HIST149 America: The Cold War Years (1945-1990)

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST149 America: The Cold War Years (1945-1990)
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
V. Other Pertinent Information
To be offered in alternate years
VI. Catalog Course Description
An examination of the post-World War II era featuring diplomatic conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union. When diplomacy broke down, military conflict ensued in such diverse places as Korea, Vietnam, Hungary, and Afghanistan. The course examines the background, causes, and course of this sustained conflict.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    1. To determine why and how the Cold War began, study its course and conclusion, and how it affected Americans at home.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. Background - 1815 to 1917
    2. The Stalin years in Russia
    3. Post-Stalin confrontation and conciliation
    4. Glasnost and the fall of the Berlin Wall
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Textbook reading and films.

Review/Approval Date -12/99; New Core 8/2015