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Instructor: Ms. <st1:personname w:st="on">Veronica Jeffreys

Office: Arts & Sciences G-116

Phone: 678-466-4712

Office Hours: 7:30pm-8:00pm (M&W), and by appointment

E-mail Address: veronicajeffreys@clayton.edu

Individuals with disabilities who need to request accommodations should contact the Disability Services Coordinator, Student Center 255, 678-466-5445, disabilityservice@mail.clayton.edu


Number and Title: HIST 2111 Survey of US History to 1877 (CRN 21753)

Credit Hours: 3.0 semester credit hours (3-0-3)

Catalog Description:

The history of the U.S. and the lands that would become the U.S. from the colonial period through Reconstruction.

Course Prerequisites and Co-requisites:

Note: Learning Support students who are required to take ENGL 0099 and/or READ 0099 must exit the requirement(s) before they can take this course.)

Computer Requirement:

Each CSU student is required to have ready access throughout the semester to a notebook computer that meets faculty-approved hardware and software requirements for the student’s academic program. Students will sign a statement attesting to such access. For further information on CSU’s Official Notebook Computer Policy, please go to http://www.clayton.edu/hub/itpchoice/notebookcomputerpolicy.

Computer Skill Prerequisites:

    • Able to use the Windows Tm operations system
    • Able to use Microsoft Word Tm word processing
    • Able to send and receive e-mail using Outlook Tm or Outlook Express Tm.
    • Able to attach and retrieve attached files via email
    • Able to use a Web browser.

In- class Use of Student Notebook computers:

You will need to use your computer to better prepare for the course requirements. The publisher of your text maintains a webpage that will be helpful in all of your class studies.

Program Learning Outcomes:

The following links provide information about general education outcomes for this core curriculum course, which is a part of Area E: Social Sciences.


The content of this course syllabus correlates to education standards established by national and state education governing agencies, accrediting agencies and learned society/ professional education associations.  Please refer to the course correlation matrices located at this website.

In addition, this course supports Program Outcomes  1-6, as adopted by the history faculty at CSU.

Course Learning Outcomes

    • Understand major historical developments and how those developments relate to other events, both domestic and foreign.
    • Describe and discuss major events and issues and explain some of the major causes and consequences of these.
    • Understand and appreciate the past ideas and actions of women and men from all sectors of American society, and how religion, race, ethnicity, gender, and work have helped form American communities and ethos.
    • Apply a rudimentary working knowledge of primary and secondary print and on-print resources for United States history.
    • Use documents, texts, media databases, artifacts or electronic resources to examine and evaluate past events, issues, groups and individuals.
    • Apply sufficient map skills to know where events took place and how physical geography affected political, social, economic and cultural developments in US regions.
    • Write clear, grammatical, well-supported historical essays that inform, explain, analyze and synthesize information and support a thesis.
    • Think critically in reading and writing.

Textbook Information:

Text: Exploring American Histories: A Brief Survey with Sources

Text Coverage: Chapters 1 -14


In-class examinations: 4 – 75 minute exams @ 100 points 400

Group Discussions 45-60 minutes @ 100 points 100

Historical Journal review 1 @ 100 points

Historical Visit @ 200 points

Final examination 100


*Quizzes will not be announced in advance, and the scores are not calculated with your average. The quizzes will be used a learning tool, to emphasize areas to concentrate on more while studying.


A 90-100

B 80-89

C 70-79

D 60-69

F 59 and below

Mid-term Progress Report:

The mid-term grade in this course, will be issued between February 17-19, which will reflect 25% of the entire course grade. Based on this grade, students may choose to withdraw from the course and receive a grade of "W." Students pursuing this option must fill out an official withdrawal form, available in the available from the Office of the Registrar, or withdraw on-line using the Swan by mid-term, which occurs between: January 17- March 7.

The last day to withdraw without academic accountability is Friday, March 7, 2014.


Tests - Four major tests, which will be equivalent to a 100 points each. The format of the test will be multiple choice, short answer, and essays.

Articles - Reviews of two articles from historical journals will be completed.

Handouts with instructions will be provided. Each article will be worth 50 points each. The deadlines for each assignment are listed below:

Article I due:  February 10, 2014

Article II due: April 2, 2014

Historical Visit – One visit will be conducted. Handouts will be given to class. Deadline is: March 19, 2014.

Group Discussion - Groups will consist of five to six students each.

Final - 100 points. The final will be non-comprehensive.

