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

U.S. History After 1876 HIST-112

  • Fall 2012
  • Section 02
  • 3.0 Credits
  • 08/27/2012 to 12/20/2012
  • Modified 08/24/2012

Contact Information

Instructor: Richard W Kochansky

Office Hours: By Appointment

Meeting Times

Sec. 02 meets Tuesday, Thursday 10:30-11:45 in LKH 241


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


Nash/Jeffries, The American People – Latest Edition



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


There will be 1 homework assignment and 1 quiz per chapter, each worth a number of points to be announced at the time of the quiz/assignment; a book report worth 10 points, a "war journal" or "Granny's Memoirs" worth 10 points, and a final project worth 20 points will be included in assessing your final grade. NO makeup quizes are permitted unless arrangements have been made prior to the test date or there is an unexpected emergency that occurs which prevents attendance on the day of the quiz.

Written assignments will be due at the beginning of class. Assignments turned in late, with reasonable cause, will ONLY be accepted at the following class.

Grades will be calculated using the following scale:

100 – 93% A

92 – 90% A-

89 – 87% B+

86 – 83% B

82 – 80% B-

79 – 77% C+

76 – 73% C

72 – 70% C-

69 – 67% D+

66 – 63% D

62 – 60% D-

Below 60% F

Course Policies

EACH STUDENT IS RESPONSIBLE FOR HIS/HER OWN LEARNING. I will guide you through this journey utilizing materials available to us. The textbook will be our roadmap. Besides assigned readings, you will write essays for each class, present oral reports, engage in small group discussion, participate in classroom discussion, and otherwise demonstrate through “take home” and in-class tests that you understand the subject matter. In addition, we will spend a small portion of each class discussing specific current events and, as much as possible, try to connect current happenings to history. Lecture, group work, class discussions and relevant audio/video presentations will be utilized.


Quizes – usually administered after each textbook chapter.

Book Report – due mid-term week.

War Journal/Granny's Memoirs – due class prior to last class of semester.

Final Project - Due Last Class

Final exam (not comprehensive) – as scheduled by NIC

Additional Items

Why Study History?

It is the chronicle of historical events that teaches us – bit by bit by bit, like a mosaic that eventually forms a picture – about civilization and human nature and its consequences. Imagine two men who find themselves at the end of a centuries-long journey in time: One was asleep all along the way, and the other was awake. The latter man witnessed every triumph and calamity, learned where beauty flowered and where it died, and watched the greatest and most inglorious fights of good against evil. Which man would you choose as a leader? As a father? As a friend? Which would you rather be: the man who saw everything or the man who saw nothing? Your answer is the reason you should study history. -- Marilyn Vos Savant


A MISSED CLASS IS LOST FOREVER. Since pursuing a college education is an adult endeavor, it is assumed that students are to accept responsibility for that endeavor. Part of this responsibility is regular class attendance. Students who miss class will likely have valid reasons for doing so, but are not relieved of the obligation to know the material presented in their absence and to turn in any assignments due on the date missed. The material will not be repeated. Should you miss a class, it would be a good idea to contact a fellow student for information relative to the missed class. Of course, any handouts will be provided to those who did not receive them. It is important to notify the instructor ahead of time if you anticipate missing class. Every unexcused absence after the first two will reduce your grade, and may result in termination from the course.

Written Assignments:       

Daily Essays:
There will be a writing assignment due at the beginning of most classes. The assignment will usually consist of a 2-page essay in response to a question assigned by the instructor. These assignments will form the basis of class discussion. Therefore, it is critical that the assignments be completed for each class.      

Extra Credit:
Students may earn extra credit towards their grade upon approval by the instructor; however, extra credit will be nullified if there are more than 2 unexcused absences.

All written assignments addressed above will be typed, double-spaced with 1-inch margins, in a font no larger than 12-pitch.

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 Code of Conduct

The Student Code of Conduct applies to any student enrolled at North Idaho College.  This includes, but is not limited to, face-to-face classes and Internet classes.

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.