Survey American History to 1865

Course Details

Course Number: 1133  Section Number: 101 102; 104; 105

Fall 2010

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 103

Days & Times:

MWF 9; MWF10;TR9:30; TR11       All classes are in Prothro-Yeager 103 except 1133.105, which meets in Bolin Hall, 127

Course Attachments


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Everett W. Kindig   
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Course Objectives

Relating historical events to ideas, causes and results, to identify trends in U.S. history, and improve skills in evaluating them.  Trends include intellectual/cultural and political.  An interpretative approach is critical.

Course Expectations

1) Attend lectures

2) Read two required texts:  Divine, et al, THE AMERICAN STORY, VOL. 1, ED. 4

                                                    Robert Remini, ANDREW JACKSON

3) take tests:  2 or 4 quizzes, 1 midterm, and 1 Final exam.

Grading Standards

Grades are based on points.  In quizes, each correct multiple choice question is worth two points.  Short essays are worth from 10 to 25 points.   The midterm and Final are both mostly essay, each having at least one 25 minutes in length.  Course grades are based on a cumulative total of all tests.  Instructor looks for break between groupings as the division between grades; however, it is roughly 15% A, 20% B, 35 % C, 15 or 20% D, and the remainder F.

Final Exam12/8/2010  1 PM

Submission Format Policy

Tests are taken on scantrons (for multiple choice), and writing paper--for large tests, bluebooks--for Midterm and Final.


Tests are taken in class, with electronic materials not permitted on desks.  Makeups are given in rooms with monitoring by instructor or assigned graduate assistant.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

No papers required.  Limited makeups of exams with valid excuse.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

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Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance expected.  Few absences earn 10 or so bonus points.  Absences of 5 to7 classes earn no bonuses.  Unexcused absences over that can warrant drop from class.

Other Policies

MWSU honor code applies.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.