01/20/15 – 05/14/15
Instructor: Dr. Ryan Pettengill
Skype address: petteng1
Office Phone: 214-860-3618
Meeting Days and Times:
Credit Hours: 3 Semester Hours
Division: Communications and Social Sciences
Office Phone: 214-860-8671
Office Hours: Mon., Wed., Fri., 8 – 9 a.m.
This is a general survey of American history from colonization through the Civil War. Its goals are to provide an introduction to the major themes and historical developments that took place during this period, as well as introduce students to the methods used in historical research, analysis, and writing.
Topics include Native American and European contact, the development of the colonies, the rise of slavery, the American Revolution, industrialization, reform movements, westward expansion, and the
Civil War. The course will consist of both lecture and group discussion. Students are expected to approach the course material in a critical and professional manner. This includes attending lecture and section discussion, and by completing all assignments on time. Failure to do so will result in a lowering of your final grade. All exams must be completed or the student will automatically fail the course.
Developmental Reading 0093 or English as a Second Language (ESOL) 0044 or have met the Texas
Success Initiative (TSI) standard in Reading.
Online Course Statement: The software and programs for this course work best with an actual PC or
MAC. Smart phones and tablets are NOT always compatible with many of the programs this course uses.
It is also noteworthy that most of the programs work best with a Firefox browser.
James Henretta, America’s History, 7th Edition, ISBN: 978-0-312-38791-4 (this is also available in an online, e-book format)
Melvin Yazawa, Documents to Accompany America’s History,