SOUTH TEXAS COLLEGE
Division of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences
History Department Syllabus
Instructor: Mr. Isaac G. Pietrzak
Class Location: 204/Sharyland H.S and
the Advanced Academic Academy
#: (956) 584-6467; Ext. 4414
Address: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Name: Unites States History II Survey
#: History 1302
8:00am-9:30am, S67:TR 8:00am-9:30am,
Meeting Times: S75:MW 9:37am-11:07am, S88:TR
9:37am-11:07am, S89:MW 10:14am-11:44am, S92:TR
course is a survey of the social, political, economic, cultural, and
intellectual history of the United States from the Civil War/ Reconstruction
era to the present. United States History II examines industrialization,
immigration, world wars, the Great Depression, Cold War and post-Cold War eras.
Themes that may be addressed in United States History II include: American
culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic
change, immigration and migration, urbanization and suburbanization, the
expansion of the federal government, and the study of U.S. foreign policy. The goal of the course is to analyze events
for their contemporary impact and identify their antecedents and future
outcomes on American history and its global influence. This course will include
a hybrid format in assessment and material presentation where content will be
delivered during standard class time and interactive use of Blackboard
activities. Participation through online assessments, along with media
presentations, and in-class open and small group discussions is required.
a survey of the political, social, economic, military, cultural and
intellectual history of the United States from Reconstruction to Present.
Prerequisites: A passing score of 351 on the Reading TSI
Exam and 363 and a 4 on the Writing TSI or equivalent; or completion of READ
0090 with a grade of “C” or better.
will demonstrate a familiarity with the history of the Americas
Course Learning Outcomes:
To understand the evolution of and
role of the U.S. from Reconstruction to Present.
To differentiate and analyze
historical evidence and different points of view regarding the U.S. from
Reconstruction to Present.
recognize and apply reasonable criteria for the acceptability of historical
evidence and social research regarding the U.S. from Reconstruction to Present.
Educational Objectives for Core Component Area
understand the evolution and current role of the U.S. in the world
differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and
differing points of view
recognize and apply reasonable criteria for the acceptability of historical
evidence and social research
–By paraphrasing material
present in the text, handouts, journals, and/or articles.
–By constructing essay
answers on examinations, written assignments, and research projects.
Speaking –By explaining ideas in an organized way
with adequate grammar and sentence construction during classroom interaction
and oral presentations.
Listening-By following verbal directions and delivering
appropriate comments in the classroom during instructor/student interaction
Thinking –By analyzing and
critiquing an issue in essays, term papers, or projects.
Skills –By handing in
word-processed papers or research projects with at least one source from an
· Showing respect for other cultures and in
gender issues by using utmost caution and being sensitive to such issues while
presenting opinions on issues in History
· Accomplishing assignments on time,
cooperating with group assignments, and attending classes for the full time
· Using technology in the presentation of class
assignments, exploring the wide variety of information on History issues
available through the use of technology, and using technology properly such as
turning off cell phones and observing copyright laws when using technology.
· Demonstrating ethical behavior through active
group participation, avoidance of plagiarism and cheating by copying and
distributing other students’ work or instructors’ exams or assignments.
· Displaying aesthetic judgment by presentation
of organized and typed written assignments in properly prepared formats.
· Exhibiting problem solving ability through
critical thinking and self-evaluation on homework and other class assignments.
· Confirming the importance of
interdisciplinary skills by using written communication (English), language
arts (Communication), philosophical analysis (Philosophy), historical events
(History), government issues (Government), word processing (Computer Science),
and sociological theories (Sociology) to complete homework assignments, to
participate in classroom discuss, and to respond to examination questions.
All homework and readings is designed to allow an
in depth discussion and is mandatory.
Note taking, Levels of Questioning Activities, Quizzes, and Exams will
be used to assess work both through Blackboard and in-class. Participation and
discussion will also factor in considerably.
is in no way tolerated in this course. If you are caught cheating,
administrative action will be taken. The same policy holds true for
homework and group assignments. Doing work together should not be
confused with copying work from one another. Use group work to help and
teach each other. Plagiarism on any writing assignment constitutes
cheating. (Copy/Paste) This policy includes improper use of the
Internet. To discourage plagiarism, all written (typed) assignments must be
submitted through the SafeAssign portal in Blackboard.
Late Work: All
assignments must be turned in on the date specified on your course outline or
on the date announced in class. Late work will not be accepted except in
case of a medical absence. All of the work is designed to help you gain a
greater understanding of the content.
is essential to success. In this class students are expected to be
responsible for some of their own learning. Late work in case of absence
follows the general policy of the institution. It is the student’s
responsibility to E-mail instructor and find out what was missed or to turn in
work if they missed a deadline due to sickness/family emergency.
If a student misses class on the day of a
test, it is imperative that the student makes up the test within two days of
their return to class. Under extreme cases, a test may be missed and the
following test will count as double to compensate for a missing test grade.
Under instructor discretion, student(s)
with more than 3 absences will be dropped from the course.
Department Course Requirements:
a hybrid course, Blackboard will be used to introduce, present, discuss, and
assess covered material. Participation
with the Course Homepage on Blackboard is MANDATORY. During the first
two weeks you are required to login to the homepage and post on the discussion
board. If you do not know how to do
this, ask the instructor. All Blackboard
elements can be done from the free
computer labs on campus, from any public library computer, and from your
Assessments: Online quizzes and
assessments will be done through Blackboard. The survey textbook is divided
into five units, each consisting of three chapters. You will take a quiz weekly
and an assessment every third week. In order to take quizzes/assessments you
must download the Lockdown Browser. It will restrict navigation on your computer
while testing. Quizzes and Assessments will only be accessible using this
software. It can be downloaded from STC Homepage by searching “Lockdown
Unit Exams 50%
Final Exam 20%
Final Paper/Project 15%
Evaluation method for exemplary educational objectives
Equal: A History of the United States, Combined Volumes, 3rd Brief or
Files uploaded through BlackBoard by the
Frederick Turner’s The Significance of the Frontier in American
Booker T. Washington’s Up From Slavery compared to W.E.B.
