District Syllabus
American History From 1877

Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3 (NOTE: )
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: A history of the American experience in the post-Civil War years. This course will emphasize the growth of American industry and business and the social and economic reforms connected with that growth. The course will also emphasize the emergence of the United States as a world power during the 20th century and the ramifications that rise has had on foreign and domestic policy. Meets A.A. general education Category IV. A writing emphasis course.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Davidson, DeLay, Heyrman, Lytle and Stoff. U.S. A Narrative History (V2), 2nd ed., McGraw Hill, 2012. ISBN: 9780077420772
  • Mary Beth Norton, etal. A People and A Nation (v2) fr 1877 (Distance Learning Class Only), 9th ed., Houghton-Mifflin, 2012. ISBN: 978045916260
Supplemental Materials:
Special Requirements: This course may be used to satisfy a part of the A.A. general education writing requirement for graduation. A student will be expected to write formal papers and/or essays, using standard written English and totaling a minimum of ten double-spaced pages. All writing will be evaluated, and the evaluations will be used in determining the student’s final grade. There is a fee for distance learning classes.
Program Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, the student will have a better
understanding of this nation's unique history. By learning of our
past and our rich heritage, the student can better understand
himself/herself today and hopefully learn the best path to choose for
his/her future.
 Global Learning Outcomes:
I.  	CRITICAL THINKING: Students will evaluate the validity of 
their own and others’ ideas through questioning, analyzing, and 
synthesizing the results into the creative process.
A.  	Collect, organize, classify, correlate, analyze, and 
present materials and data from variety of academic disciplines and 
sources, distinguishing between facts and opinions, judgments and 
inferences, and the objective and subjective.  The student will be 
exposed to a variety of historical interpretations of major events in 
American history.

B.       Evaluate information, text, and numerical and/or graphical 
data for validity, recognizing when conclusions are reached or 
decisions made in absence of complete information. This may be 
achieved in a variety of ways. For example, study of disputed 
elections in American history involves numbers as well as behind the 
scenes maneuvering about which we know very little.

C.  	Consciously raise questions, suspending judgment and 
remaining open to new information, methods, cultural systems, values, 
and beliefs.  In classroom discussion and essay format testing, the 
student will be exposed to the effect of diverse cultural systems, 
values and beliefs on the development of modern America.

II.  	COMMUNICATION: Students will develop effective reading, 
writing, speaking 	and listening skills to communicate verbally and 
nonverbally on literal and figurative levels. 
A.  	Listen actively, partaking in dialogue with civility and 
respect for opposing viewpoints.  The student may participate in 
classroom discussions of controversial events in American history, 
including Reconstruction, Segregation, Progressivism, the New Deal, 
Civil Rights and the Vietnam War.

C. Read and discuss works of fiction and nonfiction, demonstrating 
literal and critical comprehension. Students may read biographies,
popular history on analytical history.

D.  	Write clear, organized prose, using correct standard 
English.  The testing for this course may be through intensive essay 
style examinations.

V.	CULTURAL LITERACY: Students will develop an appreciation of 
human culture and its diversity and the role of the creative 
arts in society.
A.  	Demonstrate both an awareness of the important function of 
the arts in societies and the ability of the arts to provide personal 
satisfaction and to reflect history and culture.  The subject matter 
of classroom lectures and tests will include historical literary and 
cultural movements such as American literature during progressivism, 
the Harlem Renaissance, the Jazz Age, the Lost Generations, etc.
B.  	Understand art, geography, history, music, philosophy and 
the evolution of ideas that shaped the world.  This course is 
comprised of a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of American 
C. 	Demonstrate an understanding of cultural, national, ethnic, 
religious, and gender differences among peoples of the world. The 
student will learn of the contributions of the various waves of 
immigration, native American and African cultures to the development 
of American society.
Course Learning Outcomes:
The student will have a firm grasp of the major themes, movements,
institutions and experiences in American history from the aftermath
of the Civil War to the present.
Methods of Evaluation: Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the instructor, within the policies of the college and the department. The instructor's expanded syllabus will explain how the following requirements fit into the course: 1. Writing that includes critical essays and that may include reader's journals and documented reporrts based on independent research. 2. Oral participation that may range from participation in class discussion to formal presentations. 3. Unit tests, objective and/or essay, and a final exam.
Flexibility: It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
Student Email Accounts Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
Note: For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.