Master Syllabus
U.S. History 2341
Military History

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 survey of American military policy and development from the 17th century to the present.

Course Textbook: Millett & Maslowski, For the Common Defense (Revised Ed.)

Course Rationale: This course offers the student the opportunity to examine in depth the military history of the U.S. from 1607 to the present.  It provides interested students the ability to fulfill the Legislative Requirement in U.S. History with an alternative to the survey courses and provides an elective for History majors and other transfer curriculum students.

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 Military History of the U.S., the student should be able to:

1. Describe the British military policy & the tactics of the colonial militia in the 17th century.

2. Describe the colonial participation in the British-French Wars for Empire.

3. Explain the role played by the regulars and the militia in the American Revolution.

4. Describe the military policy & preparedness of early American governments.

5. Describe the role of the U.S. military & naval forces in the War of 1812.

6. Explain the uses of the U.S. Army & Navy between 1815 & 1846.

7. Describe the role of the U.S. military & naval forces in the Mexican War.

8. Explain the advantages & disadvantages of the North & South in the Civil War.

9. Describe the progress of the eastern campaigns in the Civil War.

10. Describe the progress of the western campaigns in the Civil War.

11. Describe the U.S. Army campaigns against the Indians from 1865 to 1890.

12. Explain the changes & impact of the rise of the New Navy.

13. Describe the roles of the U.S. Army & U.S. Navy in the Spanish American War.

14. Explain the reforms implemented in military & naval policy from 1898 tom11914.

15. Describe the roles of the U.S. Army & U.S. Navy in World War I.

16. Explain the policy changes in defense preparedness from 1920 to 1941.

17. Describe the roles of the U.S. Army & U.S. Navy in World War II.

18. Explain defense policy changes from 1945 to 1950.

19. Describe the roles of the U.S. Army & U.S. Navy in the Korean War.

20. Explain how defense policy changed from 1953 to 1964.

21. Describe the roles of the U.S. Army & U.S. Navy in the Vietnam War.

22. Explain the resulting changes in defense policy from 1973 to 1981.

23. Describe the roles of the U.S. Army & U.S. Navy in wars since 1981.

Syllabi requirements are found HERE.