American History Courses
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History 200Z. Essential Issues in American History. 3(1). This course
examines the United States' history from its colonial origins to the
present. Surveying the broad landscape of America's past, it explores the
people and institutions that have helped to shape political, intellectual,
social, and economic change over time. This course pays special attention
to those issues involving racial and ethnic minorities, gender equality, and
constitutional freedoms in the development of American identities. It also
examines the dynamics of historical continuity in the United States.
Ultimately, this course will help cadets arrive at a clearer and more
meaningful understanding of our nation's past, cadets' relationship to that
past, and one's responsibility as a citizen-airman in a free society. Written Assignments. Final Exam. Prereq: None. Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.
History 230. Historiography and
Methodology. 3(1). A history practicum
that is the “how to” course for history majors.
The course begins with a survey of
historiography, or “the history of historical
writing.” Most of the course is devoted to
practicing historical methodology (historical
"detective work," critical analysis of evidence,
asking and answering historical questions, and
oral and written presentation skills). Each
student will write and present a major research
paper on a topic of their choosing. Final paper.
Coreq/Prereq: History 302 or department permission.
Sem hrs: 3 fall or spring.
History 332. History of U.S. Foreign
Policy. 3(1). Examines major
developments in U.S. foreign policy from
colonial times to the present, with particular
emphasis on the twentieth century. The course
will focus on the motives behind the
conceptualization of diplomatic goals, the
search for appropriate tactics to achieve policy
objectives, and the consequences of U.S. foreign
policy at home and abroad. Coursework centers on
classroom lecture and discussion, and extensive
analysis of interpretive essays and primary
documents. Term paper and final exam. Prereq:
History 101. Sem hrs: 3 spring of odd-numbered
History 335. History of the
American West. 3(1). A study of the special
contributions of the American West to the
evolution of the United States. Throughout their
history Americans have been intrigued and
fascinated by their vast frontier. The American
frontier served as a granary and a safety valve
while helping to shape the American character.
This course will explore the validity of
Frederick Jackson Turner's frontier thesis and
the events that made the West unique. Term paper
and final exam. Prereq: History 101. Sem hrs: 3
fall of even-numbered years.
History 336. History of the American
South. 3(1). Examines the special
contributions of the South to the evolution of
the United States, and analyzes the major themes
of Southern history in the eighteenth,
nineteenth, and twentieth centuries. Emphasis
will be placed on understanding ideas and
values, especially as the people of the South
have perceived them, and their role in Southern
society. This course will focus on how Southern
society evolved differently from the rest of the
United States, and seemingly over a century and
a half merged with mainstream America while
maintaining a unique identity. Term paper and
final exam. Prereq: History 101. Sem hrs: 3 fall
of odd-numbered years.
History 338. Colonial Warfare.
3(1). A comprehensive examination of the
competition and conflicts that resulted from
European explorations and conquests of the
fifteenth, sixteenth, and seventeenth centuries
that erupted into serial warfare in the
eighteenth century. These conflicts exposed all
sides to different modes of warfare that would
shape future combat. This course examines the
causes for these wars (with an emphasis on the
conflicts in North America), the changes in
tactics and strategy that resulted from the
clash of cultures, and the ideologies that
sprang from colonization. Term paper and final
exam. Prereq: History 202. Sem hrs: 3 fall of
History 339. The American Civil
War. 3(1). A multidimensional
examination of the causes, conduct, and legacy
of the American Civil War. An in-depth analysis
of Southern sectionalism will precede a
comprehensive discussion of all aspects of the
war itself: military, economic, cultural,
social, political, technological and
ideological. The course will conclude by
describing the short and long-term effects of
the war on the American military establishment.
Term paper and final exam. Prereq: History 202.
Semester hrs: 3 fall.
History 351. The Foundations of Modern
America. 3(1). Examines the
political, intellectual, social, and economic
origins and development of the United States
from the first settlements through the
Reconstruction period (1865-1877). Emphasizes
the importance of the colonial experience, the
Revolution, the national period, the growth of
democracy, westward expansion, and the Civil War
and Reconstruction in shaping modern America.
Term paper and final exam. Sem hrs: 3 fall or
History 352. The History of Modern
America. 3(1). Continues the examination of
the political, intellectual, social, and
economic development of the United States from
the late nineteenth century to the present.
Concentrates on the growth of the United States
as a major economic and political power. Special
attention is given to the impact of
industrialization, urbanization, immigration,
reform movements, mass culture, domestic
economic fluctuations, governmental expansion,
and military involvements during the twentieth
century. Term paper and final exam. Sem hrs: 3
fall or spring.
History 394. The American Way of War.
3(1). This course surveys the history of American
warfare from the colonial period to the present. It
focuses primarily on the nature of American warfare, and
addresses the question of whether there is a peculiar
American way of war. The course deals with such issues
as the American attitude toward war, civil-military
relations, force structure, the role of professional
leadership, and the impact of technology. Term paper and
final exam. Coreq/Prereq: History 302. Sem hrs: 3 spring of
History 480. Studies in American
Civilization. 3(1). Examines conflict and
stability at various historical periods in
American society; emphasizing such institutions
as government, education, religion, the
military, business, the family, media, and
sports. Focus will change each semester. Final
exam. Prereq: History 351 or 352 or department
permission. Sem hrs: 3 fall.
History 483. Great Americans.
3(1). Examines the role of the individual in
American history. Through the illuminating prism
of biography, the lives of selected prominent
Americans will be studied in order to understand
the unique personal qualities that contributed
to their success and to determine the extent to
which individual actions impact the course of
history. Political, military, business, labor,
scientific, and literary figures will be
featured. Term paper and final exam. Prereq:
History 202. Sem hrs: 3 spring of even-numbered