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HIST101 - American History to 1877

Course Details

Course Code: HIST101 Course ID: 3038 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is a survey of United States history from the earliest European settlements in North America through the end of Reconstruction and emphasizes our nation's political, economic, and social development, the evolution of its institutions, and the causes and consequences of its principal wars.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
04/26/21 - 10/01/21 10/04/21 - 11/28/21 Fall 2021 Session B 8 Week session
05/21/21 - 10/29/21 11/01/21 - 12/26/21 Fall 2021 Session I 8 Week session
06/28/21 - 12/03/21 12/06/21 - 01/30/22 Fall 2021 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/21 - 12/31/21 01/03/22 - 02/27/22 Winter 2022 Session B 8 Week session
08/31/21 - 02/04/22 02/07/22 - 04/03/22 Winter 2022 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/21 - 03/04/22 03/07/22 - 05/01/22 Winter 2022 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After successfully completing this course, you will be able to

CO1: Examine the historical development of the United States since the colonial period including the major figures in American history and their significance.

CO2: Evaluate the major goals of the various presidential Administrations.

CO3: Analyze the internal and external forces that altered the nation from independence to 1877.

C04: Describe the major economic cycles and the causes of economic change, along with the key points in the evolution of American industry and society.

CO5: Develop your skills in analytical thinking and historical writing.

Forum Assignments: Throughout the course you will answer questions in the Forums, respond

to the postings of your classmates, and answer follow-up questions that I will post in the Forum. Directions for the Forum assignments are located within the classroom and an explanation of the exact expectations can be found in the “Forum Guidance and Requirements” document within the Week 1 Assignment lesson.

Additionally, there are two debate forums. At the beginning of the session you will be divided into two groups. For each of the debates, you will need to contribute an initial response to the debate, and then respond to three of your peers.

Written Assignments: During the course you will have two assignments. The first requires you to visit the National Archives Experience site. The second is a short research paper, at least three pages in length. An explanation of the exact expectations can be located in the Assignments section.

Written Assignment Follow-Up Questions: During the course, two weeks after the written assignment is due, you will have the opportunity to post the answer t o one of the questions that I ask while grading your paper. A special forum is in the class during Week Eight for this purpose.

Exams: There is an open book final exam, non-proctored, that will be available for you to complete during Week Eight.

NameGrade %
Forums 50.00 %
Week 1.1 Forum 0.25 %
Week 1.2 Forum 1.25 %
Week 2 Forum 6.40 %
Week 2 Follow-up 1.60 %
Week 3 Forum 7.20 %
Week 4 Forum 6.40 %
Week 4 Follow-up 1.60 %
Week 4 National Archives 1.60 %
Week 5 Forum 6.40 %
Week 5 Follow-up 1.60 %
Week 6 Forum 7.20 %
Week 7 Forum 6.40 %
Week 7 Follow-up 1.60 %
Week 8 Forum 0.50 %
Assignments 20.00 %
Assignment 1 10.00 %
Assignment 2 10.00 %
Assignment Follow-Up 5.00 %
Assignment 2 Follow-Up 5.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %
Final Exam 25.00 %

Additional Resources:

The Chicago Manual of Style. 16th ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2010.

Purchase Optional. Access via APUS (enter your student ID and password) at: ntents.html.

Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers. 8th Edition. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2013. Purchase Optional.

HIST101 Course Guide

Bedford / St. Martins Student Center for U.S. History

Web Sites:

In addition to the required course texts, the follow ing public domain web sites are useful.

Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Web Site URL/Address

University of Chicago Style

Manual icago.htm

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Book Title:US History - e-book available online, link provided inside the classroom
Unit Cost:$49.03

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.