• Dual Credit U.S. History

     Course Syllabus Fall 2017

     Course Number:  HIST 1301

     Course Title:  United States History I


    Course 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 change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government.


    Course Credit Hours: 3

    Lecture Hours: 3


    Prerequisite:  Meet TSI college-readiness standard for Reading and Writing; or equivalent


    Student Learning Outcomes:

    * State-mandated Outcomes: Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

    1. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence (Critical Thinking; Communication Skills; Personal Responsibility; Social Responsibility).
    2. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources (Critical Thinking; Communication Skills; Personal Responsibility; Social Responsibility).
    3. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period of United States history (Critical Thinking; Communication Skills; Personal Responsibility; Social Responsibility).


    Withdrawal Policy:   20 October 2017 last day to withdraw fall 2017

     Collin College Academic Policies:  See the current Collin Student Handbook.

     Academic Dishonesty: 7-2.2 of the Collin Student Handbook


    Please be aware that the professor reserves the right to give a student found responsible of any violation of the academic ethics codes by the Dean of Students Office, a failing grade in the course. Students caught cheating will be given a zero on any assignment they cheat on including tests.


    Americans with Disabilities Act Statement: Collin College will adhere to all applicable federal, state and local laws, regulations and guidelines with respect to providing reasonable accommodations as required to afford equal educational opportunity. It is the student’s responsibility to contact the ACCESS office, SCC-D140 or 972.881.5898 (V/TTD: 972.881.5950) to arrange for appropriate accommodations. See the current Collin Student Handbook for


    Instructor Information


    Instructors Name: Professor Maurice Atkinson Office Number: 2227 PISD

    Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7:30-8:15, Mon.-Tues. 3:30-4:00, Wed. & Thurs. 4:00-8:30 in community library in Reynolds Middle school, Sun. 12:00-5:00 in community library in Reynolds Middle School.


    Phone Number: 972-377-1585 Associate Faculty Division Office


    E-Mail: MAtkinson@collin.edu


    Class Information:

    Section Number: HIST 1301.PR1; HIST 1301.PR6; HIST 1301.PR7
    Meeting Times:  A,B,A,B,A, week 1, B,A,B,A,B week 2. Classes will meet on A and B days.

    08:20am-09:05 am

    09:11 am-10:41 pm

    10:47 pm-12:09 pm

    Meeting Location:  2227 PISD

    Course Resources:

    Give Me Liberty: Vol I 4th ed. Seagull





    Secondary Sources containing Primary Source Material: Supplemental Reading will be provided by me from the following texts:


    Brown, Victoria Bissell, Timothy J. Shannon. Going to the Source: The Bedford Reader in American History. Vols. I & II Boston, Mass.: Bedford/St. Martin’s 2004.


    Gorn, Elliot J., Randy Roberts, Terry D. Bilhartz. Constructing the American Past: A Sources Book of a People’s History. Vol. I & II New York, New York: Pearson Longman 2005.


    Ver Steeg, Clarence L., Richard Hofstadter. Great Issues in American History. Vol. I New York, New York: Random House 1969

    Hofstadter, Richard, Beatrice K. Hofstadter. Great Issues in American History. Vol. II & III New York, New York: Random House 1958.


    Supplies: Four min-essay books/long scantron, pen/pencil, and paper.


    Attendance Policy: Please be on time every day and in your seat ready to work when the bell rings. You are responsible for getting any make up work if you are absent. You are not allowed to have cell phones out in class. No late work will be accepted.




    Method of Evaluation: Exams 70%:

    There will be 3 major exams throughout the semester and a comprehensive final, with both objective and short answer questions. The final is comprehensive and mandatory.


    Quizzes, written primary source evaluations, agree-disagree statements 30%: There will be weekly quizzes over the assigned readings. You will also be responsible for written evaluations of the supplemental readings provided by me and answering the agree- disagree statements.


    Grading Scale: 90-100% A

         80-89% B

         70-79% C

                     60-69% D

         Below 60% F


    Fall Semester Course Calendar:


    All of the following readings should be completed by the beginning of the week during which they will be discussed.


    Each unit also utilizes discussion of and writing about related historiography: how interpretations of events have changed over time, how the issues of one time period have had an impact on the experiences and decisions of subsequent generations, and how such reevaluations of the past continue to shape the way historians see the world today. These discussions are woven throughout the course, but several are explicitly presented below.


    August 28th-September 28th


    Reading Titles from: Give Me Liberty

    Chapter 1.  A New World

    Chapter 2. Beginnings of English America, 1607-1660.
    Constructing vol. I: John Smith Journal Powhatan’s Speech to Captain John Smith: 1609

                           Great Issues vol. I: Instructions for the Virginia Company, 1606

                             William Bradford, Of Plymouth Plantation, 1630-1650

                            The Mayflower Compact, 11 November 1629
    Chapter 3. Creating Anglo-America, 1660-1750.

    Constructing vol. I: Narratives of the Witchcraft Cases

    Chapter 4. Slavery, Freedom, and the Struggle for Empire, to1763.



    Exam 1 Sep.  28th-29th


    October 2nd- October 31st

     Chapter 5. The American Revolution, 1763-1783

    Great Issues vol. I: Thomas Paine: Common sense.

    Great Issues vol. I: The Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

    Chapter 6. The Revolution Within .
    Chapter 7. Founding a Nation, 1783-1791.
    Chapter 8. Securing the Republic, 1791-1815.

    Chapter 9. The Market Revolution, 1800-1840.
    Chapter 10. Democracy in America, 1815-1840.
    Chapter 11. The Peculiar Institution .


    Exam 2 November 1st-2nd


    November 3rd-December 4th


    Chapter 12. An Age of Reform, 1820-1840.
    Chapter 13. A House Divided, 1840-1861.
                 Great Issues vol. II Dred Scott vs Sanford, 1857
    Chapter 14. A New Birth of Freedom: The Civil War, 1861-1865.

    Great Issues vol. II Abraham Lincoln, the Emancipation Proclamation

    Abraham Lincoln Gettysburg Address November 1963

    Chapter 15. “What is Freedom”: Reconstruction, 1865-1877.


    Exam 3 December 5th-6th


    Final Exam December 11th-17th (Exact days TBA. Information will be posted to Blackboard and announced in class).


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