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North Idaho College • Internet • Social & Behavioral Sciences • History

U.S. History After 1876 HIST-112

  • Summer 2012

  • Section 03

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 06/04/2012 to 07/27/2012

  • Modified 06/26/2012

Contact Information

Office Test

Instructor: Nicholas Smith

Office: MOL 209
Phone: (208) 665-5436

Office Hours:

Monday, 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM, online

Emails during office hours must be sent to the instructor's Angel mailbox.


History 112 offers a broad chronological overview of U.S. History which deals with political, economic, social, and cultural development from the Gilded Age (c. 1876) through the present. 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. 2

Author: Eric Foner
Publisher: W.W. Norton
Edition: 3rd Seagull
Availability: Mica Peak Exchange

* 2nd Seagull edition acceptable.



History 112 is an introductory survey of United States history from the Reconstruction era through the present. 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 American after the Civil War, and most importantly, to comprehend why/how those themes occurred and what influenced citizens in the past to act as they did. 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 112 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




One quiz per week covering the material in the scheduled chapters.

Students can expect true/false and short answer types of questions.

Quizzes will have time limits.


The Voices of Freedom questions for Chapters 17, 23 (replacing Chapter 20), & 25 (replacing Chapter 27).


Discussion Forums

One forum per week.


A "mid-term" and a comprehensive final will be offered.

Students can expect multiple-choice and essay types of questions.


A .93 - 1.0
A- .90 - .92
B+ .87 - .89
B .83 - .86
B- .80 - .82
C+ .77 - .79
C .73 - .76
C- .70 - .72
D+ .67 - .69
D .63 - .66
D- .60 - .62
F 0.0 - .59

Course Policies


Online learning offers a high amount of flexibility, but it also requires a high level of self-discipline and commitment. Students are responsible for meeting all course deadlines, following all instructions, asking for help when needed. seeking the instructor's help when needed, and ultimatley for their own learning. The instructor will serve as a resource to students and offer guidance in their learning experience.


The two exams require the administration and supervision of an approved proctor. The NIC Testing Center and Outreach offices provide this service to online students.

It is the responsibility of each student to schedule an appointment with the Testing Center or Outreach office for each exam.

Students outside of the NIC area must contact the instructor before June 12 to make arrangements for proctoring.


Students may contact the instructor during office hours as indicated above by sending an email to the instructor's Angel mailbox. Messages sent outside of office hours can expect a reply within 24-hours excluding weekends and holidays.

Score Availability

The scores for activities that require manual-grading, e.g. assignments, forums, and assessments with essay questions or short answers, will be made available once all submissions have been graded. Students should expect at least one week before scores will be posted for those types of activities.


Students are expected to submit only their own work. When work is submitted that suggests unauthorized collaboration with others, then those involved risk loss of all available points.

Students are expected to summarize material from the textbook using their own words when submitting responses to VOF questions and for their Discussion postings.

Quotations within one's work should be avoided and can result in a reduction of points for the given activity and plagiarism will result in the loss of all points.

Students are referred to the Division Policy concerning Academic Honesty provided below for additional information.

Technical Problems

Students are required to have a working computer system and access to the internet for an online course. If a technical problem occurs, the instructor should be informed immediately of the problem.

Outside Sources

The textbook is the only approved resource for course activities. The use of any outside source without the instructor's prior permission will result in the loss of points for the activity.

Forum Civility

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


June 4-8: Chapters 15 & 16

June 11-15: Chapters 17 & 18

June 18-22: Chapters 19 & 20

June 25-29: Chapter 21

June 27-29: Mid-Term Exam for Chapters 15-21

July 2-6: Chapters 22 & 23

July 9-13: Chapters 24 & 25

July 16-20: Chapters 26 & 27

July 23-27: Chapter 28

July 25-27: Comprehensive Final Exam

Activites will be due no later than 11:55 PM on the Friday ending their corresponding week. That includes forum postings, Voices of Freedom assignments, and quizzes.

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 for the fall term: July 2, 2012. 

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, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 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.

DROP FOR NON-ATTENDANCE:  You must attend and participate in the first week of this class. Failure to do so will result in your being dropped from this class and may result in your financial aid award being reduced. For Internet classes, attendance is based on participation in an instructional activity; you must complete the first week’s assignment(s) by the assignment due date. Drop for non-attendance occurs at 5 p.m. Pacific Time on the second Tuesday of the semester.