Lamar State College - Port Arthur

House Bill 2504

Spring 2016 Course Syllabus

HIST-1302-03 - US Hist II

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Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2016
InstructorDurso, Cassandre Renee
Phone(409) 984-6341
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Phone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:Tue/Thur 9:30-11:30
Building:Ruby Fuller Education (RF)
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Course Information
Course Number10058
Course Description A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the Civil War/Reconstruction era to the present. United States History II examines industrialization, immigration, world wars, the Great Depression, Cold War and post-Cold War eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History II include: American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, urbanization and suburbanization, the expansion of the federal government, and the study of U.S. foreign policy.
Course Prerequisites None
Required Textbooks 1 The Unfinished Nation, Volume 2, Alan Brinkley, Mc-Graw-Hill Publishing ISBN: 9781259764134
2 The French Quarter, Herbert Asbury, Thunder’s Mouth Press, New York: 2003 ISBN: 9781560254942
3 Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure, Matthew Algeo, Chicago Review Press, Chicago: 2009 ISBN: 9781556527777
Attendance Policy Success in this course is directly tied to attendance. While it is understandable that certain unavoidable events may occur to prevent you from making it to class, you are still responsible for material covered during any missed class periods. While no grade is given for attendance, poor attendance will be directly reflected in your grade for the course. Likewise, please arrive to class on time, to avoid disturbing others once class has begun.
Course Grading Scale 90%-100% - A
80%-89% - B
70%-79% - C
60%-69% - D
0%-59% - F
Determination of Final Grade Syllabus quiz                 25 points
Plagiarism quiz             25 points
Book Review 1             50 points
Participation                100 points (50 pts each)
Book Review    2            100 points
First exam                100 points
Second exam                100 points
Third exam                100 points
Final exam                 100 points
Total                    700 points
Final Exam Date May 6, 2016 - 8:00 AM   Through  May 6, 2016 - 10:30 AM
Major Assignments Week One: Intro, syllabus review, course pretest
Week Two: Reconstruction & New South, Ch 15
Week Three: The West, Indian War period, Ch 16
Week Four: Industrialization & Workers, Ch 17
Week Five: Exam 1, Immigration & Poverty, Ch 17-18
Week Six: Consumerism, Imperialism & Progressivism, Ch 18-19
Week Seven: Reform, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, WWI Ch 20-21
Week Eight: Exam 2, WWI cont'd
Week Nine: Interwar years, 20s, Great Depression, Ch 22-23
Week Ten: New Deal, Isolation & Neutrality, WWII, Ch 24-25
Week Eleven: WWII, Internment & Relocation, Ch 26
Week Twelve: Test Three, Cold War, Korea & HUAC, Ch 27
Week Thirteen: Computers, Space, Eisenhower & JFK, Ch 28
Week Fourteen: Civil Rights Movement, Ch 28-29
Week Fifteen: Vietnam, Ch 29
Week Sixteen: Final Exam
Calendar of Lecture Topics and Major Assignment Due Dates 90%-100% - A
80%-89% - B
70%-79% - C
60%-69% - D
0%-59% - F
General Education/Core Curriculum Student Learning Outcomes
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.

Empirical and Quantitative Skills:Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

Teamwork:Students will demonstrate the ability to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal and consider different points of view.

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 Week One: Intro, syllabus review, course pretest
Week Two: Reconstruction & New South
Week Three: The West, Indian War period
Week Four: Industrialization & Workers
Week Five: Exam 1-Feb 15, Immigration & Poverty, Book Review 1-Feb 19
Week Six: Consumerism, Imperialism & Progressivism
Week Seven: Reform, Teddy Roosevelt, Wilson, WWI Ch 20-21
Week Eight: Exam 2-Mar 7, WWI cont'd
Week Nine: Book Review 2-Mar 21, Interwar years, 20s, Great Depression, Ch 22-23
Week Ten: New Deal, Isolation & Neutrality, WWII, Ch 24-25
Week Eleven: WWII, Internment & Relocation, Ch 26
Week Twelve: Test Three-Apr 11, Cold War, Korea & HUAC, Ch 27
Week Thirteen: Computers, Space, Eisenhower & JFK, Ch 28
Week Fourteen: Civil Rights Movement, Ch 28-29
Week Fifteen: Vietnam, Ch 29
Week Sixteen: Final Exam-May 6
Course 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.

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
  • 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.

  • Electronic devices (including but not restricted to cell phones, MP3 players, and laptop computers) shall not be used during examinations unless specifically allowed by the instructor.

  • Use of electronic devices during normal class hours distracts other students, disrupts the class, and wastes valuable time. Instructors have an obligation to reduce such disruptions.

  • Turn your cellphones to vibrate when you enter the classroom.

    Cell phone policy: Use of cellular phones, ipods, or any electronic communication device in this class is strictly prohibited. All such devices should be placed on silent, and put away before class begins. You may NOT leave your phone out on the desk. All bags, purses, backpacks, etc. MUST be placed on the ground or on the back of your chair during class. If a student is seen with a device out, they will receive ONLY one warning to put it away. The second time it is seen, the student will leave the class, and 10% will be deducted from the final grade. If the behavior persists, the student will be dropped from the course. You are here to learn the material in order to receive credit, and that cannot be done on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc., or by texting. If you use an electronic planner, you may enter information before or after class, but not during lecture. This is a very rigid policy, and must be adhered to in order to remain in this course. Recording the lectures is permitted, as long as the recorder is at the front of the room near the podium. This ensures that you receive the best quality recording and are not wrongly accused of violating the policy.

