Master Syllabus
U.S. History 2341
World War II

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 the political, military, and social history of the United States in World War II.

Course Textbook: Robert Leckie, Delivered From Evil.

Course Rationale: This course offers the student the opportunity to examine in depth the U.S. role in World War II.  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 World War II, the student should be able to:

1. Describe how the conditions in Europe after World War I led to the rise of the Hitler and Mussolini regimes.

2. Explain in detail how Hitler solidified his hold on Germany and expanded his control into neighboring countries through peaceful means.

3. Describe how World War II officially began in Europe with the Polish campaign.

4. Describe how Germany conquered most of western Europe in 1940.

5. Explain the significant aspects of the Battle of Britain.

6. Describe Hitlerís mistake in attacking the Soviet Union and its ramifications.

7. Explain in detail the naval conflict in the Atlantic from 1939 to 1945.

8. Explain the role of the U.S. in the European situation prior to Dec. 7, 1941.

9. Describe the U.S. position and the strategic situation in the Pacific Ocean from 1914 to Dec. 7, 1941.

10. Explain in detail how the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and its significance.

11. Describe U.S. action in the Pacific from Dec. 7, 1941 until the Battle of Midway.

12. Explain the tactics and significance of the Battle of Midway.

13. Describe the U.S. counteroffensive in the Pacific in 1942.

14. Explain the Allied diplomacy in 1942-1945 to keep all the Allied partners engaged in the war.

15. Describe U.S. involvement in the Allied campaigns in North Africa and Sicily.

16. Describe the Allied campaign in Italy from 1943 to 1945.

17. Describe the U.S. campaigns in the Pacific in 1943 and 1944.

18. Explain the D-Day campaign and its significance.

19. Describe the Allied liberation of France and invasion of Germany in 1944 & 1945.

20. Describe the liberation of the Philippines in 1944 & 1945.

21. Describe the campaigns to end of the war in Europe in 1945.

22. Describe the final campaigns in the Pacific in 1945.

Syllabi requirements are found HERE.