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Paul Sturdevant's HIST 1301 LibGuide

Grading Policy

An average of your grades on the four exams will be made and then multiplied by 50% to get the figure for your exams.  An average will be made of your papers and then multiplied by 40% to get that part of your final grade.  The final 10% will depend on attendance and participation.  The figures will be added together to arrive at a final grade.

  • A   90-100
  • B   80-89
  • C   70-79
  • D   60-69
  • F   Below 60

Testing Policy

There will be four exams given during the course of the session.  Each will consist of twenty multiple choice and true/false questions.  You will need to answer all of these for a total of 80.  There will be four essay questions each worth 20 points.  You need to answer at least one -- though you may answer all.  The list of possible essay questions will be given as we study each section to help you prepare answers.  A more detailed explanation of how this works will be given on the first day of class.

Student Conduct

Disruptive behavior in class is not acceptable and a student engaging in such behavior may be asked to leave.  Such behavior is defined as actions that disrupt the learning process or distract others who are trying to actively participate in the learning process.  No cell phones or other electronic equipment is to be used in class unless authorized by the instructor.  Food and drink are not to be in the classroom.

Course Information

Instructor Information

Name Paul E. Sturdevant
Office Location Second Floor
Office Phone
Office Hours 7:30 - 8:00 M-Th
Course Title U.S. History to 1877
Course Number             HIST 1301.41
Room GC-125

HIST 1301 is a survey of the political, social, economic, military, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the discovery of America through Reconstruction.



Text/Required Materials

Course Objectives

To impart an understanding of the basics of American History and the American Experience through lectures, discussions, and exercises.

Course Competencies

Course Competencies

HIST 1301 will assist students in the development of the following competencies:

  • examining social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures and cultures
  • using and critiquing alternative explanatory systems or theories
  • analyzing the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural and global forces on the area under study
  • understanding the evolution and current role of the United States in the world
  • differentiating and analyzing historical evidence (documentary and statistical) and differing points of view
  • recognizing and applying reasonable criteria for the acceptability of historical evidence and social research
  • identifying and understanding difference and commonalities within diverse cultures

Course Requirements/Format

Through lectures and discussions we will develop an understanding of the forces that contributed to the development of the United States from the age of discovery to the end of Reconstruction.  There will be four exams over various sections of history during the course of the session.  These will make up 50% of your grade.  You will be required to read three articles on various subjects during the course of the session.  These are located in the library; and after you have read them, you will need to prepare Opinion papers on each.  The instructor will go over this with you on the first day.  These readings will account for 40% of your grade.  The final 10% is for attendance and participation.  No papers will be accepted on the day of the final.

Academic Honesty

Cases of academic dishonesty will be not be tolerated and will be handled by the instructor.  Students who are found to engage in academic dishonesty through such activities as cheating on exams, plagiarism, or collusion with others will face disciplinary action.  Students who disagree with the instructor's decision are afforded an appeal process. 

Attendance Policy

Regular classroom attendance is important for student success; therefore, all students are expected to attend class unless they are prohibited by illness or personal business.  If you must miss a class session, please contact the instructor.  Attendance is taken every session, and I ask that you come to class on time.  If you arrive late, you may not be counted present for that session.  If a student quits coming to class and does not drop the course, then that student may receive an F.


Paris Junior College complies with the needs of students who fall under the Americans with Disabilities Act.  PJC will provide reasonalbe accommodations for students with qualfied disabilities.  It is the responsibility of the student to contact and disclose the nature and extent of the disability to the ADA Coordinator located in the Counseling/Advising Center at all campuses.

Drop Policy

The student must notify the instructor if he/she desires to drop the course before the final date to drop.  After the drop date, students may not drop.  The final date for this semester is April 14.  The student has the responsbility to initiate a drop by requesting a withdrawal slip from the instructor.  Failure to do so may result in a final grade of "F."