United States History I Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Summer I 2023: M - TR 8:30 - 9:30 AM

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HIST-1301-005 United States History I


Course Description

A survey of the social, political, economic, cultural and intellectual history of the United States from the pre-Columbian era to the Civil War/Reconstruction period. United States History I includes the study of pre-Columbian, colonial, revolutionary, early national, slavery and sectionalism, and the Civil War/Reconstruction eras. Themes that may be addressed in United States History I include: American settlement and diversity, American culture, religion, civil and human rights, technological change, economic change, immigration and migration, and creation of the federal government.

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Students enrolled in an educational program in preparation for obtaining certain occupational licenses are potentially ineligible for such license if the student has been convicted of an offense. For further information, please contact:

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


The American YAWP, volume I, edited by Joseph Locke and Ben Wright. This is an OER (open educational resource) available for free online with a low-cost paper copy available at the bookstore.


You are required to have regular access to a personal computer with reliable access to the Internet.

Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Create an argument through the use of historical evidence.
  2. Analyze and interpret primary and secondary sources.
  3. Analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on this period in United States history.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at https://acconnect.actx.edu .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

The best way to get in touch with your instructor is through email. Sunday - Friday, Dr. Fauss will check his email at least once a day; this means that most of the time you will receive a response within 24 hours. It is not necessary to follow up unless you have not received a reply within 24 hours. Please observe the proper etiquette for business emails: provide a descriptive yet concise subject in addition to a professional salutation and closing. Additionally, you should write in complete sentences and avoid net- or text-speak. Most workplaces use email, so this should be good practice for you.

Check your school email at least once a day, preferably before you leave for class. Dr. Fauss will occasionally send out reminders and other important information via email. If class is canceled, an email will be sent out as early in the day as possible.

You are responsible for taking the proper steps to solve problems with the technology used in the class: a list of support resources has been provided for you under the “help” section of the course’s Blackboard site. Dr. Fauss is not trained to provide technical support and will refer you to the “help” section if you come to him with technical problems.

You are expected to follow all Amarillo College policies and procedures, particularly those relating to academic integrity and personal conduct. The following are of particular importance:

  • Be respectful: to provide an environment that encourages free expression we must treat each other with dignity and respect. Students who behave inappropriately may face disciplinary action from the college.
  • Don't commit plagiarism: you must properly cite sources used in your work.
  • Do your own work: while it is perfectly acceptable and encouraged to study together, you may not collaborate with others on any work that receives a grade unless specifically authorized. It is never acceptable to pass off others' work as your own, including having others take exams for you, buying papers, etc., nor is it acceptable to submit the same work in mutiple classes.
  • Any form of academic dishonesty will result in harsh penalties imposed at the instructor's discretion including failure of the assessment, failure of the course, and disciplinary action from the college.

Laptops and electronic devices will occasionally be used in class, but outside of these times students should have them put away and silenced. Students who find others' use of devices distracting should speak with your instructor.

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Grading Criteria

Graded components

Chapter quizzes

Each unit will have four online quizzes. You are allowed unlimited attempts during each unit until the start of class on the day the unit exam is given, when the quizzes will close. The highest scoring attempt will count. Each quiz is worth up to 20 points. Late quizzes will not be accepted.


You will be taking three in-class exams. The exams will consist of objective questions and will be timed. Each exam will be worth up to 220 points. The lowest exam grade will be replaced by the highest at the end of the semester.

A student may be able to take a missed exam if he/she emails the instructor before the exam is given explaining the circumstances that require him or her to miss it. Being granted permission to make up a missed exam is not guaranteed: all excuses will be evaluated on a case by case basis, and how timely a student gets in touch with the instructor will be considered as well. Students should not casually miss exams: generally, only unavoidable and serious matters will be considered acceptable excuses.

Missed exams must be taken in person at the testing center no later than 2 business days after the missed exam unless an extraordinary circumstance prevents this.


You are expected to regularly attend class; see the attendance section below for class policies regarding absences. Attendance will be worth up to 100 points. Exceptional participation in class can result in students earning points to make up for absences or a small amount of extra credit.

Extra credit

There will be no extra credit awarded in the class save for that detailed under "attendance/participation."

Exceptions to course policies

Exceptions to course policies will not be granted unless a student is experiencing exceptional hardship or bereavement and the student communicates with their instructor in a timely fashion. Technical problems are not an acceptable excuse for late work unless there was a problem with Amarillo College's systems or services used by the school. If you have unreliable Internet service, it is critical to find a backup that you can use in case of an outage.

