Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: HIST-1301 (Section: 3M, CRN: 90062)
United States History I
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Instructor Information
Instructor Charles Jehlen
Email jehlencr@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6102
Office Madison Monroe Education - Room: 147
Office Hours Madison Monroe Education - Room: 147 Office Hours by appointment M-W-F 8:50 AM to 9:20 AM.
">Madison Monroe Education - Room: 147 Office Hours by appointment M-W-F 8:50 AM to 9:20 AM.
Madison Monroe Education - Room: 147
Office Hours by appointment M-W-F 8:50 AM to 9:20 AM.

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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.

All course materials are available online. There is no need to purchase any course materials. Textbook: OpenStax US History.
Additional Materials/Resources None.
  • ENGL-0302 College Reading Skills
  • ENGL-0327 Integrated Reading and Writing
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 * 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.
Lecture Topics Outline
Unit – Exploration
“The Americas, Europe, and Africa Before 1492”.
“Early Globalization: The Atlantic World, 1492 - 1650”.
Unit – Colonial America
“Creating New Social Orders: Colonial Societies, 1500 - 1700”.
“Rule Britannia! The English Empire, 1660 - 1763”.
Unit – Revolution
“Imperial Reforms and Colonial Protests, 1763 - 1774”.
“America’s War for Independence, 1775 - 1783”.
Unit – Constitutional Republic
“Creating Republican Governments, 1776 - 1790”.
“Growing Pains: The New Republic, 1790 - 1820”.
Unit – Industrialization
“Industrial Transformation in the North, 1800 - 1850”.
“Jacksonian Democracy, 1820 - 1840”.
Unit – Expansion
“A Nation on the Move: Westward Expansion, 1800 - 1860”.
“Cotton is King: The Antebellum South, 1800 - 1860”.
Unit – Division
“Antebellum Idealism and Reform Impulses, 1820 - 1860”.
“Troubled Times: The Tumultuous 1850s”.
Unit – Civil War
“The Civil War, 1860 - 1865”.
“The Era of Reconstruction, 1865 - 1877”.

Major Assignments Schedule
Unit – Exploration
Week of 8/28: History 1301 Pre-Test;
Week of 9/4: Unit Quiz.
Unit – Colonial America
Week of 9/18: Unit Quiz.
Unit – Revolution
Week of 10/2: Unit Quiz.
Unit – Constitutional Republic
Week of 10/9: Core Project Essay.
Week of 10/16: Unit Quiz.
Unit – Industrialization
Week of 10/30: Unit Quiz.
Unit – Expansion
Week of 11/6: Core Project Script.
Week of 11/13: Unit Quiz.
Unit – Division
Week of 11/20: Core Project Video.
Week of 11/27; Unit Quiz.
Unit – Civil War
Week of 12/11: Final Quiz

Final Exam Date December 13, 2023 - 9:0 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade
Quizzes: Each is worth 500 points.     
Core Project: Three parts worth 1,000 points total.  
Assignments: Each is worth 100 points.  
After all quizzes and the Core Project are submitted, the Final Average is determined by dividing points earned by points possible.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies
Time Requirements for this Course:
Organization will save you. 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.

Technology Responsibility:
It is assumed that students registered for an online class are proficient with the technological/computer requirements and the Blackboard system. A lack of computer proficiency is not an excuse for the failure to submit assignments, etc. It is your responsibility to understand how to navigate Blackboard, upload files, view video, etc.

Students should be aware that much of the responsibility in mastering the material falls to the student. 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 Average tab in the Blackboard Grade Center.

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 in the future. Graded submissions are timed and will be completed in Blackboard. All graded submissions are due by 11:59 pm on the due date. Make sure you have a stable internet connection before you begin a graded submission.

Quizzes will consist of discussion/essay questions and multiple choice/short answer questions. Quizzes will cover material from your textbook, reading materials, and video presentations. I will not contact you to find out why you missed an exam. If you try to take a quiz having neither read the material or 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 quizzes. Quizzes consist of three 1 to 2-page essay questions with short answer and multiple-choice sections. Students are expected to follow the directions given for the quiz regarding submission, formatting, length, etc.

Quiz Prep with essay topics are distributed at the start of each unit. The Core Project will be a research assignment on the need for an Electoral College. Each student will research and craft an essay summarizing the Federalist and Anti-Federalist arguments on selecting the national executive. Students will form groups to create a play of two historical figures debating the historical proposal. Each group will submit a video of their play. Specific details will be discussed in September. Assignments are usually worksheets associated with a video or a reading. Assignments will vary based on the source material, so it is very important that you read the directions for each assignment carefully.

Late work is not accepted without approval by your school district. The most recent example occurred during a hurricane in Fall 2020 when public schools and LSCPA were closed.

Failure is not an option. Any failed assignment may be redone within a deadline set by me. The maximum grade given on a redo is 60%. Email me if you want to take advantage of this opportunity.

Effort is always rewarded. There will be extra credit opportunities in each unit. One major extra credit assignment will be offered concerning the Jacobs book. To receive extra credit, you must meet the standards set out in the assignment and rubric to a level that illustrates diligence and excellence.

Identifying your class and section is a good practice in communicating with any instructor. Students should put the class name and the section number in the subject line of any email. Since we will communicate extensively through email, it is important that you be 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. Emails received in the evening will not get a response until the next day. I do strive to reply within 24 hours.

The reading and video links included in the Content tab are an integral part of the course. They provide students with a resource to gain a deeper understanding of the material. I have chosen selections that I feel will aid in deepening your understanding related to a person, era, event, experience, etc. Some are documentaries or films, some standard lectures from other universities, and others - book discussion by authors - address the subject they have written about but also help you to understand the historians' craft. You should take notes while viewing/reading just as if you were sitting in a classroom listening to a presentation.

Currently, all video links are working but sometimes they may, without notice, get moved to a new server, expire or an organization may decide to take down a link. If you notice a broken link during the semester, please let me know and I will investigate and update the selection with a new link or a replacement selection. Students should make sure that they view and read the material on schedule and take notes just as if you were in a lecture class. Material from the provided videos and readings will be included on quizzes.

This class moves very quickly and there is very little time to catch up if you get behind. Deadlines are firm. Make it a priority to read daily and to stay on schedule with the readings, videos, quizzes, and assignments. These take time. Additionally, remember that you not only have to read the material, but you also must make time to study the material. I recommend that students print out the assignment schedule and refer to it daily and plan their schedules accordingly.

Attendance Policy Attendance is expected. Please arrive at class on time and sign in. Students are required to log-on to Blackboard daily to stay current regarding emails, class announcements, assignment, and quiz dates, and to complete readings.
Additional Information TimelyCare is a virtual health and well-being platform available 24/7 for Lamar State College Port Arthur students. Any enrolled student can use TimelyCare. There is no cost to students. Go to timelycare.com/LSCPA or download the TimelyCare app to access care.
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 diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 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.
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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
Dual Enrollment
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431