    Testing Policies: If I see you look at another person’s test during the exam, I will take yours and you will receive a 0. If I see two people communicating in ANY way during the exam, I will take BOTH tests and both people will receive a 0. All bags, backpacks, etc. will be placed at the front of the room before tests begin, and no one will be allowed to leave the room after the test is administered until they have completed the exam. No one will be allowed to begin the exam once tests have been turned in.
Additional Information
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.
Copyright Violations Some material in this course may be copyrighted. They may be used only for instructional purposes this semester, by students enrolled in this course. These materials are being used fairly and legally. No one may distribute or share these copyrighted materials in any medium or format with anyone outside this class, including publishing essays with copyrighted material, uploading copyrighted material to Facebook or YouTube, or painting or performing copyrighted material for public display.

Copyright violation is not the same thing as plagiarism. Plagiarism is intellectual dishonesty. Offenses of plagiarism result in lower grades or failing scores, and professors and the college strictly enforce plagiarism rules. There is never any acceptable use of plagiarism. Copyright violation is a legal offense, punishable by large fines and penalties.

Copyrighted material can be used if permission from the material’s creator is obtained, or if its use meets the standards of fair use in an educational setting. For example, a student can quote a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet in a report without violating copyright but still be guilty of plagiarism if the quotation is not properly documented.

If you are in doubt about what material can be freely used, ask your professor or contact the Dean of Library Services, at (409) 984-6216.
Assessment Statement Assessment is a process by which LSCPA can help you learn better and gauge the level of progress you have made to attain knowledge, skills, beliefs, and values. It also helps your professors understand how to improve teaching and testing methods in your classes, and it helps each department understand and improve degree and certificate programs.

Periodically LSC-PA will collect assessment data for research and reporting purposes, including statistical data and sometimes copies of your work. Be assured that all material the college uses for assessment purposes will be kept confidential. To ensure anonymity, your name will be removed from any material we use for assessment purposes, including video-recorded performances, speeches, and projects.

If you object to allowing LSC-PA to use your material for assessment purposes, submit a letter stating so to your professor by the 12th class day. You will still be required to participate in whatever assessments are being done; we just won’t use your data.

What’s the difference between assessment and grades? The grades you get on papers, projects, speeches, and assignments are specific types of focused assessment. LSC-PA’s assessment efforts include class grades, surveys, standardized tests, and other tools.
Privacy Notice Federal privacy laws apply to college students. This means that college employees, including instructors, cannot divulge information to third parties, including parents and legal guardians of students. Even if the students are minors, information about their college work cannot be shared with anyone except in very limited circumstances.

Anyone requesting information about a student should be referred to the Registrar. Instructors will be notified in writing by that Office about what information may be released and to whom.

Please remember that releasing private information about a student, however innocuous it may seem, can be a violation of federal law, with very serious consequences.

Circumstances under which information may be released:

An adult student may submit, to the Registrar, a handwritten, signed note granting permission for release of information. The note must specify what information may be divulged, and it must specify the name of the person to whom the information may be given.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student by providing a copy of a filed tax return that shows that the student was listed as a dependent of that parent or guardian. The tax return must be for last complete tax year. Again, this documentation must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office.

A parent or guardian may be given access to information about a student if the student logs on to and sends an email to the Registrar granting permission. The email must specify what information may be given and the name of the person to whom it may be given.

Co-enrollment students are protected by the same privacy laws as adult students.

The Registrar’s office is located in the Student Center room 303B, and can be reached at (409) 984-6165.

College-Level Perspectives This course helps add to the students’ overall collegiate experience in the following ways:

  • Establishing broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which s/he lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.

  • Stimulating a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.

  • Developing a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.

  • Developing personal values for ethical behavior.

  • Developing the ability to make aesthetic judgments.

  • Using logical reasoning in problem solving.

  • Integrating knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Degree Plan Evaluation A Degree Plan Evaluation will help you determine which classes you need to complete your program.

  1. Sign in to your account.

  2. Click on the “My Services” tab.

  3. Click on the “Student” tab.

  4. Click on Student Records.

  5. Click on Degree Evaluation.

  6. Select the term you are planning on registering for (i.e. Summer I, Summer II, Fall, or Spring)

  7. Verify that the Curriculum Information (your MAJOR) is correct

  8. Click on “Generate New Evaluation” at the bottom of the screen.

  9. Click the radio button next to Program

  10. Click on the Generate Request button.

All of the classes that you have taken that apply to your declared major will be listed on the right. If you have a class that still needs to be completed, a “NO” will be listed on the right next to the required class.

HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSC-PA’s efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.

Lamar State College - Port Arthur


Lamar State College - Port Arthur, a member of The Texas State University System, is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality and affordable instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The College embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life.

Core Values

  • Shared commitment by faculty, staff and administration to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community involvement

  • General education/core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community

  • Academic and technical programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, using a variety of delivery methods, on and off campus

  • Technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and behavior necessary for initial and continued employment

  • Student achievement characterized by attainment of individual goals and measured by successful accomplishments and completion of curriculum

  • Co-curricular opportunities that develop social, financial and civic acuity


Lamar State College - Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

  • treated with dignity and respect;

  • afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

  • given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights; and,

  • provided an opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

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