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