College of the Siskiyous

HIST 1017 - United States History to 1877

Online Course Information

Spring 2019 (Section #3119)


I am glad you are considering taking this history class. This is a fun, exciting and challenging course. If you have not done so already and you would like to take the class, contact the College of the Siskiyous Admissions and Records Office to enroll. This class fills up quickly, so register today!

If the class is full, please add your name to the wait list. If space becomes available in the class, I only add people to the class if their names are on the wait list.

Continue reading to learn more about the course.

Again, welcome to the class.

Dave Bush

Course Description

A survey of American history from pre-contact North America to 1877.

Lab Requirement

All History 1017 and History 1018 sections have a lab requirement.

The “lab” will consist of a combination of discussion activities and historical problem-solving activities. The goal of the lab is for the student to apply concepts learned in lecture in an environment where they can receive more one-on-one oversight and assistance from the instructor than is available in a typical lecture environment.

Course Format

This is a fully online class using the Canvas learning management system. The College of the Siskiyous’ website has detailed information about Canvas. I encourage you to read this information before the first day of class.

This is a distance education course. A distance education course is more like a face-to-face class rather than a correspondence course. In this distance education class, there is a schedule with regular due dates for objective and subjective assignments throughout the term; weekly discussion board participation is a graded requirement to ensure regular and substantive contact. Students must access the class at least three days each week in order to regularly participate in class discussions, check for announcements, read and reply to private messages, send questions to the instructor, watch assigned videos and complete weekly graded assignments.

Additional Information

If this is your first time taking an online class, please read College of the Siskiyous’ Online Survival Guide.

Check Your Email

I send messages to students through their email address. Make sure to regularly check this email account.

Have Questions?

If you have questions about this class, please email the instructor at

I answer emails within forty-eight hours (but usually within twenty-four hours), excluding weekends and holidays.