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HIS 229 - Contemporary United States History

Credits: 3
3 Lecture Hours

This course is designed as a study of the political, social and cultural movements in America during the 20th and 21st Century.
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, the student will:

  1. Explain why the United States entered the 20th Century as the leading industrial nation.
  2. Identify the reasons why the United States entered World War I.
  3. Explain why isolationist sentiments dominated the 1920s and 1930s.
  4. Define the economic factors at work during the 1920s and 1930s.
  5. Explain the significance of World War II and Americas reentry in global matters.
  6. Convey an understanding of America’s place in the Cold War.
  7. Describe the social, political and economic developments since World War II.
  8. Provide details about American foreign policy since 1945.
Listed Topics
  1. The Industrial Revolution in America
  2. America looks outward: 1898-1917
  3. World War I
  4. America looks inward: 1919-1940
  5. The “Roaring Twenties”
  6. The Great Depression: causes and solutions
  7. Increasing governmental centralization
  8. World War II
  9. The Cold War: 1945-1970
  10. The “Sixties Revolution”
  11. The War in Vietnam
  12. The Cold War: 1970-1991
  13. The Civil Rights Movement
  14. The “Reagan Revolution”
  15. The War on Terror, Globalization and the Information Revolution
Reference Materials
Textbook, scholarly readings, films, maps and electronic resources as assigned.
Approved By: Bullock, Quintin Date Approved: 05/15/2015

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