HST 1020: American Civilizations since 1877

Fall 2013

Class Days:  Tuesday/Thursday
Class Times: 
HST 1020-004:
HST 1020-005: 9:30-10:45

Course Credits:  3
Room:  Dial 225

Course Description and Goals:
This course is a survey of the political, economic, social, cultural, and diplomatic phases of American life in its regional, national, and international aspects from 1877 to the present. This course will provide students with an understanding of the basic facts and concepts of American history through class lecture and discussion. It will measure understanding of the aforementioned facts and concepts with exams, and develop communication and critical-thinking skills through writing assignments.  The General Education Goal that most closely matches the curriculum from the history department is the knowledge of world civilizations and their history.  Students will be able to identify how historical forces influence current events, demonstrate an understanding of the historical context of contemporary issues, and identify one major historical trend in a major world region.

Required Texts: 
David Edwin Harrell Jr., et al., Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People, Vol. 2
Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward, All the President’s Men

Grading Scale: 
A         94-100
A-        90-93
B+       87-89
B         84-86
B-        80-83
C+       77-79
C         74-76
C-        70-73
D+       67-69
D         64-66
D-        60-63
F          0-59

Exams and Other Assignments: 
There will be three exams given during the semester, including the final.  Test questions will include information from class lecture, discussion, multimedia presentations, and the textbooks.  These questions may include the following formats:  essay, short answer, identification, matching, and multiple-choice.  There will be one in-class writing assignment where students will answer questions and provide a critical analysis of All the President’s Men.  Just like any other writing assignment, the rules of plagiarism apply; be sure you properly cite quotations from the book. Two simulations based on documents provided to you on Blackboard will be conducted according to the course schedule below.  Other readings may be assigned and discussed throughout the term. I reserve the right to administer pop quizzes or require additional writing assignments if I suspect students have not read the material by the designated class meeting.  Please bear in mind that this is a college-level course that requires a considerable amount of work outside of class.  The advice that many professors give their students is to study six hours per week for a three-hour course.  Although some weeks may require more or less study time, this is generally a good rule to follow.  I recommend that you consult the following website for more information about how to study and succeed in college:  http://www.howtostudy.com/.

Attendance Policy: 
Students are expected to attend class regularly and be on time.  You are responsible for getting any information from class lecture and discussion that you might miss due to your absence before the next class meeting.  Please consult the section on Class Attendance Policy in the catalog (http://www.uncp.edu/catalog/pdf/acad_pol.pdf) for official University policy.

Make-up Policy: 
Students should provide me with an approved written excuse (doctor’s note, jury notice, obituary, etc.) if they must miss an exam, writing assignment, or simulation.  Make-up exams will be in identification and/or essay formats.  An additional writing assignment may be required for those who miss the simulations.

Religious Holiday Policy:
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke has a legal and moral obligation to accommodate all students who must be absent from classes or miss scheduled exams in order to observe religious holidays; we must be careful not to inhibit or penalize these students for exercising their rights to religious observance.  To accommodate students’ religious holidays, each student will be allowed two excused absences each semester with the following conditions:

  1. Students, who submit written notification to their instructors within two weeks of the beginning of the semester, shall be excused from class or other scheduled academic activity to observe a religious holy day of their faith.  Excused absences are limited to two class sessions (days) per semester. 
  2. Students shall be permitted a reasonable amount of time to make up tests or other work missed due to an excused absence for a religious observance.
  3. Students should not be penalized due to absence from class or other scheduled academic activity because of religious observances.  

A student who is to be excused from class for a religious observance is not required to provide a second-party certification of the reason for the absence.  Furthermore, a student who believes that he or she has been unreasonably denied an education benefit due to religious beliefs or practices may seek redress through the student grievance procedure.

Code of Conduct:
Students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to the University’s Code of Conduct outlined in the student handbook (www.uncp.edu/studentconduct/code/).  Disruptive behavior in the classroom, including extraneous talking and the use of electronic devices, will not be tolerated and may result in expulsion from the class.

Communication Policy:
Students should regularly check their University email accounts and the Announcements section of the Blackboard site for information about the course. It is the students’ responsibility to consult these sources and be aware of any announcements or revisions to the course schedule.

Students with Documented Disabilities:
Federal laws require UNCP to accommodate students with documented learning, physical, chronic health, psychological, visual or hearing disabilities. In post-secondary school settings, academic accommodations are not automatic; to receive accommodations, students must make a formal request and must supply documentation from a qualified professional to support that request. Students who believe they qualify must contact Disability Support Services (DSS) in DF Lowry Building, Room 107 or call 910-521-6695 to begin the accommodation process. All discussions remain confidential.  Accommodations cannot be provided retroactively. More information for students about the services provided by DSS and the accommodation process may be found at the following links: 

Withdrawal from the Course: 
The last day you may drop this course with a grade of “W” is Wednesday October 16, 2013.

Academic Honesty: 
Academic misconduct in any form will not be tolerated.  It is your responsibility to recognize and understand the various types of academic misconduct, including plagiarism.  Please consult the Academic Honor Code in the student handbook (http://www.uncp.edu/sa/pol_pub/honor_code.htm) for official guidelines regarding the definition and handling of academic misconduct.  I recommend that you consult the following websites for more information regarding plagiarism:


Grade Notification: 
To protect the confidentiality of student records, I will not discuss grades via the telephone or email.  Please see me personally or consult Blackboard or Braveweb if you wish to know your grades.

Supplemental Instruction: 
This class has been selected for the Supplemental Instruction Program, and thereby provides regularly scheduled, out-of-class, peer facilitated review sessions.  Our SI Leader is Brianna Visaggio (blv003@bravemail.uncp.edu).

Important Dates:
Exam 1: Thursday September 12 (20%)
Exam 2: Thursday October 17 (25%)
Final Exam:
HST 1020-004: Thursday December 5, 8:00-10:30 (30%)
HST 1020-005: Tuesday December 5, 8:00-10:30 (30%)
Writing assignment: Thursday November 21 (25%)
Strict accountability simulation: Thursday September 26
Cuban missile crisis simulation: Thursday November 14
Holidays: September 2; October 10-12; November 27-29

Course Schedule:

Topic 1 (August 20-22): New South and Farm Protest (Chapters 16 & 21)

Topic 2 (August 27-29): Westward Expansion (Chapter 17)

Topic 3 (September 3-5): Industrialization (Chapters 18-19)

Topic 4 (September 10-12): Progressive Reform (Chapters 23-24)

EXAM #1 (September 12)

Topic 5 (September 17-19): Imperialism (Chapters 22 & 25)

Topic 6 (September 24-26): World War I (Chapter 25); Strict accountability simulation (September 26; See document in Blackboard)

Topic 7 (October 1-3): Roaring Twenties (Chapter 26)

Topic 8 (October 8-10): Great Depression (Chapters 27-28)

Topic 9 (October 15-17): World War II (Chapter 29)

EXAM #2 (October 17)

Topic 10 (October 22-24): Cold War (Chapter 30)
Topic 11 (October 29-31): Affluent Society (Chapter 31)

Topic 12 (November 5-7): Civil Rights (Chapters 31-32)

Topic 13 (November 12-14): Liberal State (Chapters 32-33); Cuban missile crisis simulation (November 14; See document in Blackboard)

Topic 14 (November 19-26): Conservative Resurgence (Chapters 34-35); All the President’s Men (November 21)

HST 1020-004: Thursday December 5, 8:00-10:30 a.m.
HST 1020-005: Tuesday December 3, 8:00-10:30 a.m.


    Updated: Wednesday, August 14, 2013