03:00 PM to 04:15 PM TR
Section Information for Fall 2023
America has been defined by war: the U.S. won its independence through one war, redefined its national principles in another, and rose to global prominence through its participation in the World Wars of the twentieth century. This course is organized thematically around examining war as a force in American society from the colonial period to the present, including how military institutions, war, and the preparation for war have affected American society; and how Americans have thought about military service, experienced war, and transitioned to peacetime throughout their history. The course will emphasize American motives for war across time, civil-military relations, war mobilization, and individuals’ experiences in the military and on the home front.
The course will combine readings, lecture, and discussions during our online synchronous class sessions and on a discussion board. Assessment is based on course engagement and a series of writing assignments. Students’ attendance and active participation during class is required. The course also requires a series of short papers rooted in course readings and research into contemporary and historical issues (ex: US military recruitment ads) that offer students the opportunity to stagger their work and choose assignments that interest them. Skills developed in the course include formal and informal writing, textual analysis, discussion participation, and critical thinking.
HIST 370 DL1 is an online live video section.