Dr. Quintard Taylor, Jr.
Scott and Dorothy Bullitt
Professor of American History
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History 101:
Survey of the History of the United States
Syllabus - AC & AF

Section AC:
Section AF:

Jessica Lee
Office – Smith 103A
Office Hours Mondays 11.00 – 12.00, Thursdays 11.30 – 12.30 and by appointment

Section Objectives
Our Thursday discussion sections will integrate the readings with lectures and address the themes and issues that arise as we examine United States history from the nation’s earliest days to the present. Discussion section meetings are your chance to talk about new concepts and to ask questions about the material. Everyone is expected to participate in discussion, to listen thoughtfully when others speak, and to help create an environment that encourages critical thought and the exchange of ideas. Because our discussion will draw heavily on the weekly readings, it is very important that you do the reading and think critically about it before coming to section.

In our section conversations, try not to censor your reflections out of fear of “being wrong.” It has been my experience that many times a thought that seems “wrong” turns out, in the end, to be of interest to others and enriches everyone’s understanding. Everyone is here to learn – by asking questions and sharing your thoughts, we will all benefit as we explore these new ideas together.

Please feel free to come to me at any time during the quarter with any questions or concerns you have about the course, your essays, or anything else for that matter. I am here to help you do well in this class!

Email: Email is a great way to reach me with questions or to set up appointments to meet with me. I check email regularly and will generally respond within 24 hours of receiving your email (and often sooner!). I will also use email to communicate important info to you, so please remember to check your UW email account regularly.

Absences: If you know that you will be missing section, please let me know right away. Section is a crucial part of the class - frequent absences will harm your overall grade.

Papers: In this course, you will write three short essays. All papers must be presented in hard copy - I will not accept emailed papers. Papers must be written in Times New Roman 12-point font with 1-inch margins. If you have any questions about these assignments, please feel free to come in and talk with me during my office hours (or by appointment).

A Final Note
I treat this class as a partnership through which, I hope, I will learn from you as much as you will learn from me. As such, I invite you to participate actively during our time together. But at the same time, remember to treat everyone with respect and integrity. Remember to listen carefully and respond respectfully even if discussions become contentious. This is your class — our class — and your contributions will make all the difference.