Display and calculation of grades by Blackboard

Your current grade will be available in Blackboard under "My Grades" in the course menu.

Final grade calculation

Final grades will be calculated according to the following criteria:

900 or more points = A

800 to less than 900 points = B

700 to less than 800 points = C

600 to less than 700 points = D

Less than 600 points = F

Turnaround times

Quizzes will be graded immediately. In-class exams will generally be graded within two business days.


Attending class regularly is critical for success in college. Attendance will begin to count the second class meeting. Attendance will not be taken on exam days. 

Attendance is taken at the beginning of class. If you come in late, it is your responsibility to check in with the instructor in order to have your attendance counted.

Each absence in excess of 3 will result in 5 points being deducted from your participation grade.

Do not notify the instructor when you need to miss class.

As detailed above in the "administrative drop policy," students must physically attend class on or before the census date or be removed from the class.


The numbers after the date indicate the chapter that we will be covering that day. Chapters will usually be covered in two parts, so 5.1 means chapter 5 part 1, 5.2 means chapter 5 part 2, etc. Items in bold indicate work that is due or exams.


Unit 1

Week 1

5/23: introduction to the class

5/24: Indigenous America and the Columbian Exchange; Spanish, French, and Dutch colonies; read chapter 1 and chapter 2 sections II and III before today's class

5/25: Spanish, French, and Dutch colonies; Early English colonies; read chapter 2 sections IV, V and VI before today's class; take the unit 1 part I quiz for the first time after today's class

5/26: Colonial Expansion and its Consequences; Slavery and the Atlantic economy; read chapter 3 sections II, IV and V and chapter 4 sections II and III; watch the video lectures for "Colonial Expansion and its Consequences" and "Slavery and the Atlantic Economy"; take the unit 1 part II quiz for the first time


Week 2

5/30: Memorial Day; no class

NOTE: class will not be held on 5/31, 6/1, or 6/2 due to your instructor being ill; you will be expected to keep up with the reading and watch video lectures in lieu of class

5/31: Slavery and the Atlantic economy, Freedom, colonial politics, and empire; read chapter 3 section III and chapter 4 sections IV, V, and VI; watch the video lecture for "Freedom, Colonial Politics, and Empire"; take the unit 1 part III quiz for the first time

6/1: The American Revolution, part I; read chapter 5; watch the video lecture for chapter 5 part I

6/2: The American Revolution, part II; watch the video lecture for chapter 5 part II; take the chapter 5 quiz for the first time


Week 3

6/6: review

6/7: exam 1; unit 1 quizzes due before the start of class


Unit 2

6/8: 6.1, 6.2; read chapter 6 before today's class

6/9: 6.2, 7.1; read chapter 7 before today's class; take the chapter 6 quiz for the first time after today's class


Week 4

6/13: 7.2, 8.1; read chapter 8 before today's class; take the chapter 7 quiz for the first time after today's class

6/14: 8.1, 8.2; take the chapter 8 quiz for the first time after today's class

6/15: 9.1, 9.2; read chapter 9 before today's class

6/16: 9.2, review; take the chapter 9 quiz for the first time after today's class


Week 5

6/20: Juneteenth; no class

6/21: exam 2; unit 2 quizzes due before the start of class

Unit 3

6/22: 10.1, 10.2; read chapter 10 before today's class; take the chapter 10 quiz for the first time after today's class

6/23: 13.1, 13.2; read chapter 13 before today's classtake the chapter 13 quiz for the first time after today's class


Week 6

6/27: 14.1, 14.2; read chapter 14 before today's class; take the chapter 14 quiz for the first time after today's class

6/28: 15.1; 15.2; read chapter 15 before today's class; take the chapter 15 quiz for the first time after today's class

6/29: review

6/30: exam 3; unit 3 quizzes due by the start of class

Additional Information

You will be assessed on your mastery of the information presented in lectures, your textbook, and other materials utilized in class. Because the quality of most information on American history on the Internet is so poor, turning to it for information is not recommended unless specifically authorized.

If a student scores below 70% on the first exam, he or she will be required to attend tutoring per my instructions. Students who do not comply with the tutoring policy may be prevented from taking the next exam until they attend tutoring.

I reserve the right to change the syllabus and calendar if needed.

Syllabus Created on:

05/22/22 4:00 PM

Last Edited on:

06/07/22 10:09 AM