HIU104 American History Survey Through the Civil War

for U1RR 2009

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HIU 104 American History Survey Throughthe Civil War


U1RR 2009 MT


Miszczenko, Walter


Adjunct Instructor


M.A., History, University of Washington
B.A., History, Boise State University
A.A., College of Southern Idaho

Daytime Phone

(208) 375-8149




Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Credit Hours


Divine, Robert A., et al., America: Past and Present, Vol. I, 8th Ed.  Pearson/Longman, Inc., 2007.

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Course Description:
HIU 104 American History Survey Through the Civil War: Introduction to the social, cultural, political and economic history of the United States from the conquest and colonization of North America to the reunification of the nation at the conclusion of the Civil War. The survey shall comprise and inquiry of period literature. (United States Concentration) Offered as required. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of critical analytical thinking based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, and writings.  The Instructor will engage each learner in the process of critical thinking whereby all information is critically examined to allow the learner to conduct a logical analysis in arriving at conclusions about the validity and value of the information.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess the impact of the contact and the interchange between the New and Old Worlds.
  2. Trace the patterns of settlement and the social, political, and economic developments in colonial North America.
  3. Analyze the factors leading to the American Revolution.  Describe the events of the Revolution and its impact upon the people who lived through it.
  4. Trace the social, political, diplomatic, and economic developments during the Federalist and early Republican periods, 1787-1820.
  5. Trace the social, political, and economic developments of the Age of jackson, 1820-1840.  Account for Jackson's popularity and explain how he symbolizes the democratization of American pollitics.
  6. Account for America's westward surge during the 1840's and assess the impact of western expansion.
  7. Account for the growing sectionalism in the nation.  Explain the outbreak of the Civil War 1861-1865, and trace the major military, political, economic, and social developments of the war.
Class Assessment:
The class assessment will consist of a Midterm, Final, Two Quizzes, Historiographical Paper and Class Discussion.


The following grading plan will be used:
Two Quizzes.........................10% each
Historiographical Paper.........20%
Class Discussion...................10%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Assignments should be turned in on or before the due date on which they are due.  Certain work may be made up in cases of legitimate absence.  The Instructor must be notified (phone, email or in person) prior to the absence for the absence to be considered excused.  Five points will be deducted for papers submitted late and up to five points will be added to papers submitted prior to the due date.  Missed examinations must be made up prior to the next scheduled class period, unless arrangements are made with the Instructor.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
It is expected that members of the class will threat each other with respect and dignity.  There will be many different views and opinions and no one should be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class.  Students should come to class properly prepared to discuss the scheduled lesson.  No profanity.  Unless you are making a direct quote, conduct your speech as you would in a formal setting.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

1.  Week of May 25-27:  NO CLASS ON MAY 25
                                        New World Encounters
                                        Divine, chapters 1 & 2
2.  Week of June 1-3:  North America in the Atlantic World
                                   Divine, chapters 3 & 4
3.  Week of June 8-10:  A Revolution, Indeed: 1763-1783
                                     Divine, chapter 5 & 6
                                     1st Quiz
4.  Week of June 15-17:  Forging a National Republic
                                       Divine, chapters 7 & 8
                                       Midterm: June 17
5.  Week of June 22-24: Defining the Nation
                                      Divine, chapters 9 & 10
6.  Week of June 29-July 1:  Manifest Destiny: America Looks West
                                            Divine, chapters 11, 12 & 13
                                            Second Quiz
7.  Week of July 6-8: The Road to Civil War
                                  Divine, chapters 14 & 15 
8.  Week of July 13-15:  The Civil War
                                      Divine, chapter 15
                                      Papers due: July 15
                                      Final Exam: July 15

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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