United States History to 1877


  2. A. Course Title: United States History to 1877
    B. Course Number: HI 113 - 30073
    C. Semester: Fall 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Litz, Stephanie
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: Virtual Monday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Wednesday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Thursday: 5:00:00 PM-9:00:00 PM (MST);
    I look forward to working with you. For office hours, I am available via email, the chat tool within our course, and on Trillian/AOL Instant Messenger. My screen name is InstructorSlitz and you're welcome to contact me any time you see me online.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course surveys the discovery, establishment, and growth of the English colonies; their relations with Great Britain; the revolution; the Confederation; the Constitution; the growth of nationalism; westward expansion; slavery; the Civil War; Reconstruction; economic, political, and social development; and international relations. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course is designed for the student to gain knowledge of United States history. This course provides an introduction in history for the associate degree. It establishes the basis for further historical study for a humanities requirement for a student's degree program.

    This course is a general education course with transferability to New Mexico schools, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    In place of a textbook, this course uses online readings. These readings are available online on a computer, tablet, or smartphone with an internet connection at no cost to you and appear in Canvas. If you prefer to print out the readings for offline reading, set aside a budget for printing.


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    2nd edition

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    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F

    You will complete 8 Modules this term. Module Zero (0) is a required Start-of-Term module which is required and counts towards your total point value for the term.

    Each of the 8 modules offer supplementary materials that are related to your chapter readings.

    You will have quizzes over the readings, Historical Challenge writing activities, class discussions, an Annotated Bibliography assignment, an essay, and a final exam to complete.

    Module Zero (0)

    4 Required Module Zero (0) Start-of-Term Assignments

    10 points each

    40 points total

    Lesson Quizzes

    Eight (8) Module Quizzes (1 per module)

    40 points each

    320 points total

    Historic Challenge Activities

    Three (3) Historic Challenge Writing Activities (listed within the applicable module)

    100 points each

    300 points total

    Discussion Board

    Four (4) Discussion Activities (listed within the applicable module)

    10 points each

    40 points total

    Annotated Bibliography Entries 1 Annotated Bibliography Assignment consisting of Ten (10) Annotated Bibliography Entries 10 points each 100 points total
    Essay One (1) Essay 100 points 100 points total

    Final Exam

    One (1) Final Exam

    100 points

    100 points total

          1000 points total for the course

    There is no extra credit. Please do not ask.

    Practice quizzes do not count towards your grade.

    Grades are not weighted.

    Grades of 899 points, 799 points, 699, and 599 points are rounded up to the next point value/grade only when a student’s grade is at exactly the aforementioned point value and he/she has submitted all required work.



    The instructor will respond to student email within 24 hours on the weekdays and 48 hours on weekends.

    Grades for the course will be updated by the end of the day on Tuesday of each week.


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    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the Core Competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. In compliance with the State Matrix, all histories have been placed in Area V Courses under Humanities and Fine Arts. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:

    *A. Students will analyze and critically interpret significant and primary texts and/or works of art(this includes fine art, literature, music, theatre, and film.)

    B. Students will compare art forms, modes of thought and expression, and processes across a range of historical periods and/or structures (such as political, geographic, economic, social, cultural, religious, and intellectual.)

    *C. Students will recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods and/or cultural perspectives.

    D. Students will draw on historical and/or cultural perspectives to evaluate any or all of the following: contemporary problems/issues, contemporary modes of expression, and contemporary thought.

    Those general Course objectives marked with an asterisk satisfy the Institutional Outcome of Critical Thinking within the Department of Social/Behavioral Sciences. Data will be collected by the department to support this institutional outcome.

    Selected Specific Competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    After completing this course, the successful student should be able to:
    · Generalize pivotal ideas, persons and events in America’s past.
    · Articulate key historical events and figures.
    · Analyze events of the past and their bearing on the present by utilizing various primary and secondary sources.
    · Integrate historical perspectives into personal citizenship/civic engagement.
    · Describe the contributions of influential historical figures, both well-known and lesser known, in American history.
    · Recognize causal relationships between the past and present.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    Discussion Rubric

    When there is a discussion activity in a module, everyone must participate in the online discussion.

