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HIST 120 - Role of Women-History of US - Christian Beam

Course:Role of Women-History of US
Professor:Christian Beam
  • Online
Course Length:
  • 5 Week


Christian Beam

I want to welcome you to this 100% online HIST 120 course which will provide an online opportunity for you to explore the history of women in the United States. Please do not hesitate to contact me via email or on CANVAS if you have any questions or concerns at any time. You will find that this course integrates political, social, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and intellectual history in order to convey the experiences of particular groups within the broader perspective of US Women’s History. At the same time, it connects events and issues from the past to the concerns of the present. I believe that history demonstrates human beings continuously adapting to new developments as they shape the world in which they live. Often, ordinary people from a diverse range of backgrounds are thrust into extraordinary circumstances and the result is an exciting study in the "human experiment." My hope is that as you study this long-term process, you will also encounter the unexpected; unique events; unintended outcomes; and singular individuals, who were not born great, but became great due to the extraordinary circumstances they faced in their lives.

Course Description

This United States History 120 course is a challenging one semester thematic approach to the history of women in the United States. The course surveys the role of women in United States history, from the Pre-Columbian era up to contemporary times, emphasizing the political, cultural, economic, and social contributions of women to the history of the United States.”  The course is lecture based but will include an emphasis on discussing and debating key controversies in the American experience from the perspective of women. The course will prepare students for upper-division CSU/UC work in American History courses through an in-depth assimilation of PRIMARY SOURCES and HISTORICAL ISSUES that demonstrate the essential role women have played in and impact on the history of America. In addition, this course will train students to analyze, discuss and debate significant documents and issues in American history. Students MUST be proficient in taking well-organized notes in class and in reading text and documents. In addition, students MUST be proficient in writing free-response essays that follow the required social science format for this course.

What to Expect in this Course

Course Drop Policy: Students that do not complete the first week assignments will be dropped from this course.

Types of Assessments

You will be required to demonstrate academic proficiency by earning points in the following categories:

Exams: You will be required to write a midterm and final essay which will be administered on CANVAS. To pass these exams, you will need to have mastered the information contained in required readings, PPT lectures, discussions and debate. In addition, your essay response MUST follow the directions for writing a social science essay in this course and will be assessed using the course social science writing rubric. It is mandatory for you to take both the midterm and final to pass the course. There will be a rewrite option for the midterm essay, but not for the final essay.

Objective Quizzes: You will discover that each unit module will have quizzes associated with it that will assess your understanding and comprehension of assigned readings. Quizzes are designed to assess your knowledge obtained from reading and studying course material in each lesson. Quizzes are multiple choice and may be taken as many times as necessary to achieve a high score as long as they are completed by the due dates.

Discussion: You will be required to participate on discussion boards associated with topics that will be derived from major issues associated with the history of American women. These discussions will afford you the opportunity to take positions on major issues, make comments on other student’s positions and respond to comments made about your opinions on the issues. These discussions will be graded and monitored by Mr. Beam for content and quality.

All assignments will be online and embedded into the lesson modules. All assignments are untimed, but must be completed by the due date.

Textbook Information

This is a ZTC course. All materials will be provided for the course on the CANVAS homepage.

Other Relevant Course Information

IMPORTANT: The 10 lessons associated with the course must be completed in sequential order. For each lesson you must view or complete the assignment within the lesson to move on to the next lesson. Once a page has been viewed or an assignment completed a green check mark will appear to indicate completion. In addition, all assignments must be completed by their assigned due dates.

*Course lessons are located in "MODULES." Click MODULES from the navigation menu to the left of the site CANVAS page for access.


*Students entering the course via ADD CODE have 24 hours from the time they first access the CANVAS site to complete the introductory quizzes or they will be dropped. This is especially important in a 5 week course in which the add deadline is on the second day of the course and there is still a full waitlist.

*This policy is non-negotiable.

The two introductory quizzes are located in the introductory module.

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: 10/25/2021 Sub#: 973