History 157: United States History from 1865 to Present, Dr. Smead
0201: Wednesday 10:00-10:50 KEY 0117
0203: Monday 2:00-2:50 JMZ 1120
0204: Monday 10:00-10:50 KEY 0124
0206: Wednesday 9:00-9:50 KEY 0123
Monday 3-4, Wednesday 11-12, or by appointment.
On the third floor of KEY.
These sessions are opportunities for you to ask questions, clarify concepts
from lecture, discuss readings, interpret primary sources, and explore the major themes of
As students, your task is to master the material presented in the readings,
lectures, and discussions and analyze that information to formulate an interpretation of
Being a student comes with several basic expectations.
Come to class on
time and participate in discussion with your classmates regarding issues that arise in the
readings and in lecture.
In a discussion, the impetus for discussion rests with the
students, not the Teaching Assistant.
Turn off your cell phones and avoid any disruptive
Respect your fellow students regardless of ability, age, political affiliation,
gender, ethnicity, race, religions, sexual orientation, et cetera.
Complete all the readings
before class and set aside some time to formulate some questions, interpretations, and
thoughts on the readings—be sure to have supporting evidence.
Bring your readings to
every class, as it will be useful to reference passages.
Attend lectures, take notes, and
read the textbook as this will aid your preparation for exams and help in discussion
I will grade your participation in discussion sections and your
Participation in discussion is crucial and constitutes 20% of your final grade.
Discussion grades are based on insightful discussion of the readings and short quizzes.
Another 10% of your final grade will come from two 2-3 page writing assignments in
class (5% each).
For those assignments you will read the primary sources assigned for
the week, analyze the documents, place them in historical context, and make an argument
concerning their relevance for US History.
You should be able to answer questions