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HIS 121: United States History I (3 Credits)
Overview

Surveys United States history from its beginning to the present.

No History prerequisites.

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Objectives
 

Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Establish a chronology of historical events in American History before 1865.
  2. Explain the changing geo-political structures of the United States up until 1865.
  3. Define the importance of key individuals and developments in American history before 1865.
  4. Identify the social, economic and political forces at work in the evolution of early American history.
  5. Recognize and describe the significance of some of the cultural achievements of early American history.
  6. Analyze complex historical sources and materials and reach conclusions based on interpretations of those materials.
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Materials
 

There is no required textbook for this course.

Copyright Statement: The contents of this course, including all information, material, software and graphics, are copyrighted with the exception of those materials in the public domain. All copyright materials are used with permission and/or under the terms of the recently amended Section 110 of the U.S. Copyright Act governing the lawful use of copyrighted materials in distance education. For more information on the copyright status of specific materials used in the course, please contact the instructor.

The instructor recommended textbook The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People (6th Ed.) by Alan Brinkley.

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Grading
 

Possible Assignments Include: (Subject to change each semester. The actual assignments are available in the Syllabus in the Blackboard course site on the first day of classes.)

Assignment
Percentage of Grade
13 Lessons @ 3%
39%
5 Discussions @ 2 or 3%
11%
Midterm Exam
25%
Final Exam
25%
Total
100%

Your final grade may be based on the following scale. Please note that you must also pass at one of the two proctored exams in order to pass the course, regardless of your scores on the other assignments.

Grading Scale
A
90-100
B
80-89
C
70-79
D
60-69
F
0-59
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Exams
 

There are two exams in this course.

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