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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • History

U.S. History to 1876 HIST-111

  • Spring 2012
  • Section 02
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 01/09/2012 to 05/10/2012
  • Modified 04/03/2012

"Late-Start" Class March 6th-May 8th

Contact Information

Instructor: Nicholas Smith

Office Hours

  • Tuesday, 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM, online
  • Tuesday, 2:15 PM to 2:45 PM, MOL 209

Meeting Times

A "Late-Start" class meeting on campus each Tuesday March 9th-May 8th


  • Tuesday, 3:00 PM to 5:45 PM, LKH 241


History 111 offers a broad chronological overview of U.S. History which deals with political, economic, social, and cultural development from the Pre Columbian period through post-Civil War Reconstruction (c. 1876). Attention is focused on differing historical interpretations and on themes which illuminate current events. This course serves as partial fulfillment of the social science requirement for A.A. and A.S. degrees and is transferrable to regional four-year institutions. Lecture: 3 hours per week


Give Me Liberty! An American History, Vol. I

  • Author: Eric Foner
  • Publisher: W.W. Norton
  • Edition: 3rd Seagull
  • ISBN: 978-0-393-91190-9
  • Availability: Mica Peak Bookstore



History 111 is an introductory survey of United States history of the indigenous population before discovery through Reconstruction. The objectives of this course are to ensure that students can identify the persons involved and the events that transpired, recognize the major themes (be they political, social, economic, or cultural) that shaped America up through the Reconstruction period, and most importantly, to comprehend why/how those themes occurred and what influenced citizens in the past to act as they did. Among the specific outcomes, students should be able to: the motives for European migration to the Americas, reasons for European development of the Americas (especially North America), colonial American separation from England, the slow but steady development of a sectional crisis, reasons for the Civil War, its progress, and the reason why Reconstruction was carried out the way it was by the northern government. Although this course is primarily designed for those pursuing an academic degree, the importance placed on critical thinking, the ability to weigh a variety of facts/evidence, and effective communicating (both in writing and verbally) will only help anyone in their daily lives and professional future. History 111 directly and indirectly pursues many of the General Education Abilities, especially points 1 (Critical/Creative Thinking), 2 (Communication), 4 (Historical, Cultural, Environmental Awareness), and 7(Information Literacy).

In compliance with the expectation that uniform student competencies be stated in all North Idaho College History syllabi, the following uniform outcomes are included:

The student should be geographically literate, that is able to locate the sites of significant historical events and to explain their geopolitical significance.

The student should be able to identify important historical individuals and their roles in history.

The student should be able to cite the causes and effects of significant historical events and their connections to subsequent events.

The student should be able to identify significant historical ideas and issues and their connections to subsequent developments.

The student should be able to synthesize information as demonstrated by competence in the following:

The ability to form value judgments or conclusions based on information
The ability to discriminate between fact and opinion
The ability to gain access to historical information required to arrive at and support conclusions
The ability to articulate conclusions in both written and spoken word



Final course grades are calculated by adding together the weighted category percentages.

Types of evaluations and related weights
Type Weight Topic Notes
Exams 40%

Two exams administered on-site in the classroom

Exam #1 Chapters 1-7

Final Exam  Comprehensive with emphasis on Chapters 8-15

VOF Assignments 20%

The three-question sets that accompany four chapters' document excerpts. The specific chapters will be announced in class.

Quizzes & Puzzles 20%

Online quizzes for each chapter.

Four online crossword puzzles (Chapters 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-15).

Discussion Forums 10%

Online weekly

On-Site Participation 10%

Attendance, willingness to participate in discussions, & in-class activities.


Resulting grade and related performance levels
Grade Range Notes
A 92-100%
A- 90-91%
B+ 88-89%
B 82-87%
B- 80-81%
C+ 78-79%
C 72-77%
C- 70-71%
D+ 68-69%
D 62-67%
D- 60-61%
F 0-59%

Course Policies

Attendance & Participation

Students are expected to attend all on-site meetings and participate in all weekly online activities.


