Indiana University Northwest

HIST H 106 American Civilization II

Indiana University Northwest

(College of Arts and Sciences)




History 106


Instructor Name: Nicole Anslover
Phone: 219.980.6975


See the **Course Guide/Schedule**for
session themes, readings, resources, and all assignment due dates.

Instructor Bio

Dr. Anslover specialized in 20th century American history, with a special interest in foreign relations and the modern presidency.

Course Description

 Although this course covers a very broad area of history, time will be made to thoroughly examine specific events and to give the students time to voice their questions and opinions.  History 106 is an introductory course, which as part of a two course survey will provide students with a background in American history through the use of a textbook, primary documents, images, and lectures.  Students will be given the chance to examine primary documents and to participate in class discussions

Course Goals and Objectives

The study of history is important for many reasons.  This course will examine the events of the past with the purpose of better understanding how and why Americans behave as they do.  Our focus will be not only on history, but on what history tells us about ourselves and our culture.  Also, course readings will expose students to a wide range of readings and topics that will give them differing views on given historical events.  This course will focus mainly on political, social, and economic themes.  Class members will be given the chance to develop their analytical skills, and to improve their writing and critical thinking skills.

Course Materials

Required Text
Brands and Breen and Williams: American Stories: A History of the United States, Volume 2

 MyLab with etext

ISBN:  0205065686


It is not possible to pass the class without purchasing this etext and the MyLab. The MyLab is where the resources for the course are located. It is essential that students familiarize themselves with all features of MyLab, and understand where all of the resources are located and how to use them. If students need assistance, the staff at the IUN Bookstore is trained in using MyLab. Students are also encouraged to ask instructor for help with any issues.

Grading Information

Grades will be determined as shown in the following assignment chart.  Detailed descriptions of assignments are available below and from the assignment links in the chart. Due dates are detailed in the Course Schedule.


of Grade

Weekly Assignments (15 @ 2% each)=30%

Document Analysis (2 @ 10% each)=20%

       Mid-term Exam=15%

       Final Exam=15%





Class Policies Regarding Graded Work

**The following policies are in effect for all individual deliverables throughout the semester, unless noted otherwise. **



***Late Work***


Written assignments turned in late will have 5% deducted for each day past the deadline that the assignment is turned in. 

***Original Work***

Academic integrity is also expected.  Students should become familiar with the University policy on plagiarism and the consequences of failure to comply.



Incompletes will only be granted for verifiable medical/family emergencies and must be approved by instructor.


NOTE: The instructor will keep students apprised of assignment grades via the online class Grade book. Students are responsible for contacting the instructor if they do not receive any grade by 10 days after the assignment submission date.




Course Requirements

Discussion:  Students are expected to participate in in-class discussions in a constructive, thoughtful manner.  The Forum section of the Oncourse site is where discussions will take place.

Modules: It is crucial that students follow the weekly modules. The module for the week will be posted each Sunday and provide a detailed schedule for the week and instructions for the brief weekly assignments. This is also where students will find the powerpoints for the week.

Announcements: It is essential that students read all messages posted in the Announcements section of the Oncourse site.


**All due dates are noted in the Course Guide/Schedule.**


Weekly Assignments (15 @ 2% each)=30%

Document Analysis (2 @ 10% each)=20%

Mid-term Exam=15%

Final Exam=15%


The Course Evaluation

Many students disregard course evaluations as an optional part of taking a course. At IUN, and especially for online classes, completing the course evaluations is not optional.  Your input, suggestions, opinions matter and are taken seriously. We cannot continue to promote online course offerings if students do not complete their course evaluations because departments are held accountable for having adequate response rates and instructors are also affected by low response rates. Please do your part in understanding that it is part of your duty as a student to complete every course evaluation, regardless of how you personally feel about the course or the instructor. They are that important.



IU Academic Policies

This course is governed by IU academic policies in the following areas:

  • Grading Guidelines
  • Writing Standards
  • Academic Integrity and Plagiarism
  • Course Evaluations
  • Students With Disabilities


A (90-100) = Excellent
B (80-89) = Good
C (70-79) = Below standards
F (69 or below) = Failure
FN = Failure for nonattendance
I = Incomplete
W = Withdrew




Additional Information


The home page of Oncourse has links, video tutorials and several tips and updates to help you navigate the website. IU has prepared a reference page containing links to information about a variety of resources to help you function successfully in your online Oncourse class.

Right to Accommodation for Individuals with Disabilities

Indiana University is committed to creating a learning environment and academic community that promotes educational opportunities for all individuals, including those with disabilities. Course directors are asked to make reasonable accommodations, upon request by the student or the university, for such disabilities. It is the responsibility of students with documented physical or learning disabilities seeking accommodation to notify their course directors and the relevant campus office that deals with such cases in a timely manner concerning the need for such accommodation. Indiana University will make reasonable accommodations for access to programs, services, and facilities as outlined by applicable state and federal laws.

Campus support office:

Student Support Services, HH 29, (219) 980-6798
Student Support Services