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17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: HIST 372
Course Title: American Indian History
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Mon 
Additional Notes:

Because of the holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, the class will meet on Friday at 6pm in Week 2.

This is a hybrid course consisting of both in-seat and online instruction through various resources, discussions and homework. Please note we will meet face-to-face every week, unless otherwise noted. You are expected to attend every class. The online portion of our course is located in D2L.

As part of the college wide assessment process, the final term paper (referred to as The Comparative Analysis) will undergo an additional evaluation which is apart from the regular grading criteria for the assignment.


Catalog Description

Analysis of American Indian history from prehistory to the present. The course considers the integrity and viability of indigenous societies in North America, the dynamic process of cultural persistence and change, and the clash of cultures that began with European conquest. In particular, it traces the formation and operation of U.S. government policy toward the “first peoples” over the course of several generations. Particular attention will be given to the pre-contact traditions, survival strategies and tribal sovereignty exemplified by native communities in the U.S   Prerequisite: Junior standing or instructor's permission. Course meets Multicultural graduation requirement. 


Junior standing or instructor's permission.


American Indian History: A Documentary Reader 2009 edition
Author: Townsend, Camilla, ed. (Wiley-Blackwell)
ISBN: 9781405159081
Category/Comments - Primary Source
The People: A History of Native America 1st edition
Author: R. David Edmunds, Frederick E. Hoxie, and Neal Salisbury (Houghton Mifflin)
ISBN: 9780669244953
Category/Comments - Secondary Source
The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the Heart of the Continent 2007 edition
Author: Kathleen DuVal
ISBN: 9700812219395
Category/Comments - Secondary Source

Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Describe the significant people, places, and events of American Indian history.
  2. Analyze the historical forces that shaped the pre-contact traditions of the indigenous societies in North America.
  3. Explain the strategies of resistance and accommodation employed by different Indian nations.
  4. Analyze the factors shaping federal Indian policy from removal to self-determination.
  5. Evaluate the strengths, weaknesses, and trends in the historiography of American Indians.

Instructional Methods

There is a mix of lecture, discussion, presentation of assigned research, the use of maps and other multi media resources, to include items from Stafford Library's Films on Demand. 

There will also be a term paper, referred to as the Comparative Analysis and a final exam, taken in class the last evening of the course.

D2L will be used to maintain the gradebook, make announcements, provide reference materials, and upload the draft and final versions of the Document Analysis as well as a required peer review of the draft.

Out of Class Activities

Students are expected to to do outside research (such as with Stafford Library) in order to complete specific weekly assignments as well as the requirements for the Document Analysis (term paper). 

Graded Activities

Document and Term Identification400 Points40% of grade
Description -

Each week students will discuss the assigned document readings and specific terms related to those readings. 

Method of Evaluation -

Presentation of each part of the assignment to be done on class, 25 points for each part, 50 points total each week.

Comparative Analysis Draft75 Points7.5% of grade
Description -

Students will submit a rough draft of their Comparative Analysis

Method of Evaluation -

Upload to D2L Dropbox, graded based on specific criteria.

Comparative Analysis Peer Review25 Points2.5% of grade
Description -

Students will upload their draft Comparative Analysis to the Discussion Forum. Each student will pick one of their classmate's drafts and provide input based on specific criteria.

Method of Evaluation -

Based on guidelines to be given by the instructor. Note: students are not grading the draft, only providing input. Instructor will grade the submission.

Comparative Analysis100 Points10% of grade
Description -

Students will complete a final version of the Comparative Analysis. This version will be assessed in line with Columbia College guidelines established by the History Department for HIST 372. 

Method of Evaluation -

Scoring rubric will be used to grade the Comparative Analysis as part of the overall class grade. Instructor will also provide the college the results of the assessment criteria associated with the assignment (NOTE: this is not a factor in the final grade for the course).

Final Exam400 Points40% of grade
Description -

Comprehensive exam to be given the final two hours of the last night of class.

Combination of multiple choice and essay questions.


Grading Scale

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

Additional Information / Instructions

Participation in class requires being prepared to discuss the assigned activities each evening. 

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
The Native Universe

Class introductions, review of syllabus and course assignments. Discussion of first week readings, term identifications. Discussion of schools of Historiography.
Presentation from Films on Demand of early native American history, maps showing areas of population in precolonial times.
Introductory Lecture: the Native Universe


Townsend, Introduction and chapter 1
Edmunds, chapter 1


Be prepared to discuss the readings

Be prepared to discuss the terms assigned. These will be sent to you the week prior to first evening of class. After week 1, terms will be assigned in class for the following weeks

Additional Notes:

NOTE: Because of the holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther king the class will meet on Friday of Week 2.

Week 2
Close Encounters

NOTE: Because of the holiday in honor of Dr. Martin Luther king the class will meet on Friday of Week 2

Discussion of readings; discussion of term identifications
Lecture: Close encounters; the collision of Europe and native America
Maps of European exploration and impact on various native American tribes


Townsend, chapters 2-4
Edmunds, chapters 2-4


Be prepared to discuss term Identifications as assigned from previous week
Be prepared to discuss assigned readings

Additional Notes:

Since class is meeting on Friday of week 2 and then comes back to meet on Monday of week 3, it is recommended that students start on the reading for week 3 as early as possible in week 2. 
Terms to be identified for weeks 2 and 3 will be provided during the first week meeting.

Week 3
Spirited Resistance

Discussion of the readings, discussion of term identifications as assigned from prior week
Lecture: Indian reaction and to the impact of events from the French and Indian War through the American Revolution to the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Film clips: Revolutionary War, Lewis and Clark


Townsend, chapter 5
Edmunds. chapters 5-7 
DuVal, pp.1-127


Be prepared to discuss the readings
Be prepared to discuss the term identifications

Week 4
Removal and Diaspora

Discussion of the readings and term identifications as assigned from prior week
Lecture: Indian removal policies and consequences from 1825-1860
Examine diaries and maps of the Trail of Tears


Townsend, chapter 6
Edmunds, chapters 8-10
DuVal, pp. 128-148


Discuss readings
Discussed term identifications assigned from prior week

Week 5
Wars in the West

Discussion of the readings and the terms assigned for the evening
Lecture: impact of the Civil War on native Americans; the Indian wars of the latter 19th century, assimilation and Ghost Dancers
Film clips: the Little Bighorn
Indian Treaties and President Grant's peace policy


Townsend, chapter 7
Edmunds, chapters 11-12


Reading as assigned
Term identifications assigned from prior week
Submit draft Comparative Analysis to dropbox

Week 6
The Growth of the BIA

Discussion of draft Comparative Analysis
Discussion of assigned readings
Discussion of term identifications
Examination of the BIA website
Film clip: Jim Thorpe


Townsend, chapters 8-9
Edmunds, chapters 13-14


Submit draft Comparative Analysis for peer review; must be submitted to the Discussion Forum set up for this assignment

Week 7
The Rise of Red Power

Discussion of the readings  for week 7
Discussion of the assigned term identifications
Lecture: the causes for the rise of Indian militancy in the late 20th century
Examination of the NCAI website
Film clip: Incident at Oglala


Townsend, chapter 10
Edmunds chapters 15-17


Discuss the assigned readings
Discuss the term identifications assigned from the prior week

Week 8
Indian Country in the New Millennium

Discussion of readings
Discussion of term identifications
Lecture: the state of Native America in the 21st century
Complete final exam


Townsend, chapter 11
Edmunds, chapter 18


Submit final Comparative Analysis to dropbox
Be prepared to discuss term identification assigned in prior week
Complete final exam in class


Final exam, last two hours of class


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