HIST152 U.S. History: Modern America
Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History
Course Number and TitleHIST152 U.S. History: Modern America
Number of Credits3 credits
Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester2250
Other Pertinent InformationNone
Catalog Course DescriptionThis course is a survey of the Industrial Age until the end of the Vietnam War and beyond. Students explore the social, cultural, economic, and political dynamics of America’s industrial development and position as a world power.
Required Course Content and Direction
- Course Students will:
- demonstrate an understanding of the history of the United States from the beginning of the Industrial era until the advent of today’s electronic and global age;
- identify the successes and failures of the Reconstruction Period;
- identify many of the major social, technological and cultural advances of World War I and the Progressive Era;
- demonstrate an understanding of the changing cultures, economies, societies and politics of the Roaring 20s and Great Depression;
- demonstrate an understanding of the home front, Pacific and European Theaters of World War II; and
- demonstrate an understanding of the society, culture, economy and politics of the Cold War and post Cold War Periods.
- Core (if applicable) Category I:
- demonstrate knowledge and awareness of some components of our society's cultural heritage such as artistic, historical, linguistic, literary, and philosophical foundations.
- compare, contrast, analyze and/or defend differing world views and practices.
- articulate similarities and differences in the various cultures of the world and demonstrate familiarity with the skills necessary to make informed judgments.
- identify prejudice, stereotypes, and misuses of power that affect the lives of women and/or minorities in areas such as education, business, politics, religion, or industry.
- demonstrate an understanding of major ethical concerns.
Cultural PerspectivesStudents will be able to: International, Gender, and/or Minority PerspectivesStudents will be able to: Responsible CitizenshipStudents will be able to:
Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:
- Reconstruction: an end and a beginning
- the transformation of rural America
- the rise of smokestack America
- becoming a world power
- Progressivism: a reform response to Industrialism
- The Great War: the U.S. becomes a world power
- the 1920’s
- the 1930’s
- World War II
- postwar domestic social change
- The Cold War and the global age
- the high tide to liberalism, social reform and change
- the re-emergence of the conservative tradition in a global age
Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:
- Course Student assessment consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
- Core (if applicable) Student assessment Category I: Cultural Perspectives, Category III: International, Gender and/or Minority Perspectives, and Category III: Responsible Citizenship consists of in-class exams, electronically administered exams, essays, written assignments, multi-media projects, and/or participation in classroom/online discussions.
Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:See course format.
Teaching Methods EmployedSection VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.
Review/Approval Date - 5/04; Core Objectives/Goals added 5/04; Revised 5/2012