Required Reading: History of the American Economy, by Walton and Rockoff, 11th edition; Reserve Materials, Handouts, Course Web Page. Note: earlier editions of the text are generally fine to use, but you are respondible for knowing which page numbers cover the required content.
Econ 323D: Econ 323D can only be taken at
the same time as
Econ 323 and is designed to provide additional economic depth to
you are an Economics or Business Administration major you must
for Econ 323D and take Econ 210 as a pre- or
co-requisite. Economics minors
and anyone else interested in the material are also strongly encouraged
to take Econ 323D. See Professor Eschker if you have
Econ 323D students
attend class for three hours each week on Tuesday and
Thursday and also the fourth hour
on Wednesday. During
the fourth hour, we will analyze the course material using more
models and additional readings will be assigned to help you to
better understand the technical material. Students enrolled
Econ 323D will take in-class quizes during the extra meeting time and
will have additional homework assignments.
U.S. History Institutions Requirement: This course fulfills The California State University's U.S. History Institution Requirement. Some topics, such as Native Americans and the colonists, the condition of blacks after the Civil War, women in the labor force, and income inequality will be discussed separately. Other topics, such as the nature and consequences of immigration, labor unions, regional differences, and the expansion of government are found in many chapters and will be discussed throughout the semester.
Lower Division Area D GE: Econ 323 may be used to fulfill a lower division Area D GE course, except if another HSU or a transfer American Institutions course has already been used in lower division GE Area D. Only one Institutions course can fulfill a GE requirement.
Course Objective: After completing this course the student will be able to 1) identify significant and defining events in U.S. history from 1600 to today 2) explain the interaction of distinct U.S. regions 3) explain the relationship of the U.S. to foreign countries and its consequences 4) illustrate the role of major ethnic groups, cultures, social groups, and other minorities in shaping U.S. history 5) demonstrate how the persistence of institutions has provided a continuous American experience 6) demonstrate how economic incentives have played a role in shaping U.S. history and 7) recognize the research methods used by economic historians.
Course Grade (Econ 323 only): The grade for
this course is based on five parts:
Five-minute papers (25%), an essay (20%), a midterm exam (20%), a final
exam (20%), and classroom participation (15%).
Course Grade (Econ 323 + Econ323D): The grade for this course is based on six parts: Five-minute papers (15%), an essay (15%), a midterm exam (15%), a final exam (15%), classroom participation (15%), and quizes (25%).
Essay: The essay will discuss a journal article that deals with American economic history. Approved sources for articles are the Journal of Economic History, Explorations in Economic History, The Economic History Review, and the Journal of Economic Perspectives. These journals are very accessible to non-econ majors. The journal article must be about U.S. economic history before 1980. In your role as the article discussant, you will 1) identify the question that the article is trying to answer, 2) explain how the author tries to answer the question, 3) explain the article's conclusion and relevance, 4) give criticisms that you have with the paper, and, importantly, 5) offer your suggestions for making the paper better. The essay will be 3-4 pages long, typed, and double-spaced. Do not hand in a copy of the article with your essay, but instead provide a complete reference so that I can find it if needed. The best papers will not simply summarize the article but rather provide an insightful evaluation of the paper. You may want to reference materials learned in class. You will turn in two drafts of your essay, and both will be graded. The first is due Thursday, March 28 and is worth about 2/3 of the score. I will grade and edit this first draft and return to you. The final draft is due Thursday, April 25. You must turn in your first draft along with the revised draft. Do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
I strongly suggest that you visit the HSU writing center in Library 32 (basement) before you turn in your first draft.
You can read the Grading Rubric and Good Writing Rules and the Essay Suggestions. Here are good writing examples 1, 2, and 3.
Midterm Exam: The Midterm Exam will be Thursday, March 14. No alternate time will be provided.
Final Exam: The Final Exam will be on the official day listed by the Registrar: Tuesday, May 14, 10:20am-12:10pm (for section 1, TR 11am-12:20 pm) and Tuesday, May 14, 12:40-2:30 pm (for section 2, TR 12:30-1:50pm). No alternate time will be provided.
Classroom Participation: Participation is
needed in order for
our discussions to function properly. Please be courteous to others and
help to encourage participation by as many students as possible.
Your grade will be based on my evaluation
of your contribution to the classroom over the entire
can participate by raising issues or volunteering to answer questions
class. Those who do
not participate can expect to receive no
Quizes (323D): In class quizes will be given during our Wednesday meetings or as homework. I will count the best 8 of 9 scores. The quizes will test your understanding of the assigned reading material. Quizes will usually be given at the beginning of the period and cannot be made up.
Cheating: "Formula" sheets are not allowed in the exams. Your essay is to be written by yourself. Any one caught cheating will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.
Internet Access: This course will make much use of the Internet:
I check my e-mail quite often. An e-mail question will likely have the greatest chance for a speedy reply. Even if I cannot be found in person or by phone, I will usually be able to answer your e-mail messages.
I expect you to regularly check your email, since I may use email to alert you with special announcements.
Course Outline: The following is a guide to the topics we will cover, with corresponding chapters from the text and reserve materials. Adjustments may be made if warranted.
Remember that I am available to help you with the class. If you have any concerns, it is always best to see me earlier rather than later. Don’t hesitate to contact me.