AMERICAN HISTORY 1302 STUDENT
NAME: History of the United States
CREDIT HOURS: 3
DESCRIPTION OF COURSE: A general survey of the history of the
United States from 1877 to the present.
Textbook: No textbook is needed for the 1302 online
Instructor: Dr. Kahne R. Parsons
Home Page (alternative to WebCT): http://www.paradoxmind.com/index2.html
PURPOSE AND GOALS OF COURSE:
History 1302 is a three-hour general survey of the United States from
1877 to the present day. This course satisfies three of the six
hours in American History required by the state of Texas. In
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.
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
sources of our national unity.
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
deadlines. Deadlines for exams are posted on the Calendar;
deadlines/due dates for quizzes and written Assignments are posted on
those pages, respectively, and linked to the Calendar.
assignments and tests must
be completed by the due date.
Due dates are the LAST DAY something may be submitted for full
A student may--indeed, is encouraged--to complete tasks before the
deadline/due date. All students must take the final exam.
Failure to do so results in an automatic F for the course, no matter
your GPA to that point. (This is college policy.) If you
have an emergency that prevents you from taking the final, contact the
instructor ASAP so you can arrange for an I.
assignments will be completed using e-mail or the Internet.
take written exams in the TJC testing center. Non-local students
make arrangements to take their exam in a proctored setting --i.e., at
a local high school, library, or other learning center. Please
contact Sue Willis (firstname.lastname@example.org) to make these arrangements. (Be aware
TJC charges a $20 per exam fee for exams taking anywhere other than the
TJC Testing Center Sorry, but that's their rule.)
The instructor may drop a
student's lowest test grade at the end of the semester
and replace it with the final exam grade if the latter is
higher. However, a student may not simply opt to just skip
exam and expect
replace it with the final exam. You must have a valid,
approved reason to the instructor before the end of the exam
period. If you are required to take the final, you may NOT skip or drop the final
exam for any reason.
Although the instructor is figuratively available
to the student 24/7, there are some general parameters for
in a web-based course. On weekdays, you should reasonably expect
a turnaround time (i.e., an answer) within 24 hours. (Often, the
reply will arrive sooner than that, depending on the "traffic load.")
weekends--especially between Friday and Sunday evenings--response time
be less prompt, so the student should plan accordingly.
posting a message via e-mail, always place the reference in the subject
area. For example, if you have a question regarding Activity 2.4,
you would write Activity 2.4 under Subject Heading. What messages
should be posted to e-mail and which to the discussion list?
private information, such as your grade, or a particular situation you
to discuss (such as how you're doing in the class), should be e-mailed
the Instructor. Anything concerning a general topic, such
as a question concerning an assignment or a lecture that you might ask
in class were this a lecture course, you post to the relevant
discussion threat (Unit One, Unit Two, etc.).
the event that your computer crashes, you have recourse to
means of communication. You can call the instructor's office on
weekdays at the number listed at the top of this syllabus and leave a
message. (Note: in summer the instructor does not keep
regular office hours so there may be some delay in receiving phone
messages. Also: if you live outside the immediate 903 local
calling area, the instructor ay not be able to return you phone
call. Thus, the best method
communication remains e-mail.)
GRADING. Exam grades generally
count for 70% of your final class grade; essays, quizzes, and other
count 30%. You can check your grade on the "Grades" under "My
WebCT (Apache Access).
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
PLAGIARISM. Please read
carefully the section in your online orientation regarding
plagiarism. The student is responsible for knowing the rules
governing plagiarism and cheating. Any case will result in an
automatic F for the course.
completion of the course, the student will be able to do the following
with 70 percent competency:
Explain the development of industrialization in America and relate the
political-economic impact it had on the Gilded Age.
Assess United States imperialism in the late 19th and early 20th
Compare and contrast the reform efforts of the U.S., including
Populism, Progressivism, the New Deal, and the Great Society.
Analyze the involvement of the U. S. in World War I and World War II
and relate these events to the crisis of the post-war periods.
Summarize the central elements of U. S. domestic history over the past
half-century, including civil rights, presidential politics, and the
changes in American society and culture.
TYLER JUNIOR COLLEGE
Economic Expansion of the United States, 1877-1900.
American Imperial Expansion.
The Progressive Era and World War I.
The Depression and the New Deal.
World War II.
The Cold War and its aftermath.
American Politics, 1945-2000.
© Kahne Parsons, 2008-2009