HIST-2010: U.S. History to 1877 ( On Campus, Split | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Mary Pratt

Instructor Rank

Associate Professor of History

Instructor Email mpratt@southwest.tn.edu
Instructor Website


Instructor Office

Maxine Smith Center 214 D

Office Hours

M-W   7:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

TR     7:30 a.m. -  9:00 a.m. Virtual Hrs.:  Wed. 1:00-2:00  p.m.

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Course Information
Course Description

The study of U.S. history from discovery to 1877.

Student Learning Objectives

Students will demonstrate the ability to: analyze facts and interpretations, analyze and compare political, geographic, economic, soical, cultural, and intellectual institutions, structures, and processes across a range of historical periods and cultures; recognize and articulate the diversity of human experience across a range of historical periods; draw on historical perspective to evaluate contemporary problems, issues; and analyze the contributions of past cultures/societies in the contemporary world.


READ0810 and ENGL0810, or equivalents



Instructional / Learning Methods

This course is a split-hybrid course. A split-hybrid course is a blend of face-to-face instruction with online learning. In a split course a significant part of the course learning is online and as a result, the amount of classroom time is reduced but not eliminated. Class time is supplemented with required online activities. Student s must have access to a computer and a reliable internet service provider. Computers are available on campus.

This is a reading intensive class. Frequently used teachng strategies may include lecture, discussion, use of videos, group interactions, written work and reading assignments. Students may examine and evaluate historical evidence, engage in critical thinking and utilize maps, graphs, charts, and documents as part of their study.


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Making America: a History of the United States to 1877.   v. 1.   by Berkin, Miller, Cherny, Gormly,   7th edition.   Cengage Learning


This is the ONLY textbook we are using for this class.


Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements


**Students must use MICROSOFT WORD for all written assignments which are to be submitted via the course  PAWS Dropbox.

Some assignments will require that students have Adobe Flash Player. This can be downloaded for free: https://get.adobe.com/flashplayer/ 

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit http://southwest.tn.onthehub.com.

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Students will be evaluated through point totals based upon tests, quizzes, classwork and written assignments throughout the semester.

Grading Scale

450-500 points A

400-449 points B

350-399 points C

300-349 points D

<300 points      F

Testing Procedure / Policy

There will be 3 (three) major unit exams and a comprehensive final exam. Questions will be based on class lectures, discussions, important terms to know,  handouts and reading assignments. Each Unit and each lesson on the Course Content  contain resources to use in preparation for exams. Exams will include multiple choice,short answer, and essay/identification items. All tests are taken in the classroom. The lowest of the four exam grades will be the one that I drop. If you miss a unit exam, that "0" will be the grade I drop once you complete the comprehensive final exam. Each exam is worth 100 points. There is no "make-up" for a missed copmprehensive final exam.

 There will be 6(six) quizzes throughout the semester. All quizzes must be taken in PAWS by the posted deadlines. Each quiz will consist of 15 multiple choice questions based on class lectures and reading assignments. Each quiz is worth 15 points.There are no make-ups for missed quizzes.


Major Assignments

There will be other assigned work and class activities periodically throughout the semester. Such items will total 110 points. In order to receive  credit for "in class work" you must be present.

Late assignments will only be accepted in the Late Box up to 2 (two) days past the deadline and will have points deducted.

Participation / Attendance Policy

Attendance is necessary for maximizing success in this class. Attendance will be recorded regularly.  If you are late to class you must inform the instructor at the end of class in order to be counted as tardy rather than absent. In addition to your physical presence, class work, tests, and assignments will also be used to maintain attendance records. Regular attendance reports will be sent to the records' office. Students who have 2 consecutive weeks of unexcused absences may have their financial aid affected.

Students are responsible for all work, assignments, announcements and information missed due to absences.

Policy on Student Professional Conduct

No TEXTING, no eating, no drinking, no smoking, no children allowed in classrooms. All cell phones should be silenced and put away during class time.

Audio recordings of instructional material is permitted only if the student signs a document agreeing to the instructor's conditions. No video recording is allowed at any time.

Students are required to wear their student ID at all times when on campus.

Additional Policies

Extra Credit:  All students will have extra credit opportunities on each unit exam. Any other extra credit opportunities are solely at the discretion of the instructor.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines


For this course please use the PAWS e-mail and list HIST2010H in the subject line. Students are expected to check their course PAWS e-mail on a regular basis.

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule
  • What is History
  • New World Encounters
  • The Development of the American Colonies
  • The Crisis of Empire
  • The American Revolution
  • The New Republic and the Constitution
  • Jeffersonian America
  • America in Transition
  • Manifest Destiny and the Sectional Crisis
  • The Civil War
  • The Reconstruction Era
Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center(ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at http://www.southwest.tn.edu.

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.