    1. Quantity of Discussion Posts

    2. Quality of Discussion Posts

    I will read all of the posts on the discussion board and I will evaluate the quality of those offerings based upon the following criteria: 

    3. Evaluating Discussion Posts

    The posts that each student will make in response to each discussion topic will be worth up to 10 points. Five (5) points for your initial posting and five (5) points for your reply to your fellow classmate. No less than 2 posts per topic (your main posting and a minimum of one reply to a fellow classmate's post).  Evidence of familiarity with topic and course material. d. Dialogue with other students during each topic. Taking and supporting a particular position in each topic.

    4. Things to avoid

    Avoid these common mistakes when participating in threaded discussions.

    Extenuating Circumstances: If you have extenuating circumstances that prevent you from accessing the course or completing the required work, contact your instructor as soon as possible.

    Submission of work



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    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
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    Online Learning Environment
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    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 19, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.




    Chapters Covered

    Module Start & End Dates

    Work Due & Dates

    Module Zero (0)


    Monday, TBA, 2019 - Friday, TBA, 2019

    TBA = To Be Announced

    • Module 1 will not open until all Module Zero activities are complete.
    • If you delay in starting Module Zero, you run the risk of falling behind and losing points.

    Module Zero activities are required and must be completed within the first week of the term.

    Work not submitted by 11:59 pm Mountain Time (MT) Friday, TBA, will receive a zero (0).

    • Introduction Discussion = 10 points (5 points for your introduction and 5 points for a quality reply to one of your fellow classmates).
    • Acknowledgment of Course Schedule Understanding/Responsibility = 10 points
    • Watch Welcome Video and/or Read Welcome Transcript = 10 points
    • Syllabus Quiz = 10 points


    Module 1 will not open until all Module Zero activities are complete.


    Module One

    Lessons 1-2

    Monday, TBA, 2019 - Monday, TBA, 2019

    Readings Quiz Lessons 1-2

    Readings Quiz Lessons 3-4

    Discussion 1

    Historical Challenge Collection #1

    After the Module closes on 11:59 pm Mountain Time (MT) Monday, TBA, 2019, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions.

    Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the modules.

    Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).

    Module Two

    Lessons 3-4

    Module Three

    Lessons 5-6

    Monday, TBA, 2019 - Monday, TBA, 2019

    Readings Quiz Lessons 5-6

    Readings Quiz Lessons 7-8

    Discussion 2

    Historical Challenge Collection #2

    Annotated Bibliography Due

    After the Module closes on 11:59 pm Mountain Time (MT) Monday, TBA, 2019, work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions.

    Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the modules.

    Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).

    Module Four

    Lessons 7-8

    Module Five Lessons 9-10 Monday, TBA, 2019 - Monday, TBA, 2019

    Readings Quiz Lessons 9-10

    Readings Quiz Lessons 11-12

    Discussion 3

    Historical Challenge Collection #3

    After the Module closes on 11:59 pm Mountain Time (MT) Monday, TBA, 2019 work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions.

    Do not wait until the last minute; you have had almost 2 weeks to complete the modules.

    Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).

    Module Six Lessons 11-12
    Essay Assignment Work on from start of term. Essay Assignment due no later than 11:59 pm Mountain Time (MT) Monday, TBA, 2019 Essays not submitted by that time will receive a score of zero (0).    
    Module Seven Lessons 13-14 Monday, TBA, 2019 - Friday, TBA, 2019

    Readings Quiz Lessons 13-14

    Readings Quiz Lesson 15

    Discussion 4

    After the Module closes on 11:59 pm Mountain Time (MT) Friday, TBA, 2019 work will not be accepted, no excuses/no exceptions.

    Do not wait until the last minute to begin.

    Work not submitted on time will receive a score of zero (0).

    Module Eight Lessons 15-16

    Final Exam

    Lessons 1-16

    Monday, TBA, 2019 - Friday, TBA, 2019

    Your final exam is available. Once you begin the exam online, do not back out. Your exam is NOT proctored and you may use your book/notes.

    You will have 2 hrs.

    Multiple choice/True & False questions.

    The final exam closes on 11:59 pm Mountain Time (MT) Friday, TBA, 2019.

    Final exams not attempted will receive a zero (0). You've had 1 week to take the exam.