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HIS 152 - U.S. History Since 1877


Course Department: Social Sciences
Last Date of Approval: Spring 2023

3 Credits
Total Lecture Hours: 45
Total Lab Hours: 0
Total Clinical Hours: 0
Total Work-Based Experience Hours: 0

Course Description:
This course includes the political, socio-cultural, and economic factors in the development of American Civilization from the end of Reconstruction to the present. This course will focus on Industrialization; the emergence of the United States as a great power; boom and depression; war, internationalism and Cold War; and modern industrial society. Throughout this course, students must read primary and secondary sources through a critical lens and use critical thinking skills to solve problems. Additionally, this course reinforces students written communication skills through essays and verbal communication skills through class discussions and presentations. Importantly, students are asked to think critically, consider the viewpoints of others, and effectively express themselves, all of which will benefit them in the classroom, in life, and in the workforce.

Prerequisites/Corequisites: None

Mode(s) of Instruction: traditional/face-to-face, virtual, and/or online

Credit for Prior Learning: There are no Credit for Prior Learning opportunities for this course.

Course Fees: None

Student Learning Outcomes and Objectives:
Student Learning Outcomes:

A. Interpret the various ethnic, economic, political, geographical, and nationalistic factors responsible for the creation of the American West.

  1. Analyze the impact of economic factors, such as mining, ranching, and farming, on the creation of the American West.
  2. Examine the role of political factors, such as federal policies on land ownership and settlement, in shaping the creation of the American West.
  3. Explore the role of nationalistic ideologies, such as manifest destiny, in shaping the creation of the American West.
  4. Investigate the impact of geographical factors, including natural resources and physical geography, on the creation of the American West.
  5. Assess the role of technological innovations, such as railroads and irrigation systems, in shaping the creation of the American West.

B. Analyze the rise of the supremacy of Industrial America in the 19th Century and its impact on American culture and Western civilization in general.

  1. Evaluate the key factors that led to the rise of Industrial America, including technological innovation, access to natural resources, and changes in the labor force.
  2. Analyze the economic impact of Industrial America on the United States and the world, including the growth of new industries and the emergence of new economic systems.
  3. Investigate the impact of Industrial America on the environment, including changes in resource use and pollution.
  4. Assess the role of Industrial America in the emergence of the United States as a world power.
  5. Explore the cultural impact of Industrial America on American society, including changes in art, literature, and popular culture.

C. Explore the impact of urbanization, imperialism, consumerism, the rise of the middle class, Progressivism, and the Great Depression on American political and social culture.

  1. Analyze the impact of urbanization on American society and culture, including changes in demographics, infrastructure, and social norms.
  2. Examine the impact of imperialism on American society and culture, including the emergence of new global economic and political systems.
  3. Evaluate the impact of consumerism on American society and culture, including changes in advertising, marketing, and consumer behavior.
  4. Investigate the impact of Progressivism on American society and culture, including reforms in government, industry, and social welfare.
  5. Analyze the impact of the Great Depression on American society and culture, including changes in politics, economics, and social norms.

D. Understand the impact of twentieth-century wars and the global hostility in the post-World War II era.

  1. Assess the impact of World War II on the world, including changes in global power relations and the emergence of new economic and political systems.
  2. Evaluate the impact of the Cold War on global politics, including the emergence of new forms of warfare and changes in the balance of power between nations.
  3. Analyze the impact of the Korean War and the Vietnam War on global politics, including changes in U.S. foreign policy and the emergence of new forms of warfare.
  4. Assess the impact of the collapse of the Soviet Union on global politics, including changes in global power relations and the emergence of new economic and political systems.
  5. Evaluate the impact of the War on Terror and the rise of non-state actors on global politics, including changes in international security and the emergence of new forms of warfare.

E. Identify and describe the factors that brought about the end of the post-World War II Cold War era and its impact on the global village.

  1. Evaluate the role of the United States in the end of the Cold War, including changes in U.S. foreign policy and the role of American leaders.
  2. Examine the impact of the end of the Cold War on international relations, including changes in global power relations and the emergence of new economic and political systems.
  3. Evaluate the impact of new technologies on the post-Cold War era, including changes in communication, transportation, and military technology.
  4. Assess the impact of the post-Cold War era on the global village more broadly, including changes in ideas about democracy, human rights, and the role of international organizations.



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