FALL, 2004

Hafey-Marian Hall - Room 301        M-W-F   12:00 PM – 12:50 PM 


     Instructor of History, King’s College




The CORE Curriculum is central to all undergraduate degrees at King's College. It lays the foundation for a liberal education that will be reinforced in the major program and continued throughout life. CORE courses are broadly based so that fundamental human issues and problems are approached from diverse viewpoints represented by a variety of disciplines.



Civilization courses are designed to explore in some depth the complex dimensions of the human experience. These courses study the cumulative experiences of the past to assist in understanding our complex world and assist in the responsible shaping of the future of that world.




1.  To be familiar with the main stages of civilization as an expanding force which has produced

     important forms of political, social, economic, and cultural organization which are our common heritage;

2.  To identify major events, persons, and ideas which contributed to the development of

     western, including American, and non-western attitudes and institutions;

3.  To develop concepts which give meaning and order to the raw material of man's recorded past;

4.  To identify and to analyze significant problems and situations as they relate to the continuing

     issues of contemporary life.



1.  To improve understanding of the major events which have influenced the modern world;

2.  To understand the influence of the past on contemporary events and problems;

3.  To be an intelligent consumer and evaluator of information about events taking place in the world;

4.  To develop a global perspective which recognizes the political, economic, and cultural

     interdependence of all nations.



American Civilization is the first course in the Civilization sequence of the CORE Curriculum. The study of American Civilization is celebration as well as it is critique. It examines achievements and failures; triumphs and tragedies; hopes and frustrations. It cannot lay claim to prognostication yet it should offer guidance and direction in shaping the future. The study utilizes static data to evaluate and to analyze the dynamic forces and ideas by which men and women have shaped the American story of their times.  This discipline asks that we focus on the past that we might see the present more clearly as well as better respond to the forces and ideas of our times. Historical literacy is essential to the education of the professional man or woman of the 21st century and his or her ability to judge and decide both private and public issues in a context which respects appropriate traditions. American Civilization focuses on the development of the United States from its earliest times to its emergence as a significant world power at the beginning of the 20th century. The major political, economic, social, cultural, and technological events and forces of this period will be examined in this course.




Specific Benefits of CORE 130: AMERICAN CIVILIZATION

1.  It hones skill at evaluating data for authenticity or spuriousness, reliability or unreliability; it

     trains the mind to weigh and to ponder before acceptance or rejection.

2.  It expands understanding and knowledge of the uniqueness of the American democratic experience.

3.  It encourages the development of independent thinking, as well as the application of deductive and inductive

     reasoning, in the formation and validation of hypotheses and conclusions.

4.  It compels acknowledgment of the complexity and variety of the American experience and

     recognizes the painful price paid by so many in the past.

5.  It confronts us with the moral problem of making judgments about those who occupied

     center stage in our American past.

6.  It stimulates and develops problem-solving, skeptical judgment and decision-making analysis.





Davidson, James West et al. NATION OF NATIONS: A Concise Narrative History of the American Republic. Third Edition. Boston: McGraw-Hill.  2002.



Any form of academic dishonesty (plagiarism, etc.), as discussed in your Student Handbook, can result in a failing grade in the course and additional action by college officials.  Let this be a “word to the wise” on citing sources.



The General Course Outline identifies specific readings from your text.  There will be additional readings announced in class. Both your text reading and additional readings, if assigned,  must be read prior to classroom lecture and discussion.



Three (3) brief research papers will be assigned.  Guidelines and topics for each assignment will be distributed as appropriate. Exploration of various research resources including the library and reliable on-line sources will be encouraged in the completion of these assignments. Upper-class students will be expected to demonstrate proficiency in applying the writing and critical thinking developed in CORE 110 and CORE 100. All students will be expected to submit papers in typed or word processed form.

***Handwritten work will NOT be accepted.  Papers not submitted on time will be severely penalized by two (2) points per day!



