HIST 342: History of the Olympics and the United States

HIST 342-001: History of the Olympics and the U.S.
(Spring 2023)

01:30 PM to 02:45 PM MW

Planetary Hall 120

Section Information for Spring 2023

The course explores the history of the modern Olympics, with an emphasis on United States participation. Students will examine the origins of the Games, American imperialism and the Olympics, international politics and the modern Games, notions of amateurism and professionalism vis-à-vis the Games, and issues of gender, race, ethnicity, and national identity in the modern Olympic movement. Students will also be asked to consider how United States involvement in the Games informed American culture and how American culture shaped attitudes towards the Games. Olympics receiving special attention include the 1904 St. Louis Olympics, the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the 1968 Mexico City Olympics, the 1972 Munich Olympics, and the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.


Course Information from the University Catalog

Credits: 3

Traces history of American participation in the Olympics from 1896 to the present. Topics may include American leadership in the Olympic Movement, the historical legacy of American Olympic host cities, American Imperialism, Nazism, issues of race, gender and ethnicity in the Olympics, the Cold War and Olympic boycotts, and commercialization of sport. Limited to three attempts.
Schedule Type: Lecture
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.

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