Master Syllabus
U.S. History 2341
Cold War

The purpose of the History Department is threefold. First we provide excellent instruction in the discipline of history. Second, we provide each student with six semester hours of U.S. History instruction to meet the requirements of the Texas Education Code (51.303). Third, we provide history majors with fifteen semester hours of history instruction to prepare them to successfully pursue a bachelor's or higher degree in history at a four-year college or university.


Course Description: A history of the conflict between the United States and the Soviet Union after 1945.

SCANS Competencies: None required, but students will need good reading, writing and study skills to succeed in this course.  Students will be expected to read about 400 pages of textbook, and may be obliged to read an outside book.  Students will have to write essays and book reports, and will be expected to observe decent English grammar and spelling rules.  Although students will be told when tests will take place and be given detailed learning objectives to facilitate study, students will be expected to study information in detail to prepare for the tests.

Instructional Methodology: Depends on the format the student is taking.

Course Rationale: The Texas legislature requires students to take 6 hours of American history to graduate from an institution of higher learning in Texas.  This course helps fulfill that requirement.  Students taking History 2341 Cold War can expect to improve their reading and writing competencies, critical thinking skills, research skills, etc., all of which help students better succeed in life outside academia.

Program-Level Student Learning Outcomes: upon completion of the A.A. degree in History students will be able to:

1. Use critical thinking in the analysis of historical facts
2. Demonstrate civic awareness in the appraisal of historical contexts
3. Demonstrate cultural awareness in the assessment of historical situations

Course-Level Student Learning Outcomes: upon completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Use critical thinking in the analysis of historical facts
2. Demonstrate civic awareness in the appraisal of historical contexts
3. Demonstrate cultural awareness in the assessment of historical situations

Common Course Objectives: After completing HIST 2341 Cold War, students should be able to

1. Define the Cold War and show differing historical interpretations of why it occurred.

2. Understand the traditional foreign policies of the United States and Russia, and how these changed in the early 20th century.

3. Understand why the World War II alliance between the United States and the Soviet Union came about, why it broke up and what resulted.

4. Describe how and why Truman declared Cold War, how the Soviets responded, and how Truman militarized the Cold War.

5. Show how the Korean conflict arose, discussing American, Soviet and Chinese participation, and show how the Korean conflict impacted American, Soviet and Chinese foreign policy.

6. Discuss how and why Eisenhower unmilitarized the Cold War.

7. Discuss Eisenhower’s foreign policy in Latin America, the Middle East and the Far East.

8. Discuss how and why Eisenhower’s foreign policy changed in the last years of his administration.

9. Discuss how and why Khrushchev changed the foreign policy of the Soviet Union and what resulted.

10. Discuss how and why Kennedy developed his foreign policy.

11. Discuss why the Cuban Missile crisis occurred, how it changed American and Soviet views on foreign policy, and what resulted.

12. Describe how and why Johnson became involved in Vietnam, how it impacted American domestic policies, and what resulted.

13. Describe the changes in Eastern Europe that occurred in the 1950s and 60s, and the Americans and Soviets reacted.

14. Describe how and why European foreign policy changed after 1960, and show how the United States and the Soviet Union reacted.

15. Describe changes in American and Soviet foreign policy under Nixon and Breshnev.

16. Describe changes in American foreign policy under Carter.

17. Describe how and why Reagan helped end the Cold war

18. Describe the situation in Europe, the Middle East and the far East as the Cold War ended.

19. Discuss the role of Gorbachev in ending the Cold War.

19. Show how the Soviet Union and the United States got most of what they wanted from the Cold War.

20.  Assess future threats and opportunities in the post-Cold War age.

Syllabi requirements are found HERE.