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American History 1, 30 weeks syllabus

American History I

The College at Southeastern | Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

Accredited by SACS

HIS 3520 – American History I – 3 credit hours
15-week course; Fall or Spring Semester

Prerequisites / Prior Skills & Knowledge 

 Students should have basic writing skills and familiarity with the structure of the American government.

Course Description 

A survey of American political, economic, military, social, and cultural history from its colonial beginnings to the end of Reconstruction.

Student Learning Outcomes / Objectives     

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  • Comprehend historic changes in American society and culture from colonial times to 1877
  • Identify the major turning points in American history from colonial times to 1877
  • Demonstrate familiarity with the major figures and developments in American history from colonial times to 1877
  • Demonstrate the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue an authentically Christian way of life, manifested by trust in God, obedience to Christ’s commands, and love of God and neighbor.
  • Demonstrate the ability to think critically, argue persuasively, and communicate clearly.

Communication Policy / Upload Criteria

Electronic Upload: Students will upload their assignments through Canvas by Instructure, a college-level learner management system (LMS). Acceptable file formats are pdf, doc, and docx.  

The Assessor will leave feedback with a grade for each rhetoric assignment while suggesting  areas for further improvement in subsequent assignments. Assessors will challenge students to achieve college level writing standards and demonstrate critical thinking skills.  

Course Materials

  • Required
    • David Edwin Harrell, Jr, et. al., Unto a Good Land: A History of the American People, Combined Edition or Vol. 1. (Eerdmans, 2005).

Unto a Good Land

Course Requirements

Successful students will take the American citizenship test, read the assigned pages and complete the quizzes, view Drive Thru History videos and complete the quizzes, participate in weekly discussions, and demonstrate understanding through written essays in MLA format.

Academic Procedures & Policies

  • Grades are determined by student’s submission of all assignments and all work shown uploaded together in one document.
  • Late policy - Any assignment submitted after the designated due date without prior approval from the professor, will receive a 0% grade.
  • Academic Honesty - Students are expected and required to uphold the highest standards of academic honesty in this and all courses. In particular, students are to refrain from any form of cheating or plagiarism. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade for the assignment and/or the course and may lead to disciplinary action.

NOTE:  Southeastern Seminary policy states, “In no case may a student merely copy and paste any material from one paper to another without the prior written permission of the instructor. In the rare case when a student is given permission to use his/her own scholarly work in subsequent research, the student must still cite his/her previous coursework as an unpublished paper. Failure to follow these guidelines constitutes plagiarism, and all appropriate penalties will apply.


Grade to Percentage Breakdown / Grading Scale

A = 90% - 100%

B = 80% - 89%

C = 70% - 79%

D = 60% - 69%

F = 0% - 59%


Course Summary:

Date Details
Sat Aug 29, 2020 Assignment Module 1 Discussion
Assignment Plagiarism -- MUST COMPLETE FIRST
Assignment Student Biography
Sat Sep 12, 2020 Assignment Module 2 Discussion
Assignment Module 2 Quiz
Assignment Video Test 1: The Discovery
Sat Sep 26, 2020 Assignment Module 3 Discussion
Assignment Module 3 Quiz
Assignment Video Test 2: Pilgrims
Sat Oct 10, 2020 Assignment Module 4 Quiz
Assignment Rhetoric Essay #1
Assignment Video Test 3: Beginnings of Revolution
Sat Oct 24, 2020 Assignment Module 5 Discussion
Assignment Module 5 Quiz
Assignment Video Test 4: Freedom Trail
Sat Nov 7, 2020 Assignment Module 6 Discussion
Assignment Module 6 Quiz
Assignment Video Test 5: Early Philly
Sat Nov 21, 2020 Assignment Module 7 Discussion
Assignment Module 7 Quiz
Assignment Video Test 6: Founding Fathers
Sat Dec 19, 2020 Assignment Rhetoric Essay #2 (Midterm)
Sat Jan 16, 2021 Assignment Module 9 Discussions
Assignment Module 9 Quiz
Assignment Video Test 7: Fighters of the Revolution
Sat Jan 30, 2021 Assignment Module 10 Discussion
Assignment Module 10 Quiz
Assignment Video Test 8: Early Colonial Virginia
Sat Feb 13, 2021 Assignment Module 11 Discussion
Assignment Module 11 Quiz
Assignment Video Test 9: Founding Fathers of Virginia
Sat Feb 27, 2021 Assignment Module 12 Quiz
Assignment Rhetoric Essay #3
Assignment Video Test 10: Revolution in New York
Sat Mar 13, 2021 Assignment Module 13 Discussion
Assignment Module 13 Quiz
Assignment Video Test 11: New York and the First President
Sat Apr 10, 2021 Assignment Module 14 Discussion
Assignment Module 14 Quiz
Assignment Video Test 12: New Jersey and the Epilogue
Sat Apr 24, 2021 Assignment American Civics Graded Test
Assignment Rhetoric Essay #4 (Final)


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