There will be three (3) written tests given during the semester including the final examination. The first two tests are listed in your course outline.  The third (final) examination will be given according to the Registrar's examination schedule. The tests will be based on the lectures and text reading materials, as assigned.    The general structure of the tests may be identification, multiple choice, short answer and/or essay. Each test will be non-comprehensive and will review the most recent materials covered.



Throughout the semester there may be quizzes and extra-credit assignments given to help you acquire, maintain, or (just maybe?) exceed your grade goal.



Regular participation is expected from each student. Your participation will be noted and weighed in the overall semester grade evaluation (10%) as a growth/development factor.



As learning partners, you and I are expected to attend  classroom lectures/discussions on a regular basis.  Students are responsible for all materials discussed and be prepared to actively participate in lectures

and classroom discussions.  I am responsible for the presentation of subject matter in an environment conducive to your learning experience.  Rules of the College regarding class attendance will be followed strictly.  There will be a MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE ABSENCE of THREE (3) - excused OR unexcused. Students arriving after the roll is taken will be marked absent and must meet with the professor after class if they wish to have the absence changed.  Absence on the day of a scheduled test will NOT be excused unless a serious reason has been explained to the instructor (in advance, if possible) and arrangements for a make-up test are made within five (5) class days of the scheduled test.  It is the RESPONSIBILITY OF THE STUDENT to arrange the make-up with the professor.  It will be within the discretion of the professor to permit any and all exceptions to these rules based on the evidence presented.  Three consecutive absences or a pattern of absence (or lateness) over a three week period will initiate an Excessive Absence Report to the College Student Services Office. 



The determination of the final semester grade will be based on the successful completion of all requirements for the course using numerical values as follows:

  Tests: Total - 60% = Tests I, II, and III - 60% (20% each)

  Written Assignments -30% ( each 10%)

  Participation - 10%



The general grading scale to be used is as follows:

A+ = 98           A = 95             A- = 92

B+ = 88           B = 85             B- = 82

C+ = 78           C = 75             C- = 72

D+ = 68           D = 65             F   = 59



*Personal consultations are welcome and encouraged.

*Test reviews and "rough drafts" of papers are strongly encouraged during office hours or at other convenient times.

Office: HM 312

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

                        Other times by appointment.

Phone:  208-5900 Ext. 5637

             Messages may be left with the Faculty Assistants in Hafey Marian Hall, 208-5900 - Ext. 5702.



            (This schedule is tentative and is subject to amendment by the instructor.)

                        Chapters         Topic              

                                                Review of Syllabus & Overview 8/30

                         1-2-3              Old Worlds, New Worlds, and Settlements in America

                             4                 A Mosaic of Eighteenth Century America                                            

                            5-6               The Creation of A New Republic-American People & Revolution

                                                            Additional Reading:  The Declaration of Independence

                            7-8               The Republic Launched

                                                            Additional Reading:  The Constitution of the United States &

                                                                                                The Bill of Rights

                             9                 The Jeffersonian Republic

                                                            The Second War for Independence                                          

                           10-11            The Opening of America and Rise to Democracy         

                              12              The Fires of Perfection

                           13-14            The Old South , Western Expansion, and the Rise of Slavery Issue

                             15               The Union Broken

                             16               The Civil War & the Republic

                             17               Reconstructing the Union

                             18               The New South and Trans Mississippi West

                           19-20            Industrial Order, Urban Order

                              21              The Political System Under Strain

                              22              The Progressive Era and Toward a New Century

December 10th                        (Last Class)      Final Review




Test #1 – October 4, 2004

Test #2, November 8, 2004

Final Exam:  Scheduled by the Registrar (Week of December 13-17)



Paper #1 – September  27, 2004

Paper #2 – November 3, 2004

Paper #3 – December 6, 2004



September 6:   Labor Day – No Classes

October 15–17:   Fall Recess – No Classes

October 22-24:  King’s Homecoming

November 24-28:  Thanksgiving


Library Internet Resources

Library of Congress Government Guide

Internet Public Library, President of the United States