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Grading Policy

The student's grade will be determined by taking an average of the four exams taken and multiplying by 50%.  An average of the three reading assignments will be taken and then multiplied by 40%.  The final 10% will be for participation.

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

Testing Policy

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.

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 responsibility to initiate a drop by requesting a withdrawal slip from the instructor.  Failure to do so may result in a final grade of F.

ADA Statement

Services for students with disabilities are coordinated by the Counseling/Advising Center.  The institution is committed to assisting qualified students as completely as possible.  Services include the arrangement for accommodations and services to allow equal access to educaitron opportunities for students with disabilities.  Students with disabilities are encouraged to contact a counselor or advisor from the Counseling/Advising Center by calling: 

903-782-0426 Paris Campus
903-454-9333 Greenville Center
903-885-1232 Sulphur Springs

to arrange an appointment to begin the process.

Course Information

Instructor Information

Name: Paul E. Sturdevant
Office Location: GC-201
Office Phone: (903) 454-9333
Office Hours: 7:30-8:00  M-Th
Courtse Title: U.S. History, 1877 to Present
Course Number:             HIST 1302
Room: GC-123


HIST 1302 is a survey of the political, social, economic, military, cultural, and intellectual history of the United States from the  Reconstruction to the present.

Text/Required Materials

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of HIST 1302, the student will:

  • increase his/her knowledge and understanding of how and why the United States came to be what it is today.
  • comprehend that the past, like the present, is a complex fabric of cause and effect relationships.
  • develop and apply study skills, critical thinking skills, and/or writing skills in the context of historical study through which to better understand and appreciate American life.
  • comprehend America's place in the Global Community.

And, after completion of this course, students will increase their general historical knowledge and understanding of the signficance of the following eras/topics from our nation's past:

  • post-reconstruction South
  • westward expansion
  • Industrialization
  • the Gilded Age
  • America becoming an imperial power
  • the Progressive Movement
  • the United States and the Great War
  • changes in American life and economy during the 1920s
  • causes and impact of the Great Depression
  • FDR and the New Deal
  • the U.S. and World War II
  • the Cold War and its impact
  • the Baby Boom and the 1950s
  • the Civil Rights Movement and life into the 1960s
  • Vietnam, Watergate, and life through the 1970s
  • America in the 1980s and beyond

Learning Objectives

HIST 1302 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

The method of instruction will involve lectures, discussions, and class exercises.  There will be four exams during the course of the session over various areas of the text.  Each student will be expected to read and write opinion papers on three articles during the session.  These are on various subjects and are located in the library.

Academic Honesty

Cases of academic dishonesty will 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.