HIS105 American History Survey Since the Civil War

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HIS 105 American History Survey Sincethe Civil War


S1Z 2013 ML


Hanson, Donald


Adjunct Faculty


MA history

Office Location

MAFB Education Center

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone





Semester Dates

January 13 - March 10, 2013

Class Days


Class Time

7:45 - 10:15 PM

Credit Hours



Devine, Robert A., et al, America Past and Present, Brief 8th Ed. (Combined Volume), Pearson, 2011.

ISBN 978-0-205-76041-1 

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Additional Resources:
Essays and reading materials provided by instructor.

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Course Description:
HIS 105 American History Survey Since the Civil War: (LE) - Introduction to the social, cultural, political and economic history of the United States since the conclusion of the Civil War. The survey shall comprise an inquiry of period literature. (United States Concentration) Offered as required. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:

This course will be conducted using lecture and a modified seminar format using class collective knowledge, experience, and research. Required readings and assignments are to be completed before coming to class. All students will participate in the class discussions.  Lively discussions take place when ideas and contradictions are brought forth in an open forum atmosphere.  Readings will be from the required textbook, additional essays and articles provided by the instructor, and an additional book selected from the instructor's list of books. 

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. The student will be able to examine some of the results of Reconstruction.
  2. 2. The student will be able to summarize some of the important conflicts of the American Indian Wars in the West.
  3. 3. The student will be able to examine the U.S. involvement with imperialism
  4. 4. The student will be able to summarize some of the military conflicts since the Civil War.
  5. 5. The student will be able to analyze the evolution of U.S. politics and economics of the period.
  6. 6. The student will be able to compare & contrast morals and customs from the Civil War to the present.
Class Assessment:

The class assessment will consist of a final exam, a midterm exam, assigned short papers and discussions, a research paper, an oral presentation, a book review selected from the instructor's book list, and open forum discussions. 


Midterm Exam                                   10 points

Final Exam                                         10 points

Research Paper                                  30 points

Oral Presentation                                20 points

Oral Book Review                              15 points

Assigned Short Papers/Discussions      12 points

Discussions                                         03 points

Total Points = 100 

A = 90-100 / B = 80-89 / C = 70-79 / D = 60-69 / F = 59 or below

Late Submission of Course Materials:

1. All Assignments must be completed before coming to class. 

      a. Assigned chapters for each class

2. All assignments must be completed when scheduled.

3. All examinations must be completed when scheduled.

4. Late work will only be accepted for excused absences, and will be penalized as follows: 1 class = 10%, 2 classes = 20%, over 2 classes = not acceptable. 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Cell-phones should be turned off unless you are military or first response personnel subject to recall.

Individual conversations should pertain to the class.  Personal conversations are a distraction to other students.

This is not a library, so don't be afraid to speak up.

There will be many differing views, opinions, and ideas in the classroom.  No one will be chastised or ridiculed for their contribution to the class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
To be attached.

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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. from Park University 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98
7. EXCUSED ABSENCE:  For an absence to be excused, the student must contact the instructor by e-mail with the reason for missing class not later than Saturday, noon of the week the absence occurred.  Telephone calls will not be accepted.  Lectures will not be repeated - get the information from classmates.

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