House Bill 2504

Spring 2011 Course Syllabus

HIST-1302-50 (American History- History of the United States, 1877 to Present)

Faculty Information
SemesterSpring 2011
InstructorWilbur, Christina Annette
Phone(409) 984-6341
Liberal Arts
Chair:Barbara Huval
Telephone:(409) 984-6330
Hours:By appointment
Building:Performing Arts & Theatre (PATB)
Room #:N/A
Course Information
Course ID #10061
Course Subject-Number-SectionHIST-1302-50
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 HIST - 1301
Required Textbooks America: A Narrative History. Volume 2. (Brief), 8th ed. Norton.

The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (New York: Vintage, 2003).

Learning Objectives Students will be able to:

Understand Reconstruction and the rebuilding of the nation.

Analyze the rise of big business and labor in the United States.

Understand the influence of the Great War on future American economic and political policies.

Have a thorough understanding of the causes of the Second World War its effects.

Understand the evolution of society during the late twentieth century.

Major Assignments Three (3) Exams

Three (3) Quizzes

One (1) Book Report over The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Maddness at the Fair that Changed America.

Class participation is required.

Discussion Topics Emergence of Organized Labor

Gilded Age Politics

Progressive Era

The Great War

New Deal

Second World War

Society and Culture

Eisenhower Years

Rebellion and Reaction in the 1960s and 1970s

America at the Turn of the 21st Century

Attendance Policy Research has shown a cause and effect relationship between attendance and college success. Attendance is taken at each class meeting. Regular attendance will benefit students and borderline grades.
Determination of Final Grade Three(3) Exams - 70%

Three (3) Quizzes - 15%

One (1) Book Report - 15%

Final Exam Date May 12, 2011 - 6:00 PM
Campus Policies
Lamar State College - Port Arthur

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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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