HIST172: 20th Century America
Section: E1     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearIntersession 2018 / (4 weeks): Dec 15, 2017 to Jan 12, 2018
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Martin Sutton   Email: Martin.Sutton@bucks.edu
Phone: 215-968-8340

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 3 - 5 hours every day for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation for this course is optional.


Your instructor will be handling orientation as indicated below.

Other Orientation Information
The course covers United States history from 1890 up to the early 1990s (first Clinton Administration). The main focus is on the period from WW I through WW II and its aftermath, with attention paid to the Vietnam era and the years that followed. There are six essays ("written assignments" in Canvas) based upon reading assignments in the textbook. The textbook for the course is as follows: Walter LaFeber et al, "The American Century: A History of the United States Since the 1890s," Sixth Edition. A book list is included in the course format ("Syllabus") in Canvas from which you may select a book for the book report assignment. Online discussion is mandatory. There is no formal orientation session or the course but the instructor is available and open to student questions. If after reading the syllabus there are any such questions, direct them to suttonm@bucks.edu.

Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at bucks.instructure.com

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

The one item for student purchase is the textbook for the course, "The American Century: A History of the United States Since The 1890s, Seventh Edition." It is always available at the BCCC bookstore. It is vital for students to obtain the book before the beginning of the semester since the assignments begin right away. As far as the posts are concerned, I prefer them to be concise but substantive. All assignments are to be posted to Canvas. Due dates for the papers and all other requisite information about the course can be found in the course syllabus section in Canvas. Just look for the course by subject and number, HIST 172. Stay in touch with me before and during the semester as I am always available to discuss course matters with students. I think you will enjoy reading about the nation's development in what is arguably the its most dynamic century, with the greatest impact on our current status as a nation and society. One major expectation is that every student will read the book in its entirety. The second expectation is that the written assignments will be submitted on time. Due dates are included in the course syllabus found in Canvas. As this is a short semester, it is important to get moving on assignments and reading right away.