DE/US History Syllabus



Division of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

History Department Syllabus

Spring 2017

Instructor’s Information:

1.     Name of Instructor:  Mr. Isaac G. Pietrzak

2.     Office and Class Location:  204/Sharyland H.S and the Advanced Academic Academy

3.     Telephone #: (956) 584-6467; Ext. 4414

4.     E-mail Address: or

Course Information:

1.     Course Name:  Unites States History II Survey

2.     Course #: History 1302

3.     Sections and                    S66:MW 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 10:14am-11:44am.

Course Description:


This 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.


1.     This is a survey of the political, social, economic, military, cultural and intellectual history of the United States from Reconstruction to Present.

2.     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.

3.     Program Learning Outcomes:

·      Student will demonstrate a familiarity with the history of the Americas

4.      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.

·      To recognize and apply reasonable criteria for the acceptability of historical evidence and social research regarding the U.S. from Reconstruction to Present.

5.     Exemplary Educational Objectives for Core Component Area

·      To understand the evolution and current role of the U.S. in the world

·      To differentiate and analyze historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view

·      To recognize and apply reasonable criteria for the acceptability of historical evidence and social research

6.      Intellectual Competencies

Reading –By paraphrasing material present in the text, handouts, journals, and/or articles.

Writing –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

Critical Thinking –By analyzing and critiquing an issue in essays, term papers, or projects.

Computer Skills –By handing in word-processed papers or research projects with at least one source from an internet source.

7.        Perspectives

·      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 period.

·      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.


Instructor Outcomes:


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.


Cheating 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.


Attendance: Attendance 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:  


Blackboard:  As 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 personal device.


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 Browser.”



Unit Exams          50%

Final Exam           20%

Quizzes                  15%

Final Paper/Project         15%

Total:                      100%


a.      Evaluation method for exemplary educational objectives

b.     Grading criteria

Required Textbook:   

Ø  Created Equal: A History of the United States, Combined Volumes, 3rd Brief or 4th ed.

Supplemental Readings:

·       Files uploaded through BlackBoard by the Instructor.

·       Frederick Turner’s The Significance of the Frontier in American History

·       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

Developmental Studies Policy Statement: The College’s Developmental Education Plan requires TSI Liable students who have not met the college readiness or exemption standards in reading, writing, and/or mathematics to enroll in Developmental Studies courses including College Success. Failure to attend these required classes may result in the student's withdrawal from ALL college courses.

Equal Education and Equal Employment Opportunity: South Texas College is an equal education and equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer. As an equal opportunity employer, the College does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. Discrimination is prohibited and the College will comply with all applicable College policies, and state and federal legislation. This policy extends to individuals seeking employment with and admission to the College.


Title IX Statement: Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 protects individuals from discrimination based on sex in any educational program or activity operated by recipients of federal financial assistance. Sexual harassment, which includes acts of sexual violence, is a form of sex discrimination prohibited by Title IX. More information on Title IX policy and procedures can be found at:

Questions regarding Title IX or concerns about accommodations, including complaints of sexual

harassment, sexual assault, sexual violence, or other sexual misconduct should be directed to our Conflict

Resolution Center at 956-872-2180 or

Pregnant and Parenting Students: South Texas College does not discriminate against any student on the basis of pregnancy, parenting or related conditions. Pregnant or parenting students seeking accommodations should contact the Conflict Resolution Center immediately at 956-872-2180 or


Alternative Format Statement: This document is available in an alternative format upon request by calling (956)872-2094.


ADA Statement: Individuals with disabilities requiring assistance or access to receive services should contact disABILITY Support Services at (956) 872-2173.


Veterans Statement: The STC Office of Veterans Affairs provides support services to our military veterans and their dependents, and assists them in applying for and obtaining their educational benefits. Contact the Office of Veterans Affairs at 956-872-6723 for questions or to set an appointment.


Sharyland I.S.D. Policies and Procedures: All grading weights and make-up procedures will follow Sharyland I.S.D. District Grading Policies and Procedures. Final 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**************************


Jan 9-13

Chp 16: Standardizing the Nation: Innovations in Technology, Business, and Culture

Jan 16-20 (1st Day STC-Jan 17)

Chp 17: Challenges to Government and Corporate Power

Jan 23-27 (End PR 5)

Chp 18: Political and Cultural Conflict in a Decade of Depression and War

ü  Frederick 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


Jan 30-Feb 3 (12th Day: Census Day-Feb 1)

Chp 19: Visions of the Modern Nation: The Progressive Era

Feb 6-10

Chp 20: War and Revolution

Feb 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


Off-Feb 20

Feb 21-24

Chp 22: Hardship and Hope: The Great Depression of the 1930s

ü  Select articles from Studs Terkel’s Hard Times: An Oral History of the Great Depression

Feb 27-Mar 3

Chp 23: Global Conflict: WWII

Mar 6-10 (End of Term 3)

Chp 24: Cold War and Hot War

Unit 8 Exam over Chapters 22-24

Spring Break: Mar 13-17 

Mar 20-24

Chp 25: Domestic Dreams and Atomic Nightmares

Mar 27-31

Chp 26: The Nation Divides: The Vietnam War and Social Conflict

ü  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.

April 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


April 10-13

Chp 28: The Cold War Returns—and Ends

Off-April 14-17

April 18-21 (STC Last Day to Withdraw-April 18)

Chp 29: Post-Cold War America

April 24-28 (End PR 8)

Chp 30: A Global Nation in the New Millennium

Unit 10 Exam over Chapters 28-30



May 1-5 (APUSH Exam 5/5/17)

Semester Exam Review

May 8-12 (STC Finals Week-5/5-5/11: Grades Due 5/15)

v Comprehensive Exam—Fall Semester Final over Chapters 16-30 (Essay and Multiple Choice Questions)

v  Semester Exam TBA


May 15-19

Current Events Discussion and Debate

May 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


The 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 include:

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 said paragraph.

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 answered:


       Why is this research relevant?                                                           What did this research discover/uncover/conclude?


4. Methodology and Citation Style: Historical 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.


Through 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.


An online rubric will be presented for consistency and grading purposes. It is forthcoming.