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HIST 111 - United States History I - Lissa Brassfield

Course:United States History I
Professor:Lissa Brassfield
  • Online
  • InPerson
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


May we think of Freedom not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right.” P. Marshall

Hello and Welcome to United States History!  I have been a history professor at College of the Canyons for 20 years.  I am passionate about history and its importance and relevance to our lives.  We will journey through history together and learn the story of our amazing and unique country.

Course Description

I teach with an emphasis on our social and cultural history.  What happened is important, but its significance is crucial.  History is our story, it’s a human story and its not always pretty or perfect.  History includes subjects which may be sensitive or controversial.  We will study and discuss these topics with sensitivity, however, I will not revise, sanitize or eliminate these subjects.  We will explore the actions and consequences of historic figures and events and the resulting impact.  Come prepared to learn historical truth.  

FOR LIVE ON CAMPUS CLASSES:  Instructor lectures, documentary films and student group discussions will supplement your required textbook reading.  

FOR FULLY ONLINE CLASSES:  Recorded Instructor lectures will supplement your required textbook reading.  

HISTORY 111 –  We will study U. S. History from exploration to Reconstruction.  Topics covered include: Colonial America, the American Revolution, the Constitution of the United States, the early Republic, the Civil War and Reconstruction.  We will explore many areas within these topics: historic figures, native peoples, slavery, women’s experience, our cultural and social history, etc.

HISTORY 112 - We will study United States history from Reconstruction to the present.  Topics covered include:  the Progressive Era, World War I, the Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, the Cold War, the Sixties, up to current events.

HISTORY 120 - We will study the impact of women on the history of the United States from colonization, the Revolutionary era, westward expansion, the Civil War, Reconstruction, the Women's movement, World War I, the Great Depression, World War II, the second wave Women's movement and current events.


What to Expect in this Course

We will use Canvas for assignments, quizzes and exams so you will need to be able to access Canvas regularly.  A new module will be published for each topic of study   Within the published module an Introduction and Information section will provide an overview of our area of study.   The module will also include any assignments, quizzes, exams or other activities for that subject.  Textbook reading is required each week.  Recorded Instructor lectures on most of our topics of study will also be published in your modules.  

Written assignments will be given during the course of the class, usually two short papers or one longer paper.  

For short terms classes, more than one textbook chapter will be assigned each week to complete our required area of study in the shorter time frame.


Types of Assessments

Assessments will include online quizzes and activities, written assignments, participation in online discussion boards and in class active learning. There will be a mid-term and final exam.

Textbook Information


 Short Term classes:   For FALL, 2021 Short Term History 111:   Required textbook:  LAND OF HOPE: An Invitation to the Great American Story.  Author: Wilfred McClay.  THIS IS A LOW COST TEXTBOOK

Full length semester classes, HISTORY 111 and HISTORY 112:   Required textbook --   VISIONS of AMERICA, third edition;  Authors: Keene, et al.  Pearson publishers.  For History 111: Volume 1,  For History 112: Volume 2 

HISTORY 120 - New information coming

                                Please have your textbook available by the start of class.   --    Required textbooks are available in the College bookstore prior to the start of each semester

Other Relevant Course Information

There are short FIRST WEEK ASSIGNMENTS based on the syllabus or other introductory information in our Canvas course shell.  I will drop students who do not complete these assignments by the due dates in the first week of class

If you want to add this class after the semester has begun, please contact me by email for an add code.


Come ready to enjoy history…  I’m looking forward to our class together !

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)

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Last updated: 10/06/2021 Sub#: 734