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> History is NOT just dates and names of dead rich White men. History is a method of the analysis of causation(s), and development – and history is social activism. All History is based on documents and their interpretation. Though there are many types of historical documents, we will stress primary sources and first-person accounts. Every human activity, event, phenomenon, or individual has a History.

> Using the documents the courses for this semester will analyze historical events based on interpretive Themes. These themes include such things as Race; Gender; Class, Political Economy and Human Rights. Each week the readings will expose us to new topics.

> Like the links in the grid above, each of the courses named in the table of contents on the right side of this page is hyper-linked to the course outlines, syllabi, and textbook information for your course (s) (click onto a link). Each course syllabus is also equipped with hyper-links to course materials, including: articles, videos, writing assignment guidelines, mid-terms, and finals. Just click on an underlined link and follow the links to the particular material that you need. Other Modesto College information can be had by clicking the MJC link, above.

EDUCATIONAL PLANNING

Professor’s Biography and Contact Information

ACADEMIC CALENDAR

Spring '13

Jan 14: Spring classes begin (students who have not registered should attend class & ask instructor for an add card)

Jan 14 - Jan 25: Applications will be accepted WITH an Add Card from instructor

Jan 21: Holiday - Martin Luther King Jr.

Jan 25: Last day to add Full-Term Classes in person without Division Deans Signature

Jan 27: Last day to add Full-Term Classes on the web (Census Date)

Jan 27: Last day to drop Full-Term classes online and be eligible for a refund. This is a Sunday, only PiratesNET registration system is available. To drop online you must have a zero dollar balance. You may drop classes using the system until 11:00 pm

Jan 27: Last day to withdraw from Full-Term Classes without a "W" using PiratesNet. You must have a zero dollar balance to drop online. You may drop classes using the system until 11:00 pm

Feb 12: Last day to file for Pass/No Pass for Full-Term Classes

Feb 15-18: (Fri/Mon) Holiday - Lincoln's & Washington's Birthday

March 1: Last day to apply for Associate Degree/Certificate for Spring 2013 to have name in commencement program

April 8: Last day to withdraw from Full-Term Classes* in the Admissions Office (5 pm on East and West Campus), or PiratesNet. You may drop classes using PiratesNet until 11:00 pm on April 8th.

April 29- May 4: Final Examinations

May 3: Last day to apply for Associate degree/Certificate for Spring 2013

May 3: Graduation 6pm

May 4: Semester Ends

*IMPORTANT NOTE: A full-term class is any class that begins and ends after 16 weeks – such as August 27 and ends December 15. A short-term class is any class that does not meet the full-term class definition. Students can register at their scheduled registration date & time or any time thereafter during scheduled registration hours until the day before the class begins.

 

HISTORY

Social Sciences and Humanities

Each semester / course will require the following work

A Midterm Essay = 300 points

A Reading Report = 300 points

A Course Learning Objective Research Project = 300 points

A Final Verbal Discussion = 100 points                                               

1000 points possible – 900 and above = an A grade

I will be accepting all add cards during week #1 of instruction ONLY (Don’t even ask after week #1).

COURSE SYLLABI: COURSE OUTLINES

SPRING 2013

Hist. 106 / sec. 5677 – World Civilizations Through 1600

Hist. 119 / sec. 5680 – U.S. Social & Cultural History Since 1900

Hist. 119 / sec. 5681 – U.S. Social & Cultural History Since 1900

Hist. 155 / sec. 5682 – African American History Since 1900

Hist. 155 / sec. 5683 – African American History Since 1900

Social Sciences 154 / sec. 3903 – Movies With A Message

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

BSU – Black Student’s Union

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

*       Professor’s Publications (LULU)

*       National Archives and Records

*       Timelines

*       Smithsonian

*       National Geographic Photo Archives and Graphics

*       A Guide to History Majors  

*       Other History Courses at MJC and the Professors