Office Hours: M 3-6; TR 1-2:00; R 4-5 and or by appointment
If you want to see me about something, please make an appointment ahead of time. While I do try to be around most of the time, other commitments come up. If you make an appointment, please keep it--neither of us wants to keep the other one waiting! Course Descriptions:
American history from 1865 to the present is examined in detail, with particular attention to the key personalities of the era, the industrial revolution, the recent wars, and the youth culture. We will examine the political, social, economic and cultural forces that shaped contemporary American civilization. Objectives:
1. To produce a time line showing the most significant periods, dates and events for American history.
2. To discuss in detail the major written primary documents which have influenced American history.
3. To write an essay that forces students to focus their thinking on important questions related to the study of American history.
4. To develop an enduring interest in history.
5. To improve writing and critical thinking skills.
Success in this course depends upon the completion of the reading assignments and participation in class discussion by the students. If students fall behind in their readings they may soon find it difficult to follow the subject matter of the class discussion or participate in it. Instructor's Responsibilities:
The atmosphere of the class will be kept informal to encourage general participation and a full variety of viewpoints. The instructor will make himself available after class and during office hours to offer students additional advice on preparing course assignments. Students are urged to take advantage of such assistance. Format:
During the semester there will be lectures, discussions and videos that will amplify the subjects discussed in the readings. Student participation in discussion is expected and will help determine your final grade.
COURSE REQUIREMENTS: 1. Exams: Two section exams and a comprehensive final will be administered during the semester on the dates listed below. The tests will consist of objective-type questions, including multiple-choice, true-false, and matching. Make-up exams: Make-up examinations are possible only when you have presented me with a legitimate excuse BEFORE the scheduled date of the exam. Failure to do so will result in an automatic 0 for the exam. This make-up policy does not apply to the final exam. Failure to take the final exam at the stated time during the final exam week will be treated as a serious breach of policy and will probably not be excused, resulting in a failing grade for the exam. Note: Make-up Exams: All make-up exams will be administered during the final week of classes. 2. Quizzes: There will be 6 in-class quizzes administered during the semester. The quizzes will consist of multiple-choice and short answer questions drawn from both the lecture and reading materials. Late Policy: If you arrive after the quiz has been administered
you will NOT be permitted to take the quiz. Make-up Quizzes: Forget about it. No make-ups. Pop Quizzes: The instructor does reserve the right to give pop quizzes if he deems it necessary.
3. Required Paper: There will be one short paper (3-4 pages, 750-1,000 words) required in History. The paper will be based on John Bradley’s Flags of Our Fathers. Write an essay in which you answer one of the following: (1) What were the men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima fighting for? (2) Why was Bradley’s father, who had been acclaimed a hero, so reluctant to talk about his experiences? (3) Were the men who raised the flag victims of their own fame? (4) Indicate the degree to which this book reveals the human side of the men raised the flag at Iwo Jima. The purpose of this paper is to focus your thinking on important questions which relate to your study of American history. These are not research papers but an analytical essay in which you need to bring your thoughts together in a concise and meaningful manner. If you wish to quote from the source, and you probably should, you may simply indicate in parenthesis the pages(s) from which you have gotten a thought or a quote. Take serious the word limitation for this paper. Your grade will be based on how well you answer the question, not the length of your responses. NOTE: CONSULTING THE INTERNET FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT WILL RESULT IN AN AUTOMATIC 0 IF DETECTED. Late Essays: Essays are due at the end of the class period on March 25, 2004. That’s it, no excuses. Course Grade:
The grade for the course will be determined by averaging the two examinations, the final, the quizzes, and the essay. Other factors can elevate a student's grade, including CLASS PARTICIPATION and GRADE PATTERN. First exam 100 points
Second exam 100 points
Quizzes 100 points
Essay 100 points
Final exam 125 points
Extra Credit is part of the high school experience and will not be granted in this course. Attendance:
ATTENDANCE IS MANDATORY. YOU ARE ALLOWED TO MISS CLASS ON FOUR (4) DAYS. AFTER THAT, YOUR FINAL GRADE WILL BE REDUCED BY HALF A GRADE FOR EVERY ABSENCE. THAT IS, IF YOU HAVE TWO UNEXCUSED ABSENCES AND THE GRADE YOU EARN IS A, THE GRADE REPORTED WILL BE B. IN LIGHT OF THIS POLICY, I STRONGLY URGE YOU TO DROP THIS COURSE IF YOU DO NOT PLAN TO BE IN CLASS.
Plagiarism is copying from a source without acknowledging it. It is academically dishonest and should not be tolerated in any course. Plagiarism will result in an F for the assignment and could well jeopardize your grade for the course. Cheating:
Cheating is a serious academic offense and will result in severe penalties. These include a zero for the work involved, an immediate F in the course, and referral to college authorities for further discipline, including expulsion from Nyack College. Disability:
If you are learning, sensory, or physically disabled, and need assistance in lecture, testing, etc., please contact me as soon as possible. I will help you anyway I can and matters will be held in the strictest of confidence. This Class:
You should take this class seriously. It assumes college-level reading and writing. It will require regular, thorough, and effective studying. But if you give it your best, you will have personal satisfaction, new insights into our past, and even fun. For my part, I want to help you in every way I can.
The following texts are required: George Tindall and David Shi, America: A Narrative History.
John Bradley, Flags of Our Fathers. Please note that all books are referred to by the last name