Getting Started With This Course
Orientation for this course is recommended.
Your instructor will hold the orientation online using self-paced tools, email and/or discussions. (A self-paced orientation does NOT mean the entire course is self-paced.) You should plan to access your online course no later than the first day of the session. Failure to do so may jeopardize your grade.
Other Orientation Information
While there will be NO on-campus orientation, students will be required to read a series of posts on the Canvas course site's "Introductory Posts Board" and "Rules, Policies and Assignment Questions Board" detailing the requirements, activity expectations, posting standards and other information relevant to the completion of the course. Also, students will be required on the first day to post a personal introduction on the "Introductory Questions Boards" board for the purposes of taking attendance.
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
Log in to your Canvas course space at
- 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, go to WebAdvisor.
Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow
the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND either your 7 digit student ID number OR your
social security #. 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
this link to see the book list for your course.
Other Information about the Course
The Books Will Be:
Brinkley, Alan. The Unfinished Nation: A Concise History of the American People, Volume 2. (7th Edition)
Madaras, Larry and James M. SoRelle. Taking Sides: Clashing Views in United States History. Volume 2, The Reconstruction to the Present. (15th Edition)
Grading: The overall grading of the course will be determined by a weighted average stemming from marks for Fourteen Weekly Discussions (20%), Three Exams (60%), and One Essay (20%).