United States to 1865

Course Details

Course Number
Section Number
Fall 2015
Classroom Number
internet course
Days & Times

not applicable

Dr. Sharon L. Arnoult (view Profile)

Course Attachments


America: A Narrative History. Volume 1. Ninth edit

Course Objectives

This is a survey course in American history.  Its goal is to make the student aware of the major events and issues in American history from the decisive encounter of Europeans with America in 1492 through the American Civil War.

Course Expectations

 There are three exams and a short writing assignment required in this course. Each exam counts for 30% of your final grade and the writing assignment counts for 10%.

Grading Standards

 Grading is done on a standard 100-point scale (i.e., 100-90=A, 89-80=B, etc.)

Submission Format Policy

All exams will be taken through Desire2Learn. You can find the exams under “Exams” on the home page. Each exam will be available for a period of time during which you may log on and take the exam. (See the course outline below for the dates.) You may not log on before or after the specified time. Once you log on you have 50 minutes (1 minute per question) to take the exam.

Once the time limit has been reached, you have a “grace period” of ONE (1) minute to save any answers you might not have saved.  After that one minute, you will NOT be able to access the exam, and any answers or changes to answers not saved by then will be lost.  THERE IS NO CONSIDERATION GIVEN FOR ANSWERS LOST ONCE THE “GRACE PERIOD” HAS EXPIRED.

Also, please note the following policy about technical difficulties during exams: It is the student’s responsibility to have reliable computer, browser and internet access capability in order to successfully complete exams within the allotted time.  Consideration will NOT be given for technical problems on the student’s end during exams.  Please be certain that your computer, browser, and internet access provider are adequate and RELIABLE before taking an exam in this course.


 The writing assignment must be written using Word and turned in using this course's D2L dropbox. 


Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Exams must be completed by the established deadlines.  Make-ups will only be given to students who can present documentation of a major emergency or technical problem which prevented them from taking the exam during the scheduled window.  Incompletes will only be given to students who can present documentation of a major emergency, occurring after the last date to drop, which prevented them from completing the course within the specified time.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Instructor Drops: Students must maintain adequate progress in this course in order to continue to be enrolled in it.  If a student misses one or more exams, and does not contact the instructor regarding these exams, the student may, at the instructor's discretion, be dropped from the course.

Other Policies

There is no provision for extra credit!!!

This course will be conducted entirely over the internet. It is the student's responsibility to make certain that he or she has reliable and adequate computer access and capability for the course. This includes the computer itself, the browser being used, and the internet service provider (ISP).  If you have not already, please go through the "Browser Check" tutorial on the WebCT log-in page, in order to avoid problems later. Also, if your computer or ISP has a tendency to freeze up or lose connection, DO NOT USE THEM TO TAKE AN EXAM, but find a more reliable system.  Students will not get consideration for technical problems during exams if those problems are on the student’s end. However, if you feel the problem occurred at MSU’s end, with WebCT itself, you can report it to Tech Support and IF Tech Support verifies there was a problem at MSU’s end, then consideration may be given.  However, this consideration will ONLY be given for technical problems at MSU’s end verified by Tech Support, NOT for any problems arising from the student’s own system.



As a member of the academic community, conduct yourself in person, in print, and online in a responsible way and in the spirit of courteous educational inquiry.

Be courteous, even when you disagree, and always provide clear, logical support for your views.

Clear communication of meaning depends entirely on your choice and visuals, so choose your words and visuals carefully to communicate effectively with your audience.

Avoid typing in all capitals because it is difficult to read and considered the electronic version of "shouting".

Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

If you have questions or concerns, please contact MSU Chief of Police Patrick Coggins at