United States History Since 1865
Section 1340--M, W, F 11:00-11:50am
Mercer County Community College
Professor Peter K. Parides
Office: LA 148
Office Hours Mondays & Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm
Nature of the Course:
America is at a crossroads. The meaning of America and what it means to be an American is currently the subject of great debate. As we draw nearer to the dawn of a new century, it seems necessary to think about our future by looking into the past. Over the course of the next four months, we will determine how and why the American nation has developed into what it is today. Hopefully our answers will give us the information we need to proceed into the next century.
The textbook, which is available in the bookstore, is The American Pageant: vol. II, Since 1865. You are also required to purchase A Student's Guide to History, by Jules R. Benjamin.
Course grades will be determined by four quizzes, an in-class midterm, an in-class final, and five document analyses. Over the course of the semester, you will choose five documents on which to write a two-page analysis. Each of the five document analyses will count for 10% each, thus all five together count for 50% of you final grade. The midterm and final, which will consist of short answer questions, each count for 10% of your grade. Each quiz, which will consist of multiple choice questions, will count for 5% of your grade. The quizzes together count for a total of 20% of your grade. The remaining 10% of your grade lies in the quality of your class participation and on your attendance record. Anyone with more than five absences will have their final grade drop by 5 points.