Language in the virtual classroom is expected to be civil and respectful toward all others. The use of any language that's regarded by the instructor as being inappropriate for the classroom, may result not only in the offending individual’s loss of all points for the particular forum, but they may also be banned from participation in all future forums and lose all potential points associated with those forums.

In-class behavior is also expected to be respectful and civil to all. Students who engage in inappropriate and disruptive behavior will be asked to leave the classroom.


Students are expected to bring their textbooks, writing paper, and writing utencils with them to each class session.


Laptop computers are not allowed during lectures.

Cell phone ring tones should be turned off during class time and phones put away.

Cell phones are not permitted during an exam and if present will be considered grounds for a failing score.


Students are expected to submit only their own work.
Collaboration on work with someone else without instructor-approval, will result in the loss of all points for all persons involved.

Postings in the Discussion Forums and responses to the VOF assignment questions must be in the student's own words. The inclusion of quotations will result in the loss of points. Plagiarism will result in the loss of all involved points. Students are referred to the Division Policy concerning Academic Honesty provided below for additional information.

The textbook is the only approved resource for the course. The use of unapproved outside sources will result in the loss of all activity points.

"Turn Around" Times

Students can expect the passage of up to one week before the results of a manually graded activity will be made available, e.g. the first exam, VOF assignments, and Discussion Forums.

Scores for online activities, e.g. quizzes and puzzles, wil be available upon submission. Review of the quiz questions will not be available until at least a week after passage of a quiz deadline.

Technical Issues

All students enrolled in an online course, are required to have a working computer system and access to the internet throughout the semester.
If a technical problem occurs that interferes with a student's participation in the course, the student is responsible for advising the instructor of the situation immediately.


Students are responsible for adhering to the following schedule. The Angel course calendar is not to be considered as an alternative to this schedule.

Course activities for each chapter are due no later than each Friday (except Week 8) at 11:55 PM of the particular week the chapters are assigned. Any exemptions to the schedule requires advanced approval from the instructor.

This schedule is subject to revision. Students will be advised of any changes.

Week 1: March 6-9   Chapter 1

Week 2: March 12-16   Chapters 2 & 3

Week 3: March 19-23   Chapters 4 & 5

Spring Break: March 26-30

Week 4: April 2-6   Chapters 6 & 7 

Week 5: April 9-13   Chapters 8 & 9    Exam #1 Chapters 1-7

Week 6: April 16-20   Chapters 10 & 11

Week 7: April 23-27   Chapters 12 & 13

Week 8 April 27-May 3   Chapters 14 & 15   (this week begins Friday and ends Thursday, online chapter activities due on Thursday)

Tuesday May 8  4:00 PM -6:00 PM   Comprehensive Final Exam (LKH 241)

Additional Items

Division Policies

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please ferfer to Policy 5.06 & Procedure 5.06.01: 

Academic Dishonesty
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:

Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study in any academic exercise.
Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic exercise.
Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one's own in an academic exercise.
Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college. Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to violate any provisions of this policy.

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  For a complete description, please see:

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 100 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office. No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

For complete information regarding student withdrawals, please see the North Idaho College Policy 5.04.01: 

Institutional Policies

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found in the NIC Student Handbook.

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester.


By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You also understand that collection costs and legal fees will be added if the services of a collection agency are utilized.

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.


Last day for students to withdraw from semester-length classes:

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal: Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure:

Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy:

Additional withdrawal information:


An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional length of time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete.

Discrimination and Harassment

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the NIC Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, Edminster Student Union Building, (208) 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, (208) 769-3304) for employee issues.

Institutional Statement

DROP FOR NON-PAYMENT:  By registering at North Idaho College, you agree to provide payment by the due dates. You will be dropped from classes if payment is not received by  5 p.m. Pacific Time on the third day of the semester. Students on the waitlist will be given the option to register for classes after students are dropped for non-payment.

REMOVAL FROM CLASS FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is based on your participation in this class. Failure to attend may result in your being removed from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. You are responsible for confirming the accuracy of your attendance record.