HIU104 American History Survey Through the Civil War

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HIU 104 American History Survey Throughthe Civil War


S2KK 2010 HA


Naughton, Nathaniel B.


Adjunct Faculty


CAGS, Educational Leadership- Cambridge College
MA, History- Salem State College
BA, History- UMass Dartmouth

Office Location


Office Hours

Before & After Class



Semester Dates

March 15- May 9

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 8:30 PM

Credit Hours



Robert A. Divine, T. H. Breen, George M. Fredrickson, R. Hal Williams, Ariela J. Gross, H.W. Brands, and Randy Roberts, America: Past & Present, 7th Brief Edition. (New York: Pearson/Longman, 2007). ISBN: 0-321-42180-9.
** Be sure that you purchase the brief edition. **

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Readings, maps and other materials will be provided by the instructor.

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Course Description:
HIU 104 American History Survey Through the Civil War: GE - 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:
All students have the ability to succeed in this course. I believe that having several smaller assignments is better than having only a few major ones. Course material is presented utilizing a variety of methods including lecture, required readings, discussion, and multimedia. Students are encouraged to be active members fo the class. Students are evaluated based on competency standards and demonstrated improvement in written assignments, discussion, and exams.

Class Assessment:

Each student is responsible for completing:
Quizzes: 5% each
We will have 5 quizzes based on the text and one map quiz during the semester. Text quizzes will be open notes; the best 4 will count. The map quiz will tak place at the end of the course- students will be provided with a practice map.
Document Based Question: 15% 
Students will write a paper that analyzes the American Revolution using documents provided and outside sources. We will go over how to do this in class.
Midterm Exam (4/13): 25% 
Will consist of objective and a choice short answer questions. Students will have a choice of which short answer questions they wish to answer. Review materials will be provided in advance and may be submitted for extra credit on the day of the exam.
Final Exam (5/6): 25% 
Will consist of objective and a choice short answer questions. Students will have a choice of which short answer questions they wish to answer. Review materials will be provided in advance and may be submitted for extra credit on the day of the exam.
Class Participation/Attendance: 10% 
This grade is based on being present for full classes and being actiev and on task during the session. This grade will be reduced by unexcused absences, texting or other behaviors not appropriate for a college classroom.

There is no extra credit available in this course with the exception of the review materials noted above.


Course Grading Scale:
Grades will be calculated using the above scale. Final grades will be based on the following scale:

A = 90 - 100%

B = 80 - 89%

C = 70 - 79%

D = 60 - 69%

F = <60%  
Grades will be updated in the ecompanion site for the course so that students are able to constantly be aware of where they stand academically in the course. Anyone having difficulty in the course is urged to see the instructor sooner rather than later-- help is best when sought early.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Students are expected to have all work/reading assignments completed before class. Since this is an accelerated course it is vitally important that you keep up with the readings and paper deadlines- failing to do so will have unfortunate negative effects on your grade.
All students are expected to take the 2 course exams in class on the date indicated on the course outline. Significant reason must exist and prior contact must be made with the instructor for any exceptions to this policy.
If a student misses one of the reading quizzes, the other 4 will automatically count. If a student misses 2 of the quizzes the second will be averaged as a zero.
Papers are due to the dropbox of the ecompanion site no later than 6pm on May 1st. Late papers will be penalized 10 points. No paper may be submitted after 5/4.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

The fundamental objective of this course is to learn. That means we must all work together and learn from each other. In order to accomplish this, we must treat each other with respect. Everyone will have the opportunity and freedom to express their ideas. Ultimately your education is your responsibility- you will get out of this course what you put in to it.

Some general rules to consider:
1. Please be neat with your food and drink and be sure to place all trash in the appropriate places. We are guests of the education center and should leave the room clean at the end of each session.
2. Cell phone use/texting is not allowed during class. All phones should be on vibrate and should not be answered in the classroom. Students who are texting during class will have their participation grade deducted and may be asked to leave the class if it becomes a habitual problem.
3. Classes start on time. Please be here by 5:30 and be ready to learn. Please plan to stay for the entire time. If we start late we may have to stay late. Do not abuse the break time for the same reason.
4. Please check your park email regularly. It is the sole medium for me to pass course messages to you. All emails to me must be to my park address and include (HIU104-Your Name) in the subject line. Emails that do not do this may be not read or deleted.
5. Your absence will be considered excused only if I receive notification from you BEFORE class.
6. TDY and other military obligations do not excuse you from course work. Please see me as far in advance as possible to ensure that you can keep up with the work.
7. Papers must be submitted to the ecompanion dropbox. Paper copies and attachments to emails are not acceptable. Papers delivered in this way will not be graded.

Be sure to review the Park Student Code of Conduct.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Class Topic Assignments for Next Time
3/16   Introductions; New World Encounters   Chapters 1 & 2
3/18 The English Colonies Chapter 3
3/23 Quiz #1; Colonial Society Chapter 4
3/25 Frontiers of Empire Chapter 5
3/30 Quiz #2; The American Revolution Chapter 6
4/1 The Republican Experiment Chapter 7
4/6 Quiz #3; Democracy in Distress Chapter 8
4/8 Republican Ascendancy; Review Study for Exam
4/13 Midterm Exam Chapter 9
4/15 Nation Building & Nationalism Chapter 10
4/20 Quiz #4; White Men's Democracy Chapter 11
4/22 Slavery Chapters 12 & 13
4/27 Quiz #5; Perfection & Expansion Chapter 14
4/29 The Sectional Crisis; The Civil War Chapter 15; Map Quiz
5/1 Papers must be submitted to the dropbox by 6pm to earn full credit.
5/4 Map Quiz; The Civil War; Review Study for Exam
5/6 Final Exam

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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