TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE
AMERICAN HISTORY 1301 STUDENT SYLLABUS
COURSE NAME: History of the United States
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS: 3
DESCRIPTION OF COURSE: A general survey of the history of the United States from 1492 to 1877.
Textbook: Berkin, Miller, Cherny, and Gormly, Making America: A History of the United States Volume I, 4th edition.
Instructor: Dr. Kahne R. Parsons
Home Page (Alternative to WebCT): http://www.paradoxmind.com/index2.html
PURPOSE AND GOALS OF COURSE: History 1301 is a three-hour general survey of the United States from 1492 to 1877. This course satisfies three of the six hours in American History required by the state of Texas. In fulfilling requirements for this course, the student will take a minimum of four major exams, each containing a significant writing component. The instructor may add other quizzes, reports, or extra credit items. A comprehensive final examination will be given during examinations week at the end of the semester.
By the end of the course, the student should be able to complete satisfactorily the learning objectives listed below. The course is designed to familiarize the student with the broad development of the United States, its people, culture, society, economic and political systems. Students will be encouraged to organize and analyze historical data in order to understand and appreciate the complexities of our society, as well as the sources of our national unity.
ASSIGNMENTS/TESTS. The student will be responsible for monitoring the WebCT site calendar and other assessment sites, such as Quizzes, Assignments, etc. It is the student's responsibility to keep up with ALL deadlines. Deadlines for exams are posted on the Calendar; deadlines/due dates for quizzes and written Assignments are posted on those pages, respectively.
GRADING. Exam grades generally count for 70% of your final class grade; essays, quizzes, and other assignments count 30%. You may check your grade on WebCT's "My Grades."
COURSE WITHDRAWAL POLICY. It is the student’s responsibility to drop a class. All drops must be processed by an Academic Advisor appropriate to the student’s major.
Upon completion of the course, the student will be able to do the following with 70 percent competency:
1. Relate the background and discovery of the New World that led to the English colonization of America.
2. Illustrate the causes and effects of the American Revolution.
3. Compare and contrast the government of the United States under the Articles of Confederation and the current constitution.
4. Relate the impact of European Wars on the new nation leading to the War of 1812; and show the importance of nationalism, the phenomenon of Jacksonian democracy, and the movement West.
5. Analyze the social, economic and political forces (with particular emphasis upon the institution of slavery) that ended in civil war.
6. Explain the issues and events of Reconstruction and appraise their impact upon the next one hundred years of United States history.
TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE
1. European antecedence of colonization.
2. The Colonial Period.
3. The American Revolutionary Era.
4. The Federalist and Jeffersonian Eras.
5. The War of 1812.
6. America 1815-1840.
7. Manifest Destiny and Expansionism.
8. Leading up to the Civil War.
9. The Civil War and Reconstruction.
© Kahne Parsons, 2007-08