Course Schedule:

Jan 13th – Overview of class  & chapter 1

Jan 15th –  Chapter 1

Jan 20th – MLK Holiday

Jan 22nd – Chapter 2

Jan 27th – Chapter 3

Jan 29th – Chapter 3

Feb 3rd    – Group I Discussion

Feb 5th    – Test I

Feb 10th  – Chapter 4

Feb 12th  -  Chapter 4 & 5

Feb 17th  – Chapter 5

Feb 19th – Chapter 6

Feb  24th   – Group II Discussion

Feb  26th  -   Test II

Mar 3rd   - Chapter 7

Mar 5th  – Chapter 7 & 8

Mar 10th  – Mar 15th Spring Break

Mar 17th  – Chapter 8

Mar 19th  – Chapter 9

Mar 24th  – Group III Discussion

Mar 26th  – Test III

Mar 31st --Chapter 10

Apr 2nd   – Chapter 10 & 11

Apr 7th   – Chapter 11

Apr 9th   – Chapter 12

Apr 14th  - Group IV Discussion

Apr 16th  – Test IV

Apr 21st   – Chapter 13

Apr 23rd  – Chapter 13

Apr 28th   – Chapter 14

Apr 30th   – Chapter 14

May 5th  – Last Day of Class Review

Final Exam:   date to be announced: will be May 6-12th.


Course Policies:

General Policy

Students in this course must abide by principles contained in the University Student Handbook and are expected to adhere to the policies outlined in the Basic Undergraduate Student Responsibilities

University Attendance Policy

Students are expected to attend and participate in every class meeting. Instructors establish specific policies relating to absences in their courses and communicate these policies to the students through the course syllabi. Individual instructors, based upon the nature of the course, determine what effect excused and unexcused absences have in determining grades and upon students’ ability to remain enrolled in their courses. The university reserves the right to determine that excessive absences, whether justified or not, are sufficient cause for institutional withdrawals or failing grades.

Course Attendance Policy

Roll will be taken at the beginning of each class period. In order for a student to receive credit they must be present at roll call or notify instructor before leaving class whenever late. Excessive tardies will not be tolerated; once a student is late three times will be equivalent to one absence. Attendance is required for quiz and examination periods. Any absence must be accompanied by a written excuse from a doctor or other competent authority.

All students must be present and on time for all chapter tests. Once the first student, has completed any test all tardy students will take an essay exam. In an emergency situation each student will be permitted to take only one make-up exam per semester. The test format will be essay, and the date will be immediately upon the students return to class.

Missed Work

Without a valid excuse, a grade of zero points will be assigned for all missed work. If a valid excuse is proved:

o   No make-up quizzes will be given.

o   Make-up test will be essay format, and it must be completed on the first day that you return to class.

Extra Credit

Each student can receive up to five points added to any test grade by completing community service. You will get one point per hour of service completed up to five hours maximum. Any service provided must be outside of your nuclear family. Since this is an American History class, this can be a way for you to help make history in a positive manner. Remember extra credit is optional, not mandatory. Documentation to verify service performed must be turned in by the last day of class.

Academic Dishonesty

Any type of activity that is considered dishonest by reasonable standards may constitute academic misconduct. The most common forms of academic misconduct are cheating and plagiarism. All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved. All instances of academic dishonesty will result in a grade of zero for the work involved and will be reported to the Office of Student Conduct  

Disruption of the Learning Environment

Behavior which disrupts the teaching-learning process during class activities will not be tolerated. While a variety of behaviors can be disruptive in a classroom setting, more serious examples include belligerent, abusive, profane, and/or threatening behavior. A student who fails to respond to reasonable faculty direction regarding classroom behavior and/or behavior while participating in classroom activities may be dismissed from class. A student who is dismissed in entitled to due process and will be afforded such rights as soon as possible following dismissal. If found in violation, a student may be administratively withdrawn and may receive a grade of WF.

A more detailed description of examples of disruptive behavior and appeal procedures is provided at:


Operation Study[j1] 
At Clayton State University, we expect and support high motivation and academic achievement. Look for Operation Study activities and programs this semester that are designed to enhance your academic success such as study sessions, study breaks, workshops, and opportunities to earn Study Bucks (for use in the University Bookstore) and other items.  See the following site for details:



Important dates:

Tentative schedule for examinations:

Examination Date Chapter coverage

Feb 5th  – Test 1 (Chapters 1-3)

Feb 26th – Test 2 (Chapters 4-6)

Mar 26th – Test 3 (Chapters 7-9)

Apr 16th – Test 4 (Chapters 10-12)

Final date to be announced: will be between the dates of May 6-12.


Article I due: February 10, 2014

Historical Visit due: March 19, 2014

Last day to withdraw without academic penalty: Friday, March 07, 2014.

The content of this course syllabus correlates to education standards established by national and state education governing agencies, accrediting agencies and learned society/professional education associations.  Please refer to the course correlation matrices located at the following website:



Last update: January 6, 2014



 [j1]This a new item requested by Enrollment Management in Fall 2011 syllabi and later.

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