History 315L, Fall 2009, Seaholm
315L-39770, MWF, 11-12; 315L-39780, MWF 1-2
Dr. Megan Seaholm
Office hours: Tuesdays 3:30-5 pm, Wednesdays 3-5 pm
GAR 4. 124; 475-7243
and by appointment
Lectures, readings, videos, maps, and photos are used to provide students with a survey of US history from
Reconstruction through the 1980s. As such, students will study significant aspects of the nation's political, economic, cultural, and
diplomatic history and will be challenged to understand the
of this history. We begin with learning about what
happened, but we then proceed to questions of causality and consequence.
I will post outlines for each lecture on the class Blackboard web site under Course Documents. The names and office
hours of our Teaching Assistants will be posted under Faculty/Staff Information. I will post reading guides for the assigned books (except
for the text), and I will post a study guide for each exam one week before the exam. You should regularly check “announcements” for
updates about the class. Information about the Teaching Assistants, their grading responsibilities, their office hours and contact
information will be posted under Faculty.
Exams and Grading
There will be
two mid-term exams (each, 30% of course grade) and one comprehensive final exam (40% of course grade).
All exams will include a combination of essay questions, short answer questions and/or multiple choice questions. I will distribute
a study guide one week before each exam. Exams must be written in
new, unmarked blue books.
1st midterm exam, 9/28
2nd midterm exam = Friday, 10/30
Final Exam = 39770, Wednesday, 12/9, 7-10 pm
39870, Friday, 12/11, 2-5 pm
Mark these dates on your calendar NOW.
The first exam is after the 9/23 deadline for dropping a class without possible academic penalty. Therefore,
any student who
decides to drop the class
after that date but before the final 10/21 drop deadline will be allowed to drop with a Q regardless of the
grade on the first exam. Students who fail the first exam should think about dropping the class.
Students who miss an exam must speak with me within one week
of the missed exam in order to receive
permission to take a make-up exam. Only those students who were
to take the exam at the scheduled time will be allowed
to take a make-up exam.