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HIST 111 - United States History I: Pre-Columbian to 1877 - Griselda L. Guillen

Course:United States History I: Pre-Columbian to 1877
Professor:Griselda L. Guillen
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


This is a photo of professor Guillen. She has long brown hair and is wearing sunglasses. She is outside on a sunny day.

Welcome! I earned my Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)  in history at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2009, my Master of Arts (M.A.) in history at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) in 2013, and my preliminary teaching credential in special education at Brandman University in 2019. While completing my M.A. at CSUN, my research centered on the use of children’s literature as propaganda during the First World War, and I presented my research at conferences in Chicago (Illinois), Toronto (Ontario, Canada), Albuquerque (New Mexico), and San Diego (California). I began teaching United States history courses at Antelope Valley College in 2013, and at College of the Canyons in 2014. I also work as an education specialist (i.e., special education teacher) with the Westside Union School District. Special education and history are my passions, and I look forward to teaching you this semester!

Course Description

This course offers a comprehensive analysis of the cultural, economic, political, and social history of the United States from the Pre-Columbian era through the Reconstruction era up to 1877. Even though this is an online course, we will interact regularly via our discussion posts, which will provide a platform for us to share our knowledge and exchange ideas regarding the historical topics discussed in our class.

What to Expect in this Course

This is a 100% online class that students can access through Canvas. All work will be completed entirely online. Students will participate in class discussions each week, in which they will submit an initial post and submit responses to two classmates. Students will also complete a four-page research paper, and a midterm exam and a final exam. The midterm and final exams are broken down into two parts (Midterm Exam Part 1 and Part 2, and Final Exam Part 1 and Part 2). Each part of the midterm and final exams consists of forty questions, and all questions are multiple choice -- they are also open book exams.


Types of Assessments

Here is a snapshot of the assignments for this course:



% of total grade

Netiquette Journal Entry


Counts as attendance

Discussion Posts & Responses



Research Paper



Midterm Exam (Part 1 & 2)



Final Exam (Part 1 & 2) 






Textbook Information

Only two textbooks are required for this course:

  • Roark, James L. The American Promise, Volume 1: To 1877.  Seventh Edition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN 978-1319061999.


  • Johnson, Michael P. Reading the American Past, Volume 1: To 1877. Eighth Edition. New York: Bedford/St. Martin’s. ISBN 978-1319212001.

Other Relevant Course Information

Other relevant course information -- ATTENDANCE DURING WEEK NO.1

Since this is a 100% online course, your attendance will be determined by your submission of your ‘Netiquette Journal’ entry by 11:59PM TUESDAY during the first week of the class. For the Netiquette assignment, students will review “The Core Rules of Netiquette” to reinforce their understanding of proper etiquette when conversing and exchanging their ideas/opinions online with their peers. A short reflection will be completed and submitted as a journal entry, in which students describe the Netiquette rule they feel is most important and why. FAILURE TO COMPLETE THIS ASSIGNMENT BY 11:59PM TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF THE CLASS WILL RESULT IN THE STUDENT BEING DROPPED FROM THE COURSE.



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Additional Resources


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The Learning Center (TLC)

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Management of Stress and Mental Health

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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.

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Last updated: 08/31/2022 Sub#: 148