HIST172 20th Century America

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: History

I. Course Number and Title
HIST172 20th Century America
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 American experience from pre-World War I to the present. Students explore the dynamics of America's social, cultural, economic, and political life as the United States reaches maturity as a world power.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. recount the history of the United States from the Pre-World War I period through the 1990s;
    2. develop an understanding of the major military actions of the United States in the 20th century;
    3. evaluate social, cultural, political, and economic changes undergone by the United States during the 20th century;
    4. evaluate the role of the Great Depression and World War II in shaping the policies of the Post World War II Era;
    5. evaluate the effect of increasing technological sophistication on the society and culture of the United States; and
    6. analyze recent historical developments in the United States.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. the twenties: The New Era
    2. the Great Depression and the New Deal
    3. World War II
    4. the Cold War
    5. the Korean War
    6. Eisenhower and the American Consensus
    7. new frontiers
    8. Lyndon Johnson and the Great Society
    9. the Nixon Era
    10. an era of limits
    11. America in the eighties
    12. the 1990s and the new millennium
  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 - 4/99; New Core 8/2015