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Office Hours:
Very flexible. Please contact by e-mail or telephone to make arrangements.

Course Description:
HIST&146 is a five-credit college transfer course, which meets the AA degree requirements for US Cultures and Individuals and Society, and meets BA requirements for history and area studies majors and minors, as well as general education degree requirements for students earning BA degrees, including US Culture. The course focuses on America in its formative period from its European, African, and native pasts, tracing its development from origins to early nationhood. Emphasis on the American Revolution.  Courses in the US History series - HIST&146, HIST&147, and HIST&148 - may be taken independently and in any order.

Required Text:
Roark, James L. et al. The American Promise: A History of the United States. Vol. A. 5th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2012.
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-56954-9;
ISBN-10: 0-312-56954-8.

Also acceptable:
Roark, James L. et al. The American Promise: A History of the United States. Vol. A. 4th ed. Boston: Bedford/St. Martins, 2009.
ISBN-13: 978-0-312-46999-3;
ISBN-10: 0-312-46999-3.


Course Goals:

Course Content, Topics, and Themes:

Course Outcomes:

I. Learn Actively - Learning is a personal, interactive process that results in greater expertise and a more comprehensive understanding of the world.

II. Think Critically, Creatively and Reflectively - Reason and imagination are fundamental to problem solving and critical examination of ideas.

III. Communicate with Clarity and Originality - The ability to exchange ideas and information is essential to personal growth, productive work, and societal vitality.

IV. Interact in Diverse and Complex Environments - Successful negotiation through our increasingly complex, interdependent and global society requires knowledge and awareness of self and others, as well as enhanced interaction skills.

Course Backup Plan:

EDMODO - In the event of a campus closure, we will continue class communications as usual through Edmodo.

Blackboard Collaborate (formerly Elluminate) - In the event of a synchronous class meeting, we can meet using Collaborate.

To access my Elluminate virtual Office, visit, navigate to our course and click on "Blackboard Collaborate" on the left hand course navigation at the arranged time.

Website - In the event of a campus closure, please visit this website ( for links via Edmodo and/or Twitter to announcements and instructions.

Email - In the event of a campus closure, please check your email for announcements and instructions from the school. Please make sure that you have the domain in your Safe Senders list.

Cascadia Community College Syllabus Learning Agreement:

Pluralism and Diversity:  Cascadia believes in Pluralism, an intentional culture where everyone's history contributes to the collective success of our community.

Cascadia is committed to creating a supportive environment for a diverse student, faculty, and staff population. Individual differences are celebrated in a pluralistic community of learners.

Cascadia does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender and/or sex, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship status, age, marital or veteran status, or the presence of any sensory, mental or physical disability, or genetic information, and is prohibited from discrimination in such a manner by college policy and state and federal law. The following office has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies and can direct inquiries to the appropriate office for ADA-related requests: Director of Human Resources, Office CC2-280, 425-352-8880.

Academic Honesty: The College regards acts of academic dishonesty, including such activities as plagiarism, cheating and/or/violations of integrity in information technology, as very serious offenses. In the event that cheating, plagiarism or other forms of academic dishonesty are discovered, each incident will be handled as deemed appropriate. Care will be taken that students’ rights are not violated and that disciplinary procedures are instituted only in cases where documentation or other evidence of the offense(s) exists. A description of all such incidents shall be forwarded to the Student Conduct Officer, where a file of such occurrences will be maintained. The Student Conduct Officer may institute action against a student according to the college’s disciplinary policies and procedures as described in the Student Handbook:

Please review the grading scheme on the Grading Scheme at the end of this syllabus which is duplicated on the grading scheme page of the class website.

Reminder: Plagiarism is using ideas and words that originated with someone else and passing it off as one's own. This is offensive, unethical, and unacceptable. It is quite literally theft and will guarantee an automatic failing grade.

Student Rights and Responsibilities: Cascadia is a student-centered college, operated to provide knowledge and skills for the achievement of learners’ academic, professional and personal goals. Inherent in the college’s mission are certain rights and freedoms needed for learning and personal development. Admission to Cascadia provides these rights to students, and also assumes that students accept the responsibility to conduct themselves in ways that do not interfere with the purposes of the college in providing education for all of its learners. For the complete policy, see the Student Code of Conduct in the Student Handbook at

Learning Assistance Options: To support student success, Cascadia offers a variety of support services. The Open Learning Center, CC2-060, provides a computer lab where students can receive assistance with technology to support class assignments. Students are encouraged to utilize the Math and Writing Center, located in CC2-080. Tutors will work with students focusing on math concepts and writing assignments. The Math and Writing Center is open Monday through Friday; hours and contact information can be found at:

Online Tutoring and Writing Assistance: Cascadia provides online access to live tutors in a variety of subjects, provided by the Western e-Tutoring Consortium. Tutoring is offered through live, interactive sessions and through an Essay Center. Many subjects have convenient tutoring hours late into the evening and seven days a week, depending on tutor availability; schedules are available online. To get started, visit

Disability Support Services: Cascadia provides services to help students with disabilities successfully adapt to college life. Students who meet specific criteria may qualify for reasonable academic accommodations. If you have or suspect you have a disability and need an accommodation please contact the front office in Kodiak Corner at 425-352-8860 to make an appointment with the Disability Support Services. Services and Accommodations through DSS are not retroactive.

