College of Arts and Sciences
Department of History, Geography and Political Science
Outline & Readings
COURSE SYLLABUS HIST 2020 (Dr. Corse's Section), American History II
Course Description: HIST
2020 is a study of the development of cultural, economic, and political
institutions in America from 1877 to the present.
Course Rationale: HIST 2020 is part of the General Education Core. The History component of the Core consists of six semester hours and is normally completed by taking HIST 2010 and HIST 2020. These courses provide an overview of American history and promote the development of a historical perspective. Although HIST 2010 and HIST 2020 may provide a foundation for further studies in history, they are primarily designed to build on and connect with other General Education courses.
Course Audience: HIST 2020 is a sophomore-level course and should normally be taken during the second semester of a student's second year. Students attempting the course must have completed all remedial and developmental requirements in reading and writing. The course is open to undergraduate students in all major programs. No prior courses in history are required.
|GOALS AND OBJECTIVES||Overview:
The goal of HIST 2020, as indicated above, is to produce students who are informed about the essential events of their past and equipped with some of the basic analytical skills and methods applied by historians. The course is intended not only to present "history" as a body of knowledge but also to provide students with basic tools for assessing the historical claims of others and formulating arguments of their own.
Students completing HIST 2020 should be able to:
|TEXTBOOK and READINGS||
The mastery of learning outcomes in HIST 2020 is evaluated on the basis of: (1) midterm and final examinations common for all sections of the course, (2) writing assignments constructed by instructors for specific sections of the course, and (3) quizzes designed to test mastery of skills and materials, as well as prepare students for examinations.
|Grades and their numerical equivalents are as follows:|
Office Hours: Students who seek help with instructors during office hours get better grades. Do not wait until you have major problems! Students should speak to me any time they find themselves confused about material, directions, or grades. I am always ready to help any student who needs help with any of the material or any assignment. That's my job.
|READINGS AND ASSIGNMENTS||Readings are taken from the textbook and this website. The chapter numbers in the schedule are from your textbook (Nash, The American People - Vol. II). The textbook readings are required, as are the web readings. Underlined readings are links to web sites.|
Dictionaries and Encyclopedias
Dictionary of American Biography, E 176 .D56
Dictionary of American History, E 174 .D52
Encyclopedia of American History, E 174.5 .E52
The Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture, F 436 .T525
Online Databases (available on the University Library web site)
America: History and Life (citations and abstracts only)
EBSCO Host Academic Search Premier (some full text)
Infotrac Expanded Academic ASAP (some full text)
JSTOR (full text for a more limited number of journals)
American Historical Review, E 171 .A57 (articles on various fields of history)
Journal of American History, E 171 .J87 (articles on American history)
Journal of Southern History, F 206 .J68 (articles on the history of the South)
Tennessee Historical Quarterly, F431 .T285 (articles on the Tennessee history)
Hult, Christine A., and Thomas N. Huckin. The New Century Handbook. New York: Longman, 2001. (This is the writing guide used for freshman-level English composition courses at Tennessee State University.)
Strunk, William, Jr., and E. B. White. The Elements of Style. New York: Macmillan, 1999.
|REQUIREMENTS Assignments||Assignments for this class will include reading, writing, and special projects. Readings maybe assigned not only from the text, but also from photocopied materials, library books, and Internet sources. Students are responsible for all work assigned in this class, whether or not they are present. Assignments must be completed on time. Late work will be penalized unless you have a good excuse, and no assignments will be accepted more than one week late. All students are expected to participate regularly in class discussions.|
Attendance and Punctuality
|All students are expected to attend class punctually
and regularly. Students arriving after the beginning of class may,
at the instructor's discretion, be counted absent and/or asked to remain
outside the classroom until the end of the lecture.
Excessive absence or tardiness may result in a significant reduction in a student's grade, and instructors are under no obligation to allow make-up work in cases of tests and assignments missed as a result of unexcused absence or tardiness. The professor reserves the right to deduct from the student's participation grade for more than three unexcused absences and to deduct up to a letter grade from the final grade for excessive unexcused absences (10% of class hours). The professor reserves the right to fail students who miss more that 20% of class hours. Those students who know that they will have a consistent problem due to scheduling conflicts should discuss this with the professor at the beginning of the semester. Students are also responsible for obtaining information presented in class during their absence.
In the event of an illness or emergency requiring absence from class, students should contact the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs in order to obtain the documentation necessary to have the absence excused. Instructors may require such documentation as a condition for allowing the completion of missed tests or assignments.
Tennessee State University's policy on absences may be found in the Student Handbook, Chapter VII, pp. 100-101.The last day to withdraw is March 17.
Make-Up Examinations: Students who are officially excused from absence (see above) on the date of the midterm examination may complete a make-up midterm examination on a date scheduled by the Department of History, Geography, and Political Science. The date for make-up examinations -- normally immediately prior to the final examination period -- is published on the department's web site (http://www.tnstate.edu/hgps) each semester.
Special Note on Academic Honesty
|Students should be aware that a university is a
community of scholars committed to the discovery and dissemination of
knowledge and truth. Without freedom to investigate all materials,
scrupulous honesty in reporting findings, and proper acknowledgment of
credit, such a community can not survive. Students are expected to
adhere to the highest traditions of scholarship. Infractions of these
traditions, such as plagiarism (cheating), are not tolerated.
Misrepresenting someone else's words or ideas as one's own constitutes
plagiarism. In cases where plagiarism occurs, the instructor has the
right to penalize the student(s) as he or she thinks appropriate.
Except in cases of group projects so designated by the instructor, all tests and assignments submitted in the course must be the original work of the student. In cases of plagiarism or cheating, the instructor may assign an F on the assignment or an F in the course and is also advised to report such cases immediately to both the Vice President for Student Affairs and the Vice President for Academic Affairs.
Students in HIST 2020 are warned particularly against the following forms of academic dishonesty:
Tennessee State University's policies on academic conduct may be found in the Student Handbook, Chapter III, p. 18.
Preparation: since students are expected to participate in class
discussion, it is important to complete all the assigned readings before
coming to class. Students are expected to understand the material, or at
least have identified what they do not yet understand in order to ask
questions in class. All students are expected to come to class prepared
to discuss the assigned material.
Students are expected to observe normal courtesy in class. They are
expected to pay attention to the instructor, to take detailed notes, to
refrain from personal conversation, and to avoid any other behavior that
disturbs others. A student who does not observe these courtesies maybe
asked to leave the room.
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