History of the United States before 1877 
CRN: 30824
16 Weeks - Distance Education course 
On Campus Requirements
No on campus meetings or testing

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

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 approximately 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.


This course is unlike most online courses at Citrus College as it is hosted on the Citrus server. However, the course will use Blackboard for its discussion board. To log into Blackboard click the logo to the left or use the following link: http://citruscollege.blackboard.com. If you need assistance, go to the Blackboard Login page for more information about logging on to Blackboard.

Logging on to Blackboard requires a login and password. Your username is your Citrus College student ID: CC0-31-2345 (example only). The password for all students is your WingSpan PIN.

Once in the Blackboard system, you can update your personal information, and change your password. Be sure to include your email address or your instructor will not be able to reach you.

Please contact the Distance Education office by phone or email, online@citruscollege.edu if you have problems with Blackboard.

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.

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

Email Accounts 
You will need to use your official Citrus College issued email account. Your email is established when you are registered for classes. You must have access to your email account prior to starting the class.

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  
  • Your WingSpan ID becomes your Blackboard Username
  • Your WingSpan PIN (Personal Identification Number) becomes your Blackboard password
  • To change your PIN/password requires, change it in 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 the 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 your instructor by email. Be sure to allow at least one week for appropriate accommodations to be arranged.