Home Page for HIST 103

HIST 103: U.S. to 1877

This home page for HIST 103, offered online, provides entry to a collection of web pages that support learning in the course. The website answers all the customary requirements of a course syllabus. Explore the website and use it as a reference throughout the course. To meet the instructors of the course, post assignments, and engage in the (required) participation elements of the course, go to the HIST 103 Facebook page. The Facebook page is the headquarters for course communications. (The course does NOT use Blackboard.) Welcome to HIST 103!
Study Guides About the Course Course Administration
1. History and Mythistory

2. American Indian Cultures

3. Imperialism

4. Life in the English Colonies

5. The Revolution

6. The Constitution

7. Federalists and Republicans

8. The War of 1812

9. Democracy

10. The Mexican War

11. Crossing the Plains

12. Slavery

13. Bleeding Kansas

14. The Civil War

15. Reconstruction

This course is authored by Dr. Tom Isern, Professor of History & University Distinguished Professor, North Dakota State University. It is substantially the same course as he has taught for many years on campus, repackaged for distance delivery. The lectures are talking PDFs that you download to your own computer. Quizzes are taken online using a custom quiz program called QuestBase. Other required work is submitted, and participation takes place, using the Facebook page of the course. The main text for the course, Tocqueville's Democracy in America, is an inexpensive paperback.

The instructional team for the course includes, besides Prof. Isern (who appears only occasionally in everyday transactions of the course, and mostly does troubleshooting behind the scenes)

  • Ms. Amanda Biles, your instructor for the course (your principal contact for day-to-day operations of the course)
The course is NOT asynchronic; this is to say, it is not a work-at-your-own-pace-anytime course. There is a unit for every week, or every 4-5 days during summer, and you have to keep pace. So, you have flexibility as to just when you do the work (2am in your jammies, it's all the same to us), but you have to stay within the overall unit timeframe.

One more thing to emphasize: the course places value on responsibility and engagement. Post your assignments, but also enter into the discussions. That not only helps your grade but also makes the experience better for everyone. Thanks for lending a hand!

Goals - what we're trying to accomplish here

Grades - how you are evaluated and grades awarded

Lectures - handling the files

Quizzes - taken online

Participation - online discussions of Tocqueville

Soft-Point Assignments - consider the options

Scholastic Honesty


How to Ace the Course

The required text is Democracy in America, by Alexis de Tocqueville, edited and abridged by Heffner, paperback, available from the NDSU Bookstore and many other vendors. For an online version of TQ, along with context material, go to the University of Adelaide.

Bulletin description:Survey of United States history to 1877, emphasizing major political, economic, social, and cultural developments.
General Education:Meets requirements for Humanities
History Major:Lower-division course counting toward the major
Accommodations for persons with disabilities:Any students with disabilities who need accommodations in this course are encouraged to speak with Professor Isern as soon as possible to make appropriate arrangements.

Isern Home Page / NDSU History Department