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Professor:Kathleen Hitt
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Professor Hitt

Hello my name is Kathleen Hitt, and I have an M.A. in history from Cal State Northridge, with honors, studied French at UCLA, and have my B.A. from Occidental College.  I have been a Film Researcher for 'Washington the Warrior' and 'Washington’s Generals' for the History Channel in 2006.  I gave a paper at Oxford, Women and Education Conference, 2018 published in the Oxford Journal of Public Policy entitled Concubine or Cougar? Constructing the Creative Female Persona in Early Modern Europe and Transitioning from Indirect to Direct Power in a Man's World. I am a published historian having published entries in ABC-CLIO World War II Encyclopedia on Franklin D. Roosevelt, and other World War II personages.

Course Description

Hist 111 Course Description

Course Summary:  This course provides a chronological and thematic survey of the social, political, cultural, economic, diplomatic and intellectual developments that have shaped United States history from Discovery through the Reconstruction periods including the Revolution, the Constitution, Jeffersonianism, Jacksonianism, Sectionalism, Slavery and Abolitionism, Expansionism, the Civil War, and Reconstruction. The goal of this course is to acquaint you, the student with the discipline of history, but also to familiarize them with significant issues and themes which have shaped U.S. History.  This class will help  you develop an ability to think critically, analytically, and historically.  Students will be given a sense of chronology and to perceive the interrelated nature of events within a historical context.  The class also includes research, organization, and analysis of historical sources.

What to Expect in this Course

Time Commitment & Recommended Skills

Time commitment: This course is 5 weeks long, and (according to the Carnegie Rules) you are looking at about 20 hours per week to complete the work for this course. Although at times this might seem a bit overwhelming,  I am here to support you! Your time commitment will vary based upon your own level of experience with
web technologies. Although this class is designed for novice users, you should have the following:

  • Basic computer skills (word processing, email, file management)
  • Basic Internet skills (use of browser, searches, uploading/downloading files)
  • Familiarity with discussion boards
  • An open mind and willingness to try new things

If you require special accommodations, please contact me as soon as possible to ensure a quality learning experience.

 Technical Requirements:

  1. Fairly recent Mac or PC (not more than 3 years old) and a current operating system.
  2. Web browser that is current and either Chrome or Firefox. (Internet Explorer and Safari are no longer compatible with Canvas.)
  3. Internet connection (at least DSL speed) for viewing online videos.

Types of Assessments

Weekly Outline

You will move through the modules, do readings, and complete the assignments as they become available by the due dates.

Upload into Canvas.

The course is divided into learning units, or Modules. Each learning unit will appear in the Modules section of the course. To get started each week, closely review the Introduction and Getting Started pages, which list the learning objectives and required assignments for the unit.

Assessments and Grading

Each assessment will be scored during the week it is assigned, based on the provided rubric.

Graded Assignments:

  • One Midterm Exam…20 points
  • 1  Primary source Essay 5 pages, analyzing Phillis Wheatley’s poem and letter to George Washington, and his reply - 15 points
  • Discussion - Let’s Meet Eachother! – 10 points possible
  • Quizzes, – 30 points total added at end of the semester.
  • Final Exam:  25 points Cumulative.
  • Extra Credit: Equal opportunity is given for extra credit assignments to be completed during the student’s own time during course of this class. Example: a virtual or in person visit to a museum, viewing a film (pre-approved title) and 2-3 page report written about the experience.
  • Example: a visit to a museum, or viewing a film (pre-approved title, subject related to Historical content) and write a 3 page report about the experience. Build an architectural project.

Textbook Information

Textbook (Strongly Suggested)

Foner, Eric. Give me Liberty! Vol. I. - 5th Edition ISBN-13: 978-0393614152

The textbook is available in the College of the Canyons Bookstore, and online.


Other Relevant Course Information

You Got this!!!

**Please submit ALL assignments via Canvas.

You will move through the modules, do readings, and complete the assignments as they become available by the due dates.

  • **Quizzes may show "complete/incomplete" when you submit, but if majority of quizzes are completed, it will be worth a possible 30 points total added at the conclusion of course.

Papers and exams should be completed and text entry or uploaded on Canvas. Please also look in Comments section of that assignment for grade and comments I make.

Exams:  For each exam you will write two well-constructed essays from several essay choices given, answering every part of the essay question, with depth and detail.

The Final Exam (essays) will be based on lecture material, textbook readings, assignments, quizzes, research terms or outlines, or film clips shown through Canvas.

*Failure to Add/Drop the Course: Please note it is the student's responsibility to add and/or drop this class with the Admissions Office by the Withdrawal dates as indicated in the class schedule. For further clarification, please contact the Admissions Office, and/or your Academic Counselor. Failure to drop the class by the Withdrawal date, may result in the student receiving a grade of "F" or FW at the end of the course.

Additional Resources


This course can be accessed on the first day of class via Canvas at Log into Canvas using your CanyonsID single sign-on:

  • CanyonsID Username is your COC student email address (Ex:
  • CanyonsID Password is your COC student email password

Please visit the Get to Know Your Online Classroom page for help logging into Canvas and for tips on using Canvas and Zoom. Canvas Chat Support is also available 24/7 for any Canvas related issues.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE online tutoring resources to COC students!

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC. A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accomodation Center website.

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

Often the pressure on our students is very strong, involving academic commitments, relationships, outside jobs and family pressure to name a few. The staff and faculty of College of the Canyons are here to see you succeed academically and care about your emotional and physical health. You can learn more about the broad range of confidential student services, including counseling and mental health services available on campus by visiting the Student Health & Wellness Center in the Student Services Building (across from the bookstore). The phone number is 661-362-3259 that you can call 24/7. You can also e mail for an appointment at At the Canyon Country Campus the Health Center will be in the new Student Services Building.

Also, the National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline number is now 988. All students at COC are encouraged to enter that phone number in their cells. You can call it when you, or someone you know, is having thoughts of suicide or is in severe distress.

You can also now use the Crisis Text Line: Just text "Courage" to 741741. Someone will get back to you immediately. Its free, 24/7, and confidential.

Veterans Resource Center

The College of the Canyons Veterans Resource Center is a department within the Student Services Division at the college, created to help veterans and veteran dependents with applying to College of the Canyons, enrolling in classes, and requesting VA Education or Vocational Benefits. For more information please visit the Veterans Resource Center website, email or phone (661) 362-3469.


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Last updated: 07/04/2023 Sub#: 1603