House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

HIST-1302-85 (American History- History of the United States, 1877 to Present)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorCopple, Monteel Strickland
Phone(409) 984-6548
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:MWF 7:30 - 7:50, 11:00 - 1:00, TR 8:30 - 9:20, 12:15 - 1:15
Building:Student Center (PAMP)
Room #:418 SC
Course Information
Course ID #10520
Course Subject-Number-SectionHIST-1302-85
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 Brinkley, Alan. AMERICAN HISTORY, A Survey. Volume II. McGraw-Hill Publishing
Learning Objectives The student will be able to:

1. relate the events that led to the conquest of the frontier and the demise of the indigenous populations

2. identify the steps the country took to reach industrial supremacy and the problems resulting from that position

3. describe the effects of rapid urban growth on American society

4. analyze the impact of industrialization on workers, immigrants, farmers and business owners in the late 19th century

5. discuss why and how the U.S. became an imperial power

6. learn the causes of the Great Depression and the measures enacted to aid the economy

7. discuss the collision of governments as the U.S. foreign policy directly began to involve us in global commitments and conflicts

8. chronicle the stages of American cultural movements and politics after the world wars

9. understand the dissolution of the communistic bloc nations and the necessity for the U.S. to reevaluate its role in the world

10. understand the emergence of a global economy, the technological revolution that made it happen, and the role the U.S. must play in these developments (if we are to continue to have a life as we know today)

11. discuss the troublesome issues of cultural diversity, drugs, HIV, homelessness, women's rights, equal rights, environmental problems as they affect our nation

12. analyze information presented and express ideas verbally and in written form

Major Assignments Three major exams

Four reading assignments and quizzes

Map and chart activities

Discussion Topics Subject to current events and student questions.
Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Students are required to attend class at all scheduled class times. An attendance role is kept.*
Determination of Final Grade Exam 1 - 100 points

Exam 2 - 100 points

Final Exam - 100 points (not comprehensive)

Reading 1 - 25 points

Reading 2 - 25 points

Reading 3 - 25 points

Reading 4 - 25 points

Map Activities - 10 points each

*Attendance - 100 points (for every absence exceeding 2 absences, 5 points are deducted)

Final Exam Date May 17, 2011 - 6:30 PM
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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