the comments on your submitted assignments as I make comments both on the assignment itself and in the grading notes section. It is your responsibility to read comments and assessment notes and to make the suggested changes on future assignments.
  • There is no extra credit offered.
  • Final grades are not rounded up.
  • Submitting an assignment does not guarantee that you will earn the total credit available for that assignment. You must follow, and achieve, the standards set out in the directions for each assignment to earn the necessary point values. 
Course Policies
Instructor Policies Course Design:
This course is divided up into four modules.  

Exams and Assignments
There will be four exams, four classroom quizzes and three assignments. Exam reviews are posted in Blackboard a week before the exam. Exams may be multiple choice, short answer, or essay. Makeup exams will only be provided in exceptional circumstances such as a serious hospitalization or death in the family. Documentation may be required to take a missed exam.  There is no make up for missed quizzes. The lowest or missed quiz will be dropped. Please see the assignment folder for specific instruction on the module assignments.

Assignment Submissions:
Assignments are to be submitted in Blackboard. When you submit an assignment, Blackboard sends a confirmation email with an individual submission number. Please make sure that you save it. If there are issues regarding the submission of your assignment, I may ask to see the submission confirmation. Specific instructions and due dates for assignments are posted in Blackboard. 

Uploading Assignments:
All assignments must be uploaded in the required format. All written assignments must be submitted as a Word document. Do not submit Google docs, pages, or PDF’s. It is your responsibility to make sure that you have submitted your assignment as directed in the instructions. If I cannot open your assignment, I will not grade it. All assignments should be turned in through Blackboard – not email. 

Late Assignments:
Late assignments are not accepted. 

All email correspondence should be professional in tone and structure.  
Please put the class and section number in the subject line of your email so that I know what class you are in. I strive to answer email within 48 hours.  I do not check email on weekends or in the evenings. You must use your official lamarpa email. Most questions can be answered by reading the class syllabus, schedule, or other directions available to you in Blackboard

All emails should include:
  • Course and section number (Hist 1301.01)
  • A greeting
  • A clear statement of the question or inquiry
  • Your name
Emails not written in a suitable or professional manner will be sent back and I will ask you to re-write your email.  All emails should include proper spelling and grammar. 'Texting' abbreviations, lack of punctuation, and 'i' are not acceptable.

Civility in the classroom:
Students are expected to have mature decorum and participate during lectures and activities.  you will not be given credit for simply warming a seat. Student incivility, rudeness, or attacks of a personal nature or statements will not be tolerated, whether directed at the instructor or another student. Any student engaging in disruptive or disrespectful activities on campus or online classes will be required to cease such behavior or leave the classroom. If the behavior continues after the first warning, the student will no longer continue as a student of the course. 

Blackboard /mylamarpa system:
Students are responsible for their Blackboard and mylamarpa access.
The instructor cannot troubleshoot Blackboard or mylamarpa issues for individual students.
For Technical support with mylamarpa (usernames and passwords) please contact:
  • Mr. Kenneth Lisby
  • Office: Gates Memorial Library Lab
  • Email: helpdesk@lamarpa.edu
  • Office: (409) 984-6150.
For 24/7 technical help with Blackboardplease contact: Academic Integrity:
Academic integrity is essential to learning. Students are to submit their own work – not the work of others.  If you submit other’s work as your own or submit an assignment using resources not allowed, 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. Plagiarism is a serious issue, especially in the academic environment, and now that you are in college you are responsible for yourself and know what plagiarism is. Ignorance is NOT a defense. Instructors MUST be able to rely on the integrity of a student's work in order to maintain a climate for successful learning.
All student assignments are checked for plagiarism and use of any materials not authorized for use for an assignment is prohibited. Should this be an issue with any assignment, you will receive a 0 on the assignment and, possibly an F in the class. If an issue arises with your work, I do reserve the right to go back and reassess/regrade previously submitted work to see if academic dishonesty has occurred with other submissions. 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.  
Again, to be clear. If absolutely any part your assignments are found to be plagiarized, you will receive a zero for the assignment, with no possibility for make-up. If you have any questions at all about what constitutes plagiarism, please do not hesitate to contact me. I will be glad to answer any questions you may have.
If you are retaking the course, you may not submit work used previously for this course. Also, you may not submit work created for another class. The use of article rewriting tools is also considered plagiarism.


Attendance Policy Attendance is taken at each class meeting. It is expected that you will attend class and arrive on-time.
Excessive tardiness/absences (5 or more) will result in a decrease in your overall average by one letter grade. 

Additional Information
Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
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.
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.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern 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.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Dr. Michelle Davis
Phone:(409) 984-6341