House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

HIST-1302-03 (American History- History of the United States, 1877 to Present)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorCommings, Charleen R.
Phone(409) 984-6588
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF 10:00-10:50
Building:Ruby Fuller Education (RFED)
Room #:105
Course Information
Course ID #10058
Course Subject-Number-SectionHIST-1302-03
Course TitleAmerican History- History of the United States, 1877 to Present
Course Description Survey of United States history from the post-reconstruction period to the present.
Course Prerequisites None

Required Textbooks AMERICAN HISTORY, A SURVEY, Volume 2, from 1877, Thirteenth Edition, McGraw-Hill College. ISBN 9780073385495
Learning Objectives HISTORICAL OBJECTIVES:        The student will be able to:

* Analyze the effects the closing of the frontier on the U. S.

* Understand the steps in the emergence of an industrial America

and the problems this caused.

* Identify problems caused by the growth of American cities and

how the Progressives offered solutions.

* Analyze the development of U. S. foreign policy through the Age

of Imperialism and the First World War.

* Examine the how the U. S. dealt with the changes of the 1920s,

the Great Depression and the New Deal.

* Describe the role of the U. S. in World War II and the Cold War.

* Explain the reasons for the rise of an affluent post-war America and

a civil rights movement.

* Understand how the U. S. came to realize the limits of being a


* Describe how the U. S. entered the Age of Globalization.

Major Assignments * Reading each chapter as assigned on Class Calendar

* Exam #1, Ch. 16-19 - Feb. 16, 2011

* Exam #2, Ch. 20-24 - Mar. 25, 2011

* Final Exam, Ch. 26-32 - May 11, 2011

Discussion Topics * Conquest of Far West

* U.S. Industrial Supremacy

* Age of the City

* Politics of Stalemate and Imperialism

* The Progressives

* America and the Great War - WW I

* New Era - the '20s

* Great Depression & the New Deal

* Global Crisis and WW II

* Cold War

* Affluent Society

* Civil Rights, Vietnam & Ordeal of Liberalism

* Crisis of Authority

* From Age of Limits to Age of Reagan

* Era of Globalization

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. A student with three absences may be dropped from class.
Determination of Final Grade Tests - 50%, Quizzes - 20%, Classroom activities - 5%, Final Exam - 25%
Final Exam Date May 13, 2011 - 8:50 AM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

Mission Statement

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is an open-access, comprehensive public two-year college offering quality instruction leading to associate degrees and a variety of certificates. The college, a member of The Texas State University System, has provided affordable, quality educational opportunities to residents of the Southeast Texas area since 1909.Lamar State College-Port Arthur embraces the premise that education is an ongoing process that enhances career potential, broadens intellectual horizons, and enriches life. The faculty, staff, and administration share a commitment to a mission characterized by student learning, diversity, and community service. The foundations for student success include compensatory education programs designed to fulfill our commitment to accommodate students with diverse goals and backgrounds, technical education programs that provide for the acquisition of the skills and demeanor necessary for initial and continued employment, and a core curriculum that develops the values and concepts that allow the student to make a meaningful contribution in the workplace or community. Student achievement is measured by the completion of courses and programs of study, successful performance following transfer to a baccalaureate program, and the attainment of individual goals.

Lamar State College-Port Arthur operates in the belief that all individuals should be:

* Treated with dignity and respect;

* Afforded equal opportunity to acquire a complete educational experience;

* Given an opportunity to discover and develop their special aptitudes and insights;

* Provided and opportunity to equip themselves for a fulfilling life and responsible citizenship in a world characterized by change.

 College Grading Scale

Below 59F

(Some specialized programs may have different grading scales)


 Academic Dishonesty

Academic dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated.  Please consult the student handbook for consequences of academic dishonesty.  These policies will be strictly enforced.


 Facility  Policies

        No food, drinks, or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom.

        Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom.

        Cell phones and/or pagers are allowed ONLY on vibrate mode. Leaving the classroom to answer a page or phone call may constitute an absence or a tardy.


 Special Considerations

         The American with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Special Populations Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.

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