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Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391


16 / 36 - Late Summer Session
June - August 2017

Course Syllabus

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Course Syllabus
16 / 36 - Late Summer Session
June - August 2017
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: HIST 353 A
Course Title: Missouri History
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Sat 
Additional Notes:

This is a virtual hybrid course which will meet weekly through Blackboard Collaborate (virtually) and online instruction through D2L using various resources, discussion and homework. The instructor will email instructions on how to access Blackboard Collaborate the week prior to the start  of class.


Catalog Description

Survey of Missouri’s development from colonization to the present. This course examines the contributions of Missouri and its inhabitants to the development of the U.S. In particular, it will highlight the state's government over the years. Prerequisite: junior standing.


Prerequisite: junior standing.


Material from this course may be tested on the History Assessment Test (HAT) administered during the Culminating Experience course for the degree. The results of the tests are used by faculty to improve the general education curriculum at the College.


Missouri: The Heart of the Nation 3rd edition
Author: William Parrish, et. al. (Harlan Davidson)
ISBN: 9780882959962
Women in Missouri History: In Search of Power and Influence 2004 edition
Author: LeeAnn Whites, ed. (Missouri)
ISBN: 9780826215260
A Pocket Guide to Writing in History
Author: Mary Lynn Rampolla (Bedford/St. Martin's)
ISBN: 9781457690884
Celia: A Slave
Author: Melton McLaurin (Harper Collins)
ISBN: 9780380803361

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the significant people, places, and events of Missouri history.
  2. Analyze the transition of Missouri from territory to statehood.
  3. Explain the conflict and the violence among Missourians during the Civil War.
  4. Analyze the factors shaping to Missouri’s political culture in the 20th century.
  5. Evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and trends in the historiography of Missouri.

Additional Instructor Objectives

  • To provide each student an opportunity to research aspects that interest them in their local communities.

Special Course Requirements

Technical Requirements

  • 256 MB of free RAM

  • 20 MB free disk space

  • 28.8 kbps Internet connection

  • Speaker and Microphone, headsets are preferred

  • Web Camera

Instructional Methods

Class consists of a mix of lecture, discussion, visual presentations, field trips and online activities.

Out of Class Activities

Online activities to include discussions and reports. Field trips to 1-2 sites, to be determined. Local historical research.

Graded Activities

Class discussion and activities200 Points20% of grade
Description -

Attend each class session, read the assigned materials, participate in the discussions in class as well as be present for field trips

Reports on Local History100 Points10% of grade
Description -

Each student will complete two reports on one prominent Missourian and an aspect of their local community. Each is worth 50 points and will also provide discussion online.

Method of Evaluation -

Meeting the requirements of the assignment as provided in class; use of the Chicago manual of style; proper grammar. Each report must contain at least 625 words.

Critical Analysis100 Points10% of grade
Description -

Review of the book Celia: A Slave.

Method of Evaluation -

Follows the assignment guidelines; use of the Chicago manual of style. Critical analysis must contain at least 1250 words.

Term Paper100 Points10% of grade
Description -

Research into an aspect of Missouri history

Method of Evaluation -

Follows assignment guidelines; use of the Chicago manual of style. Term paper must contain at least 2500 words exclusive of title page, end notes and bibliography.

Online Activities100 Points10% of grade
Description -

Participates in the online activities established in the Desire2Learn portion of the course.

Final Exam400 Points40% of grade
Description -

Comprehensive exam given the last class session. Consists of short answer, identification and essay questions. Based on the Parrish text.

Method of Evaluation -

Graded final exam. No make ups allowed.


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Missouri: Colonial development

Study of Missouri during its prehistory through colonial times.


Parrish, chapters 1-3
Whites, introduction, essay 1 (page 15), essay 2 (page 31)
Rampolla, chapter 6


Complete reading prior to class. Be prepared to share with the class where in Missouri you have lived and one interesting fact about your home town or current residence.
Complete assigned online activities before Thursday of Week Two.

Week 2
Lewis and Clark, Statehood Controversy and the Opening of the West

Clips presented on the Lewis and Clark expedition; examination of the events leading to Missouri statehood. Profiles of early Missouri communities. Establishment of Jefferson City and the state's first constitution. Field trip TBD.


Parrish, chapters 4-6
Whites as assigned
Rampolla as assigned
Begin reading Celia


Class discussion, participation on field trip, review online assignments, submit topic for term paper. Complete next set of online assignments before Thursday of Week Three. 1st report due.



Week 3
Missouri and the Civil War

Examine Missouri's role in the war. Look at various locations in the state where fighting occurred. Assess the political structure of the state during the war. Examine Missouri's Civil War constitution. Discuss online activities from Week 2.


Parrish, chapters 7-9
Whites as assigned
Rampolla as assigned
Continue reading Celia.


Paper outline due. Complete online assignments before Thursday of Week Four.

Week 4
Post Civil War Missouri

Study Missouri's development after the Civil War; examine the state's third constitution. 2nd field trip TBD. Discuss online assignments from week 3.


Parrish, chapters 10-13
Whites as assigned
Rampolla as assigned
Continue reading Celia


Report 2 is due. Complete online activities for week 4 before Thursday for Week Five. Participate in field trip TBD. 



Week 5
Missouri, the Great War and the Roaring 20's

Examine Missouri's reaction to and role played in World War I. Assess developments in the state during the 1920's. Discuss online activities from Week 4. 


Parrish, chapters 14-15
Whites as assigned
Rampolla as assigned


Submit critical analysis of Celia: A Slave. Discuss the book and complete other online activities before Thursday of Week Six.

Week 6
Depression, War and Reform

Study the impact of the Great Depression on Missouri, its role in World War II and the changes made in state and local government and the state's social, cultural and economic development. Examine Missouri's 4th constitution.


Parrish, chapters 16-17
Whites as assigned
Rampolla as assigned


Discuss online activities from Week 5. Complete online activities for Week 6 before Thursday of Week Seven.

Week 7
Missouri's Development from the 1960's to the 1980's

Examine the causes and events related to Missouri's development from the 1960's through the 1980's. Discuss online activities from Week 6. Review for final exam.


Parrish chapters 18-19
Whites as assigned


Submit term paper. Discuss term paper topics online. Complete Week 7 online activities before Thursday of Week Eight.



Week 8
From the 1990's into the 21st century

Examine Missouri's development from the 1990's up to today. Discuss online activities from Week 7.


Parrish chapter 20




Final Exam, 400 points


Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.

Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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