Counseling services: If you have a personal problem or stress that is affecting your schoolwork and would like to talk with someone, please contact the Cascadia counselor. Counseling at Cascadia is confidential, professional and free. Visit the Kodiak Corner front desk or call 425-352-8860 for an appointment.

Advising: Students should schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor to create a tentative education plan. They can call 425-352-8860 or come to the Kodiak Corner to make an appointment. Appointments are not made via email. At the time of the appointment, they need to indicate which degree they are pursuing. See the Cascadia website for information about Drop-In Advising hours.

Online Advising: Email advising is available at Our distance advisor can answer most questions via email, but we don’t schedule advising appointments via email.

Campus Closures and Inclement Weather: To sign up to receive real-time campus alerts, including closures, on your home email, your mobile phone, or your home phone, log in at Use your Cascadia user name and password and be sure to select the "Student" domain. Upon login, you will be re-directed to a web site maintained for Cascadia by a third party vendor. Rave Mobile Safety has partnered with Cascadia Community College to provide emergency notification services to the campus community.

In the event of inclement weather affecting morning classes, there will be notification on the local media by 5:30 a.m. You may also call the main campus number: 425-352-8000 to hear a message that will be updated with the latest Cascadia closure information. You may also go online to and click on Cascadia Community College to get the latest report. Should the weather deteriorate during the day, you may check online, listen to the main campus message, check email or the media to hear news about closures or class schedule changes.

Emergency Procedures: Emergency procedures are posted in each classroom. To reach campus security personnel, dial 425-352-5222. City of Bothell fire and police may be reached by dialing either 9-9-1-1 or 9-1-1 from any campus phone. Campus emergency phones are located on campus walkways and parking lots.

Acceptable Use Policy on Information Technology: In general, the same ethical conduct that applies to the use of all college resources and facilities applies to the use of Cascadia’s systems and technology. These systems may only be used for authorized purposes, using only legal versions of copyrighted software, and with consideration and respect for the conservations of resources and the rights of other users. For additional information, see the online version of the Student Handbook at or go to the Open Learning Center for assistance with any questions.

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA): Cascadia Community College complies with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 concerning the information that becomes a part of a student’s permanent educational record and governing the condition of its disclosure. Under FERPA, students are protected against improper disclosure of their records. See

Course Requirements: (Expectations of Students):

Students should complete all assigned work and actively participate in all course activities. They must:

Course Suggestions:

Supplemental materials have been made available to the class in the Lectures and More Links pages.  These links can be found in the left margin of this page.  Rather than view these as cumbersome, it will be more effective to view these readings and links as very helpful tools. In addition, to assist students in reinforcing the reading assignments, audio podcasts and/or PowerPoint presentations are available through the Internet to be accessed in a browser or downloaded into podcatchers to be heard and or viewed at one's convenience.

Submit or Email Assignments:
The writing assignments are listed in the class calendar for this course as well as in the  Google calendar link within the Canvas environment.  Please submit your individual assignments (citation exercises, rough draft, and final research paper) through the DropBox link provided (the links can be found in the class web site, Canvas, and Edmodo) if Canvas malfunctions. You may also e-mail the written assignments directly to me, if you are having technological problems with or have questions regarding how to complete an assignment.  Please attach the assignments as Word.doc files or RichTextFormat.rtf files. Mac users must convert digital documents to .doc or .rtf files, please.  No .pages file extensions will be accepted.

There will be 10 chapter quizzes, each worth 40 points and in short-answer format.  You will be expected to refer to concepts covered in previous units.  There are no plans to include a multiple-choice format - in other words, you are expected to fully grasp the course content.

Writing Assignments:
The writing assignments serve two basic purposes:

The first purpose is to learn the rudiments of research skills and the mechanics of documentation the the citation exercises given in two parts.

The second purpose is not only to apply those skills in a paper, but to know how to develop a thesis, support the thesis with documentation, and defend one's conclusions using correct grammar, mechanics, and word usage.

You will be required to submit a rough draft for your research paper.  The rough draft is worth twenty points toward the total score for your paper.  The research paper is worth a possible 180 points plus the 20 points from the rough draft for a total of 200 points.

Class Discussions in Edmodo and Elluminate Class Meetings:

Discussions in small group interactions will be planned and assigned as the term progresses. Participation in group discussions is a requirement for this class and is worth a total of 300 points.  These discussions will take place in an online site called Edmodo, outside of Canvas.  For more information regarding discussions in Edmodo, please read thoroughly the Class Schedules page (link located in the left margin, above) . Please review the grading scheme on the Grading Scheme page of this class website. To navigate this class web site, see the menu listing on the left at the top of this page.

In addition, upon request, we can have a synchronous online meeting through

Plagiarism is using ideas and words that originated with someone else and passing it off as one's own. This is offensive, unethical, and unacceptable. It is quite literally theft and will guarantee an automatic failing grade.

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