HIST139 World War II

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST139 World War II
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a survey of the Second World War. Major topics include the roots and causes of the war, diplomacy, the major campaigns and battles, and the home-fronts of the major participants.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. identify the major factors and events which led to the onset of World War II in both Europe and Asia;
    2. demonstrate an understanding of the major campaigns and battles of European Theater of World War II;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the major campaigns and battles of the Pacific Theater of World War II;
    4. describe the conditions and social, political, and cultural features of the homefronts of the major participants; and
    5. evaluate the role of World War II diplomacy in the start of the Cold War.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. road to war and pre-war diplomacy
    2. fall of Scandinavia and France
    3. battle of Britain and the Balkan Campaign
    4. invasion of Russia to 1943
    5. sea and air war
    6. the Rising Sun 1931-1942
    7. the U.S. and war
    8. the home fronts: Germany and Britain
    9. North Africa to Sicily
    10. the tide turns in the Pacific
    11. from D-Day to the Bulge
    12. from the crossing of the Rhine to V-E Day
    13. to victory in the Pacific
    14. the beginning of the Cold War and post-war diplomacy
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date -2/99; Revised 5/2012; New Core 8/2015