History of the United States  before 1877
CRN: 20816
16 Weeks - Distance Education course 

History 107: Political and Social History of the United States with Brian Waddington  

On-Campus Requirements 
No on campus meetings or testing.


Name Brian Waddington
Email bwaddington@citruscollege.edu
Phone (626) 857-4039
Location CI 124



Course Description
A survey of political, economic, diplomatic, and social development of the U.S. to 1876 along with a survey of American historiography and the varying interpretations of these developments. This course meets the State requirement for American history and is designed for college transfer students.

Course Introduction
Begin the course by reading the Announcement link. Also, go to the Syllabus and Assignments link to get a sense of how your studies are organized and what type of work you will be asked to do.

Course Requirements
The syllabus will give you an idea of how your grade will be determined, along with other essentials such as required texts and contact information. You will be asked to do about twenty to fifty pages of reading per week, and you will need to turn in ten essays that range from about two to three pages in length, along with a final exam essay.  Your final grade will also be based on discussion and participation. Discussion and participation will come through discussion board postings. Our History 107 course will have its discussion board hosted on Blackboard. If you are enrolled in the course, then a username will have been created for you.

Blackboard web site: http://citruscollege.blackboard.com (student accounts will be available the first day of class).

Technical Requirements
All students need to have a personal, private email address for their correspondence with the instructor. You will need to check your mail regularly, particularly after sending correspondence. In-home Internet access and a personal computer are highly recommended. Familiarity with accessing the Internet and sending email, along with good keyboard skills, are also highly recommended.

Instructor Contact
This is a demanding course and I think you will find it to be much more difficult than a traditional history course. I strongly advise that you seriously consider whether the online environment and the rigorous nature of the course will suit your learning style. If you have any questions regarding the course and its requirements and expectations, please contact me at bwaddington@citruscollege.edu  

Details regarding the course are set forth in the class website (see below). When you go there, pay particular attention to the syllabus section and the assignment section.  


Blackboard and WingSpan Information
(Notice:  All Blackboard courses will be available on the first day of classes)
Blackboard --> http://citruscollege.blackboard.com 
WingSpan --> https://wingspan.citruscollege.edu  


  • Update email on WingSpan so it will transfer to Blackboard
  • Your WingSpan ID becomes your Blackboard Username
  • Your WingSpan PIN number (six digits only) becomes your Blackboard password
  • To change these on Blackboard requires you change them on WingSpan
  • Data will be transferred from WingSpan to Blackboard on a regular basis

Once you get to the Blackboard welcome page, click on the History of the United States  before 1877 course link on the right, and you will go to the course site. Familiarize yourself with the course site and if you have any questions please email your instructor with your concerns. Get your textbook and get started with your initial assignments. A major key to your success in this course will be keeping up with both the reading and other assignments.   




If you have a disability documented by a physician or other appropriate professional and wish to discuss academic accommodations, please contact the DSP&S office at (626) 914-8675. Please discuss your accommodations with me by email and be sure to allow at least one week to arrange appropriate accommodations.