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HIST 111 - United States History 1 - Michael Felix, M.A.

Course:United States History 1
Professor:Michael Felix, M.A.
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


My name is Michael Felix and I currently teach as a freelance, independent History Instructor for College of the Canyons and Pasadena City College. I am an experienced veteran instructor and I look forward to helping you achieve your goals.

Course Description

This course surveys American civilization, from the Pre-Columbian era through Reconstruction, emphasizing the political, cultural, economic, and social history of the United States. Meets Title V American Institutions U.S. History requirement for the associate degree.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Assess the history of America and the United States from the Colonial period through the Civil War.
  2. Analyze the cultural, social, and political diversity embodied in the American experience from the sixteenth century through 1865.
  3. 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.

Student Performance Objectives

  1. Analyze the diversity, complexity, and contributions of Pre-Columbian North America Indians.
  2. Assess the European expansionist ethos in the "Age of Discovery."
  3. Evaluate the historical impact of early contact between American Indian, African, and European peoples.
  4. Assess early Spanish, French, and British colonial efforts in North America.
  5. Trace the evolution of English colonization in the Chesapeake and New England.
  6. Judge the importance of New England's King Philip's War and Virginia's Bacon's Rebellion.
  7. Assess the role of women and children in colonial America.
  8. Analyze the religious and philosophical currents present in mid-eighteenth century colonial America.
  9. Evaluate the importance of the French and Indian War.
  10. Explain the causes of the American Revolution.
  11. Contrast the arguments surrounding the ratification of the Constitution.
  12. Compare and contrast the North and the South during the Early National period.
  13. Assess the importance of the War of 1812.
  14. Evaluate the rise of political parties and the advent of Jacksonian democracy.
  15. Analyze the significance of antebellum reform movements--especially abolitionism and women's suffrage.
  16. Compare and explain the development of African American culture among both slaves and free blacks.
  17. Evaluate the circumstances leading to the outbreak of the Mexican War.
  18. Compare and contrast the positions of the pro-slavery and free soil/free labor factions in American society.
  19. Evaluate the political, cultural, economic, and regional differences that led to disunion and the Civil War.
  20. Appraise the major factors that led to union victory in the Civil War.

What to Expect in this Course

When this course is offered in a short-term, late-start, 5 or 8 week course, major time commitment will be required for success. In those cases, we must fit 16 weeks of material and learning into a 5 or 8 week format.

Course content and directions, instructions, and assignments will be delivered online through the college learning management system, CANVAS. We will be using weekly modules set up in CANVAS to access content and material. 

This course is primarily self paced, self-directed, and requires mostly independent learning. Instructor is available for e-mail consultation and guidance and provides extensive written feedback, evaluation, and assessment of writing skills.  

This course is 100% online. This course does not require any on campus meetings or contact. This course does NOT require any zoom meetings for instruction or office hours. During this pandemic, instructor is only but always available for help and assistance through e-mail contact. Students should not expect office hours via zoom.

Types of Assessments

Weekly Inquizitive Activities provided by the Norton Publishing Company, weekly multiple choice quizzes based on chapter readings, periodic primary source document write ups, various discussion boards on important topics, cumulative final exam in multiple choice format. The InQuizitive adaptive activities will help you learn the textbook material at your own pace, and the History Skills Tutorials will help you critically read and analyze like a historian. You must access these activities through my Canvas course in order for your scores to report to the grade book. The first time you click on the InQuizitive, History Skills, or eBook link you will be prompted to create an account and register a code. New texts in the bookstore contain a code which gives you access to all of these digital resources. You may also purchase a code during the registration process, or sign up for 3 weeks of trial access and enter or purchase a code later.

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

DR. ERIC FONER, Give Me Liberty, 6th Seagull Edition: Volume 1 Paperback with Inquizitive Access Card [code]: ISBN: 978-0-393-41824-8


Ebook option with Inquizitive Access Card[code]: ISBN: 978-0-393-41825-5

Weekly activities and quizzes are based on the assigned text readings. It is assumed you are completing the readings. The final exam is based on having completed the readings. Be aware of the importance of the text readings.

Other Relevant Course Information

Computer Requirements

You will need to have an up-to-date browser, operating system and some additional software on your computer to take this class. Some of the documents in this course will be available to you in PDF form. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader software on your computer, you can download it by going to

CANVAS works best using a secure desk top or PC laptop and when viewed through the Firefox or Google Chrome web browsers. CANVAS tends to freeze up on students who use other web browsers and Mac/Apple products or hardware.

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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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

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Veterans Resource Center

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Last updated: 10/26/2021 Sub#: 1095