Dubois’ The Soul of Black People
Jacob Riis’ How the Other Half Lives and Upton Sinclair’s The Jungle
Terkel’s Hard Times: An Oral
History of the Great Depression.
Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring
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grade may vary from STC final grade.
Office hours: Monday-Friday
from 7:40-8:00am and Thursday 4-5pm or by appointment.
Calendar for Dual Enrollment
United States History:
**************************Spring Semester 2017**************************
Chp 16: Standardizing the Nation: Innovations in
Technology, Business, and Culture
16-20 (1st Day STC-Jan 17)
Chp 17: Challenges to Government and Corporate
23-27 (End PR 5)
Chp 18: Political and Cultural Conflict in a
Decade of Depression and War
Turner’s The Significance of the Frontier in American History shows the
changing cultural life of the United States.
ü Booker T.
Washington’s Up From Slavery and W.E.B. Dubois’ The Soul of Black
People will show the different means to improve Civil Rights for Blacks.
Unit 6 Exam over Chapters 16-18
30-Feb 3 (12th Day: Census Day-Feb 1)
Chp 19: Visions of the Modern Nation: The
Chp 20: War and Revolution
13-17 (End PR 6)
Chp 21: All That Jazz
ü Jacob Riis’
How the Other Half Lives demonstrates the poor conditions urbanization
brought at the cost of Industrialization and economic gain.
Unit 7 Exam over Chapters 19-21
Chp 22: Hardship and Hope: The Great Depression of
ü Select articles from Studs
Terkel’s Hard Times: An Oral History of
the Great Depression
Chp 23: Global Conflict: WWII
(End of Term 3)
Chp 24: Cold War and Hot War
Unit 8 Exam over Chapters 22-24
Spring Break: Mar 13-17
Chp 25: Domestic Dreams and Atomic Nightmares
Chp 26: The Nation Divides: The Vietnam War and
President Harry S Truman’s Speech to Congress, March 12, 1947.
ü Select speeches from Martin
Luther King, Jr.
ü Robert Kennedy’s speech
following MLK’s assassination.
3-7 (End PR 7)
Chp 27: Reconsidering National Priorities
ü Introduce Literature arising
from the Chicano Movement
Unit 9 Exam over Chapters 25-27
Final Paper Due through
Blackboard SafeAssign Portal on APRIL 7, 2017 by 10PM
Chp 28: The Cold War Returns—and Ends
(STC Last Day to Withdraw-April 18)
Chp 29: Post-Cold War America
24-28 (End PR 8)
Chp 30: A Global Nation in the New Millennium
Unit 10 Exam over Chapters 28-30
(APUSH Exam 5/5/17)
Semester Exam Review
(STC Finals Week-5/5-5/11: Grades Due 5/15)
Comprehensive Exam—Fall Semester Final over Chapters 16-30 (Essay and Multiple Choice
Current Events Discussion and Debate
22-25 (End of Term 4)
Current Events Discussion and Debate
End of 2016-2017 School Year!
Final Research Paper: U.S History II-STC 1302
Research Paper should define a worthy and manageable research project for both
the student and the student’s Instructor.
The research project should make a valuable and original contribution to
the literature on the subject of the study.
Additionally, the proposed project should be realistically viable given
constraints on time, student preparation, instructors’ specializations, access
to the necessary research databases and archives, etc. In short, the paper should be worth
doing, and possible in the appropriate amount of time given. This
assignment is DUE April 7, 2017
and is worth 15% of the overall course average.
Contents: The Research Paper must
1. A well thought out thesis statement that
encompasses all the details to be presented in the paper.
2. The research must be at an academic level
reflective of the course. The research project must include, but is not limited
to, 2 Primary and 4 Secondary sources. Primary sources may come in digital form
but all Secondary Sources must be in publisher’s Printed format. Additional
sources may come from EBSCO, JSTOR, or similar databases.
3. A Bibliography
must be included or paper will receive a zero.
Description of Content:
1. The Introduction: The first paragraph should
contain an introduction to the topic or theme addressed in the paper. It should
also include a thesis statement that will be referred to throughout the paper.
2. The Body: The main research of the
paper should be around 6 papers ± 1 page. Every paragraph should be directly
connected to the thesis statement. Each paragraph is to be limited to one
aspect of the thesis statement. It is best if only on topic is developed per
paragraph. The first sentence of every body paragraph should be the topic
sentence and only those details written in this sentence should be present in
3. The Conclusion: The past paragraph of the
paper needs to close the research project and establish the argument made
throughout the body of the paper. Questions such as the following should be
Why is this research relevant? What
did this research discover/uncover/conclude?
4. Methodology and Citation
thinking should be applied consistently throughout the research project.
Researcher should ask himself/herself, “why am I using this source, is it
relevant, does it add to my research, how does it challenge the prevailing
ideology, etc?” The research paper is to follow Chicago Style and must include
footnotes and a bibliography.
the Dual Enrollment U.S. History course, students should be able to address
process and content questions to the instructor. Upon completion of this
Research Project, students should be able to prepare equivalent quality papers
of varying lengths. The paper should be double spaced, use Time New Roman or
Cambria 12 point font, have 1 inch margins, and be 7 pages in length. A
template will be provided through Blackboard for consistency.
online rubric will be presented for consistency and grading purposes. It is