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HIST-111 - United States History I - Julianne Johnson

Course:United States History I
Professor:Julianne Johnson
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“If you want to do anything new, you must first make sure you know what people have tried before.”- Ernst Gombrich

Welcome to History 111 - United States History! My name is Julie Johnson and I have my MA in History from the University of Nebraska and a Ph.D. in History from Claremont Graduate University. I am an Associate Professor here at College of the Canyons and I am looking forward to this journey with you! I have been teaching at COC since 2014. I am a resident of the Santa Clarita Valley, but I am originally from  Brooklyn, New York.  I love all things New York and California! 

Watch this short video to learn more about the course.

Course Description

Julie's ePortfolio and Liduid Syllabi

The objective of this course is to help you develop an understanding of and a passion for American history and historical questioning. The American experience is multifaceted and complex.  We will evaluate American history from the Pre-Columbian Americas through Reconstruction. Some of the concepts we will focus on include, but are not limited to, tracing the impact of European colonization on Native American populations, judging the importance of colonial conflicts, demonstrating America’s growth in a global context and evaluating the political, cultural, economic, and regional differences that led to disunion, the Civil War, and the Reconstruction era.

Most importantly, Student Learning Outcomes are as follows:

  • Assess the history of America and the United States from the Colonial period through
  • Analyze the cultural, social, and political diversity embodied in the American experience from the sixteenth century through 1877.
  • Examine the origins of the United States Constitution and the milestone events associated with that document from the ratification process through the Civil War and Reconstruction, including the implementation of federalism and the Bill of Rights

What to Expect in this Course

History is much more than just names and dates. Some dates are important to help us frame a concept or turns in historical eras. However, historical motives are key to understanding and interpreting American history. By understanding the why of historical study, you can expand your experience with the past and prepare yourself for the future.

Types of Assessments

You will be graded on the following assignments. Journals and Discussions - 30% Midterm - 25% Final Exam - 25% of final grade CONNECT History Report - 20% of final grade *Grades will not be rounded up.

Textbook Information

Zero Textbook Cost - Online Educational Resource
We will be using as our shared text this semester.  Additionally, there will be primary source readings distributed online. 

Other Relevant Course Information

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Julie's Liquid Syllabus

Additional Resources


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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: 08/02/2023 Sub#: 789